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. 

Elena Anderson-de Lay

Elena Anderson-de Lay
At Ease Solutions, LLC
Chair, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Elena Anderson-de Lay is a business strategy consultant specializing in business immigration, relocation, and Duty of Care among other issues impacting global business operations. Elena previously worked at The Brookings Institution, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and on NAFSA staff...

CK Kwai

CK Kwai
Jacksonville University
Chair-elect, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
C.K. Kwai, chief international officer at Jacksonville University, Florida, has extensive experience in International Education: EA, IEM, ISSS, IEP, and others. C.K.’s research interest is in the areas of Comprehensive International Education and Cross Cultural Management. He is an adjunct professor...

Amy VanSurksum

Amy VanSurksum
Independent Consultant and Trainer
Member, 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, 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...

Craig E. Hastings

Craig Hastings
Ajyal Talent Management
Member, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)

Ivor Emmanuel

Ivor Emmanuel
University of California-Berkeley
Member, 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...

Jen Fritz

Jennifer Fritz
Bucknell University
Member, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Jennifer Ellis Fritz assists in directing Bucknell University’s Office of Global Education and leads office initiatives, including strategic planning for policy and program development. Fritz is an active member of NAFSA and the field of international education, currently serving as a member of the...

LaTanya Kurney

LaTanya Kurney
Alamo Colleges District
Member, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)

Leigh Lane Peine

 Leigh Lane Peine
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Member, 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, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)

Sam Heikinen

Sam Heikinen
Slippery Rock University
Member, Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Sam Heikinen is a member of the NAFSA Leadership Development Committee (LDC). Sam also serves as associate vice president for global engagement at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. His passion for international education and engagement began when he taught English at a small university in...

Taylor Nicole Kinde

Taylor Kinde
University of Central Missouri
Member, Leadership Development Committee (LDC); IEL Representative, Region IV