Office of International Programs Departments:
- International Recruitment & Admissions
- International Student & Scholar Services
- International Training & Professional Development Programs
- Study Abroad & Exchange
- INTERLINK International Institutes
Dr. I. Miley Gonzalez
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
International Student Services
Oversees daily operations across the Office of International Programs, including Study Abroad and Exchanges, International Admissions and Recruitment, and International Student and Scholar Services.
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 Director of International Student Services.
Kurt Friedemann has more than two decades of experience in business operations and management, from coordinating and supporting the smallest project to running entire companies. He has provided services in austere locals from Afghanistan to Colombia and engaged in developing business on almost every continent in the world but spent much of his time in Europe and Latin America. Over the years, Mr. Friedemann developed a love for transparent business communication, efficient processes and an appreciation for the power of a well-designed spreadsheet.
Currently, Mr. Friedemann is providing his experience and expertise as an adjunct instructor at the Jake Jabs College for Business and Entrepreneurship, as well as the Office for International Programs.
He served in the U.S. Army as a scout during Operation Iraqi Freedom, holds a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech, and is a father of three children.
Contact: +1 406 994-7169 or email@example.com
Outreach & Special Projects
Serves as Interim Director of Global Partnerships, Outreach & Special Projects for the Office of International Programs. In addition, responsible for oversight & management of MSU International Travel Compliance for the Montana State University system to ensure MSU International travelers are in compliance with university and OCHE policies.
Eleanor serves the Office of International Programs as the Interim Director of Outreach & Special Projects. As an International Educator with 20 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!
Within her role, Eleanor oversees & manages Global Partnerships and MSU International Travel Compliance for the Montana State University system. MSU International Travel Compliance includes the MSU International Travel Policy (ITP), the International Travel Registry (ITR), International SOS and GeoBlue International Travel Health Insurance for global safety and security. In addition, Eleanor is the liaison for all MSU campuses seeking to establish and maintain global institutional partnership agreements (i.e. Memorandum of Understanding, Faculty Research & Student Exchanges, Group Internaitonal Travel programs), as well as International alumni & corporate engagement.
Coming to Montana in 2011, Eleanor enjoys all the amenities living in Montana has to offer. When not in the office, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees front desk operations and provides customer service and support for all units within the Office of International Programs. Serves as the pivotal point of contact for internal and external constituents, supports departmental events, coordinates information, and manages all office-related projects and inventory.
Rainey joined the Office of International Programs in August 2019. Originally from Idaho, Mrs. Friedemann has lived in many places since graduating high school and has traveled to five of the seven continents.
She received her BA in Communications from UMUC-Europe, specializing in Public Relations, where she also worked for the university providing higher education support to members of the military and their dependents in Hanau, Germany. Mrs. Friedemann has held many positions with various organizations, most recently working as a contracted events and marketing coordinator for a local commercial contractor. She studied abroad during the spring semester of 2000 in Jerusalem, Israel, and upon returning, worked in Public Affairs with the Bureau of Land Management.
She, along with her husband and three children, moved to Bozeman in the summer of 2017 and now happily call it home.
Contact: +1 406 994-4031 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 the senior F-1 & J-1 immigration specialist; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigration & Compliance Specialist
Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars as a Designated School Offficial (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS; supports immigration compliance for F-1/J-1 students; assists with employment documentation for students and scholars; conducts audits of international student/scholar records; assists with the arrival program for new international students; and coordinates extra-curricular student programming. Katherine is also the faculty/staff immigration liaison for MSU-Bozeman.
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 on international student mobility. She also has experience as a refugee resettlement case manager, allowing her to see a different side of US immigration policy in action, and was an outbound Study Abroad Advisor for the Council on International Educational Exchange, specializing in non-traditional locations.
In her free time Katherine is an enthusiastic ice climber and enjoys endurance hiking/peakbagging. 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@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Administrative Associate III
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.
Contact: +1 406 994-6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator II
Assists with facilitating programs and activities, and coordinates logistics in relation to short-term programs.
Sonia McLain grew up outside of Livingston, Montana in Paradise Valley. After high school, she moved to Missoula where she studied German and ESL at the University of Montana. During this time, she also had her first extensive experience abroad in Trier, Germany. Upon graduating, she moved to Bozeman in the Summer of 2017, got involved with the Interlink Language Center and had the honor of tutoring members of the LEAP Program from Japan. Shortly afterwards she was introduced to the Office of International Programs by assisting with the Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) Program.
She spent the 2018-2019 abroad, teaching English at secondary schools in Lower Austria which proved to be both a challenge and a success. Though it was tempting to stay abroad, Montana will always hold that special place in her heart. She feels lucky to have made the decision to return in June, as she has continued to do the work she is passionate about, working at the OIP and spending time with people who have similar passions. Since returning, Sonia has helped to coordinate MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) Student Leaders Program and the TEA program.
During her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, reading, coffee-shop hopping, and travelling of course! She is also currently a member of Raison D'etre Dance Project, a local contemporary dance company here in Bozeman. Her main goals in life are to continually create genuine friendships, be open to learning something new everyday, and to continue to grow and improve as an individual by welcoming change and vulnerability; one of her favorite quotes goes, "It's only after you've stepped out of your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform."
Contact: +1 406 994-2188 email@example.com
Responsible for advising outgoing study abroad students.
Kate Batchelder is the Study Abroad Manager 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible for advising incoming exchange students and outgoing students on MSU-sponsored CCIS programs, as well as evaluating international transcripts for returned MSU study abroad students.
Rachael has joined the Office of International Programs at MSU as a Study Abroad Coordinator, working as an advisor to incoming exchange students and to non-MSU students traveling abroad with CCIS programs sponsored by Montana State. She also handles transcript evaluations and credit transfers for MSU students who have returned from studying in another country.
She comes to Bozeman all the way from Michigan, where she attended Northern Michigan University in the state’s Upper Peninsula. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and English Writing, and an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Communication, Rachael relocated to Vermont to further her studies. While attending SIT Graduate Institute, she earned her TESOL certification, lived and volunteered in Costa Rica teaching English, interned in the international offices at Stonehill College (MA) and Johnson & Wales University (RI), and received a Master’s Degree in International Education. Returning to her home state, Rachael then worked as an ESL Tutor at her old middle school for a year before making the leap to Montana State.
When not at work Rachael can be found playing trivia, mountain-biking, baking, and practicing her Spanish traveling through Latin America!
Contact: +1 406 994-4122 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible for managing the INTERLINK International Institutes at Montana State University, supervising instructors and staff, overseeing implementation of curriculum, and maintaining connections with the host institution and partner department, the Office of International Programs. She is also responsible for overall student support and success.
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.
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.
Kristina has been working in the field of education for nearly 15 years in a variety of capacities. She has taught English to international students, worked in learning and development in the business sector, developed educational materials for financial professionals, managed and edited online learning modules, and served as the liaison between parents and schools. She has also lived and worked overseas in an international organization and loves everything about learning and teaching languages.
Outside of work, Kristina looks for chances to get outside: running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, dining alfresco - if it’s outside, she’ll happily do it! She also spends a good portion of her downtime trying to wear out two dogs while keeping up with two kids.