Community is crucial to education abroad professionals. We rely on colleagues for advice, guidance, sympathy, and motivation. The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC), which includes a discussion forum, called the EA KC Network, is your community focused on the needs of education abroad professionals. The Knowledge Community is led by a team of dedicated professionals from the field.

Get to Know the Community

Eduardo Contreras, EdD

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University of Portland
Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Eduardo Contreras Jr. is the director of studies abroad and serves on the faculty of the School of Education at the University of Portland. He is also the chair of the university's internationalization task force--the Collaborative on International Studies and Global Outreach (CISGO), and is a...

Mariette Thomas

Mariette Thomas
Tulane University
Chair-Elect, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Mariette Thomas is the associate director of study abroad and international programs in the A. B. Freeman School of Business. Mariette has worked in international education for over 12 years. She holds a MA in international relations from the University of the Pacific and a BA in international...

Karen McBride, EdD

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University of Dayton, School of Law
Past Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Karen McBride has been working in international education for fifteen years, having worked for two third party provider organizations, an Italian institute for higher education, a large public university and a mid-sized private university. Most recently, Karen has worked for the University of Dayton...

Kate Moore, EdD

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Academic Internship Council
Content Coordinator for Programs and Resources, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Kate Moore is vice president of the Academic Internship Council, a nonprofit organization that partners with universities and colleges from around the world to develop and implement customized, comprehensive internship programs in 18 global cities. Previously, she worked as director of internships...

Jason Hope

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University of Kentucky
Co-Chair, Health and Safety Subcommittee
Jason is a native of Louisville, KY, but he has called Lexington home for more than a decade. He holds bachelor's degrees from UK in international relations and Spanish, and a master's from UK in educational policy studies and evaluation. He also holds a graduate certificate in emergency management...

Nancy Campbell

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Vice President of Enrollment Management
Nancy Campbell is the network leader and communication and information coordinator of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC).

Irene Scott

Irene Scott
Texas A&M University
Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Irene Scott is a program manager at Texas A&M University. In this role, she oversees processes and implementation of non-university sponsored programs for transfer credit, is the departmental liaison for Texas A&M Disability Resources, and serves on committees for diversity excellence (Texas A&M ADA...

Bradley Titus

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University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Regional Outreach and Management Content Coordinator, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Bradley Titus works in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He has served at the university for most of his professional career and presently is the director of institutional relations, diversity and inclusion, a position he has held since 2013. He is active in NAFSA and serves...

Katey Palumbo

Katey Palumbo
Worcester State University
Katey is the the content coordinator for advocacy and regulatory for the Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC).

Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Krista Mantello, Western Washington University
  • Region II: Joe Milostan, Kansas State University
  • Region III: Sabrina Cortez, Trinity University
  • Region IV: Emily Dougherty, University of North Dakota¬†
  • Region V: Karli Webster - Marquette University
    Katie Burke - IES Abroad
  • Region VI: Erin Kunert, Valparaiso University
  • Region VII: Kim Priebe, NC State University
  • Region VIII: Michelle Barton, Villanova University
  • Region X: Tim White, New Jersey City University
  • Region XI: Ilene Tillman, Academic Programs International
  • Region XII: Randeep Kullar, Academic Internship Council