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Executive Team

John Christian

 
John Christian
President/CEO
 

John has a longstanding history in the field of international education spanning more than 25 years. He has been an active and contributing member of the international education industry including NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and Forum on Education Abroad.

He began his international education career as a Foreign Student Advisor for the State University of New York at Oswego in the Office of International Education. He attended graduate school at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies where he completed a master’s degree in Area studies: China. During this time, John was also the executive director of the SUNY Oswego London Center which led to the development of CAPA’s first program center in London.

As an entrepreneur and leader, John continues to evolve and support the field of international education. He strives for new and innovative ways to enhance the student experience in academics, personal and professional development and cultural exchange using state-of-the-art technology to create globally collaborative communities across the CAPA network of programs. His entrepreneurial approach to learning takes students to places they never knew they could go and prepares them to function and compete in an increasingly interdependent global landscape.

Currently, John sits on the Fund for Education Abroad’s Access Advisory Board, the Advisory Council for Diversity Abroad, and the Development Board of the California Innocence Project.

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

Joan Fusco

 
Joan Fusco
Vice President of Human Resources
 

 

Joan has over 15 years of HR experience in healthcare, technology, and international education. She brings existing knowledge of CAPA, having worked as the HR manager for NETC/CAPA from 2000-2004.
 
Joan began her professional career as a Staff Assistant at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, and as part of an internship program, she supported the Vice President of Diversity at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Equating HR to "global diplomacy," Joan progressively built her career in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations based in the U.S. and abroad, including at MIT, where she received departmental awards for Collaboration and Community Building, and Creativity and Innovation. Just before coming back to CAPA, Joan served as Vice President of Human Resources for Vista Higher Learning.
 
She holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in Modern Languages (French, Italian, Russian) from McGill University in Montreal. Combining her passion for education, international travel and Human Resources, Joan has a demonstrated ability to positively impact organizations through strategic consulting, organizational development, employee relations, and other initiatives to foster a vibrant and results-oriented entrepreneurial work culture in support of CAPA's mission.

Annagene Yucas

 
Dr. Annagene Yucas
Vice President of Academic Affairs
 

Angi heads CAPA’s Global Academic Management team which is comprised of the academic directors across all CAPA programs. She is responsible for the implementation and compliance of CAPA’s academic policies and procedures, as well as curriculum development. Her top priority is maintaining a high standard of academic quality in CAPA programs, conducting annual program assessments and five-year comprehensive, onsite reviews. She also serves as CAPA’s liaison to the Academic Advisory Board and the Schools of Record. Angi has worked closely with CAPA since the early ‘90s when, as the Director of Study Abroad at the University of Pittsburgh, she first developed an institutional relationship with the organization. Having built several programs with CAPA over the years, Angi has an excellent understanding of the organization’s mission, sites, and program models.

Angi has served on the advisory boards of several education abroad organizations, has held leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Council for International Education and NAFSA Regions VIII and IX. She is currently a member of three committees of the Forum on Education Abroad, is a QUIP Peer Reviewer and an Assessor for the Forum’s Certification Program. She has taught courses on intercultural communication, leadership development, journal writing, and mythology and modern literature.

Angi has enjoyed an outstanding career in international education spanning more than 30 years. She possesses comprehensive knowledge of education abroad programming and assessment, student advising, campus and community life in the U.S., national outreach, fundraising and scholarship resources, standards of good practice, relevant legal issues, and effective crisis management practice. She holds a Ph.D. and an MA in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University, a BA in English and French Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and has recently completed an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh.

Catherine Colon

 

Catherine Colon
Vice President of Global Operations

Catherine began her career with CAPA in 1995. Her passion for study abroad developed as an undergraduate student at Santa Clara University when she spent her third year studying at Durham University in the north of England. After completing a BS, Catherine returned to the UK and earned an MA in Sociology and Social Policy at Durham University. Following a few years working in the U.S., including at the Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles and CAPA's former California office, Catherine returned to the UK in 1999 and has since been based at CAPA’s London center. As a member of CAPA’s Executive Team, Catherine’s primary areas of focus include assessment and quality assurance, new product development, and the administration of CAPA’s global corporate affairs.

Jodi Melichar

 
Jodi Melichar
Vice President of U.S. Operations
 
Jodi is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the enrollment and advising and IT departments.  She joined the CAPA team in 2006, as the Manager of US Program Services.  Since then she has held a variety of leadership roles including Director of Pre Departure Services, and Vice President of Global Program Services.  Prior to joining CAPA, Jodi worked for STA Travel serving as a manager for The George Washington University and Boston University branch offices.  In addition to this she spent four years leading tours in India, Nepal, and Vietnam for Intrepid Travel, an Australian based adventure travel company.  Through her studies in India as well as her own travel, and experience as an international tour leader she learned firsthand the importance of through advising and pre-departure preparation to set the framework for a culturally rich and safe time abroad.

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.

Craig Kench

 
Craig Kench
Vice President of Internships
 

 

Craig is responsible for the direction and implementation of internship programs across all of CAPA's global locations and is heavily involved in CAPA’s development of frameworks for student’s personal and professional development.
 
Prior to joining CAPA, Craig had managed educational facilities around the London area, worked for the U.K. government, and spent ten years working and studying in the U.S. He holds an MA and a BS in Education from Walsh University. Craig is a former professional football (soccer) player.

 

Kevin Heimlich

 
Kevin Heimlich
Controller
 
Kevin began his career with CAPA in the fall of 2018. Kevin comes with extensive financial management experience, including working as an audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PWC) in Boston. He has also held senior positions at Cognition Financial Corp (formerly First Marblehead Corp), Corporate Finance Group, Inc (CFGI) and, more recently, as a controller at Waypoint Capital Services, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance & Accounting (Honors Program) and a Master’s degree in Accounting, both from Bentley University in Waltham, MA. As a member of CAPA’s Executive Team, Kevin is responsible for all of CAPA’s financial functions. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, Gia, and their two little boys Kevin (5 years old) and Ben (2 years old), plus visiting Wells Beach in Maine during the summer, and playing golf.