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.

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia
Lynn University
Erin Garcia is the director of international programs and services and principal designated school official (PDSO) at Lynn University where she oversees the international student services Office and Center for Learning Abroad. She also serves as responsible officer (RO) for South Central Rotary...

Alisa Lopez

Alisa Lopez
NEIS-Education
Alisa Lopez has served in higher education for over 15 years and currently leads business development and consulting for NEIS-Education. Prior to this role, she served as executive director of full-time recruitment at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School where she directed worldwide...

NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (TC) Preparation Program is delivered by a training team made up of three experienced and dedicated trainers. The Preparation Program is Trainer Corps’ training-of-trainers for new inductees and returning members.  For each cycle, the Preparation Program consists of pre-Annual Conference virtual interaction with new Trainer Corps members, an 8-hour workshop for new Trainer Corps members (delivered twice on two subsequent days), and a 4 ½ hour workshop for returning TC members (Enrichment workshop) all delivered at the Annual Conference.

Jill Townley

Jill Townley
Portland State University
Jill Townley is the associate director of the International Student Life Team at Portland State University. She has worked with international students in the field of international education for over 20 years and began as an activities coordinator and immigration adviser for the Intensive English...

Nicholas Dunn

Nick Dunn
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nicholas Dunn is an experienced facilitator and international educator specializing in intercultural communication; operations and customer service improvement; and campus and community outreach. Drawing on his experiences as an English teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a nonprofit volunteer...

Mandy Reinig

Mandy Reinig
Virginia Wesleyan University
Mandy Reinig is the director of Study Away at Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU). At VWU, she is working to increase study away participation through means of diversity and inclusion, bringing the institution in line with best practices, and developing new partnerships that create a more robust...

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.