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program development Team

Sara Troy

Director of Program Development

Sara Troy leads and manages the program development team. Her primary focus lies in creating programs that facilitate students’ ability to achieve their academic and personal goals.

Sara holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Miami University (Ohio) and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Central Missouri. Prior to joining CEA, Sara worked with another study abroad organization with a focus in student recruitment and university relations. She's also been a Scholastic Standards Advisor at the University of Northern Colorado, Program Coordinator for the Border Studies Program at Earlham College, and Residence Hall Director at the University of North Carolina.

Sara serves in NAFSA's Trainer Corps, which delivers NAFSA Core Education Program Workshops throughout the year. She has delivered the CEP workshops for Campus and Community Programming and the Expanded Roles of the Education Abroad Advisor. Additionally, she has presented at many state and regional conferences for NAFSA and NACADA.

Sara first travelled to Paris after high school and subsequently spent her junior year of college studying in Rennes, France. Other travels have led her to Dublin; Belfast; Cuidad Juarez, Mexico; Rome; Florence; San Jose, Costa Rica; and all over France, from Normandy to the Loire Valley to the gorgeous Cote d'Azur. Sara would love for her next personal adventure to take her to Scotland where she’ll explore the Moors, the Highlands, and the castles while wearing warm, Scottish sweaters.

Sara believes students shouldn't let fear guide their lives: "Try to look at each new possibility, regardless of how scary it might be as an opportunity to learn, grow, and do something different. Be open to new experiences. Cast judgment aside and be willing to learn about a new culture, different ways of life and living."

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrator (NASPA)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • Forum on Education Abroad
PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS
  • Best Practices in Faculty-Led Programming, NAFSA, May 2014
  • Connecting Study Abroad Students to the Local Community, Arizona International Educators Conference, March, 2013
  • Creating Meaningful Online Communities for Study Abroad Students, Poster Session, NAFSA, May 2012
  • Becoming Mainstream: Using Technology from Pre-Departure to Re-Entry, Region VI NAFSA, November 2009
  • Retention and Outreach: The Fartlek's of Advising, CO/WY NACADA, March 2008
  • Current Issues in Study Abroad, Indiana State NAFSA, April 2007
  • Experiential Education in Study Abroad, Region VI NAFSA, November 2006
  • Quarterlife Crisis, Senior Disorientation, Earlham College, January 2005
  • Setting the Lines: Transition from Graduate Student to New Professional, SEAHO, February 2004
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Cynthia Engel

Manager of Internships Abroad

Cynthia Engel oversees and manages CEA’s internship abroad programs. Her primary focus is ensuring that students are able to engage in an academically rigorous and quality pre-professional experience that will inform their professional pathways upon graduation. She works hand-in-hand with CEA’s academic team and CEA Study Center staff to cultivate internship placements and academic programming that support students’ integration in their field-based experiences abroad. She also works closely with CEA’s enrollment, university relations, and marketing teams to build awareness of CEA’s internship programs, obtain university approvals, and align CEA’s internship model with student and university needs.

Cynthia comes to CEA with 18+ years in international education, including eight years directly related to internship program management and development in Europe, Central Asia, and Oceania. After completing a master’s degree in Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) from the University of Minnesota in 2000, Cynthia was fortunate to be a part of a team tasked with building the student development and international programs components of a new branch campus of a major research university. From there, she turned her focus to developing academically rigorous international internships as part of a university consortium in the Western U.S. After 16 years in the field, she chose to take a break from higher education to gain some experience in the dynamic and fast-paced world of start-ups as a strategic communication and program development consultant. Cynthia’s passion for the remarkable learning and growth that can come from well-facilitated international experiences brought her back to international education and to CEA.

Cynthia worked and studied for several years in France and worked for a year in Japan, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has travelled extensively throughout SE Asia, West Africa, Western Europe, and South America, and she speaks French at a non-native level of fluency. Cynthia’s passion for travel and the field of international education is born from a belief that if we continually seek to understand and honor others, we are better able to understand ourselves and then recognize the interconnectedness of each of us in the process. She believes creating opportunities to experience the world in new ways is one of the best pathways to truly internalizing a respect for the diversity of lenses through which we all perceive and interact with each other.

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Margit Pugh

Senior Program Coordinator

As Senior Program Coordinator, Margit manages CEA’s internal systems and program data updates, and maintains critical program information such as dates, prices, and course offerings on the website and student web portal. In addition, she provides specialized administrative and logistical support for program development and global operation initiatives, develops training modules, and assists in the documentation of program policies and procedures. In this role, Margit interacts heavily with CEA international staff and consistently works to enhance connectivity with our international colleagues. 

Margit is originally from Slovenia and holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Margit started traveling abroad at an early age and has since checked 20 different countries off her (long) ‘must visit’ list. During her studies, she participated in two study abroad exchanges—at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona—which gave her the opportunity to immerse herself in the American education system, culture, and customs. Prior to joining CEA, she worked for the Embassy of Slovenia in Washington D.C. as a Consular Advisor. Margit speaks 3 languages: English, Slovenian and Italian.

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Olivia Del Viscio

Program Development Coordinator
Throughout my childhood, I always loved traveling with my family. However, it was not until I studied abroad in Rome, Italy that I was bitten by the “travel bug.” My time abroad changed my perspective on so many aspects of life–culture, history, humanity–and I found myself feeling incredibly humbled to walk the same streets the ancient Romans trekked so very long ago. As an English major and Film and Media Studies minor at Gustavus Adolphus College, a small liberal arts college in southern Minnesota, I was obsessed with the stories my beautiful Italian home held.

My current “been to” list includes Spain, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, and many cities across Italy. Before studying abroad, I believed the world was far too large to ever visit the same place twice. However, I found that there is so much richness and joy in travel and cannot imagine never exploring my Italian home again.

Outside of CEA, I love traveling whenever possible, trying new restaurants, enjoying good books and television, and going on “adventures” to new and exciting places with friends.
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Sadi Foltz

Internship Specialist
I grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington and attended college at Central Washington University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing Management. I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, completing a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. While living in Seville, I had the opportunity to be an English-language tour guide — showing off my new city and all of the exciting things I learned.

In addition to travelling all over Spain, I’ve also been to Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Argentina. One of my favorite places is Sintra, Portugal, a small city just outside of Lisbon. It has some beautiful castles to explore and the language is mesmerizing.

All of these experiences played a part in leading me to Arizona! As an Internship Specialist with CEA, I am responsible for interviewing and advising all prospective internship students while coaching students to create goals and prepare holistically for their time abroad. I also coordinate with our international Placement Coordinators to seek personalized placements for each student. My goal is to make the process as exciting and seamless as possible.

When I’m not at CEA, I love to play sports (volleyball, in particular), hike, read, craft, refinish old furniture, and try new food. And I’m not done exploring the world! Next on my list would have to be Ireland to wander the beautiful countryside. Beyond that, I would love to explore the UK, Australia, Thailand and Brazil. Where don’t I want to go?

Did you know? I was chased by an elephant in the Okavango Delta in Botswana—I’ve never run so quickly!
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