Faculty and Staff

My professors were still actively working in the field of conflict transformation and were bringing those experiences into the classroom to discuss with us. I was truly inspired by our professors and the work they were doing.”

Shayne Bell
MA in Conflict Transformation
Project Manager, Chemonics International

Meet Our Faculty

SIT Graduate Institute classroomSIT Graduate Institute faculty practice what they teach.

With expertise in conflict transformation, international development, English and foreign language learning, international education, social justice, management, and human rights, faculty at SIT Graduate Institute come together at an institution that bridges practice and theory.

SIT faculty have worked across the world as consultants, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors. They are the founders and directors of NGOs and have consulted on projects for the US State Department, NGOs, and other public- and private-sector organizations and agencies. Many SIT faculty are returned Peace Corps volunteers. They have published research on a diversity of topics ranging from sustainable industrial development to brain-friendly learning and the role of technology in language teaching.

SIT faculty, affiliated faculty, and practitioners-in-residence from across the World Learning network provide valuable resources and professional connections for SIT students in the areas of language teaching, international education, international exchange, and development.

Donald Steinberg
Donald Steinberg

President and CEO, World Learning

Donald K. Steinberg became the president and CEO of World Learning on July 1, 2013. He has brought to World Learning more than 30 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development. Prior to World Learning, he served as deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development where he focused on areas including the Middle East and Africa, organizational reforms, and enhancing dialogue with development partners.

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Sophia Howlett
Sophia Howlett

President, School for International Training

Dr. Howlett comes to SIT from Kean University in New Jersey, where she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a PhD in European Renaissance Philosophy and Literature from University of York, UK, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University.

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Deborah Robinson
Deborah Robinson

Academic Director, Washington, DC Center

Dr. Robinson is a senior program manager with more than 20 years’ experience working with organizations in numerous countries. She has lived, worked, and traveled in 70 countries to date and has been involved in a variety of issues, including human rights, environmental justice, racism, sustainable development, emergency management, and violence against women. The thread that ties this work together is that it was all conducted from a social justice perspective and focused on issues of inclusion and marginalization.

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Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams

Interim Dean
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University and his master's degree at the London School of Economics. He teaches the courses Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-Making, and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.

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Marti Anderson
Marti Anderson

Associate Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Marti Anderson has taught, trained, and supported teachers in both formal and nonformal contexts for 25 years.  She has worked with teachers of English and French as well as those who teach non-language subjects and trainers who work in the trades and other technical environments.

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Tatsushi Arai
Tatsushi Arai

Professor
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and multi-track diplomacy with twenty years of international experience. He is a professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia.

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Karen Stromgren Blanchard
Karen Stromgren Blanchard

Associate Professor and Chair
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1988, Karen Blanchard developed and taught the Institute’s first course in conflict transformation. She also has directed a training program for Southeast Asian development professionals in the US and in Southeast Asia, and has been an academic director in Nepal. 

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Mokhtar Bouba
Mokhtar Bouba

Assistant Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Mokhtar received a doctorate in education and leadership studies from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. He also holds an MEd in education for social justice from Keene State College in New Hampshire and an MA in service, leadership, and management from SIT Graduate Institute. 

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Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
Associate Professor
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.

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Davina P. Durgana
Davina P. Durgana

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Davina P. Durgana is a human trafficking expert and particularly focuses on applying analytical models to understanding vulnerability, risk, and prevalence. Her dissertation work focuses on creating a domestic human trafficking statistical forecasting model and profiling minor vulnerability in the United States.

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Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Professor and Chair
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education (IE) for over 30 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, high school exchanges, the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that.

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Linda Drake Gobbo
Linda Drake Gobbo

Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to-face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.

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Teresa Healy
Teresa Healy

Chair, Associate Professor
Sustainable Development

Teresa Healy earned her doctorate in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work focuses on social movements’ struggles for equity and community-based sustainability in times of economic crisis.

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Steven Iams
Steven Iams

Assistant Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Steve is an assistant professor in the MA-TESOL program, where he teaches linguistics and curriculum design courses on campus and online. He chairs SIT’s Academic Affairs Committee and serves as faculty coordinator of the Sandanona Conference for Language Teaching and Learning. 

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Amy Jersild
Amy Jersild

Assistant Professor
Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Amy Jersild has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of international development as a manager, technical advisor, and evaluator specializing in migration issues, capacity building, and institutional capacity development, advocacy, and M&E

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Nikoi Kote-Nikoi
Nikoi Kote-Nikoi

Professor
Sustainable Development

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1989. He also has served as a policy analyst and director of research at the Institute of Economic Affairs in his native Ghana, and as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Marlboro College, and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Karla Giuliano Sarr
Karla Giuliano Sarr

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Karla Giuliano Sarr is an international education practitioner and scholar. Karla's interests include basic education, multilingual education, cultural relevancy, community-school relationships, literacy, girls' education, training, and curriculum development.

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Alex Silverman
Alex Silverman

Associate Professor and Chair
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Alex Silverman holds master’s degrees in Slavic and French linguistics. A faculty member of SIT Graduate Institute since 1974, he serves as a supervisor and teaches in the areas of general linguistics, methodology, culture, sociolinguistics, and English language and linguistics. 

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Rachel Slocum
Rachel Slocum

Associate Professor
Sustainable Development

Rachel Slocum’s professional experience, teaching, and research have been propelled by an interest in social justice and environmental change. This has led her to research the relationship among race, space, and the US food movement.

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Elizabeth Tannenbaum
Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1987, Elizabeth teaches courses in methodology and applied linguistics, with a special interest in teaching large classes with limited resources, self-directed language learning, and adult literacy.

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Syed Aqeel Tirmizi
Syed Aqeel Tirmizi

Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi’s professional portfolio includes more than 20 years of international experience in teaching, research, management, and capacity building. The major focus of his work deals extensively with managing and leading in global and multicultural environments as well as working with themes of social justice and social innovation. 

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Elka Todeva
Elka Todeva

Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Elka holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics and a master’s degree in British and American literature, English linguistics, and simultaneous interpretation. At SIT Graduate Institute since 1993, she teaches and does research in the areas of second language acquisition, English applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language analysis, multilingualism, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching.

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Leslie Turpin
Leslie Turpin

Associate Professor and Co-Chair
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision.

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John Ungerleider
John Ungerleider

Professor and Chair
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

John has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for 25 years — a timespan he finds hard to grasp. John started the Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs at SIT, which over the years have brought together future leaders from communities — in locations such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Iraq, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Liberia, and Burma — facing conflict to dialogue about issues and conflicts they have inherited.

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Ryland White
Ryland White

Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Ryland White, professor, has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1993. She teaches courses in training design for experiential learning, training for social action, dismantling disability, and ethics and intercultural training design.

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Ray Young
Ray Young

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst.

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Ray Clark
Ray Clark

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Ray Clark has been involved in the world of language teaching and learning since 1963 when he was immersed in TEFL training at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Nigeria. 

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Alvino Fantini
Alvino Fantini

Professor Emeritus
Language Teacher Education

Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in Latin American studies, anthropology, and applied linguistics. A senior faculty member since 1964, Alvino helped turn the Sandanona estate into the present SIT Graduate Institute.

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Beatriz Fantini
Beatriz Fantini

Associate Professor Emeritus
Director, Language and Culture Department
Language Teacher Education

Beatriz Fantini, director of the Language and Culture Department at SIT Graduate Institute, has worked at World Learning since 1966. She has served in various capacities, including as a Spanish teacher, a teacher trainer, and a supervisor for both the Graduate Institute and Study Abroad. She also ran the summer language programs in Mexico.

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Claire B. Halverson
Claire B. Halverson

Professor Emeritus

Claire Halverson holds a doctorate in education. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1986, she teaches the courses Organizational Behavior, Multicultural Organization Development, and Social Identity.

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Diane Larsen-Freeman
Diane Larsen-Freeman

Professor Emeritus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Diane Larsen-Freeman holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan, where she is professor emerita, having served on faculty from 2002–2012. She is also professor emerita at the SIT Graduate Institute, where she was on faculty from 1978–2002. Currently, she is a visiting senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Patrick Moran
Patrick Moran

Professor Emeritus
Language Teacher Education

Patrick Moran holds a doctorate in educational studies. A member of SIT Graduate Institute's faculty since 1977, he has a special interest in courses related to French and to the interface of intercultural communication and second language education, a topic he explores in Teaching Culture: Perspectives in Practice (Heinle & Heinle).

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Jeff Unsicker
Jeff Unsicker

Professor Emeritus
Sustainable Development

Jeff Unsicker completed graduate studies in international development, education, policy analysis, and administration. His research focused on the political economy of foreign aid for adult education, rural development, and Ujamaa socialism in Tanzania. A member of SIT's core faculty from 1990-2016, Jeff has also served as academic dean and interim president of SIT Graduate Institute.

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Susan Barduhn
Susan Barduhn

Adjunct Professor
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Susan Barduhn holds a doctorate in English language teaching. In 2003, she joined SIT Graduate Institute, where she has directed the summer MA in TESOL program and now directs the low-residency MA in TESOL program, teaches in the MA in TESOL program, and supervises student teachers all over the world. 

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Suzanne Belleci
Suzanne Belleci

Faculty
CONTACT Graduate Certificate Program

Suzanne Belleci, MA, has taught peace and conflict studies at the Arab American University of Jenin, Palestine, and master's degree courses on intercultural communications, organizational behavior, and peacebuilding at SIT Graduate Institute. 

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Ray Clark
Ray Clark

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Ray Clark has been involved in the world of language teaching and learning since 1963 when he was immersed in TEFL training at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Nigeria. 

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Sean Conley
Sean Conley

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Sean Conley holds a BA cum laude in English literature and an MA in teaching from SIT. He also holds a TESOL certificate, and earned a postgraduate certificate in conflict transformation from SIT’s Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program, in which he also taught. In 2010, Sean was appointed associate dean of the Marlboro College Graduate School.

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Lynée Connelly
Lynée Connelly

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Lynée Connelly holds a BA in linguistics and Italian and an MA in international education. She is currently a PhD student at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the influence and impact of international education during the five-year post-reentry period.

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Vanessa Corlazzoli
Vanessa Corlazzoli

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Vanessa Corlazzoli is an international practitioner with 10 years of experience in management, monitoring and evaluation, and international development. Currently, she leads a global team of eight technical staff as the director of design, monitoring, and evaluation at Search for Common Ground.

 

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Farah Council
Farah Council

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Farah Council has worked on international peace and security issues since 2005 and in support of locally led community development and advocacy for more than 15 years.

 

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Otto de Jong
Otto de Jong

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Otto de Jong is a choir and orchestra conductor specializing in working with large groups of children. Since 1999, he has been working for Musicians without Borders, training others to work with children.

 

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Juan Diaz
Juan Diaz

Faculty
CONTACT South Asia

Juan Diaz is a mediator, trainer, and facilitator working on political, economic, and social integration. He teaches peace mediation and strategic negotiations at several European universities with an interactive experiential learning approach.

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Chris Foley
Chris Foley

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development

Christopher T. Foley has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI)’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team as the deputy regional director since 2004 and has managed field operations and program implementation throughout the region. He has developed expertise in local governance and administrative processes as well as election-day related policies and processes.

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Laura Hausler
Laura Hausler

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Laura Hassler grew up in a multicultural, artistic community in New York, a child of two professionals in the international peace and nonviolence movement. Active in US civil rights and peace movements from an early age, she studied cultural anthropology and music at Swarthmore College, combining academics with activism and music.

 

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William Hoffa
William Hoffa

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Bill Hoffa holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his early academic years as a professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Hamilton College and was founding director of the American Studies program at Hamilton.

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Robert Jenkins
Robert Jenkins

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Robert Jenkins simultaneously serves as the deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and as executive director of the agency’s task forces on Syria and Iraq

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Chen Jianrong
Chen Jianrong

Visiting Scholar
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Mr. Chen Jianrong is a scholar of international relations, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. Currently, he is lecturer in the School of International Studies, deputy director of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, and director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Previously, he was visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Rotary International Peace Fellow; and the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Fellow.

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Sherwin Kirindongo
Sherwin Kirindongo

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Sherwin Kirindongo is an internationally touring percussionist and workshop leader who specializes in Latin, African, and Brazilian percussion. Sherwin has worked as a trainer in Musicians without Borders’ projects in Bosnia, Palestine, and Rwanda.

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Paul LeVasseur
Paul LeVasseur

Adjunct Professor
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Paul LeVasseur has been a member of SIT Graduate Institute faculty since 1990. He teaches Intercultural Communication, Social Change, Organizational Behavior, Literacy in the ESL Classroom, Teaching the Four Skills, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Way of Council, and Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building.

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Bonnie Mennell
Bonnie Mennell

Adjunct Faculty
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Bonnie Mennell’s work as an educator for the last 39 years has centered on creating inviting, vital, collaborative “containers” for self-directed experiential learning in community—whether that community is a language classroom, a department meeting, a language teacher training session, or a weekend training in The Way of Council.

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Beth Neher
Beth Neher

Faculty
MA in TESOL on campus
MA in TESOL online with Vermont residencies

Beth Neher has been an educator for over 35 years, working with graduate, undergraduate, and EFL/ESL students aged 16+. Her teaching has involved both direct classroom delivery and blended and fully online courses in private language schools and universities in the US and abroad.

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Aleksandra Nesic
Aleksandra Nesic

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Dr. Aleksandra Nesic currently lectures at Florida State University’s International Affairs Department and serves as an intercultural education specialist at FSU’s Center for Global Engagement. Dr. Nesic works with international students, scholars, and faculty from over 100 countries and implements intercultural, interfaith, and conflict transformation programs and learning assessment projects.

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Vahidin Omanovic
Vahidin Omanovic

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Vahidin is a professional trainer in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. For years he believed that revenge would relieve him of his anger and heal the scars he carried from the war. However, from 1997 to 2002, he experienced a personal transformation while participating in interethnic dialogue and trauma healing sessions sponsored by an American organization. He found that reconciliation was the only way forward for his community and country.

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Venkatesh Raghavendra
Venkatesh Raghavendra

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management

Venkatesh (Venky) Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations.

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Tim Receveur
Tim Receveur

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Tim Receveur is the director of PeaceTech Exchanges at the PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media, and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world.

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Sarah Roma
Sarah Roma

Adjunct Faculty
Sustainable Development

Sarah Roma is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience working globally and domestically on programs and policy change for women and girls. Sarah has expertise in policy advocacy, leadership development, gender analysis and integration, capacity building, curriculum development, training and facilitation, program and policy design and implementation, strategic planning, and organizational change.

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David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger

Adjunct Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

David Shallenberger joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.

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Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)

Dr. Peter Simpson currently serves as an advisory board member of Ball State University’s Center for International Development and as an independent consultant in the fields of international exchange, education, and development. 

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Marijke Smedema
Marijke Smedema

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

Marijke is music teacher specialized in working with children with special needs. She has been working as a trainer and project leader with Musicians without Borders since 2003.

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Tamara L. Stenn
Tamara L. Stenn

Adjunct Faculty
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Dr. Tamara L. Stenn is an adjunct professor in the sustainable development program at SIT Graduate Institute, a visiting professor of social entrepreneurism at Hampshire College, and a scholar of sustainable development and justice.

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Nanoko Tamaru
Nanoko Tamaru

Faculty
CONTACT Summer Program

As program officer for training and leadership development at the Institute for Inclusive Security, Nanako Tamaru focuses on strengthening women’s ability to meaningfully and effectively participate in peace and security processes globally.

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Carrie Wojenski
Carrie Wojenski

Adjunct Faculty
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Carrie Wojenski is the executive director of Global Affairs at Sacred Heart University. She is charged with oversight of study abroad programming and global initiatives. As co-chair of the university’s internationalization task force, Carrie assists senior management and the university community in defining the strategic goals associated with internationalization, as well as articulating the trends and developments in higher education related to internationalization and global engagement

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Laura Andrews
Laura Andrews

Assistant Dean, Graduate Admissions
802 258-3511
laura.andrews@sit.edu

Laura Andrews joined the SIT Graduate Admissions team as assistant dean in September 2016. She has spent almost two decades in graduate enrollment management at small mission-driven institutions in various disciplines from education to environmental studies and management.

Joan Perreault
Joan Perreault

Senior Admissions Officer
802 258-3491
joan.perreault@sit.edu

Joan Perreault has worked in international education for more than a decade. She holds an MA in international education from SIT Graduate Institute, where she currently works in the areas of admissions and marketing. 

Nkenge Ransom-Friday
Nkenge Ransom-Friday

Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer
202 464-6466
nkenge.friday@sit.edu

Nkenge currently serves as the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer at SIT Graduate Institute’s Washington, DC Center. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a BA in English and the University of Oklahoma with an MA in international/human relations.

Mary Kay Sigda
Mary Kay Sigda

Senior Admissions Officer
802 258-3103
marykay.sigda@sit.edu

Sharon Swartz
Sharon Swartz

Graduate Admissions Assistant
802 258-3525
sharon.swartz@sit.edu

Joyce Ting
Joyce Ting

Graduate Admissions Officer
802 258-3324
joyce.ting@sit.edu

Originally from Singapore, Joyce completed her BA at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, focusing on linguistics and Japanese, and spent a year studying abroad in Tokyo at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies.

Maira Tungatarova
Maira Tungatarova

Graduate Admissions Officer
802 258-3326
maira.tungatarova@sit.edu

Maira currently serves as a graduate admissions officer. She has worked as a program officer for US Government–sponsored programs such as the Global Undergraduate Program, Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, and Edmund Muskie Graduate Program at International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), a nonprofit US organization with headquarters in Washington, DC.

Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students
Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Mr. Smallis has over twenty-five years of experience in student affairs and is particularly skilled in the areas of student development and leadership, conflict resolution, parent relations, risk mitigation, and crisis management.

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Stephen Sweet
Stephen Sweet

Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life
Title IX Coordinator

Stephen Sweet has been a member of the SIT Student Affairs team since 2011. He began his work with SIT as the Student Affairs coordinator for SIT Study Abroad and transitioned to assistant dean of students for Campus Life in early spring of 2012.

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Jane Buckingham
Jane Buckingham

Director of Counseling and Disability Services
Jane Buckingham holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University New England. With more than twenty years as a mental health professional, she is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a trained mediator.

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Jennifer Core
Jennifer Core

Assistant Dean of Students for International Programs
Jennifer Core has been working in the field of experiential education, program management, and student affairs for more than 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural service, leadership and management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in religion and English from Pacific Lutheran University; she is currently pursuing a master of arts in teaching.

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David Finck
David Finck

Director of Student Activities and Residence Life
David Finck, a 20-year veteran of higher education, spent his undergraduate years studying life sciences and then working in recombinant DNA research at UCLA.

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Laurie Granger
Laurie Granger

Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students
Laurie Granger is the executive assistant to the dean of students and has worked in various capacities for SIT since 1991. She holds a BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Janet Hulnick
Janet Hulnick

Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Janet Hulnick is the director of International Student and Scholar Services at SIT Graduate Institute. She has more than 25 years’ experience in immigration and support services for international students and scholars. 

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Julia Karpicz
Julia Karpicz

Assistant Director of Disability Services ?
Julia Rose Karpicz provides disability support services to students at SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living. She holds an MA in international education from New York University and a BA in political science from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Beverly Langeveld
Beverly Langeveld

Student Health Services Assistant
802 258-3341
beverly.langeveld@sit.edu

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Nkenge Ransom-Friday
Nkenge Ransom-Friday

Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer
202 464-6466
nkenge.friday@sit.edu

Nkenge currently serves as the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Senior Admissions Officer at SIT Graduate Institute’s Washington, DC Center. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a BA in English and the University of Oklahoma with an MA in international/human relations.

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Cheryl Pennie Williams
Cheryl Pennie Williams

Manager of Student Health Administration
802 258-3523
cheryl.williams@worldlearning.org

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