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Alyssa Jackson

Site Specialist

Although I grew up in Wisconsin, I was introduced to the wonders of travel early, as my family took yearly road trips around the U.S. This led to a fascination with international travel as well, so, in high school, I traveled to Costa Rica with my high school. This was just the beginning. As an undergrad, I studied abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, which was an amazing experience. After graduating from college, I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so I worked in the hospitality field and traveled when I could. When I discovered I could work in study abroad, I chose to pursue my Master’s in International Education Management with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, which gave me the understanding of the international education field that I wanted before launching my career with CEA.

I have been lucky enough to travel to a large variety of countries, including Haiti, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Fiji, Denmark, and Italy, and more. Of course, I hope to continue exploring the rest of the world as well as all of the beautiful spots within the U.S. When I’m not having adventures abroad, I entertain myself by playing volleyball, exploring nature, going to trivia nights, reading good books, and watching movies in the theater.

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Amanda Moline

Site Specialist

Some of my very first and fondest memories are the ones that I made while living in Japan with my family from ages five to seven. I don’t remember much, but the little I do remember—things such as images of cherry blossoms, the refrains of traditional songs, and the energy at local festivals—instilled a life-long passion for Japanese language and culture and languages and cultures in general.

After moving back to Arizona, I studied Japanese, German, and Russian at Northern Arizona University, where I majored in modern languages. I studied abroad in Fukuoka, Japan for a semester and volunteered to teach English to Japanese elementary school students. This experience inspired me to work abroad as an assistant language teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program for over three years in Fukushima, Japan. I also spent an additional two years working as an English teacher and international exchange program coordinator for a small town in Hokkaido, Japan.

As someone whose life was changed by studying and living abroad, I feel privileged to help CEA students with their own life-changing experiences. I want to help equip students with the knowledge they need to feel confident and excited about their upcoming international adventures. When I’m not at CEA, I enjoy watching Netflix, besting my friends at Mario Kart, playing with my dogs, and brushing up on my language skills for my next trip!

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Christine Weiler

Site Specialist
From a very young age, I have had the privilege of traveling to see family and friends that lived in Morocco and Spain. When I was 12 years old my family uprooted and moved to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa). Boy, was that a life-changing experience! Through this experience, I was able to gain a deep appreciation for everything this great big world has to offer.

I completed my study abroad while attending the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC) and spent the spring semester of 2013 in Meknes, Morocco. This was definitely one of the most rewarding and exciting times of my life!

In all, I have been fortunate enough to travel to Morocco, Spain, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Dominican Republic, England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Grand Cayman. I don’t have a favorite destination, but Thailand, Chile, and South Africa are on my to-go list.

As an Admissions Counselor, I'm the first contact for students who are interested in studying abroad with CEA. I provide thorough instruction and advice on choosing the perfect program for each individual student based on their wants and needs. When I’m not at CEA, I love to cook, travel, have Netflix binges, read, and play with my puppy, Leila!

Did you know? About 10 years ago I visited Kakum National Park, an undisturbed rainforest park in Ghana. I went up the Canopy Walkway and, after seven terrifying bridges, I finally made it to the rainforest canopy, where I saw a few monkeys and even heard an elephant!
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Erin Cain

Site Specialist
I grew up in O’Fallon, Illinois, just outside of St. Louis, but after high school I decided to become a southerner and go to college at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) There, I studied International Studies and Economics along with a minor in Spanish and, of course, spent plenty of time cheering on the Tide at football games.

In my International Studies major, I chose to focus on Latin America and my love for studying the world only grew from there! My interest in this region led me to study abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile, so I could experience firsthand some of what I had been studying in the classroom. I had the most amazing time living with a host family and exploring the incredible variety of Chilean life, and though I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do much more travelling, I can’t wait to go back!

As a Site Specialist, I’m excited to help students identify what they want out of a study abroad experience and work with them to find the perfect program. I’m here for support, guidance, and enthusiasm in helping students achieve their goals! When I’m not at CEA, I love to spend time outdoors, bake, read, take naps, and spend time with friends.

Did you know? Before I moved to Illinois, I was born in a pink hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. My dad grew up on Oahu, and my parents have moved back since retiring, so I am lucky to get to visit about once a year.
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Julia Cory

Site Specialist
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio (Go Bengals!) and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a minor in Spanish with an emphasis on diversity. After graduating, I moved to Costa Rica for 6 months to pursue my goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. I served as an intern in the Study Abroad Office at Universidad Veritas, where I found my passion for international education.

After moving back to the United States, I packed up my bags, drove across the country, and landed in Phoenix, Arizona. I started as an intern here at CEA and moved my way up to Site Specialist. In this position, I have the pleasure of guiding students through the process of studying abroad and helping them achieve their international goals.

When I am not at CEA, I love reading, cooking, running, watching football, and listening to The Beatles. Traveling is my one true love, and my goal is to visit every country in Central/ South America.

Did you know? While living in Costa Rica, I volunteered at an animal rescue center where I hung out and made friends with sloths and monkeys for a week!
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Macey Hallstedt

Site Specialist
I grew up in west Michigan and had a picture-perfect childhood. Literally, the movie American Pie is based on my hometown. It’s a great place to be from, but I have always known I wanted to travel. It’s a big world, and I want to understand as much of it as possible. My first step was studying abroad in Costa Rica with CEA. Long story short, it changed my life, and I learned that international education existed as a career path. But, to be a good advisor, I knew that first I had to travel.

So I did. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I have worked at an ice cream shop in Sweden, as an English Teacher in rural Spain, a kayak guide on Lake Superior, and a logistics expert for outdoor adventures in the southwest before finally settling in Phoenix at CEA Study Abroad. During and between these gigs, I visited Costa Rica, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Portugal. Included on my travel to-do list: the rest of the world.

When I’m not at my desk helping send students abroad, you can find me at beach volleyball or tennis courts. Or on top of a mountain. Or in my kitchen cooking up a feast with my friends. Or in my hammock reading a good book. Or obsessively tracking flights….
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Madelyn Lorubbio

Site Specialist
As LeBron James once said, “I’m just a kid from Akron, Ohio!”

Growing up, my parents made it a priority to get us out of Ohio for at least one family vacation a year. By age 8, I had already visited several places on both coasts of the United States, as well as many other destinations in between. After graduating from Ohio University (OU-Oh Yeah!) in 2016, I decided to put my Spanish minor to good use and explore Costa Rica. The internship I had with Universidad Veritas in San Jose sparked my passion for the study abroad field. I fell in love with the culture, and I wanted others to be able to have a similar experience, as it was life-changing.

Upon returning to the USA after what seemed like a short six months, I could not seem to adjust to the below freezing temperatures of snowy Ohio. I set out for a warmer location, drove across the country with my best friends, and landed in the desert! Not long after arriving in Phoenix, I started my internship with CEA. The following month I was encouraged to apply full-time and moved up to become a Site Specialist. I found this position to be parallel to my career goals of getting students to have an international experience like mine.

While not at CEA, I enjoy travelling, scary movies, hanging out with friends, stargazing, and watching Game of Thrones.

Did you know? I met LeBron when he was a senior in high school, and he signed my shoe after my 2nd grade basketball scrimmage.
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