Meet the Staff
Global Education Center Staff
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.
Interim Director, Global Education Center
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.
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.
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.
Director, International Services
Elizabeth Gill advises Montclair State University’s faculty and staff on employment-related immigration cases (H-1B, LPR, etc.) and manages the International Services office, which serves MSU’s F and J student and scholar populations in addition to international employees. Before joining Montclair, Elizabeth served for six years as Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a frequent presenter on the STEM OPT extension and the H-1B cap-gap to NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has served as a consultant on these issues to International Education and Training Services (IETS). Elizabeth holds a BS in English from Troy University.
Assistant Director, International Services
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 Pender joined the Global Education Center in 2004, she holds an English degree from ASU. She is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with some of the various programs and administrative tasks, as well as maintaining the office. Along with Residence Life, she manages the University Guesthouse.
International Student and Scholar Advisor
Angela graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BA in Labor Relations and from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota with a major in Accounting. She works part time in Global Education advising students and scholars at Montclair State as part of the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. Before moving to New Jersey in July 2015 she worked as the Associate Director for Study Abroad at Concordia College in Minnesota. She is originally from Perth, Western Australia but has lived and worked in China and in multiple locations across Australia and the United States.
Awije Bahrami, a student assistant working for Wendy Gilbert-Simon, is a senior German and Classics major at MSU. She has been on a faculty-led field trip to Greece in the Spring of 2015, studied abroad in Graz, Austria in the Spring semester of 2016 and participated in the Graz International Summer School in 2015 and 2016. She has been trying to work for the Global Education Center for a long time and is pleased to finally have the opportunity to help and encourage students to study abroad. Besides her involvement in the Global Education Center, she is the Entertainment editor at the independent, student-run newspaper The Montclarion and a social media intern for a non-profit organization consulting for the United Nations called Women's Intercultural Network. Awije is fluent in German and Farsi and is currently learning French.
Tiffany Elchoueiri, A student assistant for Wendy Gilbert-Simon at the global education office. Currently majoring in psychology, conversational in Arabic and volunteering at Bergen Regional Medical center behavioral unit in Paramus, NJ. Studied abroad during the fall 2015 academic semester in London at the University Of Westminster, and is definitely one of the best experiences in my life yet. I hope to encourage those who come into the office to study abroad at least once in their lives.
Nancy Joseph, the Study Abroad Student Assistant assists the Study Abroad Coordinator with general advising, event programming, database maintenance, and other office duties. Nancy has studied abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa during the Fall 2015 semester. Being biology major, Nancy took biology courses along with Gen-Eds during her time abroad. She has said her time abroad was the best five months of her life thus far because of her experience and the lifelong friendship she established. She hopes to return to South Africa after graduation. Nancy hopes to go to medical school and become to eventually become an OBG/YN.
Janine Juzdan, work as a student assistant for Wendy Gilbert-Simon. She works mainly with the Short Term Faculty Led Programs. She will be studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain during the 2016 Fall semester. Her major is English Education and she loves working for the Global Education Center.
Alexandra McLeod, the Study Abroad Advising Assistant assists the Study Abroad Coordinator with general advising, marketing/outreach, event programming, database maintenance, and other office duties. Alexandra has studied abroad in Seville, Spain during spring semester of her sophomore year at Montclair State University in 2013. She studied business courses along with Gen-Eds during her time abroad. She has said her time abroad was the best experience of her life in which she has made many new relationships abroad and throughout the United States. She hopes to re-visit those relationships after graduation and wishes to continue to travel around the world throughout her lifetime for that is a passion of hers.
Cortney McKenzie is currently interning at the Global Education Office where she is assisting with program development and outreach, along with preliminary advising. She was an exchange student at Kristianstad University during in the Fall of 2014. She's a Family and Child Studies major with a concentration in Social Services. Ultimately, she hopes to share her passions of helping others and traveling is very happy to be interning at the Global Education Center.
Emily Meszaros, the Study Abroad Student Assistant assists the Study Abroad Coordinator with general advising, event programming, database maintenance, and other office duties. Emily has studied abroad at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Her time abroad was the greatest experience of her life and she hopes to return to Europe after graduating as a double major in General Humanities and Sociology with a minor in International Studies.
Nathan Mungatana works for International Services as the front desk assistant and also offers support if possible to anyone regarding International Services. Nathan is a junior here at Montclair State University. He is majoring in Finance and graduating next year on May 2017.
Hyunsu Park, works as a student assistant for Wendy Gilbert-Simon. He performs administrative duties for the Faculty Led Study Abroad program in the Global Education Center. He has traveled to Italy, Germany, Qatar, Canada and Afghanistan as well as various locations throughout the United States during a five year enlistment in the armed forces. He is a sophomore and an English Major, and is a proud member of the Global Education staff.
Kevin Patel works as a student technical assistant for Wendy Gilbert-Simon. He performs administrative duties on web services for the Faculty Led Study Abroad program in the Global Education Center. He is an international Graduate student from the United Kingdom studying Computer Science at Montclair and will be Graduating May 2017 . He has travelled to Italy, France, Belgium, Thailand, Aruba, DR, Egypt, Spain, India and Poland.
Ester Rivarola works as I-20 assistant for Aditi Patel. She collects and verifies all required documentation from prospective international students. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Paraguay and she is currently pursuing an MBA concentration in Management.
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.
Lucille Tang, the Study Abroad Peer Advisor Coordinator, helps organize outreach across campus through study abroad information tables and presentations. In the summer of 2014, she participated in the US-China Summit and travelled from Shanghai to Beijing to meet university students from China. In the Spring of 2015, she travelled to Bournemouth, England as an exchange student studying Food Systems. During that spring semester, she also travelled to Belgium, France, and Italy. She enjoys the tastes of different cultures and is currently studying Nutrition with a concentration in Dietitics, hoping to become a Registered Dietitian.