Fall 2024 | European , Asian, and African Adventure

Faculty & Staff

Exploring countries in Europe and Asia, this voyage gives participants a truly impactful study abroad adventure on our floating college!

We are a diverse team of academic experts and professionals

Under the leadership of the executive dean, academic dean, and dean of student life, Semester at Sea faculty and staff are a team of innovative and stimulating educators who are passionate about international education and focused on developing a dynamic and compassionate shipboard community.

Voyage Leadership Team

Anne Hudgens
Executive Dean
Anne Hudgens
Executive Dean

Anne Hudgens spent her entire career preparing for the role of Executive Dean! Her journey spanned years in residence life, student conduct, campus life, assistant professor in Education, Dean of Students and Executive Director of the CSU Health Network . Anne has a long term passion for learning and acting on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. In Fall 2019, Anne sailed as the Dean of Student Life with husband Robert and voyager daughter in the last great moments before the pandemic! The SAS bug is more contagious than Covid! Anne is a consultant to ISE supporting the health and care teams.
Anne’s vision is a community that is safe and welcoming for all, encourages deep participation and growth, and celebrates culture and identities. Let’s be the change!

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Anne earned their BA degree from University of Northern Colorado; their ED.S from University of Northern Colorado
  • Personal Interests
    Anne loves horseback riding and tending sheep on their hobby farm. Robert and Anne are avid skiers, hikers, and travelers. Anne also enjoys fiber arts and painting.
Roze Hentschell
Academic Dean
Roze Hentschell
Academic Dean

Dr. Hentschell serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado State University System. Prior to that, she served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Liberal Arts. She has been a faculty member since 1998 and is currently Professor of English with a specialization in early modern studies. She is the author of several books in her field and takes enormous professional pleasure and pride in teaching courses on all aspects of early modern culture and literature.

She is an advocate for educational equity and works to create systems and practices that help all students thrive in higher ed. She is a champion for education abroad, has created programs in Mexico and England, and has led students several times on a Summer in Oxford program.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Dr. Hentschell earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara and her B.A. from Vassar College.
  • Personal Interests
    Fitness, cooking, beach time
Pamela Norris
Dean of Student Life
Pamela Norris
Dean of Student Life

Pamela lives in Fort Collins, CO, and serves as the Lory Student Center Associate Executive Director for Engagement & Talent Development. She has built her 25+ year career in Student Affairs through professional experiences at Colorado State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, & the University of Kansas in leadership development, student activities, human resources, & marketing. She continues to learn, grow, & love her profession & the absolute privilege it is to work with students.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    M.A. – Higher Education Administration, University of Kansas; B.A – Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism, Fort Hays State University
  • Personal Interests
    Pamela enjoys spending time with family and friends. She fills her soul with sunshine and adventures!
Dennis Jackson Jr
Assistant Executive Dean
Dennis Jackson Jr
Assistant Executive Dean

Dennis has over 20 years of Student Affairs experience in education. Having worked in North Carolina, California, Colorado, and Wisconsin, his experience ranges from Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion work, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Compliance, and Student Activities.
Dennis holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in Management as well as a Master’s of Arts (MA) in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. He is currently in a Career and Technical Education Leadership Ed.D program at the University of Wisconsin- Stout and will graduate in May 2024.
Dennis sailed with Semester at Sea in the past. In Fall 2019, he was the Assistant Dean of Students. In Fall 2015 he served as a Resident Director

  • Education
    Dennis earned his BSBA and MA degrees from Appalachian State University. By the voyage, Dennis would have earned his EdD from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Personal Interests
    Dennis enjoys traveling, playing board/card games, reading, listening to music, podcasts, and spending time with friends and family. l
D Tobiassen Baitinger
Academic Advisor/Registrar
D Tobiassen Baitinger
Academic Advisor/Registrar

Working in higher education for nearly 30 years, D (she/her) has extensive experience serving as a resource to both students and faculty. As a first generation college graduate, access to higher education is very important to her. She currently serves as the University Registrar at Colorado State University, where her work is focused on collaborating across campus to support student success.

D is excited to return to Semester at Sea in the Academic Advisor/Registrar role she loved on the Fall 2016 voyage! Introduce yourself, stop by for a chat, ask a question, or join for a meal outside. (She’ll be enjoying the open seas and scanning for whales.) Her partner, Zach, and kids, Liv and Jake, will be part of the shipboard community for this floating learning community adventure!

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    D earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Plymouth State College (NH) and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (OH).
  • Personal Interests
    D loves to walk (Camino de Santiago with Liv in Summer 2023), learn about other cultures and countries, and spend time with their golden retrievers. She’s at her best when she is near the water.
Christy Anthony
Assistant Dean of Student Life
Christy Anthony
Assistant Dean of Student Life

Christy is proud to be a native Washingtonian (DC), a professional educator, and an amateur parent to a dog and human. For over two decades she has worked in secondary and higher education. Her professional practice in higher education has included anti-discrimination and equity administration, community conflict management, and student conduct in higher education. Christy has worked for diverse institutions including STEM, arts, and business institutions; the Ivy League; and religiously-affiliated schools. She has taught secondary English Literature and Humanities, and she maintains a secondary teaching license. In Christy’s spare time, you can find her traveling, theater-going, cooking, and cycling. Christy is so excited to be back aboard Semester at Sea for her second voyage!

  • Home Institution
    George Washington University
  • Education
    Christy earned her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont; her Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary; and is a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University.
  • Personal Interests
    Christy enjoys biking, swimming, cooking, and reading.
Jess Dyrdahl
Field Director
Jess Dyrdahl
Field Director

I love going on adventures, whether that be in the form of international experiences, volunteering for a local non profit or connecting with new people, I enjoy learning and growing every day. Much of my time outside of work is focused on travel, community engagement, spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants. I appreciate the great access to the outdoors we have in Colorado and our mild winters. I ride my bike year round, love hiking and snowboarding and try to camp a lot in the summer time. I also enjoy taking out people on my 1972 Crestliner, affectionately known as the Jessliner.
Fun Fact: I have travelled to 65 different countries!

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Jess Dyrdahl earned their Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University; and their Bachelors in Political Science and Spanish from Colorado State University
  • Personal Interests
    International travel, civic engagement, outdoor activities, volunteering and spending time with family and friends
Olivia Muñoz
Care Team Director
Olivia Muñoz
Care Team Director

Dr. Olivia “Oli” Muñoz is an interdisciplinary student affairs professional with more than 15 years experience in higher education. She most recently served as the Dean of Students for Community Care and Inclusion at Willamette University. Prior, she served as the Associate Dean of Students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and as Director of Residential Life at Mills College in Oakland, California. Oli was born and raised in the Midwest, and is a proud first-generation graduate from Central Michigan University, California State University, Fresno, and the University of San Francisco. A lifelong learner and traveler, Oli traces her roots and love of culture to México. She sailed as a Resident Director on the FA16 and SP19 voyages.

  • Home Institution
    Willamette University
  • Education
    Olivia Muñoz earned her doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco; her MFA in Writing from Fresno State; and a BA from Central Michigan University.
  • Personal Interests
    Oli is a writer and has taught classes on poetry, immigration, and social movements. She loves finding art museums, galleries, street art and performances on her travels.

Faculty

Tamika Baldwin-Clark
Social Work
Tamika Baldwin-Clark
Social Work

Dr. Tamika Baldwin-Clark is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Prairie View A&M University. She has studied and worked in the field of social work, both internationally and domestically, for over a decade, and previously taught graduate courses online through the University of Nevada-Reno. Some of her other positions include being a foster care worker in Detroit, a therapist at Baylor College of Medicine, a service coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital, a U.S. Census Bureau Enumerator, and a care manager in London, UK. Dr. Clark is a licensed clinical social worker supervisor as well as a licensed chemical dependency counselor. While her specialization is gerontology, she also has practiced in the areas of child welfare, substance use, and mental health.

  • Home Institution
    Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Education
    Tamika Baldwin-Clark, PhD, LCSW-S, LCDC, earned her PhD from Morgan State University; her MSW from Michigan State University; and her BA in sociology from the University of Michigan.
  • Personal Interests
    My personal interests include traveling to different countries, dancing, spending time with my husband and son, participating in church activities, and having fun.
Abby Berk
Management, Corporate Social Responsibility
Abby Berk
Management, Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. Berk is a Clinical Professor of Management in the Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego. After a corporate career, Abby joined academia to study how business can have a positive impact on society with a focus on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate business students about finding and creating socially responsible businesses. At USD, Abby has been recognized with awards for exceptional teaching and service to the university and community. Abby was fortunate to teach on two prior SAS voyages, Summer 2014 and Fall 2017, with her family and looks forward to joining the Fall 2024 SAS community.

  • Home Institution
    University of San Diego
  • Education
    B.A. from Stanford University, M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.
  • Personal Interests
    Environmental activism, traveling, gardening, and walks with my family and two shelter dogs.
Jimena Bretón
Librarian
Jimena Bretón
Librarian

Born in Mexico City. Raised in Chicago. Mother of a young man. Earned her Bachelorette’s Degree of International Studies and Spanish, minor in French, Certificate in Latin American Studies, her Master’s Degree of Library and Information Science, and is earning a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies, Specialization in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change. Interim Head of Student Success, Librarian, Associate Professor at CSU Libraries. Critical, Transnational, and Intersectional Feminist Thought has been a life-long learning pursuit that has steadily influenced and shaped the way she engages in the workplace, approaches cultural change and leadership, and makes sense of her experiences as an aspiring Latine scholar in international librarianship.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Jimena Sagas earned their B.A. in International Studies from CSU, their Masters in Library & Information Science from DU, and earning their Ph.D. in Education &Human Resource Studies from CSU.
  • Personal Interests
    Conversations with friends, dancing, hiking and nature walking, reading, running, piano, journaling, movies, museums, live music, hot yoga
Mark Brill
Music History-Ethnomusicology
Mark Brill
Music History-Ethnomusicology

Mark Brill is a Semester at Sea alum, having taught on the Spring 2016 Voyage. He is from Mexico City where he grew up, and still considers home. He earned his BA from Oberlin College, his Masters Degree from Tulane University, and his PhD from ther University of California-Davis. He is currently Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He specializes in the Music of Latin America and Film Music, and has published several books and articles in these fields, inlcuding the textbook Music of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also an avid stamp collector.

  • Home Institution
    University of Texas: San Antonio
  • Education
    Mark Brill earned his BA from Oberlin College; his MA from Tulane University; and his PhD from the University of California-Davis.
  • Personal Interests
    Music, Stamp Collecting
Lori Catalano
Landscape Architecture
Lori Catalano
Landscape Architecture

Lori Catalano is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. As a teacher and licensed landscape architect, she fosters an environment that inspires students to think critically and creatively about the world around them by making complex concepts relevant to the student’s individual experiences. Prior to teaching, she worked for nationally recognized landscape architecture firms designing parks, urban plazas, and college campuses. Her career has been guided by the desire to create a more sustainable and ethical world that is beautiful. She is an avid traveler, runner and artist, and is incredibly grateful to participate in this amazing adventure.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Lori Catalano earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.
  • Personal Interests
    I’m all about exploration and creativity. I like traveling to new places, soaking up different cultures, and sketching what I see.
Victor Evans
Media and Journalism
Victor Evans
Media and Journalism

Dr. Victor Evans is an author, journalist and documentarian. He has been teaching in higher education for over 24 years. Before teaching, Dr. Evans was an entertainment journalist, working with many organizations in both New York and Los Angeles, including Entertainment Weekly, People, MTV, Guest Informant, BET and CNN. Dr. Evans is a documentary filmmaker and the author of the LGBTQ middle-grade Evan Sinclair Mysteries series, and he co-wrote the sci-fi space opera trilogy Luminous Void. To learn more about him and his work, visit https://victordevans.com.

  • Home Institution
    Seattle University
  • Education
    Victor Evans earned his PhD from Union Institute and University; his Master of Arts from New York University; and his Bachelor of Science of Journalism from Northwestern University.
  • Personal Interests
    I write LGBTQ middle-grade mysteries and a sci-fi book series. I love watching LGBTQ teen dramas.
Zheya Gai
Tung Scholar
Zheya Gai
Tung Scholar

Dr. Zheya Gai is a professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington & Jefferson College. She teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics with area emphases on China, East Asia, international political economy, and US-China relations. Dr. Gai’s research interests include China’s role in the global economy and governance, China and emerging Asia, and the politics of China trade in the United States. Her publications include a co-authored book China’s Peaceful Rise: Perceptions, Policy, and Misperceptions published by Manchester University Press in 2016. Dr. Gai served as chair of the ASIANetwork Board of Directors in 2013-14 and is Director of the ASIANetwork-Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows program since 2014.

  • Home Institution
    Washington and Jefferson College
  • Education
    BA and MA from Fudan University, PH.D. from the University of Pittsburgh
Guanlin Gao
Economics
Guanlin Gao
Economics

Guanlin Gao is an Associate Professor of Economics at Chaminade University of Honolulu and the inaugural Director of the Economic Education Center for Excellence, whose mission is to advance prosperity and economic justice in Hawai‘i and the US-affiliated Pacific through integrated economic education, training, and community-based research. Dr. Gao’s research focuses on building resilience and vital equity in underserved populations and communities. Her current educational endeavor involves incorporating culturally appropriate content for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in economics education, as well as providing accessible, sustainable professional development training for K-12 educators in Hawai’i. Dr. Gao has received multiple awards for teaching, research, and student mentoring.

  • Home Institution
    Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Education
    Guanlin Gao earned her Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University; M.A. in economics from Central Michigan University; and B.A. in international economics and trade from Renmin University.
  • Personal Interests
    Hiking, yoga, traveling, cooking, and exploring diverse cultures through food and outdoor adventures.s.
Dulce Gray
Writing Center Director
Dulce Gray
Writing Center Director

Dr. Dulce María Gray comes from a long line of immigrants who have moved widely in the world—and that’s probably why she has such an urgent sense of wanderlust, and why a SAS voyage is thrilling to her: she gets to teach, to learn, and to experience traveling with people who share her passions. Dr. Gray has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at universities in New York City, Indiana, Virginia, and currently in California’s Silicon Valley where she teaches in face-to-face and online modes. Being a global citizen, she believes, enriches her personal and professional life, focuses her on being empathic and socially conscious, and allows her to be enormously grateful for the privilege of being able to move about the world.

  • Home Institution
    West Valley College
  • Education
    Dr. earned her PhD from IU-Bloomington; her MA and BA from City University of New York.
  • Personal Interests
    Dr. Gray enjoys writing, traveling, gardening, and art exhibits.
Sarah Gray
Environmental Science/Oceanography
Sarah Gray
Environmental Science/Oceanography

Sarah Gray loves her job as a Professor of Environmental and Ocean Sciences at the Univ. of San Diego where she teaches courses in geological oceanography, paleoclimatology, and coral reefs and climate change. She enjoys engaging students in hands-on field experiences, such as oceanographic research cruises and field trips to the coast and deserts. Her research examines human impacts in coastal environments, marine sedimentation, the geology of coral reefs, and past environmental change. She has conducted field research around the world including remote tropical islands of the Pacific, Caribbean, offshore San Diego, and Antarctica. Her interest in cultural exploration was shaped when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Kenya, back in the days before cell phones.

  • Home Institution
    University of San Diego
  • Education
    Sarah Gray earned her Ph.D. from the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz and her B.A. from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Personal Interests
    I love travel and learning about other cultures, being in nature, snorkeling and skiing, watching tennis, cooking, and spending time with family.
Stephanie Green
Global Studies Director-Blue World Specialist
Stephanie Green
Global Studies Director-Blue World Specialist

Stephanie is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, where her research and teaching focus on how ocean ecosystems are changing and what it means for people. Stephanie is interested in questions like: Can coral restoration save reefs? How are ocean fish and fisheries adapting to climate change? and When is eating an invasive species a good idea? Her research has taken her on thousands of scuba dives around the world and even led to close encounters with toothy critters. Previously Stephanie was a Banting Fellow at Stanford University and a David H. Smith Conservation Fellow at Oregon State University. This is Stephanie’s second SAS voyage and she is excited to sail again, this time with her husband (whom she met on SAS Spring ’16) and toddler son.

  • Home Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Education
    Stephanie Green earned her PhD from Simon Fraser University; and her BSc from the University of British Columbia.
  • Personal Interests
    traveling; snorkeling and scuba diving; hiking; skiing; cooking (really, eating); coffee; wine; laughing
Soo Kang
Hospitality and Event Management, Tourism
Soo Kang
Hospitality and Event Management, Tourism
  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Soo Kang earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University
Jonathan Kroll
Leadership
Jonathan Kroll
Leadership

Jonathan is a leadership educator and entrepreneur. He began his career in Student Affairs by focusing on student leadership training and development. Jonathan is the Executive Director of Leadership Trainer, a nonprofit specializing in trainer preparation. He has served as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Director of the Professional Leadership Studies program at the University of Rhode Island.

Jonathan has a PhD in Leadership from Fielding Graduate University. He has facilitated hundreds of leadership workshops, trainings, retreats, courses, and conference presentations to 1,000s of participants across 5 continents and is the award-winning author of Preparing Leadership Educators. He coaches, consults, teaches, trains, and writes about leadership and training/facilitation.

  • Education
    Jonathan Kroll earned a PhD in Leadership from Fielding Graduate University; an MS in College Student Personnel from Miami University (Ohio); and a BA in political science from Quinnipiac University
  • Personal Interests
    hiking, ultimate frisbee, spending time with my nephew and niece.
Stephen Lloyd-Moffett
Comparative Religion
Stephen Lloyd-Moffett
Comparative Religion

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett is Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After college, he received a Watson Fellowship to travel around the world by living in monasteries, seeking to understand the happiness of monks. He then went to work for The Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm. For a year, he journeyed from Canada to Tierra del Feugo in an old Toyota Landcruiser. Later, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Greece. After receiving his PhD in Comparative Religion, his research has been on the spirituality life of labor leader Cesar Chavez, religion in contemporary Greece, the rise of monasticism in the Christian East and India, the neuroscience behind spiritual experiences, and the spirituality of wine.

  • Home Institution
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Education
    Stephen Lloyd-Moffett earned their PhD & MA in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara; their MTh from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Personal Interests
    Wine making & tasting, sustainable building, communal living, theater, politics, and travel.
Kelly McKenna
Adult Education and Training
Kelly McKenna
Adult Education and Training

Dr. Kelly McKenna is an associate professor in the Adult Education & Training Graduate Program in the School of Education at Colorado State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Technology and earned a master’s degree in Education and Human Resource Studies. Dr. McKenna’s teaching experience includes face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction. Her scholarship focuses on adult and higher distance education, with research objectives aimed to support learners in their educational and occupational endeavors by creating optimal learning environments and facilitating successful student experiences.
Dr. McKenna is excited to introduce her daughter Maren (3) to the transformational experience of Semester at Sea.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Kelly McKenna earned their PhD from the University of Northern Colorado; their MEd from Colorado State University; and their BA from Colorado State University.
  • Personal Interests
    Travel, boating, watching movies, skiing (water and snow), reading, spa visits, and most importantly spending time with family and friends.
Adrianne Moore
Theatre – Voice/ Language/ Dialects and Directing
Adrianne Moore
Theatre – Voice/ Language/ Dialects and Directing

I currently work as a freelance Theatre Director and Voice//Dialect coach for theatre and film. Theatre includes productions with American Players Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company and Lyric Repertory Company ( Artistic Producer). Film and TV includes THE CORPS (Netflix) GALYNTINE (AMC pilot) and THE SAVING OF SARAH CAIN. I am also a voice over actor for commercials and audio books. For many years I taught in the Theatre Department of Utah State University where I was also the Department Head. Originally from New Zealand, I also lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and England before coming to the US. I am just thrilled to have the chance to sail with SAS again.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Adrianne Moore earned her BA from the University of Auckland; A Diploma in Directing from the British Theatre Association; and an MFA in Directing from Florida State University.
  • Personal Interests
    Her interests include travel, hiking, cycling and exploring traditional and contemporary performing arts around the world.
Marek Payerhin
Political Science
Marek Payerhin
Political Science

Dr. Marek Payerhin is professor emeritus of political science and international relations at University of Lynchburg, after his early retirement in 2023 to pursue full time research, writing, and educational adventures. His main interests in international relations and comparative politics are social movements, terrorism, European and global politics, environmentalism, democratization, and the role of music in social mobilization. He authored “Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe” (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) and directed an award-winning European Union Simulation program at UL. Traveling with students to Asia, South America, Europe, and Alaska, he crossed both the Arctic Circle and the Equator. Among other adventures, he circumnavigated the northernmost point of Europe in a kayak.

  • Home Institution
    University of Lynchburg
  • Education
    Marek Payerhin earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut; his MAs from the University of Connecticut and the Jagiellonian University, and his IR diploma from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Personal Interests
    Adventure travel, sailing, kayaking, history, and everything maritime.
Viviana Premazzi
Intercultural Specialist
Viviana Premazzi
Intercultural Specialist

Viviana travelled to more than 50 countries and lived in Italy, Brazil, Canada, Portugal, The Netherlands, USA and Malta where she set up her international social enterprise, Global Mindset Development. GMD Training and Consultancy Services Ltd. provides online and in-person consulting, training and mentoring services to companies and organizations all over the world to help them to develop an open and curious mindset to work effectively across cultures and promote diverse and inclusive workplaces and societies.
PhD in Sociology of Migration, she has been a researcher and adjunct professor for universities, business schools and research institutes in Europe and North America. Her aim is to always bridge research with practice and fieldwork.

  • Education
    Viviana Premazzi earned her PhD from the University of Milan in 2014; her Master degree from the University of Pisa in 2006 and her bachelor and master degree from the University of Milan in 2005
PaQuita Pullen
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
PaQuita Pullen
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. PaQuita R. Pullen a Nashville/Middle TN native. She has worked in several clinical mental health settings including residential treatment facilities, agencies, crisis centers and private practice. Additionally, she is a full-time Assistant professor of psychology at Belmont University where she teaches courses such as Psychology of Gender to future psychologists! In addition to her role as an assistant professor, she is the founder and CEO of a thriving group practice, Ubuntu Counseling & Wellness, that seeks to provide multiculturally competent and compassionate care to underserved populations She aims to create space for those that are often unseen, unheard, and underestimated.

  • Home Institution
    Belmont University
  • Education
    PaQuita R. Pullen earned their Ph.D. and M.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University, and their B.S. degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Personal Interests
    I have many interests! I’m a big fan of Mickey Mouse, Sunflowers, Beach Bumming, Loving Others, Sunrises and Sunsets, Yoga and Meditation.
Sumanth Reddy
Geography
Sumanth Reddy
Geography

Dr. Sumanth Reddy is an assistant professor of Geography at Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in Bowie, Maryland. Located halfway between Charm City (Baltimore) and the nation’s capital and surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, the location provides ample opportunities for Dr. Reddy to take his students outside to study and experience physical and cultural landscapes from a geographic perspective.
Sumanth enjoys bringing the outside world into his classrooms through his travels. He regularly takes students on study abroad trips (China, London, Ghana, Panama) and camping trips within the U.S. He could not participate in the SAS program as an undergraduate student, so he is thrilled to live his dream a quarter century later.

  • Home Institution
    Bowie State University
  • Education
    Sumanth Reddy earned their PhD from Kansas State University; their M.S. from the University of North Texas; and their B.S. from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
  • Personal Interests
    Sumanth enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys staring at maps, traveling, hiking, cycling, fishing, camping, and watching sports and movies.
David Shirk
Port Country Discovery Specialist
David Shirk
Port Country Discovery Specialist

Dr. David A. Shirk is a professor at the USD Department of Political Science and International Relations. He received his B.A. from Lock Haven University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCSD. His teaching and research focuses on comparative politics and international relations, with an emphasis on international security and U.S. foreign relations. Dr. Shirk directs “Justice in Mexico,” a research and policy initiative on criminal justice and the rule of law in Mexico. He’s been a consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank and USAID, and is a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C.

  • Home Institution
    University of San Diego
  • Education
    David A. Shirk earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California-San Diego, and their B.A. in International Studies from Lock Haven University.
  • Personal Interests
    David enjoys travel, guitar, camping, hiking, and rock climbing.
Anne Simpkins
Art
Anne Simpkins
Art

Anne Simpkins Completed her master of Fine Arts degree at University of Iowa.
She went on to a fellowship at the Glassell School of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. In her early career she taught for the Glassell School, Earlham College, and was a Tenured Associate Professor at Elon University, when she retired in 2022. While at Elon, she taught Drawing, Painting, and Design. And Anne led study abroad programs in both Florence and London for many years.
Over her career, Simpkins created artwork and exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings/drawings have been featured in books and publications. She continues to make art, when not walking her dogs or reading a good book.

  • Home Institution
    Elon University
  • Education
    Anne Simpkins earned their Bachelors degree from Graceland College; and their Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa.
  • Personal Interests
    My personal interests include travel, reading, sewing and making Art.
Diane Stutey
Counselor Education and Supervision
Diane Stutey
Counselor Education and Supervision

Diane Stutey, Ph.D, RPT-S, LPC, NCC is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed School Counselor, and a Registered-Play Therapist-Supervisor. She was a school counselor and has worked as a play therapist in schools and clinical settings. Her research interests include examining non-cognitive life stressors that impact children and adolescents in the school setting such as grief and loss, sibling abuse, and teen dating violence, and suicide. She also studies the effectiveness of creative interventions such as play therapy and canine-assisted interventions.

  • Home Institution
    University of Colorado: Colorado Springs
  • Education
    Diane Stutey earned their PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of Northern Colorado; and their MA in Counseling and Human Services from University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
  • Personal Interests
    I enjoy hiking, stand up paddleboarding, and playing pickleball. I also enjoy volunteering at a local school as a play therapist and as a dog handler at local hospitals with my therapy dog, Lizzie.
Kate Transchel
History
Kate Transchel
History

Dr. Kate Transchel has taught courses in Russian, Soviet, and Eastern European History, as well as Modern Europe, World History, and the History of Gender and Sexuality at California State University, Chico. With an eye toward cultural history, her courses explore the interplay between sex, race, gender, and power as important categories of historical analysis. She has lived, worked, and taught in numerous countries including England, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She has received several prestigious grants and awards, and her publications include a forthcoming book on human trafficking based on interviews with trafficking survivors. Her TEDx talk and anti-trafficking work has gained a wide following.

  • Home Institution
    California State University, Chico
  • Education
    Dr. Transchel earned her MA and PhD from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; she earned her BA degree at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
  • Personal Interests
    In addition to international travel, I love backpacking, cross-fit training, SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Cooking is my passion and I am a practitioner of Zen Buddhism.
Sven Tuzovic
Marketing
Sven Tuzovic
Marketing

Dr Sven Tuzovic is Associate Professor in Marketing at QUT, Brisbane, Australia. He is a global marketing academic. Born in Germany, he moved 2005 to New Orleans as Visiting Professor, two weeks before Hurricane Katrina (bad timing). After another visiting position at Murray State University, he worked for eight years at Pacific Lutheran University, before joining QUT in 2015. Sven specializes in services research with focus on customer experience, technology, and wellbeing. His research has been published in a variety of journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. In 2020 he was Research Scholar at Fordham University. He is passionate about global education and organized 4 study abroad programs to Europe. To learn more about him and his work, visit Linkedin.com/in/drstuz

  • Home Institution
    Queensland University of Technology
  • Education
    Sven Tuzovic earned his PhD in Marketing from the University of Basel; his Master Degree from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt; and his BBA from Georgia Southern University.
  • Personal Interests
    Food and travel, going to the movies, running, yoga, snowboarding, spending time with friends
Fernando Valerio-Holguin
Latin American Literatures and Cultures
Fernando Valerio-Holguin
Latin American Literatures and Cultures

Fernando Valerio-Holguin is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Colorado State University, where he garnered the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Tulane University and has published several books and articles on Latin American Literature and cultures. He has received several teaching and research grants including British Academy for International Cultural Activities, U. S. Department of Education Undergraduate Enhancement Project, Culpeper Teaching with Technology, and Mellon Summer Seminar Teaching for Language Instruction for the 21st Century. He has taught in several international Study Abroad programs and traveled with students in Latin America and Spain.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Fernando Valerio-Holguin, PH. D. from Tulane University, M.A. from Tulane University
  • Personal Interests
    Music, Films, Gastronomy, History
Bert Vermeulen
Mechanical Engineering and Business
Bert Vermeulen
Mechanical Engineering and Business

Bert Vermeulen was born in Switzerland and grew up in the Netherlands and in Colorado. His mother’s family owned an international shipping company and his father’s family has engineering backgrounds. He has master’s degrees in both business and engineering. Bert has worked in the US, UK, Japan, Russia, Mexico, Antarctica, and Hungary in a engineering, management, and business ownership roles. Since 2009 he has taught a variety of engineering and entrepreneurship courses at CSU. He also works as a patent consultant. He currently has seven issued US Patents. To date, Bert has visited 97 countries.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Bert Vermeulen earned his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.
  • Personal Interests
    Cycling, and folding bicycle design. World travel, languages, cultures, languages, international development, trade, and infrastructure. Patents and entrepreneurship.

Staff

Brittany Bing
Global Studies Instructional Coordinator
Brittany Bing
Global Studies Instructional Coordinator

Brittany Bing (she/her) is a native from Tampa, Florida. Brittany attended The University of Tampa and earned their B.A. Psychology and M.S. Instructional Design and Technology degree. Brittany’s expertise in learning design comes from various sectors. She worked for City University of Seattle, Amazon, and currently works for assignment at Microsoft. Brittany focuses her design approach for curriculum to be simple, digestible, easy to understand for global audiences with a blend of her expertises: gamification, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In addition, Brittany has presented at conferences at ATD Florida Suncoast Chapter, TESOL, and the International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Brittany Bing earned their M.S. Instructional Design and Technology degree from The University of Tampa; their B.A. in Psychology and History minor from The University of Tampa.
  • Personal Interests
    Baking, Solo Traveling, Blogging, Ministry, Ballet, and Art Shows
Daisy Blake
Social Media Coordinator
Daisy Blake
Social Media Coordinator

Daisy Blake is a freelance social media strategist, specialising in travel, hospitality, and lifestyle content. But above all else, Daisy is a collector. Namely, she collects stamps on her passport, pics for her socials, and stories for her group-chats. Over the past six years, she has bounced from her hometown in Maine to London to being nomadic so many times that even *she* has whiplash. Her most recent side-quest includes graduating from King’s College London with an MA in Digital Culture and Society, and she is no stranger to study abroad! Daisy has completed five programs; including the Spring 2022 voyage of Semester at Sea. As a passionate storyteller, she is honored to capture the Fall 2024 voyage as the Social Media Coordinator.

Let’s connect! @daisyblake72

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Daisy earned her MA in Digital Culture and Society at Kings College London; her BS in Business Admin (Marketing) and BA in Communications from the University of Southern Maine.
  • Personal Interests
    Daisy has traveled to 30+ countries and enjoys reading, thrifting, and sunset swims with her dogs.
Victoria Callahan
Resident Director
Victoria Callahan
Resident Director

Victoria Callahan is a spirited advocate for higher education and DEI. Since 2017, she has served as Coordinator for Residential Education at Edmonds College in Washington State, near Seattle. There she has enjoyed the rich cultural diversity of a residence hall community of about 50% international students.

Victoria’s DEI activism throughout her time in higher education, both as a student and professional, was bolstered while pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work. During this time she interned and worked with Hooks Global, a DEI consulting firm. This experience taught her how she can use her DEI skills with a healing-centered approach.

Now, Victoria is beyond excited to take her appreciation for diverse cultures and DEI on a global adventure with the Fall 2024 voyage!

  • Education
    Victoria earned their Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies from California State University, Chico; their Master’s of Social Work from Eastern Washington University
  • Personal Interests
    Victoria loves creating and consuming art in many forms: poetry, music, dance, collages, etc. She also enjoys long walks, deep conversations, and spontaneous adventures!!
Dee Colombini
Counselor
Dee Colombini
Counselor

Dee Colombini, MA, LPC, LAC has provided clinical services in various community mental health centers, in private practice, and in academic settings ranging from pre-school through college age students.
Dee served as the Program Coordinator for both Juvenile and Adult Drug Courts for the 8th Judicial District in Fort Collins for many years, has served as faculty for National Drug Court Institute trainings, coordinated/written national grants and conducted program evaluations. She also served as the Connections Program Manager at the Health District of Northern Larimer County.
Dee has worked at the Colorado State University Counseling Center for 9 years. She is a Senior Staff member of the DAY, Drugs Alcohol and You, team.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Dee Colombini earned their Bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, MO; their Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Personal Interests
    Dee has many interests: bird watching, bike riding, travel, music, art, reading, hiking, current events, world history, and especially spending time with her family. She is excited to be part of SAS!
Kevin Crane
Resident Director
Kevin Crane
Resident Director

Kevin Crane’s love for travel and cultural exchange was significantly influenced by his experiences with Semester at Sea on the Spring 2016 voyage, which helped lead him to teach English in South Korea and serve as a volunteer for Peace Corps Myanmar from 2017 to 2020. During his studies, he served as the Graduate Assistant for the Global Village Learning Community. Kevin most recently worked as a Community Coordinator at Capital University in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he focused on enhancing commuter student programming and initiatives. He also served as a Co-Faculty Advisor for the Global Student Association. He couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the FA24 Voyage and Shipboard Community!

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Personal Interests
    Ice skating, snowboarding, baseball, the Cincinnati Bengals, listening to a good audiobook, traveling with purpose, and trying new foods
Hannah Dougherty
Global Studies Instructional Coordinator
Hannah Dougherty
Global Studies Instructional Coordinator

Hannah Dougherty earned her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University. Occupational therapy involves helping people maximize their independence in meaningful daily activities despite physical, mental, or social barriers. Hannah is passionate about helping people live life to the fullest. She currently specializes in upper extremity rehab at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, but also has experience in acute care, skilled nursing, and pediatrics. As a lifelong learner, Hannah has many additional interests. She is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnical Institute, and prior to graduate school, she worked as a project manager for a land surveying company.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Hannah Dougherty earned her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University; and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University
  • Personal Interests
    Going on adventures, exploring new places, experiencing new things, chasing sunsets, petting dogs, and being in, on, or around the water.
Nora Faith
Field Program Coordinator
Nora Faith
Field Program Coordinator

Nora is originally from Southern California, but is a self-proclaimed global citizen of the world. She most recently has worked with international students learning English in the U.S., and has extensive background in the realm of International Education having worked in areas of confict resolution with youth from Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Cyprus, Uganda, and Tajikistan. She has lived all over the world including Costa Rica, Ireland, Spain, and all over the U.S. She loves adventure and has rode her bicycle around the Ring Road of Iceland and walked the famous El Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. She loves to golf, read, and wander aimlessly in new cities. She’s very excited to be on the Fall ’24 voyage of Semester at Sea and be a part of this life changing experience.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Nora Faith earned their Master’s Degree from Trinity College Dublin; and their Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Monterey Bay.
  • Personal Interests
    Sailing, golf, reading, live comedy, travel, cooking,
Carrie Fleider
Counselor
Carrie Fleider
Counselor

Carrie Fleider is the Director of Counseling Services (CS) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a licensed clinical social worker, having graduated from Tulane University with an MSW in 2001. She is honored to run trauma-related therapy groups for over 10 years and is passionate about working with survivors! She works from a feminist, social justice and systems perspective.

  • Education
    Carrie Fleider earned her masters degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her B.A. from University of Kansas.
  • Personal Interests
    Travel, tennis, learning, psychology and human behavior
Eric Forbes
Videographer
Eric Forbes
Videographer

Eric is a documentary and narrative filmmaker with a passion for travel and connecting with new people. He has created multiple films on mental health topics, including echo chambers, ADHD, and climate anxiety, that are currently on the film festival circuit. Outside his passion for experimenting with narrative shorts, Eric has gained an extensive background in documentary work while pursuing a master’s degree in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University (CSU). He has been involved in major projects with CSU’s Center for Science Communication, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Home Institution
    Colorado State University: Fort Collins
  • Education
    Eric Forbes earned their Journalism & Media Communication and Economic Bachelor Degrees from Colorado State University
  • Personal Interests
    Eric’s interests are documentary and narrative filmmaking, traveling the world, and watching sports. If you are a fan of Liverpool, the San Fransico Giants, 49ers, or the Denver Broncos, let him know!
John Girard
Lifelong Learner Voyage Coordinator
John Girard
Lifelong Learner Voyage Coordinator

For twenty years John was a university professor educating management and information technology students. From 2014 to 2024 he held the Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair at Middle Georgia State University. He now spends his time birding and exploring the world with his travel buddy and wife JoAnn. Together they have travelled to over 100 countries, including all of the countries we are scheduled to visit on Fall 2024. John and JoAnn have sailed on three voyages with Semester at Sea, most recently Spring 2013 during which John taught business classes. Prior to transitioning to the academy, John served in the Canadian Army for 24 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. John is very excited to return to Semester at Sea and sail as the Lifelong Learner Voyage Coordinator.

  • Education
    John Girard earned his PhD and MBA from Touro University and his BSc from the University of Manitoba.
  • Personal Interests
    Travel, birding, photography
Bethany Holmes
Resident Director
Bethany Holmes
Resident Director

Bethany is an avid traveler and passionate educator who has been looking for ways to combine her personal interests and professional career into an exciting experience. Semester At Sea is the perfect opportunity for just that. Before setting sail, Bethany was an Area Coordinator at Brown University where she worked on the Greek, Program, and Theme Communities team. She has also worked at and attended the University of South Florida. There, she was a graduate assistant for the Intercultural Programs team in the Office of International Services where she facilitated programming and events for International and Domestic students. Having the opportunity to work with and educate students is one of her greatest achievements and she loves helping them become more global citizens.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Bethany earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and Master’s degree in Curriculum and instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.
  • Personal Interests
    Bethany enjoys exploring and creating different art forms, including glass blowing and rug making, celebrating Halloween all year round, reading almost anything, and trying the newest restaurants.
Susannah Kisvarday
Physician
Susannah Kisvarday
Physician

Susannah Kisvarday, MD (“Dr. K”) is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She has over 10 years experience caring for patients of all ages in the primary care clinic setting. During Covid, she also served as Medical Director of Bloomsburg University for 2 years. She is currently practicing urgent care and moonlighting in the hospital at Boston Children’s (one of the Harvard-teaching hospitals) while completing a fellowship in clinical informatics and a master’s degree in biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. K is looking forward to supporting the health and wellness of the Semester at Sea community. She will be traveling with her husband and children; she is thrilled to have this opportunity to show her children the world!

  • Education
    Susannah Kisvarday earned their MBI from Harvard University; their MD and MPH from Louisiana State University; their BS from Tulane University; and their BA from Bucknell University
  • Personal Interests
    Dr. K loves dancing with her husband and children; playing board games; solving logic puzzles and problems; and, of course, travel.
Bob Meyer
Nurse Practitioner
Bob Meyer
Nurse Practitioner

I served for 21 years in the US Army in the field of Military Intelligence where I was a Russian and Serbo-Croatian linguist. I entered nursing school upon retirement from the Army. My wife Stephanie is a school counselor and we enjoy traveling around the country in our camper van. We live at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. I have two adult children and 4 granddaughters who all live in Colorado.

  • Home Institution
    No Associated Institution
  • Education
    Bob earned his BSN from the University of Northern Colorado; and his MSN from University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Personal Interests
    I enjoy traveling, hiking, bike riding and music.
Katie Moran
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Katie Moran
Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator

Katie Moran has worked in nonprofit management as the Executive Director at The Art Garage in Denver, CO for over 10 years. Leading the organization to provide access to visual art programming. Katie has taught in the NYC public schools to children with special needs. She served in the Peace Corps in the Eastern Caribbean where she worked in community development focusing on special education teaching and teacher and administrative training. She also co-directed Grenada’s inaugural nationwide Camp G.L.O.W. (Girls Leading Our World) to empower secondary school girls to assess and take action on personal goals and community issues. Katie is also a practicing artist specializing in drawing and oil painting.

  • Education
    Katie Moran earned their Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Pace University
  • Personal Interests
    Creating visual art, exploring outside, connecting and working with others
Kathleen Niegocki
Counselor
Kathleen Niegocki
Counselor

I’m Kathleen (she/her), and I’m thrilled to go on my first Semester at Sea voyage. I grew up in NYC and spent many years in Indiana for school. I’ve worked for 15 years in university counseling centers (at Ball State, Penn, Princeton, and Barnard). My clinical interests include disordered eating, grief and loss, identity, adjustment, trauma, crisis intervention, and chronic illness. My counseling style is warm, active, and collaborative, and I center social and cultural identities, relationship dynamics, emotions, and skill-building.

I owe so much of my personal growth to my study abroad trips in college and grad school (a semester in Juárez, Mexico and shorter programs in Kyoto, Japan; the Camino de Santiago in Spain; Saint Lucia; and Iceland). I’m grateful to journey with you all!

  • Home Institution
    Barnard College
  • Education
    Kathleen earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Counseling and Social Psychology from Ball State University, and her B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College.
  • Personal Interests
    Adventures with my husband and our Mini Aussie, Kodak. Going down rabbit holes about random historical things. Exploring. Journaling. 90s nostalgia. Tasting History on YouTube. Coffee. Mudlarking.

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