New and Returning Members Add Diversity to ISEP’s Council of Advisors

August 30, 2022

Six newly elected and two returning members to the ISEP Council of Advisors add diversity to this leadership group through their geographic regions, institution types and areas of expertise. Please join us in welcoming them!

Camila Arosemena

Camila is passionate about education, communications, internationalization, and the arts in general. She has experience in Communications and PR, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Sciences and Diplomacy. Camila has worked for over 20 years at the Universidad Casa Grande. Additionally, she also has experience in tourism and is actively involved with the gastronomy and performing arts scene in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Lillian Fuata

Lillian joined the University of the South Pacific as an intern in 2008 and since then has held various positions within the university. She served as the International Students Officer before being appointed Manager of the International Office, where she oversees projects and partnerships with Japan, US, Europe and other parts of the world.

Sally Gillman

Since 2011, Sally Gillman has been overseeing all outgoing education abroad/exchange programs, all incoming exchange programs and supporting faculty as they develop classes to be taught in international locations for Winter Break, Spring Break and the Summer. Dr. Gillman was a faculty member at South Dakota State University teaching classes in physical, cognitive, social/emotion development across the lifespan in the Counseling and Human Development Department from 2003-2012. She joined the Council of Advisors in 2022.

Shelley Jewell

Shelley Jewell is the Director of Education Abroad at the University of Wyoming (UW), where she leads a team in the development and administration of education abroad programs including faculty-directed programs, student advising and support, and all related services. She oversees risk management as well serves on university committees related to international services. Shelley assists and advises the state of Wyoming with their international relations. Shelley is active in NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, the CO/WY Consortium of International Educators and the Fulbright Association.

Kathy Landon

Kathy Landon works at Beloit College, a small Liberal Arts institution located on the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The Global Experience Office has strong ties with both our career center as well as our International Student Services office. Study abroad and experiential learning, both on and off campus, play a key role in helping students build their skills in talking about their experiences as they relate to career readiness.

Kirsten Sheppard

Kirsten Sheppard grew has been at Maryville College, in the Smoky Mountains since 2004, and is the Director of the Center for Global Engagement. She completed her MA in International Education at the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute) in Brattleboro, Vermont. She enjoys encouraging both international and US students figure out how to make the most of their experiences abroad. Her research interests include helping students develop global competencies, assessment of study abroad impact, employability and study abroad, and crisis management.

Flavio Virgara

Flavio began working at the DCI in 2014. Before that, he worked at CEMA University as an Exchange Coordinator. He studied Tourism, Administration and Human Resources at the Universidad de Belgrano and the Universidad del CEMA. His international experience includes an internationalization course at the University of Iceland and attendance of the FAUBAI conference. He has also been participating in a local Forum called FAEI, with colleagues from different universities in Buenos Aires. In his free time, he loves to travel and learn about new cultures.

Maria Vyatkina

Maria attended the University of Auckland where she received a joint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is currently enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She has worked at Luleå University of Technology for six years, first as Legal Counsel, and now as an International Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for all outside-EU relations, as well as Germany, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands. She is also a North2North Coordinator and an ISEP Coordinator. Maria speaks seven languages, and is fluent in four of them.

ISEP’s Council of Advisors is comprised of 15-20 members divided between U.S. members and members located outside the United States. They serve ISEP by providing advice and opinions to the ISEP Global Office and the ISEP Board of Directors on matters concerning membership, programs and procedures. They also support communications between all ISEP coordinators and the ISEP Global Office.

ISEP is a not-for-profit educational community dedicated to helping students overcome academic and financial barriers to study or intern abroad. Made up of more than 300 member and affiliate higher education institutions in over 50 countries, the ISEP Community works together to provide students immersive, affordable and life-changing programs. Our students develop highly desirable skills for life and future employment as well as achieve a transformative self-confidence that only comes from an authentic experience in another country.

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