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


International Admissions


Megan Prettyman

Manager for International Recruitment & Admissions

Responsible for managing international recruitment; developing and implementing marketing initiatives and activities including market analysis and assessment; managing relationships with and training of partnering educational agents; and leading the international recruitment & admissions unit.

As the Manager 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 Montana State University, Megan worked for the British Council in New York City as part of the education team, conducting market research and analysis projects and working on marketing initiatives.

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. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Megan lived in Galway, Ireland and worked as a consultant for a multinational corporation.

Megan enjoys working at Montana State University with like-minded colleagues who are passionate about international education and motivated, bright students.

Contact:  +1 406 994-7252 or



International Admissions Coordinator


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Susan Reisch

New Student Services International Representative

Responsible for assisting international undergraduate 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 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


Hanan Alkalaji

Graduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions

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. 


Ryeland Allenson

Undergraduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions

Ryeland was born and raised in LaPorte, Colorado. He is currently working towards his bachelor's degree in Accounting with the intent to achieve his Master's in Professional Accountancy, both at Montana State. He came to MSU starting as an undecided student until his sophomore year when he found an interest in Accounting and Arabic. This interest in Arabic led him to the United Arab Emirates for a study abroad program Spring 2015. The summer after this program, he traveled through Oman, India, and various parts of Southeast Asia. Ryeland is now a senior and volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman Schools Foundation. 

Since October 2015, Ryeland has worked on the International Recruitment & Admissions team in order to stay involved with the international students and cultures for which he developed a passion during his travels. Ryeland now enjoys his life in Bozeman usually fly fishing, hiking, or watching his Broncos when his studies allow it.


Saurabh Tulsankar

Undergraduate Assistant for International Recruitment & Admissions

Saurabh was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where he also 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


April Fawson

Director for International Student and Scholar Services

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

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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

Mackenzie Etchells

Mackenzie Etchells

International Student and Scholar Advisor

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

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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 cards sponsored by the University. Sally is a Designated School Official (DSO) with the F-1 international student visa program.  She also manages sponsored student programs including incoming Fulbrighters and the  Brazil Stem Mobility Program(BSMP) among others.  She also administers the Dual Degree Programs from Turkey.

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


International Partnerships and Grants


Yvonne Rudman

Director of International Partnerships & Grants

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

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


 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: +1 406 994-7151 or

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Krysta Gorder

Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

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


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

Responsible for working with MSU students to prepare 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 in Cultural Exchange) Language Institute at Montana State University



Paul Swift

Acting Director

Paul is responsible for directing and managing the A.C.E. Language Institute 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, 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, and then as Assistant Director of Students. He went on the earn his M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from MSU in 2014.  Paul is now Acting Director of Associates and Cultural Exchange.

Paul has published readers for middle school students in Beijing, 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.

Contact: +1 406 994-3777


Amy Engblom

International Student Advisor

Any 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. 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

Cheri is responsible for overseeing the intensive English program's curriculum, placement testing, textbooks and materials; faculty mentoring; and general program support.  She teaches one to two classes per 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, been published, participated in numerous trainings and workshops, earned many certificates, served as secretary of the IEP Interest Section of TESOL, and served 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 Cheri 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.



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.