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Due to the stay-at-home orders, CIP staff is working full-time from home.
View the Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio section below each staff member and then schedule a Teams appointment. Your selected staff member will contact you in Teams.
Not sure if you need an appointment… contact cip@kzoo.edu

Professional Staff

Margaret Wiedenhoeft

Dr. Margaret Wiedenhoeft
pronouns: she/her/hers
Executive Director
Make a Teams appointment with Margaret
margaret.wiedenhoeft@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Kalamazoo-sponsored programs in Germany (Erlangen), Kenya, Sénégal and Spain (Cáceres), & India (Mussoorie)
• 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.
Make a Teams appointment with Alayna
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.
Make a Teams appointment with Heather
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 2-4:30p
Make a Teams appointment with Tony
Make a Zoom appointment with Tony
tony.nelson@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Student Scholarships
• Student Support, Advising, Orientation, & Reintegration
• Peer Advisor Team Coordinator/Supervisor
• Program Coordinator for: Japan, Jordan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, 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, M.A.
pronouns: she/her/hers
Study Abroad and Exchange Student Advisor
Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 2-4:30 p.m.
Make a Teams appointment with Asia
asia.bennett@kzoo.edu

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

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

Asia holds a BS in Business Administration and 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, M.A.
pronouns: she/her/hers
Student Support & Event Planning Coordinator
Walk-in Hours: Mondays 2-4:30 p.m.
Make a Teams appointment with Lizbeth
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 and has a M.A. from Western Michigan University in Higher Education and Student Affairs. 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.


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

Peer Advisors (PAs)

Vanessa Vigier

Hi I’m Vanessa Vigier from West Bloomfield, Michigan. I am a senior at Kalamazoo College majoring in Business and International and Area Studies. I studied abroad in the beautiful Cali, Colombia. In my free time, I love to play volleyball, dance salsa and watch Netflix series. My (virtual) door is open for any questions you might have. 🙂

Avika Jayatilaka

I am a senior student at Kalamazoo College majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. I studied abroad in Perth, Australia, and interned at the Australian Alzheimers Research Foundation as a part of my ICRP program. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, investing and watching movies.

Daniel Mota-Villegas

What’s up y’all? My name is Daniel Mota-Villegas and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I’m a senior majoring in East Asian Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. You can catch me on the soccer field, choreographing for my club K Baile, or RAing for the best hall, Hoben Hall, on campus. Starting off the year online is gonna be an adjustment for many reasons, but just know I am here to answer any questions and support y’all through anything!


International Student Peer Mentor

I am Huin Lee from South Korea. I am a sophomore planning to major in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. I’ve been an international student for the majority of my life in places like Australia and India. So I hope I can use this experience to help create a more welcoming environment for the international students at K College. Before the pandemic I enjoyed traveling and hanging out with friends but I enjoy staying home as well.

International Student Outreach Intern

Hi, my name is Sam Barczy and I am a junior at K. I am an international student from Hungary and use he/him pronouns. I am majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics, but I am very interested in history and all things related to food. You will probably see me at CIP events, or while riding to events in college cars. I have experience with taking classes in many departments, working on campus and with the Center for Civic Engagement. I am interested in hearing from you all, please reach to me with any concerns or if you just want to talk to someone.

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.