Trainer Corps recognizes and celebrates our volunteer member leaders as not only subject matter experts in international education, but also as outstanding teachers and model trainers for our field.

Linda Melville, MIA, MA

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University of New Mexico
Trainer Corps Chair
Linda Melville is currently the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of New Mexico. Linda previously worked in International Education Administration at both Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a Peace Corps Teacher...

Gwyneth Smith

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Gwyneth Smith
Columbia University Medical Center
Trainer Corps Chair Designate
Gwyneth A. Smith, Associate Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, is a dedicated professional in the field of International Education and currently serves as NAFSA's Trainer Corps Chair Designate. Gwyneth is responsible for...

Rebecca Yoon

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Trainer Corps Network Leader
Rebecca Yoon has more than 15 years’ experience in teaching, assessment, program development, and administration in English Language Programs and K-12 international education. Currently, Rebecca is the founding director of English Language Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North...

NAFSA’s Trainer Corps Trainer Development Team is responsible for overseeing the induction and onboarding of new Trainer Corps members as well as ongoing enrichment opportunities for current Trainer Corps members.

Nannette Ripmeester

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Expertise in Labour Mobility
Trainer Corps Trainer Development Team
Nannette Ripmeester is director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (ELM). She is passionate about customizing solutions for international labour mobility. Nannette holds extensive knowledge on what makes graduates internationally employable through assignments for large corporate clients and higher...

Sarah Gonzales

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University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Trainer Corps Trainer Development Team
Sarah Gonzales is Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. At UNLV she is in charge of recruitment, marketing and admissions for non-JD programs including the LLM in Gaming Law. She was previously Assistant Director, and Director of...

Adilia Ross

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University of Nevada, Reno
Trainer Corps Trainer Development Team
Adilia Ross is an Assistant Director at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada). She started working at OISS in June 1999 while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology at Nevada. Upon completing her degree, while still working at OISS, she...

Amanda Connolly

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Lehigh University
Trainer Corps Trainer Development Team
Amanda Connolly is Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars at Lehigh University. In this role, she oversees immigration compliance, programming to support cultural adjustment and inclusivity of international students and scholars, other support services to the international and...

Core Education Program Deans

Each NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) Workshop and e-Learning Course has a dean responsible for ensuring that their assigned workshop or course has continued learning and resources that are up-to-date and engaging.