Dr. Anne Schiller has been involved in international research, teaching, and administration throughout her career. A professor of anthropology, she conducts research on relationships among culture, religion, and identities in Indonesia and Italy. Dr. Schiller’s experiences in international education administration include establishing, supervising, and recruiting faculty for several study abroad programs in Asia and Western Europe. Before coming to Mason she served as the Director of International Programs, Director of the International Studies Undergraduate Program, Co-director of two internationally-oriented undergraduate dual-degree programs, and as Director of the Anthropology Graduate Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State. Dr. Schiller joined Mason in 2009 to assist the university in moving forward with exciting new international initiatives across the globe and at home.
Aditi Doshi is the Student Assistant at the Office of Global and International Strategies. She holds an M.A degree in Industrial Psychology, India. She is currently pursuing her M.ED in Counseling from Mason. Prior to coming to Mason, Aditi has worked as an HR professional for 3 years. Aditi has keen interest in dancing and has worked as a Professional Choreographer for almost 10 years. She wishes to start her private practice after obtaining her degree from Mason.
Cameron Carter is a technical writer for the Office of Global and International Strategies. While her main focus includes writing and editing content for Mason’s Songdo campus website, she works on a variety of different projects for the Office. In 2011 she received her BA in English from Christopher Newport University, and in May 2013 she completed her MA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric at George Mason University.
nd Agreements Coordinator in the Office of Global and International Strategies and the Associate Director at the Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (CAPEC). Cheryl has been at Mason for more than ten years working with faculty and students to build international relations, cross-cultural programs, and other activities. Her interests in international affairs have since extended to include community health and culture, and nutrition. Cheryl has a M.A. in Telecommunications (instructional technologies concentration) from George Mason and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health.
Diane Wang joined Mason in year 2005 as a program coordinator where she manages a special undergraduate dual degree program called “Sino- American 1+2+1 Dual Degree Program”. Through this program Mason has accepted a total of 184 undergraduate students from 18 Chinese partner universities, and with the support of the Mason community, this program is going stronger than ever. She spent 8 years working for China Medical University after graduating from Shenyang University of Technology. Diane moved to the US in 1999 to attend Queens College in NYC as a Master program student in Computer Science, but soon found her passion for working in higher education. She moved to Virginia to build a new life and family and worked at Virginia Tech as an administrative faculty for 3 years before coming to Mason. Having experience in the higher education systems of two countries has provided her with a unique perspective for creative solutions.
Erica Yoo is Korea Programs Office Assistant and joined the Office of Global and International Strategies in August 2012. She received her BA in Tourism and Events Management from George Mason University in 2013. She mainly engages in scheduling and planning meetings related to Songdo Korea Campus. She loves to learn about different cultures, food, languages, etc. She has learned Spanish for over four years in college and hopes to continue learning more languages and culture. She hopes to plan international meetings and conferences in the future to reach more diverse people and go global!
Jim Burke joined the Office of International and Global Strategies as the Events and Outreach Director after seven years managing international program development and outreach for a number of universities and private education providers in the US, C
hina, and Australia. Along with organizing events with the Provost’s Office to grow Mason’s visibility abroad, Jim will be working to promote the new branch campus in Songdo, South Korea as a destination for innovative experiential learning. Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Lisa O’Hara is the International Programs Administrator for the Global Office. She works on a variety of projects with her main focus on the Moscow State University and the China 1+2+1 Dual Degree Programs. Before coming to George Mason, Lisa was a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, an
electronics engineer with the Defense Mapping Agency, a hospital administrator at UVA, an independent consultant, the business and technology manager for a start-up international law firm and the director of finance for a small business. Lisa has traveled extensively around the world, including independent study in China as an undergraduate student. She holds a BS in Geophysics from VA Tech, an MBA from George Mason University and an MA in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Madelyn Ross is currently Director of China Initiatives at George Mason University, where she has worked on a variety of China-related programs and campus-wide educational initiatives since 2003. Prior to coming to Mason, she worked as an independent consultant to Asia-focused organizations and pro
jects and spent nine years at The US-China Business Council, where she was editor of The China Business Review and Executive Director of The China Business Forum. Ms. Ross holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. She also did graduate work at Fudan University in China, and has lived and worked in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei.
Minkyung (Min) Park
As Executive Director of Korea Campus Operations in the Office of Global and International Strategies, Dr. Park coordinates university-wide planning for the Mason’s international campus in Songdo, South Korea, and manages issues of program administration and operation between the Songdo and Fairfax campuses. She serves as the official point of contact and information agent between Songdo-based and Fairfax-based university administrators and facilitates other communications as appropriate. An Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), she has involved in diverse research projects with various national and international partners and has produced over 60 publications in a combination of journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Dr. Park joined the Office of Global and International Strategies in 2010 by taking a leadership role in Mason’s evaluation of the Songdo Global University
project. Dr. Park’s other activities in the Global Office include advancing dual degree relationships with Korean partner institutions and identifying new educational and research opportunities for Mason faculty in Korea.
Richena Purnell-Sayle is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager the Office of Global and International Strategies. She holds a BA in Music from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. She has traveled throughout Europe including as an exchange student in Northern Sweden. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Affairs.
Global Relations Specialist Rita Rowand plans itineraries for international delegations, engages in external outreach to include embassies in Washington D.C., and provides contacts, resources and other information in international initiatives. Rita currently works with special populations of students from the United Arab Emirates, Moscow State University and IREX scholars from the Ukraine.
Sangmin Kim is a start-up coordinator at Songdo Global University Campus. He works with IFEZA and SGUF to coordinate issues of campus set-up on behalf of Mason Fairfax and liaisons with organizations and individuals with an interest in Mason’s Songdo campus. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the program of Cultural Studies at Mason, developing his dissertation on “surplus life” as a critique of new media culture and political economy of South Korea. As a native of South Korea, he holds a B.S. in Industrial Design from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and an M.A. in Aesthetics from Seoul National University. To view Sangmin’s blog on Mason Songdo, visit http://songdolog.tumblr.com/.
Su Young Chung
Su is a Graduate Assistant and joined the Office of Global and International Strategies in August 2013. She mainly works as a translator and assistant for the various jobs related to Mason Korea Songdo Campus. She holds a BS in Accounting and Information System from Virginia tech, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting at George Mason University. She likes to travel and meet people from diverse backgrounds.
Susan Graziano, Global Grant Coordinator, Office of Global and International Strategies, Office of the Provost. Working across colleges and units, Susan contributes to the conceptualization of research and educational projects, facilitates the development of persuasive proposals for federal, foundation, and foreign government support, and identifies and disseminates information on grant opportunities for international projects. She has a proven track record of successful development experience. Prior to coming to Mason, she worked for the American Association of Museums on the development and evaluation of professional standards for museums. She was the director of the Museum Assessment Program, a national peer review program, and also worked for the association’s Accreditation Program. Susan holds a BA from Bucknell University.
Svetlana Filiatreau, Eurasia Programs Coordinator, Global & International Strategies, Provost’s Office. Svetlana Filiatreau joined the Office of Global and International Strategies in 2011. Ms. Filiatreau leads the development of GMU’s international strategy for engagement with Russia, former Soviet states, and Central and Eastern Europe. Svetlana conducts research on educational systems, identifies suitable partners for research and educational collaboration, creates the appropriate program structures for these agreements, represents the university in the networking events, and manages partner relations agencies, embassies, and NGOs in Eurasia and stateside.
Ms. Filiatreau holds a Master’s degree with the specialization in community-based development and is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Education. Svetlana’s research and professional interests include university-based ethical, moral, and civic formation of undergraduate students in post-Soviet states; the role of ethical leadership of higher education institutions in Ukraine’s democratic transformation; university campus internationalization; and development of academic cross-border partnerships.
Talisha Mottinger joined Mason in 2011 as the International Budget Analyst for the Global Office. Prior to coming to Mason, Talisha worked in finance for six years at the University of Arizona. Talisha has worked in all areas of University finance, from sponsored funding to departmental, state and tuition based funding. She holds a BS in Business Administration and will be pursuing a Master’s degree this coming fall.
Tooba is a Finance Intern at the Office of Global and International Strategies. She is a transfer student from Pakistan and currently seeking an undergraduate degree in Economics at Mason. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. She has interest in shopping and eating various kinds of food. She plans to become an Economic analyst after completing her studies.
Zayna N. Bizri is the Graduate Research Assistant for the office. She is a PhD Candidate in the History Department, and is writing her dissertation on the use of advertising for the recruitment of women into the armed forces during World War II. She obtained her Master of Arts in History from George Mason University and her Bachelor of Arts in History from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. She is interested in various forms of advertising, especially posters and magazine advertisements, and how those advertisements both create and integrate with the visual landscape of an area. She is committed to digital humanities as both a mode of presenting scholarship and as an area of study.