USPP Summer Bridge Staff

Amelia Lushia: International Student Services Coordinator – Office of International Education

Amelia ShaferAmelia grew up in a little town in Upstate New York. Because she was from a small town (where everyone knows everyone!) she was very motivated to see the world. After high school she spent one year practicing French as an exchange student in Belgium. She came back to study Psychology at a state school north of NYC (SUNY New Paltz) and later received a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then taught English as a Foreign Language for two years in Mozambique (south eastern Africa). She has worked in the field of International Education for almost 10 years. She became the International Student Coordinator at UVM in September 2009. Amelia loves the outdoors, visiting Montreal, and traveling to new places. She vacationed in Argentina this past spring. She would like to visit Australia, Antarctica, and someday to China! Even though she works in Vermont she lives in New York State. This means she travels by ferry to work each day across Lake Champlain! She loves the view of the water and the mountains and is excited that you will be able to enjoy this beautiful region as well!

Maggie Doran: Summer Bridge Staff — Continuing Education Department

Maggie DoranMaggie grew up in rural New Hampshire, but graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Environmental Studies focusing on Natural Resources & Public Policy. She moved back east to the state of Vermont and began working for the University of Vermont in the Department of Student Life. After four years of working with the student clubs & organizations on campus she moved over to the Department of Continuing Education where she helps coordinate the faculty led & semester abroad programs; as well as the USPP Summer Bridge. She spends 8 months of the year living abroad on the small island of Grenada in the West Indies. Maggie loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, yoga and spending time with her black labrador, Rio.

Janet Nunziata: Summer Bridge Staff — Continuing Education Department

Janet NunziataA native of Iowa (in the USA’s Midwestern heartland), Janet has lived in Vermont for almost 15 years. Before that she lived in the Washington, DC area. She and her husband Bruce live in Shelburne, not far from UVM, with their Greyhound dog “JD”. In her spare time, she likes to visit her grown children in New York City and Syracuse, NY and to do local 5K races for fun. Janet earned a B.A. from Carleton College in Minnesota and holds a master’s in management from Antioch University New England. She is looking forward to working with all the USPP students as they make their new home at UVM!

David Maciewicz: Lead Program Assistant

David MaciewiczDavid was born in Utica, New York, a suburban city in Upstate New York. After graduating from Holland Patent Central High School in 2007, he moved to Burlington to attend the University of Vermont. While on campus he held numerous student leadership roles, including being a member of the President’s Commission on Social Change, President of the College Democrats, and Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA). After graduating with honors with a degree in political science and global studies in May 2011, David decided to stay in Burlington while he applies for graduate degree programs in government for the fall of 2012 or 2013. Besides academics, David has worked on progressive political campaigns across the Northeast. In his free time he enjoys traveling, spending time exploring Vermont with his friends, and making the most out of life.

Daniel Yuan: Program Assistant

Daniel YuanDaniel grew up in Shanghai. He is a business major with an economics minor. He came to the University of Vermont about a year ago with other USPP students. This is his first time in the United States and he absolutely loves Vermont. He had a lot of fun last summer & now he is looking forward to this summer. The weather is getting warmer and the snow is melting. He can’t wait to see all the new USPP students!


Yao Tan: Program Assistant

Yao TanYao is from Chengdu, China and is currently a student at UVM majoring in environmental engineering. She loves traveling to experience all the amazing local cultures and enjoys meeting new people. Yao finds the differences between the American and Chinese cultures fascinating. Actually, the fact that she’s already been in the US for one year surprises her. Burlington is such a different place from her hometown, and she really enjoys the snow and peace here. She’s looking forward to working with the USPP students this summer. Yao can’t wait for the beautiful summer- you’ll love it!

Patrick Yee: Program Assistant

Patrick YeePatrick was born in Berlin, Vermont and grew up in Montpelier, Vermont. He is planning to graduate from the University of Vermont in May 2011 with a major in International Business and a minor in Asian Studies. He became interested in international countries and cultures in his late teens. He participated in the Governor’s Institute of Vermont: Asian Cultures during the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. As part of the program, he was able to travel to China the following summer with the program and visited Beijing, Chongqing, Xian, Qufu, and some other cities in China. He began studying at UVM in the fall of 2006. He deferred the following year to pursue English teaching opportunities in Thailand. He stayed there for one year. The following year he continued studying at UVM. He studied abroad in the spring of 2010 at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand. During the summer of 2010, he worked as a teaching assistant for Business for International Students. This is where he first met the first group of USPP students. During his senior year at UVM he worked as teaching assistant for Information Technology & Management and Managerial Accounting. He was very satisfied working with the first group of USPP students and is excited to meet the next group of students.

Stephanie Mann: Writing Center Tutor

Stephanie MannStephanie is from rural New Hampshire and is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont with dual-degrees in English and Anthropology. She is very excited to work with the USPP students this summer. She loves meeting individuals from different cultural backgrounds and learning about their transitional experience to life in the U.S. This will be Stephanie's last summer in Burlington before she moves to Charlotte, North Carolina where she will begin studying for her master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at UNC Charlotte. Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, and traveling and hopes to teach English abroad in a South American country after she completes graduate school.

Samantha Du: Writing Center Tutor

Samantha DuSam is from Randolph, Massachusetts. She will be graduating from UVM in May 2011 with a major in Business (Human Resource focus) and a minor in Chinese. She speaks Cantonese but studied Mandarin while at UVM. Last summer, she studied abroad in Qingdao, China and had a great experience working with students from Qingdao University. Here on campus, she has worked at the UVM Admissions Office for four years and at the Writing Center as a writing tutor for two years. This spring semester, she met with current USPP students in the weekly Conversation Circle course--and is very happy that she will get to meet you too!

Nisha Shanmugaraj: Writing Center Tutor

Nisha ShanmugarajMy name is Nisha Shanmugaraj and I’m a Junior at the University of Vermont. I am an English major with a Political Science minor. I have been tutoring for the past two years and love working with a diverse student body with different cultural backgrounds. For fun I like to read, go shopping, and spend time with friends. I’m originally from Groton, Massachusetts but I have grown to love Vermont. I love meeting new people and I look forward to working with you all this summer!

Doug DeMaio: Writing Center Tutor

Douglas DeMaioMy name is Douglas DeMaio, and I am a going to be entering my senior year this fall. I am pursuing degrees in English and Psychology, as well as studying Linguistics. I'm active on the UVM campus as a conversation circles mentor, writing tutor/writing partner, undergraduate teaching fellow, and member of the club football team. I'm originally from Natick, Massachusetts, which is twenty miles west of Boston, and about a three and a half hour drive south of Burlington. I'm interested in movies, sports, school, and especially music. I play guitar, bass, and some harmonica. Since moving to Burlington, I've realized that I love the winter, but truly appreciate the summer; I'm looking forward to this being a great one.

Maggie Adams: Resident Assistant

Maggie AdamsMaggie was born and raised in central Vermont and loves it. She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering in UVM’s School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences as a rising junior. She is a cadet with UVM’s ROTC program and simultaneously enlisted with Vermont Army National Guard’s Black Hawk Air Ambulance Unit, which she hopes to become a pilot for after graduation. Maggie will always have a soft spot for the sky and the stars beyond it. Eventually she wants to pursue further education in aero/astro systems and design. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd and gets excited about topics such as electromagnetic deployment of spacecraft structures and fluid dynamics. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, white river rafting, flying, writing, drawing and working on her webcomic “Dead Air” when she finds time."

Preston Carter - Resident Advisor

Preston CarterHello! My name is Preston. I am a graduating UVM senior. My major was in sociology and I minored in American Sign Language. Besides school, I like to take advantage of Vermont's beautiful landscape. I'm an avid rock climber, and love to camp and hike. I'm also a huge fan of music and play drums, guitar, and xylophone myself.