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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 at (202) 687-5867 or email@example.com.
Debbie Brown, Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Denmark, Sweden, Jordan, Qatar
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, Sweden, Jordan, and Qatar.
You may contact Debbie at (202) 687-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle Edmonson, Global Living and Learning Programs Manager
Management of undergraduate summer programs
Danielle Edmonson, an Ohio native, joined the OGE team in 2017. She received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cincinnati and a M.A. in International Education Development from Columbia University. During her undergraduate years, Danielle seized opportunities to intern and volunteer abroad in Australia and Ghana in addition to teaching English abroad for one year in South Korea post-graduation. Prior to coming to Georgetown University, Danielle resided as the Program Coordinator at Central State University where she concentrated on study abroad outreach and developing and managing short-term programs. Danielle's passion lies in debunking study abroad myths and exposing students to opportunities they believed were not possible.
You may contact Danielle at (202) 687-5867 or Danielle.Edmonson@georgetown.edu.
Susan Hochreiter, Assistant Director of Operations and Administration
Oversight of OGE administrative processes; advises for programs in Central Europe & Russia
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 advising for programs in Russia and Central Europe 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 and Ireland; advises incoming international exchange students
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.
You may contact Sarah at (202) 687-5867 or Sarah.Mournighan@georgetown.edu.
Erin Pendle, Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Spain and Latin America
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 email@example.com.
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 joined the Office of Global Education in October 2014. She is a native of Maryland who spent five years living, working, and studying in Italy before returning to the DC-area. She received her M.A in Italian from Middlebury College's School in Italy, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Riggio, Application and Outreach Coordinator
Coordinates the application database systems; coordinates outreach to students
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 is currently earning her Masters of Arts- Learning and Design, focusing on study abroad curriculum and administration.
You may contact Melissa at (202) 687-5867 or email@example.com.
Annette Kuroda Russell, Global Education Advisor
Advises for programs in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand
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 and in 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 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.
Danielle Scugoza, Senior Associate Director of Affiliated Programs
Oversight of OGE's affiliated programs; Advises for programs in Southeast Asia and Israel
You may contact Danielle at (202) 687-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregory Spear, Assistant Director of Global Living and Learning Programs
Oversight of GU-Administered 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 Greg at (202) 687-5867 or email@example.com.
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.
You may contact Karen at (202) 687-5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.