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
  • Communication with Trainees
  • Professional Tools
  • Facilitating Learning

Become an Academy Coach

Applications for Academy Coaches open April 15, 2020.

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.

Download the Academy Coach position description

Note: You must be a NAFSA member to serve as a coach for the NAFSA Academy.

An Interview with a Former Academy Coach

Rendy SchraderRendy Schrader
Director of International Student and Scholar Advising
Indiana University

Rendy Schrader shares her experience of being an Academy Coach and offers advice to new, incoming coaches. Read her interview.

Roopa Rawjee, EdD

Roopa Rawjee
Northeastern University
2020 Academy Class 17 Chair, 2019 Academy Class 16 Chair-Designate
Roopa is the assistant vice president, Office of Global Services at Northeastern University in Boston. Previously, she was the primary designated school official (PDSO), alternate responsible officer (ARO), and assistant dean of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Roopa’s experiences...

Janet Ray

Janet Ray
Providence College
2020 Academy Class 17 Chair-Designate 2019 Region XI Academy Coach. Janet Ray is an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of International Student Success at Providence College. As a native of Barbados, the opportunity to come to the United States as an international student has...

Kristen Kalbrener

kristen kalbrener
University of Oregon
2019 & 2020 Region I Academy Coach Kalbrener is currently a program manager for study abroad programs at University of Oregon's GEO (Global Education Oregon) and enjoys living in her native Pacific Northwest. She previously directed international programs in Region XI, working with international...

Barbara Velázquez

barbara velazquez
Metropolitan Community College
2019 & 2020 Region II Academy Coach. Velázquez has worked at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska, for over 30 years, and has served as the Coordinator of International/Intercultural Education since 1991. Her current College responsibilities include intercultural education...

Loveness Schafer

loveness schafer
Louisiana State University
Academy Coach, Region III
Loveness Schafer is the 2020 Region III Academy Coach. Schafer is associate director of international services in the Office of International Programs at Louisiana State University and A & M College in Baton Rouge. She has worked for LSU since August 2000. She manages LSU’s Exchange Visitor Program...

Shannon Ingleby

shannon ingleby
Kirkwood Community College
2020 Region IV Academy Coach Shannon Ingleby is the International Student Advisor at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. She started her career in International Education while teaching and living in China. After living overseas for three years, she understands the difficulties of moving...

Jessica Fetridge

jessica fetridge
Northwestern University
2020 Region V Academy Coach Jessica is the Associate Director in the Global Learning Office at Northwestern University where she oversees student services and pre-departure orientation, manages a summer program in Barcelona, and advises on a portfolio of programs in Oceania, Spain, and the MENA...

Amanda Yusko

amanda yusko
The Ohio State University
2019 & 2020 Region VI Academy Coach. 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...

Barry Vogel

barry vogel
Florida International University/Shorelight
2020 Region VII Academy Coach Barry Vogel is managing director of the Florida International University Global First Year Program with Shorelight where he leads a team of academic and student service professionals in providing a rigorous yet supportive experience for international students. Managing...

Todd Goen

todd goen
Christopher Newport University
2020 Region VIII Academy Coach Goen is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Christopher Newport University, where he also serves the department as Internship Director and the Faculty Director of the Cultural Communication Abroad program in Benelux. Prior to his arrival at...

Ellen Navarro

Ellen Navarro
Wagner College
Ellen Navarro is the Academy Class 17 Region 10 coach was the NAFSA Academy 13 National Coach. Navarro is the director of the Center for Intercultural Advancement and a social justice dialogues facilitator at Wagner College. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) certified facilitator...

Katie Irwin

kate irwin
Hampshire College
2020 Region XI Academy Coach Katie Irwin, Director of Global Education at Hampshire College, has been at Hampshire College for 12 years and has been Director of the Global Education Office since 2011. Katie received her Master’s in International Education at the School for International Training in...

Kira Espiritu

kira espiritu
University of San Diego
2020 Region XII Academy Coach 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...

Aaron Clevenger, EdD

Aaron Clevenger
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Aaron Clevenger is the International Education Leadership (IEL) and Teaching, Learning, Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community liaison for Region VII, and the 2020 National Academy Coach. Clevenger serves as the assistant provost and dean of international programs for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical...