USPP Summer Bridge Staff
Shilpa Dewoolkar: Summer Bridge Staff — Continuing Education Department
Shilpa was born and brought up in India. She came to the US after finishing her studies in Management. Shilpa lived in Colorado for over 6 years before moving to Vermont nine years ago. She loves to read books of all genres and cherishes time at home with a book in her hand. Shilpa is married and lives in Shelburne with her husband and their ten year son. She joined UVM less than a year ago, and this will be her first year working with USPP students, and she is very much looking forward to the experience.
Freda Farrell: Summer Bridge Staff — Continuing Education Department
(Photo coming soon) Freda is a native Vermonter. Her primary background is in theater production and she has spent the past 15 years working as a Broadway Stage Manager in New York City. At UVM Freda is the program coordinator for UVM Lane Series. This is her first summer working with Summer Bridge and she is very excited to be trying something new. She is a big fan of books and movies and likes to sew in her spare time.
Emma Swift: Asst. Director of International Student Services — Office of International Education
Emma has lived in a lot of different places: Germany, Illinois, Spain, and most recently returned to the U.S. after living in Vietnam for a year. She earned a BA in International Studies & Spanish and a Master’s degree in Educational Organization and Leadership. Emma moved to Burlington, Vermont to begin working in the Office of International Education (“OIE”) in January 2012. She has worked with international students for many years, and is so excited to continue this work at the University of Vermont! In her free time, she loves to travel, ride her bike, and travel some more. This summer she will have a short visit to India! She does not have any human roommates, but she does have a cat named “Newton” at home, and pet fish named “Blue” in her office.
Evan Mills: International Student Coordinator — Office of International Education
A native of upstate New York, Evan is very new to Vermont. In fact, he just started in the Office of International Education on May 21st, 2012! Before coming to UVM he lived in upstate New York, Canada, and France. He currently lives in Essex Junction with his wife. Whenever he has free time he enjoys canoeing, running, biking, and of course traveling! Evan earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and French Language & Literature from SUNY Potsdam in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Translation Studies at Concordia University. He is looking forward to assisting new USPP students with their academic and professional goals as they settle into life at UVM.
Keyiona Ritchey: Assistant Summer Academic Housing Coordinator
Keyiona is a second year in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration master’s program at UVM. She is originally from San Diego, California and has been living in Burlington since August 2012. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Africana Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills. This is her first time living in the New England area. She loves the scenic views in Vermont and experiencing all four seasons. She enjoys reading, dancing, and outdoor activities. She is very excited to be working with the USPP students this summer to help with their transition living in the United States and studying at UVM.
Jodie Masotta: Program Advisor
Jodie is a recent graduate from UVM. She earned a BA in both history and English from the Honors College by spending her senior year writing an interdisciplinary thesis on prostitution in Chicago. She has just settled into a new home in Burlington with her fiancé. In the next few years, she hopes to pursue painting, pottery, and violin. She is originally from southern New Hampshire, which is where her father, mother, little sister, and Welsh Corgi, Stormy, currently live. Jodie has worked with USPP students previously at the writing center, and is excited to spend the summer with a new group of students.
William Liew: Program Advisor
Will was born in New York, but raised in Vermont. He is a recent graduate from UVM with an Asian Studies and Political Science double major along with a Japanese minor. Will started working for the Office of International Education (OIE) as a work study in the Fall of 2009 and as a Study Abroad Peer Advisor from the Fall of 2011. He has met many international students through his time in the OIE and has studied abroad in Japan for 13 months. In his spare time, Will enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and many outdoor activities, along with anything that involves drawing and sculpture. He is excited to a part of the USPP students’ transition into UVM.
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