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Office for Education Abroad
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane Rm 109
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-8920
Fax: 517-432-2082
abroad(at)msu.edu
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Heidi Dysinger Budget and Financial Assistant
Office for Education Abroad

5 International Center
lynde(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Heidi began her employment at Michigan State University in 2010 in the Department of Geological Sciences. She received strong training and mentoring that led her to a two-level promotion and increased responsibility.

Heidi joined the Office of Study Abroad team in 2016 as an assistant in the Business Office. She works with program coordinators to process payments for education abroad programs, and assists faculty directors with the preparation and processing of their travel authorizations and advances. Heidi then works with them when they return from abroad to reconcile their expenses.

John Haupt Curriculum Integration Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
hauptjoh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Haupt serves as the curriculum integration specialist assigned to work with all colleges across campus to assist in further integrating education abroad into their curriculum. In addition to this role, he also serves a program coordinator for Lyman Briggs College, the Honors College, the Graduate School, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

A native of the Cincinnati area, John has worked in international education his entire professional career. Over the past six years, he has worked at the tertiary level with both domestic students seeking to study abroad, and international students pursuing degrees in the United States. John possesses a diverse educational background with two bachelor’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University in Secondary Education and International Studies, one master’s degree in Linguistics from Ohio University, and another master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Education from the University of Kentucky. As a student and working professional, John has had the opportunity to study and work overseas. He participated in three education abroad programs as an undergraduate in Ireland, Spain, and Cameroon and one as a graduate student in Mexico. He also taught English in South Korea for two years. Moreover, John is a published author and has presented at numerous professional conferences. He is currently working on a project to investigate the relationship between education abroad participation and degree completion.

John believes in the power of education abroad and the idea that education abroad is a high impact practice with the power to promote personal, academic, and professional growth in all students. Through his role at MSU, he seeks to provide further opportunities for students to incorporate education abroad into their degree plan.

Ashley James Business Office Assistant
Office for Education Abroad

5 International Center
jamesas1(at)msu.edu

Natalie Kohler Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
kohlerna(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Natalie Kohler coordinates education abroad programs for the College of Business, James Madison College, and the College of Law.

Natalie is from Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus in Security Studies, Foreign Policy, and International Relations. She participated in short-term study abroad programs in China and Egypt before spending a full term in Brazil. Living with a host family and learning Portuguese in Brazil offered the opportunity to embrace a new culture and way of life. Through these experiences, Natalie developed a love and respect for international education and travel.

After graduation, Natalie served as a Study Abroad Coordinator at Ohio State before moving to Chicago in 2010. She completed a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy at Northwestern University in 2013 where she continued her work in education abroad before joining Michigan State University in May of 2016.

Natalie believes that the best ways to engage with a new culture are through food, music, and making mistakes in a foreign language. She views education abroad as a profound opportunity for students to develop empathy, self-reliance, and problem solving skills while experiencing personal growth. She is dedicated to helping students achieve these outcomes and have a positive impact in the global community.

Sherry Martinez-Bonilla HR/Office Manager
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
marti269(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Hired at MSU in 1996, Sherry Martinez-Bonilla has progressed from an entry-level clerical position to professional management, responsible for all aspects of the main office operations. Sherry assists with scheduling office meetings, retreats and on-going professional development activities for the office, and coordinates planning and hosting OSA visitors and delegations. She facilitates purchase requests and is the go-to person for matters related to maintenance, telecommunication and recycling. She also assists with coursework and transcript processing, and contract processing.

As part of her management role, Sherry serves as the primary liaison to HR and ISP for personnel issues, supervise the federal work/study student staff and support OSA leadership on personnel matters. She assists with staff searches and provides general on-boarding support of all new hires.

Sherry also assists with the smooth and efficient operation of the Freshman Seminars, including processing applications, responding to students and parents, and scheduling on-campus logistics.

Anthony Ogden Executive Director
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
aogden(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Anthony (Tony) Ogden leads MSU’s Office of Study Abroad and provides strategic leadership to the university as MSU seeks to build upon its legacy of excellence in education abroad and international exchange. A career international educator, he is a national leader in education abroad and exchanges, widely respected for his knowledge of research and scholarship, program design and development and outcomes assessment.

Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, a master’s degree in international and intercultural management at the SIT Graduate Institute and his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in educational theory and policy with a dual title in comparative and international education.

Prior to MSU, Tony was the executive director of education abroad and exchanges in his home of state of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky, where he provided oversight in the administration of all education abroad and exchange programming for the university. Under his leadership, participation nearly tripled and student participation became more representative of the student body than ever before. He successfully transitioned the education abroad office from having a budget loss to a revenue-generating unit with a budget surplus.

Tony has also served in education abroad leadership positions at The Pennsylvania State University and in Japan, as the director of the Tokyo Center of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES).

He has numerous publications to his credit, including the new book, “International higher education’s scholar-practitioners: Bridging research and practice.” He also recently published a new monograph with the Association of International Education Administrators that attempts to establish a research agenda for education abroad. Ogden serves as an adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in their International Education Management graduate program.

Kelsey Pink Budget and Financial Accountant
Office for Education Abroad

5 International Center
pinkkels(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kelsey Pink, Office of Study Abroad Budget and Financial Accountant, is responsible for overseeing the development, approval, and implementation of all faculty-related program budgets, including the preparation of travel advances and the reconciliation of programs upon return. Kelsey maintains reports regarding financial activities associated with education abroad programming and works closely with a team of program coordinators to develop, implement, and streamline processes and procedures related to program budgeting.

Originally from Troy, Michigan, Kelsey graduated from Michigan State University with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting. After spending a few years in public accounting serving as a tax accountant at Plante & Moran, PLLC, she came back home to her alma mater and joined the Office of Study Abroad in November 2016.

Lauren Russell Enrollment Management Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
russe392(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lauren Russell provides clerical and student application support for the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Music. She is responsible for stewarding student applications through the entire process, from initial application through to return from abroad. Lauren also works to process course approval forms and transcripts for partner programs.

Lauren is a graduate from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and World Politics. As an undergraduate, Lauren studied at La Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador for a semester.

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