The Office of International Education staff members 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 our staff below, including our Study Abroad Team and International Student, Scholar, and Employee Services Team.
Emma has worked at UVM since 2012 and in Fall 2022 she is serving as the Interim Director of the office. Prior to this, she served as the Associate Director for the office. She continues to lead the services for UVM's international students, scholars, and employees. This includes overseeing UVM's compliance obligations, supervising a team of talented staff, and collaborating closely with campus partners to improve and support the experiences of our international community members. 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 fellow. Emma has presented and published widely within and outside of international education and has held regional and national roles for NAFSA (Association of International Educators). This includes serving as a Dean for the Assessment and Evaluation curriculum, sitting on the Governmental Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC), training as a member of Trainer Corps, serving as the Vermont state representative, and host of other volunteer roles. She is an elected member of the ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) Council of Advisors. At the University of Vermont, Emma is a member of the University Diversity Council and sat on the President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence prior to transitioning to the UDC. In her free time, Emma loves biking by the lake, caring for a garden, and learning how to speak Portuguese.
Caylie is the Assistant Director of Education Abroad in the OIE and started at UVM in 2022. She leads the study abroad advising team and travel study programs. Caylie received a B.A. in Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication and French from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She also received an M.S.ed in International Higher Education Leadership from Old Dominion University. She is currently working on her PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture at UMBC. Caylie studied abroad in France through ISEP for one year and studied abroad in Italy two times on short-term programs. She has worked as a study abroad and international education professional for over 12 years and brings to UVM experience in international crisis response management, study abroad program development and administration, intercultural training, team mentorship, and student development. She has served on the ISEP council of advisors and is actively engaged in international education professional organizations including NAFSA, the FORUM, AIEA, and the Global Leadership League. Caylie is from Baltimore, Maryland and enjoys spending time with her family, two dogs, and traveling.
Hayley is the Education Abroad Programs Coordinator at the Office of International Education and started at UVM in 2022. Hayley primarily works with faculty-led Travel Study programs. Originally from Shaftsbury, Vermont, she is a UVM alum and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Global Studies. As an undergrad, she studied abroad for a semester in the Netherlands and wrote a bachelor’s thesis on the ways immigrant criminality is represented in the media. Hayley also held several student-employment positions at the OIE as a student, and then worked full-time in the front office for a year after graduating. After a two-year hiatus, Hayley is excited to be back at the OIE in a new role! In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, skiing, searching for the best creemees in the state, and tending to her houseplants.
Carolyn is a Study Abroad Advisor at the Office of International Education and has worked at the University of Vermont since 2017. She advises students pursuing study abroad in the Americas, Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal. Carolyn graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish. She is a member of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Carolyn has studied, volunteered, and worked abroad. Since beginning her role at UVM, she has served as a selection panelist for the Institute for International Education's Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant and has presented regionally on non-traditional study abroad locations. Carolyn has the pleasure of serving as the staff advisor for UVM's Scratch That a cappella group. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys leading a Spanish conversation group at the Community Senior Center, singing, and strolls along the Burlington waterfront.
Lauren is a Study Abroad Advisor and has worked at UVM since 2014. She currently advises students studying abroad in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific) and some of Europe (France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands), and manages exchange and direct-enroll relationships with partners in these regions. Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where she studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand, and wrote a bachelor’s thesis on the indigenous rights movement in the United Nations. She completed her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where her master’s thesis examined the re-entry experience for undergraduate study abroad returnees. Lauren has presented on the topic of inclusivity in study abroad, and has served as a selection panelist multiple times for the Institute for International Education’s Gilman Scholarship and Critical Need Language Awards, and Generation Study Abroad travel grants. In her free time, Lauren enjoys outdoors activities like hiking and kayaking, growing her own vegetables, and traveling.
Alexander is a Study Abroad Advisor and has worked at UVM since 2018. He advises UVM students interested in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He also manages relationships with study abroad providers and UVM Exchange sites, and collaborates closely with campus partners to make sure study abroad offerings are meeting the needs of our students. Alexander completed his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College and his master's degree at the School for International Training, completing a capstone research project on the gender gap in study abroad. During his undergraduate degree he studied abroad in South Africa, and later he co-led a summer program to Mongolia. Before moving to Vermont, he worked at nonprofit institutions in Washington D.C., and held other international education positions at the University of New Hampshire and University of Delaware. In his free time, Alexander enjoys exploring outdoors, visiting breweries (Frost is his favorite), playing video games, and the antics of his greyhound Bigby.
Our Peer Advisors are UVM students who have returned from study abroad. Their job is to help you through the study abroad process.
International Student, Scholar, and Employee Services
Sarah Denu Sarah is an International Student and Scholar Advisor and has worked at UVM since 2018. She advises on issues of non-immigrant student visa status maintenance, practical training opportunities, and other federal and institutional policies as they relate to UVM's international student population. She also supports students through academic and cultural adjustment challenges and coordinates the Community Host Program and Cultural Kitchen series. Sarah completed her bachelor's degree in Global Studies in 2012 from UVM. As part of her UVM experience, Sarah spent a semester studying abroad and putting her Spanish minor to use at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. She received her master's degree in English with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in 2017 from Colorado State University. Sarah has visited Russia, parts of Western Europe, and countries throughout Central America and the Caribbean. In her free time, Sarah enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
Emma Huse joined the OIE in 2019 as an International Student and Employee Advisor. Emma advises international students, plans programs and events for UVM’s international community, and coordinates visa and immigration services for UVM faculty, staff, and scholars. She earned her master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training, and prior to her experience in international higher education Emma worked for nearly five years as an immigration paralegal focused on employment-based immigration for academic, research, and medical professionals. She spent a semester studying in France, worked briefly in Iceland, and loves traveling in the mountains, both in the USA and around the world. Outside of the office, Emma enjoys spending time hiking, baking sourdough bread, and searching for the best spots by Lake Champlain to read in her hammock.
Andrew is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at the Office of International Education. He joined the OIE in 2022. Andrew advises international students on issues related to immigration, cultural adjustments, and employment. Born in the Philippines, Andrew came to the United States to accompany his parents when his dad was attending grad school. He eventually received a degree in Political Science from Rowan University. While there, he served in student leadership roles and worked in the International Center, which inspired him to pursue a career in the field of International Education. Before coming to UVM, he advised international students at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Andrew likes spending his free time taking strolls in the park, watching sitcoms, and singing the karaoke with family and friends.
James Thomas James Thomas joined the OIE as Office Manager in 2022. As Office Manager, James oversees the day-to-day operations of the OIE front office and ensures that all those who come through our office are met with warm greetings and given the services they need. A UVM alum, James studied Political Science and Russian language and graduated in May of 2022. While at UVM, James worked with the Davis Center as a Technical Assistant for events and was the Technical Director for the UPlayers student-run theatre club. In their free time James enjoys reading and playing the guitar.
Nancy Martinez Nancy is the Finance & Travel Abroad Administrator at OIE and joined UVM in 2022. She handles the financial transactions for OIE programs and shepherds those processes within the greater UVM institution. With an M.S. in International Business from San Diego State University, and experience in international operations and marketing, she supports the business side of international education. She worked and lived in Switzerland for over 4 years, was a former exchange student, studied Spanish in Ecuador, French in Switzerland, and in general traveled extensively overseas. As a veteran global traveler she loves helping students access international exchanges. In her free time she can be found making fondue, hiking a new trail, or traveling.
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