The Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee (EA RP) is charged with identifying regulatory practice issues that need action through government agency liaison by NAFSA staff or team members as requested by staff. The EA RP Committee assists NAFSA's vice president for public policy and practice (VPPPP) to communicate regulatory practice issues to members and identifies longer term public policy issues and forwards those to the VPPPP.

The EA RP team works hard to address regulatory practice issues that affect a broad variety of areas including federal financial aid regulations, education abroad visa issues, Clery Act reporting, and federal resources for education abroad professionals such as services available through American Citizen Services at the U.S. Dept. of State or the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

EA RP Subcommittees

The EA RP subcommittees are made up of members with specific expertise in the education abroad field. The subcommittees assist the EA RP to prioritize regulatory issues for NAFSA. The EA RP currently has two subcommittees: Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Subcommittee and the Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee.

Sarah Westmoreland

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Sarah Westmoreland
University of Colorado Boulder
Chair, Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee
Sarah Westmoreland is the senior adviser for education abroad initiatives at the University of Colorado Boulder. Westmoreland has worked in the education abroad office at CU Boulder since 2005 in a variety of capacities including software management, management of Buffs Abroad Scholarship process...

Jolie Roetter

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Jolie Roetter
American University's Kogod School of Business
Chair, Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee
Jolie is the director of global learning Programs at American University's Kogod School of Business. She manages short-term faculty led, semester and summer international programs for both Graduate and Undergraduate business students. She earned an MBA from Canisius College. Jolie is currently the...

Rebecca James

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CEA Study Abroad
Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Representative
Based in New York City, Rebecca is CEA’s regional director–east where she cultivates and maintains relationships with study abroad offices, faculty and staff at U.S. colleges and universities to help support their education abroad goals. Prior to joining CEA in August 2009, Rebecca worked as the...

Mark Eckman

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
Mark Eckman is the director of education abroad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a role he began in the fall of 2019. Prior to that he led the Study Abroad Office at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In both roles Mark has also worked as a deputy Title IX coordinator, focusing on...

Gina Mahfood

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Gina Mahfood
CEA Study Abroad
Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
Gina has been working in education for about 20 years, with experience in international education, post-secondary enrollment, learning and educational development, and industrial and organizational improvements. Gina earned a BA in psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and began her...

Katherine Meyer

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Katherine Meyer
Hamline University
Chair-designate, NAFSA Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee
Katherine Meyer has been in the field of education for a decade as a first gen study abroad student, ESL teacher, financial aid admin, and now study abroad professional. Meyer completed a master's degree in cross-cultural communication and educational programming and is currently working on a...

Holly Hudson

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Holly Hudson
Texas A&M University
Chair, Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee
Holly Hudson has been working in international education for close to 20 years and currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Engagement at Texas A&M University. She is an advocate for access and inclusion in education abroad and frequently presents at the national and regional...