CEA Advisory Board Directory
Martha McGivern, Ph.D. - Chair
Prior to DePaul University, Dr. McGivern managed faculty-led study abroad programs at New York University and center- and hybrid-based programs at IES Abroad. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, with research focusing on issues of gender and cultural learning in study abroad, particularly as it plays out in cross-national relationships among peers. She regularly teaches a course on international partnership, project management, and proposal writing in the Master’s of Global Health program at Northwestern University.
Dr. McGivern’s international experience is strongest in Latin America, including doctoral research in Mexico, volunteer teaching in Ecuador, and undergraduate study abroad in Argentina.
Miguel E. Ayllon, Ph.D.
Opal Leeman Bartzis, Ed.D.
As Executive Director of Education Abroad at Michigan State University, Opal provides leadership for the Office for Education Abroad, including the American Semester Program (ASP) for short-term inbound international students, the innovative Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN), and administrative oversight of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), a consortium of Michigan’s public institutions. She chairs the university’s Advisory Council on Education Abroad and the Faculty Learning Community for International Student Success, is a member of the Risk and Security Assessment Committee and the campus COIL coordinator. Prior to MSU, she held various positions over her 20 years at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, most recently as Vice President for Academic Affairs and including three years as Resident Director in Ireland. She has served NAFSA in variety of capacities, including Region VI Chair, Indiana State Representative, NAFSA Academy Coach, and Co-Chair of the Peace, Justice & Citizen Diplomacy MIG, and is active in the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, and AACRAO, for which she is chair of the national Study Abroad Committee. She is a frequent presenter and workshop trainer at international education conferences, including the organizations mentioned as well as the AAC&U, SIETAR, and NSEE.
Opal earned her doctorate in adult, higher and community education at Ball State University with her dissertation on the development of culturally sensitive instructional practices through student teaching abroad. She also earned a doctoral certificate in college and university teaching and community college leadership. She holds an MA in history and an Honors BA in German from Butler University. Her research and publication areas are inclusive pedagogy, global teacher education, academic ethics across cultures, and appreciative advising. She studied abroad in Switzerland, Russia, and Lithuania, and spends as much time as possible with family in Greece.
Mario Thomas Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D.
Mario Gaboury, J.D., Ph.D. was named interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in June 2019. He serves as Chief Academic Officer overseeing the academic programs delivered through the University’s five schools and colleges, and those offered at remote locations, including Prato, Italy, and Albuquerque, NM. He also oversees Accreditation and Assessment, Information Technology, Institutional Research, Grants and Sponsored Projects, and the Library. He is Chief Strategy Officer for the university and is responsible for the continued refinement and implementation of the University’s strategic plan.
Previously, he served as Dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Dr. Gaboury joined the full-time faculty of criminal justice in 1996 and is a tenured Professor of Criminal Justice. He held the University's Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation Endowed Professorship From 2007-2009. He has more than 35 years of professional and academic experience, including formerly as deputy director of the Office for Victims of Crime for the U.S. Department of Justice.
David L. Mothersbaugh, Ph.D.
Leslie Ann Smedley
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and have always made it my home, despite travels far and wide for professional and personal reasons. I earned a BA in French Language and Culture from the Pennsylvania State University and after moving back home to Pittsburgh, earned a BA and MA in Spanish Language and Culture and have taken many German Language and Literature courses at the University of Pittsburgh. I completed 4 semesters of Swedish “just for fun” and continue to informally audit courses in the German Department at the University of Pittsburgh as my schedule permits.
My career in international education began with the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1980s in the Office of International Services, where I served as an Admissions Officer whose primary role was to evaluate educational credentials for internationals applying for admission to the University. We were charged as well with the review of financial documents for issuance of immigration documents, allowing successful applicants to apply for the appropriate US visa. After several years in this role I became a J-1 Scholar Advisor in International Services and assisted academic departments with all aspects of bringing researchers, physicians, and seasoned academics and their families to the University.
Post 9/11, immigration regulations and the role of professionals like me changed dramatically. My perception of my professional identity shifted and I began to feel that advising took a back seat to policing and enforcing tougher newer, tougher regulations. When the opportunity to move from the “import” to the “export” side of things opened in the Study Abroad Office (now Global Experiences Office), I applied for the position and have been very happy to be back in an advising capacity since 2003. The change from assisting seasoned professionals and academics to advising undergraduate students in Arts and Sciences was initially challenging and has been consistently rewarding. I believe in the work that we do and know that we make a difference in the lives of the young adults we serve, and that they can make a difference in the world. Being a part of this group will only serve to reinforce this, and I look forward to serving.
Emelee Volden is the Director of the Office of International Education at the University of Denver (DU) where she provides strategy and advocacy for study abroad and global learning.
Prior to DU, Emelee was the Senior International Officer at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where she was responsible for all campus internationalization efforts, education abroad, international student and scholar services and ESL. She has also worked at Northwest College (WY) where she led international student recruitment, admissions and retention efforts and the University of Minnesota where she advised on and assisted with the development of education abroad programs.
Emelee is a first-generation college student, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Sioux Falls. Her international education experience began as an undergraduate student studying abroad in Florence, Italy. After graduation, she then taught in Wajima, Ishikawa, Japan on the JET Program, returning to the U.S., eager to begin her professional career in international education. She earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Christian Wilwohl, Ed.D.
As Dean of Global Education, Christian provides leadership for the Center for Global Education at Providence College (PC) by working with the administration, faculty, staff, students in all aspects of PC’s global education programs. Since joining PC in 2020, Christian has launched virtual global learning initiatives such as COIL courses and remote international internships. Prior to PC, Christian held positions at SUNY New Paltz and the University of Lynchburg. On a professional level, Christian is actively engaged in NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad.
Christian earned his doctorate in international education from the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on the internationalization of teacher education, and received his M.A. in African Studies at the University of London. As an undergraduate at McDaniel College, Christian studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland to focus on his majors in French and international studies. In addition, Christian has taught English in France and Japan.
Miranda Roberts has been in the field of international education for eighteen years. As the Director of International Programs in Engineering (IPE) at the University of Michigan, she leads the study abroad initiatives and intercultural programming for the College of Engineering. The IPE team consists of eight professionals, three international program advisor/coordinators, one marketing and outreach coordinator, an administrative coordinator, an assistant director and a faculty advisor. Together, the IPE team provides intercultural education opportunities to over 900 students annually (pre-pandemic) which equates to 1 in 3 students having had an international experience at time of graduation. Ms. Roberts leads the team to provide outbound programs and advising support for students, inbound exchange student support as well as the academic and programmatic support for the international minor for engineers, a 15 credit academic minor for CoE students.
Ms. Roberts excels in ideation, advocacy and collaboration and has expertise in STEM program development, partner collaboration, comprehensive program management, marketing and promotion, study abroad advising, and co-curricular support. Miranda believes in the transformative experience of education abroad and actively works to ensure these experiences are equitable and inclusive for all students.
Ms. Roberts received her bachelor’s degree in German and International Studies from Augustana University and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Dakota. As a student, she studied abroad on exchange at the University of Potsdam in Germany.