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 Staffing Updates - May 2018


Denmark, Copenhagen

Karin_mollerKarin Klitgaard Møller, Director, Global Institute – Copenhagen
Karin comes to CIEE with more than 20 years of experience in international education - 15 years at the University of Copenhagen, and the past five years as the Manager of Student Advising and International Relations at EDU, an international study abroad agency. Karin has been a European Association of International Education (EAIE) trainer since 2006, delivering courses on intercultural communication and advising, and is currently member of the EAIE General Council. Karin holds a master’s degree in English and Minority Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from the University of Copenhagen. Karin reports to Cary Nathenson.

Hungary, Budapest

Elizabeth_simonElizabeth Simon, Director at CIEE Budapest - Retiring
After 25 years of service, Elizabeth Simon, Director at CIEE Budapest, will be retiring this summer. Elizabeth came to CIEE in 1992, and has held several different positions during her long tenure, including the oversight of the CIEE Budapest site for many years.  In addition to working with Study Abroad programs, Elizabeth has also very successfully managed the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund for 14 years. Elizabeth’s last day is July 1. The Director position for CIEE Budapest is currently advertised with the goal of hiring the new Director by this summer.

Netherlands, Amsterdam

Renee_spruitRenée Spruit, Director of CIEE Amsterdam - Departing CIEE
Renée Spruit, Director of CIEE Amsterdam, will be leaving CIEE this summer. Over the last 10 years, Renée has been an integral part in managing the growth of the Amsterdam site.  Renée has held several roles over the years, and, during the last few years, as site Director, she has very effectively managed a super qualified team, and the delivery of many different types of programs. Renée has now decided to pursue other opportunities outside of CIEE and her last day will be August 14. 

Jonathan_keyJonathan Key, Director CIEE Amsterdam
Jonathan Key, currently Academic Manager at CIEE Amsterdam, will be taking on the Director position as of August 15.  Jonathan has been with CIEE for five years, starting out as the Resident Coordinator in Groningen, Netherlands, and eventually moving to Amsterdam where he held different positions, providing support on student housing and student services, and more recently, overseeing the site academics. In addition to his administrative duties, Jonathan currently teaches Screen Cultures and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Popular Culture.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Groningen and is fluent in Flemish, Dutch and English. In light of Jonathan’s new position, the Academic Manager role will be reviewed and further updates about staffing will be forthcoming.

Poland, Warsaw

Gosia_nowickaMałgorzata “Gosia” Nowicka, Assistant Director at CIEE Warsaw 
After 10 years of service to CIEE, Assistant Director, Małgorzata “Gosia” Nowicka, will be going on maternity leave and relocating to Berlin. Over the years, Gosia has backstopped the study abroad program in Warsaw, acting as a key liaison with students, while performing administrative responsibilities. Her last day will be June 30.  In her place, Aleksandra “Ola” Szkudłapska will be assuming the role of Program Assistant to the Director as of July 1. Ola comes with a background in linguistics and has worked with a number of key institutions, including the Polish Parliament and has been involved in a number of Polish indie music initiatives.

Spain, Alicante

RocioRocío Diez, Director, CIEE Alicante
Rocío Díez, formerly Student Life Coordinator at CIEE Alicante, has been appointed as the new CIEE Alicante Director.  Rocío, had kindly accepted to step up as Interim CIEE Alicante Director, following Paco’s move to Seville in early March, while we conducted the search for a permanent Director.  The search process, in which both internal and external candidates were considered, has now been completed, and Rocio has been selected to hold the Director position. 

 Rocio has done an amazing job leading CIEE Alicante during the past two months.  Prior to that, she was Student Life Coordinator for 3 years, a role that she combined with teaching “Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims”, an elective course.  We are confident that Rocio will do a fantastic job, leading the CIEE Alicante team and going the extra mile to serve our partners and participants.  Rocío brings to her new position extensive professional experience in the fields of communication and cultural management.  She holds a B.A. in Ancient History from the Universidad de Alicante, and an M.A in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 

Spain, Seville

Francisco-diezFrancisco (Paco) Diez, Director, CIEE Seville
Francisco (Paco) Diez has assumed the role of Director, CIEE Seville. For the past 11 years, he has served as the CIEE Alicante Director, where, in addition to managing the site, he taught CIEE courses in inter-disciplinary fields such as Hispanic Studies and Intercultural Communication. He has also taught at the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, and at the Department of Innovation and Teaching Methods (School of Education), Universidad de Alicante. Paco holds a B.A in English Studies from the Universidad de Alicante, and a M.A in Spanish Studies and Linguistics from Michigan State University. Paco is based in Seville, reporting to Clara Rodes.

Latin America

Argentina, Buenos Aires

Carolina Carolina Alba Merlo, Administrative Manager, Global Institutes - Latin America
Carolina Alba Merlo has been promoted to Administrative Manager for all Latin America Global Institutes starting April 2. Carolina has been with CIEE since 1996 and is currently Director of Student Life in Buenos Aires. In her new role, Carolina will provide operational, communication, marketing, coordination, and administrative support across Global Institute locations in Latin America, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago. Working closely with regional leadership, Carolina will focus on the Open Campus program to ensure a cohesive experience for students moving between Global Institute locations. Carolina has her master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and Learning Processes from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). Carolina is based in Buenos Aires, reporting to Erik Perez.

Foto Andres PiacentinoAndres Piacentino, Director, Global Institute - Buenos Aires
Andrés comes to CIEE from the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires where he has been professor and consultant in marketing, strategy, and communications and academic coordinator for the marketing and communications master’s program. Andres holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan and is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese. As Director of the Global Institute - Buenos Aires, Andres will be responsible for ensuring the highest level of academic quality and student satisfaction. Andres is based in Buenos Aires, reporting to Erik Perez.

Global Operations


Jarlath McGuckin, Director of Program Development
Jarlath McGuckin has been named Director of Program Development, effective May 14. In this new role, Jarlath joins the Global Operations management team, with responsibility for ensuring that the CIEE program portfolio meets the needs of the member institutions and students we serve. In close collaboration with teams across the organization, Jarlath will manage processes and policies related to program development and quality assurance, in alignment with the CIEE strategic planJarlath is exceptionally qualified for the role, having worked with CIEE for 15 years in numerous roles, both in Portland headquarters and abroad.

His first position, in 2003, was as a Marketing and Institutional Relations Assistant, until he joined the St. Petersburg study center as the Resident Coordinator and then Manager for Student Services. During his time in St. Petersburg, he earned an MA in Russian Studies from the European University, returning to Portland in 2013 to join the Study Enrollment team as the Manager for Operations. Since 2014, he has overseen the Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America team as a Senior Manager. Jarlath’s CIEE journey actually began much earlier - he is a double alumnus, having studied abroad with CIEE in St. Petersburg and Prague during his junior year at the University of Rochester.