Gareth McFeely, Executive Director
Executive Director, Study Abroad
As Executive Director, Gareth McFeely leads efforts to enhance the quality of BU’s Study Abroad programs, build stronger bridges between on-campus academic experiences and overseas engagements, and foster greater connections among faculty, staff, and students within all BU schools and colleges and with our partner institutions. He works in collaboration with the entire Global Programs team.
Gareth has worked at BU since 2003, and prior to joining Study Abroad he spent eight years working in a variety of roles in the CAS Dean’s Office.
A native of Ireland, he completed his undergraduate degree in French and English at Trinity College Dublin and his M.Phil. in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in England. He spent five years working for the Irish Foreign Service, including postings in Berlin, Stockholm, and New York before joining BU. He obtained his Ph.D. in African History from BU, an academic journey that started in his teens when he spent two years living in Sudan.
Debra Terzian, Director, Academic Affairs
Director, Academic Affairs
Debra Terzian earned a PhD in French Studies at Brown University and has many years of experience at the college and university level teaching French language, literature and culture. Before coming to BU Study Abroad, she was assistant professor at Wellesley College and Dickinson College, and has also taught at the University of Vermont and Brown University. While at Dickinson College, she directed the Dickinson Summer Language Immersion program in Toulouse, France with responsibility for academic and administrative oversight of the program.
Debra is a member of the senior leadership team at BU Study Abroad and has considerable experience designing, developing, and administering BU study abroad programming in collaboration with faculty from around the university. At BU Study Abroad, she has served as director of enrollment services with oversight of the program management and student services groups.
As Director of Academic Affairs, Debra is responsible for assuring the academic excellence and integrity of Boston University’s study abroad programs. In this role, Debra works in close collaboration with Boston University faculty to review and develop curricula, develop programs to extend and complement academic offerings on campus and to assure adherence to BU academic policies.
Julliet N. Mayinja, Director, Operations
Julliet N. Mayinja
As Director of Operations, Julliet is responsible for supporting all non-academic Study Abroad operations in Boston and at our sites globally. Through collaboration with BU Study Abroad academic affairs and Global Support teams Julliet helps to manage compliance, health and safety issues, partner relations and program innovations.
Julliet comes to Boston University from the University of Notre Dame, where she had roles as Associate Director of Notre Dame International (NDI) and Assistant Director of the Office of International Studies (OIS). While at Notre Dame she developed a student tracking database and online application system as well as launching innovative short-term programs designed to appeal to student athletes, science-based programs in Australia, and Notre Dame’s first program in sub-Saharan Africa focusing on Post Conflict Transformation and Development Studies.
Julliet is a native of Uganda, and completed her undergraduate education at Makerere University in Kampala before continuing her studies at Notre Dame, where she received two Masters Degrees, in Peace Studies and Administration respectively. She has traveled to several countries in Europe, Oceania, Middle East, Africa, North and Central America. Julliet is an avid sports fan, especially college football, and also enjoys cooking.
David Lamitie, Associate Director, Program Development and External Programs
Associate Director, Program Development and External Programs
David works on the development of new Boston University Study Abroad short and long-term programs as well as manages the non-Boston University study abroad program process (i.e. External Programs).
Debbie Miller, Associate Director, Enrollment Services
Associate Director, Enrollment Services
Debbie oversees the Enrollment Services group (Program Management and Student Services). Debbie studied abroad in Iceland during her junior year of high school. In college, she studied in France for one semester. She was in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan after graduating from college. So, at times since high school she has been proficient in Icelandic, French, Russian and Turkmen. She holds a BA in French and Language Studies and a MA from Lesley in Intercultural Relations.
Leilani Olson, Associate Director, University Relations and Campus Outreach
Associate Director, University Relations and Campus Outreach
Leilani has been working at BU Study abroad since 2003. Prior to starting her undergraduate career, she spent a year in Sweden as a Rotary exchange student. She then returned to the US to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and French Language and Literature at Boston University. During her junior year, she participated in BU’s Grenoble Language and Literature Program, as well as in the Paris Internship Program. Upon graduating in May 1999, Leilani returned to Paris in order to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), while simultaneously working in the BU Paris Center. In addition to speaking fluent English, French, and Swedish, she has studied Spanish and participated in Middlebury College’s Intensive Arabic Language Program. In her current role at BU Study Abroad, she is responsible for Institutional Relations as part of the outreach team. Leilani is also a director on the Board of Directors of the US Sciences PO Alumni Association.
Sarah Telford, Administrative Assistant
Sarah provides administrative support to the Executive Director as well as to the BU Study Abroad executive team. Sarah came to BU Study Abroad after four years at Middlesex School, a private boarding school where she served as the Assistant for Academic Affairs until her promotion to Executive Assistant to the Head of School. A magna cum laude BU alumna in French language and literature, Sarah spent her junior year in Grenoble, studying and also working part-time for the program. Sarah is a soprano and French diction coach for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony and has toured Hong Kong and Japan with the orchestra.
Caitlin Bueno, Enrollment Services Specialist
Enrollment Services Specialist
As Enrollment Services Specialist, Caitlin Bueno manages the processes and operations of registration, billing, course registration and course inventories for BU Study Abroad programs. She coordinates closely with staff in Boston and the program sites to provide high-level services to BU Study Abroad students.
Caitlin holds a degree in French Language and Literature from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and studied with the Grenoble Language and Liberal Arts and Paris Internship Programs.
Ilse Damkoehler, Program Manager
Ilse joined BU Study Abroad in February 2017. As a program manager, Ilse is responsible for the management and administration of Boston University Study Abroad programs in Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, and Switzerland. Her responsibilities include recruitment of applicants, processing of application materials, responding to program inquiries and issues, and planning pre-departure and reentry services.
Before coming to BU, Ilse worked at Emerson College, where she advised students on semester and faculty-led study abroad programs, provided immigration advising and support to international students, and assisted with campus-wide internationalization efforts. Her previous experience in the field includes positions at EF Education First and London Study Abroad Experience. Ilse is also a Co-Chair for the New England Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference.
Ilse has a BS in Business Administration and Spanish from Worcester State University and an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.
Ilse has studied, interned, and worked in Spain, Turkey, and England, and has traveled throughout the Caribbean, Europe, and United Kingdom.
Kaela Conroy, Program Manager
Kaela Conroy joined BU Study Abroad as a Program Manager in August 2016. As a Program Manager, Kaela is responsible for study abroad programs in China, France, and Spain. Before joining BU Study Abroad, she was serving as an interim Study Abroad Advisor for programs in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean at Brown University’s Office of International Programs. She recently graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where she completed a master’s degree in International Education Management while participating in a graduate assistantship in the Enrollment Office. Kaela holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with minors in Spanish and Political Science, and has studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica.
Keneshia Estimé, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Keneshia Estimé works as part of a team to perform the front-line reception and general advising duties for BU Study Abroad and is responsible for directing phone, email, and in-person correspondence. In this role, she also offers preliminary advising for students and manages application processing.
Before joining BU Study Abroad, Keneshia spent several months as a CISabroad Alumni Ambassador and also served as a peer advisor in the International Programs Office at UMass Dartmouth.
Keneshia holds a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Black Studies from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She studied abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and spent an extensive time volunteering in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition to South Africa and Haiti, Keneshia has traveled to Namibia, Puerto Rico, and Turkey.
Meghan Lee, Program Coordinator
Meghan Lee joined BU Study Abroad as a Program Coordinator in April 2016. As a Program Coordinator, she works to provide front-line reception and general advising for Study Abroad as well as managing phone, email, and in-person correspondence.
Before joining BU Study Abroad, Meghan worked for the University of New Hampshire as a front desk coordinator in Disability Services and the Center for Academic Resources.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire. In her junior year, she studied abroad in Hungary and also traveled to Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, England, Ireland, Italy and Croatia.
Sarah Lucerto, Academic & Student Support Manager
Academic & Student Support Manager
As Academic and Student Support Manager, Sarah provides coordination and oversight on all aspects of student academic advising, liaising with multiple BU offices, program facilitation and academic support, including post-program evaluations, learning outcomes assessment reporting, program course approvals and the Global Learning Experience online course. Sarah also manages the processes and operations of course registration and grading for all BU Study Abroad programs, and is the primary liaison for Study Abroad with the Office of Disability Services, Behavioral Medicine, and the Office of Judicial affairs.
Sarah is a 2010 graduate of Boston University with a BA in International Relations, focusing on foreign policy and security studies as well as Africa and the Middle East. She studied abroad in London in 2009 through the BU London Internship Program. Sarah is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art in graphic design.
Lauren Prema, Program Manager
Lauren Prema joined the BU Study Abroad Enrollment Services team as a Program Manager in March 2016 and currently works with programs in Auckland, Dresden, Haifa, Brussels, Sydney, and Venice. Before joining BU Study Abroad, Lauren worked at the DFA Intercultural Global Solutions in New York City as a Program Manager and was responsible for coordinating cross-cultural trainings for organizations doing business across the globe.
Lauren is a 2010 graduate of UNC Wilmington earning a B.A. in Political Science and a 2015 graduate of Lesley University earning a M.A. in Intercultural Relations. As an undergraduate student, Lauren studied abroad in France, South Africa, and India. Following her graduation from UNC Wilmington, Lauren taught English in South Korea for a year and volunteered with the Peace Corps for two years in Benin, West Africa.
Scott Runner, Program Manager, External Programs
Scott Runner joined BU Study Abroad as a Program Manager for External Programs in November 2016. Scott works with BU students who are pursuing or participating in External (non-BU) Programs. Scott comes to BU Study Abroad from Pennsylvania State University Global Programs where he served as an Education Abroad Advisor for two years. During his time at Penn State, Scott participated in a staff exchange with the University of Freiburg in Germany. Scott earned an MA in International Affairs at Boston University and a BA in History from Kennesaw State University. During his time as an undergraduate, Scott served as a Global Ambassador following his three education abroad experiences in Italy during which he engaged in language study and completed an internship at the US Embassy to the Holy See. Scott has spent extensive time studying and traveling throughout Italy and has also visited Germany, France, and Scotland.
Corey Blackmar, Program Manager
As a Program Manager, Corey Blackmar is responsible for the management and administration of Boston University study abroad and internship programs in London and Dublin. His responsibilities include recruitment of applicants, processing of application materials, responding to program inquiries and issues, and management of pre-departure and reentry services. Prior to joining BU, he held positions related to international travel and exchange at the University of Rhode Island, NAFSA, The Alliance for Global Education, and Road Scholar.
Corey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Keene State College and Master of Arts in International Media from American University. As an undergraduate student, he studied abroad in South Africa and has also traveled to South Korea, Costa Rica, Germany, and Czech Republic.
Jessica Walsh, Program Manager, Exchanges
Program Manager, Exchanges
Jessica manages Boston University’s inbound and outbound exchange programs, as well as the Arezzo Physical Theater and SEA Semester programs. Prior to joining BU, Jessica worked at Merrimack College most recently as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad, and prior to that as a Study Abroad Advisor. Jessica also serves as co-chair of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA).
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Education in Higher Education from Merrimack College. Jessica studied abroad in Florence, Italy in 2011. Since that initial experience abroad, Jessica has led a short-term program, traveled, and volunteered abroad in various countries.
Shannon Williams, Program Manager
She is the Program Manager for Washington, DC programs and the College of General Studies, Graduate Journalism, History and Literature, and Royal College of Music Programs in London. Additionally, she manages the film, radio, television, international relations, journalism, pre-law, advertising, marketing, politics, and public relations tracks in the London Internship Program.
Heather York, Assistant Director, Enrollment Services
Assistant Director, Enrollment Services
As Assistant Director for Enrollment Services, Heather York is responsible for student admissions, enrollment data management, and reporting for Study Abroad. She also monitors workflow and collaborates with the Study Abroad Outreach team.
Heather joined Study Abroad as a Program Manager, a role in which she was responsible for programs in Spain and Latin America. Prior to joining the BU Study Abroad team, Heather worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at Babson College, advising graduate and undergraduate students, as well as incoming exchange students, throughout their study abroad experiences.
Heather holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in Administrative Science and Spanish from Colby College. She originally studied abroad as an undergraduate student at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, which ignited her passion for the Spanish language and Latin American culture. Since that initial experience abroad, Heather has led trips, studied, traveled, interned and volunteered in numerous Latin American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Peru, and Uruguay.
Sheerley Zinori, Enrollment Services Manager
Enrollment Services Manager
Sheerley supervises the BU Study Abroad Program Coordinators and manages the application and general pre-departure documents and processes. She is also responsible for financial aid matters and various other aspects of the BU Study Abroad enrollment process. She is a 2008 Bryn Mawr College graduate, where she studied history and dance. Prior to joining the BU Study Abroad staff in 2011, Sheerley worked in higher education and study abroad offices in Boston. Sheerley spent a life-changing summer living with a host family in Sicily during high school, and a semester in Prague during college.
University Relations & Campus Outreach
Meg Andrews, University Relations and Campus Outreach Specialist
University Relations and Campus Outreach Specialist
Meg Andrews has served as the University Relations & Campus Outreach Specialist for BU Study Abroad since February 2014. She is responsible for promoting and recruiting BU Study Abroad’s 90+ programs through on and off-campus events, programming, communications, and marketing initiatives. She also oversees the BU Study Abroad Ambassador program, made up of 30 BU Study Abroad alumni who help represent and inform constituents about study abroad opportunities.
Meg has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Boston University’s School of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Communication (Public Relations) from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Meg spent time abroad in Honduras and Haiti through service learning opportunities and has visited Boston University’s Auckland, Burgos, Dublin, Grenoble, London, Madrid, Paris, and Sydney study abroad sites.
Meg Lucas, Senior Manager, University Relations and Campus Outreach
Senior Manager, University Relations and Campus Outreach
Meg Lucas has been with BU Study Abroad since 2009, where she began as a marketing assistant. She then moved full-time in the marketing department in 2011 to focus on recruitment strategies and to further develop interdepartmental relationships at BU. She currently generates and manages communications and marketing initiaitives for BU Study Abroad’s 100+ programs through special events, formal presentations, social media sites and communication materials. Meg represents BU Study Abroad to students, parents, advisors, faculty members and administrators both on-campus at BU and to several schools around the United States.
Meg is a 2010 graduate of BU’s College of Communication with a BS in Mass Communication/Public Relations and a 2014 graduate of the School of Education with a M.Ed. in Policy, Planning & Administration and a concentration in Higher Education Administration. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Advertising through BU’s Metropolitan College and College of Communication. Meg studied abroad on the Dublin Internship Program in the spring of 2009 and, since then, has traveled extensively throughout Europe and to Australia and New Zealand.
Andi Walgren, Institutional Representative
As a member of our Marketing/Recruitment team since 2004, Andi promotes our programs to students on campuses around the country. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and has over 30 years of experience in educational administration, college admissions, and international program development. She served for 20 years as a senior administrator at The School for Field Studies (SFS), a provider of environmental field study programs. Andi is also an adjunct faculty at Lesley University where she teaches the course International Educational Exchange in the graduate program in Intercultural Relations.