Academy coaches are volunteer members who work with a cohort of six trainees. They represent a broad range of expertise and have worked in the field of international education for more than five years. Coaches work with their trainees to develop the trainees' learning plans and guide them as they navigate the world of international education, including NAFSA. They also advise trainees on workshop and session selections at the annual and fall regional conferences. Each coach is trained to be knowledgeable in six coaching skill sets:

  • Knowledge of the Academy
  • Marketing and Recruitment
  • Building a Cohort
  • Supporting Trainee Development
  • Professional Tools
  • Facilitating Learning

Become an Academy Coach!

Access to coaches' experience and knowledge is one of the greatest benefits for trainees. The coaches provide professional guidance and direction to trainees while they receive a broad overview of international education through a variety of workshops. Note: You must be a NAFSA member to serve as a coach for the NAFSA Academy.

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Academy Coach Testimonial

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"I’ve truly enjoyed seeing my trainees grow professionally. My coaching experience has also contributed to my own personal and professional development in many ways. I look forward to seeing all my outstanding trainees graduate from the Academy in December, and I look forward to serving again in 2021! The growth each of my trainees demonstrated this year shows just how valuable the Academy is." - Loveness Schafer, 2020/2021 Academy Coach. 

Amanda Yusko

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The Ohio State University
2022 Academy Chair
Yusko is the program manager for the Student Immigration Team at The Ohio State University where she serves as a DSO/ARO and manages advising efforts for more than 7,000 international students. She has been very involved with NAFSA, serving in several capacities at the regional level as well as...

Todd Goen

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Todd Goen
Virginia Military Institute
2022 Academy Chair-Designate
Todd Lee Goen is Director of International Programs and Senior International Officer at Virginia Military Institute where he oversees education abroad, international student and scholar support services, and strategic planning for campus internationalization. Prior to VMI, Goen held full-time...

Kira Espiritu

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University of San Diego
2023 Academy Chair-Designate
Kira Espiritu is the Director of the Office of International Studies Abroad at the University of San Diego. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in international education and has been a longtime NAFSA member. Kira oversees the development of all undergraduate study abroad programs at the University...

Ryan Larsen, PhD

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Ryan Larsen
Western Washington University
NAFSA Academy Coach, Region I
Ryan is the Director of Education Abroad at Western Washington University, a public, comprehensive university in Bellingham, Washington.

Todd Karr

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Todd Karr
The University of New Mexico
Academy Coach, Region II
Todd currently serves as the Director of Education Abroad at The University of New Mexico. Prior to UNM, Todd was the Assistant Director of University of Nebraska Online. He has served in various international education roles at Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Indiana...

Janel Dumbre

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Janel Dumbre
SABIC
Communications Liaison, Region III; Academy Coach, Region III
Janel Dumbre holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Lamar University. She has been a professional in the field of international education since 2004. She is currently an academic advisor at SABIC’s Scholarship Program in Houston, Texas. Prior to this, she worked at Rice University in...

Rachel Hosler

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Rachel Hosler
Walsh University
Academy Coach, Region VI
Rachel Hosler is the associate dean of experiential learning and director for the Renacci center for civic engagement at Walsh University, where she leads the global learning, service learning and career center teams. In her former role as the director of global learning, she doubled the number of...

Anna Hayes

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Anna Hayes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Academy Coach, Region VII
As Associate Director of Global Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, Anna is responsible for exchange programs in Europe and all Global Immersion Electives for undergraduates. Additionally, she oversees team management, credit review and transfer...

Lin Reed

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Lin Reed
Navitas USA
CEP Workshop Dean; Academy Coach, Region VIII
Lin Reed is the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) workshop dean for intercultural communication in practice and the 2022 NAFSA Academy Coach for Region VIII. Lin Reed is the Executive Director of Global Student Success Programs at Navitas USA. She is a senior administration team member who oversees...

Kim Howard

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Kim Howard
The University of Vermont
Academy Coach, Region XI
Kim Howard was appointed Director of the Office of International Education at the University of Vermont in Fall 2008. She oversees a talented team committed to a work environment filled with integrity, respect, optimism, humor and collaboration balanced with autonomy. Kim has led the department...

Jessica Calhoun, PhD

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Jessica Calhoun
The American College of the Mediterranean
Academy Coach, Region XII
Jessica Calhoun, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Admissions at The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) and its study abroad division, the Institute for American Universities (IAU). In her role at ACM-IAU she oversees institution-wide enrollment, program development, university relations, and...

Kira Espiritu

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University of San Diego
2023 Academy Chair-Designate
Kira Espiritu is the Director of the Office of International Studies Abroad at the University of San Diego. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in international education and has been a longtime NAFSA member. Kira oversees the development of all undergraduate study abroad programs at the University...

Cody Tornow

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Cody Tornow
Washington State University
International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Regional Liaison, Academy Coach, Region I
Currently, I am the Assistant Director for International Retention at Washington State University having moved up from the Lead International Student Advisor at WSU. Previously, I spent 5 years in South Korea as a student, teacher, and as an administrator as a District Coordinator for the Korean...

John Hildebrand

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Colorado State University
Academy Coach, Region II
I've served as a Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor at Colorado State University since 2017 and previously worked as an International Student Advisor at Southern Utah University. I have over 10 years of experience working in international education and draw on this diversity of...

Janel Dumbre

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Janel Dumbre
SABIC
Communications Liaison, Region III; Academy Coach, Region III
Janel Dumbre holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Lamar University. She has been a professional in the field of international education since 2004. She is currently an academic advisor at SABIC’s Scholarship Program in Houston, Texas. Prior to this, she worked at Rice University in...

Miho Patani

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University of St. Thomas
Academy Coach - Elect, Region IV
Miho Patani is Assistant Director at the Office of International Students & Scholars at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, where she serves as a primary immigration advisor for more than 500 international students and scholars. Miho has more than 10 years of extensive experience in...

Tyler Morkin

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Academy Coach, Region V
Tyler Morkin currently works as SEVIS Coordinator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also serves NAFSA's KC ISSS as the ISTA network leader. Prior to joining U-M, Tyler worked in a similar role at Central Michigan University. He has also taught various classes in ESL, academic...

Nicola Kille

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University of Akron
Academy Coach, Region VI
Nicola Kille joined the University of Akron in May 2017 as the Executive Director of the Center for International Students and Scholars. Her primary area of responsibility is that of support for all international students at Akron (from English language learners to PhD/Law students) from admission...

Anna Hayes

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Anna Hayes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Academy Coach, Region VII
As Associate Director of Global Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School, Anna is responsible for exchange programs in Europe and all Global Immersion Electives for undergraduates. Additionally, she oversees team management, credit review and transfer...

Rachel Scholten

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Loyola University Maryland
International Enrollment Management KC Liaison, Region VIII; Academy Coach, Region VIII
Rachel Scholten is Director of International Admission at Loyola University Maryland where she manages international recruitment, credential evaluation, and admission at the undergraduate level. Prior to this position she worked in international admission at Kent State University, Ohio University...

Emilie Buse

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Academy Coach, Region X
Emilie Buse is the Assistant Director of International Services for Students and Scholars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She maintains and develops the software system Terra Dotta and ensures that student data is accurate, advises and counsels students regarding immigration matters, processes...

Emily Ostenson

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Secretary, Region XI; Academy Coach, Region XI
Emily Ostenson is the Assistant Director of Education Abroad in the International Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a graduate of the Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she received a Master of French Studies in...

Emily Kirsch

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University of California, Los Angeles
Academy Coach, Region XII
Dr. Emily Kirsch is passionate about the field of international education and believes in the power of cultural exchange to bridge divides and forge connections. She brings a deep background in strategic international marketing, recruitment, admissions, and immigration to her role at UCLA Extension...

Robb McCollum

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Southern Utah University
Academy Coach, National
Robb McCollum serves as Director of the American Language & Culture Center at Southern Utah University. He works with his faculty and staff to provide English language support services for international students, to train English language teachers, and to support campus initiatives in...