Executive Leadership Council
Want to learn about study abroad from expert students?
Come speak to some of our Executive Leadership Council members, who are study abroad alums with a passion for all things international. Our staff of ELC's can help you learn about programs, find scholarships and tell you about their amazing experiences abroad.
Jessica Cassidy is a Graduate Fellow of the Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council for the Office of International Programs and Education Abroad. She recently graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and is now working on her Master's degree in Global Communication Studies. Jessica has studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain and India and has studied away in Washington, D.C. through the Washington Program and National Issues. Her main responsibility in the office is co-directing the Educational Abroad Executive Leadership Council.
Jacqueline Germano works as a Graduate Fellow on the Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council. She is currently completing her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She previously received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State in December 2016. Jacqueline studied abroad with the Florence Summer Institute in 2015 and 2016. Her current responsibilities include managing the office's social media accounts, peer advising, promoting education abroad programs through classroom presentations, and event planning.
Kevin Zezlina is the President of Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council of Office of International Programs and Education Abroad. He has studied abroad in Italy (twice), Kosovo, and South Korea.
"These experiences have molded me into the person I am and don't know where I would be without them. An international education does SO MUCH MORE than provide you with credits and career prospects. It allows you to see the true nature of the world with eyes unclouded by hate."
Maddy Steward is the Vice President of Education Abroad Executive Leadership Council of Office of International Programs and Education Abroad. Maddy is a senior Psychology and Sociology double major. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the Fall 2016 semester.
"Studying abroad gave me a sense of confidence and independence that I never had. Yet at the same time, it introduced me to people I would have never been friends with. Because of studying abroad, I've considered prospects and opportunities that I would never have thought possible. I believe every student should study abroad, if only to expand their perspective on the world.."
Chair of Domestic Affairs
Maria Kuhn is a senior Art History Major with Minors in Writing and Italian Studies! On the ELC, she is the Chair of Domestic Affairs. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy in the summer of 2017. Maria feels that study abroad is empowering to students to go outside their comfort zone and believes everyone should have some experience abroad! Come find her in Bowman 124 to talk about all things Florence and the coolest piece of artwork you've seen recently!
Chair of International Affairs
Gabby Neffenger is the Chair of International Affairs for the ELC. She is a senior International Relations major with minors in Business Spanish and Non-Profit Studies. Gabby participated in the 2015 Florence Summer Institute, and just spent an entire year abroad in Chile as an exchange student.
"My experiences abroad shaped me into who I am today, and they have sparked new passions and interests both professionally and personally. I can't wait for a lifetime of learning, traveling, and experiences in my global community."
Chair of Marketing
Rylee Armold is a senior Fashion Merchandising major with minors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is the Chair of Marketing in the ELC. In fall 2016, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester and it was truly a life changing experience.
"I decided to study abroad because Florence had always been my dream place to go. I wanted to study abroad because I knew this would be an amazing opportunity that I could never do again. I wanted to see the world because I am from a small town and I knew there was more out there, but I never have had the opportunity to see it all. Traveling to Florence and other countries changed my life in ways I cannot explain. I feel more confident in myself and see the world in a whole new persepctive. It was truly the best four months of my life and will cherish the amazing memories, friends, and lessons I gained."
co-Chair of Strategic Planning and Events
Jenalee Yambrovich is a junior English major with a double minor in Spanish and Geography. After graduating high school she was a foreign exchange student in São Paulo, Brazil for a year and this past summer she took part in the Spanish in Salamanca program. She plans on studying abroad in Florence during the Spring semester in pursuit of gaining a TEFL certificate.
co-Chair of Strategic Planning and Events
Ruby is the co-chair of strategic planning and events. She is a junior psychology major with a criminology minor. Ruby studied abroad in Florence this past summer and is planning on attending the Poland spring break program this upcoming spring. She is currently working on a project focused on culture shock in the office that she hopes to work on during all of my travels with the university. Ruby head the after hours advising and scholarship workshops Monday and Wednesday until 6 pm!