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Tristin Collins
Admissions Counselor Team Lead

I was born and raised in small town Ohio. Staying close to home, I went to college 45 minutes away at Ohio University in Athens. Go Bobcats! I obtained my Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication and a minor in Psychology. After graduation I had an unshakeable urge to see more of the world. So I packed up my bags, drove what fit in my car across the country, and here I am in Phoenix, Arizona.

I started as an intern with CEA helping the Enrollment department make various types of contact to incoming students. In two short weeks I heard there was an Admissions Counselor position open, so I applied for it immediately. In this role, I have the pleasure of advising students through the study abroad process, and matching them with a program that is the best for their personal and academic goals! Now. as the Admissions Counselor Team Lead, I take on additional responsibilities to help CEA grow including helping train our new staff members.

When I am not working, I love to get outside. I enjoy hiking with friends and my Boston Terrier, Penelope. I try to find new breweries and camping spots to explore too! Traveling is slowly becoming one of my leading passions in life. Next on my list is Iceland!

Did you know? My first plane ride (and vacation) was to Costa Rica in 2016 to visit my two girlfriends who were interning abroad!

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Duncan Keeley
Admissions Counselor

I have a passion for travel, higher education, and immersion in culture. I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. I graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in History & Religion. I obtained my Masters of Letters in Medieval History from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.

My time in higher education led me across the globe, studying abroad in New Zealand and taking me to Scotland to pursue my passion for History. Also, during my time at Hampden-Sydney, I supported the Global Education and Study Abroad Department as an assistant and ambassador for the department. I want to use my experiences abroad, and in life, to help people travel the world and experience everything it has to offer. I want to use my passion for traveling to help people find the best place that will help them expand their horizons and make memories that will last a lifetime. I also have a passion for helping people achieve their goals and what works best for them.

Outside of work, I enjoy various activities and sports including Soccer, Motor Racing, and more. I am a passionate scuba diver and free diver. I also have a love for travel which has taken me across the world to New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, and many other fabulous countries.

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Katherine Van Dermark
Admissions Counselor

My mom always taught me that the world wasn’t a place to be scared of. She always taught us that there was always good out there, and that you can always discover amazing things. Being in a military family, a lot of the times in my childhood it was just her and my brothers moving every couple of months. By the time I was ten I had lived in just as many places and had visited exponentially more. Traveling has always been a part of my life. My mom was always dragging us to historic sites, museums, and various places that I knew my feet would hurt from walking around by the end. For my second grade birthday, all I wanted was my own suitcase. Travelling to learn has always been a keystone in my education.

After moving 600 miles from home, I attended college at Coastal Carolina University. There, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Intercultural and International education. I also completed a minor in Global Studies. My love for study abroad blossomed after being able to spend a summer studying abroad in Tuscany Italy. Once I returned, I was able to work as an intern in our Global Engagement department being a student advisor. Being able to combine my love with traveling with my love for education was the best decision I have ever made.

When I am not at CEA (or travelling!) I love spending time involving music, art, and theater in my life. I have played and sung in various community orchestras and choirs. I also love visiting art museums or creating a new project I freshly pinned to my Pinterest board.

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Ramil Collier
Admissions Counselor

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to start my career in the study abroad field for a local college. My passion for international travel and linguistics was solidified when I studied abroad in Germany as a student. This opportunity taught me how to embrace new ideas, expand my mind, and deepen my understanding of the language.

As a professional, I have worked abroad with students in Italy, Ireland, and the Dominican Republic as well as some domestic programs in Hawaii and Pennsylvania. In addition to Germany, I also visited the UK, Greece, France, Switzerland, and Spain as a student, seeing the amazing wonders of our world and experiencing the amazing food.

When I'm not working (or traveling), I love to sing and write music, playing video games, board games, card games, and Dungeons and Dragons/Pathfinder. Cooking and hiking every weekend to energize me for the week.

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Iliana Gonzalez
Admissions Counselor
I was born and raised in a very small border town in Mexico. As a young kid, I nurtured an inquisitive curiosity for unfamiliar places and diverse cultures. I always dreamed about traveling around the world, so I set myself the goal to make this dream come true by studying abroad; however, living in a town with low economical resources, opportunities to study abroad were not accessible to students. Back then, my goals to go abroad seemed almost impossible to achieve.

After graduating High School, I had the fortune to move to the United States with my family. I applied to Arizona State University and was admitted into their Fine Arts program in 2006. It was while attending college that I discovered the wonderful opportunity to study abroad to earn credits towards my major in France.

I enrolled in a summer program to study Plein Air Painting and French language at the Institut Catholique de Paris. It’s every artist’s dream to study painting in one of the most artistic cities in the world, a place that has given birth to some of the most influential artists in history. I recall vividly the incredible joy I felt when I wandered the streets of Montmartre, carrying my paint and brushes and scouting for the best location to paint a landscape. I also remember my daily excursions to Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre seeking for inspiration from the impressionistic work of Claude Monet and the expressive Paul Cezanne. To this day, I still hold a painting of Notre Dame cathedral I executed “alla prima!” The opportunity to develop my academic skills in Paris changed my life, and it has greatly influenced my professional work in a way that sets me apart.

After graduating college, I ventured on my own to see the world and have traveled to some of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Southern Mexico, and Ireland.

As an Admissions Counselor at CEA, I strive in helping students achieve their own dreams to see the world! I provide comprehensive counseling to assist my students find the best program that fits their career goals and I am always available to support them in all the different steps they take in their journey!

Did you know? I am trained in different dance forms from diverse cultural spectrums! My training ranges from Mexican Folklore, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Latin American styles, Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Angolan (Kizomba), and Bollywood!
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