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CEA CAPA Enrollment Services Leadership Directory

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Enrollment Services Leadership Team

Jodi Melichar
Vice President of Enrollment & Advising

Jodi Melichar serves as Vice President of Enrollment and Advising at CEA CAPA.

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Gina Mahfood
Senior Director of Enrollment

As the Director of Enrollment, Gina delivers continuous support and guidance across the entire enrollment team. Knowing that our CEA students and staff come first, Gina brings talent and drive to provide superior assistance and leadership within this organization. Gina has been working in education for over 15 years, with experience in admissions and enrollment, learning and educational development, and industrial and organizational improvements. Gina also took her passion for education a step further by co-authoring and designing a college textbook, which is used at colleges across the United States.

Gina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington and Jefferson College in 2003 and began her admissions and enrollment career in 2006 back in Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, Gina relocated to Phoenix, AZ, earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She remains a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society.

Gina recognizes the value of higher education and encourages all potential students she meets to pursue their educational goals and dreams!

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Libby Lauze
Director of Partner Services

Libby has over 20 years of experience in international education. She has held a variety of positions with with a focus on admissions, enrollment and predeparture services, including Director of Enrollment, at CIEE. Most recently she managed an organization that recruited and placed young, foreign professionals in U.S. internships to build practical career skills. Libby is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in Russian. She did her own study abroad in Moscow, Russia. In her free time she enjoys relaxing at the beach or in the mountains with her family.

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Andrew Solem
Manager of Custom Program Managers
Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Building & Construction Technology degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Arts in International Higher Ed. & Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. Andrew has led students on education, service, and leadership programs to Fiji, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic. He takes pride in knowing that regardless of the length of the program, students traveling with CEA CAPA will have impactful and transformative experiences. Andrew has years of experience teaching and performing rudimental marching percussion, traveling and performing across the country in front of thousands of people.
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Tristin Collins
Partner Student Advising and Retention Manager

Tristin's main duties include supervision of the Admissions Counselors team and internal review of all incoming applications and processes. In this role, she also has the pleasure of training new staff members, identifying any gaps in enrollment, finding new or creative solutions to challenges, and regularly working with colleagues on cross-departmental projects to get our students abroad as smoothly as possible.

Tristin obtained her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in Psychology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Go Bobcats! She did not study abroad herself, which is why she strongly believes in the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity when it comes to personal growth. Traveling is slowly becoming one of her leading passions in life because of this. Fun Fact: Her first plane ride (and vacation) was to Costa Rica in 2016 to visit two friends who were on an internship abroad program!

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Kayla McGuire
Student Advising & Retention Manager

It has been years and Kayla is still just as in love with Sevilla as the day she stood across the river overlooking the city on her first day.  Her yearlong experience as a student through CEA CAPA transformed my life—now, working for the Enrollment department, she comes to work each day prepared and excited to aid her students in making their experience abroad the best it can be. 

Kayla grew up close to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned her bachelor’s degree in Languages and Cultures with a Spanish concentration from West Chester University. While in college, she got the opportunity to study at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain through CEA CAPA’s program! She was incredibly lucky to get to visit most of Spain while abroad, as well as Italy, France, Portugal, Africa, and Greece. Travel has remained a constant passion of hers—she's been back to Sevilla every year since she's left, and she hope to explore South America very soon! 

Outside of work, Kayla likes to sing and listen to live music! She reads every day, and spends time with my friends and family as much as she can.

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Cierra Wilson
Student Support Services Manager

Born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, Cierra craved a change of scenery and decided to head to the desert to attend Arizona State University. While she enjoyed every minute of life as a Sun Devil, she felt an urge to see more of the world and set her sights on studying abroad her senior year. She made her way to Galway, Ireland, and it was the best semester (and time) of her life. She was able to visit Scotland and England during this semester, but her fondest memories are certainly the time in Ireland. 

Cierra knew she would want to continue to be a part of international education in some way, and a few months after returning to the states, she had the opportunity to intern with CEA CAPA twice. A few years later, she found her way back as a full-time employee and now supports our Enrollment Department. Her work includes accepting students into CEA CAPA programs, serving on the Scholarship Committee, and assist with the student visa process.

Cierra enjoy nothing more than being a part of the process to assist students in embarking on one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. One day, she hopes to live in Europe full-time, but for now, she is enjoying Arizona’s sunshine.

In her free time, Cierra is enjoy playing Pokemon Go and disc golf, going to indie & alternative rock shows, spending time with family, and, of course, traveling!

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Iliana Gonzalez
Admissions Manager
Iliana Gonzalez is an Admissions Manager on the CEA CAPA Enrollment team. Ms. Gonzalez has been an admissions counselor for over seven years in higher education, and she has been part of the CEA CAPA team since 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Arizona State University and studied abroad at Institut Catholique de Paris. Ms. Gonzalez is strong advocate for study abroad and inclusivity for Latino students. She strongly believes the opportunity to live abroad enhances personal growth and cultural appreciation.
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