custom programs Team
Jayna holds a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Utah. Before joining CEA, she worked in the field as a Program Coordinator at MIIS and through consulting projects focused on program design and assessment. Additionally, Jayna spent five years managing international teams and partnerships for a digital marketing agency, where she developed an intercultural training program. Jayna is a member of NAFSA and has presented and facilitated at regional conferences.
Jayna has spent time working and/or studying abroad in Peru, Costa Rica, England, and India. An avid traveler, she has also had the opportunity to explore Australia and Israel, as well as several countries in Latin America, Europe, and Africa.
Michelle Esche works closely with university staff and faculty, alongside CEA’s University Relations team and international Program Directors, to develop and facilitate high-quality custom programs that meet and support both university and student needs.
Michelle holds a Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from DePaul University. Before transitioning to her most recent role, Michelle was a CEA Student Services Coordinator for custom programs. In this role, she advised hundreds of students through the pre-departure process on topics such as course registration, visas, and housing selection.
As an undergraduate, Michelle studied abroad through DePaul University’s Madrid custom program; she attended La Universidad Complutense de Madrid to complete her Spanish minor. While studying abroad, Michelle took the opportunity to travel throughout Spain and Europe, where she visited destinations including Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lisbon.
In her role as Student Services Coordinator, Sharon Wohl supports custom program students and faculty leaders as they prepare for their program abroad. She also partners closely with staff at U.S. institutions to provide customized pre-departure support to meet each program’s needs.
Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta, where she participated in education abroad as both a student and as an intern. She studied abroad in South Africa, where she also volunteered as a tutor in a local township. Upon her return, she began working at her college’s International Education office as a Study Abroad Ambassador and an International Student Peer Mentor. In her senior year, Sharon was the first in her major to complete her internship requirement abroad, helping to facilitate an after school program in Ireland. Since graduating, Sharon has remained focused on supporting students, helping others, and diving into the field of international education. Prior to CEA, Sharon worked for an elementary school fundraising company, where she played a critical role in daily coordination and communication with both schools and parents.
Sharon’s advice for students is to maximize their time abroad through immersing themselves in all available experiences and learning opportunities while remaining present in every moment.