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CEA Prague, Czech Republic Directory

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Prague, Czech Republic Leadership

Richard Stock, Ph.D.
Center Director

As Center Director, Rick oversees all CEA Prague operations and manages the CEA team in Prague. Rick leads the development of CEA Prague programs, which includes setting strategy and standards, managing change, and facilitating communication across the organization.

Originally from the Chicago area, Rick has lived in or near Prague since 1998 with his partner and three daughters. Rick has been with CEA since 2016. He’s taught in study abroad programs in Prague and served as Academic Director at CIEE Prague. He also directed the creation of a new M.A. program at CERGE-EI for European students. Rick holds a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague, an M.A. in Literature and Theory from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in the TEFL from the University of Reading in the UK. His teaching and research at the university level focuses on American Literature and Literary Theory. Rick is a visiting professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. He also teaches a course on the Prague writer Franz Kafka aimed at American study-abroad students. Rick studied Teacher Education as an undergraduate and is deeply interested in teaching, education, and learning.

Rick enjoys spending time with his family and participates in sports as often as possible. He is passionate about literature, especially experimental literary novels.

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Lenka Vystrčilová, Ph.D.
Academic Director

As CEA Prague Academic Director, Lenka provides leadership, oversight, and quality control for all academic matters and serves as the primary contact for students and staff regarding academics. At the CEA Prague Study Center, Lenka is responsible for faculty management, curriculum development, student academic advising, and for safeguarding the high academic quality of the program and adherence to academic policies. She is also responsible for maintaining strong ties with our partner institution, Anglo-American University, to ensure that program content and delivery meet the needs of U.S. universities and students.

Lenka spent a significant portion of her life studying in the U.S. and has worked in study abroad for over fifteen years. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and German Studies from Lewis & Clark College. Her academic interests include democratization, Central European politics, and EU studies.

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Prague, Czech Republic Team

Radka Semerakova
Senior Program Manager

As Senior Program Manager, Radka is responsible for the Prague Custom and Faculty-Led Programs agenda and Housing agenda.

In cooperation with the CEA Custom Programs and University Relations Teams, Radka works on developing program proposals. She is responsible for the planning, implementing, and coordinating of Prague Custom Programs. During the pre-arrival planning phase, Radka serves as a main onsite contact for universities and is responsible for aligning of the cultural activities and the student experience with the university's academic part of the program.

Radka is also responsible for Prague Housing agenda. This includes development of the Prague housing portfolio for Semester and Summer programs as well as Custom Programs and coordinating all housing details and issues with housing providers during the planning process, but also once students are onsite. Radka also serves as a main Housing contact and support for students during the whole program.

Radka likes to spend her free time with her family by travelling, hiking, cycling or at her cabin. When time allows, Radka also loves cultural events, going to cinemas, theaters, and art exhibitions.

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Martin Brokeš
Senior Program Manager

As Senior Program Manager, Martin develops and maintains a network of host sites where CEA students can complete internships. He counsels students before the program begins to best match interns and placements. He also provides mentoring and guidance to internship students onsite. In cooperation with CEA global staff, he contributes to the development of the CEA Internship Program.

Martin holds a master’s degree in International Human Resource Management from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. During his studies, Martin completed two internships in Russia and Taiwan, where he facilitated cross-cultural intelligence workshops. He taught himself Spanish while backpacking in South America. Martin has held various HR positions in the corporate sector. His work assignments were in the UK, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He has been involved in various NGOs and worked as a camp counselor at summer camps in the UK and Czech Republic.

Martin is passionate about social sciences and philosophy, community development, and life-long education. He is a curious learner, reader, and swimmer.

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Agáta Janu
Senior Program Manager
Agáta‘s agenda at CEA is divided between Academics and Internship Programs. In the Academics Department, she is responsible for academic program coordination with the CEA Study Center and partner institution, the Anglo-American University (AAU). In the Internship Department, Agáta is involved in the maintenance and expansion of internship placement opportunities and the placement process where she seeks the most suitable host site for internship students.  
 

Agáta graduated with a master's degree in international relations from the Metropolitan University Prague. Most of her research concentrated on topics connected to human security, environmentalism, and feminism. She spent her last university year in Mexico and did her internship at the Mexican Embassy in Prague. However, she has decided to keep working in the cultural environment where she gained most of her work experience. In the last few years, she worked as Production Coordinator for part of the guest service team on several film festivals.

In her free time Agáta enjoys going to art cinemas, learning the Italian language, or dancing salsa. 

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Jakub Svec
Junior Program Coordinator

As Junior Program Coordinator, Jakub Svec helps the onsite Prague team with various tasks in the Housing Department. Apart from helping to secure safe and pleasant housing experiences for students, he also helps with CEA Center agendas. 

Jakub is a lifelong student. He plans on teaching philosophy courses in the future. Apart from studying he also enjoys helping others discover their true passions and talents in the academic field. He has additional experience with hosting academic conferences at the Charles University, organizing various workshops and creating a welcoming environment for students.

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Johana Vaskova
Junior Program Coordinator

As Junior Program Coordinator, Johana is responsible for coordinating students’ excursions and activities onsite. She assists with administrative tasks and helps during the pre-arrival process. She is also part of the Health and Safety Department, where she focuses on enhancing students' wellbeing. Johana also generally helps students to have the best possible experience while staying abroad.

Johana was born in Prague into an international family. She is passionate about tourism, hospitality, and culture. She studies Liberal Arts and Humanities at Charles University in Prague. Johana also had the chance to study in Luxembourg for one year, where she earned an INL Certificate. She speaks Czech, English, and French fluently. 

In her free time, Johana enjoys traveling, film-acting, hiking, and horse-riding. 

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Tereza Štěpařová
Junior Program Coordinator

Tereza came to Prague to study journalism and now North American Studies at Charles University. Previously, she spent a semester in Athens, Greece, and enjoyed the adventure of the international student environment which inspired her enthusiasm to help other students have the best experience possible during their time studying abroad.

In her free time, Tereza is a passionate dancer and cat lover. She also enjoys traveling and hiking.

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Jelena Majinski
Junior Program Coordinator

As Junior Program Coordinator, Jelena assists the onsite Prague team in the Student Services and the Housing Departments. 

Previously, Jelena worked as Student Services Coordinator and was responsible for the health and safety of students as well as enhancing their wellbeing. She acted as an advisor to students to ensure that their study abroad experience went smoothly and met their expectations. 

Jelena studied abroad in Israel where she completed her master's degree in peace and conflict management studies at the University of Haifa. She is passionate about education and is planning on commencing a degree in psychology next year. 

Jelena enjoys spending time with her friends, participating in sports activities, traveling, and learning foreign languages.

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