Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA)

Jess Williams

School: 
Ford School of Public Policy
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Jessica is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in China from 2018-2020. As a university English teacher in the small city of Yongchuan, she had a passion for youth development and fostering relationships with students. One of her primary projects was Youth Group, a weekly forum for students to meet and discuss topics such as confidence building, professional development, time management, and healthy relationships. She often invited students over to her apartment to cook dumplings (饺子) and other traditional Chinese dishes. Outside of the Peace Corps, Jessica has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and is currently an MPP candidate at the Ford School of Public Policy. She is interested in the intersection of social and international policy, and hopes to continue her involvement in public service to create change and help others.

Betsy Nash

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

Peace Corps Recruiter: Betsy served as an Education volunteer in northern Malawi from 2017-2020. In addition to teaching high school English at Eswazini Community Secondary School, Betsy worked with her collegues and traditional leaders to implement and integrate anti-human trafficking curriculums into classrooms. She also assisted in starting a pig husbandry program with community members that has continued to grow. Betsy served as PC Malawi's National Coordinator for Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit organization based out of South Africa that focuses on using soccer and other engaging activities to educate youth on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, gender equity and personal autonomy. In this role she aided in the planning and facilitation of cross cutting training events for volunteers and their Malawian counterparts and also provided support for volunteers when implementing the GRS program within their own communities. Betsy had plans of serving a fourth year for Peace Corps Malawi as a Response volunteer, however, due to the current state of the world she is now pursuing her Masters of Social Work.

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.

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!

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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