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Health, Safety & Student Affairs Leadership

Eryn Kudzinski
Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

As Vice President, Eryn oversees and provides strategic leadership to the organization’s health, safety, security and risk management practices. Eryn works closely with CEA CAPA team members across the U.S. and internationally, as well as directly with our U.S. partner institutions, to ensure that our coordination of emergency response protocols is seamless and that our CEA CAPA staff is abreast of the most current health and safety issues in the field.

Eryn joined the CEA CAPA team in May 2021 after gaining 15 years of experience in international education at the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), with eight years serving in a full-time health and safety role. Eryn also lived abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, to gain hands-on experience with study abroad students in an international setting. She has also held roles in academic affairs and program advising in education abroad and has a well-rounded view of the many facets of our field.

Eryn is well connected in the field of education abroad and risk management and has collaborated on several presentations at the Forum on Education Abroad conference, holds memberships in OSAC, Pulse, and the Forum, and has co-authored several health and safety publications in the field.

If you have any questions about the development and coordination of CEA CAPA programs and services that promote student well-being, or questions about safety, security and risk management, please contact her directly: ekudzinski@ceastudyabroad.com.

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Carolyn Becker
Director of Student Affairs
Carolyn Becker joins the Health, Safety and Student Affairs team as CEA CAPA’s Director of Student Affairs. Carolyn’s nearly 15-year career in higher education includes work in both student life and academic affairs. As an education abroad administrator, she has worked directly with unique and diverse student populations along with faculty and university administrators to provide advocacy and support related to global learning opportunities. Carolyn is the recipient of the 2018 NAFSA Rising Star Young Leader national award, has completed the Professional Certification in Education Abroad (The Forum on Education Abroad), and is currently a facilitator with the Forum on Education Abroad. She has served as a reviewer for multiple national scholarships, has been appointed to several external education abroad task forces and committees, and is a regular presenter at international education conferences. Her educational background includes a BA in History from Winona State University and a MS in Education in College Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
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Health, Safety & Student Affairs Team

Hannah Sutton
Manager of Health and Safety

Hannah joins CEA as our first Manager of Health and Safety. Hannah completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Spanish at Butler University, and she spent a semester studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland during her junior year. Her time abroad opened her eyes to the beauty of what there is to be gained by learning from other cultures and the personal growth that can happen when you step outside your comfort zone.

That experience inspired a passion to support other students on their own transformative study abroad journeys. Hannah began working at the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) as a Program Advisor and eventually moved into the role of Assistant Director, Student Engagement. The past seven years working as an advisor made Hannah realize how important it is that students have access to the tools they need to be successful abroad, whatever that may look like, and she is very excited to apply that approach from a health & safety perspective at CEA!

Of course, like most in the field, Hannah loves travelling, and her favorite destination so far has been New Zealand. She will be excited to travel pretty much anywhere as the world starts to open back up, but she is really hoping to make her way back to Ireland soon. In her personal time, Hannah is an avid reader and tries to spend as much time outside as possible. She enjoys baking and is a big fan of college basketball and musical theater.

If you have any questions related to health, safety and student well-being abroad, please contact her directly at: hsutton@ceastudyabroad.com.

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Alissa Mendes-Cashman
Health and Safety Supervisor

Alissa is the newest member of CEA CAPA’s Health, Safety & Student Affairs Team. Alissa has worked in various capacities of higher education over the past decade including academic advising at Community Colleges in Massachusetts and Texas, as well as study abroad advising at Northeastern University in Boston. Most recently, Alissa served as the Student Services Supervisor on the Enrollment and Advising team with legacy CAPA.

Alissa earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. During her junior year of undergraduate studies, Alissa studied abroad in Florence, Italy, then later returned to Macerata, Italy during her graduate program.

As Health and Safety Supervisor at CEA CAPA, Alissa is committed to student well-being. She works closely with CEA CAPA students, staff, and partner institutions to coordinate predeparture and onsite student health and safety practices, while supporting U.S. based and onsite teams within CEA CAPA in the area of student services, accommodation support, and incident management.

Outside of CEA CAPA, Alissa enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her two young sons, husband, and Goldendoodle.

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