Program Director, Global Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
Mandy leads the Global DBA program in partnership with Tsinghua University in China. She has a B.A. in English and International Studies from China Foreign Affairs University, an M.A. in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Before joining the Carlson Global Institute, she worked as the Associate Director at the University of Minnesota's China Center.
Her favorite international experience was kayaking and hiking at the Simatai Great Wall in Beijing.
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.
Program Manager, Education Abroad
Jackie Combs, Global Immersion Program Manager, supports all outbound Carlson and inbound visiting international students on semester exchange programs as well as summer programs. Jackie is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received her bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology as well as her Master’s degree in English as a Second Language.
Prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute, Jackie spent 5 years working at Hamline University as a Study Abroad Advisor, where she managed student advising and applications, pre-departure orientations, marketing and recruitment strategies, and study abroad events on campus with short-term and semester study abroad programs. As an undergraduate student, Jackie spent a semester abroad in York, England which sparked her ongoing love of world travel and cultural immersion.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Jackie loves to cook and try new cuisines from around the world. Her favorite international experience was conducting original research on the social impact of the railways in England while interning at the National Railway Museum in York, England.
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, Policy, and Development with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education from College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, Anne received the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Award for Global Engagement.
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.
Associate Program Director, 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.
Director, Global Executive 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!
Associate Program Director, Global Executive Programs
Laura is the Associate Program Director for the Global Executive MBA program. She earned her B.S. in Public Relations and M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Cloud State University. Prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute, Laura worked with student leadership programs and education abroad and the University of Memphis and the University of Michigan.
One of Laura's favorite international experiences was celebrating Syttende Mai (Norway's Constitution Day) with her host family.
Administrative Services Manager
Tyler earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the Carlson Global Institute, he worked in nonprofit operations and finance at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., and at TakeAction Minnesota in Saint Paul, MN.
Tyler's favorite international experience was in 2004 when he was selected as one of six international students to join the 46th global voyage of the Peace Boat, a Japanese non-governmental organization. Tyler traveled West from Tokyo to New York City stopping at 12 ports in between.
Program Manager, Scholarships | Strategic Initiatives and Engagement
Maxine earned her bachelor's degree in German Studies and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. During her time as an undergraduate student, she participated in a direct exchange year at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. Prior to joining Carlson Global Institute, she worked in retirement services.
Maxine's most memorable international experience was living in an international student dorm and hosting "around the world" cooking nights with her roommates.
Program Manager, Education Abroad
Mary earned her BBA in International Business from Northwood University and an MA in International Relations from London Metropolitan University. From marketing and organizing international soccer camps for the Walt Disney Corporation to teaching International Relations and American Business Studies around the world, her professional and personal travels have taken Mary throughout Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, totaling 42 countries (living in 3). Mary is excited to combine her international business, relations, and education backgrounds to help facilitate short-term, faculty-led programs for CGI.
One of Mary's most memorable international experiences was camping through Africa on a 3-month overland tour.
Program Director, Education Abroad
Deirdre has a bachelor's degree from the University of Saint Thomas, and her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota in Comparative & International Development Education (CIDE). She has been at the Carlson School since 2006 and has extensive experience working in higher education, faculty-led short-term programming, program management, and student advising. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad for a semester in Vienna, Austria, and on faculty-led short-term programs in England, Tanzania, and Egypt. She has a passion for intercultural education and student development.
One of Deirdre's most memorable international experiences was hiking in the little slice of the Mata Atlantica (Atlantic rainforest) that remains along the coast of Brazil and ending that hike with a swim at a secluded beach.
Associate Dean, Global Initiatives
STEPHEN T. PARENTE, PhD, MPH, MS is a Professor in the Department of Finance and the Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance in Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and Associate Dean of the Carlson Global Institute. From 2014-2017, he served as Associate Dean of MBA and MS programs. Dr. Parente is the longest serving Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (2006-2017). As a Professor in the Finance Department, he specializes in health economics, information technology, and health insurance. Dr. Parente has been the principal investigator on large funded studies regarding consumer directed health plans, health information technology and health policy micro-simulation. In Washington DC, he serves as Senior Economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President at the White House in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Senior Adviser to the Secretary for Health Economics in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Governing Chair of the Health Care Cost Institute from 2013 to 2017. He is the Founding Director of the Medical Valuation Laboratory, a nine-college interdisciplinary effort to accelerate medical innovation from scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs. Dr. Parente was a health policy advisor for the McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign and served as Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D‑WV) in 1992/93. He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Program Manager, Global Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)
Andrew serves as the Program Manager in the Global DBA program. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Asian Language and Literature with a concentration on Mandarin Chinese. His study abroad experience included a graduate business seminar in five cities throughout China offered by the University of St. Thomas, as well as a semester abroad at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Before joining the Carlson Global Institute, he served as an ESL teacher to learners in elementary school up to Ph.D students for more than ten years in China. He also served as a training coordinator and Mandarin interpreter for Chinese engineers at REC Silicon in Washington State.
Andrew's favorite international experience was attending the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and meeting spectators from across the globe. He enjoys helping American and Chinese people better understand one another, bringing them to a better understanding of their own cultures in the process. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading and hiking.
Program Director, Global Business Practicum | Strategic Initiatives & Engagement
J.B. earned a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University and an M.A. in International Development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Carlson Global Institute, he worked across the private, nonprofit, and higher education sectors in recruiting, fundraising, and business development. J.B. has lived outside of the United States in Luxembourg, Nicaragua, and Jamaica.
J.B.’s most memorable international experience was traveling in western Kenya and seeing Lake Victoria.
Olivia earned her BA in Spanish from University of Wisconsin Madison, during which she spent one year living in Madrid, Spain, attending classes at La Universidad Complutense. She went on to earn a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota in Spanish and ESL education. Before starting at the Carlson Global Institute, she was living in Seoul, South Korea and then again Madrid, working in K-12 education. Olivia began her role as Operations Coordinator and Information Lead at CGI in 2020.
Olivia's favorite international experience is becoming "a regular" at her local shops and cafes in her neighborhoods in Madrid and Seoul.
Program Director, 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.
Missy works as the Front Desk Lead for the Carlson Global Institute. She completed her degree in French and Management Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The highlight of her college experience was a year spent in Rennes, France where she lived with a host family and attended university classes. She later returned to France to teach English to middle school and high school students in the city of Tours.
Her favorite international experience was attending weekly ballet classes with local dancers in France.