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Staff Bios

Jennifer Precht

Associate Director of Programs
301-405-5747  |
Jennifer is primarily responsible for managing the development and implementation of all Maryland Short-term and Maryland Semester (Maryland-in) study abroad programs. She advises faculty interested in leading study abroad programs on various programmatic models and oversees the faculty-led program proposal process. In addition, Jennifer manages the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) civic engagement programs. Prior to joining the EA team in 2013, Jennifer served as Senior Director for Africa Programs and Crisis Management at the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP).  She has an undergraduate degree in Japanese and German from Georgetown University and a master’s in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.


Lauren Rusczyzk

Assistant Director of Advising & Outreach
301-405-0381  |
Lauren manages the advising services for Education Abroad. She coordinates all outreach activities and can be contacted for presentation requests. Lauren has worked for Education Abroad since 2005, with some time away in Australia and Chile while she completed her MA in international studies at the Institute for International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney and the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago. Lauren earned her BA in Spanish language & culture at UMD in 2005.


Leanne Johnson

Director of International Risk Management
301-314-7748  |
Leanne Johnson has been a part of the University’s Education Abroad team since 2013, overseeing risk management, scholarships, registration, statistical reporting and several other operational functions. She is a member of the State Department’s Overseas Advisory Council and its Academic Working Group, The Forum on Education Abroad, and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Leanne served as the Assistant Director for the Global Perspective Program at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute (WPI), in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has also worked for the City of Riverside in California, California's 51st Assembly District, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Peace Corps, and the Clinton Administration. Leanne completed her own study abroad experience in Yaounde, Cameroon and has since traveled professionally to countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Leanne holds a master's degree in international communication from American University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington Adventist University.  


Wil Biddle

Business Manager
301-405-1175  |
Wil joined the Education Abroad team in 2014 as an advisor before moving into the position of business manager in 2015. As the business manager, he works closely with EA's finances and program budgets. Wil began his career in mutual fund analysis in corporate America, but made the transition to international education, while maintaining a strong interest in budgeting and finance.Wil's previous professional experience includes working in study abroad outreach in the United States and five years working in Student Life at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. Wil earned his MBA from Bloomsburg University, PA.


Niku Letang

Applications Coordinator
301-405-6964 |
Prior to joining the Education Abroad team in Spring 2016, Niku worked as a Graduate Assistant for Study Abroad at Valdosta State University. She manages MyEA, the online student database and application portal, and facilitates statistics and reporting on Study Abroad enrollment. She also maintains and updates the EA website. A native of Dominica, an island in the Eastern Caribbean, Niku moved to the United States to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. Niku has a MA in Public Administration from Valdosta State University in Georgia and a BA in Political Science from Montclair State University in New Jersey.


Francisca Cortes

Associate Specialist
301-405-8283  |
Francisca has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and has worked on the UMD campus in various administrative positions for many years. Both of her daughters attended UMD, making her a proud Terp mom! Francisca enjoys spending her free time with her grandchildren.


Isatta Mansaray

Enrollment Coordinator
301-405-0529  |
Isatta became a part of the EA team in 2013. She works with EA staff, faculty, and student support partners across campus to provide administrative support to students in the areas of registration, billing, and scheduling. Before joining EA, Isatta worked as a Program Associate for Global Communities, an international nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world. Isatta received her BS in business administration with a focus on international business at Towson University, where she completed her own study abroad experience with American University in Rome.


Krista Uhrig

Exchange Coordinator
301-314-7775  |
Since 2014, Krista has worked as the exchange coordinator in EA and provides oversight for exchange programs, including making arrangements for international exchange students to study at UMD, working with the EA advisors on outgoing exchange opportunities, and managing exchange agreements. Krista studied abroad in London, England, worked as an intern with the U.S. Department of State in Dublin, Ireland, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. She has a BA in history and European studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota. 


Deborah LakeDeborah Lake

Coordinator for Freshman Initiatives
301-314-7790  |
Deborah joined the EA team in 2012 and enjoys being in the DC area. She works with the Freshmen Abroad and Terrapin Take Off programs, specifically designed for incoming first-year students. She also oversees the peer mentors and advises for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Deborah is originally from the Midwest and received her MA in international education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.


Kerry O'Brien

Coordinator for Short-term Programs
301-405-7158  |
Kerry joined the EA team in December 2016 and manages a portfolio of short-term study abroad programs in multiple countries. Prior to working at UMD, Kerry worked as an EducationUSA Adviser at the Fulbright Commission in Bogotá, Colombia. As an undergraduate, Kerry worked as a Peer Advisor at the Towson University Study Abroad Office and later gained experience working at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Institute of International Education, and teaching English as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. During her master's studies in nonprofit management, she participated in The New School’s International Field Program in Buenos Aires. Kerry believes it is important for education abroad opportunities to be accessible to all types of students.


Brittany Lashley

301-314-9708  |
Brittany Joined the EA team in the summer of 2016. She advises students interested in studying in Latin America, the Caribbean, China, the Middle East (except Israel), and Africa. Additionally, Brittany is the coordinator for Maryland-in-Buenos Aires, and Maryland-in-Beijing, the intensive Chinese language program. As an Undergrad, Brittany got her BA in Chinese Language and Culture, and a certificate in East Asian Studies from the University of Maryland.


Conrad ZeutenhorstConrad Zeutenhorst

301-405-0596  |
Conrad has been a part of EA since 2010, advising students on study abroad opportunities in France, Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia. Graduating with a BA in French from the University of Washington, Seattle, Conrad interned at his school’s study abroad office and with CET Academic Programs. His professional highlights include coordinating a short-term program to Western Europe and a site-visit to China. Conrad enjoys advising students on the cultural and historical elements of their study abroad experience and specializes in supporting LGBTQ students in study abroad. He coordinates Maryland-in-Nice, the intensive French language program, Maryland-in-Copenhagen, and Maryland-in-Berlin, and is energized by the diverse opportunities present in both his advising region and working at UMD.


Rebecca La Creta

301-314-7794 |
Rebecca joined the EA team in fall 2015 and has previous experience supporting study abroad programs at smaller, private institutions. She advises students interested in studying in Italy, Greece, and Korea. Additionally, Rebecca is the coordinator for Maryland-in-Rome, Maryland-in-Florence, Maryland-in-Perugia, Maryland Global Entrepreneurship Semester, and Disabilities in a Global Context Summer Internship. Her study abroad experiences during her undergraduate studies led her to the Dominican Republic and France. Rebecca has a BA in French and a BA in English from Virginia Tech and received her MA in international education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.


Ilana Waldman

301-405-7917  |
Ilana joined the EA team in 2014. She advises students interested in studying in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Israel. Additionally, Ilana is the coordinator for Maryland-in-Barcelona and Maryland-in-Sevilla. Ilana is a UMD alum who graduated with a BA in government and criminology and a minor in Spanish. Through study abroad experiences in the Maryland-in-Sevilla program, Ilana had the opportunity to immerse herself in Spanish language and culture. Ilana has also had international experience including taking classes in Israel and teaching English for a year in Madrid, Spain.


Diana Daisey

Program Assistant for Advising and Outreach
301-314-2153 |
Diana joined EA in 2016. She offers general advising to students interested in studying abroad, provides administrative support, and conducts outreach. As an undergraduate at UMD, Diana studied abroad in Chile and earned a BA in Studio Art. She is passionate about languages, sustainability, and accessibility and enjoys learning about students’ many interests.


Rose Malone

Short-term Program Assistant 
301-405-8309 |
Rose joined the EA team in the Spring of 2015 as a Peer Mentor. Since graduating in December 2016 with a B.A. in Anthropology, she has joined the office as Short-term Program Assistant where she is eager to assist students in the pursuit to #JustGoAway and study abroad. She has personally studied abroad in both London, UK and Skibbereen, Ireland where she loved meeting new people and “living as the locals do."


Menyae Christopher

Administrative Assistant
301-314-7473 |
Menyae is a recent UMD graduate with a BA in International Relations and German. He joined the EA team as a peer mentor in 2016, a year after studying abroad in Lüneburg, Germany. While abroad he was able to practice his spoken German, gain a greater understanding of the cultures of Germany and Europe and find a love for adventure. Menyae has chased goats in Ghana and backpacked through Europe, but hopes to add a few Asiatic countries to his list of travels. In the summer, you can find him in a hammock near a hiking trail and in the Winter you can find him on the ski slopes.


Student Staff


Malik Kimbrue

Peer Mentor
Malik is a senior physics major who studied abroad during spring 2015 on a UMD Exchange at the University of Melbourne. He has also completed the 2-year Global Communities living and learning program on campus.


Mary Woolsey

Peer Mentor
Mary is a junior at UMD who is majoring in Economics. She studied abroad in London as part of the Destination London Freshman Program in the fall of 2014. She is a member of the Real Estate Club and is playing for the Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Her favorite part of studying abroad was traveling and experiencing many different cultures and she looks forward to doing it again.


Gessica Fleurival

Peer Mentor
Gessica is a senior at the University of Maryland and double majors in Community health and Family Science. She studied abroad at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England during Spring of 2015. She plans to pursue a career in global health and obtain her masters abroad as well. One of her favorite parts of studying abroad was being able to travel to other neighboring European countries and capturing every unique moment on camera. 


Michaela​ Cheatham

Peer Mentor
Michaela Cheatham is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish. She studied abroad during Spring 2015 in Costa Rica with the USAC program. One of her favorite thing about studying abroad was being able to travel to other Central American countries and learn about their cultures. On campus, she is involved with the Maryland Latin Dance Club, Maryland English Institute program, Partners in Print, and other various organizations that promote growth, diversity and culture. She enjoys reading in hammocks, traveling, dancing and eating delicious foods.


Hannah Lobell

Peer Mentor
Hannah is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major and plans to minor in Engineering Leadership Development. She studied abroad in Berlin, Germany with Maryland's Terrapin Take-Off freshman program in Summer 2016. Hannah's favorite experience while studying abroad was learning about Germany's rich history and culture and trying new foods. On campus, Hannah participates in the FLEXUS women in engineering living learning community and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In her free time, she enjoys crafting, volunteering, and doing group fitness classes at Eppley.


Katie Edwards

Peer Mentor
Katie Edwards is a senior Civil Engineering student, pursuing a minor in International Engineering. She completed an Engineering Exchange program at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain during the Spring 2016 semester, and a short-term program in January 2015 to the Dominican Republic. Her favorite part about studying abroad in Spain was the leisurely Spanish culture and meeting fellow travelers. She is a proud alumna of both the Global Communities and the FLEXUS living and learning programs. On campus, you can find Katie hanging out with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Concrete Canoe team, and the Catholic Terps. She has three younger siblings (1 fellow Terp so far!) and loves to try new foods, indulge in chocolate, read, kayak, canoe, and workout.


Harriet Dadzie

Peer Mentor
Harriet is a junior Finance major and Law and Society minor. She went abroad to Vienna, Austria's University of Economics and Business for a semester. One of her favorite things is to discover and explore cultures that are different from her own. On campus, she is an Images tour guide, serves on the University Student Judiciary, and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega. She plans to go to law school and concentrate in international law.


Gabrielle Hernandez

Peer Mentor
Gabrielle is a freshman majoring in journalism and government and politics. She studied grand energy challenges on UMD’s Terrapin Takeoff trip in Berlin, Germany. While abroad, she enjoyed trying German food and experiencing German culture. On campus, she is involved with the Society of Professional Journalists, OMSE, and she has taken part in Terp Thon events. She enjoys doing volunteer work, traveling, and playing field hockey.


Eric Higgins

Design & Marketing Assistant
Eric is a junior Marketing Major and LGBT Studies Minor at UMD with a background and passion for graphic design. Although he has never studied abroad, he has done his fair share of traveling. Some of his favorite places he has visited include Barcelona, Malta, and Amsterdam to name a few. Eric uses his design knowledge and cultural experiences to create diverse and engaging materials for the Education Abroad office.


Campus Liaisons

To ensure a high level of service to the campus community, we appoint staff members to act as liaisons for each academic college and many campus departments. Each EA liaison serves as a point person for inquiries and requests from your department and will share information about our opportunities, opportunities for collaboration, and ideas for promoting study abroad to your students.

Academic Colleges

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conrad Zeutenhorst
College of Arts and Humanities Rebecca LaCreta
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Ilana Waldman
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Deborah Lake
College of Education Brittany Lashley
College of Information Studies Lauren Ruszczyk
A. James Clark School of Engineering Krista Uhrig
Robert H. Smith School of Business Ilana Waldman
Philip J. Merrill College of Journalism Conrad Zeutenhorst
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Rebecca LaCreta
School of Public Health Brittany Lashley
School of Public Policy Deborah Lake

Campus Offices

Office of Undergraduate Studies Lauren Ruszczyk
The Graduate School Lauren Ruszczyk
University Honors Deborah Lake
University College Park Scholars Deborah Lake
University Career Center Diana Daisey 
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) Brittany Lashley
Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) Diana Daisey
Nyumburu Cultural Center Brittany Lashley
Fraternity and Sorority Life Deborah Lake
LGBT Equity Center Conrad Zeutenhorst
National Scholarships Office Conrad Zeutenhorst
Academic Achievement Program Brittany Lashley
Athletics Lauren Ruszczyk
Maryland Incentives Program Brittany Lashley 
University Registrar Lauren Ruszczyk
Veteran's Affairs Lauren Ruszczyk

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