a number of exciting and important staffing changes within CIEE Study Abroad;
please join us in welcoming and congratulating our colleagues.
William (Bill) Bull, Director of Health, Safety, and Security
CIEE on June 17, Bill will be responsible for creating, implementing, and
assessing the health, safety, and security policies of each of our nearly 200
programs in more than 40 countries. Additionally,
Bill will lead a central CIEE Risk Management
Team; will coordinate all CIEE staff training in health, safety, and security;
and will work closely with program staff to upgrade CIEE facilities as needed.
Bill comes to CIEE with a long history in the safety and security field, having
most recently served as East Africa/East Indian Ocean Safety and Security
Officer for the Peace Corps, an organization he has maintained close ties with
since he first became a Peace Corps volunteer in 1985.
Bill has served in many capacities for the organization, including as Associate
Peace Corps Director (APCD) for Rural Development and Post Safety Officer in
Gabon; as APCD for the Environment and Safety Officer in Madagascar; and as
Country Director in Madagascar, during which he received numerous prestigious
awards for his work, including the John F. Kennedy Award and a knighthood from
the Malagasy Government into the Ordre National de Merit. Bill also played an
instrumental role in re-opening Peace Corps programs in Madagascar in May 2002
and in Liberia in 2008. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs
from LaFayette College and a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law
and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Regional Directors of Operations
Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs) are new positions created in 2013. Resident
Directors and Center Directors report to the RDOs and the RDOs report to Senior
Program Director Catharine Scruggs located at the CIEE headquarters in Portland,
Clara Rodes, Regional Director of Operations, Southern Europe (France, Italy, Portugal, Spain)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Rodes holds a master’s in business administration from DePaul University and
has extensive management and academic experience. She has worked in the
financial, consulting, and education sectors in Argentina, Spain, and the U.S.
Prior to joining CIEE in 2007 as Resident Director of the Business and Culture
program (and subsequently as Center Director and Resident Director of the
Economics and Culture program), Clara worked for more than eight years at the
European campus of The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where
she held the positions of Academic Advisor and Director of Administration. In
addition, Clara has been a faculty member at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra for
the last 15 years.
Caroline Maas, Regional Director of Operations, Northern Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom)
Location: Berlin, Germany
Maas holds a master’s in business administration from the University of South
Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Previously, she consulted for the
University of South Carolina School of Business. Prior to that, Caroline served
as Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Spoleto Arts Festival in
South Carolina, and worked for many years in a variety of capacities for EF
Max Savishinsky, Regional Director of Operations, Latin America & Caribbean
Savishinsky holds masters’ degrees in public administration and international studies,
and doctorates of higher education leadership and policy from the University of
Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining CIEE, Max directed the University of
Washington’s Exploration Seminar study abroad program: 40 short-term
faculty-led programs in 25 countries on 6 continents. He also served as the University
of Washington’s Assistant Director for Latin American Studies and as Resident
Director for numerous undergraduate and high school programs to Latin America
focused on immigration, the coffee industry, social movements, and service-learning.
Janine El Tal, Regional Director of Operations, Middle East & North Africa
Location : Dubai/Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
El Tal has more than thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the
field of international education in the Middle East including 25 years as the
Country Director for the Jordan office of America-Mideast Educational and
Training Services (AMIDEAST). She was instrumental in the development of the
CIEE Study Center in Amman and served as a consultant in the development of the
CIEE Study Center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Since relocating
from Jordan to the UAE, Janine has worked with the Foundation for International
Education (FIE), the Government of Dubai, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
Penny Alexander – Regional Director Operations, Africa
Location: Cape Town,
Alexander has served in leadership roles in Africa and the U.S., including
Habitat for Humanity, Jesuit Refugee Service, and Boston College, primarily in
the areas of relief, development, and cross-cultural education. She earned her
master’s of social work from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor’s
degree in counseling and psychology from Lesley College.
Download a Program Management Organizational Chart of our Study Abroad Program Management team.
Relations team has also recently undergone restructuring to better meet the
needs of the institutions we partner with. To see the full map/regions please
visit our contact page.
Michelle Howard, Senior Manager, Institutional Relations
comes to Institutional Relations from CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI), offering
CAI to university admissions offices. Prior to joining CIEE, Michelle held
positions with Apple Computer, Inc. and Zenith Data Systems selling to the
higher education market and managing computer retail sales professionals and
student representatives. She also worked in admissions and student support for
the University of Southern Maine and The Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts,
and helped to interview and evaluate students interested in studying abroad for
AFS-USA. Michelle received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley University
and a master’s degree in multicultural education from the Universidad de
Tyler D'Andrea, Manager, Institutional Relations Development
joined the Institutional Relations team in 2008 and has been working with
southeast region. Tyler joined the Institutional Relations team after working
at the University of Maryland as a study abroad advisor. Tyler’s interest in
international education can be traced back to high school during which he spent
a year in Chemnitz, Germany, on the Congress-Bundestag High School Exchange
Program. This experience inspired him to study abroad while at the University
of Florida (UF), first in St. Petersburg, Russia, with CIEE, and then in
Shanghai, China, at Fudan University. During his time at UF, he also
participated in the study abroad office’s peer advising program, which
ultimately led the way to his new role at CIEE. Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree
in Russian language.
Laura Sweet, Director, International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS)
who did great work serving the Western region for Institutional Relations, has
been promoted and will now serve as CIEE’s Director for IFDS. In this new role,
Laura is responsible for expanding our faculty development offerings to new
locations, disciplines, and terms to meet the needs of today’s faculty. Laura
came to CIEE in 2006 to work with our Inbound Support and USA High School teams
before transitioning to a West Coast Institutional Relations Manager in 2008.
Previously, she lived overseas, working as the Student Affairs Manager for the
School for Field Studies in the Australian rainforest and as Program
Coordinator for an anthropology and marine science summer field school in the
Solomon Islands. During her undergraduate studies, she spent two semesters
studying abroad in New Zealand and Samoa. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in
geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a master’s degree in
anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s
degree in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute.
Download an organizational chart for IR and Enrollment Management.