Office of Global Education Staff
If you are a prospective study abroad student, please visit the appointment page for information about scheduling an initial advising appointment.
Craig Rinker, Director of Global Education
Leadership, management, and oversight of OGE
Craig Rinker has spent almost 20 years as a higher education professional promoting student development through intentional, transformative learning experiences. He believes in the critical role education abroad plays in producing global leaders through intercultural learning and student development goals. Craig has presented numerous sessions and workshops at national and international conferences, and served on a variety of organizational and institutional boards. He previously served on multiple committees in organizations such as NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and ACPA. Craig joined the Office of Global Education in December 2012 after serving as the Director of Education Abroad at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He has worked in international education since 2002, including on-site in the United Kingdom and in institutional relations management for the Arcadia University College of Global Studies (formerly the Center for Education Abroad). Craig holds a M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia and B.Sc. in Psychology with a concentration in Environmental Modeling from Allegheny College. As a high school student, he participated in a cultural exchange to Switzerland.
You may contact Craig via email at email@example.com.
Susan Hochreiter, Assistant Director of Operations and Administration
Oversight of OGE administrative processes and advisor for Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Samoa)
Susan is an education abroad professional with a background in study abroad advising and non-profit development. Susan holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and a BA in English from Dickinson College. During college, she spent a semester abroad in Ecuador and later completed a summer graduate internship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to joining Georgetown’s Office of Global Education, Susan was the Senior Study Abroad Advisor at the University of South Carolina. At OGE, Susan’s primary responsibility is overseeing office operations, as well as managing the office’s peer advisor program and being a program advisor for Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Samoa).
You may contact Susan via email at Susan.Hochreiter@georgetown.edu.
Sarah Mournighan, Senior Global Education Advisor and Exchange Student Coordinator
Advises for programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, GU Qatar; Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden) – COL & SFS applicants; and South & Southeast Asia (Singapore, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam).
Sarah, a DC native, holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol (UK) and a BA in International Relations and French from Bucknell University. Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2013, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and for six years was a Program Officer in the Center for Global Education at George Mason University. Sarah studied abroad in Tours, France as an undergraduate student and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe and Turkey. Sarah advises for programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and acts as the academic advisor for the incoming exchange students. She is also the interim advisor for United Kingdom, Ireland, GU Qatar;
Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden) – COL & SFS applicants; and South & Southeast Asia (Singapore, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam).
You may contact Sarah via email at Sarah.Mournighan@georgetown.edu.
Melissa Riggio, Application and Outreach Coordinator
Coordinates the application database systems; coordinates outreach to students; advises for programs in Japan
Melissa Riggio joined the Office of Global Education in August 2018, but has been a Hoya since 2010 as an undergrad, a staff member, and graduate student. She has lived, worked, and studied in Paris, Berlin, and Bordeaux, and earned her Masters of Art – Learning, Design, and Technology from Georgetown University in 2019. She also is part of the financial education outreach and “abroad after graduation” outreach for the Office of Global Education. She is the interim Japan advisor.
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Dr. Jason Sanderson, Assistant Director of Curriculum Integration and Assessment
Advises for programs in Africa; East Asia (South Korea, Taiwan, China); Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy ((affiliated programs, non-Villa Le Balze)
Jason Sanderson, Ph.D., joined the Office of Global Education in August 2004. Dr. Sanderson studied in Rennes, France and Valencia, Spain during his undergraduate career and graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and International Studies. He received his M.A. in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His Masters research focused on issues related to sexual identity and study abroad. Dr. Sanderson completed his PhD. in Sociolinguistics at Georgetown University where his research focused on language policy and attitudes in France. He has also studied in Heidelberg, Germany and Brno, Czech Republic and has taught in Vitré, France. Before coming to Georgetown, Dr. Sanderson was Program Officer for Continental European and Asian Programs with Brethren Colleges Abroad.
You may contact Dr. Sanderson via email at Jason.Sanderson@georgetown.edu.
Danielle Scugoza, Senior Associate Director of Affiliated Programs
Oversight of OGE’s affiliated programs; advises for programs in Israel, Jordan; and Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden) – MSB, SON, & SOH applicants
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Ericka Schmidt, Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America
Ericka started working in the international education field in 2010, gaining a variety of experiences from studying and working in Argentina, Colombia and Spain. She’s passionate about the positive influence of language acquisition in the study abroad experience and how it aids students’ personal development and understanding of the culture. She previously managed the study abroad program at UW-Wisconsin Superior and a portfolio of study abroad programs focused on language acquisition and cross-cultural communication at Marquette University. Ericka is originally from Milwaukee, WI and is an avid outdoors woman, connoisseur of the arts, traveler, and biker.
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Gregory Spear, Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs
Oversight of OGE’s faculty-led programs and undergraduate programs at Georgetown in Florence: Villa Le Balze; advises for select summer faculty-led programs
Gregory Spear is an Education Abroad professional with over a decade of experience designing and administering global and experiential learning programs. As Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs, he supports campus-wide faculty engagement with education abroad programs and initiatives, and oversees development and management of faculty-led programs, as well as undergraduate academic programs at Villa Le Balze, Georgetown’s study center in Fiesole, Italy. Prior to joining the Office of Global Education in 2016, he worked in Rutgers University’s global programs office, where he specialized in service-learning, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship programs designed to engage students of all backgrounds in sustainable development projects in New Jersey and around the world. Greg holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Rutgers University.
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Karen Wardzala, Associate Director of Finance and Business
Financial administrative support for OGE programs; management of student registration and billing
Karen Wardzala, M.A., joined OGE in January 2008. She holds an M.B.A. from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, an M.A. in Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University, and a B.A. in the History of Art from James Madison University. She lived in Florence, Italy for many years where she worked as a student life assistant and extracurricular activities coordinator for the Syracuse University in Florence program and has traveled extensively throughout Europe.
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Samuel Yocca, Global Education Advisor
Advises for Georgetown in Florence: Villa Le Balze programs
Samuel Yocca is the advisor for Villa Le Balze (Fiesole, Italy).
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