M. Catherine Mukimba (Ed.D. 2009)

The opportunity to grow up with multiple educational and work experiences in a global context has made me the kind of educator I am today: one focused on using the extensive opportunities I have had to foster positive change to improve lives through education. Studying at the Center for International Education at UMass nurtured my practical approach to education and my role as a global citizen.


Since my graduation, I have concurrently worked as educator on two fronts that are dear to my personal and professional goals.


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Natasha Kovalyova (M.Ed. 2002)

Natasha (Natalia) Kovalyova is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of North Texas at Dallas. Her areas of expertise include communication studies, rhetoric and language and political communication.  


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Elena V. (Khatskevich) Nuciforo (M.Ed. 2002)

Elena received her Master of Education degree at the UMass Center for International Education through an Edmund Muskie Fellowship provided by the US Department of State to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Elena came to CIE in 2000 from the city of Ulan-Ude in Eastern Siberia where she was a lecturer of English at Buryat State University.


After completing her Master of Education, Elena returned to Russia to work as a program manager at the Center for Communication Programs of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Moscow.


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Karen Campbell-Nelson (Ed.D. 2002)

Karen Campbell-Nelson is a professor in the Faculty of Theology of Artha Wacana Christian University in West Timor, Indonesia. She teaches courses in theological English, gender and theology, and social research methods, and serves on the editorial board of the graduate program’s academic journal, Eureka. Her research focuses on gender, human rights and transitional justice. [2/17]


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Lisa Deyo (Ed.D. 2007)

Lisa Deyo is currently Senior Education Advisor at Cambridge Education in Washington DC. She has worked in Afghanistan, Liberia and Pakistan as well as in the DC area in recent years.


Prior to moving back to DC in 2015, Lisa served as a basic curriculum design and literacy development consultant for UNESCO in Kabul, Afghanistan. She provided technical support to the Afghanistan Ministry of Education’s Literacy Department and UNESCO to create a national basic/literacy education curriculum framework for youth and adults and tools to support curriculum development.


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Tigran Tovmasyan (M.Ed. 2004)

Tigran is currently with UNICEF Armenia as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme Officer. His responsibilities include enhancing project effectiveness in preschools and schools, including special schools; coordinating the development of an action plan for capacity-building activities in education in emergency preparedness and response; supporting national stakeholders for the setup of a coordination mechanism for DRR in education, and promoting the establishment of a national mechanism to provide psychosocial support to and prevent the trafficking of children in emergencies.


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Askar Mambetaliev (M.Ed. 2004)

Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, Askar just finished his most recent research with the Canadian Center of Pluralism on the peaceful co-existence of people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds. Prior to that, he led a research project within a UNESCO Global Initiative on the problems of exclusion in schools. Earlier, Askar was a visiting scholar of the Open Society Institute at New York University, where he focused on developing programs in the social and political sciences.

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Svetlana Pivovar Dmitriyeva (M.Ed. 2004)

After graduating from CIE in 2004, Svetlana Dmitriyeva went on to work at UNDP Ukraine doing M&E of projects in local communities affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. Afterwards she transferred to the UN coordination office in Moscow where she prepared country programming products including the UN Development Assistance Frameworks and joint UN programs directed towards the Millennium Development Goals.


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Tossaporn 'Pan' Sariyant ( M.Ed. 1985, Ed.D. 2002)

Pan retired from the Office of Nonformal and Informal Education of the Ministry of Education, Thailand after 37 years of service. She taught part-time at the Chiang Mai University School of Education until October 2016, and is now relaxing and going through old papers, as well as meeting occasionally with her 3 doctoral and 2 master’s advisees from Chiang Mai University.


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Josephine Mkandawire (M.Ed. 2002)

The BRIDGE Project, where I have worked for 11 years ended in December last year but some few officers proceeded up to May 2015. My contract ended March 27, 2015. 


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