Our Campus Partnerships team serves as liaisons with our U.S. partner colleges and universities. Each has extensive professional experience in education abroad and will work collaboratively with you to apply their expertise to supporting your education abroad mission and match one’s needs with our program offerings, assist with academic alignment, student outreach, DEI initiatives and all forms of partnership. We are happy to connect by phone, email or in person.

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Our Team

Mark Gallovic

Vice President - Campus Partnerships

Transformed by his own student experiences abroad in Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain as a high school and undergraduate student, Mark has been dedicated to the education abroad profession for more than 24 years. Prior to joining WorldStrides in 2014, he served as Director of Education Abroad at the University North Carolina Wilmington for eight years and as Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs at Arizona State University for eight years before that. He also worked for the Institute for Study Abroad, both in the U.S. and Australia. Mark earned undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Spanish at Miami University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University. When not focused on education abroad program development, he likes to go off recipe and cook by the inspiration of quirky ingredient baskets. Like many others hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Mark will always root for the underdog.

Eric Anderson

Senior Associate Vice President - Campus Partnerships

Before joining WorldStrides in 2017, Eric spent three years with Up with People as the Vice President for Admissions and was with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad for ten years as a Regional Director and then Director of Institutional Relations before that. Eric also lived in Coogee, Australia, for three years as the Operations Manager for the Olympic Youth Camp as part of the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. He has been a member of NAFSA for 15 years and the Forum since 2008. Eric has visited over 40 countries and all 50 states, but these days, he prefers spending free time at home in Colorado catching bugs and watching Moana over and over and over with his wife and two daughters.

Aley Bedair

Director - Campus Partnerships & Veritas Christian Study Abroad

A native Texan, born and raised, Aley developed a love for travel at a young age. Graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in International Studies: Spanish Arts and Culture, Aley had the amazing opportunity to study abroad with Veritas in Cusco, Peru, for the Summer of 2016. Aley spent her mornings taking classes and afternoons doing mission work at an after-school program for young children. Her time in Cusco deepened her passion for culture and experiential learning. Aley loves Broadway musicals, whether seeing one live or singing along in her car. She also has a deep love for alpacas and considers them one of the world’s greatest creatures. Aley is excited to share her love of study abroad!

Melissa Chambers

Associate Vice President - Campus Partnerships

Melissa is grateful to have spent the past 20 years transforming students’ lives though international education. Her professional areas of expertise include developing strategic partnerships for international education, sexual health and sexual violence prevention, and excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusivity for education abroad. She is also the author of NAFSA’s Sexual Health Abroad: A Guide to Healthy Practices (2009 and 2016). Melissa has presented at state, regional, and national conferences, spoken for the IIE Whitaker Fellows Program as well as at several universities, and sits on the Rainbow SIG of NAFSA Advisory Board. She has undergraduate degrees in Spanish and creative writing and a master’s degree in communication studies. Melissa loves spending time with her family, who regularly fosters dogs and cats. She lives with her husband, Martin, and two sons in Charlotte, NC. Melissa and Martin love to support local businesses and build community by hosting a farmers’ market club at their home once a month. And, of course, they love to travel together and explore different places.

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Caitie Chiaverotti

Regional Director

Growing up in Wisconsin, Caitie attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and earned undergraduate degrees in International Studies & Spanish, as well as minors in Latin American Studies and Business Administration. Her first trip outside of the United States was to El Salvador with a family member who was born and raised there, as a test from her mom to see if she could handle being away from home before following her dreams of studying abroad. Caitie fell in love not only with Salvadoran pupusas, but also with travel & experiencing other cultures. This led her to study abroad for the spring 2016 semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there, Caitie improved her Spanish while adopting the Argentine accent, traveled to Iguazu Falls, hiked in Patagonia, trekked on the Perito Moreno Glacier, and ate an exponential amount of empanadas, dulce de leche, alfajores, ice cream, and medialunas. After returning from her program abroad, Caitie got involved with the International Programs Office at her university by volunteering as an International Student Orientation Peer Leader and an Education Abroad Ambassador. Everything came full circle when she returned to her alma-mater to work as the Education Abroad Outreach Specialist for a few years before taking on her Regional Director role at WorldStrides. In addition to her interest in International Education and travel, Caitie enjoys reading, writing, hiking, being the best dog mom to her mini-goldendoodle Milo, and spending time on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Zac Einerson

Associate Vice President - Campus Partnerships

Zac has been professionally active in international higher education since 2004. Volunteering in an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya when he was 16 allowed him to practice travel with a purpose and experiential learning. From this encounter, Zac concluded that properly reflecting upon his experiences was an integral part of the learning process. While earning a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Colorado State University, he also studied abroad in Prague, the Czech Republic, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon his return, Zac worked as a peer study abroad advisor, and then became a full-time study abroad advisor after graduation. Based on his strong regard for reflection, he additionally co-founded Lessons From Abroad, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping students who have recently returned from study and internship abroad programs to articulate their experiences and communicate their program’s value academically, socially, and professionally. Zac has two master’s degrees and expects to receive his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland this year. He has traveled to nearly 100 countries and all seven continents. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and is eager to see more students experience the world.

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Nicole Darvin

Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

California, Nevada, Hawaii

Growing up in a multicultural and diverse community in California, Nicole has always loved learning through immersion and dreamed of traveling around the world. She attended the University of California Irvine and earned a bachelor’s degree in Korean Literature and Culture while also pursuing a minor in Film and Media studies. Her time studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea ignited a passion for global learning and inspired her to begin working in the field of international education at her university’s study abroad office as a peer advisor. She also has a deep passion for promoting international education in minority and underrepresented communities and hopes to continue to be a resource for minorities looking to study abroad. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys traveling, spending time with her dogs, and finding new places to eat.

Angel Elvin

Director - Campus Partnerships

Angel has over 14 years of experience in international higher education both in study abroad and international admissions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ohio State and a master’s in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Growing up in a small town in an international household Angel fell in love with traveling and learning about different cultures when she took her first trip abroad to live with her family for a month in the Philippines when she was 7 years old. After that experience, Angel was hooked on experiencing the world. Professionally, Angel has worked closely with university partners’ study abroad offices, identifying programs and services that help support their student population, faculty needs, and international initiatives. Prior to that, she worked for a UK university, Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland, where she assisted and supported university partners, faculty, and students with Queen’s study abroad programs and services. Aside from study abroad and partnership work, Angel also has a passion for working with international students looking to study abroad in the US and has visited students in South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to promote international education. She currently works remotely at her home office in Cincinnati, OH, along with a large team of office assistants comprised of 7 rescue cats and 1 Lionhead Dwarf Bunny. She enjoys flower gardening, expanding her crystal collection, and traveling whenever she can with her husband and three children.

Alex Halvorson

Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

Originally from Wisconsin, Alex earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Community Health from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He first developed a passion for international travel and education during his undergrad after he went to Germany to visit a German exchange student friend from high school. Afterward, Alex decided to study in Granada, Spain for two semesters with WorldStrides! His love for study abroad and higher education led him to pursue his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State with hopes of helping more students travel the world and broaden their horizons. When Alex isn’t working or daydreaming about eating tapas in Spain, he enjoys running marathons, cheering for the Minnesota Vikings, playing his ukulele, re-reading Harry Potter books, and staying at home and watching The Office.

Craig Jefferson

Regional Director

Craig has always had a passion for experiencing new cultures. His first study abroad opportunity, a week-long exchange with a school in Quebec City, was the culmination of seven years of elementary education at a French immersion school. That sixth-grade experience was the first of many; he has since traveled to a total of 38 countries. He continued his cultural exploration at Frostburg State University, earning dual degrees in Mass Communication and French. In the spring of his junior year he left for Amiens, France to study French literature at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, and then returned to FSU where he worked as a study abroad ambassador on campus. After all these experiences, a career in international education was inevitable. Craig’s decade-long career in IE includes serving as a Program Officer/ARO for the J-1 Intern/Trainee visa category, on-campus roles supporting the International Centers and Programs at Johns Hopkins University and serving as the Senior Admissions Officer/DSO at the University of Baltimore. Most recently, he served the Mid-Atlantic region as Manager of University Relations with CIEE. In addition to his passion for International Education, Craig is interested in environmental sustainability, hiking with his dog, Molly, and trying to improve his sourdough bread making.

Sara Kochuba

Regional Director

Sara fell in love with learning about other cultures during her high school French class and then spent a semester in Paris during college. From there, she was hooked on the magic of travel and found her passion: to help others have access to intercultural opportunities. To date, she has spent time in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America and has led groups of students in France and The Netherlands. To WorldStrides, Sara brings over 10 years of professional experience in study abroad on the higher education side, most recently as a Senior Director of Global Initiatives at Washington & Jefferson College. Her areas of expertise include nurturing partnerships, student advocacy, risk management, health & safety, as well as policy development. Outside of the office, Sara loves cooking, reading, her cats, and prides herself on her packing skills. At home, she can often be found trying out a new recipe or preserving something grown from her husband’s giant garden.

Zac Macinnes

Director of Campus Partnerships - New England

Zac has served the field of international education for nearly 15 years, and believes deeply in the power of study abroad to create a better, more compassionate world – one student at a time. Zac’s own life was transformed by global education experiences in Peru, Mexico, Spain and Australia, and has since been privileged to visit 75 countries on 6 continents. Zac has presented at dozens of national, state and local conferences, and his professional areas of expertise include forecasting and strategic planning, faculty and cross-campus engagement, the alignment between career development and study abroad, marketing and technology, and matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion. A native of Austin, Texas, Zac holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy degree from Trinity College, and a Bachelor’s in Spanish and International Affairs from Emmanuel College in Boston. Zac started his international education career fresh out of college as a University Relations Representative with ISA in 2009. Zac went on to serve in leadership roles at Trinity College, CIS Abroad and the University of Connecticut, and was thrilled to come “back home” to his ISA roots as Director of Campus Partnerships with WorldStrides Higher Education in 2021. Zac believes in nourishing a sense of adventure, and takes pleasure in exploring new places and trying new things – whether it’s around the corner or across the world. He enjoys hiking, cooking, foreign languages, the occasional Netflix binge at home with his husband,  and – of course – planning his next big adventure.

Dan O’Brien

Associate Vice President - Campus Partnerships

Dan‘s interest in people, places, and cultures started at age 13 when his grandfather took him to Austria for a week-long stay.  Since that time, Dan has traveled to more than 25 countries, and has more than 16 years experience in education abroad. Dan has a Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Management from the School for International Training. He studied for a semester at the Universidad de Sevilla as an undergraduate student and as a graduate student served as a group leader for the Experiment in International Living – Spain. Dan is passionate about the power of education abroad and the global competencies it provides students.

Colton Oliphant

Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

Colton has been a member of the International Education community for just shy of a decade. He has spent most of that time at the University of Idaho Education Abroad Office, coordinating 22 faculty-led programs each year and sending thousands of students abroad on their programs. He has presented at multiple professional conferences, including NAFSA, ACADA, and LFA—where he taught people how to use creativity as a tool in their professional lives. His international experiences have led him to 24 separate countries over five continents for a combination of work, study, and pleasure. Now, he has taken residence at WorldStrides and looks forward to being a part of their facilitation of student dreams. Exploring the world and expanding minds are his passions, and he’d love to help you do the same!

Michael Saenz

Director - Campus Partnerships

Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri

Michael has been in the field of international education for over 10 years. Before joining Worldstrides, he worked for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) for almost seven years as a Programs Abroad Coordinator and then as Assistant Director. Prior to his time at UTK, he worked for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) where his career in international education began. One of Michael’s fondest memories of studying abroad was witnessing the Spanish National Soccer Team win the World Cup while he was studying in Spain. Michael has undergraduate degrees in Business and Spanish and he recently completed his MBA at UTK in 2019. When Michael is not behind his desk working, you can find him traveling domestically or internationally, hanging out with family and friends, exploring the great outdoors, or playing sports.

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Sarah Swanner

Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri

An American by passport, and a global citizen by heart — Sarah took her first plane ride in 2013 at the impressionable young age of sixteen to Osaka, Japan, where she studied abroad for a year in high school through AFS Intercultural Programs. Although the two cultures and languages were about as similar as sushi and sandwiches, Sarah discovered her passion for breaking down big walls and building strong bridges, so she pursued a degree in Sociology at Oklahoma State University. As a first-generation university student, there were certainly a few challenges, but this did not stop her from studying abroad again in South Korea in 2016 for an academic year. These two experiences were vital in deepening her passion for studying abroad, foreign language acquisition, and getting lost. Sarah enjoys weight-lifting, Minecraft, collecting children’s books in other languages, caring for her baby succulents, and sharing “fun facts.”

Alicia Vinal

Regional Director

Alicia grew up in Maine, and little did she know her high school Project Graduation raffle win of a flight voucher would begin her love of international travel. Her first time on a plane during winter break of undergrad took her to Birmingham, England to visit a friend she met while working at a camp the summer before college, and an overnight trip to London started her obsession with what is now her favorite city! Alicia returned to London during her semester abroad while studying at Wheaton College (MA) and she was a Peer Advisor during her senior year; she thought everyone should study abroad, and distinctly recalls saying “I don’t know what one does, but one day I want to work with study abroad programs.” After obtaining her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University, she entered the international education field as a study abroad advisor. Alicia has been a part of the Region XI Leadership and Consular Affairs Liaison (for Boston Spanish and Italian Consulates) Teams, and the NAFSA Academy. Outside of work, Alicia is usually plotting her next travel adventure in the U.S. or internationally…and her bucket list of destinations keeps expanding! The ultimate destination? Australia! You will also find her outdoors as often as possible (except in the winter), reading and at her local CrossFit gym.

Sarah Warren

Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Sarah always wanted to get involved in international education. She earned a B.A. in German Language, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Kentucky. During her time at UK, she studied abroad outside of Munich, Germany, to improve her language skills and learn about the culture firsthand. Studying abroad not only improved her German but also gave her an appreciation for international cultures and people. She still talks with her host family, even years later. Helping students discover the same things for themselves is something that Sarah is excited to be involved with as part of the WorldStrides team. In her spare time, Sarah likes to write, cook, play video games, and spend time with friends.

Dominique Washington

Regional Director

Dominique grew up in a small town in New Jersey but was always eager to explore new cultures, foods, and destinations. Her first international travel experience was to Austria and the Czech Republic at the age of 13 with the choir she spent 10 years singing with. After spending 3 weeks traveling to various cities throughout the two countries, Dominique wanted to keep learning about new cultures and people, and the best way to do that was to travel. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona, and while there, she spent a semester at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia as an exchange student. She spent nearly 2 years working for UA’s Study Abroad Office after returning from Sydney which gave her the courage to pursue her Masters Degree in International Education at NYU after graduating. After earning her Masters Degree, Dominique spent time at the University of Texas at Arlington as the Study Abroad Advisor where she helped students find the best program that would benefit their academic, professional, and personal goals. She is now the Regional Director (TX, NM & LA) for ISA and TEAN and is excited to continue working with higher education institutions. Dominique is passionate about providing an inclusive experience for students and wants to continue dedicating her time to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives to ensure students from all backgrounds have equal opportunities for cultural and global awareness and growth.

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Regional Director - Campus Partnerships

While growing up, Snow spent every summer traveling around the United States, camping and visiting as many national parks as possible, which sparked her love of travel. A Florida native, Snow attended the University of South Florida (USF), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology and studied abroad twice—a full semester in Melbourne, Australia and a summer in Florence, Italy. She actually began working in international education right after her first study abroad trip, in the USF Education Abroad Office, and continued to work there for five years after graduation while also completing a master’s in business administration. Snow is a passionate advocate of study abroad for all students and loves helping them explore their possibilities. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her two guinea pigs, Muffin and Koala, and plan her future travel adventures.

Campus Visits

Schedule a Visit

We visit hundreds of U.S. campuses each year promoting our programs, visiting with program alumni, and discussing education abroad issues with international educators and faculty. If you would like us to visit your campus, whether it is for an organized study abroad fair or just an independent visit, please contact your Regional Director.

Marketing Materials

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We produce a number of materials that provide in-depth information about our programs and services. These include region and country brochures, internship guides, major specific flyers, and pre-departure and orientation guides for program participants. Please complete the Request for Information to receive marketing materials.

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Site Visits

Attend a Site Visit

We offer study abroad advisors and faculty the chance to visit our program sites to gain first-hand knowledge of both our university partners and our extensive on-the-ground support services. These guided educational tours are led our TEAN Resident Directors and include visits to our partner universities, inspections of our housing, city tours and cultural excursions. Please contact your Regional Director for more information on our next site visit.

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GROUP SITE VISITs

South Korea, November 6-11, 2022

Join us on our group site visit to Seoul and Busan, South Korea! For your convenience, this visit will take place alongside CIEE’s Seoul conference, though it is not limited to CIEE attendees.

  • Sunday-Monday, November 6-7:  Join us for a welcome dinner, city tours, and visits to our host universities in Seoul.
  • Wednesday November 9: Come check out the TEAN Seoul office during our open house.
  • Friday-Saturday November 11-12: If you’re curious to explore more, you’ll have the option to add an overnight visit to Busan! Accommodations and return transportation on Saturday are included.

*NOTE: Participants may opt for Seoul only or Busan only. Contact sitevisit@worldstrides.com for more information.

Affiliation

Affiliation with TEAN

We distinguish ourselves from other international education organizations through our commitment to personalized attention and superior service for all students and university partners. For more than 20 years, we have been experts in the Asia Pacific region and have built the knowledge and expertise of our staff in both the U.S. and abroad. Our goal is to hone our expertise in Asia Pacific and choose the best university partners abroad – not to become the largest provider with the most programs. Here are some of the highlights of affiliation with TEAN.

Affiliate Benefits for Your Students
  • Students from affiliated universities qualify for an automatic discount on semester, summer, and internship programs.
  • Students from affiliate universities can apply for special affiliate-only need and merit based scholarships.  

Affiliate Benefits for Your Institution
  • Staff and Faculty Site Visits – TEAN offers study abroad advisors and faculty the opportunity to visit our program sites to gain first-hand knowledge of both our university partners and our extensive on-the-ground support services. These guided educational tours are led by TEAN Resident Directors staff and include visits with our partner universities, inspections of our housing, city tours and cultural excursions. Priority attendance on site visits is provided to our affiliates.
  • Pre-departure Information Sessions – Our Regional Directors are available to conduct face-to-face pre-departure orientations on your campus for all TEAN applicants by request. If we can’t make it in person, we can arrange a webinar or Skype call to make sure all student questions are answered before they depart the U.S.
  • Open House and Advisory Roundtable – We biennially invite our close affiliate university staff to attend a three-day Open House and Roundtable event hosted by TEAN in Chicago to engage our colleagues in informative and lively discussions regarding topics in the field and around the world. It’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues, provide advice and feedback on our organization and meet our exceptional staff.
  • Partnership – We’re dedicated to helping international education offices achieve their goals through a close working relationship. We intentionally choose to collaborate with select partner institutions in order to provide the highest level of professional services.

The TEAN Difference

  • Experienced and well-trained staff in the U.S. and abroad. Key members of our team have more than 15 years of experience in the field and all staff are thoroughly trained on our programs and visit our sites overseas regularly.
  • A personalized partnership. We focus on partnering with U.S. institutions through personalized attention to the needs and goals of the study abroad office through Campus Relations staff.
  • Geographic expertise. We offer geographical expertise in Asia Pacific including Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Unparalleled support. We maintain an excellent student-to-staff ratio to ensure the best possible services to students and institutional partners.
  • Dedicated on-site staff. Our on-site staff not only have years of industry knowledge, but and know all our students by name.
  • Housing to fit every student. TEAN maintains our own housing inventory and we are personally responsible for coordinating all facets of the residential experience with housing options for all budgets and lifestyles.
  • Preparation and orientation services. We provide the highest level of pre-departure preparation through written guides and an extensive series of personal contacts via campus visits, phone calls and email correspondence. As a result of our ability to offer personalized service, TEAN students arrive overseas well prepared for the rigors of life at an overseas university and ready to engage in the host country culture.
  • Measured learning outcomes. Our intentional programming includes a number of strategic assessments administered before, during and after students’ international experience, to maximize student-learning outcomes.
  • Meticulously selected international partners. We have worked diligently to identify and partner with the best international universities in diverse locations with a focus on cultural immersion, sensitivity to the needs to U.S. students and appreciation of diversity.
  • High value. We strive to ensure that our programs continue to be the most comprehensive, price competitive and valuable around — a fact that our alumni regularly applaud.