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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. She collaborates with academic colleges and departments to strategically integrate study abroad into academic programs. 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. Lauren also serves the UMD community through her work as a facilitator for leadership and professional development programming through the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change.
After a transformative undergraduate study abroad semester in Spain, Lauren started working in the international education field as a study abroad peer mentor in 2005 and since then has held a variety of roles for UMD Education Abroad. She spent two years away from UMD while living and working in Australia 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, Chile. 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 Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Montclair State University Master's in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction program at the University of Maryland.


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.


Carly Jimeson

Communications/Marketing Coordinator
Pronouns: she,her,hers
301-405-8524 |
Carly graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Communication. As an undergraduate, she participated in Destination London, Maryland-in-Copenhagen and EA’s Online Communication internship. Carly is passionate about the role of international education to create globally conscious citizens. She is excited to return to EA and looks forward to working with OIA and EA to engage more students in international programs. Carly previously worked as an Account Executive at a fast-paced ad agency where she managed media campaigns and communication channels for a variety of clients. She loves the art of communication and storytelling to emotionally connect brands to their audiences. In her spare time, Carly enjoys visiting new cities, baking cookies and spending time with her family at their beach house in Cape May, NJ.


Kelsey Prima

Program Manager for Academic Exchanges and Systems
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-5747 |
Kelsey joined the EA team in May 2021 and oversees incoming exchange and coordinates exchange processes, agreements, and curriculum integration efforts. She brings with her more than 5 years of experience working in international exchange programming and institutional relations, and in her previous role at ISEP Study Abroad she worked closely with over 70 international partners in Europe, the United Kingdom and Oceania to promote mobility, manage exchange partnerships, develop new programs and facilitate strategic initiatives. Kelsey is a Philadelphia native who completed her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. While at UD, Kelsey studied abroad in Austria and Costa Rica, and went on to teach in Austria through the Fulbright U.S. Teaching Assistants program after graduating, and later worked in international education at the Middlebury School in Mainz, Germany. In addition to her work with EA, she serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of yPIE DC, or Young Professionals in International Education in Washington, DC. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys long hikes in Shenandoah, losing herself in a good novel, scouting out specialty coffee shops and planning her next trip abroad.


Malik Blue

Managing Advisor
Pronouns: he, him, his
301-314-7794 |
Malik joined the EA team in October 2017 as a Regional Advisor. In June 2019, Malik transitioned into the Managing Advisor role. As the Managing Advisor, Malik manages EA’s advising services and oversees Maryland-in program administration and also coordinates the office's Freshmen Abroad programs. 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.


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.


Natalie Brady

Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-8326 |
Natalie joined the EA team in August 2019 and serves as the advisor for Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Southeast Asia (except Singapore). She graduated from Salisbury University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and English. During her time there, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and fell in love with Spanish culture. Shortly after, Natalie moved to Austin, TX and remained there for three years working at Academic Programs International (API) as an intern and then as the Program Coordinator for the Florence, Italy programs. She pursued her Master's degree in International Education at the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, Spain and remained for a second year as an Auxiliar de Conversación. Natalie is excited to work more closely with students and is interested in creating accessibility for students of all backgrounds, as well as the re-entry process for study abroad alumni.


Katherine Schwarzentraub

Coordinator, Global Leadership Programs, Office of Global Engineering Leadership, A. James Clark School of Engineering
Pronouns: she, her, hers
301-405-0786 |
Katherine joined the OGEL team in December, 2021, after initially working as the General Advisor in Education Abroad. As the Coordinator for Global Leadership programs, Katherine works with Engineering students to find programs that align with their major, goals, and interests. She also supports Incoming ENGR Exchange students during their time at UMD. Katherine is a graduate of Wofford College, with a double major in Government and German and Art History minor, and is wrapping up her MA in International Education Policy at UMD. During semesters abroad in London and Vienna, she furthered her interest in British culture and German language. Katherine is excited to help students explore how they can make International Education a part of their Maryland Experience!


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