Office of International Programs Departments:

   -  Administration
   -  International Recruitment & Admissions
   -  International Student & Scholar Services
   -  International Partnerships & Grants
   -  International Training & Professional Development Programs
   -  Study Abroad & Exchange
   -  INTERLINK Language Center

Administration

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Dr. David L. Di Maria

Associate Provost

david.dimaria@montana.edu

Responsible for oversight of the Office of International Programs and advancement of the University's global engagement strategy.

Dr. David L. Di Maria assumed the newly created role of associate provost for international programs on September 08, 2014. In this capacity, he promotes the international dimensions of learning, discovery and engagement by working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and community leaders to create global engagement opportunities that align with Montana State University's vision, values and strategic goals. Prior to joining Montana State, Dr. Di Maria directed international programs and services across the eight-campus system of Kent State University and before that he held various administrative positions within the Center for International Studies at St. Cloud State University.

Dr. Di Maria is a well-regarded expert in international education. He is the author of multiple best-practice publications, he regularly presents at national and international conferences, and he has held several leadership positions with major professional associations. He is also a past recipient of the NAFSA Region VI George E. Hertrich Award for International Education Advocacy and he was named a Neal Presidential Fellow by the Association of International Education Administrators.

Dr. Di Maria earned a bachelor's degree in international studies and English, and a master's degree in education, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Estonia at the University of Tartu, where he completed a tunnistus in Baltic Studies. As a graduate student, he held an assistantship with the International Programs Center and taught abroad for two summers in Russia.  His master's research examined the effectiveness of internationalization of the curriculum within a North Carolina high school. He later earned a doctorate in educational policy and and administration from the University of Minnesota, where his coursework focused on international and intercultural education from a p-16 perspective. The findings of his research on campus services for international students received coverage by several major news organizations including China News Service, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times.

Contact: +1 406 994-7150 or david.dimaria@montana.edu

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Aly Kuehl

Office Manager and Assistant to the Associate Provost

alyson.kuehl@montana.edu

Manages administrative functions within the Office of International Programs, including reception area operations, assistant to the Associate Provost, event and travel coordination, web page maintenance, accounting, grant management and human resource duties. 

Aly is a New Hampshire native and graduated with a degree in economics from Middlebury College in 2012. Since graduating, Aly has been active in the world of marketing and advertising. She relocated to Bozeman in the summer of 2016 with her husband and their black lab. She is eager to bring her love for organization to the Office of International Programs and to assist the OIP team across all departments!

Outside of the office Aly loves the mountains, hiking in the summer and skiing or snowboarding in the winter. She is anxious to continue exploring all that Big Sky country has to offer!

Contact: +1 406 994-7169 or alyson.kuehl@montana.edu

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Wilson D'Souza

Undergraduate Assistant

Wilson was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He attended an international transfer school at Manipal University, called the International Center of Applied Sciences (ICAS), in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, which provided him with the right platform to transfer to MSU as a junior in the civil engineering program. Wilson grew up visiting construction sites alongside his dad who worked in the construction industry. He became very interested in the structural aspect of construction and how cement and steel can withstand such enormous loads. Here at MSU Wilson has enjoyed his structural engineering classes and has also gained an interest in the environmental aspects of civil engineering. After completing his bachelors degree he plans to continue his studies at MSU and get a masters degree in civil engineering.

Wilson is an outgoing person and loves interacting with people and getting to know them and their experiences. His time at MSU has given him a newfound respect for nature and he enjoys activities that get him outside enjoying all that Montana has to offer.

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Herlin Kadriu

Undergraduate Assistant
 

Herlin is an international student from Albania. He moved to the United States to finish his senior year of high school and upon graduation decided to stay in Montana and attend college. Herlin moved to Bozeman in the summer of 2016, enrolled at MSU, and shortly thereafter began working at OIP. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience.

Herlin loves learning about different cultures and discovering the world. His biggest passion is traveling, which led him to become a Global Ambassador working with the study abroad team in OIP, in addition to his job in the front office. Herlin is fluent in English and Albanian and also speaks some German, Italian, and Spanish. He spends his spare time hiking, climbing and hanging out with friends. He hopes to travel more in the near future and to learn to speak other languages.

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Riley Steele

Undergraduate Assistant
 

Riley was raised in Tualatin, Oregon, and she is currently in her first year as a student at MSU. She is working towards a degree in Accounting, while experiencing Bozeman to its fullest. When not studying or working, she loves to snowboard, hike, and climb. You can always find her outside. When she finishes her Bachelor's degree, she would like to obtain her Master's in Accounting at MSU as well. 

Riley also thinks it is important to stay involved on campus. In order to do so, she became President of Cats for a Cause, which is a club that works with Special Olympics and other non-profit organizations to make a difference in the Bozeman community. 

International Recruitment & Admissions

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Megan Prettyman

Director of International Recruitment & Admissions

megan.prettyman@montana.edu

Responsible for managing international recruitment; developing and implementing marketing initiatives and activities including market analysis and assessment; managing relationships with recruitment partners; and overseeing the processing of international student applications.

As the Director for International Recruitment and Admissions, Megan manages a team with many diverse responsibilities, ranging from working with overseas partners, to processing international student applications and evaluating credentials, to recruiting international students. Megan entered the field of International Education in 2012 in the role of Global Pathways & International Exchanges Advisor at Florida State University. While at Florida State, she also worked with the Global Scholars program, developing internship, volunteer, and research work for students in developing countries with local grassroots organizations. Prior to joining MSU, Megan worked for the British Council in New York City as part of the education team and for a multinational corporation in Galway, Ireland.

Megan graduated from New York University with a master's degree in International Education with an emphasis in development.  While pursuing her master's, she traveled to Uganda to study the role of arts in community development and facilitated a week-long dance workshop for local children. She was also a guest lecturer on girl's health education initiatives in western Uganda to an NYU undergraduate course. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and minors in French and Political Science. 

The best part of Megan's job is meeting the interesting, motivated, and bright students that choose to call Bozeman home.

Contact:  +1 406 994-7252 or megan.prettyman@montana.edu

 

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David Carlisle

International Admissions Coordinator

david.carlisle@montana.edu

Responsible for advancing MSU’s international enrollment goals through processing international applications, executing recruitment strategies,  coordinating with academic partners, and implementing marketing strategies. 

David Joined the Office of International Programs in November 2016. He has the pleasure of working directly with students and partners in order to facilitate the application process and actively recruit international students. He is originally from Michigan where he attended Michigan State University and earned Bachelor degrees in Comparative Cultures & Politics and Religious Studies. During his undergraduate education, David spent a semester abroad to study and conduct research in central Nepal and northern India. Prior to joining the team at Montana State University, he has worked in Michigan State University’s Office for International Students and Scholars, the International Programs branch of the US Forest Service, for various environmental non-profits, as a political campaign manager, as an advocate for higher education policy, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer. David is especially interested in cultural intersection, the global exchange of knowledge, and the local experience of international policy. He hopes to explore these and other topics at Montana State while working with colleagues and students from all around the world. 

Contact:  +1 406 994-7418 or david.carlisle@montana.edu

 

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Yujian (Ivy) Wang

International Credential Evaluation Specialist

yujian.wang@montana.edu

Responsible for building knowledge about world education systems and evaluating international educational credentials.

Yujian was born and raised in Chengdu, China. She graduated from Chengdu University of Information Technology with a B.S. in GIS. She is also a proud alumna from Montana State University. She came to MSU as a graduate student in 2008, and finished her master's degree in Geography from the Department of Earth Sciences. During her study at MSU, she was the vice president for the Chinese Scholars and Students Association in 2009. In addition, she was a member of the Global Culture Club. Yujian participated and volunteered in many events representing Chinese students at MSU.

For the past year, Yujian worked as a University Representative in China, helping promote MSU's academic programs and recruit Chinese students. Yujian now enjoys her life in Bozeman and loves hiking and rock climbing in her free time.

Contact: +1 406 994-7765 or yujian.wang@montana.edu

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Hanan Alkalaji

Graduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions

hananalkalaji@montana.edu

As a child born and raised outside her home country, Hanan had the chance to meet people from different cultural backgrounds. In 2015, Hanan earned her bachelor’s degree in business studies with a First-Class-Honor. Directly after graduation, Hanan worked as a student affairs coordinator in an international school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she utilized her passion for education in an international environment. While she was in college, Hanan was able to participate in many educational experiences, including working in Saudi Arabia’s biggest educational fair (IECHE). She assisted multiple representatives from U.S. universities to communicate with students and to promote their institutions. During that fair, Hanan had the chance to work with Montana State University, which played a part in her becoming a graduate student in the Adult and Higher Education program at MSU. While Hanan is enrolled in her master’s program, she works as a graduate assistant in the Office of International Programs. 

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Saurabh Tulsankar

Undergraduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions

saurabhtulsankar@montana.edu

Saurabh was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where he attended L.S. Raheja School of Architecture. While traveling throughout India, he developed a special interest in environmental design, which led him to transfer to MSU's School of Architecture In January 2016. Saurabh's strong performance at his previous institution enabled him to transfer in as a third-year architecture student. Upon finishing his bachelor's degree, he wants to pursue his Master's of Architecture at MSU.

Since January 2016, Saurabh has participated in the Cultural Sharing Scholarship through the Office of International Programs. Through this scholarship, he has represented his Indian culture and heritage at various elementary and middle schools in Gallatin County. He began working as a student assistant on the International Recruitment & Admission team in August 2016. Despite coming from hot and humid India, Saurabh enjoys the winter snow as well as various summer activities like rafting and zip-lining.

International Student & Scholar Services

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April Fawson

Director for International Student and Scholar Services

april.fawson@montana.edu

Oversees the advising of incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS and ISSM Database; supports immigration compliance as an F-1 & J-1 immigration specialist.

April Fawson assumed the role of director for international student and scholar services in international programs on April 15, 2016.  Prior to joining the Montana State University (MSU) - Bozeman team, she held various positions at Utah State University; her final appointment at the university was that of assistant director for the Office of Global Engagement.  April will serve MSU as the primary designated school official (PDSO) and responsible officer (RO) for the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  In this capacity, April is responsible for keeping international students, scholars and the university compliant with United States Customs and Immigration System (USCIS) regulations.

April completed her Masters of Science in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University in 2011 and received her Bachelors of Science in International Business from Arizona State University in 2003.  Active in NAFSA – Association of International Educators, April is a NAFSA Academy graduate and has been accepted to NAFSA Trainer Corps.  As a newly appointed member of NAFSA Trainer Corps., she will serve a three year term instructing members of NAFSA in core international education sessions at annual and regional conferences.

April enjoys working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students and the community to promote international education.  She is passionate about her work and will strive to continually improve service to the international community at MSU.  She enjoys advocating for international education and has lobbied for international initiatives at NAFSA Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.  She looks forward to advocating for the State of Montana.

Contact: +1 406 994-7180 or april.fawson@montana.edu

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Deborah Chiolero

International Student and Scholar Advisor

chiolero@montana.edu

Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS; supports immigration compliance as an F-1 & J-1 immigration specialists; assists with employment documentation for students and scholars; conducts audits of international student/scholar records; manages the arrival program for new international students; assists with cultural adjustment; and acts as a liaison with Residence Life & Family and Graduate Housing.

Deborah has a bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.  After she graduated she spent three seasons working in Yellowstone National Park and moved to Bozeman. Deborah really enjoys her job, meeting students from all over the world, and helping in any way. In her free time she enjoys spending time hiking, backpacking, riding her scooter, snowshoeing and being with her family and friends.

Contact: +1 406 994-7722 or chiolero@montana.edu

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Mackenzie Etchells

International Student and Scholar Advisor

mackenzie.etchells@montana.edu

Advises incoming and current international F-1 students as a Designated School Official (DSO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS; supports immigration compliance as an F-1 immigration specialist; assists with employment documentation for students; conducts audits of international student records; assists with cultural adjustment.

Mackenzie’s enthusiasm for international education stems from learning French while attending an international elementary school in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate student at Boise State University, Mackenzie studied and interned abroad in London, England. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

Mackenzie is excited to be back in the Northwest after completing her master’s degree in College Student Development at Kansas State University. She gained valuable insight into the experiences of international students while studying French in Montreal during the summer of her graduate program, as well as through her work in K-State’s international student services, study abroad office, and intensive English language program.

Contact: +1 406 994-7751 or mackenzie.etchells@montana.edu

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Haley Walter

Undergraduate Assistant

internationaladvising@montana.edu

Haley has worked for International Programs since February 2014 and has taken on many roles as a student assistant in the office. She enjoys her work at the office because it gives her opportunities to meet and interact with the international students.

Haley was born and raised in Helena, MT. She is in her 3rd year and is currently working towards her degree in Business Marketing and Management. Having been raised a Bobcat, Haley always knew that she would attend MSU, and is loving every minute spent on campus and in Bozeman. She has worked to become an active part of campus by joining the Montana State University Spirit Squad where she supports the Bobcats by cheering and dancing on the sidelines. When she is not supporting the Bobcats, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Bozeman has to offer. 


 

International Partnerships & Grants

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Yvonne Rudman

Director of International Partnerships & Grants

rudman@montana.edu

Cultivates and administers MSU's international relationships and externally funded projects.  Manages the Faculty International Research and Program Development Fund, the U.S. Arabic Distance Learning Network, and International Education Week.

As the Director of International Partnerships and Grants at Montana State University. Yvonne believes that international academic, research and engagement partnerships are critical to solving the 'Grand Challenges' of the day. As such, she cultivates and administers MSU's international relationships and externally funded projects in order to diversify and increase MSU's global footprint. Yvonne has worked in the field of international higher education since 1991 in several capacities, including leading trade missions to Mexico, teaching international business in the College of Business freshman seminar, serving as an in-country USAID liaison between the Politehnica University-Bucharest and the government of Romania, and designing and managing collaborative projects from Mali to New Zealand.  She has a B.S. in Economics, a Master's in Public Administration and is almost A.B.D. (!) in a doctoral program in higher education.  Born and schooled in Germany, she learned at a young age to relish cross-cultural friendships. Yvonne is an avid outdoors person and traveler, having been to over 40 countries for work and leisure.

Contact: +1 406 994-4032 or rudman@montana.edu

International Training & Professional Development Programs

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Janelle Rasmussen

Director of International Training and Professional Development Programs

jrasmussen@montana.edu

Develops, facilitates, and oversees the operation of Special Training Programs

Janelle Rasmussen joined the Office of International programs in January of 2001 and has facilitated numerous U.S. State Department-funded grant programs, most recently to include ILEP (International Leaders in Education Program), TEA (Teaching Excellence and Achievement) and the MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) Student Leaders Program. She also manages a very prestigious year-long professional development training program  that MSU has hosted for the past 16 years, focused on Higher Education, designed for trainees from the Ministry of Education in Japan. In 2005, Janelle was selected by Rotary International to represent Montana, along with four other women, on a five-week Study Exchange program in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Before MSU, Janelle worked as an English language Instructor in Gifu, Japan. Janelle is very active in the IE field and has served in several National positions for the NAFSA Association for International Educators, including the Region II Montana State Representative, the Education Abroad Policy and Practice conference Liaison position, and she currently serves as Co-Chair for the Middle East Interest Group (MEIG).

Contact: +1 406 994-7602 or jrasmussen@montana.edu

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Makiko Diehl

Program Coordinator 

International Training and Professional Development Programs

makiko.diehl@montana.edu

Coordinates, develops, and facilitates Special Training Programs

Makiko Diehl was born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan and moved to Bozeman in 2007. She completed a degree in English at Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan, and then a second bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Montana State University. She started working in the Professional Development and Training Division in January 2011. She currently works as a Program Coordinator and has made a large impact on OIP's Japanese Training Programs such as Long-term Educational Administrators Program (LEAP), Okinawa Global Leadership Student and Teaching Training Programs, and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Internship program,

Contact: +1 406 994-7944 or makiko.diehl@montana.edu

 

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Rania Ampntel Chafint

Undergraduate Assistant

International Training and Professional Development Programs

rania.abdelhafid@msu.montana.edu

Rania was born and raised in Benghazi, Libya, where she attended the Benghazi University. In Benghazi, Rania worked to provide support to Libyans who were displaced at the Tunisian-Libyan border. Her experience allowed her to participate in the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Bozeman, a program sponsored by the Department of State and designed for students who demonstrate leadership potential and commitment to civic engagement. After the program, Rania transferred to MSU as a sophomore, where she is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science with a focus in international relations.

Rania is fluent in English, Arabic, and Greek. She loves meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. In her free time, Rania enjoys hiking, rafting, spending time with friends, and planning for the next road trip. 

Rania.abdelhafid@msu.montana.edu

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Akira Whitecrane

Undergraduate Assistant

International Training and Professional Development Programs

 

Akira is originally from Okinawa, Japan where he attended school on a military base. After graduating from high school, he moved to Lame Deer, Montana to meet his father’s side of the family. While living in Lame Deer he attended Chief Dull Knife College. 
With an interest in the STEM fields, Akira participated in MSU’s BRIDGES Program (a summer internship program) that led to his transfer to Montana State to study kinesiology.

Study Abroad & Exchange

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Susan Welker

Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges

swelker@montana.edu

Responsible for incoming/outgoing exchange and faculty-led study abroad students, facilitates orientations, credit transfer and health and safety issues related to study abroad.

Susan is the Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges at Montana State University. In this position she works with both incoming/outgoing exchange and faculty-led study abroad students, facilitates orientations, credit transfer, and health and safety issues related to study abroad. She has worked in the field of International Education since 2002, when she served as a JET participant in Tsushima, Japan. Prior to joining the Office of International Programs at Montana State University she worked at Wittenberg University. Originally from Ohio, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asia Studies from Wittenberg University. A true believer in the study abroad transformation, she spent two years studying abroad in Japan as an undergraduate student, and speaks conversational Japanese. Susan holds a Masters in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University. When not in the office she can be found exploring the mountains of Montana. She loves spending time outdoors with her two sons. 

Contact: +1 406 994-7151 or swelker@montana.edu

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Krysta Gorder

Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

krysta.gorder@montana.edu

Responsible for collaborating with faculty to facilitate short-term, customized, and faculty-led study abroad program opportunities for MSU students.

Krysta is the Faculty-Led Program Coordinator at Montana State University, where she collaborates with faculty to facilitate short-term study abroad programs. An alumnus of MSU, Krysta holds a B.A. in Modern Languages & Literatures with a major in Spanish K-12 Teaching and a minor in Global Studies. During her undergraduate career, Krysta studied abroad in Spain for two semesters at Universitat de Barcelona and Univesidad de Salamanca. Following graduation, she became TESOL certified and taught K-8 English in Chile at Colegio San Sebastian de Los Andes. Based on her on experiences, Krysta became an advocate for the personal, professional and academic transformation that occurs through experiential learning abroad.  In 2014, she received a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT where she pursued putting her passion into practice. A North Dakota native and long-time southwest Montana dweller, Krysta most recently returns to Bozeman from Pace University in New York City and is excited to be back in wide open spaces.

Contact: +1 406 994-7512 or krysta.gorder@montana.edu

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Colin Moravec

Study Abroad Program Coordinator

colin.moravec@montana.edu

Responsible for personal advising for students, identifying international study, teaching, research, work and scholarship opportunities, International Student Exchange Programs, helps identify scholarships for foreign study, 

As the Study Abroad Coordinator, Colin works with outbound MSU students in general study abroad advising, preparation, and assists with campus outreach. Colin earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish from Washington State University and a minor in Ethics. In addition to studying abroad twice during his undergraduate education, Colin has worked as a student ambassador and most recently volunteered in the study abroad office at Gonzaga University. Colin speaks Spanish which he learned through his studying abroad in Santiago,Chile and Cadiz, Spain. Having experienced the positive transformative process that results from studying abroad as a young adult, he is driven to help students have successful experiences around the globe. Colin, originally from Spokane, WA, recently moved to Bozeman and is enjoying having a sister in Montana. Colin enjoys the outdoors of Big Sky Country by skiing, rock-climbing, and hiking.

Contact: +1 406 994-5588 or colin.moravec@montana.edu

INTERLINK Language Center at Montana State University

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Paul Swift

Center Director

paul.swift@interlink.edu

Paul is responsible for directing and managing the INTERLINK Language Center at Montana State University, supervising instructors and staff, overseeing classroom scheduling, and maintaining connections with the host institution and partner department, the Office of International Programs. He is also responsible for overall student support and success. As one of the on-site DSOs, he oversees the maintenance of student immigration status.

A native of Bozeman, MT, Paul began his career in the field of education when he moved to southern China in 2004. Teaching and working with students who were learning a new language and culture, just as he himself was doing, quickly became a passion for him. This passion took him from the rugged southern city of Guilin in Guangxi to the megalopolis of Beijing, where he spent almost five years in an exciting variety of work—from executive search, consulting and government relations, to instruction and educational administration. In 2010, Paul returned to his home town with his family. He enjoys sharing with his students both his love of Montana and his knowledge of language and culture.

Contact: +1 406 994-3777

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Ana Valdivia

Operations Director

ana.valdivia@interlink.edu

Ana is responsible for billing, student accounts, financial reporting, reconciliation accounting and tuition records and works directly with MSU accounting personnel.

Ana is originally from Lima, Peru. She graduated as an Architect before coming to Bozeman where she has lived for more than 15 years and is now used to the long and cold winters. Her interest for learning about different cultures began in 2000 when she began working on the Montana State University campus. Being herself a non-native English speaker, she found the perfect place to help foreign students coming to Bozeman.

Over the years, Ana has taken different roles and assumed increasing responsibilities. She is now responsible for financial reporting, reconciliation accounting and tuition records and works directly with INTERLINK Home Office staff. Ana enjoys meeting students from different countries and backgrounds, assisting and seeing them succeed at INTERLINK. Ana’s other passions are arts, drawing, music, and spending time and traveling with her family.

Contact: ana.valdivia@interlink.edu

 

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Amy Engblom

International Student Advisor

amy.engblom@interlink.edu

Amy is responsible for one-on-one advising, teaching the New Student Orientation course, and organizing student activities.

Amy is a Montana native who enjoys meeting people from other countries. Always desiring to travel, she looked for places to go. As a young adult, her adventures took her out of Montana to places like Raleigh, North Carolina for a year of university study, and then to Mombasa Kenya for a six month cross-cultural program. But somehow, Montana was always the place that she returned. In her early married life, Amy had fun hosting students from Japan and India. After living in Bozeman for many years, she and her family moved to Istanbul, Turkey in 2002. Amy studied Turkish, learned to make jewelry, and taught English in Turkey. The family returned to Montana in 2012. The transition back, after living in Turkey was made easier for Amy when she started working with Turkish students and other international students at INTERLINK Language Center. Now she enjoys assisting with student activities, orientation, and special needs of the students. Amy loves the outdoors, new experiences, watching her son and daughter grow-up, and helping students to be successful at INTERLINK. She is always interested in talking about Turkey!

Contact: amy.engblom@interlink.edu

 

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Kristina Allison

Instructor

kristina.allison@interlink.edu

Kristina Allison began her cultural and language interests as a child, reading every National Geographic magazine arriving at her house from cover to cover. It wasn’t until she was an adult, however, moving to Geneva, Switzerland, that she was fully immersed in another language and culture. During her time working for the United Nations as an English-language editor, she was constantly struck with the sheer number of languages spoken in this cosmopolitan environment, and was amazed at the ease with which some people could switch so easily from one language to another. Inspired and humbled by the difficulty of navigating local life without speaking the local language, she began formal study of French at the UN Language Programme. There she learned lots of French grammar and became fascinated with the language-learning process.

Kristina obtained her CELTA certificate in 2011 in Bogota, Colombia, and has worked for on the Montana State University campus since 2012. There she has had the opportunity to teach leadership skills to students in the program and has presented this experience at various conferences in the region. Her previous career was in social work, where she worked for several years facilitating workshops for parents and educators in behavior-management techniques. She has also taught French to children in the Bozeman area.

Kristina finds teaching ESL the nearly perfect blend between her love of languages and her desire to teach and help others, and sincerely enjoys the opportunity to develop relationships with students from around the world. She loves having a job that is never boring. When she is not working at INTERLINK, you might find Kristina on her bike, on her skis or on her couch in front of a blazing wood fire.

Contact: kristina.allison@interlink.edu

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Shannon Mahoney

Instructor

shannon.mahoney@interlink.edu

Shannon Mahoney’s interest in foreign languages began in elementary school with a Spanish class. In high school, she continued with Spanish and began studying Latin, French, and Italian. This studying paid off when, during her university years, she had the opportunity to spend some time in Italy and in Spain, where she was hired to teach English. With that experience, she was hooked.

Upon returning from Spain, Shannon moved to Montana and enrolled in Montana State University where she obtained her teaching license. In 2005, she began teaching ESL on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana.

Due to her love of other languages and cultures, Shannon has found her home in the ESL field. In recent years, she has had less time for travel, so she appreciates that other languages and cultures come to her. When not teaching, she can be found enjoying her favorite activities that the lovely state of Montana offers: skiing, biking, and hiking.

Contact: shannon.mahoney@interlink.edu

 

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Nadya Modyanova

Instructor

nadya.modyanova@interlink.edu

After years of living, studying, and working in different places (Russia, Switzerland, France, UK, Portugal, and the United States), Nadya Modyanova discovered the last best place of Bozeman, MT. Here, she has been teaching English as a Second Language at the INTERLINK Language Center and helping international undergraduate and graduate students succeed in learning and applying different aspects of English language to their studies, work, and life. Nadya has a TESOL Certificate from Lingua Edge.

Previously, Nadya completed a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Linguistics with Cognitive Science at the University College London, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she carried out research on and taught about normal and abnormal child language acquisition and its genetics. While Nadya still wishes to get back to doing research on language development sometime, she hopes to continue teaching for now! In her spare time (what spare time?), Nadya likes to take advantage of the great outdoors and go hiking or cross-country skiing.

Contact: nadya.modyanova@interlink.edu

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Valley Peters

Instructor

valley.peters@interlink.edu

Growing up in rural Nebraska and Montana, Valley acquired wanderlust at a young age as she dreamt of far-flung places. A study abroad program in college to New Zealand ignited her plan to pursue a lifetime of traveling and learning about other cultures. A stint as an Americorps volunteer ESL instructor opened the door for combining travel and culture with her love for learning. Outside the classroom, you’ll find her dabbling in artistic pursuits, hiking, hanging out with her daughter, and listening to Tedtalks.

Valley has taught in Japan, Mexico, and in the United States in a variety of settings. Her love for the outdoors led her to Jackson, Wyoming where she spent 10 years at a non-profit developing literacy programming for adults, training ESL tutors and teachers, and eventually acting as the executive director. Her professional interests include learning-to- learn strategies, reading development, reflective practice, learner efficacy, and intercultural competence. She has presented at conferences in Japan, Wyoming, and Washington on “constructive chaos” in the classroom, group discussion skills, reflective practice, participatory pedagogy, training ESL tutors, and advanced reading strategies.

Contact: valley.peters@interlink.edu

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Tiffany Ranalli

Instructor

tiffany.ranalli@interlink.edu

Tiffany Ranalli's humble beginnings in the world of ESL began back in 2002 when she left the US for Europe in search of new experiences. At the time, teaching EFL was a means to accommodate her adventures, but it was in the tiny Polish town of Myslenice, where she had been teaching English for year, that her passion for language and teaching was awakened. When her time in Poland came to an end, she immediately settled in NYC and completed a Master's degree in TESOL at Hunter College in 2007. Tiffany spent seven years in NYC teaching in variety of private language institutes as well as several community colleges in the various boroughs. She moved to Bozeman, MT in 2011 and has worked as a lead instructor, site coordinator for the CEA accreditation process, and assessment coordinator. Tiffany is grateful for the professional development opportunities working at INTERLINK has afforded her, and she is excited to continue being part of INTERLINK's innovative efforts moving forward.

Contact: tiffany.ranalli@interlink.edu

 

Additional Information

  • Office of International Programs Organizational Chart
  • The OIP Directory of Services lists all programs and services alphabetically, includes a short explanation of each, and provides contact information for the appropriate OIP staff person.  Note that most of these listings also include a world-wide-web location at which you can find additional useful information at any time.  Thank you for your interest in international programs.