Office of International Programs

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

Administration

Dr. Kristof Zaba

Kristof Zaba, Ed.D.

Dean for Global Engagement and International Programs

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


Dr. Kristof Zaba joined the Office of International Programs in January 2022. As the Dean for Global Engagement and International Programs, he is responsible for the overall oversight of the Office of International Programs and the advancement of the University's global engagement strategy. Dr. Zaba’s professional career has focused on providing transformative learning opportunities to students, supporting their academic success, and helping them reach their career goals. His professional interests broadly focus on examining the experience of international students in the American higher education context, student engagement theories, and their impact on academic success and retention of different student populations.  Dr. Zaba is a true globetrotter with a career and personal interests that led him to visit several countries in Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Northeast and Southeast Asia, and Australia.  

Dr. Zababegan his undergraduate career pursuing English Studies at a teachers’ training college in his native Poland. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in International Marketing, and a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, The City University of New York, and a Doctor of Education Degree specializing in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, Boston. 

Contact: +1 406 994-7688 or [email protected] 

 

Ted Lange

Ted Lange

Business Operations Manager

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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.

 

 

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Vacant

Office Manager

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.

 

 

 

International Recruitment & Admissions

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Seth Miranda

International Admissions Evaluator

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

 

 

Seth is a Bozeman Montana Native. He has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Relations from Beloit College in Beloit WI, where he played Football and Lacrosse for the Buccaneers and worked in the Admissions Office. His International education experience took him to Uruguay on a study abroad trip. After graduation Seth took a job as an ESL educator at Big Sky School District while also coaching Football and Track and Field. 
 
Starting as the International Admissions Evaluator in February of 2022, Seth enjoys helping students through the admissions process, researching credentials and grades, and being part of bringing the world to his hometown.
 
In his free time Seth enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and learning languages as well as being an avid sportsman who enjoys camping, hunting, backpacking, and snowboarding.
 
Contact: +1 406 994-7181 or  [email protected] 

 

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Anna Floyd

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.

Anna earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Plan II Honors and European Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, in her hometown. Growing up around various Latinx cultures in Texas piqued her affinity for intercultural exchange; she traveled in Central America and Europe throughout her early life and studied abroad in Lisbon, Portugal during her career at UT. These experiences, along with international friendships formed through summer jobs in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, reinforced her commitment to the idea that diversity is an integral part of a fulfilling life and a kinder world. After spending several years working for conservation corps in the Rocky Mountain West and the US Forest Service, she landed at MSU in 2019 and joined the Office of International Programs in April 2022.Anna is passionate about increasing international student enrollment at MSU with the end goal of bringing the world to Montana and Montana to the world.

In her free time, Anna enjoys watching every Liverpool game, doing yoga, cooking, hiking, thrifting, reading military history books, practicing Spanish and Portuguese, and spending time with family.

Contact: +1 406 994-7252 or [email protected]

 

International Student & Scholar Services

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Brennan Reeves

Director of International Student and Scholar Services

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Oversees daily operations across International Admissions and Recruitment and International Student and Scholar Services.  

Brennan Reeves joined the Office of International of International Programs as the Director of International Student and Scholar Services in November of 2020. He is responsible for international admissions, recruitment, and student immigration processes.

Originally from Alabama, Brennan has worked in a variety of positions in international education and has a decade of experience in the field. His goals are to boost international enrollment, help international students become an integral part of the campus and community, and to ensure that MSU’s international students have a successful, transformative experience here in Bozeman.

Outside of work, Brennan enjoys traveling with his wife and all things outdoors.

Contact: +1 406 994-7180 or [email protected]

 

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Deborah Chiolero

Senior Immigration & Compliance Specialist

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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 [email protected]

Holly Jeide

Holly J. R. Jeide

Immigration & Compliance Specialist

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Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students 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 records;assists with the arrival program for new international students; and coordinates extra-curricular student programming.  

Holly Jeide was born and raised in Montana, though life has taken her far beyond the borders of the Treasure State and recently brought her back home again. Since March 2022, Holly has been working as a compliance specialist within the Office of International Programs’ International Student & Scholar Services division and is excited to be an ambassador on behalf of MSU and Montana in general, to our international students and scholars.

Holly received a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA while living and working in the Washington, DC area. While a student at GMU, Holly was fortunate to have had multiple opportunities to study abroad in both Chile and the UK. Professionally, Holly’s years in the DC area included time spent working in the US Senate on Capitol Hill, doing communications work for a non-profit grantee of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and in support of federal-level social science research and development programs. Her return to Montana brought a shift in focus to her work, to include process improvement in education and healthcare operations.

Outside of work hours, Holly enjoys cycling and hiking, as well as chasing waterfalls and jumping in puddles with her husband and two sons.

Contact: (406) 994-7418

or [email protected] 

 

Study Abroad & Exchange

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The Managing Director for Study Abroad

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The Managing Director for Study Abroad and Travel Compliance is a part of the leadership team  within the Office of International Programs.  The Managing Director is responsible for the delivery, oversight, and compliance of study abroad programs for MSU students and international travel compliance for community members engaging in Montana State University funded, sponsored, and affiliated programs.

 

 

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Stacey Neve

Study Abroad Coordinator

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Responsible for advising incoming exchange students, outgoing students on MSU-sponsored CCIS programs, and MSU groups traveling internationally. Also in charge of evaluating international transcripts for returned MSU study abroad students.

Stacey Neve is the Study Abroad Coordinator for the Office of International Programs. She works as an advisor to incoming exchange students and to non-MSU students traveling abroad with CCIS programs sponsored by Montana State. She also works with MSU groups with plans to travel internationally to ensure that they are in compliance with MSU's travel policy and handles transcript evaluations and credit transfers for MSU students who have returned from studying in another country.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Stacey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University. In addition to studying abroad in Italy during undergrad, she spent several years teaching in Spain, Peru, Honduras, and Tunisia. All of those experiences had a profound impact on her life, and she is enthusiastic about facilitating international experiences for others.

Stacey is currently working on a Master of Public Administration at MSU. When she gets a break from work and school, she is an avid reader, hiker, and baker.

Contact: (406) 994-4122

or [email protected] 

 

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Toby Blake

Faculty-Led Program Coordinator

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

Toby helps to coordinate group and faculty-led study abroad programs at Montana State. He has served as Operations Manager and Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Success at MSU, as well as Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Programs and Services at the University of Notre Dame. Once, Toby fell out of a window and broke his left elbow during a firefighter training exercise. Despite his injury, Toby went on to receive the Ibn Battuta Award for Anthropology and the Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani Scholarship for Arabic Studies in Morocco from Kansas State University. Toby attended Graduate School at Notre Dame to study Ancient Near East Languages and Literature and worked abroad at the Iron Age II archaeological site, Khirbet Qeiyafa, during which one of the oldest proto-Hebrew inscribed ostraca was discovered. Toby has owned and managed an independent craft liquor distributor for eight years. He lives in Bozeman with a sociologist, an archer, and a dog named, Jack.
 
Contact: +1 406 994-7150 or [email protected]

 

International Travel Compliance & Global Partnerships

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International Travel Compliance & Global Partnerships

Responsibilities include management and oversight of global partnerships, international alumni, corporate & donor engagement, and all aspects of MSU International Travel Compliance for the Montana State University system pursuant to university, state (OCHE) and federal international travel policies and guidelines. 

 

 

International Training & Professional Development Programs

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Janelle Rasmussen

Director of International Training and Professional Development Programs

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Develops, facilitates, and oversees the operations of all International Training Programs, both State Department-funded programs such as the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program (MEPI SLP) and the Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program (FTEA), and non-State Department programs such as the Long-term Education Administrators' Program (LEAP) sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Culture (MEXT),  and the Okinawa Global Leadership Program sponsored by Okinawa Board of Education; Liaises with program officers from International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Georgetown University, the State Department, and others; Provides financial and administrative oversight, and manages the reporting monitoring, and evaluation of all 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 [email protected]

 

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Makiko Diehl

Program Manager

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Manages logistical coordination and oversees implementation for all incoming non-State Department short-term international programs, including the Long-term Education Administrators' Program (LEAP) sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Culture (MEXT),  and the Okinawa Global Leadership Program sponsored by Okinawa Board of Education; Collaborates with our partners: Kumamoto University, Rikkyo University, Naha Nikkei Business School, China University of Geoscience, Huazhong Agricultural Univer​sity, and universities in Mexico; Engages and manages in coordinating homestays and connects with community organizations to enable cross-cultural connections for program participants. 

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 protected]

 

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Administrative Associate

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. 

 

 

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Sonia McLain

Program Coordinator II

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Coordinates logistics, scheduling, and reporting for incoming short-term State Department-funded programs, including the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program (MEPI SLP) and the Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program (FTEA); Works with administering agencies and funding organizations to ensure adherence to program requirements, including the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and Georgetown University. 

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 or [email protected]

 

INTERLINK International Institutes at Montana State University

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Valley Peters

Center Director

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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.

Contact: +1 406 994-3807 or [email protected]

 

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Kristina Allison

Instructor
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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.

Contact: [email protected]

 

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Cherí Ladd LeCain

Instructor

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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.

Contact: [email protected]

 

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Ana Valdivia

Operations Director

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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.

Contact: [email protected]