2022 AIEA Leadership Academy for New Senior International Officers

May 2-6, 2022
Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Faculty and Participant Biographies


Harvey Charles is currently Professor of International Education at the University at Albany, SUNY. He has served as Senior International Officer at a number of institutions around the US, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University and the University at Albany. Charles has been actively engaged in the field of international education and served as President of the Association of International Education Administrators, the leading association worldwide for university leaders of international higher education. Apart from his deep administrative experience, Charles has published on issues including leadership in international higher education, internationalizing the curriculum and comprehensive internationalization. He serves on a number of boards, frequently consults and gives addresses on international education issues in the US and around the world.

Darla K. Deardorff is AIEA Executive Director and affiliated faculty at Duke and numerous institutions worldwide.  Author/editor of seven books and over 50 articles and book chapters, she is regularly invited to speak and consult around the world including the UN and OECD.  Her doctorate is from NC State University.

David L. Di Maria is Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a member of AIEA’s Editorial Committee and a former AIEA Presidential Fellow. Di Maria has also held leadership positions within AIRC, APLU and NAFSA. He regularly, presents, publishes, and consults on key issues pertaining to international education. He earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where his research focused on services for international students.

Until her 2020 retirement, Penelope "Nell" Pynes was the Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, leading internationalization efforts, directing the University's Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan and promoting student/faculty exchange. She has served as President of AIEA and as Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and is currently a Senior Associate for Internationalization for the American Council on Education (ACE). She was the 2020 recipient of Diversity Abroad’s Trailblazer Award. A regular presenter on comprehensive internationalization and co-designer of several SIO training programs, she has a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Pia Wood is the Vice Provost and Dean of International Affairs at the University of North Texas. Her responsibilities include Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Programs, Sponsored Students, International Partnerships, Intensive English Language Program, and International Recruitment. She is a past president of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA) and American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and regularly conducts workshops on International Recruitment and Enrollment Management. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.


Jennifer Evanuik

Jennifer Evanuik is the Executive Director of the Office of Global Engagement at Central Michigan University. In this role, she oversees study abroad, international student and scholar services, and international agreements. She has held other roles in international education at Georgia Tech, Davidson College, and Providence Day School and has taught courses on intercultural communication at Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. She is active in professional associations including appointments on NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and AIEA’s Professional Development & Engagement Committee. In 2014, Jennifer was selected for the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar in Korea. Evanuik holds a B.S. in French from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.Ed. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

 Ekatrina Gay

Ekaterina Gay is the Regional Assistant Director of International Recruitment/ Partner Relations at Miami University Regionals. Ekaterina developed MUR’s international office and internationalization efforts from the ground up. She specializes in building creative international partnerships leading the growth of MUR’s CIZN efforts. Gay is originally from Kyrgyzstan having studied and worked in Russia. Ekaterina holds a Master’s in TESOL and French from Penza State University in Russia, and an MBA from Miami University.

 Angela Howard  Angela Howard is the Associate Provost for Global Engagement at West Chester University. She is responsible to help ensure the institution continues to meet its strategic plan goals related to international education and the action items identified as part of the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. Howard has co-led a graduate workshop in Italy and has developed themed cultural immersion spring break programs. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Japan to study the higher education system, structure, grading system and academic program offerings. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and collecting celebrity autographs.
 Ben Iverson  Ben Iverson is Director of International Programs & Enrolment at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a regular presenter at NAFSA and the EducationUSA Forum and participant at the Forum on Study Abroad and AIEA. With nearly 20 years in international education, Iverson previously oversaw admissions at University of Minnesota-Morris, and directed university partnerships for ELS Educational Services.  He currently serves on the AIFS Board of Academic Advisors and is published in NAFSA’s Guide to International Student Recruitment. Iverson holds a M.A. in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Spanish and international studies from Augustana University.  As a student, he studied in Spain and Nicaragua and later lived in northern Norway where he interned in the international office at Nord University.
 David Lee David Lee is Assistant Vice President for Curricular Operations and Strategy and Senior International Officer at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities include SMU Abroad, SMU-in-Taos, SMU Intersessions, and special projects for the Office of the Provost. Lee holds baccalaureate degrees in business and anthropology from Trent University in Canada, a Ph.D.in anthropology, and an MBA in Strategy and Management from SMU.
 Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana

Nonceba Mbambo-Kekana is a Director of International Affairs and a Professor at the University of Limpopo. She is active in the International Education Association of South Africa and Internationalisation Directors’ Forum of South Africa and her interest is on issues of leadership and management of internationalization and the value of internationalisation to African universities particularly students. Mbambo-Kekana previously held the Executive Dean of Faculty and other academic positions. She holds a Masters in Physiotherapy Education from University of Pretoria and a doctorate in health education from University of Witwatersrand. Mbambo-Kekana passion in health education is in curriculum development and student training.

 Michael McDonald  Michael McDonald is the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief International Officer for Florida Gulf Coast University.   Dr. McDonald is a Professor of Anthropology and a founding member of the FGCU faculty.  Prior to joining FGCU, he served on the faculty of Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland.  Over the course of his career, Professor McDonald conducted ethnographic research on foodways and pilgrimage  in the Caribbean, Central America, Ireland and Croatia. McDonald has authored two books and received several awards for teaching, service and scholarship including a Fulbright Scholars Award to Croatia in 2012. He has led numerous study-abroad projects to locations in Europe and Central America and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa.  A native of Lakeland, Florida, McDonald received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Master’s and Doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.
 Michael P. Michael Pelletier is the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement, an Aspire Initiative at the University of Houston. Previously, he served for over three decades as a U.S. diplomat. Pelletier served as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros; Deputy Chief of Mission in India; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Africa Regional Bureau; and Dean of Professional and Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. He holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a CEP from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, and an MIA from Columbia University. Pelletier is married, and has two sons.
 Susan Parker Susan Parker is the recently appointed Associate Provost of Randolph-Macon College, a private, residential, liberal arts college in Ashland, Virginia. She is responsible for the strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the Office of International Education and the Higgins Academic Center, which includes disability services, orientation/transitions, tutoring, and peer mentoring. Additionally, she serves as the institutional accreditation (SACSCOC) liaison. Parker is also a professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience. As a faculty member, she led an undergraduate study travel course to Romania and multiple student research trips to Japan. In her former role as Director of Summer Session, Parker established a summer study abroad program in England. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota.
 Fibola Riobe

As a first-generation American, Fabiola Riobe has committed a career to international and education development. A natural leader, and woman of action, on the ground, championing equity in education, cultural diversity, and financial independence. In her previous roles, she led initiatives to launch new educational and assessment technologies. Recognized as a pioneer for African diaspora women in economic revitalization, Riobe serves as a mentor to numerous female entrepreneurs. 

In her current role, she brings together some of the world's leading education experts to foster the exchange of proven strategies and cultivate relationships within the education, business, and government sectors—Riobe's rich multi-cultural heritage and blended family lineage fuel her passion.

 Thomas Tyner

Thomas Tyner is the Senior International Officer and Executive Director of International Programs at California State University, East Bay. He leads the Office of International Admissions, International Student and Scholar Services, Study Abroad, International Recruitment and Partnerships, and the Global Academy. Prior to coming to California, he was director of International Programs and the English Language Institute of Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. He also worked in Istanbul, Turkey first as an instructor and then later as administrative director of the English as Foreign Language Department at Işık University. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University, an M.A. in Education and Human Development with a concentration in ESL from the George Washington University and a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University. Tyner is in the incoming President-Elect for English USA and former Treasurer. He has also served on the executive board of UCIEP as communications representative.

 Alice Yang

Alice S. Yang is the Director for International Education at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN). She oversees study abroad programs and inbound international programs, chairs the Global Education Advisory Committee, and serves as the Senior International Officer (SIO) for campus internationalization and the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) / Responsible Officer (RO) to support international student and scholar immigration services. Yang is the China Summer Program Director and teaches a course on Chinese Women and Society. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator and offers intercultural training to study abroad students. Yang received her doctoral degree from the Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) Program at University of Minnesota (UMN) and a master's degree in women's studies from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).