Office of International Programs Departments:

   -  Administration
   -  International Recruitment & Admissions
   -  International Student & Scholar Services
   -  International Training & Professional Development Programs
   -  Study Abroad & Exchange
   -  INTERLINK International Institutes


Miley Gonzalez

Dr. I. Miley Gonzalez

Vice Provost and Dean

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

Dr. Miley Gonzalez has joined the staff as Interim Associate Provost for International Programs. He joins us after spending the last six years working and living in Costa Rica as Deputy Director General, with an international university, the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).

He holds the rank of Professor Emeritus in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University (NMSU). He retired in 2011 after a 42-year career in both the private and public sectors in education and agriculture. Dr. Gonzalez served as a Cabinet Member on the Governor’s staff as Secretary of Agriculture for the State of New Mexico from 2003 until 2011. The state department of agriculture is part of New Mexico State University.

His public service includes serving as the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at USDA in the Clinton Administration. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997 and served until 2001. He provided leadership for four agencies, ARS, ERS, NASS, and CSREES (NIFA).

Dr. Gonzalez has served as a member of the White House Commission for Excellence in Hispanic and Native American Education, and on the U.S./China Commission on Science and Technology. He served for over 15 years on the USDA/HACU Leadership Team representing New Mexico State University and USDA.

He returned to New Mexico State University to serve as Associate Dean and Director for the Agricultural Experiment Station and subsequently as the Vice Provost for Research and the federal liaison to Congress for the University.

Dr. Gonzalez began his early experiences on a diversified farm and ranch, raising livestock and crops in the southeastern part of Arizona. He later worked on a cattle ranch in Venezuela, managed farms in northern Mexico, and worked with farmers in Pennsylvania and Iowa. He spent three years as a high school vocational agriculture teacher in Avondale, Arizona and on a Native American reservation at Parker, Arizona. He recently sold “Sky Island Farms”, part of the original family farm, in San Simon, Arizona.

Dr. Gonzalez holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University. Among his many honors over his professional career, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the U. S.

He and his wife, Julie, have five adult children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. They love to travel and are excited to join the team at MSU.

Contact: +1 406 994-5325 or

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Susan Welker

Interim Senior Director

Oversees daily operations across the Office of International Programs, including Study Abroad and Exchanges, International Admissions and Recruitment, and International Student and Scholar Services.  

Susan assumed the role of interim Senior Director for International Programs in  the fall of 2018. She previously served the Office of International Programs as the Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges at Montana State University. 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



James (Mike) Smith

Business Operations Manager  

Oversees the fiscal and human resource operations within the department and is responsible for various special initiatives that advance the global objectives for Montana State University. Provides administrative support for both the Vice Provost and the Executive Director.

Mike has joined the Office of International Programs as their new Business Operations Manager. His previous experience includes serving a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force in the Healthcare Administration field. Mike was privileged enough to have three overseas assignments in Germany, Guam, and Italy. One of his highlights was the completion of a new NATO hospital in Aviano Air Base, Italy. After retiring from the Air Force Mike transitioned to be the System Business Manager for the seven pharmacy departments for a healthcare system in southwest Missouri. Following that the mountains called him back to Montana to work as the Facilities Director for Bozeman Health.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Park University and a master’s degrees from Troy State University. His hobbies include reading, basketball, and swimming.  Mike has six children, three of which are still at home and keep him busy.

Contact: +1 406-994-7169 or



Eleanor Inglis

International Travel Compliance Specialist / Partnership Agreement Administrator

Responsible for managing the International Travel Registry and ensuring MSU  international travelers are in compliance with university policies. Also serves as administrator for all MSU global institutional partnerships.

Eleanor comes to the Office of International Programs as the International Travel Compliance Specialist and Partnership Agreement Administrator. As an International Educator with over 15 years’ experience in various aspects of International Education within higher education, she holds a Master of Science in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Latin American Political Science from Oklahoma State University. In order to master the Spanish language, she lived abroad in Honduras, Central America fueling her passion to not only become a global citizen but to facilitate life-altering education abroad experiences for others. Her work as an International Educator has taken her to every Continent, except Asia, but there’s still time to explore!

As part of the MSU Office of International Programs, Eleanor serves MSU and Affiliated campuses by ensuring administrators, faculty, and students register through the International Travel Registry, as outlined in the MSU Travel Policy developed for global safety and security. In addition, Eleanor is the Partnership Agreement Administrator and liaison for all MSU campuses seeking to establish and maintain global institutional partnership agreements (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding, Faculty & Student Exchanges, specialized academic programs).

Coming to Montana in 2011, Eleanor enjoys all the amenities living in Montana has to offer. When not in the OIP, you’ll find her hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing with her dog, Godiva, or visiting her daughter in Chicago. And let’s not forget….TRAVELING ABROAD!

Contact: +1 406 994-7512 or

International Recruitment & Admissions


Yujian (Ivy) Wang

International Credential Evaluation Specialist

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



Erin Boyd

International Admissions Coordinator

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

Erin joined the Office of International Programs in January 2018. She is a Denver, Colorado native with a B.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures, with a concentration in Spanish and German, from Colorado State University. She spent a semester in England in 2014 and then, upon returning to the U.S., volunteered as an international student mentor, helping incoming exchange students to settle into the University community and life in the U.S. After graduating in 2016, she received a Fulbright grant to live and work in Germany for a year as an English Teaching Assistant. Aside from assisting in classes, hosting a weekly English club and tutoring students, she also taught weekly lessons about American culture, politics and history.

Erin is thrilled to be in Bozeman, a place that reminds her very much of her home state. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling and spending time outdoors, and she looks forward to exploring everything Montana has to offer! 

Contact: +1 406 994-7252 or



Que Vo

International Student Recruiter

Responsible for international student enrollment growth at MSU through developing and executing recruitment strategies, working closely with educational partners and students to introduce MSU, and assisting the students during the application process.

Que was born and raised in Vietnam. She earned a bachelor's degree in Commerce at RMIT University (Saigon Campus). In 2017, she moved to Boston to pursue a master's degree in Project Management at Northeastern University. With 5 years of working experience in higher education and a passion to promote international education, she found her next career stop in Bozeman with Montana State University. Serving as an International Student Recruiter, she is excited to help connect Montana State University with more international students around the world. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Bozeman and cooking.

Contact: +1 406-994-7418 or

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Katelen Bennett

International Admissions Evaluator

Responsible for advancing MSU’s international enrollment goals through processing and evaluating international applications.

Katelen is originally from Michigan, only recently moving to Bozeman. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2017 with a B.A. in International Studies and minors in English and Sociology. She spent 10 months in South Korea at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. After university, she worked with International students at SVSU in their Intensive English Language Program as an instructor. As she puts it, she’s a “true nerd,” being fascinated by numbers, the social and descriptive rules of many languages, and a lover of books. She’s eager to start working with more international students to help them through the admissions process and welcoming them to MSU.

Contact: +1 406 994-7181 or


International Student & Scholar Services

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Deborah Chiolero

Senior Immigration & Compliance Specialist

Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars as a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO); 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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Katherine Knight

International Student & Scholar Advisor

Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars;  assists with employment documentation for students and scholars; conducts audits of international student/scholar records; implements the arrival program for new international students; assists with cultural adjustment; and coordinates extra-curricular student programming.

Katherine joined the Office of International Programs in September 2018, moving to Bozeman from Portland, Maine. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, which included a semester interning at the United Kingdom Parliament and another focusing on her Middle East Affairs specialization as an exchange student based at the University of Haifa. She so enjoyed living abroad that she completed an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University of Belfast (Northern Ireland), where she began her career working with incoming international students. She has also spent time working in refugee resettlement, allowing her to see a different side of US immigration policy in action, and spent two years as an outbound Study Abroad Advisor with the Council on International Educational Exchange.

In her free time Katherine will climb just about anything (rock, plastic, ice) and enjoys hiking. Though not fluent in a second language, Katherine has studied Arabic, Irish, Spanish, and Hebrew at varying levels and is always excited to learn a few more phrases from the students she works with! 

Contact +1 406-994-7180 or email


International Training & Professional Development Programs


Janelle Rasmussen

Director of International Training and Professional Development Programs

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

Janelle Rasmussen has worked in the international education field for over 20 years, including two years spent as an ESL instructor in Japan. She joined the MSU 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 18 years, focused on International Higher Education, designed for trainees from the Ministry of Education in 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 committee, Co-Chair for the Middle East Interest Group (MEIG), and currently as the Co-Chair to the United Nations Special Interest Group and as one of the three NAFSA representatives to the United Nations DPI-NGO.

 Contact: +1 406 994-7602 or



Makiko Diehl

Program Manager 

International Training and Professional Development 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


Ted Lange

Ted Lange

Administrative Associate III

International Training and Professional Development Programs

Manages administrative functions within the International Training and Professional Development Programs including grant management, accounting and human resource duties, event and travel coordination and web page maintenance. 

Originally from the New York City area, Ted has lived in Montana since 1991, and he and his family have lived in Bozeman since 2000. His career has included many years working for nonprofit organizations, as well as MSU Extension, plus several years of consulting work. He brings a great variety of experience in project and grants management, as well as communications and marketing.

He graduated from Williams College in 1988 with a BA in Geology with a Concentration in Environmental Studies. In Spring 2018, he earned a Business Management Professional Certificate from Gallatin College. He joined OIP’s International Training and Professional Development Programs Division in Fall 2018.

Outside the office, Ted loves exploring Montana’s mountains and rivers. Climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and paddling are some of his favorite ways to enjoy our region’s vast and spectacular wild places. He also enjoys travelling internationally with his family.



Akira Whitecrane

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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Kate Batchelder

Study Abroad Program Manager

Responsible for advising outgoing study abroad students.

Kate Batchelder is a Study Abroad Coordinator with Montana State University’s Office of International Programs. She works primarily with students seeking semester or year-long study abroad experiences around the globe. Ms. Batchelder’s background in international education spans over a decade in the realms of higher education, international development, and study abroad both domestically and internationally. Ms. Batchelder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Bates College as well as a Master of Arts in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Outside the office, Kate enjoys gardening, reading, and attending the great music and arts performances around Bozeman. Of course she wouldn’t be allowed to be called a Bozemanite if she didn’t also love spending time outside running on trails and playing in the snow!

Contact: +1 406 994-7151 or



Wendy Rivers

Faculty Led Program Coordinator

Responsible for the program coordination of all MSU Faculty Led Study Abroad programs. 

A Bozeman native and an alumnus of Montana State University, Wendy is the Faculty Led Program Coordinator for OIP.  Her role includes collaborating with faculty to facilitate short-term, customized and faculty-led study abroad program opportunities for MSU students. 

Since 2010 and prior to joining OIP in 2016, Wendy served as a Program Manager for MSU Human Resources and MSU Testing Services Manager.  She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from MSU-Bozeman and has a career background in publishing, advertising sales, and marketing for several companies in the west.

In her spare time, you will frequently find her at local sporting events with her family or planning her next trip to an exotic location.

Contact: +1 406 994-7150 or


INTERLINK International Institutes at Montana State University


Valley Peters

Center Director

Valley is responsible for directing and managing the INTERLINK International Institutes 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.

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.



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 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.




Cherí Ladd LeCain


Cherí’s interest in the field of English Language Teaching stems from her childhood experience living in Hawaii, surrounded by a rich diversity of people from many different cultural and language backgrounds. Her early years were spent singing songs in Japanese, celebrating Chinese New Year, strumming the ukulele, and dancing the hula. Since then, she has studied abroad in Spain, lived in Japan, Germany, and Norway and has traveled extensively. Today, teaching English as a Second Language allows her to combine the interests in culture and language that began in her youth.

After first working in California for four years teaching refugees from Southeast Asia and immigrants from Latin America, Cherí became the first teacher hired when the A.C.E. Language Institute (now INTERLINK) at MSU opened in 1994, and she has been teaching and coordinating programming ever since. Cherí has presented at many international and regional conferences, published articles, and participated in numerous trainings and workshops. She 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 chaired the Curriculum Committee. 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.

Outside of the classroom, Cherí enjoys playing violin in the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and doing family activities with her husband, daughter and son.



Tiffany Ranalli


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.



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