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Professional Staff

Margaret Wiedenhoeft

Dr. Margaret Wiedenhoeft
pronouns: she/her/hers
Executive Director
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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 20 years and at one time or another has performed just about every job there is to do in the CIP. Currently she coordinates the Kalamazoo study abroad programs in Erlangen, Caceres, Nairobi and Dakar, 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 an appointment with Alayna

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.

Tony Nelson

Tony Nelson, M.A.
pronouns: he/him/his
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Make an appointment with Tony

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, 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: Mondays 2-4:30 p.m.
Make an appointment with Asia

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Advisor for study abroad programs in: Australia, England, France, Germany (Lüneburg), Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, and Scotland
• 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.

Sally Read

Dr. Sally Read
pronouns: she/her/hers
Operations Manager

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

• Student stipends and scholarships
• Passport application process and funding
• Visa applications and health insurance for study abroad
• Program Coordinator for Domestic Study Away programs: Newberry Seminar, New York Arts, Oakridge Science Semester, The Philadelphia Center, & The Washington Center

Dr. Read graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2008 with a degree in Psychology, and participated in the study abroad program in Cáceres, Spain. She earned her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University. Before joining the CIP, she spent time as the Head of School for a small independent school, and as a professor of Educational Psychology. Her professional interests include experiential education, issues of educational in/equity, and supporting students’ social-emotional wellbeing.

NaShera Sutton

NaShera Sutton, BBA
pronouns: she/her/hers
Operations Assistant

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.

Brandy McGrew

Brandy McGrew
pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs
Resource Room Coordinator & Receptionist

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio

I love to curl up with a good book on rainy days, trying new recipes, being outdoors with my little family, and tinkering with my truck. Graduated from Glen Oaks Community College in 2019 with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Business Degree and a Medical Administrative Specialist Certificate. Will graduate from University of Phoenix in July 2022 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and a Human Resource Management Certificate. Before coming to K College, I worked in Residential Life at Glen Oaks Community College as the Residential Life Coordinator.

Alexandra Davis

Alexandra Davis
pronouns: she/her/hers
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow

Roles, Responsibilities, & Bio
  • Assists planning of International Student orientation and activities
  • Coordinates Host Family Program for international students
  • Updates CIP materials and resources
  • Collaborates with Peer Mentors, Peer Advisors, and CCPD 

Alex graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2021 with a degree in Biology and Studio Art. She is from West Bloomfield, MI. As a student, she was a peer leader, worked at Anderson Athletic Center, and was captain of K Cheer. She enjoys trying new restaurants and finding new hiking trails in the Kalamazoo area. Alex looks forward to working and connecting with international students. 

Student Staff

Peer Advisors (PAs)

Julia del Olmo Parrado

Julia Del Olmo Parrado

Hi! My name is Julia del Olmo and I am an international student from Spain. I am a Senior at Kalamazoo College majoring in Economics and International Area Studies with a mention in modern Europe and France, plus a minor in French and Francophone Studies. During my Junior year, I studied abroad in Strasbourg, France collaborating as a volunteer in Secours Populaire Français. In my free time, I like to read historical novels, cooking, traveling, practicing sports and going to the mountains. Please, if there is any concern or you just want to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Shahriar Akhavan Tafti

Shahriar Akhavan Tafti
Chat w/ me on Teams!

Hello there! I’m Shahriar, an international sophomore studying CS and neuroscience. I grew up in Iran, then started studying abroad in UAE for my high school, and now I am studying 
abroad-abroad here at K! You’ll find me either planning chess tournaments for the K Chess 
Club, helping students Debug their code at the collaboration center, or answering any of your 
questions at the CIP. Looking so forward to meeting you and assisting you with your arrival to your adventures abroad!

Tariq Williams

Tariq Williams

Hi everyone, I’m Tariq Williams and I’m an international student from the island of Jamaica. I am a Junior double majoring in Mathematics and Economics. In my free time, I love to make music, play chess and sleep for the sake of sleeping. My door is always open for any questions you might have.

Lamphuong Le

Lamphuong Le
joining the PA team starting January 2021!

Hi! My name is Lamphuong Le and I am an international student from Vietnam. I am a Junior with double majors in Anthropology/ Sociology and Economics at Kalamazoo College. I did a domestic study away program with The Washington Center my first quarter in my Junior year where I was a legal intern for a DC based immigration law firm. I love painting watercolor and embroidering in my free time even though I’m still not very good at it xD. I would love to talk to you about my experience with study away or help you answer any questions you have regarding study away or abroad! 

International Student Peer Mentor

Gunzi Otj

Heyy y’all. ​I am Gunzi Otj, an international student from Mongolia and a rising junior. I study chemistry and physics at K, or thinking about to follow 3/2 engineering path. I am so excited becoming a peer mentor for our international students this year and also meeting with our awesome incoming international students IN PERSON. I love to hangout with my friends, play piano, binge-watch a lot. I am so looking forward to meet with you guys soon. -Love, Gunzi

CIP Front Desk Assistants

Chilotam Urama

My name is Chilotam Urama, a Junior and Economics major. I am from Nigeria and I love to travel, a lot. At my leisure, I listen to music/sing/dance, play Fifa, soccer or chess. I love to meet new people and make friends. I enthusiastically say hi to nearly everyone I walk across on campus and love it when it is reciprocated. 😊 Looking forward to working with you!

Sophia Osorio

Hi! My name is Sophia Osorio. I’m from Los Angeles, California. I’m a sophomore at Kalamazoo. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be majoring in yet so I’m just exploring. I know a bit of Spanish and French. I have a pet cat at home named Abu (the monkey from Aladdin). In my free time, I enjoy playing on my Nintendo switch. I also love binge-watching shows and crocheting.

Stella Young

Hi! My name is Stella Young. I am from Empire, Michigan. I am a senior Political Science major here at Kalamazoo College. My minor is in Classical Civilizations which influenced me to study abroad in Rome for four months. I enjoyed exploring ancient ruins, eating delicious food, traveling on weekends, and drinking lots of cappuccinos. I love working at the Center for International Programs because now I get to help students with their study abroad journeys! Come in and say hi!