cbohonowicz [at] ipo.umass.edu
Sherry has been working in the International Programs Office (IPO) since 1996. Over the years she has held many different positions in IPO and is currently is working for the Business Manager as an accountant. Sherry is a Massachusetts native having growing up just outside Boston and has spent her married life living here in beautiful scenic Western Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with her family.
kcroke [at] acad.umass.edu
Kim assists with the administrative functions related to the Faculty-Led study abroad programs. She also assists students with the application process for these programs. Prior to this Kim worked as the Asia Exchange Programs Assistant.
mdelmontegla [at] umass.edu
Mariana is a Program and Project Developer. She recently received her BA in psychology and women and gender studies from UMass Amherst. In 2016 Mariana spent a semester in Rwanda, where she studied peace-building and conflict resolution through the partner program SIT, on the Gilman Scholarship. Upon return Mariana became a peer advisor for the Education Abroad team.These experiences provided Mariana with a deeper notion of study abroad, cultural awareness, and international involvement as an American student and developing professional. As a recent UMass undergraduate, Mariana is passionate about working with students and staff to assist in enhancing inclusive special topic and outreach programs. Mariana also works at a local coffee shop, creates art and music, and spends time with her cat Neliah. She plans to continue studying and working with the international community in her future, and feels strongly that studying abroad and working with the IPO team has heavily shaped her current trajectory.
andreadrake [at] ipo.umass.edu
As the Director of International Health, Safety, and Security, Andrea is responsible for developing systems to support students, staff, and faculty traveling abroad as well as the implementation of comprehensive international travel safety policies and strategies for campus. Prior to this role, Andrea managed a national personal finance program at an educational non-profit based in New York City. Andrea earned a dual B.A. degree from Northeastern University in International Affairs and Languages, Literature, and Cultures with a minor in Middle East Studies. Her undergraduate program included two full time co-ops working at Amnesty International and The Boston Globe as well as periods studying abroad in Paris and the Middle East. Her travel experience continued post-college with a summer volunteering in Haiti. Andrea received her Master's in Higher Education Administration from UMass Amherst. She holds a leadership position in Pulse, a national network of international health, safety, and security professionals in higher education.
dutta [at] umass.edu
Pamela Dutta recently joined the International Programs Office (IPO) in January 2018 as the Associate Director for International Student and Scholar Success. Prior to joining the IPO team, Dutta worked with UMass Student Legal Services Office since 2005. This new position has a joint reporting role to Student Affairs and Campus Life's (SACL) advocacy, inclusion and support programs. In her new role, Dutta will allow IPO and the Student Affairs & Campus Life (SACL) division to be even more integrated in their collective commitment to the inclusion and success of the UMass international student and scholar community. Pamela will allow IPO and SACL to be even more integrated in their collective commitment to the inclusion and success of the international student and scholar community.
She is uniquely situated to collaborate with the Center for Women and Community, Student Veterans Resource Center, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Stonewall Center, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Men and Masculinities Center, Upward Bound and Student Bridges, to better support the diverse needs of our international students.
Dutta earned her Bachelors of Arts with University Without Walls from UMass Amherst in 2005. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from UMass Amherst School of Public Policy in 2017.
gradexchange [at] ipo.umass.edu
Mahsa Farid Mohajer is a PhD student in Building and Construction Technology program, in the Environmental Conservation Department. She started working as a graduate assistant at the International Program Office from September 2017 and works with the incoming graduate exchange students. As an international student, she is thrilled to work in an office that values international students and works with students from all over the world.
ipoprojects [at] ipo.umass.edu
Sean is the Research and Project Assistant for Education Abroad. After receiving his B.A. at Boston University, Sean worked in the New York publishing industry before arriving to graduate school at UMass-Amherst, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Department. As an undergraduate, he spent a year abroad at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, studying modern British literature and history while traveling the British isles and Western Europe by weekend. He has always been, and continues to be, an avid international traveler. As the Project and Research Assistant, Sean is excited to share his vision for study abroad programming at UMass.
ipoevents [at] ipo.umass.edu
I was three weeks old when I crossed the Atlantic for the first time, and much of my life since has been spent living, traveling, and learning abroad. This has enriched my life in countless ways. To paraphrase Arthur Miller, studying abroad is about much more than seeing new places; it’s also about developing new ways of seeing (and being!). I’m excited for UMass students to have this experience as well. As the graduate assistant for pre-departure and re-entry programming, I am responsible for developing resources to help students not only feel more prepared to travel and make the most out of your time abroad, but also know how to better integrate your experience once you return. In addition to my work with the Ed Abroad office, I am a doctoral student here at UMass in the International Education concentration.
nishida [at] ipo.umass.edu
Naoko joined the UMass Amherst community first as an International Student and has worked in other offices across campus prior to landing at IPO in 2002, as a SEVIS Coordinator and now in the role of Assistant Director of Operations for the International Student and Scholar Services. Her primary duties are overseeing immigration record and compliance and ensuring smooth operation of the advising unit. She also advises students and scholars on immigration issues.
Outside of work, Naoko volunteers her time serving on committees for her two sons. She is a member of the Amherst Hockey Association and serves as Timekeeper Coordinator and is also the Team Manager for the Western Mass Vipers 14U. She devotes most of her weekends at ice rinks watching them play hockey.
reginejohn [at] ipo.umass.edu
Regine works with exchange partner universities in the states of Baden-Württemberg and Hessen as well as other parts of Germany. She is also responsible for exchanges with the Netherlands and Scandinavia and advises on education abroad programs in Switzerland, Austria, Central and Eastern Europe.
hlacey [at] umass.edu
Heather is new to the International Programs Office and new to Umass, having joined the staff as Business Manager in March 2017. Prior to this, she worked as controller for a newspaper in Boston for 20 years. She is responsible for managing all financial activities of IPO, and also handles payroll, hiring, and other HR-related items for the IPO office. Heather hopes to bring her experience in streamlining procedures and the wearing many hats, here to IPO and allow the rest of our amazing staff more time to spend working with our students. Her most recent trip abroad was to Iceland, hiking Vatnajökull and Skógafoss, boating the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, attending the LungA Art festival in Seyðisfjörður, and camping and driving the entire way around the country, and she is planning to go back as soon as possible.
leblanc [at] ipo.umass.edu
AJ earned her M.Ed. from UMass in 2002 and has been working on campus since 2007. She was thrilled to join the Education Abroad team during the summer of 2015. Through generous scholarships, she was able to participate in an internship in London the summer before her senior year of college. This provided her with experience and skills that she has used in the classroom, in her career and in all aspects of her life. She believes that study away programs should be an option for all students in all majors, no matter what their backgrounds or resources are. She encourages any student to come talk to the Education Abroad staff, explore the opportunities available and learn how to make studying abroad a reality.
cjl [at] ipo.umass.edu
Carol works with programs and exchanges in the Middle East, Africa as well as managing the experiential-based programs such as internships and service learning abroad, including CAPA. In addition, Carol works with the curricular integration project to clarify academically sound programs abroad specific to the majors at UMass.Carol is passionate about opportunities for students in some amazing parts of the world. She is committed to assisting any and all UMass students –“this is not an elitist experience but a critical part of everyone's education.” Carol’s best advice: Assume you can do this! Work with us at IPO to help put it together. Never be afraid to ask for help in the process.
slutsch [at] umass.edu
Stacy, a native Oregonian, is the Director of Academic Initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she assesses and develops international programming designed to broaden the campus's understanding of and involvement in the internationalization process. She comes to UMass after three years in Spain, where she taught at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and got a Master’s in International Business Management – helpful, since she now helps plan IPO’s scholarship efforts! Before Spain, Stacy spent five years at the University of Kansas, where she taught Spanish and completed her doctoral coursework in Spanish and Portuguese literature, in addition to co-leading two programs to Spain and Costa Rica. When Stacy isn’t in her office, she enjoys spending time with her dog (who moved with her from Kansas to Spain and then to Massachusetts), hiking (she has hiked the Camino de Santiago – The Way of St. James – twice), and combining her love of all things food and wine with tourism to plan the perfect culinary travel experience.
jmmurray [at] umass.edu
cnovotny [at] umass.edu
As the Undergraduate Exchange Coordinator, Claire works with incoming and outgoing exchange students. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University for Massachusetts and a MA in Intercultural Leadership from SIT Graduate Institute. She studied abroad three times while in college and has led over 20 faculty-taught programs throughout the world. Outside the office, Claire keeps busy hiking in the woods, spending time with friends, and frequenting local coffee shops!
eostenson [at] ipo.umass.edu
Emily serves as the advisor for programs in France and Italy. Prior to IPO, she was the International Relations Manager at Grenoble IAE, the School of Management, within the University of Grenoble Alps. She has also held positions in study abroad, international professional exchange, and foreign language teaching. She is an alumna of the Professional French Masters Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she earned her Master of French Studies in International Education. She has lived in different regions of France for 5 years, including studying abroad in Montpellier, and has traveled extensively in Europe.
kjreade [at] ipo.umass.edu
Ken Reade has worked in the field of international education since 1989 and he remains active both regionally and nationally in a number of areas affecting international education and immigration regulatory practice. Ken has been a longtime advocate of federal immigration reform policies and in 2013, Reade was named “Advocate of the Year” by the field’s leading professional organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He has also served as NAFSA’s Region XI (Northeastern United States) Chair, as well as a variety of other positions within the association and is a frequent presenter at regional and national NAFSA conferences. In 2010 he received the region’s “Distinguished Service Award.” Ken joined the IPO at UMass in August, 2014 and previously served in the Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth College since 2001. His other previous international education experiences included positions in London, UK with Central College Abroad, Pacific University (Oregon) and the University of Illinois Chicago. As a native Oregonian, Ken appreciates the natural beauty of Western Massachusetts and resides in Northampton, MA with his wife Susan, two daughters and a friendly Yellow Lab named Lucy. Ken is also a passionate soccer fan and welcomes any and all discussion of the world’s “beautiful game” with the UMass international population!
mjromero [at] umass.edu
Mike serves as an advisor for programs in Ireland and CAPA London and works in close liaison with UMass Amherst’s faculty leaders and International Education Partners to facilitate the coordination of short-term, educationally focused international programs. A Massachusetts native and alumnus of UMass with a B.A. in English and Letter of Specialization in Professional Writing, Mike spent a semester abroad in the United Kingdom during his undergrad career and has since returned to London to lead two short-term programs. His experience abroad as an undergrad ultimately led Mike to choose a career in international education; he thinks everybody should have the opportunity to travel abroad and learn about themselves, and the world, from a foreign perspective.
kes [at] ipo.umass.edu
Kate supports students through the study abroad process by monitoring their progress through the Terra Dotta software application. She is our liaison with the UMass Undergraduate Registrar, Bursar and Financial Aid Services and ensures students’ status and billing information is correct in SPIRE. Kate also works closely with University Health Services and Dean of Students office seeking clearance for students to safely go abroad. Recognizing that students benefit from various levels of support, Kate is available for advising regarding the financial aspects of Education Abroad. She helps students compare program costs and figure out their budgets. Preparing to study abroad is exciting, scary, complicated and fun all at the same time! “Helping students and families through this process is hugely satisfying”.
csnowden [at] umass.edu
Candice advises on programs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Candice has long been a proponent of international education and was determined to study abroad when she was in high school. Her first trip abroad was to rural Japan, where she was able to improve her speaking abilities while learning about environmental education. Additionally, Candice taught English in Chinese universities for nearly 4 years before joining the IPO. She loved her experience and hopes to inspire students from all backgrounds to study abroad! Candice received her Bachelor degree in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College and her Master degree in International Studies- Education from Concordia University Irvine. Originally from the South, she spends much of her spare time exploring and adapting to life in New England.
csosa [at] ipo.umass.edu
What are you waiting for? Go study abroad! Best thing in your college career...
As you can see, Cris truly feels this is one of the most incredible experiences you will have in your lifetime. She wishes she had studied abroad during her college career and truly regrets not doing it. Cris was born in Havana, Cuba and spent the first eight years of her life there, until her family fled to the United States following Castro's rise to power. She has lived in two cultures all her life with one foot in the U.S. and the other one 90 miles away in Cuba. Cris completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at UMass Amherst and then continued on to a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration. She has been a photographer, worked for a cruise line in Miami, worked in an ad agency in New Jersey, traveled the world recruiting students for an area college and started an international office at a state school in Massachusetts. Her most rewarding job: “What I am doing now, facilitating study abroad opportunities for students at UMass.”
kstender [at] umass.edu
Kimberly is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost of International Programs, and serves as the direct liaison for campus leaders and administrators, deans, department heads, the UMass President’s Office, domestic corporations, and external organizations including foreign governments and universities. She is responsible for maintaining various databases, preparing official correspondence and legal documents, and arranging campus visits for domestic and international educators, administrators dignitaries and government officials. Kimberly also serves as secretary to the Faculty Senate International Studies Council, International Student Committee, and the International Risk Management Committee.
bjtang [at] ipo.umass.edu
Beryl Tang is the pre-advisor to the international student and scholars. Beryl supervises the ISS student workers who staff the ISS advising center.
curriculum [at] ipo.umass.edu
Shamo Thar (Xia Maotai) serves as a Curriculum Integration Assistant in The Education Abroad Office, where she maps, assesses and promotes academically rewarding programs for UMass Amherst students overseas.
She is excited to work in the Education Abroad Office and truly believes the values of quality international academic opportunities for each and every student. She is a Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst’s College of Education, concentrating her research in International Higher Education—specifically, investigating questions related to college access, equity, and success for minority students.
Prior to UMass Amherst, Shamo worked as a lecturer at Qinghai Normal University in Western China, Eastern Tibet, where she taught classes related to education and development studies, also led service-learning, community-driven projects with the students.
Shamo has working experiences both in nonprofit organizations and universities from different countries, including the U.S.A and China. She has also traveled to many countries such as Canada, Australia, Germany, and Bangladesh through short-term Fellowship Programs, mainly residing in its universities. Her leisure activities include cooking, meditating, jogging, and writing children’s stories in her native language.
ktrivedi [at] ipo.umass.edu
Kalpen Trivedi (Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2001) is the Associate Provost for International Programs. With over fifteen years of experience in international higher education, Kalpen is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of student mobility programs, university exchanges, and UMass faculty-led programming overseas, and also supports comprehensive internationalization across campus. He oversees international travel safety and risk management and also serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. With previous degrees from India, Oxford, and Cambridge, Kalpen is trained as a literary scholar of the British Middle Ages and speaks fluent French, Hindi, and Gujarati, passable Urdu and Italian, and rudimentary German. Kalpen has lived and worked on three continents and he enjoys traveling and encountering new places, peoples, and cuisines. His leisure activities include reading, American Football, and music.
ryam [at] ipo.umass.edu
Richard advises international students regarding immigration, financial, academic and personal matters. He is also responsible for coordinating the IPO Buddies Program and processes international student employment authorization through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Richard is originally from Hong Kong and first came to the US in 1980 as an international student at Springfield College, in Springfield, MA. Throughout his 25-years working experience in higher education (Hong Kong & USA), he has been a faculty member, department chair, acting director of international center and international student and scholar advisor. He is interested in research utilizing interviewing methodology on various topics of international education such as: intercultural competence, measuring the effectiveness of recruitment, the significance of foreign-born international educators, first language usage of foreign-born international educators, recruiting and advising of international student athletes. Richard is the Director of Coaching (soccer) in his hometown in Longmeadow, MA and also plays soccer regularly.