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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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Swathi Chembathi Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
chembath(at)msu.edu

Kellie Clock Program Coordinator, American Semester Program
Office for Education Abroad

109 International Center
clockkel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kellie Clock is the Program Coordinator for inbound Special Programs and Short Courses for the American Semester Program in the Office of Study Abroad. She is responsible for developing and managing American Semester Short Course programs, a catalog of 10+ different specialized courses offered on MSU’s campus in January, July and August each year. She also works with special sponsored programs hosted by MSU and the Office of Study Abroad on a short-term basis.

Studying abroad has been a passion of Kellie’s since high school when she spent her junior year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Finland. She chose to attend MSU because of the large study abroad program and completed a semester in the Czech Republic. She strongly believes studying abroad is the best way to bridge cultural differences and learn about other cultures.

Kellie has dedicated her career to international education. She is an alumnus of Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison College. She studied Comparative Cultures and Politics, as well as Women’s and Gender Studies through the Center for Gender in Global Context. During her time at MSU she served as a Peer Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad, and as the American Semester Program summer intern. To launch her professional career, she excelled as a Program Advisor at IES Abroad, a non-profit study abroad provider in Downtown Chicago. Currently, because life-long learning is a passion of hers, as well as most international educators, she has begun the Online MA in Strategic Communication through the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU. As a Michigan native and true Spartan at heart, she is thrilled to be a student and professional at MSU!

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 EA 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 EA 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.

Janelle Pangilinan Curriculum Integration Specialist
Office for Education Abroad

105 International Center
pangili3(at)msu.edu

Kelsey Pink Financial Services Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

5 International Center
pinkkels(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kelsey Pink, Office for Study Abroad Financial Services Coordinator, 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 Education Abroad Support 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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