Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA)

Mary Heinemann

School: 
School of Social Work
Major: 
Community Organizing
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Mary served as a Health Extension volunteer from 2012-2014 in the southern highlands of Tanzania. While serving with the Peace Corps she focused on working alongside local primary school students through youth empowerment conferences and health educational training utilizing soccer as a medium. In collaboration with the village of Likarangilo, together they set up a water tank at the local clinic to increase access to clean drinking water, specifically to new or expecting mothers. She was able to work alongside community members and other Peace Corps Agriculture volunteers on a chicken husbandry project aimed at increasing food security, nutrition, and income generation. She also served on the inaugural Gender Equality committee and created several short videos for usage showcasing successful training and cross-cultural exchange. She is currently studying at University of Michigan as a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow while she earns her Master in Social Work. She continues to work with many of the women of Tanzania she was lucky enough to build relationships with selling their cooperative's crafts here in the US.

Meng Wang (Tammy)

School: 
School of Social Work
Major: 
Community Organization / Management of Human Services
Class Level: 
Masters

Tammy is a current international graduate student studying Community Organization and Management of Human Services in the School of Social Work. Tammy got her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Huazhong Agricultural University of China in 2017. Tammy is passionate about community outreach and engagement. She will go back to China and start her Global Independence Study (GIS) this summer.

Kefan Pan (Heather)

School: 
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
Major: 
English Literature/Communication & Media
Class Level: 
Undergraduate

Heather is an international undergraduate student studying literature and communication. She is always seeking good novels, and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton has been a perennial favorite. Outside of curriculum, Heather is super into fashion and did an internship with Cosmopolitan in the past summer. Born and raised in Beijing, she is at ease with multiple cultures and have been enjoying her 6th year in the U.S.

Alli Cope

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

Alli is a current Masters student studying Social Work, and is also a part of the Global Activities Scholars Program. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in 2016 in Political Science and Communication Studies. Upon graduation, she joined the Peace Corps where she served as a Community Health Volunteer in Tanzania. Prior to her service Tanzania, Alli participated in English education and youth development programs in Morocco and India. Alli is passionate about international mental health care, and hopes to enter a career focused on empowering women and adolescents around the world. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Alli is happy to be back on campus for football games this fall!

Adriane Kline

School: 
School of Public Health
Major: 
Health Behavior and Health Education
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Adriane served as a Community Health Empowerment volunteer from 2014-2016 in Fiji. During service, Adriane taught life skills and healthy living courses to students at a primary school, conducted outreach programs with the local nursing staff, and facilitated professional development sessions with educators. In partnership with the community, she completed a USAID Small Project Assistance grant to increase access to clean drinking water. While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, Adriane acted as a Peer Support Network (PSN) volunteer which involved mentoring fellow volunteers. Presently, Adriane is a graduate student at the School of Public Health within the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; her studies focus on reproductive and global health issues.

Kelly Nelson

Kelly re-joined the International Center staff in August 2017 after having previously worked as the Education Abroad Coordinator in the International Center from 2008 to 2014. After leaving Ann Arbor in 2014, Kelly worked for the Institute of International Education (IIE) through which she worked closely with international students from Saudi Arabia studying in the United States. Kelly is thrilled to be returning to the University of Michigan in a role that will allow her to combine her interests in education abroad with supporting international students.

Job Title: 
Senior Program Manager

Kelly Wagner

Kelly joined the International Center team in April 2017 as the Program Manager for Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA).  Before joining the GEEA team, Kelly served as the Interim Education Abroad Manager and International Student Engagement Coordinator for the University of Michigan-Flint.  Kelly has traveled abroad to Mexico, Canada, England, Germany, France and Italy. She also studied art and opera abroad in Bregenz, Austria as an undergraduate student. 

Job Title: 
Program Manager

Jacob Koelzer

Jake joined the GEEA team in November 2016. Originally from Troy, Michigan, he received his BA in History from the University of Michigan. His interest in international education stemmed from his decision to study abroad in London, England as an undergraduate. After graduating, he taught English in Madrid, Spain for two years. Both of his experiences abroad allowed him to learn about many different cultures by traveling throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Morocco.

Job Title: 
Program Advisor

Kate Zheng

Kate joined the University of Michigan in 1998 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Education Abroad at the International Center. Kate is originally from P.R. China where she began her career in international education in 1987. Kate has a Master degree in Education.

Kate is an active member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and has pursued an interest in intercultural communication and leadership. In her free time, Kate enjoys visiting national parks and international travel.

Job Title: 
Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Education Abroad
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