Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA)

Roxana Gamble

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

Roxana is a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program. She will be participating in the Global Activities Scholar Program and concentrating in Community Organization with Children & Youth.

She graduated in 2014 from Western Michigan University where she majored in Spanish and Linguistic Anthropology, and minored in English. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Burgos, Spain her sophomore year. After graduation, Roxana served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama from 2015-2017 in education and youth development. She is excited to work with students who hope to incorporate international experiences into their education!

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

Peter Blank

School: 
Ford School of Public Policy
Major: 
Public Policy
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Peter is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Ford School of Public Policy. He graduated from Miami University with a BA in International Studies and minors in Spanish and History. With Peace Corps, he served in Peru as an environmental management volunteer from 2009-2011. He focused on the implementation of solid waste management systems, reforestation efforts, and environmental education. Other projects included developing improved cookstoves and a weekly environmental radio show. Upon completion of his service, Peter worked in various capacities within the early childhood education sector in Denver, CO.

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 Coordinator

Janice Tse

School: 
School of Education
Major: 
Higher Education Administration
Class Level: 
Masters

Janice is a graduate student studying Higher Education Administration in the School of Education. She studied Asian Studies and Peace, War, and Defense as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she was an international student peer mentor and studied abroad in China, for a semester. After graduation she spent time in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps education volunteer, and then taught English in public schools in Shenzhen, China for two years.  During her time teaching abroad, Janice organized English camps and advised students in the college admissions process. Janice enjoys learning about and experiencing new cultures, and has traveled to 12 countries so far.

Melissa Deneau

School: 
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Major: 
International Studies
Class Level: 
Junior

Melissa Deneau is a junior in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is an international studies major and a women’s studies minor. Melissa has been fortunate enough to have had two internships abroad, one in Italy and the other in New Zealand. In Italy, Melissa worked as a research intern at the International House of Women and contributed to research on human trafficking. She worked at a women’s rights nonprofit in New Zealand as well, Rural Women New Zealand, researching rural communities. At the University of Michigan, Melissa is involved in MUNUM, Conversation Circles, and UNICEF.

Colleen Towler

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

Colleen Towler is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. Her concentration is Community Organization and her practice area is Community and Social Systems.

Colleen received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in Dance. While pursuing her degree, she studied abroad in England with a focus on British Art and Culture. After graduation she lived in Los Angeles, CA as a professional dancer and dance instructor. Most recently, Colleen returned from spending a year and a half in a rural community near Chiang Mai, Thailand. While in Thailand she taught English, organized English language camps within the community, and was very involved in local festivals and activities. Colleen is passionate about exploring new cultures and travel. She has traveled to 12 countries so far, and went on a three month road trip around the U.S.

Mikayla Bowen

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

Mikayla is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program.  As an MSW candidate, she will also be participating in the Community Based Initiative in Detroit program.  Her practice method is Community Organization and her practice area is Community and Social Systems.  

As an undergraduate student at Michigan State University, Mikayla studied interdisciplinary social sciences, French, TESOL, and earth science, and became certified to teach at the secondary level.  Mikayla has spent the past four years in education, both as a high school social studies teacher in the United States, and more recently, as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in South Africa.  Mikayla is passionate about getting to know and work with diverse communities, both locally and globally.

Martha Fedorowicz

School: 
Ford School of Public Policy
Major: 
Public Policy
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Martha Fedorowicz is a Master of Public Policy student at the Ford School of Public Policy and a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and French with a minor in International Studies in 2011 from the University of Michigan. Martha served as a Youth Development volunteer in Morocco from 2012 to 2014. While there, she was responsible for creating youth and community programming at her local youth center. She partnered with a Moroccan non-profit called INJAZ Al-Maghrib to pilot three youth entrepreneurship programs in her community and due to the success of the programs, was selected by PC Morocco to be the liaison between PC and INJAZ in scaling-up the partnership to be available to all PCVs in Morocco. In addition to running youth programming, Martha also taught English and French classes, led a women's aerobics class, and worked with community members to develop the First and Second Annual El Borouj Women's Festivals.

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