9:00am-3:00pm     CSIET Board Meeting
1:30pm-6:00pm     Registration Open
1:50pm-5:45pm     Pre-Conference Sessions
6:00pm-7:00pm     Wednesday Night Welcome Reception Sponsored by ICES

8:00am-9:00am      Breakfast
9:00am-10:15am      Membership Council Meeting
10:15am-12:00pm    Sessions
12:00pm-1:00pm      Keynote Luncheon Sponsored by National Federation of State High School Associations & Tower Bridge International
1:15pm-5:30pm      Sessions
6:00pm-7:00pm      Reception Sponsored by IntelliCorp

7:30am-8:30am     Breakfast sponsored by StudentSIMS
8:30am-9:45am     Sessions
9:45am-10:00am     Coffee Break
10:00am-12:45pm   Sessions
1:00pm-2:00pm     Student Panel Luncheon Co-Sponsored by Educatius & iTEP – Academic Language Solutions
2:15pm-3:30pm     Last Sessions/Conclusion of Conference

Detailed Conference Schedule

*This session is part of the CSIET New/Provisional Training Process 

Wednesday, November 6

9:00am-3:00pm     Board Meeting
1:30-6:00pm     Registration Open
1:30pm-6:00pm     Pre-conference Sessions*

1:50-2:20 pm          A New Choice for Spoken Language Testing on J-Visa and F-Visa Programs with iTEP

The iTEP: International Test of English Proficiency is a new testing option for J- and F-visa programs that focuses on speaking, safety, and convenience … real world situations.  An overview of the iTEP test will be given as well as scoring analysis.

Speaker: Jim Brosam

Jim Brosam II. is President of iTEP International.  iTEP offers a variety of ESL testing options for both J-1 and F-1 students which are convenient and cost effective. The iTEP network includes 800 partners in 60 countries world-wide. A 20-year veteran in the field of international education, Mr. Brosam has directed ESL testing, international student recruitment, and domestic study abroad programs in over 40 countries

 

 

 

 

2:30-3:00 pm           ELTiS Testing with Ballard & Tighe, Publishers

Learn more about english language proficiency testing and the ELTiS online and paper formats. Ballard & Tighe will provide a brief introduction to the test and bring you updates on Ballard & Tighe’s and CSIET’s continued work to meet the assessment needs of the exchange community. 

Speaker: Melissa Cortez

Melissa Cortez is an Educational Consultant with Ballard &Tighe, Publishers. For more than 40
years, Ballard & Tighe has provided high-quality, industry-leading instructional and assessment
materials specifically designed to meet the needs of English learners. With over ten years of working
closely with F-1 &J-1 sending partners, schools and districts worldwide, Ms. Cortez effectively
provides customized solutions using Ballard &Tighe’s entire suite of products. Ms. Cortez is
committed to the educational goals and needs of those she collaborates with and is passionate
about student learning and success.

 

3:10-3:40 pm           Criminal Background Checks with IntelliCorp Records

This session will cover criminal background check laws and guidelines and what best practices to follow to be sure you are in compliance.

Speakers: Matt Garbincus

Matt Garbincus is Sales Manager at IntelliCorp Records. With over 16 years of experience in the
background screening industry, he plays a key role in building and maintaining successful referral
partner and client relationships, some of which extend back 14 years or more. He is a frequent
presenter on employment screening solutions and risk management topics and has achieved his NAPBS
FCRA Advanced Certification.

 

 

 

 

 

3:50-4:50 pm           Tips for Protecting Youth with Praesidium

Learn about abuse prevention from a representative at Praesidium, which has built a comprehensive array of products and services that allow organizations to assess potential gaps in their programs and implement best practices in each of the eight operations from the Praesidium Safety Equation.

Speaker: Katie Polachek 

Katie Polachek works closely with Praesidium’s youth-serving organizations to train, assess risks, and
perform accreditation visits for youth serving organizations. Polachek works closely with the Praesidium’s
youth development team to follow up with clients, manage national contracts, and focus on getting youth
serving organizations set up with services. Prior to joining Praesidium, Polachek practiced law in
Arlington, Texas and worked as an intern with legal programs that focused on juvenile sex offenders and
individuals with mental health concerns. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s
degree in psychology and obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

 

 

 

 

5-5:45 pm              Crisis Communication Basics with Anne Klein Communications Group

AKCG will discuss principles to preserve your reputation during a crisis and retain the trust of of your program’s participants, host families, biological families and program coordinators. 

Speaker: Chris Luckach

Chris Lukach, APR, is president of AKCG – Public Relations Counselors, a national public
relations firm specializing in issue and crisis preparedness and response. Chris has been
instrumental in developing issue and crisis communications plans and advising clients
facing crises in several industries, including education, healthcare, and chemical
manufacturing. Chris also leads the firm’s spokesperson training team, guiding subject
matter experts to be effective communicators in today’s nuanced and challenging media
landscape. Chris is a past president and chair (2011-2012) of the Philadelphia Public
Relations Association. He remains active with the organization, serving as a director and a past-presidential board appointee. A magna cum laude graduate of Rowan University, Chris was named the university’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2018.

6:00 pm-7:00pm     Welcome Reception Sponsored by International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES)

CSIET would like to thanks ICES for sponsoring the Welcome Reception

Thursday, November 7

8:00am-9:00am     Breakfast Sponsored by J1 Simcards

Sponsored by J1 Simcards

 

 

9:00am-10:15am     Membership Council Meeting

Agenda, Opening, Approval of Minutes from the 2018 Membership Council Meeting, Chair’s Report, Nominations Committee Report, Finance Committee Report, Elections, Executive Director Report, New Business

10:15am-10:30am     Coffee Break Sponsored by Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

CSIET would like to thank GEBG for providing this mornings jolt of energy by sponsoring this mornings Coffee Break

10:30am-11:45am     Placing and Supporting Inbound High School Students with Disabilities

This session from the U.S. Department of State-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange will answer common questions about how best to support students with disabilities and provide resources on finding host families and securing school placements.    

Speaker: Olivia Hardin, Program Specialist, MIUSA

Olivia Hardin is Program Specialist for the Mobility International USA. Her primary responsibilities include providing technical assistance to support students with disabilities on U.S. Department of State exchange programs and being part of the core team that hosts exchange students with disabilities for disability-related orientations in Eugene, OR. Olivia’s articles have appeared in many publications such as EducationUSA Connections and Global Study Magazine

 

10:30am-11:45am     Ethics in F-1 Recruitment

At the higher education level, institutions are expected to act with transparency, integrity, and accountability when working with recruitment agencies; secondary-level practices do not yet align with these standards. In 2018 CSIET embarked on a process to develop standards for agencies recruiting students to US secondary schools. With the advice of several organizations, including NACAC that had recently adopted ethical standards for colleges working with commissioned agents, new standards will be piloted this year. Join a representative from NACAC, CSIET, and an agency that is going through CSIET’s new evaluation process to discuss the role of ethics in international student mobility.

Speakers: Lindsay Addington, Director of Global Engagement, NACAC, Giulia Salamone, Head of External Relations and Support Services,YouAbroad & Chris Page, Executive Director, CSIET

Lindsay Addington is director of global engagement at NACAC. She guides the association on strategies, practices, policies, and resource development to meet the needs of college counseling and admission professionals worldwide who advise, recruit, and enroll students in an increasingly global landscape. Prior to NACAC, Lindsay worked at the American Council on Education’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement and at the George Washington University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from University of Delaware, and master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from the George Washington University.

 

 

 

 

 

Guilia Salamone graduated from the University of Turin, with excellent results, in Scienze della Mediazione Linguistica. In 2014, the passion for education, travel, connecting with other cultures brought her to YouAbroad. What interested her the most, was the possibility to work with teenagers to develop independence, awareness and tolerance, and contribute enhance understanding between cultures.

Her path in YouAbroad started in the U.S. division, particularly with J1 and F1 Visa programs and became more and more focused on these U.S. programs. At the end of 2016, thanks to the growth of exchanges, she worked closely with YouAbroad CEO and they decided to create a dedicate team for the students’ support. In 2017, to strengthen the partnership between YouAbroad and CIEE and to build crossing processes, she had the pleasure to get an internship in Portland, Maine. She also have the pleasure to work with our partners improving existing cooperation and projects, as well as looking for new partnerships and programs in the US and beyond. As mentioned travelling is one of her passions, and when she was a baby, she developed a passion for Asia and for Asian cultures. She lived in Thailand for six months with her parents when she was a kid. Since then, she is travelling to Asia at least once per year: She is enraptured by the respect among people, the slow rhythms that allow people to experience the deepest meaning of life.

 

Christopher Page is Executive Director for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. After 21 years as a Spanish teacher and a six-year tenure with the CSIET Board of Directors (2003-2009) Chris began his professional journey with CSIET in 2011.  Facing new J-1 high school regulations, a rise in use of the F-1 visa, and an increasingly complex industry landscape, Chris has positioned CSIET and its Standards to serve the needs of a diverse membership of J-1, F-1 and Outbound practitioners from the field of international student exchange.  He has spearheaded a variety of new initiatives, including the evaluation of F-1 programs and schools, leading to a 52% growth in program membership and a markedly increased awareness of the value of the CSIET seal of approval. Outside his professional life, Chris is an author of a Spanish textbook, a writer of occasional poems, and an aspiring guitarist.  He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, two children and pug/chihuahua mix. Chris holds a Master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from Middlebury College and a Global MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain).

12:00pm-1:00pm     Keynote Luncheon- Coming Home: The Rebound Experience Sponsored by National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) & Tower Bridge International

While no two youth exchange experiences are exactly alike, there are predictable stages of culture shock and adaptation that most students experience. In a similar way, most students also experience some form of reverse culture shock, or re-entry shock, at some point during their return home. For many reasons, this can often be more surprising and difficult to deal with than initial culture shock.

We have an obligation, in guiding the student experience, to view this return home as a part of the exchange process and to prepare students for what may happen. This presentation addresses the basic process of reverse culture shock and presents a model for helping students prepare for it.

Speaker: Dr. Dennis White

Dr. Dennis White was an American Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1968-1970. Following his return to the United States, he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has worked in a variety of social service agencies and universities. He is currently a licensed psychologist in private practice in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He has worked with many international exchange programs. He makes annual presentations at Youth Exchange Conferences and district orientations around the United States and the world.

He is a past Chairman of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Committee (RIYE) and a past President of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN). He is currently co-chair of the NAYEN Online Training Committee. He has written numerous articles about Youth Exchange, particularly related to Culture Shock, Reverse Culture Shock and Ethnocentrism.

 

CSIET would like to thank National Federation of State High School Associations(NFHS) and Tower Bridge International  for their generous co-sponsorship of the Keynote Luncheon.

                                                                  

1:15pm- 2:30pm     U.S. Department of State: News & Updates on the J-1 Secondary School Program

Representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Offices of Private Sector Exchange Designation and Private Sector Exchange Program Administration, as well as updates and best practices in the Secondary School Student Program. Topics will include the management review; health, safety, and welfare; expectations for sponsors; reminders about annual reports; and more.

Speakers: Gia Crawford, Program Analyst, Secondary School Student Program; Ethan Bursofsky, Program Analyst, Secondary School Student Program

Gia Crawford is a native of Charleston, SC. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Political Science with minor in Sociology and concentration in Criminal Justice
from Francis Marion University. Gia has been employed with the U.S. Department
of State for over 13 years, starting her career in the Bureau of Consular Affairs,
Passport Services. Gia joined the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in
2018 and is currently the lead Program Analyst in the Office of Designation,
Private Sector.

Gia is an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow and former Co-coach. In her
spare time, She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two sons which
includes; traveling, cooking, and anything sports related.

 

 

 Ethan Bursofsky is a native of Eugene, OR. He attended George Washington University in
Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communication with a
minor in Criminal Justice. During his time at GWU, Ethan researched the intersection of
information communications technologies (ICT), governance, and collective action. In the
summer of 2013, he spent a month in Kenya on a research project team examining how NGOs
accomplish basic civil society projects using ICT. Ethan has worked for the U.S. Department of
State for seven years, and started his career in the Bureau of Administration on a FOIA rapid
response team; he takes pride in knowing the ins-and-outs of the FOIA process.

Ethan served as Staff Assistant to former Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge and Acting Chief of Protocol Natalie Jones in 2014, before joining the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since then, he has worked as a Program Coordinator, Program Support Specialist, and now, a Program Analyst in the Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration. He also serves as the President of the Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP), one of 15 Employee Affinity Groups at the Department. In that role, he coordinates events and advocates for the concerns of more than 400 members. Ethan currently resides in Virginia. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys spending time with friends, being active in his fraternity, traveling, reading, and watching movies. He also enjoys editing Western novels – one of which was recently published – and going to incredible concerts.

1:15pm-2:30pm     Explore Your Member Benefits with CSIET*

CSIET’s Director of Membership and Conference Programming along with CSIET’s Director of Marketing and Communications will explore the benefits of CSIET Membership with you, including online resources and membership offers. Participants will have the opportunity to present questions in-person to CSIET staff and take part in discussion about CSIET’s member community.

Speaker: Anna Damewood, Director of Membership & Conference Programming, Charissa Slack, Director of Marketing & Communications, and Nia Butler, Program Officer CSIET

Anna Damewood, born in a small town in southwest Virginia, Anna grew up appreciating the views of the blue ridge parkway and Shenandoah valley. In high school, she moved to Staunton, Virginia, where she attended Stuart Hall School, which has its own international student program. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington where she majored in International Affairs, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Anna was active in Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Hope House with the University’s community outreach program, and worked in the school’s residence life office with their ESL program. After college, interested in international relations and non-profit management, she started an internship with CSIET, which led to a full time position. She now lives in DC and loves running and biking along Rock Creek Park, trying out new restaurants/food festivals in the area, and traveling whenever possible.

 

 

 

Charissa Slack, Director of Marketing & Communications at CSIET, is responsible for the CSIET Website, the online and print publication of the Advisory List, monthly newsletters, the annual fund, web-tracking and analysis, market research and branding. Prior to CSIET, Charissa worked at ESPN International, Azteca America and Comcast Spotlight and has enjoyed bringing her background in campaign management and her passion in cross-cultural communication to CSIET over the past 4 years. Charissa very much enjoys working with people and has developed strong relationships with her former clients, colleagues and employees. She earned her B.A. in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a double minor in Spanish and Communications at the University of Richmond. She now lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and three children,
two dogs and two cats.

 

 

Nia Butler, is the Program Officer at CSIET and has worked at CSIET since 2017. At CSIET, Nia produces CSIET’s annual statistical reports, and is responsible for program evaluations material as well as day to day operations. Nia has a bachelor’s degree from Mount St Mary’s University in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies, French and Conflict Peace & Social Justice. Nia is currently pursuing a masters degree at American University, School of International Service in International Affairs. Nia is an enthusiast in global affairs and currently lives in Maryland.   

2:45pm- 4:00pm     The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and F-1 Compliance*

A representative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Student and Exchange Visitor Program will provide an overview of relevant topics affecting international student programs at the high school level. Following a brief presentation, SEVP will answer audience questions.

Speakers: Katie Westerlund, Unit Chief, SEVP School Certification Unit and Roman Peacock, Field Representative, SEVP Field Representative Unit

2:45pm- 4:00pm     Group Discussions

How do these topics affect your program? EU GDPR & Understanding US Safety Perceptions from the International Viewpoint

Moderator: James Manning, Business Development Manager, Zapp – TGMSoft & Paul Reagan, Rotary SCRYE, Recent Past-President NAYEN

James Manning is the UK based Business Development Manager at TGMSoft, the company behind Zapp, the only commercially available IT system dedicated to J1 and F1 High School Exchange programs. Prior to working with Zapp, James was responsible for STS worldwide High School and Au Pair programs based in Sweden, and has worked in the field of International Education for almost 20 years. During the past year, he was responsible for overseeing changes to Zapp and related commercial agreements to bring the system into line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Paul Reagan, Recent-Past President, North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN), Rotary District 6110) Paul has a BA in English and Political Science, and completed graduate studies in English. In 1978, he started his first business (construction clean up), while in graduate school. From 1979-1981 he bought, cleaned and sold used bricks and then ran his own company, The Salt Company, from 1981-88. The Salt Company distributed salt, minerals and feed in northwest Arkansas. He sold that business in 1988. In 1985, he started and still runs BatchMaster, an equipment wholesale company in the meat industry. Paul has managed different Rotary Youth Exchange programs since 1993. He served as a Youth Exchange Officer for Rotary International District (RID) 6110 from 1993-2004. Since 2004, he has served as Long-term Outbound Coordinator for the same district. He was a member of the Board of Directors of SCRYE (South Central Rotary Youth Exchange – 37 districts in 17 states) and served as President (SCRYE 2003-2004). From 2006-2016 he was SCRYE Recording Secretary. In 2001, he began service as the emcee for the annual “NAYEN” conference. NAYEN is the acronym for North American Youth Exchange Network, which encompasses Rotary Youth Exchange in Canada, United States, Mexico. From 2015-2017 he served as President Elect. Paul now serves as president of NAYEN and holds that position until June 30, 2019.

4:00 pm-4:15pm     Refreshment Break

 

 

4:15 pm-5:30pm     When the Worst Happens: Honoring Survivors of Abuse and Holding Perpetrators Accountable*

From independent schools and churches, to Wall Street and Hollywood, society is undergoing a revolution in the empowerment of survivors of sexual abuse.  With it, organizations are reshaping how they investigate allegations of sexual abuse, past and present; how they hold perpetrators accountable; and how they are rethinking the avenues they provide for safely reporting misconduct.

Our exchange community, too, must rethink how it upholds its promise to protect.

In this session, experts in responding to sexual abuse of minors – the nation’s foremost attorney serving independent schools, Caryn Pass, Esq., a nationally respected independent sexual-assault investigator, Julie Freudenheim, Esq., and CSIET’s crisis-communications partner Chris Lukach, APR – will discuss how the exchange community can apply the lessons learned to helping survivors in our J-1 and F-1 programs.

Speakers: Caryn Pass Esq.,Chair Education Practice, Venable LLP, Julie Freudenheim Esq. Senior Managing Director, T&M Protection Resources, LLC, Chris Lukach ,President, AKCG – Public Relations Counselors

Chris Lukach, APR, is president of AKCG – Public Relations Counselors, a national public
relations firm specializing in issue and crisis preparedness and response. Chris has been
instrumental in developing issue and crisis communications plans and advising clients
facing crises in several industries, including education, healthcare, and chemical
manufacturing. Chris also leads the firm’s spokesperson training team, guiding subject
matter experts to be effective communicators in today’s nuanced and challenging media
landscape. Chris is a past president and chair (2011-2012) of the Philadelphia Public
Relations Association. He remains active with the organization, serving as a director and a past-presidential board appointee. A magna cum laude graduate of Rowan University, Chris was named the university’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2018.

 

 

Ms. Caryn Pass works on documents utilized by independent schools, including employment, enrollment, and vendor agreements. She advises on the proper use of technology and social media, wage and hour compliance, employee and student discipline, admissions, investment and financial issues, performance evaluation, and employee termination. She reviews employee and student handbooks, develops emergency preparedness plans, and works with experts in the assessment of campus security. Ms. Pass designs and reviews by-laws and governance policies and works with boards to establish good governance.

Ms. Pass is well-known for her commitment to mentoring, supporting, and developing the next generation of independent school leadership and assists in developing transition plans and strategies for ensuring the new head’s success. Ms. Pass regularly speaks at regional and national independent school association meetings and conducts trainings at schools. Ms. Pass is the 2016 recipient of the Sarah Daignault Award, which is given by the National Business Officers Association to those who have consistently contributed generous support to independent schools and their business officers.

 

Julie Freudenheim is senior managing director of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations Division at T&M Protection Resources, a private security, intelligence and investigations company headquartered in New York City.  Ms. Freudenheim conducts sensitive investigations into historical and recent allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, stalking, hazing and bullying for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, athletic teams and leagues, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and businesses. She also develops policies and procedures relating to those issues for educational institutions and provides training for schools.

Ms. Freudenheim is a former sex crimes prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and spent 17 years teaching in the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security at St. John’s University.

6:00pm-7:00pm     Reception Sponsored by IntelliCorp

CSIET Would Like Thank IntelliCorp for the Generous Sponsorship of Tonight’s Reception

Friday, November 8

7:30am-8:30am     Breakfast
8:30am-9:45am     Student Safety: Identifying and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse*

AFS-USA’s deep commitment to preventative youth protection has led to the creation of new training resources for our volunteers who regularly interact with students and families. We will share these resources and materials have been designed to build awareness of red flag behaviors related to child sexual abuse. Identifying these precursors to abuse enables volunteers to address these behaviors before abuse takes place. Training is also provided on methods for reporting abuse when they believe it has occurred and additional materials define appropriate behaviors and practices volunteers should maintain to protect themselves from false allegations rooted in cultural misunderstandings. The objective of the session will be to share resources and training strategies, and have attendees walk away with ideas on how they might implement these types of resources and tools with their own field staff and volunteers.

Speaker: Candace O’Malley, Organizational Development Specialist, AFS-USA

Candace O’Malley has been a part of the AFS-USA team for eight years, and currently serves as
an Organizational Development Specialist with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion.
Previously, she was the Senior Manager of the Participant Support Department, where
she worked to develop and implement policies and practices to maintain student safety
and support students, parents, host parents, and volunteers during the intercultural
exchange experience. In her current role, she works to strengthen and empower the
AFS volunteer base with a concentration on designing, implementing, and facilitating
training. Prior to AFS, she worked as a community, family, and truancy Mediator and
developed youth mediation and anti-bullying programs. Candace received her B.A. from
the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a major in Communications and
minors in Sociology and Writing. She went on to pursue her M.A at Arcadia University’s
Graduate Program in International Peace & Conflict Resolution with a Graduate
Certificate in Peace Education.

9:45am-10:00am     Coffee Break
10:00am-11:15am     World Viewpoints: Understanding the International Agency Perspective

Speakers: John Cedergårdh, CEO, STS Education AB, Bettina Sandersleben, Die Austauschexperten GMBh, Milly Ding, Shanghai DDXG,and Zephyr Peling, Program Director, Face the World

John Cedergårdh is Chief Executive Officer of the STS Education Group that consists of 12 wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe, UK and the United States as well as an agent network in 30+ countries. STS was founded in 1958 and has since empowered more than a million customers from all over the world to learn a language, experience a high school year abroad or study at a college or university. John has been working within the field for almost 15 years and served previously as Chief Operating Officer for UK based Cambridge Education Group. Since last year John is one of the members of the management board of WYSE Travel Confederation, one of the largest global industry organizations representing the entire youth, student and educational travel industry. Originally from Sweden, John was hooked on cultural exchange already in high school, and has since then lived and studied in the US, UK, Malta and Austria.



 

Bettina was born in Hamburg, Germany, and raised in Germany and Indonesia, graduating from High School in Hamburg. She spent a year in Washington D.C. (Sept. 1987 – June 1988) for Language Studies as a Student at the Corcoran School of Art. She then attended (1988-1994) Albrecht-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, graduating with an M.A. in Geography, Geology. She has work and research experience in Israel, South Africa and Australia. Since November 2000, Bettina has worked in the Student Exchange Business. Until December 2015, she worked for EUROVACANCES Youth Exchange, a non profit organization based in Hamburg Germany as a Program Director. Since January 2016, she has been the Director and owner (together with Leslie Enouf and Jutta Jäckl – both owners and directors as well) of their company Die AustauschExperten GmbH, sending Students to the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Bettina is married and has two kids – her 15 year old daughter is currently studying abroad with AYP in Colorado.
 

 

 

 

Milly Ding Program Director of Shanghai DDXG Exit and Entry Service Co., Ltd. Milly was one of the first batch of exchange students at her university to study abroad during Milly’s undergraduate period, and later gained her master’s degree overseas. The confusion and bewilderment she has experienced has made living abroad difficult and has convinced her to step into the field of overseas education consulting to assist students on selecting the most suitable schools and programs.

Milly joined Shanghai DDXG Company in 2013, and principally managed the American J-1 and F-1 program for high school students for DDXG in 2015, in which year she went to attend the CSIET conference in the US for the first time representing the company. With experience Milly has accumulated over so many years, she is increasingly aware of the significance of the industry she is devoted to. Milly believes that studying abroad is not something minor, instead it may be a life-changing experience for a student, which is why she has been attentive to the position.

 

 

 

Zephyr Peling (Moderator) is Program Director at Face the World. Prior to getting into
exchange in 2018, Zephyr worked in the solar energy industry for 7 years. Zephyr was also
an exchange student as an undergrad and has a MSc in Management from Cass Business
School in London.

11:30am-12:45am     Exchange Programs Advocacy: Alliance for International Exchange

This session will provide a view from Washington, D.C., focusing on policies affecting U.S. Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs. Ms.Yang will provide an update on congressional and administration actions impacting educational and cultural exchanges, as well as discuss the Alliance’s advocacy efforts to promote and strengthen exchange programming.

Speaker: Sue Yang, Senior Director for External Relations, Alliance for International Exchange 

Sue Yang joined the Alliance for International Exchange as Senior Director for External
Relations in early 2018. She has experience in public affairs and public policy in the
executive and legislative branches of government, as well as public and private sectors.
Her private sector experience includes advising on communications, policy, and public
affairs strategies. Previously, she served as Director of External Relations for the
International Republican Institute, overseeing legislative affairs. During her time there,
she also represented the organization as an accredited election observer in Egypt and
Georgia.

As a political appointee in President George W. Bush Administration, Sue served as Director for Senate Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, advising on legislative affairs strategy. Her executive branch experience includes serving as Special Assistant
to the Director at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.In addition to experience in political campaigns, public affairs firm, and public policy research institution, Sue worked on Capitol Hill in various capacities, including as a policy aide for the Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Sue is originally from Taiwan and grew up in Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

11:30am-12:45am     Guiding Members Through the F-1 Certification Process*

Join CSIET’s Executive Director for guidance on becoming a certified program on CSIET’s Annual Advisory List, from the application to final results. The session will cover: Certification Categories, Completing the CSIET Application for Certification, States Served/Countries Served Forms, CSIET F-1 Audit Template (and Likely Sources), External CPAs and the Agreed Upon Procedures, Staff Scoring of Reports, Staff Issuance of Certification Letters and Materials, Accreditation Committee Hearing and Responses, and Due Process.

Speaker: Chris Page, Executive Director, CSIET

Christopher Page is Executive Director for the Council on Standards for International
Educational Travel. After 21 years as a Spanish teacher and a six-year tenure with the CSIET Board of Directors (2003-2009) Chris began his professional journey with CSIET in 2011. Facing new J-1 high school regulations, a rise in use of the F-1 visa, and an increasingly complex industry landscape, Chris has positioned CSIET and its Standards to serve the needs of a diverse membership of J-1, F-1 and Outbound practitioners from the field of international student exchange. He has spearheaded a variety of new initiatives, including the evaluation of F-1 programs and schools, leading to a 52% growth in program membership and a markedly increased awareness of the value of the CSIET seal of approval. Outside his professional life,Chris is an author of a Spanish textbook, a writer of occasional poems, and an aspiring guitarist. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife, two children and pug/chihuahua mix.Chris holds a Master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from Middlebury College and a Global MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain).

1:00pm-2:00pm     Student Panel Luncheon

With personal stories from recent exchange students whose lives have changed as a result of the hard work of many of our attendees, the Student Panel Luncheon is a great reminder how what we do affects so many lives.

CSIET would like to thank Educatius and iTEP – Academic Language Solutions for their generous co-sponsorship of the Student Panel Luncheon.

2:15pm-3:30pm     7 Tips to Promote Youth Mental Health*
This session will be delivered live via Skype as an interactive discussion about the common stressors all teens face and the specific pressures of navigating a new culture. Dr. Collins will introduce practical tips grounded in prevention science to help increase communication with international students, develop coping strategies and decrease the negative impact of these pressures. Participants can come away with information and resources to provide to their staff, volunteers, and host families on mental health.
 
Speaker: Dr. Tammy L. Collins, Lead Evaluator, Marshall Center of Excellence for Recovery, MURC
 

Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., IC&RC certified prevention specialist and Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, has more than 23 years of experience in translating research into practice and policy in the fields of substance use disorders, mental health, justice and education. Her doctorate of philosophy in human development and family science with a cognate area of adolescent behavioral health risk and protective factors was earned from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in counseling and Bachelor of Arts in journalism/public relations from Marshall University.

Dr. Collins has led administrative and applied research teams at Ohio and WV state agencies including being Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Senior Research Analyst at the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and Policy and Planning Coordinator at WV Division of Criminal Justice Services; as well as leading research and evaluation teams at The Ohio State University and Marshall University.

Dr. Collins has served as a subject matter expert for national projects including IC&RC prevention credentialing, SAMHSA CSAP’s Expert Panel on Aligning Prevention and Healthcare, and she also serves as a consultant for state and local prevention programming, youth and community development and applied research. She currently conducts applied research for Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery and is the Family Scientist for WV Kids Count.