Telba Espinoza-Contreras has been working professionally in the field of International Education since 2016 at Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, Louisiana as the Director of the International Student Resource Center and Study Abroad. Telba came to the United States initially as an exchange student at Appalachian State University in the year 2000. After that she returned to pursue a Masters of Arts in Hispanic Studies at Louisiana State University, where she also completed her doctoral degree in Comparative Literature. Telba was born in Mexico City and has lived permanently in the United States for more than 10 years. Telba has been a NAFSA member since 2016. She has served as a NAFSA regional leader as the Louisiana State liaison for 2019, and is currently serving as part of the Region III Chair Stream role. Telba is also a graduate from the NAFSA Academy, Class 15.