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Richard Stock, Ph.D.
Center Director

As Center Director, Rick oversees all CEA Prague operations and manages CEA staff in Prague. Rick leads the development of CEA Prague programs both on-site and in cooperation with CEA Headquarters and other CEA sites, which includes setting strategy and standards, managing change, and facilitating communication across the organization. The Center Director also works directly with CEA University Relations staff in the U.S. to keep our connection with our partner universities strong.

Originally from the Chicago area, Rick has lived in or near Prague since 1998 with his wife 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 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in the U.K. His teaching and research at the university level focuses on American Literature and Literary Theory. 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 wife and daughters and participates in sports as often as possible. He is always in the middle of reading one or more books and enjoys writing critical articles on literature.

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Jessica Hankiewicz
Associate Director of Student Affairs

In her role as Associate Director of Student Affairs for CEA Prague, Jessica is responsible for Health and Safety issues, the Wellness program, and disciplinary procedures. She also oversees communications within CEA Prague. Her work with students often focuses on the processes of acclimation and healthy cultural adaptation, a topic she finds very rewarding. Prior to joining CEA in 2015, Jessica worked as a Media Relations assistant, a TEFL-qualified English teacher, and a TEFL Course Coordinator. She then entered the field of study abroad, working as a Program Manager for an organization in Prague, where she handled all aspects of the study abroad experience.

Jessica earned her BA degree from Nottingham Trent University in England. Originally from Virginia, she has spent half of her life in Europe, since falling in love with the continent during her first study abroad experience at the age of 16. Her experiences have given her valuable exposure to multicultural environments and foreign languages. She has lived in England, Germany, Peru, and the Czech Republic. Jessica is fluent in Czech and German and speaks basic French and Spanish. She enjoys learning new languages, creative writing, and exploring the Czech Republic’s amazing forests.

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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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prague Team

Radka Semerakova
Student Experience Director

As Student Experience Director, Radka is responsible for the Student Experience Division and also leads the Custom Programs agenda. The Student Experience Division includes Student Services, Student Affairs, and the Housing Department. Radka manages all Student Experience staff and cross-departmental work.

Radka also helps propose, plan, and implement Custom Programs for Prague in cooperation with the CEA Headquarters Custom Program department and University Relations teams. Each program is unique and Radka is responsible for aligning cultural activities and the student experience to the university's academic plan. Radka is in contact with the university during the pre-arrival phase and is also the main contact for Custom Program students and faculty while they are in Prague. 

Radka lived and studied in Canada for four years. Before starting with CEA, Radka worked for travel agencies and as a tour guide in Spain. She also has experience in the corporate sector where she was employed as an HR assistant. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, cycling, and swimming. She also likes to attend a variety of cultural events and art exhibitions.

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Martin Brokeš
Internship Program Manager

As Internship Program Manager, Martin 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 support and guidance to internship students on-site.

He 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 was facilitating 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 psychology and philosophy, community development, education and facilitation, languages, and foreign cultures. He is a curious learner, explorer, swimmer, hiker, and meditator. Martin is not an artistic soul but likes to sometimes play ukulele.

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Veronika Gregorová
Housing Manager

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 also developed her hospitality skills while running a small hotel in Prague in 2016. During her studies, she participated in the “Work & Travel” program in the U.S. and also lived in London for two years.

Thanks to her interesting work, Veronika has visited 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.

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Natalie Hadwigerová
Student Services Manager

Natalie serves as Student Services Manager for CEA in Prague; she is the primary point of contact for student’s everyday questions and concerns. She helps students to make the most out of their study abroad experience by organizing various activities and excursions. She provides continual support for students on issues related to their life in Prague, from travel/cultural tips to practical daily requests. She also manages the Czech Republic visa process and organizes Orientation each term.

Natalie earned her B.A. degree in Humanities, Society, and Culture at Anglo-American University in Prague, where she is now continuing in her Masters Program. As a member of Student Council, she has been actively involved in the development of a lively multi-cultural environment, her main responsibility being the management of various social and cultural events. She has worked as PR Assistant and Social Media Manager for two years.

As a Humanities graduate, she loves to learn about new cultures and enjoys art of any sort. Natalie often visits galleries and multi-functional cultural spaces with a special interest in modern and abstract art. She speaks fluent English and basic French.

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Petra Mesiková
Senior Program Administrator

As Senior Program Administrator, Petra provides important support for all CEA Prague staff and programs. She handles the HR, Finance, and Center facilities agendas. She also directly impacts the student experience through managing student arrivals.

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 she later returned to the U.S. for a Work and Travel experience.

Petra likes traveling, yoga, hiking, and everything connected with culture and the arts. She speaks fluent English, some German, and basic Spanish.

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Martin Zýka
Housing Coordinator

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

Martin graduated from Anglo-American University with a B.A. degree in Politics and Society. During his studies, he explored various fields and domains of activity, working as a personal fitness trainer and a marketing associate among other roles. He also has experience from the NGO sector, particularly with organizations promoting social responsibility and sustainable development.

He is interested in current affairs and follows various local and international media to stay updated on the latest news. His hobbies include games of all kinds, literature, and film. He also enjoys hiking and trekking.

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