Prospective study abroad students should visit the appointment page for information about scheduling an initial advising appointment.

Craig Rinker

Director of Global Education
Responsible for the leadership, management, and oversight of the Office of Global Education.

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 at (202) 687-5867 or cmr235@georgetown.edu

Debbie Brown

Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Denmark and Sweden and provides support for the senior leadership team.

Debbie Brown has spent her career working in the field of international education and much of it has been at Georgetown. She holds a B.A. in French from Duke University and an M.A. in Student Development in Higher Education from American University. In addition to her work in study abroad at Georgetown, Debbie has also marketed programs at Australian universities with the Education Abroad Network and IDP Education Australia. She has studied abroad in France and Belgium. Debbie currently advises students going to study abroad sites in Denmark and Sweden.

You may contact Debbie at (202) 687-5867 or browndl@georgetown.edu.

Aileen Evans

Global Education Information Manager
Coordination of application and selection processes, data analysis and statistical reporting, website publication and management, and coordination of social media and outreach strategies for OGE.

Aileen comes to Georgetown from California, where she earned her M.A. in International Education Management as well as her Master of Public Administration degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Before her graduate studies, Aileen developed an English program at a local elementary school in Arles, France and worked at Georgetown Preparatory School's Summer English Program in the DC area. Aileen studied abroad in both France and Senegal as a student at Colby College, where she received her B.A. in Human Development and French Studies.

You may contact Aileen at (202) 687-5867 or Aileen.Evans@georgetown.edu

Susan Hochreiter

Assistant Director of Operations and Administration
Oversees application and selection process and administration tasks within OGE; Advises for Programs in Central & Eastern Europe (including Russia)

Susan Hochreiter 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 advising for programs in Russia and managing the office’s peer advisor program.

You may contact Susan at (202) 687-5867 or Susan.Hochreiter@georgetown.edu.

Sarah Mournighan

Senior Global Education Advisor and Exchange Student Coordinator
Advises for programs in the United Kingdom; Advises incoming international exchange students

You may contact Sarah at (202) 687-5867 or Sarah.Mournighan@georgetown.edu.

Arelis Palacios

Senior Associate Director of Programming and Advising
Advises for programs in Spain (except GU Madrid/Salamanca), Africa (except French-speaking Africa), Jordan, and Georgetown in Doha, Qatar

You may contact Arelis at (202) 687-5867 or Arelis.Palacios@georgetown.edu.

Erin Pendle

Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Spain (GU Programs only), Latin America, and Ireland

Erin Pendle received both her Master in Teaching (Secondary Education) and B.A. in Spanish from the University of Washington. As an undergraduate student, Erin studied abroad in Granada, Spain. She has spent time living in London, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. Prior to joining the Office of Global Education, Erin taught Spanish in the Seattle area, and worked as a study abroad advisor at the University of Washington. She currently advises for programs in Spain and Latin America.

You may contact Erin (202) 687-5867 or eep32@georgetown.edu.

Mia Pezzanite

Global Living and Learning Programs Advisor
Advises for semester and year programs in Italy and Turkey, including Georgetown in Fiesole, Italy - Villa Le Balze

Mia spent five years living, working, and studying in Italy.  She received her M.A in Italian from Middlebury College's Italian School, where she studied in Florence, Italy and she obtained her B.A. in Italian Studies from The American University of Rome in Rome, Italy.  

You may contact Mia at (202) 687-5867 or mep92@georgetown.edu.

Annette Kuroda Russell

Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Israel

Annette holds an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Japanese and German Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Annette studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan and Tübingen, Germany as an undergraduate, and in Heidelberg, Germany as a graduate student and Fulbright Scholar. In addition to Japanese and German language and area studies, Annette has studied China and Mandarin Chinese. She facilitated exchange programs for almost a decade at the Institute of International Education (IIE), traveling widely in Asia and Africa. Annette advises for programs in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.

You may contact Annette at (202) 687-5867 or Annette.Russell@georgetown.edu.

Dr. Jason Sanderson

Assistant Director of Curriculum Integration and Assessment
Advises for programs in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, and French-speaking Africa

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 at (202) 687-5867 or Jason.Sanderson@georgetown.edu.

Gregory Spear

Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs
Oversees living and learning community programs at Georgetown in Fiesole, Italy - Villa Le Balze, Georgetown in Alanya, Turkey - McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, and summer program locations; Works with faculty teaching overeseas on semester and summer programs

Gregory Spear joined the Office of Global Education in 2016.  A native New Jerseyan, he received an M.A. in global and comparative history from Rutgers University.  Prior to joining the Office of Global Education at Georgetown, Greg managed and advised for short-term faculty-led programs at Rutgers, with a concentration on global service learning programs.  He credits his first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy with having a lasting influence on his academic, personal, and professional interests, and is passionate about supporting students as they embark upon similar transformational journeys.

You may contact Gregory Spear at (202) 687-5867 or gs901@georgetown.edu.

Karen Wardzala

Associate Director of Finance and Business
Provides financial administrative support for OGE programs including processing and reconciling program payments, receipts, reimbursements, and overseas accounts; manages student registration and audits student accounts for billing purposes.

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. 

You may contact Karen at (202) 687-5867 or klw45@georgetown.edu.

Vacant

Global Living and Learning Programs Manager
Manages undergraduate summer programs except those at Georgetown in Fiesole, Italy - Villa Le Balze