NAFSA is proud that our rise fellows come from nearly all our our regions across the United States.

Meet the current cohort of NAFSA RISE Fellows and learn more about they we are.


  • Adán De La Paz, The College of Idaho, Region I
  • Robb McCollum, Southern Utah University, Region II
  • Chris Huh, University of Missouri, Region IV
  • Tia VanHester, Illinois Central College, Region V
  • Caitlin Johnson, University of Kentucky, Region VI
  • Nicole Inclan, University of Central Florida, Region VII
  • Hermella Tekle, Institute of International Education, Region VIII
  • Ogonna Owu, Towson University, Region VIII
  • Emilie Buse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Region X
  • Loren Scott, Middlebury College in Vermont, Region XI
  • Eric Izaguirre, The University of California, Los Angeles, Region XII