Meet the Staff
Executive Director, Global Education Center
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
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.
Study Abroad Coordinator
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.
Director, Study Abroad and International Programs
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.,
Director, International Services
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.
Assistant Director, Global Education Center and Global Programs Coordinator
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.
Assistant Director, Teaching in English Program
Fang is responsible for promoting and marketing the program to overseas institutions, developing program budgets and business plans, and executing program logistics. Prior to working at the Global Education Center, Fang was the Associate Director in the International Program Office at the School of Business. She has extensive experience in global partnership with public and private sectors, especially between US and China. It is her passion to build bridges between countries by educating people, transferring knowledge and sharing cultures. Fang completed her undergraduate degree at Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China, and earned her Master degree of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers State University of New Jersey in 2007.
Medea Iluridze Berry
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.
Assistant Director for International Students
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 Pender
Assistant to the Executive Director
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.
Program Assistant for the Teaching in English Program
Juleen joined the Global Education Center in July 2013, provides support for TIE marketing and recruitment, website design and update, and logistic management of the program. She earned her Master Degree of Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University and completed her undergraduate degree at Zheijiang University of Media and Communications, China. It is her desire to work with an international higher education program like Teaching in English by bringing her multi-cultural perspectives into consideration.
Program Assistant International Services
Jaclyn first joined the International Services Office in January 2013. She is the first point of contact for new degree-seeking international students, and is responsible for processing the I-20 application. She assists the International Student Advisor and Assistant Director with advising new students on the visa process, and helps with the planning of trips for the international students, as well as miscellaneous tasks around the office. Furthermore, she is responsible for coordinating events, accommodations, and the visa process for the Disney International College Program at Montclair State, among other tasks.
Samara Abulebda assists with study abroad application processes for both outgoing Montclair State students and incoming international students. She studied abroad in Newcastle, England during the spring semester of her Junior year at MSU and has since developed an appreciation for international education and a passion for travel. She has traveled to places such as France, Spain, Scotland, Jordan, California and Washington D.C., among many others. Samara is currently a senior at MSU, and is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Business.
Kelly Collazos is a Business Administration Major with a concentration in Marketing, and an English minor. She graduates from Montclair State University in May 2014 and is hoping to go abroad and teach English in Japan after graduation. Currently, she is a student assistant at the Global Education Center for the Faculty-Led and Short-term programs! She loves to travel, learn about different cultures (mainly Asian cultures) and international tourism/business. She has traveled abroad to Tokyo, London, Paris and Buenos Aires during her college years, backpacking her way through the cities and experiencing things that have changed her view about the world. In 2012, she was involved in a cultural-abroad summer program at Hansung University in Seoul, South Korea and has the Global Education Center to thank for that amazing opportunity
Nicholas Fortino assists with Faculty Led Short-Term Study Abroad Programs and Short Term Programs at Montclair State University. He is majoring in French with a P-12 teacher certification and a minor in Russian. He spent a month studying French in Nice, France, and during this time he also visited Italy and Monaco.
Brandy Hoffmann Assists with Faculty Led Short-Term programs. She did a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and has traveled to Berlin and Canada. Brandy is also a Study Abroad Peer Advisor and an International Student Peer Advisor. Currently, she is majoring in Psychology and will be attending graduate school at Monmouth University for Student Affairs and College Counseling in the Fall.
Kamila Kolodynska assists at the reception desk, and is the first contact in the office for international students, scholars and visitors. She performs clerical work such as preparing invitation, good standing, and consulate letters. She assists international students with F-1 and J-1 immigration matters. She participates in and helps organize the International Student Orientation Week activities as well as the International Services table at the MSU World’s Fair. Originally from Poland, she is an undergraduate student double majoring in Jurisprudence and Political Science with a minor in Public Administration.
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.
Toi McRae assists with incoming and outgoing Study Abroad and International students. She is majoring in Health Education with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in Child Advocacy.
Anthony Niebo is responsible for editing, maintaining, and updating the department's various websites as well as providing technical support for the entire office. Anthony has traveled to Delaware, Flordia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Sourth Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Ontario Canada. He has an Associates in Computer Network Administratrion from Gibbs College, formerly of Montclair and is graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology and a Minor in Computer Science, in June 2013 he became a Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional.
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.
Kayla Scheckel is graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Social Science in Child Advocacy and Policy, with a Minor in Public Administration. Kayla has a goal to visit every state in the country before she travels the world and she is half ways to her goal. She is responsible for assisting incoming international students throughout their stay at Montclair State University. She also assists with office responsibilities and daily office organization.
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.