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Dr. Leeanne Dunsmore

Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-314-7473 |
Dr. Leeanne Dunsmore is the Director for Education Abroad at the University of Maryland. She previously served as the Senior Educational Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and launched the U.S Study Abroad Branch in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to her role in government, she was the Associate Dean in the School of International Service at American University where she created international programs and partnerships throughout the world, building one of the most diverse schools of international affairs in the country. While at American she chaired the diversity initiatives committee for the 100K Strong Foundation, established the Pakistan Women’s Council and developed the first online degree program in international affairs in the United States. She received her B.A in international relations and business from the College of Wooster, her M.A. in international political economy from American University and a Doctorate in Global Education from the University of Southern California.


Lauren Ruszczyk

Senior Associate Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-0381  |
Lauren oversees the development and management of EA's program portfolio for all semester-long programs and affiliations. Additionally, Lauren oversees advising and student support services for Education Abroad, working closely with her team to develop and lead initiatives that support broader access to study abroad for UMD's diverse student body. She also serves as the co-chair of the Greater DC Area Scholarship Steering Committee for the Fund for Education Abroad. Lauren started working in the field as a study abroad peer mentor has worked in multiple capacities for Education Abroad since 2005, with some time away in Australia and Chile while she worked at the University of Sydney and 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 holds a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a BA in Spanish Language & Culture from UMD.


Isatta Mansaray

Assistant Director for Operations
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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.


Leanne Johnson

Director of International Risk Management
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-314-7748  |
Leanne Johnson has been a part of the University’s Education Abroad team since 2013, overseeing risk management. 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.  


Niku Letang

Applications Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-6964 |
Prior to joining the Education Abroad team in January 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 and oversees EA's social media initiatives. Niku has a Bacherlor's degree in Political Science from Montclair State University Master's in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.


Sonya Henry

Program Coordinator, Short-term Programs
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-8309 |
Sonya joined the EA team in May 2019. She coordinates a portfolio of short-term study abroad programs within multiple countries and across various academic departments. Before working at UMD, Sonya has held several positions within international education at George Mason University and Georgia State University. Her prior work experience includes organizing social, cultural, and educational programs to integrate international students into US campus life, managing international partnerships with foreign institutions, and conducting cross-cultural trainings for students, faculty and staff. Sonya earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s in Education Policy Studies, and a graduate TESL certificate. She also completed study abroad programs in France and Korea. Her interest involves ensuring that study abroad is accessible to and inclusive for all students.


Funsho Fashina

Enrollment Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-314-7790 |
Funsho has been member of the UMD community for over two years. She first served as a Financial Aid Counselor and the liaison for the AAP and IAP programs. During that time, Funsho fostered great relationships with students and their families, as well as the AAP and IAP departments. She also worked with the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) counseling department to help verify students' part-time and full-time enrollment for financial aid purposes. Lastly, in her role as a Financial Aid Conselor, Funsho was responsible for Cost of Attendance appeals and Residency Reclassification, ensuring that students are budgeted and billed accurately. She earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in Student Affairs.


Kerry O'Brien

Program Manager, Short-term Programs
Pronouns: she, her, hers
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.


Aileen Evans

Program Manager for Academic Exchanges and Systems 
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-314-7775  |
Aileen joined the EA team in the spring of 2018. She is responsible for maintaining exchange agreements, managing relationships with UMD’s international partners, and overseeing outbound and inbound exchange procedures. New in 2019, Aileen also manages the study abroad credit award process, including the oversight of systems and processes that support the integration of study abroad into the UMD student experience. Before joining EA, Aileen worked in international education at Georgetown University. Aileen holds a Master of Public Administration and a M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is originally from San Francisco, CA and as an undergraduate at Colby College, she studied abroad in both France and Senegal.


Malik Blue

Managing Advisor
Pronouns: he, him, his
301-314-7794 |
Malik joined the EA team in October 2017. He advises students interested in studying abroad in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Southeast Asia. Malik is also the coordinator for Maryland-in-Barcelona, Maryland-in-Sevilla, and Freshmen Abroad programs, specifically designed for incoming first-year students. Malik studied at Northeastern University in Boston for both his undergraduate degree in International Business and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. As an International Business student, Malik lived in Madrid, Spain for a year exchange where he studied at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and completed an internship at L’Oreal Spain. Over the past few years Malik has worked seasonally for educational travel and service organizations in Dominican Republic, Thailand, and Cuba. Malik is passionate about creating access and supporting students who are traditionally underrepresented in international education programs.


Brittany Lashley

Pronouns: she, her, hers
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, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, Brittany is the coordinator for Maryland-in-Buenos Aires. 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

Pronouns: he, him, his
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.


Lindsey Sitler

Pronouns: they, them, theirs
301-405-7917 |
Lindsey joined the EA team in the Fall of 2017. They advise for locations in Italy, Greece, the UK & Ireland. They hold a Creative Writing degree from Susquehanna University, where they began their international education experience with a study abroad program in London. Since then, they have served various roles advising and recruiting study abroad students. They place emphasis on diversity in its many forms in their advising with a particular passion for serving first generation and LGBT students.


Katherine Schwarzentraub

General Advisor
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-314-2153 |
Katherine joined the Education Abroad team in July, 2017, transitioning into the role of General Advisor in August, 2018 after initially working in EA as the Program Management Specialist overseeing the front desk operations. As EA’s General Advisor, Katherine works with students at the start of the study abroad process to help them set goals for study abroad and share resources to guide them towards program selection. Katherine is a recent graduate from Wofford College, with a double major in Government and German and Art History minor. During semesters abroad in London and Vienna, she furthered her interest in British culture and German language. Katherine is excited to assist students throughout their study abroad experience, while continuing to learn more about cultures different than her own.


Harrison Gill

Engineering Abroad Advisor
Pronouns: he, him, his
301-405-0786 |
Harrison joined the EA team in January 2019 and serves as the Engineering Abroad Advisor for students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Before joining UMD, Harrison served as an Education Abroad Advisor at Portland Community College. Prior to entering education abroad and completing his graduate program, Harrison worked as a teacher and college recruiter in addition to participating in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program in the Czech Republic. He also studied abroad in the Czech Republic and Cuba, in addition to having worked abroad in Israel. Harrison received his MPA and MA in international education management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and his BA in international studies from UC San Diego.


Maria Barra

Program Management Specialist, Short-term Programs
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-8283 |
Maria joined the Education Abroad team in April 2019 and serves as the primary point of contact for students interested in short-term study abroad programs. Prior to joining UMD, Maria worked with Semester at Sea as Assistant Field Director for field classes and sailed around the world with the students on the Fall 2017 voyage. She also worked as a Program Coordinator for the American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program in Washington, DC. During this time, she attended American University and completed her Master’s Degree in International Training and Education.


Student Staff


Madeline Case

Peer Mentor
Madeline is a peer mentor in Education Abroad Office. She studied abroad the fall semester of her freshman year in Rome,Italy. She is part of the class graduating in 2021, and is a psychology major on the pre-med track. Aside from traveling, her hobbies include singing and theater, as well​ as being an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues.


Ivy Li

Peer Mentor
Ivy is a junior triple majoring in finance, economics, and operations management and business analytics (OMBA). She studied abroad her freshmen year in Berlin, Germany as a part of the Terrapins Take-Off program. More recently, over the past summer, she was able to not only study abroad but also intern abroad in Auckland, New Zealand as a Gilman Scholarship recipient. Her favorite activities while abroad included meeting new people, eating new foods, finding scenic spots, and more! Meanwhile, on campus, she is involved with the Smith Undergraduate Students Association, Model United Nations, and the Taiwanese American Student Association. Her fun fact is that she can speak 4 languages, including three dialects of Chinese!


Margaret Crosson

Peer Mentor
Margaret is senior majoring in Psychology and Family Science and getting a certificate in Women’s Studies. She studied abroad in Sydney, Australia during the Spring ’18 semester. Her favorite part about studying abroad was meeting new people, hiking through Sydney’s numerous national parks, and hanging out with Australia’s most adorable, non-venomous, animals. Besides being a peer mentor, she is an intern at America Reads and enjoys volunteering with the coed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Studying abroad has given her the travel bug and she cannot wait to travel to all the continents one day!


Rana Hardnett

Peer Mentor
Rana Hardnett is a junior Broadcast Journalism Major with a minor in Black Women Studies. She studied abroad the summer after her sophomore year in London on the CIEE London Open Campus Program. While in London, Rana studied British Literature. She enjoyed trying the many multicultural foods, visiting historic theaters, and practicing the traditional British culture. On campus, she is involved with the National Association of Black Journalists and writes for the Black Explosion Newspaper and the National Black Unity Newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys community service with the youth and advocating for black feminists.


Kara Siglin

Student Assistant
Kara is a junior majoring in Government & Politics: International Relations with minors in History and Spanish. She recently spent a semester abroad in Madrid, where she ate lots of tapas and learned lots of European history! She was also a teaching assistant for the Terrapin Takeoff program in London during the summer of 2018. In her free time, Kara enjoys leading trips with the UMD Adventure Program, reading, and spending time in her hammock. She’d love to someday visit every continent - Australia is next up on her list!


Shoham Lewin

Student Assistant
Shoham is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice. She studied in Israel for a semester during her senior year of high school, and loved the experience of living abroad. Her favorite part of traveling is trying new foods and exploring places off of the beaten track. Besides traveling, she enjoys tennis, hiking, and playing the violin.


Nile Fossett

Online Communications Intern 
Nile is a junior Communication major with a minor in Chinese Language. She studied abroad during the Winter 2018 term in Morocco where she learned about The Beat Generation, and during the Winter 2019 term in the United Kingdom where she learned about digital media and created a short documentary film about culture and fashion in London. Nile has had a variety of experiences in the communications field; she's handled marketing, fundraising, client relations and program development for different businesses and organizations. On campus, she's involved in Student Government Association, Model United Nations and Model Congress. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, and finding new restaurants to try in DC.


Michael Hildreth

Summer Peer Mentor
Michael is a senior double major in bioengineering and English. He studied abroad in the spring of his Junior year in Madrid, Spain. While there, he enjoyed eating many staple cultural dishes, exploring museums, and connecting with people from various parts of Spain and around the world. On campus, he is a member of the business fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon, Biomedical Engineering Society, and participates in research. When he's not in the lab you can catch him playing board games or reading.


Lauren Hamilton

Summer Online Communications Intern
Lauren is a sophomore Journalism major with a minor in Spanish Language. On campus, Lauren has occupied various media-centered roles; she is a reporter for WMUC News' Drop the Pop, Social Media Director for UM Success and was formerly a writer for The Odyssey. She is also involved in the Student Success Leadership Council and College Park Scholars. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and learning about history.


Madalyn News

Summer Student Assistant
Madalyn is a senior majoring in Public Health Science. She was a part of a French exchange program in high school and studied abroad in Spring 2019 as a part of the Maryland-in-Copenhagen program. She became very close with her Danish visiting host family, explored various European healthcare systems first-hand, and traveled to 11 countries. On campus, she also is involved with Greek Life, is a Peer Educator, and is President of PHACE. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and watching Brooklyn 99.


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