Conference Schedule


Speaker Biographies


Melvin Harmon,Sr. Director, Customer Experience & Program Innovation

Shameeka Leacock,  Scholarships and Diversity Initiatives Manager

American International Recruitment Council (AIRC)

Jennifer Wright, Director Certification, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC).

AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

Chris Lukach, President, AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

Alliance for International Exchange

Sue Yang, Senior Director for External Relations

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

          Christopher D. Seeley, M.S.W, Program Director of School and Justice Initiatives, APA

Ballard & Tighe

Melissa Cortez, Educational Consultant, Ballard & Tighe

Cambridge Network

Louise Reaves,  Cambridge Network


Anna Damewood, Director of Membership and Conference Programming, CSIET Christopher B. Page, Executive Director, CSIET Charissa Slack, Director of Marketing and Communication, CSIET

Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

Clare Sisisky Executive Director, Global Education Benchmark Group

Greenfield Central High School

Kim Kile, Director of the School Counseling Program at Greenfield Central High School



 Kelly Ansboury ,  IntelliCorp

Evelyn Holmes, National Senior Sales Representative, IntelliCorp

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director for International Enrollment Management-International Student and Scholar Services


Britt Darwin-Looney, Vice President of Account Services, 


James Manning, Business Development Manager, TGM Soft “Zapp”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, SEVP

SEVP Director Rachel Canty and SEVP School Certification Unit Chief, Katie Westerlund

U.S. Department of State

Gia Crawford, Program Analyst in the Secondary School Student Portfolio, Department of State Olga O’Neil, Program Analyst in the Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration, Department of State

 Wednesday, October 17
1:30-6 pm Registration Open
2-5:45 pm Pre-conference Sessions
2-2:45 pm Ballard & Tighe, Publishers: Introduction to ELTiS (English Language Test for International Students)*
3-3:45 pm Innovation in Background Screening*
4-4:45 pm Crisis Communication Basics*: AKCG- Public Relations Counselors
5-5:45 pm The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation: GDPR Background, Affects on Programs, and Compliance*
6:30 – 8 pm Maineland Film Screening
8- 9 pm Exhibitor-Sponsored Welcome Reception
9 am-3 pm CSIET Board Meeting

* These sessions are required for those participating the in CSIET Training (See CSIET Training Policy for New/Provisionally Listed Members)

 Thursday,October 18
8- 9 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by GEBG

9- 10:15 am Membership Council Meeting
10:15-10:30 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by AKCG-Public Relations Counselors

10:30- 11:45 am CSIET Evaluation of Non US Based Student Recruitment Agencies
10:30- 11:30 am Round Table Discussions
12- 1 pm

Keynote Lunch: Presenting Award-winning Film Director Miao Wang

Sponsored by NFHS

1:15- 2:30 pm U.S. Department of State: News & Updates on the J-1 Exchange Secondary School Program
1:15- 2:30 pm Taking the First Steps: CSIET Membership*
2:45- 4 pm The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and F-1 Compliance*
2:45- 4 pm J-1 Visa Advocacy: The Alliance for International Exchange
4-4:15 pm

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Cambridge Network

4:15- 5:30 pm Hot-Button Lightning Round: 5 Sensitive Communications Topics (AKCG – Public Relations Counselors)*
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday Evening Boat Reception
Sponsored by IntelliCorp and ICES


* These sessions are required for those participating the in CSIET Training (See CSIET Training Policy for New/Provisionally Listed Members)

* These sessions are required for those participating in CSIET Training (See CSIET Training Policy for New/Provisionally Listed Members)