Greetings from your 2013 TEA Program Staff! Below you will find contact information and pictures to help you become familiar with our team before the program begins at MSU. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Dr. Norman Peterson
Office of International Programs Executive Director, MSU
Norm Peterson has led the development of international programs at MSU since the fall of 1994, but he has been a national and international leader in international education for more than twenty years. Prior to assuming his position in Montana, Peterson occupied key leadership positions in the post-secondary international education community. He lead the development of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) while on the international programs staff at Georgetown University; helped found the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange, a major international education coordinating and policy coalition in Washington DC; and he served as the Alliance’s first Executive Director until moving to Montana to begin his position at Montana State University.
Janelle Rasmussen, TEA Administrative Director
Training and Special Programs Director
Office of International Programs, MSU
Janelle Rasmussen has considerable knowledge and understanding of international training programs, including experience as an English teacher in Gifu, Japan. She is a skilled logistics manager with ten years of experience with a variety of training programs including U.S. State Department-funded programs (MEPI, TEA, ILEP, and PiE).
Megan McGlothlen, TEA Program Coordinator
WorldMontana Executive Director
McGlothlen serves as the Executive Director of the WorldMontana, an affiliate of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) based in Washington, D.C. In this role, she has extensive experience hosting international visitors from throughout the world. In the past, McGlothlen worked in conjunction with OIP to coordinate TEA programs as well as a group of incoming student leaders from Pakistan.
Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa, TEA Academic Director
Associate Professor of Education
Graduate Program Leader, Curriculum & Instruction, MSU
Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa is an Associate Professor of Education at Montana State University-Bozeman. She holds a Ph.D. in Multicultural, Social and Bilingual Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder and serves as the co-advisor to the American Indian Council at MSU. She has over 19 years teaching experience as a multicultural teacher educator, diversity trainer, and English for Academic Purposes (ESP-Business) instructor. At MSU she teaches multiple sections of Multicultural Education in addition to offering courses in Social Justice in Education, and Teaching EFL/ESL: Second Language Acquisition Theory and Language Teaching Methodologies.
Joyce Hannula, TEA Internship Coordinator
Social Studies Teacher, Bozeman High School
Adjunct Instructor, MSU
Joyce Jarosz-Hannula has been teaching for 26 years. Her main instruction areas are English and Social Studies, with an emphasis in psychology. She has served as Chair of the Social Studies Department at Bozeman High School and Director of the school’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. She currently teaches AP Psychology, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at MSU, teaching educational psychology and methods courses for pre-service teachers. She has worked with each previous MSU-hosted TEA, ILEP and PiE program and is considered by most participants to be their “Montana Mom.” In the fall of 2003 she was honored as one of the United Way’s sixteen “Women Who Make a Difference,” the only educator selected. She has traveled to the Ukraine to assist in previous TEA selection processes and to present workshops at a conference for TEA alumni and teachers of English at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev.
Dr. Joan Cook, TEA Technology Training Course
Adjunct Education Instructor, MSU (Retired)
Joan Cook earned her M.A. and Ed.D. from Montana State University in Adult and Higher Education and Educational Technology. She has been teaching at MSU for 24 years and has the following to say about her work: "I enjoy teaching! I especially enjoy teaching students how to effectively integrate technology into their teaching strategies and activities because all people need to be comfortable and skilled in using technology in this world of instant information."
Ms. Kerri Cobb, TEA Technology Training Course
Business Education/ BPA Advisor, Bozeman High School
Kerri Cobb was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She moved to Montana 11 years ago with her husband and three children. Kerri loves to ski, hike, read, watch movies, learn anything techie, and anything else that involves her family. Kerri is a teacher at Bozeman High School. She received her BS in Business Education and Library Media at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Kerri currently teaches in Bozeman's Business Education Department and is the Advisor for the Bozeman Business Professionals of America Chapter.
Dr. Deidre Combs, TEA Leadership Specialist
Adjunct Instructor, Honors Department, MSU
Deidre Combs founded Combs & Company in 1994 to provide cross-cultural communication and conflict skills enhancement, coaching, strategic planning and team building services. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University, and a doctorate focused on world religions from UCS/Naropa University. Combs serves as faculty at Montana State University, Naropa University, Prescott College and Wisdom University.
Makiko Diehl, Program Assistant
Program Assistant, Training and Special Programs, Office of International Programs, MSU
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, started working with Janelle Rasmussen in the Training and Special Programs division as a student intern in January 2011, and graduated from MSU with a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences in May 2011. She was then hired on in the Office of International Programs to work as a Program Assistant. She is very excited to work with the TEA program.
Brenna Boyd, TEA Program Assistant
Program Coordinator, Training and Special Programs, Office of International Programs, MSU
Brenna Boyd joined the Office of International Programs in 2011 after completing a Masters Degree in Social Psychology at Arizona State University with a focus on cultural adaptation and intercultural conflict and harmony. She has several years of teaching and research experience in cultural, social, and quantitative psychology. She looks forward to facilitating successful study and training experiences, as well as designing and analyzing targeted program and participant evaluations to promote continual improvement.
Troy Duker, TEA Program Assistant
Information Specialist, WorldMontana
Troy Duker is originally from the town of Ellendale, DE. After graduating from Delaware Technical and Community College, (A.A.S, Human Services) he moved to Montana in the Fall of 2009. He volunteered for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Ennis National Fish Hatchery for a brief period of time. At the end of his term there, he decided to move to Bozeman and enroll at Montana State University as a Religious Studies major, graduating in 2012.
Troy began as a seasonal information specialist at WorldMontanaSM in the Spring of 2010, but returned in 2011. He schedules programs for international visitors, contributes to locally-sponsored WorldMontanaSM programs, and maintains the website. Troy is also involved with the McNair Scholars program, Sustained Dialogue, Amnesty International, among other local organizations. For leisure, he enjoys fishing and hiking local trails.
Chris Helgeson, TEA Program Assistant
Chris is a Montana native. He holds a degree in Marketing and International Business from MSU Bozeman. He is the current intern with WorldMontana and is excited to work with the OIP. Traveling and studying abroad has inspired him to promote global understanding and hopes to do so through the TEA Program. In his free time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, hiking, and everything else outdoors.
Alyssa Sandner, TEA Program Assistant
Hello, my name is Alyssa Sandner and I am a Junior at Montana State University. I am currently an intern at the Training and Special Programs division. I am a McNair's Scholar and an active member of NECO, or the Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations. I am originally from Corte Madera, California. I enjoy sending time outdoors and exploring all that Montana has to offer.