Staff

The MET International team is responsible for working with Metropolitan College’s academic departments to develop and implement Metropolitan College’s internationally oriented academic programs in Boston, as well as for fostering the College’s strategic collaborations with organizations abroad.

Neus Codina, Director

Neus joined the MET International team in 2006 as an admissions manager. In her current role as director, she oversees the development and implementation of College-wide international initiatives. Working closely with partner institutions and academic departments at MET, Neus manages the administration of graduate and undergraduate partnership programs. She leads the student services team in all aspects of positive student experiences—from the admissions process to advising, support, and integration. A former study abroad student herself, Neus is well aware of the special needs international students have while in a different country and culture.

A native of Spain, Neus has a degree in English Literature from Universitat de Barcelona. After teaching English language, literature, and culture in a Spanish high school, she moved to the Boston area to pursue a master’s degree in Human Resources Counseling at Northeastern University. Her career shifted from academia to the industry sector when she was hired as a technical translator in a software localization company. Neus’s diverse set of skills comes from her work as a translator, project manager, recruiter, and HR manager. A speaker of three languages, Neus loves photography, traveling, and cooking. She currently lives in Wellesley with her husband, two daughters, and much-loved English cocker spaniel.

Katherine Dunkerley, Associate Director for International Initiatives

Kate has been an integral member of the MET International team since 2007, managing international partnership development for MET and cultivating new academic pathways for MET International students. Kate’s diverse expertise includes developing an ESL tutoring program for migrant and refugee communities in southern Colorado and managing the administration of U.S. Department of State grants for international high school students with CIEE Boston. Kate’s extensive work in the field of international education makes her an essential resource for the entire MET International team.

Since earning a BA from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Kate has completed an MA in Political Science from SUNY Albany and an EdM in Higher Education Administration from Boston University. A speaker of Spanish and Slovak, Kate has serious international travel under her belt, from studying abroad in Mexico and volunteering in Guatemala to teaching English in Slovakia.

Amanda Balagur, Outreach Manager

After getting an MLA in Gastronomy at BU, Amanda joined the MET International team in 2016. Her food studies coursework focused on history, culture and communications. Amanda oversees the MET International marketing and communications strategy and supports business development by engaging with prospective and current partner institutions. She has extensive experience in marketing strategy, content management, copywriting and social media.

Amanda earned a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She first became interested in international travel and cultural exchange in high school, when she traveled to Eastern Europe as a People to People student ambassador. Amanda is also a freelance food journalist, and she enjoys researching and writing about cultural exchange through food.

CRYSTAL DAY, Senior Program Administrator

Crystal joined MET International in 2015 after her previous position with the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Virginia Tech. As a program administrator, she maintains institutional partnerships, serves as an academic advisor to students, manages the student application process, and strives to ensure program quality. Crystal enjoys serving international students and reducing barriers to socio-cultural and academic integration.

A proud native of Virginia, she received her BA in International Studies and Spanish from Virginia Tech, with a Minor in History. Crystal’s Peruvian heritage fuels her strong interest in traveling throughout Latin America. With a passion to explore, Crystal can be found hiking, biking, and seeking out lesser-known destinations.

KYLE BENEDICT, Program Administrator

Before joining MET International in May 2018, Kyle worked at Lasell College in Student Activities and International Services, where he advised and supported students looking to study abroad, developed events and also served as an adviser to student organizations.  In his current role as program administrator, he helps to maintain institutional partnerships, serves as an academic advisor to students, manages the student application process, and strives to ensure program quality.

Kyle earned a BS in Business Management from Westfield State University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College. His passion for international education developed during his participation in a semester study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland, as well as a summer internship in Cape Town, South Africa. Besides his love of travel, Kyle is an avid supporter of the New York Yankees and the New England Patriots. 

Helen Hassinger, Administrative Coordinator

Helen joined MET International as Administrative Coordinator in 2018 after graduating from the Boston University Opera Institute.  She began working for MET International in 2014 as a graduate student assistant.  In her current role, she provides a full range of operational support for the department’s programs, including event planning, application processing, and managing internal and external inquiries with students, institutional partners, and other offices within the University. 

A native of Wisconsin, Helen received her BA in Music with a Minor in Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College, where she studied abroad in Ireland, and toured in Spain and Morocco with the St. Olaf Orchestra.  She also holds an MM in Voice Performance and a Certificate in Opera Performance from Boston University.  In her free time, Helen enjoys exploring Boston’s historical landmarks, baking, and practicing her Chinese-speaking skills.