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Professional Staff

Margaret Wiedenhoeft

Dr. Margaret Wiedenhoeft
pronouns: she/her/hers
Executive Director
margaret.wiedenhoeft@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Kalamazoo-sponsored programs in France (Clermont), Germany (Erlangen), Kenya, Sénégal and Spain ( Cáceres)
• Faculty-led study abroad programs
• Institutional Partnership Development
• CIP policies and procedures
• Risk management and safety
• Study abroad grade reports

Dr. Wiedenhoeft holds a BA in International Studies from Emory University, an MBA in International Business from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D from Western Michigan University. Margaret has been at K for more than 10 years and at one time or another has performed just about every job there is to do in the study abroad office. Currently she coordinates the Kalamazoo study abroad programs in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain and also works with faculty interested in developing short-term courses abroad. Margaret’s interest and passion for international education began with her experience living, working and studying in Berlin, Germany for four years. Professional interests include promoting non-traditional study abroad sites, short-term study abroad programming, international service learning projects, and conducting research about the impact and  experience of study abroad on U.S. college students.


Alayna Lewis

Alayna Lewis, MPA
pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for International Students & Study
Abroad in the Americas
Walk-in Hours: Thursdays 2-4:30 p.m.
alayna.lewis@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• International student orientation and activities
• F-1 and J-1 Visa regulations
• Study abroad programs in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean

Alayna holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science as well as an undergraduate certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Michigan State University and an MPA in International Development Studies from Cornell University. Her passion for study abroad came from a trip to Spain while she was in high school and her own undergraduate experience studying abroad in Mexico.  Alayna enjoys learning about different cultures and looks forward to working with all of the international students at K.


Heather Garcia

Heather Garcia, MBA
pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Operations
Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 2-4:30 p.m.
heather.garcia@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Application and form processing
• Coordinates visas, medical insurance, and program enrollment
• Financial matters
• Domestic study away program coordinator

Heather has worked at K for thirteen years. As Assistant Director for Operations for the CIP, her responsibilities include the financials for the department and international programs, domestic study abroad processing, student application and forms processing, student international health insurance, student travel, and student visa processing. Heather has a MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute and a BBA from Davenport University in Accounting/Internal Auditing. 


Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson, M.A.
pronouns: he/him/his
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Walk-in Hours: Wednesdays 2-4:30 p.m.
tony.nelson@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Student Scholarships
• Student Support, Advising, Orientation, & Reintegration
• Peer Advisor Team Coordinator/Supervisor
• Program Coordinator for: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, India, Australia, and Cuba.

Tony has worked as a study abroad program director, community organizer, professor, and human rights educator and has studied abroad in Mexico (2003), Costa Rica (2002), and China (2001). He holds a BA in Communications from Grand Valley State University and an MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. Before coming to K College, he spent 8 years running the AUSM Mexico study abroad program for the Autonomous University of Social Movements. He has accompanied Mexican activists on dozens of university speaking tours across the US, providing consecutive Spanish-English interpretation. His areas of interest include immigrant rights, political economy, social movements, ethical international education, and Latin American politics.


Asia Bennett

Asia Bennett
pronouns: she/her/hers
Study Abroad and Exchange Student Advisor
Walk-in Hours: Mondays 2-4:30 p.m.
asia.bennett@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Advisor for study abroad programs in: Greece, Hungary, Scotland, France, Germany (Bonn), Israel and Italy
• J-1 Visa regulations
• International student orientation and activities

Asia holds a BS in Business Administration and is currently pursuing an MA in Higher Education Administration, both from Central Michigan University. Asia studied abroad in Greece, Australia, the Dominican Republic, and England. She enjoys connecting with people and is dedicated to being a valuable resource to both international and domestic students.


NaShera Sutton

NaShera Sutton, BBA
pronouns: she/her/hers
Operations Assistant
nashera.sutton@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Maintains CIP website
• Maintains Hornet Passport online application system
• Designs print and electronic materials, presentations and online orientations
• Operations and program support of orientation, reintegration, and ICRP programs

NaShera has a BBA from Western Michigan University and an Associate’s Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She brings an array of great organizational skills to K. Born in Detroit, NaShera enjoys cooking a variety of  dishes, traveling, and she has a passion for the sport of fencing. She is interested in learning new languages.


Lizbeth Mendoza

Lizbeth Mendoza Pineda K’16
pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support & Event Planning Coordinator
Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 2-4:30 p.m.
lizbeth.pineda@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• International student support and programming
• International student taxes
• Program Coordinator for the Madrid, Spain study abroad program
• Assistance with study abroad/away procedures

Lizbeth Mendoza Pineda graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2016 with a degree in Mathematics. During her time at K, Lizbeth was involved in the Office of Student Involvement and the Latino Student Organization. Her SIP focused on marginalized students in STEM and examined how student affairs professionals could serve as a resource and support. Since graduation, Lizbeth has been working in the Center for International Programs with the international students at K. She is currently enrolled in a masters graduate program at Western Michigan University, focusing on Higher Education and Student Affairs.


Renwick Ballew

Renwick Ballew K’17
pronouns: they/them/theirs
Resource Room Coordinator/Receptionist
renwick.ballew@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Manages the resource room and reception area in the Center for International Programs and Career and Professional Development.
• Hires, trains, and manages the student workers employed by the Center for International Programs.
• Works collaboratively with and supports the Center for International Programs and Career and Professional Development staff in both front facing and behind the scenes day-to-day operations.

Renwick graduated from K in 2017 with a double major in Anthropology Sociology and Critical Ethnic Studies and a minor in Political Science. Originally from Tennessee, they have been internationally involved since they were a sophomore in high school. Ren has travelled to Austria and Brazil through Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), Japan through Rotary Youth Exchange, and Trinidad and Tobago with Kalamazoo College’s short term study abroad program. As an Enlightened Leadership Scholarship recipient for International Activism, they hope to get current K students involved, both domestically and internationally.


Student Staff

Resource Room Assistant

JP

My name is JP. I am a sophomore and plan to double major in Business and Computer Science. I am originally from Los Angeles, California. Every time I come back home, my first stop is to In-N-Out Burger. On my free time, I enjoy rewatching Grey’s Anatomy, going to the Filipino Market, and hanging out with friends. 

International Student Peer Mentor

Bei

My name is Bei Wang and I am from Dalian, China. I am currently a senior majoring in psychology and business at K college. I love traveling in my free time and I am also a big fan of fashion and photography. One of the best aspects of working as the international student mentor is that I could communicate with international students from all over the world and be able to learn from different cultures.

Peer Advisors (PAs)

Tamara Morrison

Tamara Morrison

I am a third year student at Kalamazoo College from Detroit, MI. I’m an English major and Black Studies concentration, but have taken advantage of the Liberal Arts College experience and have had classes in a variety of departments. I am excited by the topics of Black art as healing, womanism, hip-hop, and Toni Morrison novels. Tamara had a life changing experience studying abroad in Nairobi, Kenya for six months. 

Leslie Garcia

Leslie Garcia

Hola! Mi nombre es Leslie Garcia, and I am from Chicago. I am double majoring in Anthropology/ Sociology and Political Science. Estudie la Universidad San Francisco de Quito en Ecuador. Preguntame lo que sea! 

Mansi Dahal

Mansi Dahal

I am an international student from Biratnagar, Nepal currently getting a major in English with a focus on poetry and a concentration on Media Studies​. I studied away in New York in my sophomore year where I interned in PEN America and The Poetry Brothel. I also got the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy in my junior year 

I happened to ring the bell at the top of the tower of Pisa which was technically not allowed. But hey! at-least I have a cool story to talk about.

Marlyn Sanchez Huizar

Marlyn Sanchez Huizar

I am a business major, Spanish minor with a concentration in film and media studies. I’m from the city of Angels, California. On my free time, I like to play basketball, paint, and edit photos and videos. For my study abroad program, I attended the American University of Rome in Italy.