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Susan M. Barone

Susan M. Barone

Executive Director of Global Learning and Education

 

Susan’s research investigates the intersection of Applied Linguistics and Narrative Medicine and the connection between clinician elicitations and patient narratives in intercultural health-care contexts. She has been instrumental in developing discipline-specific language programs in the VU schools of Education, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Medicine, and Management. Professional interests include needs analysis, program design, and medical discourse analysis. Susan presents at international conferences, and her publications include articles, book chapters, and the textbook, American Legal English.

Arik Ohnstad

Arik Ohnstad

Associate Director

 

Arik is the Global Education Office’s Associate Director. He has a master’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and a bachelor’s in English literature from Macalester College. He has done fieldwork in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Belize, and previously has done editorial work both inside and outside academia. Arik has been with the Global Education Office since 2010.

Isabelle S. Crist

Isabelle S. Crist

Assistant Director of Operations
Point person for Engineering students.

 

Isabelle S. Crist is the Assistant Director for Operations for the Vanderbilt University Global Education Office and has been with the office since 2001. She earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt in Anthropology and Fine Arts. Before her position at the Global Education Office, she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Sigaux Collection in the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is bilingual in French and English.

Andrea Bordeau

Andrea Bordeau

Global Safety and Security Manager

 

As Global Safety and Security Manager, Andrea serves the entire Vanderbilt community researching or studying away from campus. This includes pre-departure support through training and risk assessment as well as 24/7 crisis response. Andrea’s commitment to the field of global safety and security emerged after her own experience of living and working abroad for nearly six years. She has visited over 40 countries and recently presented on how to build infrastructure in this field to 20 universities in Japan as part of a U.S. State Department funded program. Andrea has participated in training with FEMA, the United States Foreign Service Institute, and is an active member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council. Andrea holds an M.A. in Middle East History and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University as well as a graduate degree in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. in Anthropology.

Ashley Heaton

Ashley Heaton

Study Abroad Advisor & Outreach Coordinator
Advises for programs in England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, and France.
Office hours: Wednesday 2-4pm and Friday 1-3pm. Schedule appointments outside of office hours here

 

Fresh from long hours of excavation at Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Peru, Ashley Heaton is returning to her alma mater to join Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office as Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt in English and Anthropology and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in Anthropology (Andean archaeology); her time as a graduate student in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans was an anthropological study in its own right. While an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt, she spent a semester in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews and then, after a brief stop back in the U.S., headed to Bolivia to volunteer on an archaeological project for the summer (which is winter there, of course). Then there was no turning back—her devotion to traveling and learning about other cultures abroad was set. After graduating from Vanderbilt, she attended a field school run by a Vanderbilt graduate student in Belize and since then has done fieldwork in Peru and Guatemala in additional to further fieldwork in Bolivia. She enjoys to “diging in” to her work at the GEO because she is passionate about studying abroad as a way to gain experiential knowledge that cannot be accessed in books alone.

Erin Milliren Baker

Erin Milliren Baker

Study Abroad Advisor & Agreements Coordinator
Advises for programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Spain.
Office hours: Wednesday 1-3pm and Thursday 2-4pm

 

Erin is a Seattle native and earned her B.A. in Religious Studies from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington. During her time at PLU, Erin studied for a semester in Santiago, Chile. Prior to Vanderbilt, Erin’s professional experience was largely spent in the non-profit sector in Seattle. There she worked to promote healthcare access and food security by mobilizing community volunteers and AmeriCorps members. Erin has a keen interest in empowering young adults to identify and achieve their personal and professional aspirations, and she views studying abroad as an instrumental component of this process.

Gabriela Luis

Gabriela Luis

Study Abroad Advisor & Scholarship Coordinator
Advises for programs in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Balkans, Russia, Samoa.
Office hours: Monday and Tuesday 2–4

 

Gabriela completed her B.A. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying abroad in Florence her junior year. Since graduation, she has worked with an international human rights organization, a higher education access non-profit, and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt. Beyond advising students on studying abroad, Gabriela also coordinates the need-based scholarship program for GEO. Gabriela is excited to put all of the skills she’s acquired to good use in facilitating international experiences like the one she took part in as an undergraduate!

Mikki Hornstein

Study Abroad Advisor
Advises for programs in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Sweden, and Swizerland.
Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 1-3pm

 

Mikki is a northern transplant from New Jersey who enjoys taking advantage of all of the wonderful things that Nashville has to offer. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining team GEO, she spent several years working in career development. Mikki believes that study abroad encourages the formation and development of critical employability skills such as problem solving, cultural competence, and resilience, which are valued by today’s employers. She is excited to support students as they engage in a journey to academic and personal growth.

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang

Study Abroad Advisor & Incoming Exchanges Coordinator
Advises for programs in China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Kenya, Senegal, Morocco, Jordan, South Africa and Uganda.
Office hours: Monday and Friday 1–3

 

Suzy grew up in China and earned her B. A. in Japanese Language and Culture from Shanghai International Studies University. During her junior year in college, Suzy studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester. She then came to Vanderbilt and completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management. Suzy joined GEO after working at Vanderbilt International Office. Besides advising study abroad programs, she also coordinates incoming exchanges from Vanderbilt’s partner institutions overseas. Outside of GEO, Suzy works with Vanderbilt’s U.S. – China Center to promote education and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and her home country. Shaped by her multicultural background and international experiences, Suzy firmly believes in the value of intercultural learning, and enjoys working with students through their own international journeys.

Sharon Manlove

Sharon Manlove

Administrative Assistant
Assist GEO staff and students with their administrative needs.

 

Sharon is a Nashville native. She has been with Vanderbilt since 2001. With over twenty years of administrative assistance experience, she is now using that skill in the Global Education Office. Sharon enjoys vicariously traveling the world through the experiences of our students, and hopes to be abroad herself one day.

Alexandra (Lexie) Davis

Graduate Assistant

 

Lexie grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has a lot of hometown pride. She is a die-hard Cardinals baseball fan, and can talk your ear off about St. Louis dining. After completing her undergraduate degree at Mizzou in elementary education, she started the school counseling master's program here at Vanderbilt. Lexie is interested in creating or continuing a school counseling program that embraces diverse learning, serving families from various backgrounds and cultures. She hopes to one day travel the world, but for now, she reads to satisfy her wanderlust.

Mollie Donihe

Graduate Assistant

 

Mollie, a Southwest Virginia native, brings her love for travel and intercultural learning to the Global Education Office as a Graduate Office Assistant. She earned a B.A. in Social Work from Warren Wilson College, during which time she studied abroad in Cuba, exploring the intersections of agriculture and social systems in various parts of the country. For the past year, Mollie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member in Nashville with Communities In Schools of Tennessee. She is currently working toward her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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