The application process will open again by September 2019.

The NAFSA Trainer Corps is made up of approximately 300 member volunteers who develop, deliver, and maintain the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) curriculum and materials. Trainer Corps members deliver the NAFSA CEP Workshops at various events, programs, meetings, and conferences throughout the year, including NAFSA's Annual Conference, Regional Conferences, and On-Site offerings all over the country.

The NAFSA Trainer Corps Program provides an array of professional development opportunities for Trainer Corps members:

  • Gain valuable training skills
  • Share core job knowledge
  • Keep abreast of changes in the field
  • Network with other international educators

Trainer Corps members are recognized as valuable leaders within their regions and Knowledge Communities. They are ambassadors for the NAFSA Core Education Program Workshops and e-Learning Courses, which build fundamental International Education Professional Competencies for international educators throughout their career. Trainer Corps provides service and opportunity for giving back to the development and advancement of international educators all over the world!

Parinaz Zartoshty

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San Jose State University
Parinaz Zartoshty is the director of international student and scholar services at San Jose State University. Besides managing the staff and office and providing regulatory guidance, she is also actively involved in intercultural training for staff and faculty on campus. Parinaz received her...

Susan Lochner Atkinson

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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...

Sara Troy

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CEA Study Abroad
Sara Troy is director of program development at CEA Study Abroad. Sara’s role at CEA is to lead and manage the program development team, which focuses on creating programs that meet the needs of all students. She works closely with both CEA's international staff, and faculty and staff from U.S....

CK Kwai

CK Kwai
Jacksonville University
CK Kwai is the chief international officer at Jacksonville University. He has worked in the areas of EA, IEM, and ISSS for the last 20 plus years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of International Education from developing new study abroad agreements to foreign credential evaluation and...

Natalie Schlegel

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Bentley University
Natalie Schlegel is director of international education at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her office manages exchange partnerships and a diverse portfolio of education abroad programs that serve approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students annually. She came to Bentley in...

Elizabeth Strong

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Missouri State University
Elizabeth Strong is the director of study away at Missouri State University, where she provides the strategic direction of study abroad programming. Since 2009, Strong has worked with her team to increase student participation from 263 students to over 700 students. In additional to collaborating...

Holly Carter

Holly Carter
University of Evansville
Holly Carter, PhD, is the director of Harlaxton College programs and director of international programs for the University of Evansville and Harlaxton College. Holly has many years of experience developing and expanding international programs: as a US-based director, on-site program director,...

Erica Johnson

Erica Johnson currently works with the global enrollment team as the international admissions director to place boarding students at Nord Anglia Education's college preparatory schools in the United States. She has over 15 years of experience in international education and previously held positions...

Katerina Roskina

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China Credential Services
Katerina Roskina is the the exhibitor coordinator for Region V, and the owner and senior evaluator at China Credential Services. Her professional interests are credential evaluation and research, integration programming, transnational education and academic exchange facilitation, international...

Betsy Morley

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Albion College
Betsy Morley has worked in international education for over 12 years at Ohio University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and now at Albion College where she leads international admissions efforts. In her seven years in the international section of Ohio’s undergraduate admissions, Betsy...

Brad Huggins

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Bellevue College
Brad Huggins is the assistant director of international student success at Bellevue College, overseeing academic, F-1 visa and student life advising for over 1100 students. Brad has held many roles in both international education and student affairs, including extensive international advising and as...

Gwyneth Smith

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Columbia University Medical Center
Gwyneth A. Smith, associate director of the international students and scholars office at Columbia University Medical Center, has been working in the field of international education for 15 years. Gwyneth is responsible for immigration-related matters for the F-1 student population and H-1B faculty...

Denise Kinsella

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Santa Monica College
Denise Kinsella is currently the associate dean for international education at Santa Monica College. Santa Monica College is a public community college with an F-1 population of about 3,200 students from more than 100 countries. She has worked in international education since 1986. Kinsella is part...

Elena Gruzdeva

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Carnegie Mellon University
Elena was born and raised in Russia where she received a BA/MA in foreign language and literature (English) and taught English as a Second Language. She first came to the U.S. in 1993 as a J-1 exchange student and then in 1995 as an F-1 international student. She holds an MS in information science...

Karl Bryan

Craig High School
Karl Bryan is a school counselor and principal designated school official (PDSO) at Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin. He advises participants in the Janesville International Education Program, helping students acclimate to the U.S. high school environment and navigate the college...

Ximena Corley

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Columbia University
Ximena Corley is a senior scholar adviser at Columbia University's international students and scholars office. She works in a large office that serves over 2,000 J-1 scholars a year. She also has experience working as an international student adviser. She has been working in the field of...

Jin Zhang

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University of Houston
Jin Zhang is the associate director in international student and scholar services at the University of Houston. Jin has being advising students and exchange visitors since 2002 as an adviser, SEVIS Compliance Coordinator and her current capacity. Jin has been an active NAFSA Trainer Corps member...

Michael Freeman

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University of Arkansas
Michael Freeman is the director of international students and scholars at the University of Arkansas. In this capacity, he advises scholars on employment related permanent residency, H and J issues, supervises a fantastic team of creative and dedicated professionals and develops models to help...

Michelle Anderson

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North Carolina State University
Michelle serves as the international compensation and taxation manager for North Carolina State University. In her role, she assists NC State to successfully compensate and tax the university’s foreign national students, scholars, and employees. Michelle is responsible for ensuring compliance with...

Kelly McCullen

Kelly McCullen
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Kelly McCullen transitioned from a small private high school in urban Los Angeles to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in 2002. She was an academic adviser in the College of Business until 2007 when she moved to the International Center as an international student...

Kim Steinmetz

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Johnson County Community College
Kim Steinmetz serves as the program director of international and immigrant student services at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). She oversees all aspects of support for international and immigrant student services related to admission, visa and status concerns, and community support.

Jennie von Drehle

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DePaul University
Jennifer von Drehle is the associate director for student engagement and leadership at DePaul University. She has been active in the field of international education since 2001 and has held leadership roles in international student services, education abroad, English language instruction, and...

Emma Swift

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University of Vermont
Emma serves as the associate director of the office of international education at the University of Vermont. In this role, she leads the international student services team for a rapidly-expanding international population of graduate, exchange, and pathway students. She additionally supports UVM's...

Erin Garcia

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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...

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...