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Students, parents, faculty, and advisors can rely on the Alliance for Global Education to provide insightful guidance and thorough support services throughout their experience. Before departure, students may contact our Senior Program Managers with any questions or concerns. Once students arrive overseas, our Resident Directors and staff lead orientation programs and are be available to students at all times for academic and personal support and practical advice. They work to enhance students' experience through planned cultural activities, lectures, field study trips, and social events.
As Executive Director, Janice is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Alliance, overseeing all aspects of the organization. She has spent 20 years in the field of international education, serving as a Resident Director in Beijing and Harbin and later developing and managing study abroad programs across Asia and Europe. She spent five years studying and working in China and has enjoyed travel to over 20 countries. Fluent in Chinese, with a fascination for exploring other cultures, Janice is committed to providing outstanding linguistic, cultural, and educational opportunities abroad for students. She holds a Master's degree in Leadership from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate in Chinese Studies from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As Deputy Director, Shannon oversees institutional relations, communications, outreach and students services, as well as the development of policies and procedures that ensure the smooth functioning of Alliance headquarters. Shannon’s international interests are rooted in her childhood travels as part of a military family. An active participant in the field of international education since 1993, she contributed to NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisors and Administrators and has served as an application reader for the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program. She earned her B.A. in literature from Antioch College and was a Research Scholar at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Her research interests include youth culture and virtual communities.
As Director of Academic Affairs, Andrea is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of academic and experiential programming, developing new curricular and programmatic areas, and managing program evaluation and assessment initiatives. In addition, Andrea heads the Alliance’s Health and Safety Task Force and develops Alliance emergency protocols. With a background in international education that includes fifteen years of program development and management in South and East Asia, Andrea maintains interdisciplinary academic interests stemming from prior research and publications incorporating contemporary critical and feminist theory. Andrea currently serves as Chair of the Forum Standards Committee, and has recently completed a term on the Forum Council.
As Director of International Operations, Jonathan oversees the operations of all Alliance programs in the areas of finance, staffing and logistics, and program development. He has more than a decade of experience in higher education administration and study abroad, including academic programming, operations, program development, marketing and recruitment. Jonathan has traveled extensively throughout India and was a 2008 David L. Boren Fellow at the East-West Language Institute in New Delhi. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has a particular interest in urban development in emerging markets.
Julia has been with the the Alliance for Global Education since its inception. In addition, she has been with the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University since 1988, shortly after receiving her B.A. from Dickinson College. Julia's long-standing relationship with Arcadia began during her undergraduate years, when she participated in a study abroad program to England. Following college graduation, Julia began a career as a program assistant, and since then she has held a number of different positions at Arcadia. In her current role, she manages the admissions and pre-departure process for Alliance China students.
Katie began her work with the Alliance for Global Education in May 2012. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland through Arcadia’s Contemporary Irish Studies program. She earned her B.A. in English from The Ohio State University, and M.S. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Florida State University. While working on her Master’s degree, she further pursued her interest in study abroad through a graduate assistantship with Florida State University International Programs and academic coursework in international higher education.
Teresa joined the Alliance as a graduate student intern in early 2010. Now, as Communications Manager, she oversees Alliance publications, website maintenance, and social media initiatives and also works closely with the recruitment staff. She earned a B.A. in French and International Studies from Indiana University and an M.A. in International Training and Education from American University. Her passion for international student exchange stems from her own year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. Teresa has previous experience in supporting program marketing and management as a Peer Counselor in the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University. She is eager to promote the Alliance's program portfolio, particularly opportunities for intensive language study and non-traditional majors.
Danielle’s passion for international education and exploring other cultures began with her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has traveled throughout Europe and Latin America, ultimately spending a year in Viña del Mar, Chile to teach English and work with an international education organization. In addition, she volunteered in both the United States and Latin America for the fight against domestic violence and public health issues. As Operations Manager, Danielle works to ensure the smooth functioning of Alliance headquarters, providing human relations support and managing vendor accounts.
After studying abroad with the Alliance in 2009, Charlotte graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from Rhodes College and quickly made her way back to Shanghai to work as a Student Ambassador during the Shanghai World Expo. Upon returning to the U.S., she was thrilled to officially join the Alliance team as their first alumna staff member. Currently, as Program Officer, Charlotte supports both the China and India programs, liaising with in-country and U.S. staff, current students, and program alumni. A passion for Asia and an understanding of the powerful impact that study abroad experiences have on students, Charlotte is enthusiastic about her role. She hopes that her first hand experience and studies in Asia coupled with her insight into the student perspective will play a valuable role in furthering the Alliance mission.
Jinn brings to the Alliance her passion for program development and cross-cultural communications. With a background in conflict transformation and instructional design, Jinn has developed conflict resolution, professional development, and community education programs on behalf of schools, businesses, and organizations in several states across the U.S. She also coordinated American University's campus-wide dialogue program for two years and contributed to its institutionalization. Originally from Malaysia, Jinn speaks six languages, has published in three peer-reviewed journals, and is a keen pianist and musician. She is currently enrolled in the M.S. Technology for Educators program at Johns Hopkins School of Education.
Monica joined the Alliance as Administrative Coordinator in August 2013. She became interested in international education after hosting a German exchange student in high school and studying abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico in college. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in International Affairs, she spent one year teaching English to university students in Manta, Ecuador. Monica is currently enrolled in the International Education M.A. program at The George Washington University. Her area of specialization is internationalizing higher education, and she has had the opportunity to intern with the Fulbright Scholars Program at the Institute of International Education.