The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) champions volunteer leadership in NAFSA and supports initiatives that cultivate, recruit, and orient volunteer member-leaders for the association. Its work supports NAFSA's strategic objectives by working to ensure effective governance, leadership, communication, and coordination of policies and procedures for leadership. 

Members of the LDC help to:

  • Identify and vet prospects for non-board elected positions according to Rule IV of NAFSA's Standing Rules.
  • Encourage members from underrepresented constituencies (e.g. geographic, organizational, demographic, etc.) to get involved in volunteer leadership.
  • Promote the value of volunteering and member leadership as a way to build one's career, to share one's expertise, and to contribute to the advancement of international education.
  • Create and maintain resources for the recruitment and orientation of member-leaders, in coordination with the knowledge communities, regional teams, and other committees. 

Members of the LDC serve a two-year term. They are expected to maintain NAFSA membership and attend NAFSA Annual Conferences during their appointment. In order to prevent a conflict of interest, current LDC members are not eligible for elected positions but may stand for election to the Board of Directors. 

C.K. Kwai, PhD

CK Kwai
Cleveland State University
Chair, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
C.K. Kwai is an international educator and has held various administrative positions at public and private higher education institutions and system office. He has extensive experience in all areas of international education: international enrollment management, international student and scholar...

Ingrid Galinat

Ingrid Galinat
University of Alabama
Chair-Elect, Leadership Development Committee
Ingrid Galinat is the Manager of Recruitment at the University of Alabama. Formerly, Galinat was the assistant director of international programs at the University of West Alabama. Galinat is active in NAFSA as an e-Learning course dean, Trainer Corps member, conference presenter, and former member...

Amy VanSurksum

Amy VanSurksum
Saint Martin's University
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Amy VanSurksum has worked in international education for more than 20 years, with experience in international student advising, international enrollment management, and study abroad at both the secondary and post-secondary education levels. She is a past member of the Trainer Corps, past chair of...

Bella Hettich

Bella Hettich
Mayville State University
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Bella Hettich directs the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mayville State University. She oversees all aspects of diversity access, success, and programming on campus, including support and recruitment of international students. Prior to her current role, she directed the intensive English...

Ivor Emmanuel

Ivor Emmanuel
University of California-Berkeley
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Ivor Emmanuel currently serves as the director of the Berkeley International Office. Prior to that, he held a similar position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he also obtained his PhD in higher education administration. Ivor has held various roles with NAFSA including serving...

Jennifer Ellis Fritz

Jennifer Fritz
Bucknell University
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC); Chair-Elect, Region VIII
Jennifer Ellis Fritz is the Associate Director of Bucknell University’s Office of Global Education and leads office initiatives, including strategic planning for policy and program development. For the past 15 years, Fritz has been an active member of NAFSA and across the field of international...

Jim Brosam II

Jim Brosam
iTEP International
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Jim Brosam II is president of iTEP International, a leading English language testing company. He is a 20+ year veteran in the field of international education. He founded Jameson Global, a consulting company that operates “J-Check” a testing service that assists universities with documentation of...

LaTanya Kurney

LaTanya Kurney
Alamo Colleges District
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
As the coordinator for international relations, LaTanya oversees virtual exchanges and facilitates dual degree and international transfer programs with foreign university partners for the Alamo Colleges District. She is also an alternate responsible officer (ARO) for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program...

Leigh Lane Peine

 Leigh Lane Peine
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Leigh Lane Peine is the senior director of marketing for ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in marketing, Lane Peine has more than 20 years of experience in the field of marketing. Her past two roles as chief marketing officer and senior director of...

Pernell Whitfield

Pernell Whitfield
James Madison University Center for Global Engagement
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)

Roopa Rawjee, EdD

Roopa Rawjee
Northeastern University
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Roopa is the assistant vice president, Office of Global Services, PDSO/RO at Northeastern University in Boston. Previously, she was the primary designated school official (PDSO), alternate responsible officer (ARO), and assistant dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Roopa's...