NAFSA Annual Election

Dear Colleagues,

NAFSA’s annual election concluded at midnight on September 15th, 2022. I want to express my deep appreciation for all members who participated in the election by voting, nominating colleagues, or participating in the application and vetting process. I am pleased to announce that the nominees for the national leadership positions have been elected by the membership at large.

I also want to thank the member leaders on the Governance Committee and the Leadership Development Committee tasked with identifying and vetting potential candidates under the NAFSA bylaws. These committee members work diligently over the course of the year to review the open positions, seek nominations, and interview candidates to ensure diverse perspectives and skills are represented on the slate.

Congratulations to all of the 2023 elected leaders. We thank you for your service over the next several years to advance the strategic plan and the work of the association. I also want to urge all members to begin thinking now about nominating a colleague or applying for a leadership position when the next call for nominations opens in January.

On September 22, as chair of NAFSA’s Governance Committee I reported the following election results to the Board of Directors, and the Leadership Development Committee. A truly impressive group of leaders will begin service in January 2023.

 

Heather Barclay Hamir

Secretary, Board of Directors and Chair, Governance Committee

NAFSA President & Chair of the Board of Directors

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Lanitra Berger

LaNitra Berger, PhD
Associate Professor of Art History and Director of African and African American Studies, George Mason University
LaNitra Berger, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Art History and Director of African and African American Studies at George Mason University (GMU). She has helped students secure more than 60 prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Truman, Udall, and Critical Language Scholarship awards. At GMU, Berger promotes internationalization through student advising, university service, and research. In 2015, she received the GMU Spirit of King Award for diversifying study abroad. She is an active member of the Diversity Abroad Network and volunteers with Globalize DC. Berger received her BA in art and international relations from Stanford University and her PhD in art history from Duke University. LaNitra is the past vice president for Public Policy and Practice of NAFSA.

LaNitra is the past vice president for Public Policy and Practice of NAFSA.

NAFSA Vice President for Public Policy and Practice

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Joanna Regulska

Joanna Regulska, PhD
Vice Provost, and Dean of Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies University of California-Davis
Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost, and dean of global affairs and professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of California-Davis, has for over thirty years led large-scale programs that transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and advanced global engagement of students, faculty, and staff. In 2019 she was honored as inaugural recipient of the Senior International Officer Award from the Institute of International Education, and in 2020 she was inducted into the National Academy for International Education. A respected scholar, her research concentrates on women’s political activism and grassroots mobilization, with a focus on Europe and the Caucasus.

Members-at-Large, NAFSA Board of Directors, 2023–2025

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Shabeer Amirali

Shabeer Amirali
VP of Enrollment Management D'Youville University
Shabeer Amirali currently serves as VP of enrollment management at D'Youville University, previously, he was the director of graduate admissions and enrollment management at the University of Louisville. He has a MBA degree in the area of management and leadership from Bradley University and a master’s research degree in science from the University of Glasgow UK, after completing his bachelor's of science degree in India. He has worked extensively in international graduate enrollment for the last three years. Shabeer is a strategic leader, and student advisor. His specific areas of interest include: international students management, internationalization, graduate education trends and enrollment, online education, and higher education partnerships. He has published articles, reports, and industry white papers. Shabeer has developed innovative strategies for increasing the recruitment of prospective international students in the graduate programs from inquiry to graduation. Shabeer developed student retention strategies including developing, implementing and maintaining current student communication and social media strategy. He advises international students on admissions, immigration, academics, and ESL programs. He is involved in various community projects, he graduated from Community Leadership School from Peoria Illinois.

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Stephen Appiah-Padi

Stephen Appiah-Padi, PhD
Director, Office of Global and Off-Campus Education, Bucknell University 
o Dr. Appiah-Padi is an educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year higher education institutions in Canada and the US. He is an experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with more than 20 years’ experience in the field. He has been a long-time member of NAFSA and has served in several leadership positions. Dr. Appiah-Padi currently directs Bucknell University’s Office of Global and Off-campus Education. In this role he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and education abroad.

 

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Samba Dieng

Samba Dieng
Senior International Office and Executive Director of International Programs, Louisiana State University
Samba Dieng is the Senior International Officer (SIO) and Executive Director of International Programs at Louisiana State University, where he leads global engagement initiatives. Prior to LSU, he served as Director of International Students and Scholars at several institutions. He is active in organizations such as NAFSA, AIEA, ACE, and APLU. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a doctorate in higher education leadership at the University of Texas at Austin. Samba is also a 2022-2023 Presidential Fellow, a program administered by the Association of International Education Administrators.

 

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Nancy Kidd

Nancy Kidd, PhD
Executive Director American Sociological Association
Nancy Kidd has been the executive director of the American Sociological Association since 2016. She spent the previous 8 years serving as executive director of the National Communication Association. Earlier in her career, she worked as a program officer at the Russell Sage Foundation, policy director for a workforce development board, head of a strategic management consulting group of a federal government contractor, and head of a business unit for a company that does strategic research for Fortune 500 companies. Kidd has a PhD in sociology from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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Malaika Marable Serrano

Malaika Marable Serrano
VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Guild Education
Malaika Marable Serrano is the VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Guild and leads the integration of DEI principles and best practices across the organization. Most recently, she was the inaugural Head of DEI at WorldStrides and has served in a number of leadership and faculty roles in academic and non-profit spaces. Her collaborative approach centers around prioritizing relationships and leveraging data analytics, to effectively impact organizational culture. Living abroad in Latin America and Australia greatly shaped her ability to foster productive, engaging, and culturally responsive learning environments. She finds joy in volunteering with women’s leadership groups, regularly presents at conferences, and has published numerous DEI-related articles and book chapters. Her educational background includes a B.A. from the University of Southern California, a M.A. from the University of Maryland, a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and she is a Doctoral student at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

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Julie Sinclair

Julie Sinclair, PhD
Associate Director of the Office of International Studies in Education, Michigan State University 
Julie has been an international educator for more than 25 years. In her current role at MSU, she works with many types of global engagement including international student and scholar support, education abroad, faculty engagement, international development projects, and internationalization of curriculum. Julie has held multiple regional and national leadership with NAFSA, including Conference Committee Chair for the 2018 NAFSA annual conference in Philadelphia. Julie also serves as a leader with the 2030 Learning Framework, a multi-country project of OECD. She is currently co-chair of an OECD thematic working group, focused on aligning teacher education and professional development with curriculum change.

Chair-elect, Education Abroad Knowledge Community

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Autumn Beechler Stebing

Autumn Beechler Stebing
Director, Education Abroad, Case Western Reserve University
Autumn Beechler Stebing oversees all elements of education abroad at Case Western Reserve University and works strategically with Center for International Affairs leadership to further internationalization and global citizenship on campus. Beechler Stebing has been an active member of NAFSA for the past decade and has served in various volunteer and presenter roles within NAFSA and other professional organizations. She currently serves as a founding leader of the NAFSA MIG for Internships, Service Learning, and Research Abroad (ISLRA)—a reimagining of the NAFSA Work, Intern, Volunteering/Service-learning & Research Abroad subcommittee.

Chair-elect, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community

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Jennifer Evanuik

Jennifer Evanuik
Executive Director, Global Engagement, Central Michigan University
Jennifer Evanuik oversees internationalization, study abroad, international student and scholar services, and international partnerships at Central Michigan University. She has been a member of the NAFSA International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) since 2021 and holds volunteer leadership roles in Trainer Corps and the Internships, Service Learning, and Research Abroad (ISLRA) Member Interest Group. Evanuik is also active in the Association of International Education Administrators, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Institute of International Education. In 2014, she participated in the Fulbright International Educator Administrator Seminar in Korea. Jennifer holds a BS in French from the Pennsylvania State University and an MEd in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Chair-elect, International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community

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George F. Kacenga

George F. Kacenga
Assistant Vice President, University Relations, M Square Media
George F. Kacenga has been a champion of international higher education for more than 20 years. Prior to his role at M Square Media, Kacenga served as a senior international officer (SIO) at highly ranked, public and private academic institutions, where he worked on intensive English programs, international recruitment, immigration, education abroad, and global partnerships. His expertise and reputation have been further honed through engagement as a community member, including professional roles and participation in the American International Recruitment Council (as a past president), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Association of International Education Administrators , and the Federal Education Association.

Chair-elect, International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community

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Julie Wilbers

Julie Wilbers
Director, International Student and Scholars Services, Vanderbilt University
Julie Wilbers has worked in international education for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience advising international students and scholars on nonimmigrant visas, as well as filing employment-based permanent residency petitions. Wilbers serves as the International Scholar Advising Network (ISCA) Network Leader and was in the chair stream of the Healthcare Institutions Interest Group (HIIG) for several years. She has presented more than 30 sessions at NAFSA conferences and led numerous workshops as a NAFSA Trainer Corps member. Her honors include selection as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and serving on the board of local chapters of the Fulbright Association.

Chair-elect, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community

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Zachary Frieders

Zachary Frieders
Executive Director, Global Learning Hub, UC Davis
Zachary Frieders is the founding executive director of UC Davis’s Global Learning Hub, which supports the university’s “Global Education for All” initiative through study abroad, internships, research, experiential learning, and intercultural and global leadership opportunities. Fieders has more than 20 years of experience in higher education—including at community colleges and the Research I level—mostly in international education. He holds a MA in educational policy and has published multi-institutional research on student learning and study abroad. At NAFSA, Frieders has served in various district roles and as a regional TLS KC representative, Academy coach and, most recently, regional chair.

Chair-elect, Leadership Development Committee

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Krista McCallum Beatty

Krista McCallum Beatty
Director, International Students and Scholars, Michigan State University 
Krista McCallum Beatty has worked in international education for more than 25 years. McCallum Beatty has served in various regional and national level leadership positions in NAFSA, including as chair of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) and chair of the NAFSA Academy for International Education. She has presented at the regional and national level and is a past member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. McCallum Beatty has been an active member of NAFSA since 2003.

 

Chair-elect, Member Engagement Committee

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Ben McKelfresh

Ben McKelfresh
Marketing Coordinator and Study Abroad Adviser, Iowa State University
At Iowa State, Ben McKelfresh manages all Study Abroad Center marketing efforts including web and print communications, events, and more. McKelfresh also oversees a suite of study abroad programs in Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe. He has served as one of the cochairs on NAFSA's Marketing and Communications Member Interest Group (MIG) since 2017. Prior to joining Iowa State, McKelfresh worked at the North American Office for DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia. His career in international education started with an internship with DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark, and serving as a study abroad Adviser at Kansas State University. He holds a BA from DePauw University (Indiana) in German and a MA from the University of Minnesota in comparative and international development education. In college, McKelfresh studied abroad in Denmark and Germany, and has since traveled to 30 countries on five continents. He calls Des Moines, Iowa, home and lives there with his wife and two sons.