Advisory Board

Advisor & Faculty

Advisory Board

Mission Statement

CEA Study Abroad's Advisory Board is composed of leaders in the field of international higher education that support the organization's strategic direction and assist in achieving its long-term and programmatic goals.
The Advisory Board serves as counsel on issues of future initiatives, higher education, and student advocacy. Board membership is voluntary and by invitation of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs & Initiatives and Chief Academic Officer of CEA. CEA strives for board members who reflect the diversity of the colleges and universities, students, and alumni affiliated with CEA’s academic programs and institutions.

No less than eight members represent the board at any given time, with at least one representative from CEA’s School of Record, serving in an ex-officio capacity. Board members serve for three years with the option to extend membership by an additional three years, based on the discretion of CEA and other board members. The board meets formally at least twice a year to discuss, propose, and vote on matters up for consideration by CEA, including:

  • The undertaking of future projects
  • The launching of approved initiatives
  • Matters pertaining to higher education
  • Student's health, safety and wellbeing
  • Other issues of common interest

Board Members

CEA’s Advisory Board facilitates continuous improvement of our overall operations, seeks out growth opportunities, identifies innovative learning opportunities, enriches the student experience to enhance cross-cultural awareness and global competency, and adheres to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad as established by The Forum on Education Abroad. Board members are selected based upon their years of experience in the field, levels of expertise, areas of interest, and commitment to the field of education abroad.
John Peters, Ph.D.
Dean of International Programs
Marist College

Lisa Chieffo, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Study Abroad
University of Delaware

Samantha Potempa, M.A.
Assistant Director for Study Abroad, Office of International Studies & Programs
Illinois State University

Amy Conger, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement
University of Michigan

Cindy Price, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Seattle Pacific University

Helena Kaufman, Ph.D.
Director of Off-Campus Studies
Carleton College

Cari Vanderkar, Ph.D.
Director, International Center
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Vannessa Kramer, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean, Global Programs, Eller College of Management
University of Arizona

Daniel J. May, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of New Haven

Martha McGivern, Ph.D.
Director of Study Abroad
DePaul University


Competence and Efficiency
Working with CEA has been a pleasure for students, faculty, and administrators at Illinois State University. All logistic and programmatic matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, are handled by CEA staff with efficiency, competence, and friendliness. We couldn’t be happier and greatly appreciate CEA’s superb service.

Rachel L. Shively , Associate Professor of Spanish & Applied Linguistics
Illinois State University

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