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.
Nora joined CAPA in 2013. Based in Boston, she works with CAPA partner institutions in New England and manages a team of Institutional Relations Managers. Outside of CAPA, she has held the position of Secretary for NAFSA Region XI (2017-2019), presented at conferences and returnee events, and contributed 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. Prior to joining CAPA, Nora held positions as an English Language Teaching Assistant in Salzburg, Austria, and as a Program Associate at IES Abroad.
She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she studied International Affairs, European Cultural Studies, and German. She earned a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in 2018. She enjoys walking her dog, Frances, in the Arnold Arboretum and tasting the Thai food specialties in whatever New England town she finds herself.
Darin joined CAPA in 2014. Based in Los Angeles, he works with CAPA partner institutions on the West Coast and Pacific Northwest and oversees a team of Institutional Relations Managers.
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 US Department of State Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program.
He is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Political Science. He earned an MPA in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University Northridge.
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.
Laura is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and works with CAPA partners in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Laura has worked in higher education since 2006, and strategic partnerships and alliances have been the backbone of her success. Prior to joining CAPA, Laura managed international programming, career and leadership development initiatives, and admissions for specialized areas within the University of Michigan. In her role, she effectively partnered with advisors, faculty, and staff to develop and implement curriculum that supports experiential learning and strong career outcomes.
Laura received her BA in Hospitality Business and MA in Higher Education, Adult, and Lifelong Learning from Michigan State University. Her passion for global education, business, and higher education stems from her study abroad experience in Norway and her extensive world-wide travel.
Kirsten joined CAPA in January 2020, after living and working in England for four years. She is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and works with partner institutions in the Mid-Atlantic (NAFSA Region VIII). Prior to joining CAPA, she served as Head of Study Abroad at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, and also oversaw their recruitment strategy and activities for North America. Kirsten previously held a variety of roles related to international education and international development. Kirsten has been deeply involved with NAFSA for a number of years, as a presenter, exhibitor, and member leader. She served on the NAFSA Education Abroad Regulatory Practice Committee for ten years working on issues that affect students studying abroad, including changes to visa regulations.
She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she majored in International Relations, and spent a year studying in Reading, England. Kirsten also received her MA in International Development Studies from The George Washington University.