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.

Susan Lochner Atkinson

Susan Atkinson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Susan Lochner Atkinson is the associate director for advising at International Academic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also worked in education abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota. Atkinson has been active in NAFSA for over 15...

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...

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.

Chelsea Kindred

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Academic Programs International (API)
Chelsea Kindred is director of alumni development and research at Academic Programs International (API), an international education organization based in Austin, Texas. Chelsea manages API’s alumni development programs and research projects, where her responsibilities include drafting curriculum...

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...

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...