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Institutional Relations Team

 Leadership

David Enda

 
David Enda
Vice President of Institutional Relations and Marketing
 

David began his international education career with CAPA in California as a Program Development Consultant in 2002, where his primary responsibility was building custom faculty-led programs with U.S. institutions in the Southeast. In 2005, David relocated to CAPA’s Boston headquarters to lead the newly established Institutional Relations team. He became Vice President of Institutional Relations in 2007, and over the following years served in a number of different leadership roles including Vice President of U.S. Operations and Vice President of Marketing. He also served on CAPA’s Board of Directors/Boundary team.  

David received a BA in Business Management and Finance from Concordia University. His passion for international education came from his own study and internship experience in London during the fall semester of his junior year. David is an active contributor in the international education field, presenting at conferences such as NAFSA, CIEE, and GIC. 
 
In his free time, David is an avid traveler and, if he is not on a trip, he is usually planning one. His favorite places to seek out generally are amazing hiking trails.

Michael Woolf

 
Dr. Michael Woolf
Deputy President for Strategic Development
 

Michael has spent much of his career in an international context. Prior to working in mainstream international education, he taught American Literature at the universities of Hull, Middlesex, Padova, and Venice, and worked as a researcher-writer for BBC radio. Michael has held leadership roles with FIE, CIEE, and Syracuse University. He has also consulted for New York University, Brethren Colleges Abroad, Warwick University, and is an adviser to the President of Tamagawa University in Tokyo.

He serves on a number of boards and committees including the Curriculum Committee of the Forum on Education Abroad, the Editorial Boards of Frontiers and the Journal of Studies in International Education, EAIE’s Knowledge Development Task Force, and Braun Stiftung für Internationalen Austausch. Michael was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum on Education Abroad from 2006 to 2012.

Michael holds a PhD in American Studies, an MA in Literature, and a BA in History and Politics. He has written widely and has published extensively on international education and cultural studies. Most recently, he published work aimed at critically reviewing the core assumptions of study abroad. You can read a sample of Michael’s short essays in his monthly blog column Thoughts on Education Abroad.

Regional Managers

Nora Larkin

 
Nora Larkin
Regional Manager of Institutional Relations
 
Nora joined CAPA in 2013, and works with CAPA partner institutions in New England and manages projects and processes of the institutional relations team. Outside of CAPA, she participates in regional activities as the Secretary for NAFSA Region XI and as a regular presenter at conferences and returnee events Nora is also a member of CAPA’s Diversity Committee, and has contributed to recent literature on the topic as a guest editor for the Special Issue on Religion and Study Abroad of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad and in CAPA’s Occasional Publication on Civil Rights and Inequalities. Previously, Nora held positions as an English teaching assistant in Salzburg, Austria and at IES Abroad.
 
She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she studied International Affairs, European Cultural Studies, and German, and also received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. 

Nora Larkin

 
Darin Smith-Gaddis
Regional Manager of Institutional Relations and Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
 

Darin joined CAPA in 2014. He works with CAPA partner institutions on the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, and oversees a team of Institutional Relations Managers developing outcome driven and impactful programming. Additionally, he focuses on equity and inclusion initiatives and partnerships to increase diversity and access in the field and on CAPA programs.

Prior to joining CAPA, Darin served multiple roles within AFS Intercultural Programs USA, with a focus on program design, development and implementation. He managed the Faces of America Diversity Scholarships to Study Abroad program and developed and implemented the U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program.

He is a graduate of the Northwestern University, where he studied Political Science, and received an MPA from California State University Northridge.

Institutional Relations Managers

Paul Hopkinson

 
Paul Hopkinson
Institutional Relations Manager
 
Paul, originally from Massachusetts but now based in Austin, Texas, has worked in various roles within higher education and study abroad. He has worked as a bilingual Admission Counselor traveling throughout Texas, Florida and Latin America recruiting students as well as an Academic Advisor for freshmen and transfer students at St. Edward’s University.  After receiving his MA in Spanish, Paul joined the world of international education with International Studies Abroad (ISA) to manage their internship and service learning division as well develop customized faculty-led programs. He also worked with EF Education to develop partnerships with institutions and faculty throughout the Southwestern United States. Although Paul has resided in Texas since 2002, he still roots for the Red Sox while serving as the Institutional Relations Manager for schools in the south central region.  He is excited to be part of CAPA and have the opportunity to work with study abroad administrators, faculty and students while facilitating meaningful and high impact study abroad experiences. 

Jonathan Hakim

 
Jonathan Hakim
Institutional Relations Manager
 
Jonathan is based in New York City and works with CAPA partner institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. A Philadelphia native, Jonathan attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He spent a year studying abroad at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Upon graduation, he received a full-time job in the Penn study abroad office where he worked for six years before moving to New York City and later working with Ben-Gurion University as the Director of Student Affairs and Institutional Relations. He enjoys traveling, exploring new cities, and trying different food.   

Ashley Hiers

 
Ashley Hiers
Institutional Relations Manager
 
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Ashley has worked with institutions in the southeast United States as an Institutional Relations Manager with CAPA since 2017. Prior to this, she worked for the Consortium for Global Education, a faith-based, international education organization based in Atlanta. From 2013-2015, she lived in Nigeria performing logistics work for a missions organization.
Custom Programs Team

Jennifer Pitts

 
Jennifer Pitts
Director of Global Custom Programs
 
Throughout her ten years within institutional relations at CAPA, Jen has strategized with universities to develop meaningful and creative custom programs. She is always excited to see what ideas institutions have for program models abroad and how CAPA can support and enhance this vision. Jen also works closely with the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to CAPA, she served as an International Recruitment Consultant for The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). At CIEE, she developed relationships with U.S. companies to host international students. Jen has lived abroad in Australia and traveled extensively throughout all of Europe and Southeast Asia. 

 

Support Staff

Hayle Wesolowski

 
Hayle Wesolowski
Institutional Relations Coordinator
 
Originally from the Boston area, Hayle supports the Institutional Relations Team through overseeing the smooth-running of CAPA’s Global Education Workshops, liaising with the Marketing team for materials and updates, drafting communications to institutions, and leading alumni initiatives. She decided to pursue education abroad after studying in New Delhi, India, and working at the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Political Science and History from Middlebury College, where she also worked as a Fellow in multicultural affairs. Hayle is proficient in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and enjoys learning about different cultures through dance.