The 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.

Katherine Mary Meyer

Katherine Meyer
University of Minnesota
Chair, EA RP Committee
Katherine Mary, "Kate", has been in international education for over a decade in various forms: study abroad student from a low-socioeconomic/rural/first-gen background, EFL teacher, financial aid admin, and within study abroad offices. Their experience and years of service have led to concentrated...

Jason Sanderson, PhD

Georgetown University
Member-at-Large, EA RP Committee
Jason Sanderson, PhD, is the assistant director of curriculum integration and assessment at Georgetown University's Office of Global Education, where he has advised students interested in a variety of programs in Europe and Africa since 2004. He works closely with faculty on issues related to...

Mark Eckman

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

Gina Mahfood
CEA CAPA Education 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...

Elizabeth Shuman

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Ohio State University
Member-at-Large and Chair, Financial Aid Subcommittee - Education Abroad Regulatory Practice KC
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a Master's degree from Penn State University. As Global Education Manager for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University, Elizabeth oversees all Global Education programming for the...
Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee
Consular Affairs Liaisons Subcommittee