Front Desk Manager
Holly provides a variety of administrative support services for the associate and assistant deans as well as acting as a primary resource for students and the general public on program information. Holly graduated from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, International Business, and a minor in German. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad for six weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico and one year in Vienna, Austria. Upon finishing her degree, Holly spent two more years in Austria as an English Teaching Assistant in Wels and Vienna. After returning to Minnesota, Holly worked in the International Center at Macalester College on a short-term assignment prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute.
Holly has many fond memories from Austria including spending holidays with friends, attending an Austrian wedding, sitting amidst the peaks of the Alps in Innsbruck, and the beloved Viennese Kaffeehaus culture. However, one of her favorite international experiences occurred in Montenegro, where she rented a car with some fellow travelers and explored the countryside with nothing but a hand drawn map and directions typed by her hostel’s staff.
Director, Education Abroad
Kirsten earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute in 2008, she spent six years working in corporate training and development with domestic and overseas teams. Kirsten spent a semester abroad in Spain as an undergraduate, and currently oversees the education abroad programs for Carlson students.
Kirsten's favorite international experience to date was her time living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala leading a rural health initiative.
Associate Program Director, Education Abroad
Kevin graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Communication and an Asian Studies minor. He received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School. Kevin has more than 10 years professional experience in international communication ranging from higher education and nonprofit management in China to corporate project management with India. He is interested in how technology can be used to promote cultural understanding in academic and business settings.
One of Kevin's favorite international memories is enjoying evening tea with friends in South China.
Assistant Dean, Global Initiatives
Anne is the Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives. Her professional background includes work in international education, development and training in Washington, D.C., Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern Africa. She also lived and worked abroad in Tokyo, Japan, and Tbilisi, Georgia. Anne has a B.A. in English from St. Michael's College in Vermont and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education from College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
Anne's favorite international experience was her work at the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia (1997-2000) after the collapse of the Soviet Union, especially covering momentous events such as the distribution of titles of landownership for the first time to rural farmers.
Program Manager, Education Abroad
After completing her undergraduate degree at Grinnell College in French, Lauren spent two years teaching English in France and traveling extensively around Western Europe. She returned to the U.S. to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota where she completed a M.A. degree in Educational Policy and Administration with a focus on International and Intercultural Education in May of 2011. During graduate school, Lauren interned with Operation Crossroads Africa and spent seven weeks in Togo and Ghana. Following her degree, she was a fellow at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.
Picking just one favorite international experience is extremely difficult for Lauren, so here are a few highlights: riding on the back of a motorcycle all over Togo with her Togolese brother; exploring Ancient Roman ruins in Greece; living in a small town in Northern France and losing horribly at Monopoly to her host brother; and being the only non-French person in a group hiking the hills of Provence in Southern France during her college study abroad semester.
Program Director, Global Executive MBA Programs
Lili has a B.A. in English from Shanghai International Studies University in China, M.S. in Learning and Instruction from the University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development Education. Prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute, Lili worked for Georgetown University, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Berkeley on international programs.
Lili’s favorite international experience was being an international student at the University of Minnesota!
Program Director, Global Corporate and Alumni Relations
Jennifer has an undergraduate degree from Hamline University in St. Paul. She received her Master's degree in Public Policy and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She has over 10 years of experience in business development in the public and private sectors.
Jennifer's most memorable international experience is hiking the ruins of Machu Pichu with her sisters on Christmas Day.
Associate Dean, Global Initiatives
Michael J. Houston is Ecolab-Pierson M. Grieve Chair in International Marketing and Associate Dean of Global Initiatives. He also serves as Managing Director of CIBER. As a faculty member in the Marketing Department, he pursues research on cultural effects on consumer behavior and branding issues.
Michael's most meaningful international experience was living in Singapore during a sabbatical.
Associate Program Director, Global EMBA
Merritt works with the Global Executive MBA Programs. Previous professional experience includes several years at the University of Minnesota's China Center where she managed and led multiple professional development training programs and related initiatives for Chinese university administrators and government officials. Prior to her time at the China Center, Merritt lived and worked in Beijing, China for four years developing marketing and communications strategies for a Chinese firm and implementing nonprofit foundation and academic initiatives.
Merritt has an M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is fluent in written and spoken Chinese.
Her favorite international experience to date was traveling to Israel and Jordan on a Holy Land tour with her mom.
Jessica provides fiscal management and oversight, administrative and human resource management for the office. Her education is in International Studies and French. She also studied abroad on a 3-week program to Cape Town, South Africa and returned the following year as a intern. Her past roles include working at the University of Minnesota Duluth, working for Expedia, Inc. outside of Seattle and in other units at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Her favorite international experience was working with and learning from the amazing staff of Afrika Tikkun at their community center in Delft township outside Cape Town.
Program Director, Education Abroad
Jennie graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Environmental Studies. She studied abroad in Costa Rica, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Most recently she worked as an international operations manager for a local non-profit organization that coordinates short-term service programs around the world. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Jennie's favorite international experience was taking an overnight train from Beijing to Xi'an, China to visit a friend and the Terra Cotta Warriors.
Global Program Coordinator
Anne manages CGI's scholarships and assumes responsibilities for student registration, enrollment, and systems-related processes for education abroad. She has a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she held several student support positions and researched student organizations as agents of community building, diversity, and inclusion. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad through the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program, which traveled to seven Mediterranean countries.
Her favorite international experience is her time spent in Casablanca, Morocco with a dear friend, particularly at the Hassan II Mosque.
Program Director, Education Abroad
Deirdre received her bachelor’s degree in History & German from the University of St. Thomas, and her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Comparative & International Development Education (CIDE). She has extensive experience working in higher education and student advising. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad for a semester in Vienna, Austria, and on three short-term programs (J-term) in England, Tanzania, and Egypt. She has a passion for intercultural education and student development.
One of Deirdre's most memorable international experiences was visiting the WWII cemetaries at the battleground of El-Alamein in Egypt.
Program Manager, Education Abroad
Stuart graduated from St. Olaf College in 2004 with a triple major in Russian, Russian Studies, and Sociology. During his time at St. Olaf, Stuart traveled to Russia twice - first to work at an orphanage in Staraya Russa, and second to study Russian in Veliky Novogrod. He was also able to travel to Ireland to participate in the January-term course "Conflict and Change in a Post-Colonial Society." After moving to Boston for a short stint in public television and wealth management, he spent six years working in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at Harvard University, while simultaneously completing his Master's in International Relations at Boston University.
Stuart's most memorable international experience was taking a day trip to the Pskov kremlin with his host mother's fifth-grade class, and seeing the caves of the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery.
Program Manager, Education Abroad
Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with an individualized degree in Spanish, Psychology and Teaching English as a Second Language. Her first international experience was a semester spent studying in Toledo, Spain. She formed close relationships with each family member, especially a host sister and brother, and continues to keep in touch with them years later. After her semester abroad, Kate decided to pursue a career in international education. She completed the Comparative and International Development Education M.A. program through the College of Education and Human Development.
Kate's favorite international experience was living with a Spanish host family.