The Office of International Education staff bring many experiences and backgrounds to their work. What we have in common is a passion for international education and working with our students and clients. Meet us below! 

Study Abroad

Linda DamonLinda Damon
Linda has held multiple positions in the OIE since her arrival in 2000 and is currently the Assistant Director for Study Abroad. Her favorite part of her work is being an advisor to students interested in experiencing different cultures in other countries. Linda currently advises students going to Africa and the Middle East. She has traveled to all continents except Antarctica, but her favorite is Africa. She was born and raised in Vermont and loves to spend time in the mountains throughout the year.

Carolyn BoudreauCarolyn Boudreau
Carolyn joined the OIE as a Study Abroad Advisor in August 2017. She advises students pursuing study abroad programs in Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Carolyn graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. In recent years, she participated in a volunteer program in Guatemala and has also traveled to Costa Rica and Cuba.

Lauren HuffmanLauren Huffman
Lauren joined the OIE as a Study Abroad Advisor in September 2014, and she currently advises students studying abroad in Oceania and some of Continental Europe (France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands). Lauren studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand when she was in college. She loves exploring the outdoors (especially in her kayak), learning about nature, attempting to grow vegetables, and traveling. Her favorite countries she has visited so far include Italy, New Zealand, and Japan.


Alex LindsayAlexander Lindsay
Alexander joined the OIE as a Study Abroad Advisor in August 2018.  He advises students studying abroad in Asia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and some of Continental Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia). Alex studied abroad in South Africa as an undergraduate, and has co-led a program for high school students to Mongolia.  His favorite countries he has visited so far include South Africa, Greece, and France.

Erika SzekelyErika Szekely
Erika is the Study Abroad Advising Coordinator for 2019-2020. Erika grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire before coming to Vermont to attend UVM. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community and International Development with a minor in Global Studies. In her free time, Erika enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and riding her bike. She also loves to travel and during her years as an undergraduate traveled in Europe, Asia, and South America.


Peer Advisors
Our Peer Advisors are UVM students who have returned from study abroad. Their job is to help you through the study abroad process. Meet our Study Abroad Peer Advisors!



International Student Services

Emma SwiftEmma Swift
Emma is the Associate Director of the Office of International Education and has worked at UVM since 2012. She leads the services for UVM's international students and visiting researchers. This includes overseeing UVM's compliance obligations, supervising a team of talented advising staff, and collaborating closely with campus partners to improve and support the experiences of our international students and scholars. She is a member of the President's Commision for Inclusive Excellence. Emma completed her undergraduate and Master's degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has lived, studied, and worked abroad, including six years in Germany, a college study abroad experience in Spain, and just before moving to Vermont she worked at Trường Đại học Quy Nhơn in southcentral Vietnam as a Fulbright follow. She has held regional and national roles for NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and currently serves as the Dean for the Assessment and Evaluation curriculum. In her free time, Emma loves biking the Burlington bike trail, growing tomatoes, and learning how to speak Portuguese. 

Akol AguekAkol Aguek
Akol joined the Office of International Education as an International Student Advisor in 2014. He was born in Sudan (now South Sudan) but grew up in Kenya where he attended elementary and secondary school. Akol moved to Burlington in the summer of 2001 and has been a Vermont resident since then. Akol is a double UVM alum with a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science; and a Master’s degree in business administration. Akol enjoys singing, Dinka traditional dance, and playing dominoes during his free time.

Sarah van NostrandSarah van Nostrand
Sarah is an International Student Advisor in the OIE and has worked with us since August 2018. Sarah grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and attended UVM as an undergrad, studying abroad in Costa Rica. She moved to Colorado after graduation and spent time as a ski and snowboard coach before pursuing her master’s degree in English at Colorado State University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing guitar, hanging out with her cat, and wishing for snow.

Emma HuseEmma Huse
Emma Huse joined the OIE in August 2019 as the International Student Services Coordinator. A Massachusetts native, Emma moved to southern Vermont to attend graduate school at the School for International Training, and she is thrilled to now be discovering Burlington alongside new UVM students. Outside of the office, Emma likes to spend time hiking, baking sourdough bread, and searching for the best spots by the lake to read in her hammock.

International Faculty, Scholar and Staff Services

Rajan EapenRajan Eapen
Rajan Eapen has been the international scholar advisor at the OIE since 2012. He grew up in Washington DC and practiced immigration law there for many years before making the move to Vermont. Rajan is an avid squash player and is happy to introduce others to the game.

Leadership and Support Staff

Kim HowardKim Howard
Kim has been the director of the Office of International Education since 2008. She feels privileged to oversee a talented team committed to a work environment filled with integrity, respect, optimism, and collaboration, balanced with autonomy and humor. Kim’s non-higher education professional background includes work in journalism, public relations and teaching in Japan, where her passion for international education began. A native of California, Kim loves spending time outdoors and playing with her dogs.

Parvin Pothiawala

Parvin Pothiawala
Parvin Pothiawala is an administrative assistant who supports incoming exchange students, short-term travel study abroad programs, and some of the international scholar services work. She has been with this office since 2012, and worked in another UVM department for ten years prior. Something she really enjoys about her work at the OIE is meeting and interacting with international visitors from many different cultures and countries. Parvin is from Gujarat State in India and came to the US when she was 22. She is a proud mother of three UVM graduates.

Deb Smith

Deb Smith
Deb has been with the OIE since 2002.  She has over 40 years of customer service and looks forward to assisting clients at the OIE.  Deb is a Vermonter going back several generations.  Outside of the office, Deb loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.  She also loves animals and currently has a bird, ferret and two cats.


Hayley BarriereHayley Barriere
Hayley is the 2019-2020 communications intern. She was born and raised in Vermont and recently graduated from UVM with a degree in Global Studies and minors in Spanish and Sociology. As an undergraduate, Hayley studied abroad for a semester in the Netherlands and enjoyed traveling around Europe while there. While not at work, Hayley enjoys riding her bike, spending time at the lake, and admiring the Burlington sunsets (preferably with an ice cream cone in hand).


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