Heather Barclay Hamir, Executive Director
Heather Barclay Hamir
Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir serves as executive director of Study Abroad, a division of Global Programs. She joined BU in April 2014 to lead the day-to-day operations and develop strategies and programming which continue to build on BU’s longstanding excellence in study abroad.
Heather joined BU from The University of Texas at Austin, where she served as director of Study Abroad for six years. During her tenure, UT Austin rose from seventh to the second in the nation for the number of students studying abroad, and oversaw support and programming for over 3,300 students per year in both credit- and non-credit bearing activities. She has participated in various national boards committed to furthering the quality and participation in international education. Currently, she serves on the Forum Council of the Forum on Education Abroad and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Education Abroad.
Heather has been an active leader in national discussions about how to increase access to study abroad. At UT Austin, she successfully secured $450,000 in grant and scholarship funding to support student participation. In 2014, the University received both NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and Diversity Abroad’s Excellence in Diversifying International Education Institutional Award in recognition of the work carried out under her leadership to promote equal access to study abroad opportunities among a highly diverse student population. Based on research she conducted in 2011, Heather also led one of the first programs in the nation to pilot study abroad programming as a retention tool.
Before joining UT Austin in 2008, Heather was the director of Study Abroad & Exchange Programs at Central Washington University, where she began her efforts to expand student participation to underserved populations. Heather received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MS and MA from Oregon State University, and her BA cum laude from Pomona College.
Philippe Pavillard, Director, Site Operations
Director, Site Operations
Philippe is responsible for the overall oversight of BU Study Abroad. He is also a representative of BU on the EUSA Board of Directors.
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 will work 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.
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 is assistant to Heather Barclay Hamir, executive director of BU Study Abroad. She also assists Debra Terzian with academic affairs work and provides general administrative support for the 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.
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).
Emily Whalen, Program Manager, External Programs
Program Manager, External Programs
Emily advises students interested in studying abroad with an externally sponsored program for the semester, summer or academic year regarding BU policies, external program quality, and general study abroad considerations. Prior to working at BU, Emily worked as the Assistant Director of Student Services for a small Boston based program provider where she oversaw student advising, enrollment procedures and policies, and onsite program implementation. She also worked with senior staff on crisis management for programs in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Botswana. Emily holds a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College and participated on a semester abroad in South Africa during her Junior year.
Melissa Ormsbee, Assistant Director, Enrollment Services
Assistant Director, Enrollment Services
Melissa oversees the BU Study Abroad Enrollment Services staff embers who coordinate application processes, program registration, financial aid, billing, transcripts, statistics and reporting, and other student financial and academic affairs. She is also responsible for student information systems and records and assists with Enrollment Services policy development and planning. Melissa studied art history and computer science and had participated in study and work abroad programs in Metz, France and London. Prior to joining the BU Study Abroad staff in 2006, Melissa worked in non-profit arts administration as well as event management as a registrar, program coordinator, and systems specialist.
Canaan Boyer, Program Manager
Canaan began interning at BU Study Abroad in the fall of 2009, working for the Director of Academic Affairs, Elizabeth Goldsmith. She spent the academic year of 2008-2009 living in Grenoble, France and working as the BU in Grenoble program assistant. She has also spent 7 months in Normandy as an English language assistant, as well as a semester in Cordoba, Spain as an undergrad. At the moment, she is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in French at BU. She manages the Auckland programs, the Shanghai programs, and the Sydney Programs.
Sarah Cooper, Program Manager
Sarah manages the day-to-day application and general pre-departure documents, processes and provides secondary customer service and troubleshooting for students, advisors, and recommenders throughout the admission process and pre-departure process. In addition to providing support for varied, essential enrollment services tasks, Sarah organizes and processes French and Spanish visa letters for admitted students. She is a 2010 graduate of CAS 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. She manages a number of London programs including the Acting Program, Courtauld Institute of Art Program, and the School of Education program along with the arts and arts administration, management, theater studies, economics and finance, psychology and health sciences, hospitality and tourism tracks in the London Internship Program.
Marisa Crowley, Program Manager, Exchanges
Program Manager, Exchanges
Marisa joined the BU Study Abroad staff in 2013. She is the manager of our exchange programs and is the main point of contact for both incoming international exchange students and BU students going abroad on exchange.
Marisa has participated in short-term study abroad programs in both China and Russia and lived in the UK for two years while completing an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University.
Prior to joining the BU Study Abroad team, Marisa worked as a Study Abroad Advisor and Manage of Short-Term International Programs at Northern Arizona University, and as a Career Advisor at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds an M.Ed in Counseling and Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University and a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College.
Caitlin Dundon, Enrollment Services Administrator
Enrollment Services Administrator
Caitlin is responsible for many post-admission processes, including billing, registration, grading and transcripting 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 graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006 (French Language and Literature) and studied with the Grenoble Language and Liberal Arts and Paris Internship Programs.
Alissa Kramer, Program Manager
Alissa joined the BU Study Abroad staff in 2012. She holds a BA in Germanic Languages and Literatures, and a BS in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She has studied abroad for a year at the Karls-Eberhard Universitat in Tuebingen, Germany, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, North and Central America and Israel.
Prior to coming to BU, Alissa worked as Program Officer for Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Switzerland programs at ISEP International Student Exchange Programs in Washington, D.C. She has experience in student advising, program development, visa issues, and marketing. At BU Study Abroad, she manages the Brussels, Dresden, Geneva, Los Angeles, Rabat, and Zanzibar Programs.
Mary Ogburn, Program Manager
Mary completed her MA in Higher Education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She has a BA in French from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and spent a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence with the American University Center of Provence.
She has also studied abroad on shorter-term and faculty-led programs at Universitat Kassel in Germany and at language institutes in Montpellier, France and in Florence. She spent an additional year in the French Alps as an English language assistant through the French Ministry of Education.
Mary has worked in international programs offices at three different institutions: Virginia Tech and most recently at Boston College and Wellesley College. In these roles, she had a range of responsibilities, including student advising, marketing and recruiting, and coordinating faculty-led and exchange programs. At BU Study Abroad, Mary manages the Italy, Grenoble, Paris, Padua, and Israel programs.
Shelagh Mollohan, Program Coordinator
Shelagh handles our interactions with visitors and preliminary advising to students, as well as application processing. She graduated from BU in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and a BA in Hispanic Language and Literature. She spent her Junior year in Spain with the BU Madrid Language and Liberal Arts program as well as the Madrid Internship Program. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a tour-guide and information-session speaker in the Office of Admissions. More recently, she served as a volunteer with WorldTeach, where she taught English full-time while living with a host family in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. She has traveled to the same amount of countries as her age and loves speaking with students about their past-present and future abroad experiences.
Jesse Pearlman, Program Coordinator
Jesse handles our interactions with visitors and preliminary advising to students, as well as application processing. He received his BA in Communication from the University of Dayton and attended Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands as a study abroad student. He served as News Manager at his university’s radio station in Ohio and has worked for organizations such as the YMCA and International Camper Exchange Program (ICEP).
Kimberly Vo, Program Coordinator
Kim handles our interactions with visitors and preliminary advising to students, as well as application processing. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Psychology, and attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an exchange student. Prior to joining the BU Study Abroad team, Kim served as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate at Greater Boston Legal Services and worked with Asian-American organizations in both Illinois and Massachusetts.
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, Program Manager
Heather joined the BU Study Abroad staff in 2012 and is the main contact for students interested in studying abroad in Spain or Latin America. Heather 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.
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.
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 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.
Meg Andrews, University Relations and Campus Outreach Specialist
University Relations and Campus Outreach Specialist
Meg Andrews joined BU Study Abroad in February 2014. She is responsible for promoting and recruiting BU Study Abroad programs through on and off-campus programs and special events, and helps to represent programs to students, advisors, faculty members and administrators. Meg is a 2011 graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication with a BS in Public Relations. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education at BU’s School of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Before joining BU Study Abroad, Meg worked as the Coordinator of the Parents Programs within Boston University Development and Alumni Relations, where she was responsible for helping parents stay informed, connected, and engaged with the BU community. Meg has had extensive experience in volunteerism, including time abroad in Honduras and Haiti.
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.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Staff
Samantha Peterson, Academic Affairs Intern
Samantha is a PhD candidate in French Literature and a Presidential Teaching Fellow in French at BU. As an undergraduate at Williams College, she traveled and studied extensively in France, including short-term exchanges at schools in Biarritz and Angers, and one year at the Université de Paris III. She has assisted the Director of Academic Affairs since 2010.
Jonathan Candelaria, Marketing Assistant
Jonathan is a senior pursuing a degree in Advertising (B.S.) in the College of Communication. He studied abroad on the Madrid Internship Program in Summer 2014, right after completing his junior year. He has worked as a marketing assistant to BU Study Abroad since September 2013.