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 directs the semester program portfolio 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 professionalbackground includes work in international education, development and traininginWashington, D.C., Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern Africa. She also lived and worked abroad in Tokyo, Japan, andTbilisi, 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
Before joining the Carlson Global Institute in 2006, Matthew worked for several years in the field of human resources consulting, both in Minnesota and in Sydney, Australia. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) and his master's and doctoratal degrees in comparative and international development education (CIDE) at the University of Minnesota. Matthew's research interests lie in the cross-cultural classroom and the development of intercultural competence. He is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and most recently co-wrote a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence (2009).
Matthew's favorite international experience to date was his graduate study abroad program in southeast Asia, during which he had the opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and a remote village in northeastern Thailand.
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.
Program Manager, Global Executive MBA programs
Shortly after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas, Theresa moved to Guatemala to work with a development organization for two years. Theresa then earned her Master of Arts in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute, with a year-long practicum on the U.S./Mexico border. She currently works with our Global Executive MBA programs.
Theresa's favorite international experience was weekend trips to San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico while she was living in Guatemala.
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.
Jessica provides fiscal management and oversight, administrative and human resource management for the office.Â Her education is in International Studies and French. She also studied abroad on a 3-week program to Cape Town, South Africa and returnedÂ 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 Manager, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
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.
Front Desk Manager
Anne 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. She has a BS from the State University of New York at Oneonta. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad through the University of Virginiaâ€™s Semester at Sea program, which traveled to seven Mediterranean countries. Her past roles within a university include resident advisor, office assistant to the office of campus life, and student union building manager.
Her favorite international experienceÂ 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.
Managing Director, Center for International Business Education and Research
Abby is the Managing Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). Her background includes work for Deloitte Consulting, the U.S. Department of Justice, and several small companies. She has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Abby's favorite international experience is hiking in the Huangshan Mountains in China.
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 Novgorod. 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, Global Immersion
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.