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prague Leadership

Richard Stock, Ph.D.

Center Director
Rick manages the entire Prague staff, represents the CEA Prague Center, and ensures and continually increases the quality of our programs and partnerships.

Originally from the Chicago area, Rick has lived in or near Prague since 1998 with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys sports, researching American literature and literary theory, teaching, and spending time with his family.

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 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in the UK. He has served as Academic Director at CIEE in Prague and Program Director of the MAE program as well as Academic Director at CERGE-EI in Prague. He has also been Assistant Professor at the University of South Bohemia.
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Lenka Vystrčilová, Ph.D.

Academic Director
Lenka serves as the primary contact for students and staff regarding all academic issues, including academic process management and student academic advising. She is also charged with strengthening and developing the unique relationship we have with Anglo-American University, our partner institution in Prague.

A native of Slovakia, Lenka spent a significant portion of her life living and studying in the U.S. Other travels have led her to explore much of Central and Western Europe, and she would love for her next personal adventure to take her to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Lenka 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. Lenka has worked as an assistant director and academic coordinator for a U.S. study abroad program in Munich, and as an academic director for international students in Prague.
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Jessica Hankiewicz

Associate Director of Student Affairs
Jessica is primarily responsible for health, safety, and wellness—three responsibilities that CEA purposefully interconnects. She also oversees disciplinary procedures and communications.

Originally from Virginia, Jessica has spent much of her life in Europe since studying abroad as a teenager. She has lived in England, Germany, Peru, and the Czech Republic. Jessica is fluent in Czech; she enjoys learning new languages, creative writing, and exploring the Czech Republic’s amazing forests.

Jessica earned her B.A. degree from Nottingham Trent University in England. In the past, Jessica worked as a Program Manager for a study abroad program in Prague. Before that, she held a position as a Media Relations assistant for a large firm in the U.S. In Prague, she became a TEFL-qualified English teacher and taught for a large language school before becoming their TEFL Course Coordinator.
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prague Team

Veronika Gregorová

Senior Housing Advisor
Veronika manages the Housing Department and is responsible for leading staff in responding to concerns about apartments and in preparing apartments before arrival and after departure. Veronika handles the network of relationships with local landlords to get the best housing available along with the best service. She is therefore also responsible for financial issues as well as placing students in apartments.

Veronika has had the opportunity to visit many countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, Costa Rica, Oman, U.A.E., South Africa and others. Apart from travelling and exploring, she likes running, cycling, and alpine skiing.

Veronika gained her professional experience in the travel industry, having worked for international airline companies and travel agents within the sales, marketing, and customer care fields. She has also developed her hospitality skills while running a small hotel in Prague. Veronika also participated in the Work & Travel program in the U.S. and lived in London for two years.
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Denisa Matsche

Internship Program Coordinator
Denisa maintains a network of host sites where CEA students can complete internships. She counsels students before the program begins to best match interns and placements. She also provides support and guidance to student interns on site.

Intrigued by foreign cultures and fascinated by people and human behavior, Denisa is interested in cultural theories and personality psychology. She is a passionate hiker and traveler that never wastes the opportunity to explore the world. What she cannot capture in photos, she expresses in her music, dance, and drawings.

Denisa holds a master’s degree in English Language and Literature from Masaryk University in Brno and a master’s degree in American Studies from Charles University in Prague. During her studies, Denisa spent a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen. Denisa worked at our partner university, AAU, in the past as well as various non-profit organizations. She also has experience in the hospitality, sports industries, and film production, where she served as a production assistant/coordinator.
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Radka Semerakova

Senior Student Services Advisor
Radka manages the Student Services Department and Custom Programs. The Student Services Department runs all the activities and excursions, organizes visa advising, arrivals, and orientation, and continually responds to students’ questions and concerns. Custom Programs organizes academic programs in Prague for U.S. universities that are run by the U.S. university faculty. This includes providing activities, site visits, accommodations, and other support.

Radka lived and studied in Canada for four years. She loves travelling, getting to know new cultures and people, hiking, and cycling.

In the past, Radka worked for various travel agencies and was a tour guide in Spain. She also has experience as an assistant in the HR department at PwC.
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Petra Mesiková

Student Services Advisor
As Student Services Advisor, Petra is responsible for the coordination and organization of activities and excursions and handling visa, arrivals, and orientation. She also acts as a primary contact at the Center for student questions or concerns.

Petra likes traveling, yoga, hiking, and everything connected with culture and the arts.

She holds a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature and an M.A. degree in Culture Management, both from Masaryk University in Brno. During her studies, she participated in an exchange study program in Spain and an internship program in Germany. She also had the chance to take part in a summer course in New York City and later returned to the US for a Work and Travel experience.
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Natalie Hadwigerová

Housing Advisor
Natalie provides direct assistance to students and local landlords to resolve housing issues in a timely manner. Natalie also is integral to preparing apartments before arrival and after departure. She assists the Senior Housing Advisor as needed.

As a humanities graduate, she loves to learn about new cultures and enjoys art of any sort. Natalie often visits galleries and multifunctional cultural spaces with a special interest in modern and abstract art.

Natalie earned her B.A. degree in Humanities, Society, and Culture at Anglo-American University in Prague, where she is now continuing in the M.A. program. As a member of the Student Council, she has been actively involved in the development of a lively multi-cultural environment. Her primary responsibility is the management of various social and cultural events. Along with her studies, she worked as a PR Assistant and Social Media Manager.
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Lenka Kadeřábková

Internship and Custom Programs Advisor

Lenka Kadeřábková serves as the CEA Prague Internship and Custom Programs Advisor. In this role, Lenka works directly with students and host organizations to make effective individualized internship placements. She also helps with custom programs, especially those that include an internship component. Lenka served as Project Manager for Startupjobs. Throughout her university study, she was involved with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, most recently as the National Exchange Coordinator. Lenka has a Master’s degree in Microbiology and completed internships herself in Jordan and Vietnam.

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Karolína Kašparová

Senior Program Administrator

Karolína Kašparová serves as the Senior Program Administrator for CEA Prague. This role is an important part of the CEA Prague team. She will support the CEA Prague Center by providing HR, finance, and facilities support. Before coming to CEA Prague, Karolína served as Operations Manager at a co-working facility in Prague, where she handled HR, finance, operations, and communications. She studied Education at Charles University in Prague and sings in an a cappella group.

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