The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of yPIE DC, overseeing all aspects of the organization, including membership, communications, partnerships and activities. One member of the Board serves as Chair, while the remaining members serve on one of three committees: Membership & Development, Events, and Communications.
University Relations Manager, ISEP Study Abroad
A Philadelphia native, Kelsey is the University Relations Manager for Central Europe and the United Kingdom at ISEP Study Abroad and moved to the DC area in 2017. She started on the US recruitment team at ISEP, but shortly moved to the member relations team to work with German-speaking students and universities. With a portfolio of over 50 institutions, Kelsey works closely with international ISEP members to promote student mobility across the globe. Prior to ISEP, Kelsey worked at the Middlebury School in Germany while completing her MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2015. In addition to working in Germany, Kelsey has also taught in Austria, studied in Costa Rica, and travels whenever she has the opportunity. When she’s not traveling, Kelsey enjoys hiking, trying new recipes, and losing herself in a good novel.
Membership & Development Committee
Senior Alumni Relations & Advancement Officer, Cultural Vistas
Richard joined Cultural Vistas in 2011 as an Assistant Program Officer on the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. In this position, he arranged visits to the US for hundreds of international visitors invited by US embassies around the world. He was awarded the distinguished IVLP Programmer of the Year Award in 2015 in recognition of his contributions to citizen diplomacy and the field of international exchange. In early 2016, he transitioned roles to build the Cultural Vistas Alumni Network and later to build out their philanthropy and advancement efforts. Richard has held roles as an International Trade Assistant for the Northern California World Trade Center and as a Team Coordinator for US-Brazil Connect. Richard is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow, a graduate of the UC Davis, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown University. He enjoys long-distance cycling, running, and photography.
Senior Program Officer, NU Borders, LLC
Originally from the DC metro region, Emma currently works as a Senior Program Officer at NU Borders, an IT consulting firm using data analytics to strengthen worldwide border enforcement, trade compliance, and customs regulations. Before joining NU Borders, she worked at Youth for Understanding as a Community Engagement Manager overseeing students, host families, and volunteers who participate in YFU’s intercultural exchange program. Her previous experience also includes Gap Semester Instructor for ARCC and Community Engagement manager at a nonprofit in Bethesda. Internationally, Emma worked in Thailand for five years at two organizations that facilitate cross-cultural exchanges and intern or volunteer experiences for young professionals, mid-career adults, gap year students, and retirees from all over the world. She studied anthropology at Haverford College and speaks Thai, French, and Spanish. Emma greatly values international travel and cultural exchange as she sees it as a great way to build strong diplomatic relationships and an optimal opportunity for learning, self-growth, and reflection.
Study Abroad Specialist, Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)
Born and raised in the DMV, Molly entered international education as a private tutor for international
ESOL students after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where she earned her
Bachelor’s Degree in English Language with a concentration on Education. In 2017, she joined Youth For
Understanding USA where she is now the Study Abroad Coordinator. Her primary role is helping
American students choose and prepare for outbound intercultural exchange programs in more than 40
countries worldwide. She also assists in marketing for YFU, coordinating events and conferences, and
generating written and visual commutations. She decided on international education as a career path at
just 14 years old during her first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. Outside of work, Molly
enjoys HGTV, taking her dog to local parks, and “touristy” DC weekends.
PED Program Associate, Meridian International Center
Mary Johnson received an MS in Public Relations and an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University where she specialized in Public Diplomacy. During her time at Syracuse, Mary interned with More Europe/The Cultural Diplomacy Platform funded by the European Commission in Brussels. She also interned with USAID in the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs supporting the Development Outreach Communicators team. Mary received a BA in Spanish and a BA in Communication from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. During her time at Bellarmine, she studied abroad in Spain on several occasions, including at the Universidad de Salamanca. Mary speaks Spanish and has traveled to countries in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. She is a Program Associate in the Professional Exchanges Division and serves as the CBM Staff Exchange Co-Facilitator at Meridian International Center.
Special Projects Manager, EducationUSA, Institute of International Education
A native of Tennessee, Crockett Sewell is the Special Projects Manager for the Global EducationUSA
Services team at the Institute of International Education. As the Special Projects Manager, he works on
multiple different projects that help promote US higher education to students around the world.
Crockett joined the EducationUSA family in July 2019 after working as an International Admissions
Counselor at Purdue University. Before joining the international student recruitment field, Crockett
completed his Master of Arts in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management
at Cardiff University and his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at Queens University of Charlotte.
As a student, Crockett discovered EducationUSA and the field of international education through study
abroad in Brussels, Belgium, and internships with the EducationUSA team at IIE.
Alumni Coordinator, Critical Language Scholarship Program, American Councils for International Education
Liz joined American Councils for International Education in December 2018, where she manages alumni programming for the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she holds a BA in French Studies and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and an MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to joining American Councils, Liz was a Student Advisor at ISEP Study Abroad. She previously lived in Portland, Oregon, where she worked at Portland State University, Academic Programs Abroad in Paris, and Portland Community College. Liz studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, and returned after college graduation to work as an English teaching assistant in Le Mans, France. She enjoys reading, hiking, planning trips, and exploring new places!
Research Analyst, American Councils for International Education
Courtney is currently assisting with research and data analysis at American Councils for International Education. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Courtney has earned an MA in International Training and Education from American University and a BA in Psychology & Linguistics from Emory University. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan. Before moving to DC for graduate school she was an Assistant Language Teacher in Himeji, Japan, for three years through the JET Program. In the field of international education, Courtney is especially passionate about diversity and inclusion initiatives. She enjoys finding new brunch places, going to concerts, and – of course – traveling.
Instructional Designer, Brandeis University
Ashley is an instructional designer at Brandeis University where she works with faculty to design engaging online courses. Prior to joining Brandeis, Ashley worked primarily in the federal government’s international development space to design, facilitate, and manage distance learning programs with a global reach. Her work includes designing and managing a 30-month teacher training program in 13 countries on five continents for Peace Corps and delivering professional development courses to USAID global health staff. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia where she taught English in a rural public school. In 2018, she was selected as a 30 Under 30 Learning Leader by The Masie Center in recognition of emerging leadership in the field. Her love of languages inspired her to learn to speak conversational Spanish, Mongolian, and Russian and very basic phrases in Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, French, and Danish. Ashley received a MA in International Training and Education from American University and a dual BA in International Relations and Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Delaware.
Former Board Members
The following international education professionals previously served on the board of yPIE DC:
Janice Wait, Mary Catherine Chase, Katie O’Connell, Marc St. Hilaire, Jason Terry, Emily Volpe, Sarah (DeNapoli) Wedmark, Brian Wiehr, Franziska Rook, Kelsey Sherbondy, Maria Morck, Stephanie Blochinger, Erin Baldwin, Jenna Hartsell, Holly Ratcliffe, Zachary Adams, Andrew Barbagallo, Omobosola Olabisi, Tess Cannon, Lauren Kardos, Peter Boller