UMD: A Globally Connected University

OIA Staff

Ross LewinRoss Lewin, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for International Affairs

Dr. Lewin is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of the University of Maryland’s internationalization efforts. As the associate vice president for international affairs, he leads the office and its units in enhancing international programs and services for both the campus community and international visitors; promoting the internationalization of UMD undergraduate and graduate programs; and developing strategic partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, international corporations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world. Dr. Lewin came to UMD in 2012 from the University of Connecticut, where he worked as the executive director of the Office of Global Programs and director of the Office of Study Abroad. He earned his B.A. in politics and literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and both his M.A. and his Ph.D. in German studies from Stanford University.

Lucie Covey
Executive Assistant

Lucie Covey handles appointments, travel, and other support work for the associate vice president for international affairs. She is also responsible for the university's international visitors program. She started with OIA in 1998, after working at the Supreme Court and as a financial consultant. She has a B.A. in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Joseph B. Scholten, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Dr. Scholten manages UMD's international agreements, jointly coordinates the Maryland Global Leaders speaker series with the School of Public Policy, and serves as director of the Maryland Study Centre at Kiplin Hall, U.K.. He is also the campus representative for Fulbright programs for faculty and staff. Prior to joining UMD in 2001, he was associate professor of history at Michigan State University and assistant professor of history at Portland State University. He earned an A.B. in history and classical civilization from the University of Michigan, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in ancient mediterranean history and archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Raluca Nahorniac, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Dr. Nahorniac is primarily responsible for developing Global Classrooms: project-based virtual courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she served as the global partnerships coordinator in the Office of Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a lecturer and projects manager at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Bucharest and a doctoral degree in anthropology from Università degli Studi di Perugia.

Leanne Johnson
Director, International Risk Management

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, she 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. She holds a master's degree in international communication from American University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington Adventist University.

Taylor C. Woodman​Taylor Woodman
​Graduate Coordinator

Taylor Woodman supports the operations of the Global Classrooms Initiative and OIA assessment projects. Prior to joining OIA, Taylor served as the Manager of Advising Services in the Office for Study Abroad at the George Washington University. Taylor researches and teaches on international student exchange, higher education and Cuban education. A passionate advocate, Taylor has presented several times at national and regional conferences on themes related to privilege, storytelling, and fostering inclusive excellence in study abroad.  Taylor holds a B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and a M.A. in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. Taylor is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in International Education Policy. 

Mary Fortier
Director of Administrative Services

Mary Fortier oversees administrative services for OIA and its business units. She started with OIA in 2016, after working 15 years for Financial Services at Towson University.  She earned her B.S. in African-American Studies from Northeastern University and M.Ed. in Distance Education and e-Learning from the University of Maryland University College.

Wil Biddle
Business Manager

As the business manager, Wil works closely with Education Abroad's finances and program budgets. He 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.

Kate Stoker
Business Manager

Kate joined the Office of International Affairs in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant and now serves as the OIA Business Manager completing Financial and PHR services for OIA and its reporting units. Kate grew up in Maryland and received her B.A. in Theatre from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is currently working towards her M.S. in Accounting & Financial Management.

Sophia Leung
Administrative Assistant

Sophia started working at OIA in 2015 as a federal work study student when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. She earned a B.A. in Accounting. As the administrative assistant, she is primarily responsible for processing expense reports and reimbursements, as well as reconciling program budgets for Education Abroad.


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