Staff Directory & Directory of Services


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Dr. David L. Di Maria

Associate Provost

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


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Jean Aspevig

Accounting Analyst

Provides financial, budgetary, and human resource support.

Jean Aspevig joined the staff of the Office of International Programs in July 2006. She brings years of practical experience in accounting to her present position of Accounting Analyst and provides comprehensive financial, budgetary, and human resource support for OIP’s programs. Jean graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from MSU.               

Contact:  +1 406 994-7262 or

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Sharon Beall

Assistant to Associate Provost

Provides support for the Associate Provost and the Office of International Programs.   Sharon helps with the basic running of the Office of International Programs.  She gives general information to clients, makes appointments, arranges for speakers, and works on the website.


Sharon grew up in California learning to surf at an early age.  She received her education in California and moved to Montana to raise her three children in Livingston.

Sharon came to Montana State University with years of experience managing offices in many different environments.  She has managed doctors' offices. a boutique in Carmel, California, a retail paint and glass store, worked as a Bell Telephone information Supervisor, head bookkeeper for United
California Bank, an administrator for a truck driving school, an advertising manager, an operating authorities manager, and a lead auditor for a high tech manufacturing company (passing 2 FDA audits), to name just a few.  Sharon has been at MSU more than 10 years: first working in Student Accounts; then Extension; and now International Programs.  She is a member of the Staff Senate, as the Secretarial/Clerical representative.

Sharon's favorite pass times are reading, designing and assembling stained glass, golfing, outdoor activities, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

International Admissions

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Geraldine Govaerts

Manager for International Marketing & Recruitment

Manages the International Admissions team and is responsible for a wide range of international student recruitment initiatives and international admissions processes; reports international student enrollment data.

Geraldine joined the MSU Office of International Programs in 2006.  Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, she first came to Montana as an AFS exchange student.  During that transformative experience, she developed a strong interest for intercultural communications.  Geraldine earned a Masters in Applied Communications - Public Relations from Brussels School IHECS and a Diploma of Specialized Studies in Cultural Management from the Free University of Brussels.  For the past 8 years, Geraldine has been very involved with the Dual Diploma Programs with Turkish partner institutions.  In addition to her responsibilities at MSU, Geraldine is currently the Vice Chair for Marketing for the Study Montana Consortium.

Contact: +1 406 994-7418 or




May Heriza

Agent Partnership Manager

Collaborates with partnering educational agents representing MSU to prospective internaiutonal students; provides an on-going agent development and training program and informs prospective students about MSU admissions, programs, housing and scholarship information. 

May Heriza is the Agent Partnership Manager at Montana State University.  She completed her BS degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.  She started her career in International Education as a VISTA worker, placed as Programs Coordinator for the Lao-Hmong Association.  The next 8 years she held positions as International Student Advisor for Universities and Community Colleges throughout the US.  Taking a break from the workplace while raising her young children in rural Eastern Oregon and New Zealand for 12 years, she is happy to return to International Education at Montana State University. 

Contact:  +1 406 994-7789 or

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Brent Leavell

International Programs Specialist

Recruits students internationally, brands MSU and builds international pathways and partnerships; also participates in strategic planning, international marketing, campus outreach and graduate applicant advising.

Brent has an extensive business background and, for nearly a decade, managed an international company recognized nationally for its educational product line. Brent grew up in the Pacific Northwest and for 15 years led white water river adventures (7 to 21 days in length) in the remote areas of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Canada, the Arctic and Chile. He also has directed culture and eco-tours in Komodo, Borneo, Java and Bali.

Brent graduated with a Master’s of Science (Geography) degree from Montana State University. He was awarded a Fulbright while at MSU and conducted his graduate research on how culture influences business development in Indonesia. Before working for MSU he lived in Jakarta often serving on Fulbright Selection Panels and participating on U.S. State sponsored cultural panels.

Contact: +1 406 994-7252 or

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Susan Reisch

New Student Services International Representative

Assists undergraduate international students with the application process.

Susan Reisch has been with the Office of International Programs/Admissions for 15 years. She also runs Bozeman Friends of International Students, a friendship program that matches local families with International students

Previously Susan Worked in Senator Baucus office in Bozeman and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York City. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica WI.

Contact: +1 4069 994-6462 or


Yujian Wang

International Credential Evaluator

Works as part of the International admissions team.  Primary duty is to build knowledge about world education systems and to evaluate 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, she helped promote MSU's academic programs, and helped recruit Chinese students for the university. Yujian now enjoys her life at Bozeman and loves hiking and rock climbing in her free time.

Contact: +1 406 994-7765 or

International Student & Scholarship Services

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Debra DeBode

Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Manages immigration services and compliance and a wide range of programming and support services for international F-1/J-1 students, J-1 scholars, and other visa holders at MSU. Serves as Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for the University. Acts as a liaison to other student service units across the campus and works with academic departments on student issues as well as with government agencies including the Department of State, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and the Department of Homeland Security. Works to resolve critical issues and crises situations for affected students and scholars.

Debra has completed an A.A. in Human Services, a B.A. in English, and a Masters of Public Administration. She has worked at MSU in international student and scholar services and international student recruitment since 1994. Previously she taught English and Spanish at the high school level. She enjoys outdoor activities including biking, hiking, skiing and gardening, as well as reading, traveling, and volunteering for a variety of programs in the Bozeman community.

Contact:  +1 406 994-7180 or

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Deborah Chiolero

International Student and Scholar Advisor

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

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Sally O'Neill

Immigration Specialist

Advises, processes and manages the H-1B work visa program and the two paths to green card sponsored by the University. Sally is also a Designated School Official (DSO) with the F-1 international student visa program and assists with sponsored programs.

Sally has spent almost 30 years as an international education professional. She has held roles in both education abroad and international immigration services. She has promoted student development through transformative learning experiences such as the Fulbright Grant and study abroad. She whole-heartedly believes in the critical role that education abroad plays in positively changing lives and creating internationally minded people. Sally has presented sessions and workshops at conferences and has served as the New Mexico NAFSA State Rep. Additionally she was awarded a Fulbright Grant for Administrators to Germany in 1994 and hosted the counterpart group to New Mexico the following year. She joined the MSU Office of International Programs in 1995, after serving as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at University of New Mexico.

Sally is an expert on the H-1B work visa program and paths to green card. She works directly with departments and faculty to assist qualified foreign workers in obtaining the H-1B visa and works with departments to retain these exceptional workers through several paths to green card.

Sally lived in Belgium as a child. She participated in a cultural exchange to Mexico as a high school student and lived as a college student in Spain. Sally speaks fluent Spanish. Sally holds a BAFA in Studio Art from UNM. She holds a Masters of Gemology degree from the GIA Institute and is a working gold-smith and jeweler. She also has a Cajun music band with her husband.

Contact: +1 406 994-7688 or



John Richardson

International Student and Scholar Advisor

 Advises incoming and current international F-1 students as a Designated School Official (DSO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS, assists with employment documentation for international students and scholars and conducts audits of international student records. Produces a weekly newsletter for students and organizes the orientation program.

A native of Montana, John has driven the 3,965 Kilometer Alaska-Canada Highway three times, lived and worked in the Middle East for a year, spent a month backpacking around Shoalwater Bay in Australia, and traveled through the North and South islands of New Zealand. He has a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration of International Relations from Montana State University and is currently working on his masters degree. When not in the office, John is often outside exploring the mountains at his cabin or enjoying Bozeman's delicious eateries and diverse culture.

Contact: +1 406 994-7751 or


International Partnerships and Grants


Yvonne Rudman

Director of International Partnerships & Grants

Cultivates and administers MSU's international relationships and externally funded projects.

Yvonne is the Director of International Partnerships and Grants at Montana State University. Yvonne believes that academic, research and outreach partnerships are critical to solving the 'Grand Challenges' of the day. In her current position she cultivates and administers MSU's international relationships and externally funded projects. Yvonne has worked in the field of international higher education since 1991 in several capacities including leading trade mission to Mexico, teaching about 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.  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

Professional Development & Training Programs


Janelle Rasmussen

Director of Professional Development and Training Programs

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


Makiko Diehl

Program Coordinator Professional Development & Training Programs

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

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Katherine Horine

Program Coordinator Professional Development & Training Programs

Coordinates, develops, and facilitates Special Training Programs

Katherine is a program coordinator for the International Training & Professional Development Programs in the office of International Programs. She has many years of experience as a guide in the field, most recently coming from Costa Rica

working with teen experiential programs. She has an educational background in cultural and communicative competence with a Master’s in Spanish Education for
Higher Education. She is a outdoor enthusiast having taught skiing, scuba diving and EFR. Katherine currently resides in Bozeman.

Contact: +1 406 994-5045 or


 Study Abroad & Exchange

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Susan Welker

Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges

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: +1 406 994-5719 or

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Krysta Gorder

Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

Krysta is respondible for Faculty-Led Programs

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


Colin Moravec

Study Abroad Program Coordinator

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

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Alyson Roberts

Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Works with MSU students in preparing for their time abroad as well as coordinating engagement activities across campus that promote study abroad and international exchange.

As the Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator, Alyson works with MSU students in preparing for their time abroad as well as coordinating engagement activities across campus that promote study abroad and international exchange.  Alyson earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in Religion from Colorado College.  During her junior year at CC, she studied abroad in Pune, India and has since returned to visit her Indian family and explore more of the country that she loves so dearly.  Alyson moved to Bozeman in 2011 from New Mexico and is working on earning a Master of Arts in Public Administration through Montana State University.

Contact: +1 406+ 994-7044 or


A.C.E. (Associates & Cultural Exchange) Language Institute at Montana State University



Mary Ulrich

Director of Associates & Cultural Exchange

Manages the intensive English program, supervises instructors and staff, oversees classroom scheduling, and maintains connections with the host institution and partner department, the Office of International Programs.

Mary has a B.A. in history and Spanish and a M.A. in intercultural communication. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in higher education. She has worked in international and higher education since the 1990s where she has both taught and worked in administration in the US and overseas. She also worked in international development for several years in Mozambique.   Returning to Montana in 2008, Mary began working with the A.C.E. MSU team in 2012. Some of the team's highlights of the last few years are the successful completion of CEA accreditation, research presentations on international education and intensive English programs at IARSCLE, NAFSA, and NRMERA, and the development of a new vocabulary programs.

Contact: +1 406 994-3809 or


Amy Engblom

International Student Advisor

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

Amy is a Montana native who enjoys meeting people from other countries. 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 A.C.E. Language Institute. Now she enjoys assisting with student activities, orientations, 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 A.C.E. Amy has a master's in Public Administration from Montana State University.



Cheri Ladd Le Cain

Director of Studies

Oversees the intensive English program's curriculum, placement testing, textbooks and materials, faculty mentoring, and genreal program support.  Teaches one to two classes each session.

Cheri earned her M.A. in Linguists with TESL Emphasis, with distinction, from California State University, Fresno, and B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon.

Since 1990, Cheri has been teaching ESL and coordinating programs, and in 1994 was the first teacher hired when A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU opened. Cheri has presented at many international and regional conferences, has been published, has participated in numerous trainings, and workshops, has earned many certificates, served as secretary of the IEP Interest Section of TESOL, and serves as a regular TESOL proposal reviewer. As Director of Studies, she completed a full revision of the institute's curriculum and continues to revive it with the Curriculum Committee to reflect best current practices. Her areas of interest include curriculum, assessment, and vocabulary instruction. She has also taught Linguistics and University Seminars as well as ESL in adult education and community college settings.

Teaching English as a Second Language allows Chri to combine her interests of culture and language that she developed in her youth. She has studied abroad in Spain, lived in Japan and Germany, and traveled extensively.




Paul Swift

Assistant Director of Students

Paul is responsible for student support and success at A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University. As one of the on-site DSO's, he also oversees the maintenance of student immigration status. Paul liaises with several MSU departments and services, including Residence Life and Health Services.

A native of Bozeman, Paul has been working in the field of ESL since his graduation from Montana State University with a B.A. in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies in 2004. After a seven-year stint working abroad in China, Paul returned to Bozeman and began working at A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU in 2011 as an instructor. He went on the earn his M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from MSU in 2014.

Paul has published readers for middle school students in Biejing, presented on student support services for ESL students at a regional ESL conference, and given poster presentations at the national NAFSA conference. He is interested in the unique challenges that international students face in their adjustment to their new environment in Bozeman and the ways in which those challenges can be programmatically addressed.



Ana Valdivia

Operations Director

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 joined A.C.E. Language Institute's administrative staff. Being herself a non-native English speaker, she found at A.C.E. the perfect place to help foreign students coming to Bozeman. Ana enjoys meeting students from different countries and backgrounds, assisting and seeing them succeed at A.C.E. Ana's other passions are arts, drawing, music, and spending time and traveling with her family.


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.