A series of recent regulatory changes affect educational exchanges, outbound programs, and people-to-people initiatives between the United States and Cuba. In light of President Obama’s recent historic visit to Cuba in March 2016, NAFSA presents this Government Connection to learn about changes that may impact those currently operating programs in Cuba, or planning to operate programs in Cuba in the near future. The community joining the call will hear directly from government representatives on the regulatory changes and how they impact your work.

Moderating the Government Connection is Stephen Ferst, EdD., executive director of the Center for International Service at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and NAFSA’s vice president for public policy and practice. Bios for the confirmed speakers from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Department of State are listed below.

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Stephen FerstStephen Ferst, EdD
College of Staten Island
Stephen Ferst, EdD, is executive director of the Center for International Service at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he is responsible for all aspects of the college’s internationalization. His previous NAFSA volunteer leadership experience includes serving as New Jersey state whip, chair of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community, and chair of the 2013 Annual Conference Committee. In 2008, he was named NAFSA Advocate of the Year. Currently, Ferst serves as the vice president for public policy and practice on NAFSA’s Board of Directors. Ferst has an EdD from Rutgers University in theory policy and administration.


Andrea CoreyAndrea Corey
United States Department of State
Andrea Corey is a career foreign service officer and serves as a policy and coordination officer in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity she works to align ECA programs with interagency and regional foreign policy priorities in ways that address global challenges. As ECA’s primary liaison to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs she advises on the foreign policy direction of bureau programming, develops options that guide ECA’s response to big-picture questions, and works with interagency and regional colleagues to help them choose the right ECA program to achieve their policy goals. She has held diplomatic assignments in China and Latin America.

Samantha Rollinger SultoonSamantha Rollinger Sultoon
United States Department of the Treasury
Samantha Rollinger Sultoon serves as a senior sanctions policy advisor within the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In this capacity, Ms. Sultoon is responsible for developing sanctions policies, outreach and implementation strategies, and regulations related to economic sanctions in Cuba and Burma, as well as sanctions policy issues pertaining to the Magnitsky sanctions and the Atrocities Prevention Board. This includes working with senior officials from the Treasury Department and across the U.S. Government to develop and effectuate the significant easing of Cuba sanctions announced by President Obama in December 2014. Prior to joining OFAC, Ms. Sultoon served as an intelligence advisor in the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis on the Economics and Finance team. Prior to joining the Department of the Treasury, Ms. Sultoon served as the senior analyst for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) in The World Bank’s Office of Global Security where she assessed political, economic, and security issues throughout the MENA region and provided regular analyses to the World Bank’s senior management. Samantha has a master's of science degree with distinction in Middle East politics, and a minor in international Jihadi terrorism, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Madelina Young-SmithMadelina Young-Smith
United States Department of State
Madelina Young-Smith is currently the public diplomacy officer in the Office of the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State. She joined the Foreign Service in 2006. Prior to her current assignment, she served in Washington, DC as a refugee officer in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration covering the Horn of Africa region. She has also served as a consular officer at U.S. Embassy London (United Kingdom), as well as a political and economic officer at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince (Haiti). Madelina was also deployed on temporary assignments to Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake and Cairo, Egypt during the 2011 revolution.

Madelina holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University (magna cum laude) and a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.