HR Facilitator, Scholarship and Outreach Coordinator
Sharon wears many hats in the Study Abroad Office! In addition to serving as our HR facilitator, she manages the Study Abroad Fair and Study Abroad Office Scholarships.
Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Sharon Beers, Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Study Abroad, has worked in the field of higher education for almost a decade, helping students and families navigate complex financial aid eligibility requirements and federal regulations. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Messiah College and a M.Ed. from North Carolina State University. During her undergraduate studies, Sharon studied abroad in Athens, Greece, experiencing transformative growth and increasing her global perspectives. She is passionate about helping students make their global opportunities become a reality by advising them on financial aid options and study abroad program affordability. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, playing Scrabble, and cooking with friends.
Phillips Ambassadors Program Manager
Dori Brady is the Program Manager for the Phillips Ambassadors Program in the Carolina Asia Center at UNC. She oversees an annual scholarship cycle supporting 25-30 undergraduates and one graduate student for study abroad in Asia each year. Prior to working with the Phillips Ambassadors Program, Dori was the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia and domestic programs and social media coordinator in the UNC Study Abroad Office. She came to UNC after a career teaching in public elementary schools in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Wake County, North Carolina. Dori has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Denison University where she spent semesters abroad in England and Indonesia, and a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in International Education, from George Mason University. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family and outdoor adventures.
Study Abroad Advisor for the United Kingdom and Ireland
Ben advises for UK & Ireland programs at UNC – Chapel Hill. Originally from Upstate NY, Ben earned a degree in History from The College at Brockport. Since his study abroad experience in Stirling, Scotland, Ben has spent more than four years living and working abroad, with extended experiences including South Korea, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Spain. Ben is a firm believer in the positive impact of travel, as well as the importance of always having a good book on hand. When he’s not advising, you will probably find him running the trails around Chapel Hill.
Study Abroad Advisor for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
Katelyn is the Study Abroad Advisor for Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Katelyn has earned a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from UT-Knoxville and a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Katelyn also studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain when she attended Carolina. In her role at the Study Abroad Office, Katelyn strives to support students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their goals of going abroad. When Katelyn isn’t working, she spends most weekends out of town hiking, camping, and climbing her way through the mountains of North Carolina and as many National Parks as possible.
Director of Advising and International Student Program Manager
Adrienne Cromwell is the Director of Advising & International Student Program Manager. She oversees the advising process for the Study Abroad Office. She is also responsible for managing all administrative, admissions and advising processes for the incoming undergraduate and graduate international exchange and Global Visiting Students programs. Adrienne also manages and advises for the Joint Degree Program with the National University of Singapore. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Adrienne earned her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and a BA in communications from Howard University in Washington D.C. She enjoys working with students and providing them with motivation, encouragement and guidance.
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Chrissie Greenberg serves as the Director of Finance & Human Resources for the Study Abroad Office. Chrissie has 20 plus years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors with a specific focus on financial operations and higher education administration. She enjoys the daily challenge of navigating international finance diversities and unique state institutional policies that directly relate to the Study Abroad Office community. Chrissie is an active member of the UNC community and is currently serving a third term on both the UNC Employee Forum and the University Managers’ Association (UMA) Board of Directors. She is also a graduate of the University Leadership Education and Development (ULEAD) program. Chrissie is a 1994 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, a third-generation UNC legacy and a Chapel Hill native. While at UNC, Chrissie studied abroad in Manchester, England. Chrissie now lives in Durham with her husband and three children and loves spending time with her family, traveling and cheering on her Tar Heels.
Study Abroad Advisor for Western Europe and Canada
Brian is the Study Abroad Advisor for Western Europe and Canada. He has earned a B.S. in Political Science International Studies with a French minor and an M.A. in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. He also studied abroad twice; first to study French in France, then for political science and history in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece, and Ireland. Prior to joining the UNC Study Abroad team, Brian was formerly a Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Florida. He has been an active member of The Forum, NAFSA, and FAIE (Florida Association of International Educators). He entered this field because he truly believes in the life changing power of study abroad and by making the world a smaller place, there will be less hate and prejudice. Brian will try anything once, maybe twice, and enthusiastically seeks out new experiences. He is a singer, writer, poet, and photographer, enjoys hiking, playing tennis and racquetball, and loves both Star Trek and Star Wars!
Curriculum Integration & Credit Transfer Specialist
Sarah Johnston is the Curriculum Integration and Credit Transfer Specialist. She was born and raised in Essex Junction, Vermont (yep, she’s a northerner), but decided to head south for both undergrad and grad school. She earned a B.A. in History from Coastal Carolina University in 2011, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Prior to working for Study Abroad, Sarah was an Academic Advisor at the University of South Carolina as well as UNC-Chapel Hill. While Sarah was not lucky enough to study abroad during her time as a student, she has traveled to several countries with her mom. She is looking forward to helping create an easier credit transfer process for students and strengthening the connections between Study Abroad and Faculty across campus. In her free time, she likes to pretend to train for marathons, binge-watch any show with more than two seasons on Netflix, and spend time with her future husband, Ben.
Terra Dotta and Credit Transfer Specialist
Stephanie divides her time between managing the Terra Dotta database and processing credit transfers for the Study Abroad Program. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, and has a diverse background in accounting, university administration, and performing arts. In the last few years, she has developed a passion for databases and other data management systems, and loves playing with spreadsheets. She spent her early childhood in London, England, and lived and worked in Nova Scotia, Canada as an adult. Outside of the office she teaches step-dancing, sings with a women’s vocal trio, and goes adventuring with her husband and daughter.
Study Abroad Advisor for Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Oliver is the Study Abroad Advisor for Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During his time as an undergraduate at UNC, Oliver studied abroad three times: twice in France, and once in England with UNC's School of Media and Journalism. Since graduating in 2017, Oliver has worked in the media industry in London, England, and as a language teacher in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Sapporo, Japan. Oliver's international experiences, as well as his upbringing in both England and in America, have had a tremendously formative impact on his life, and the opportunity to encourage students to have similar experiences led him to the field of international education. Oliver loves linguistics and speaks French, Japanese, and German, and enjoys cooking and playing piano in his spare time.
Assistant Dean of Study Abroad & Exchanges
Jason Kinnear, Assistant Dean of Study Abroad & Exchanges, is a passionate higher education professional with extensive experience in study abroad and service-learning/community engagement. Originally from the town of Monett, MO, Jason obtained his B.A. in History from the Missouri University of Science & Technology (MST). During his time at MST he studied abroad in London, which remains one of the most amazing and defining experiences of his life. Jason went on to obtain an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and is completing a PhD in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University. Jason has worked in international education since 1998, holding positions in international students & scholar services, study abroad, and service-learning at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Missouri prior to arriving at UNC. His work has focused on all aspects of study abroad program development and administration as well as community engagement/service-learning and internship programs. He has led multiple groups study abroad programs to Costa Rica, Ghana, South Africa, & Thailand. Jason is active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad. Jason enjoys coffee, craft beer, cooking, Doctor Who, music, and travel. He loves international education because he can experience all of those things and loves sharing those opportunities with Carolina students, faculty, and staff.
Program Director for Asia-Pacific and the U.S.
Jing is the Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs Director and manages and develops various study abroad opportunities in those regions. She attended University of Virginia as an undergrad and received a MBA from Rutgers Business School and a M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy. In addition to spending a semester in Italy, Jing taught and lived in China for nearly two years, and has traveled extensively on her own. The best part of her job currently is visiting partner institutions and seeing study abroad students in their element. Outside of the office, Jing enjoys eating food from street stalls while traveling and renovating her recently acquired Airstream trailer.
Program Director for Northern Europe
Emily is the Program Director for Northern Europe. She manages a portfolio of exchange and study abroad programs and develops faculty-led study abroad programs in the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia. Emily holds a BS in International Business and a BA in French from UNCW and a Master of International Studies from NCSU. Her experience abroad includes studying in France and the Czech Republic, teaching English in French primary schools, and traveling in Europe and Oceania for both business and pleasure. After dabbling in jobs related to real estate and insurance, Emily transitioned to field of international education in 2006, held various positions in the NCSU Study Abroad Office, and joined the UNC Study Abroad Office in 2011. In her current role, Emily enjoys working with faculty and overseas counterparts to develop study abroad programs that give students the opportunity to explore the world and experience new cultures. When she’s not at work, Emily can be found outside with her family, ideally at the pool or beach!
Communications and Marketing Manager
Mallory leads the communications and marketing initiatives for the Study Abroad Office. Prior to joining UNC, Mallory worked in the Study Abroad Office at NC State, and the Center for Global Education at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota. As an undergraduate at NC State, her study abroad experiences to Peru, the Czech Republic and Spain opened her eyes to the world and ignited a passion for exploring other cultures. Her study abroad experiences led her to earn a Master's degree in Spanish and spend an additional year teaching English in Spain before starting her career in international education. She hopes that through her work, she will encourage more UNC students to take advantage of the wonderful study abroad opportunities offered at UNC. When she's not in the office, Mallory enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, exploring local trails, watching period dramas, and planning her next trip.
Program Director for Continental Europe
Lynn has worked in International Education since 2002. Before coming to UNC in 2009, she served as the Director of the Center for International Education at Albion College in Michigan. There she enjoyed working with both students going abroad for a semester/year and international students coming to Albion to get a degree. Prior to her change of direction in 2002, Lynn had taught French, Spanish, and English at the University level and in her own company for over 20 years. Although she loved teaching grammar and culture to her students, she was lured into international education mostly because she wanted students to go practice what they were learning and to see the world with their own eyes. She is often moved to tears by the stories and experiences of returning students. Lynn enjoys working with her European partners and help prepare students to study in Europe. Lynn grew up in France, came to the U.S. for college but returned to Europe to work in Germany and Finland; she gets by in both of these languages. Life brought her back to the States where she continued her studies. She has a M. A. in Romance Languages (University of Georgia) and ABD (Michigan State University). She has been very fortunate to travel to many countries in the world. Music has always been an important part of her life and she especially enjoys hearing live music so she has made it a point to see a live band in almost every country she has visited. She is happy living in North Carolina with easy access to the beach, a favorite destination.
Sophie Ravanbakht is a Health Policy PhD student in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a graduate research assistant, Sophie will be assisting in analyzing and interpreting data from students and programs to help identify trends and inform future study abroad work. Sophie is an NC-native with British and Iranian roots and has been fortunate to travel internationally her entire life. After high school, she lived and studied in Quito, Ecuador for several years prior to returning to NC and transferring to UNC-CH. While at Carolina as an undergraduate student, Sophie was able to return and study abroad in Quito, Ecuador at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Her research interests include health disparities among immigrants and their children, the complexities of pediatric obesity, and the effects of acculturation on health and health care experiences. Sophie is a classically trained pianist who also enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and fur baby (a maltipoo named Lulu)!
Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs
Derek is the Study Abroad Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Domestic Programs. Prior to joining UNC Study Abroad, Derek worked in experiential education, where he designed and instructed college accredited courses in China, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Jordan. As an undergraduate, Derek studied abroad on the Antioch Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India. There, he was awoken at 4am each morning by roosters crowing, bells ringing, and monks chanting. He believes strongly that students gain the most when they step out of their "comfort zone" and engage with different cultures and worldviews. Derek holds a Bachelors from Washington State University and a Masters from Harvard University. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, where he worked in education and community development. Derek lives in Chapel Hill and enjoys being outdoors with his puppy, Mesa.
Program Director, Latin America, Spain/Portugal, Middle East & Africa
Mona is the Program Director for Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Middle East and Africa programs. She is responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of bilateral exchange, third party and faculty-led programs. Mona earned a B.A. in Government from Smith College and a M.Ed. in Comparative and International Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has spent approximately half of her life overseas and has had the opportunity to live, study and/or work in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain and Peru. Mona is committed to creating study abroad opportunities for students from all backgrounds and disciplines. A first generation college student herself, Mona is particularly interested in working to reduce academic and financial barriers to study abroad and encouraging underrepresented students to participate in international opportunities.
Ashley Szulak is the Senior Advisor. Prior to joining the UNC Study Abroad Office, Ashley worked in student advising and admissions in eastern North Carolina. Originally from eastern North Carolina, Ashley earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Leadership from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011. While at UNCW, she studied abroad in France and Australia. After graduation, Ashley moved back to Australia to live and work for one year before returning to join “the real world”. She worked at a marketing company in Sydney and as a barista (hey, espresso!) throughout the year. Most recently, Ashley earned a M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Regent University. She enjoys sharing her travel experiences and preparing students for their own global opportunities.
Advising and Administrative Coordinator
Millie Tan is excited to serve students seeking Study Abroad experiences as she passionately believes such experiences are critical to actively engage in our global environment. Millie relocated to North Carolina 12 years ago from the northeast; born and raised in New York City with a BA from Skidmore College and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has had a long and successful career that began in Boston with significant global experience in worldwide roles and in-market operating assignments in Asia and Europe. Also an avid traveler, Millie will soon have traveled to all seven continents and continues to explore the world with interests in cooking ethnic cuisine and hiking.
Associate Dean of Study Abroad & Exchanges
Heather H. Ward is the Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchanges. She is responsible for coordinating global education opportunities for the College of Arts and Sciences and overseeing operations of the Study Abroad Office. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill in January 2019, Heather served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., where she developed programs and resources to support the internationalization of colleges and universities, as well as increased collaboration among global higher education institutions and systems. Heather also led ACE’s efforts to promote the use of technology to deliver global learning and strengthen international partnerships. Heather previously served as Associate Director for Internationalization and Outreach at George Mason University (VA) and Director of International Programs at Mary Baldwin University (VA). Her previous experience in international affairs focused on human rights, criminal justice reform, and immigration, and she has held positions with the Vera Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Americas Society, and U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ward holds a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. Her passion for global education began with an undergraduate semester in Madrid, Spain, followed by a summer internship and field studies in Guatemala.