J-Visa Compliance

Location: Edison D
Representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the offices of Designation and Private Sector Exchange Program Administration, as well as updates and best practices in the Secondary School Student Program. Topics will include the new management review, reporting procedures, monitoring trip results, recent guidance directives, and more.
Speaker: James Alexander, Department of State
James Alexander works in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs  (ECA) where he is Lead Program Analyst in the Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration. He overseas a team of analysts monitoring the program quality of international exchange visitors in the high school, alien physician, and teacher program categories.  Prior to coming to the field of international exchanges in summer 201l, James worked as a Senior Evaluation Officer and Project Director in ECA/P (2008-11).  He conducted evaluations and performance measurement projects to assess the effectiveness of ECA exchange programs and led a team developing and managing E-GOALS, the bureau’s web-based survey collection tool.  In past positions, James assessed overseas Public Diplomacy programs for R/PPR (2006-8), helping to create the Mission Activity Tracker, with a preceding stint collecting and analyzing post-Soviet public opinion data for INR/R (2004-5).  He is  a former tenured college professor (1997-2004) with numerous professional publications on Post-Soviet politics, public opinion, and democratization  Over the 1990s, James spent a total of two years living, studying, and conducting research in Russia’s western regions, with a primary focus on the Komi Republic. James served as a Peace Corps Volunteer building water systems in rural Ecuador (1986-88).  A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he also has an MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Speaker: Diane Culkin, Department of State
Diane Culkin is the Division Chief for Private Sector Programs in the Office of Designation.  These programs include: alien physician, au pair, camp counselor, high school, intern, summer work/travel, teacher, and trainee programs. Diane has worked with the Exchange Visitor Program for over 10 years – she began her career at USIA and then re-joined the Department of State in 2012.  She is currently  Prior to re-joining the Department Diane was based in the DC area as a Lieutenant with the Navy Reserve during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  She also worked for Health and Human Services (HHS) as a manager for the National Health Service Corps’ Ambassador Program, which encompasses more than 2000 volunteers throughout the United States who promote primary care interdisciplinary teams to serve underserved populations in the U.S.  During her tenure at HHS Diane also worked as a recruiter for the National Health Service Corps recruiting students, physicians, nurses, and dentists to work in underserved areas.