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Executive Team

Keith Cline - CEO Keith Cline

Chief Executive Officer

Keith A. Cline is the Chief Executive Officer of the CAPA: The Global Education Network and CEA Study Abroad combined organization. Keith has been active in higher education for many years and has dedicated his time and philanthropic endeavors to developing well prepared and globally minded students. This includes the endowment of The Cline Leadership Academy at The University of Akron, his alma mater, which seeks to develop students into effective team leaders today and worldwide leaders for the future, and an endowment to The Ohio State University to The Shumaker Complex, a comprehensive training, wellness, and educational facility aimed at collaboration, innovation, and learning for student-athletes.

Prior to joining CAPA and CEA, Keith spent 20 years in executive leadership roles with hospitality and specialty retail brands and has extensive experience in strategy development, operational excellence, and building highly effective teams. His passion for leading people and building strong and diverse values-based cultures is the perfect intersection with the mission and purpose of the combined CAPA and CEA organization.

Most recently, Keith was the President & CEO of La Quinta Inns & Suites and its successor company, CorePoint Lodging Inc. He serves on the Texas FFA Foundation Board and is a member of World 50, a private global community of senior executives.

Keith is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Akron with a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

John Christian

John Christian
President

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.

 

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Dr. Martha Johnson

Executive Vice President and Provost

Martha Johnson is the Executive Vice President and Provost for CAPA: The Global Education Network and CEA Study Abroad combined organization.

She has worked in education abroad since 1991, including on-site at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and as the Study Abroad Coordinator at Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, England. She managed institutional relations for several US-based educational organizations and consortia including Regent’s College in London and AustraLearn previous to going to the University of Minnesota in 2001.

From 2009-2022, Martha served the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota and oversaw one of the largest education abroad offices in the US, sending over 4000 students abroad annually. She played a key leadership role in the highly successful and internationally recognized Curriculum Integration initiative, as well as developing the Career Integration project and subsequent conferences.

Martha holds a PhD in American Studies with an emphasis in drama and the performance of gender, race, and cultural identity from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Martha has presented and chaired numerous sessions and workshops at national and international conferences, served on a variety of education abroad program boards, and authored articles and chapters for publications including Frontiers and NAFSA guides, publications, and resources. She previously served in leadership roles and chaired multiple committees in NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, the Global Leadership League, and the Fund for Education Abroad. She is currently serving a term as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Forum.

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

Andrea Custodi

Dr. Andrea Custodi
Vice President of Academic Affairs 

Andrea comes to CAPA with 20 years of experience in senior leadership at education abroad organizations: from a small liberal arts consortium operating in South India, to Arcadia and IFSA's Alliance for Global Education, and most recently as Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at CET Academic Programs.

She also brings an extensive record of service to the field. Andrea currently serves on AIEA's Publications & Resources Committee; she has chaired The Forum on Education Abroad’s Curriculum Committee, Standards Committee, and Outcomes Assessment Committee, and served as a member of the Forum Council, the Ethics Committee, and the Trained Facilitator Corps. Andrea holds an interdisciplinary PhD from The George Washington University and her academic background spans South Asian religious studies, critical theory, history, and international politics.

In her role at CAPA: The Global Education Network, Andrea oversees and upholds CAPA's commitment to academic excellence, seeking to foster innovation in pedagogy and curriculum design, and ensuring the smooth administration of academic policies and processes.

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 US, 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 the Vice President of Global Operations, Catherine manages the operations of CAPA’s global program centers, including maintaining the standards for program and student services, relationship management with key overseas partners, and new center development. She is a co-editor of CAPA’s Occasional Paper series and provides leadership to CAPA's Health & Safety Committee which is responsible for the design, regular review and implementation of CAPA's practices and protocols.

Jodi Melichar

 Jodi Melichar
Vice President of US Operations

Jodi is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the Enrollment and Advising Department. She joined the CAPA team in 2006, as the Manager of US Program Services. Jodi also serves on CAPA's Health & Safety Committee which is responsible for all aspects of CAPA's practices and protocols. 

Since joining CAPA, 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 thorough advising and pre-departure preparation to set the framework for a culturally rich and safe time abroad.

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Darin Smith-Gaddis
Vice President of Institutional Relations & Diversity Initiatives

Darin is responsible for overseeing CAPA’s institutional relations, custom program teams’ and global JEDI initiatives. Prior to joining CAPA, Darin spent six years at AFS Intercultural Programs USA, where he developed the U.S Department of State Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) program, managed the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program, and redeveloped the AFS Faces of America diversity scholarship and recruitment program.

He has served on several committees and working groups for Diversity Abroad, including the Diversity Network High School Student Task Force, the Global Student Leadership Summit Planning Committee, and AIDE Roadmap 2.0 Working Group. Darin has participated on the Lessons from Abroad Curriculum Review Committee, The Forum Committed to Ending Global Racism Badging Program, and is the author of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Education Abroad Office chapter in the NAFSA Guide to Education Abroad 5th Edition. He also regularly presents at NAFSA, Forum, Diversity Abroad, and other industry conferences. Darin has a BA in Political Science from Northwestern University, an MPA in Public Sector Management and Leadership from California State University, Northridge, and is an alumnus of the NAFSA Management Development Program. Originally from Alaska and a three-time study abroad participant, Darin enjoys traveling the world and gaining new insights and experiences.

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Shawna Parker
Vice President of Marketing

Shawna has worked in international education and related fields for more than 20 years. As the Vice President of Marketing for CAPA, she oversees all aspects of CAPA’s marketing activities and works closely with global teams on content and communication.

She has previously served as the Director of Marketing for World Learning, an international education and nongovernmental institution that is the umbrella organization for the School for International Training (SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate programs), and The Experiment in International Living. She holds a degree in Political Science from Smith College. In addition to her work in international education, Shawna has experience in sales and marketing consulting and as a book editor, designer, and publisher.

 Craig KenchCraig 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 students' personal and professional development.

Prior to joining CAPA, Craig had managed educational facilities around the London area, worked for the UK government, and spent 10 years working and studying in the US. He holds an MA and a BS in Education from Walsh University. Craig is a former professional football (soccer) player.