WASHINGTON, D.C., January 15, 2019 – The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has expanded its Board of Trustees to advance its mission of increasing access to international education for deserving students by offering game-changing scholarships.
Working collaboratively with FEA staff, Trustees help oversee FEA programs, scholarships, budget and fundraising. Hailing from a variety of fields and contributing a diverse array of skills, FEA Trustees share a passion of making the dream of study abroad a reality for others, often based on personal experiences living, working and studying overseas. Many also represent the demographic of FEA Scholars, who include minority, LBGTQI, first-generation college, and community college students, older students returning to college mid-career, and students with a unique cultural or linguistic academic focus.
A total of 290 scholars have benefited from over $1.3 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010.
Elected by current Trustees, the four new members of the board are:
- John Christian – President/CEO of CAPA: The Global Education Network, John’s history in international education spans more than 25 years. CAPA: The Global Education Network works with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. They operate education centers in Global Cities and have developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for students and visiting faculty. John is also an active member of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and Forum on Education Abroad.
- Taeilorae Levell – A 2016 Alumni Scholar and current member of the FEA Alumni Council, Tailorae studied Arabic in Rabat, Morocco for a semester. She currently serves her Alma Mater Howard University as a Career Placement Specialist in the Office of Career Services and Office of Undergraduate Studies and is working towards a Masters in Public Health.
- Amar Rewari, M.D. – A board-certified radiation oncologist, Dr. Rewari has authored several scientific publications and received numerous honors for his research. He has been awarded several grants to present his research findings at international meetings as an invited speaker and serves on expert panels that set oncologic quality measures and treatment guidelines. He is actively involved in national healthcare payment reform through committee work with Medicare, CMS, the AMA, and the American Society for Radiation Oncology where he was a former Health Policy Fellow.
- Ellen Yui – Founding Principal of YUI+Company, Inc., Ellen brings 35 years of experience in strategic communications and corporate social responsibility. Founded in 1991, YCO helps leaders find their voice and design road maps for growth and impact. Clients have included Fortune 500s, professional associations, universities, communities, authors, artists and start-ups. Ellen also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University. She studied abroad with AFS in Mâcon, France, where she earned the Baccalauréat.
They join the following current Trustees:
- Cynthia Banks – Cynthia is the retired Founder/CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a global education abroad organization which has helped more than 30,000 students study and intern abroad. She is now on the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder Leed’s Business School and serves as President of the Foundation for Global Scholars, a non-profit supporting globally minded young adults with scholarships and other resources.
- Ted Davis – Ted is a Private Wealth Advisor and founder of Davis and Devine, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. based in Fairfax Virginia. A graduate of George Washington University, prior to joining Ameriprise in 2002, Ted spent 18 years in the technology industry with a focus on international sales and business management in Asia/Pacific and Latin America.
- Joël A. Gallegos – Joël is assistant provost of international programs at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte. Previously, he served as the director of education abroad at UNC Charlotte and as the director of study abroad at the University of Toledo.
- Errick L. Greene – Errick recently accepted the executive leadership role as Chief of Schools of Tulsa Public Schools, where he works closely with the district’s seven instructional leadership directors to drive educational excellence through powerful, personalized learning that is engaging and joyful for all students and staff.
- Gail Gugel – Gail has worked for Harvard University, the U.S. Department of State, AMIDEAST, and the World Wildlife Fund. Her professional focus has been citizen exchanges, and she spent several years managing Fulbright programs in the Western Hemisphere. As a tour manager for Academic Travel Abroad, she led several visits to Cuba and Morocco. During high school, Gail studied in Paraguay with AFS.
- Martha Johnson (Chair) – Martha is the Assistant Dean, Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in international education since 1991, with sojourns in Ireland and England, and oversight for institutional relations management for several educational organizations. Martha has presented and co-chaired numerous sessions and workshops at national and international conferences and served on a variety of organizational and institutional boards. She previously served on the NAFSA International Education Leadership team as well as serving and chairing multiple committees in NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad.
- Jan Kieling – Jan currently serves as a member and officer of the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Study Abroad. She joined the IFSA Board in 2011. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Mindspring Foundation, which develops sustainable education platforms for children in under-resourced communities throughout the world that, encouraging communities to succeed at reconciling their way of life with the natural and cultural heritage of their region.
- Anne Krieg (Vice-Chair) – Anne is an active member of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and volunteers with the John T. Ford Society at Ford’s Theatre. She currently serves as co-chair of the Parents Fund at Kenyon College and is a member of their Parents Advisory Council. Anne has served on the Board of Trustees for Davidson College as well as the Board of the Lewinsville Retirement Residence in McLean, VA. She has volunteered in various positions at Davidson College since graduation. Anne has also co-chaired the Parents Fund at The Madeira School as well as the Annual Fund at Davidson College.
- Brandon Lee – Brandon serves as CEO of Terra Dotta, a software company that manages the application process and streamlines operations of over 575 educational institutions and businesses,. His main interest lies in shaping the usability and accessibility of the company’s software. He has primary responsibility for the marketing and sales for TDS for Study Abroad, ISSS, Risk Management, and Application Management.
- Lucas Mackey – A 2015 FEA Scholar, Lucas studied in China and Taiwan. While there, he served as an intern in global communications and logistics at a manufacturing firm while completing coursework in business Chinese. Through this experience, he became increasingly passionate about global business and sustainability.
- Prem Manjooran – Prem is the Executive Director of Tantallon Capital Asia and the Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager for the Tantallon India Fund. Prem grew up in Mumbai and Calcutta and graduated from Davidson College. Prior to starting the Tantallon India Fund, he spent 22 years as an analyst and an active investor in the Asian equity markets with The Capital Group where he worked in Capital’s Singapore offices and later managed investments in India and Malaysia as a country generalist, the Asian automobile and consumer stocks, the Singapore banks and property companies, and the Hong Kong and Singapore conglomerates.
- Eric Sanner (Secretary) – Eric is a Senior Vice President in the health practice of The Segal Group. He previously worked for Aon Hewitt and is very knowledgeable of employee benefits, health care, people and business unit leadership. Prior to joining Aon in 1999, he had a 14-year career in the group life and health industry, where he worked for several insurance carriers in sales, account management, marketing, and product development roles.
About the Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. FEA is a Guidestar Platinum participant, and won the 2015 Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Award and GoAbroad.com’s 2015 Innovation in Philanthropy Award. Follow FEA at www.fundforeducationabroad.org, and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and Instagram: @FEAScholarships.