Meet the Staff

‌‌Executive Director, Global Education Center
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Marina Cunningham

Phone: 973-655-4499   


Dr. Cunningham is the chief international officer on campus. She oversees all initiatives at the Center which include the Office of International Services, Study Abroad and Special Programs, Summer Institutes, Scholar Services and Teaching in English. She is responsible for fostering global education and advancing international objectives across colleges and schools. She manages all linkages and contractual agreements with international institutions; sets policies to help advance internationalization on campus; manages the Global Education Distinguished International Scholars’ program and scholar visits and develops protocol guidelines for Fulbright and other visiting scholars. Born in Shanghai, China, Marina has lived and studied in Ecuador. She holds a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Northwestern University. In the 1980s she spent several years heading up programs for Eastern European refugees.  She also taught Russian literature and language at Northwestern University, William Paterson University and Montclair State University. Marina has traveled extensively and is fluent in several languages. She is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship and the Fulbright Administrators Program in Germany. She was the Principal Investigator for a number of grant awards for programs she administered at the GEC from the NJ Council for the Humanities, the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Soros, IREX, Fulbright, Library of Congress and Fund for Mutual Understanding.


Global Education Center Staff

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Beth Calamia Scheckel‌

International Student and Scholar Advisor

Phone: 973-655 6862                    


Beth works with incoming international visitors. She coordinates orientations, plans social and cultural events for students and scholars, administers the Global Living Community on campus, conducts workshops on topics such a visa regulations, health insurance and taxes, helps students with internships and employment options, acts as academic advisor for students studying abroad at Montclair State University and in general helps our international visitors acclimate and maneuver through the university. Beth received a BA in Classics from Wesleyan University and an MA in Classical Archaeology from UNC-Chapel Hill. She studied abroad in Rome while an undergraduate and as a graduate student spent two summers working in Greece for UNC's study abroad program. She wishes she could travel more lately but always feels privileged to learn about the world from her many international students and scholars. Her next goal is to master a modern foreign language.                


Nyieta CharlotPhoto of Ms. Charlot

Study Abroad Coordinator

Phone: 973-655-4216                     


Nyieta is responsible for managing the study abroad application process and advising students individually and in groups. She plans campus outreach events such as the Study Abroad Fair, oversees the Study Abroad Peer Advisor program and provides scholarship advising. She spent a semester abroad in Brazil, lived with a host family and counts it as a transformative experience personally and professionally. She's traveled to Ghana, Cuba, England, France, Chile, Peru and other countries and loves helping students study abroad. She received a BA in International Cultural Studies (concentration Latin America and the Caribbean) from St. Francis College (NY) and a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. Nyieta also served as Co-Chair of NAFSA's Subcommittee on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, and as a selection panelist for the Gilman and Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships. She’s ready for her next adventure and is anxious to send students to begin theirs.


Domenica DominguezPortrait of Domenica

Director, Study Abroad and International Programs‌

Phone: 973-655-4483


Domenica is responsible for the development and management of international student mobility programs.  She works with Montclair State faculty, staff and global partners to create and support opportunities for Montclair students to study abroad.  She also manages special programs that bring international students to Montclair State such as Fulbright, WorldLearning, IEAW and IREX. She advises students on study abroad and international scholarships. Domenica received a BA in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, SIPA. She spent a year living in Spain, has traveled to many countries and looks forward to sending our students abroad for an amazing experience.




Victoria A. Donoghue, Esq.,‌Photograph of Ms. Donoghue

Director, International Services

Phone: 973-655-6862


Victoria received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992.  From 2003-2007 Victoria was the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, where she oversaw the Foundation’s immigration program, supervising the processing of nonimmigrant visas, served as an immigration resource both to the Foundation’s foreign national employees and Principal Investigators, and regularly delivered presentations to colleges throughout the CUNY system about immigration matters.  In 2007 Ms. Donoghue entered private practice as an immigration attorney.  Since then she has taught and published widely on a variety of immigration-related issues.  She is an Adjunct Professor in the Immigration Law Program at the School of Professional Studies, CUNY.


Wendy Gilbert-SimonPhotograph of Ms. Gilbert-Simon

Assistant Director, Global Education Center and Global Programs Coordinator

Phone: 973-655-4185


Wendy is responsible for developing and managing Montclair State University's faculty led short term study abroad programs and short term programs at Montclair State University for international students. She handles short term visiting international scholars, international events and guest lectures series. She received a BA in Asian Studies at Connecticut College and an MA in Japanese at Stanford University, spent her junior year abroad (and then some!) in Japan, and has traveled to many countries, and hopes that everyone has the opportunity to experience the world.




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Medea Iluridze Berry

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 973-655-7928


Medea provides administrative support for various global initiatives, special projects and study abroad programs. She holds a Tourism and Travel Degree from Swiss Management School, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA from Montclair State University. Medea joined the Global Education team in 2006 as a student assistant, and has since become a Global Special Programs Assistant.   



Aditi PatelPhotograph of Ms. Patel

Assistant Director for International Students

Phone: 973-655-6862


Aditi graduated from Montclair State University with a BS degree in Business Administration and a MA degree in Administration and Supervision. She began working at the Global Education Center as a student worker, and has since acted as International Student Advisor/SEVIS Coordinator, and currently serves as the Assistant Director of International Services. She advises incoming and current students about their visa status, manages, updates, and tracks immigration status of international students on SEVIS, creates immigration documents for newly admitted international students, oversees office database management system, maintains the International Services website. She is originally from India (and has lived in England) and had once been an international student herself at Montclair State.


Karen Segraves PenderPhotograph of Ms. Segraves Pender

Assistant to the Executive Director

Phone: 973-655-4499


Karen joined the Global Education Center in 2004, she is responsible for assisting Dr. Marina Cunningham with some of the various programs, as well as maintaining the office.  She is accountable for the Global Education Center International Scholar Guesthouse, making room reservations for the scholars, housekeeping cleaning schedule and keeping the house stocked with food and other essentials.




Li Yang

Assistant Director of Teaching in English Program


Li is responsible for marketing the Teaching in English program (TIE) to international academic institutions, traveling overseas to negotiate terms of contracts, and managing execution of programs. She assists in developing TIE business plan, budgets, and program pricing as well as preparing proposals, contracts and general program execution. Growing up in Xinjiang, one of the most multicultural regions in China, Li earned her B.A. and M.A. in English Language and Literature from Xinjiang University, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Education. Li taught British and American literature at Xinjiang University, Chinese language and culture at the University of Minnesota, and worked as the China Programs Coordinator at Colorado State University.





Oksana Shevchuk-Shah

Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator, Teaching in English Program

Program assistant, International Services

Phone: 973-655-3013


Oksana, originally from Ukraine, joined the Global Education Center as a Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator in the Teaching in English (TIE) Program at the end of 2014. She is in charge of preparing faculty contracts, organizing faculty workshops and information sessions. She assists faculty with traveling documents, participates in new faculty interviews and selection process. She also assists the Director of International services with preparation of immigration documents. Before Oksana came to MSU, she worked at Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS)/Baruch College where she was an international student advisor, then a Modern Language Program coordinator, taught Russian language at CAPS, and was an Academic Operations Coordinator. Oksana holds an MA in Russian Language and Literature from Prikarpatsky University, Ukraine.




Student Assistants

Alexis Marrero is a Student Assistant for the faculty-led, short term study abroad programs division in the Global Education Center. Alexis is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Sports, Events, and Tourism Marketing. She is passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures. She hopes to travel to all seven continents in her life.

Andria Kwasnicki coordinates the Study Abroad Peer Advisor program organizing outreach across campus through study abroad information tables and presentations. She has traveled to England and participated in the Montclair State University Vocal Accord tour to Austria and Italy under Dr. Heather Buchanan in 2012. She is majoring in Music Education with a concentration in voice.

Anna Farruggia is a Fashion Studies major with a double minor in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising and will be graduating in May 2016. She participated in the Kakehashi Project which is an all-expenses paid trip to Japan, which was her first time traveling outside the country. Anna is a student assistant here in the Global Education Center for the faculty led and short term programs.

Darielle Minor is a Study Abroad Student Assistant and helps the Study Abroad Coordinator and Director with outgoing and incoming students. She is responsible for making appointments, organizing and updating student files, as well as answering student questions. Darielle is majoring in Political Science, has a double minor in Public Administration and Justice and Families. She also is working towards an undergraduate certificate in Child Advocacy and plans to study abroad in South Africa for a semester.  

Evelin Torres manages the responsibilities of the front desk and provides general office support to the members of the international services staff. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology with hopes of getting into medical school after she graduates on May 2017. Evelin has traveled abroad to Ecuador, and that experience has made traveling the world her dream goal.

John Glass is a Study Abroad Advising Assistant and helps the Study Abroad Coordinator with outgoing students. He is responsible for holding weekly study abroad information sessions, planning events, and answering students' questions. John is majoring in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. In January 2015, John studied abroad in Florence, Italy with one of Montclair's affiliated programs, ISA.

Katherine Sferra is the Study Abroad Advising Assistant and helps the Study Abroad Coordinator with outgoing students. She is responsible for holding weekly study abroad information sessions, planning events, and answering students' questions. Katie is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Archaeology. She spent two summers studying abroad in Italy with the Montclair in Genzano program, where she worked at the archaeological site of a 2nd century Roman villa.

Nakia Swinton is a student assistant in the Global Education Center for the faculty led and short term programs. She is majoring in Communication and Media Arts and minoring in Business and will be graduating May 2016.  She took part in Montclair in Madrid during the summer of 2014 for an amazing experience. She is passionate about expanding diversity and would like to possibly work with entertainment diversity programs after graduation.

Robert Ouma assists with processing F-1 related applications, under the supervision of the International Services Assistant Director. He helps with advising students on immigration matters, orientation activities and provides support for administrative work as needed. He is an undergraduate student from Kenya, pursuing a degree in Organizational Communication.

Sam Al Hajari is responsible for editing, maintaining, and updating the department's various websites as well as providing technical support for the entire office. Sam is from Syria. He moved to the U.S. in August 2013. He is graduating in May 2017 with BS/MS Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Math.