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Maria Mejía Henao
Institutional Relations Coordinator, Southwest
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I’ve traveled to 20 countries in the last year and a half!

Interests & Hobbies:

I used to go free-diving in the kelp beds in Santa Barbara between classes. You’re most likely to find me at the beach in the summer time!

Birthplace:

Orange County, California

Education:

Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara Global Studies, BA minor in Education

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Danielle Vient
Custom Programs Assistant
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I started traveling when I was young, which developed into a lifelong passion. I studied abroad in Alicante, Spain, and taught English in Prague, Czech Republic. I love immersing myself in different cultures.

Interests & Hobbies:

I love to explore and try new things. Besides traveling, though, I enjoy dance, yoga, reading, and cooking.

Birthplace:

Springfield, MA

Education:

B.A in International Studies from Western New England University

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Abbi Eidt
Senior Admissions Advisor, Southeast
Working with Spanish Studies since 2015

Facts:

I am an identical twin who is left handed!

Interests & Hobbies:

Live music, Clarinet, Swimming, Zentangle Doodling

Birthplace:

Sierra Vista, Arizona, but I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi

Education:

University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (International Studies, Spanish, History), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (History), Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina (Spanish)

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Julia Pearce
Institutional Relations Coordinator, Southeast
Working with Spanish Studies since 2016

Facts:

I began my international travels in middle school with a trip to Costa Rica. Since, I've taken every opportunity I could get to travel to other countries which include France, Germany, Honduras, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Peru!

Interests & Hobbies:

I really enjoy practicing yoga, lettering, and reading.

Birthplace:

Fosters, Alabama

Education:

B.A. from Goucher College (Spanish and Psychology double major)

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Kira Hakanson
Admissions Advisor
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I was a T.A. for an English class in Costa Rica when I was 16. This experience sparked my love for Latin America, travel, and the Spanish language. I studied abroad in Ecuador in college. My study abroad experience completely changed my life for the better. I not only improved my Spanish language skills immensely, but I also got to participate in so many incredible experiences, like swimming in rivers in the Amazon Rainforest and climbing to nearly 16,000 ft on an active volcano!

Interests & Hobbies:

I love to dance, listen to music, cook, watch movies, and explore the great outdoors!

Birthplace:

St. Paul, Minnesota

Education:

B.A in Global Studies with a focus in Environment and Sustainable Development and a minor in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota.

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Mara Valdez
Office Manager
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I learned English when I moved to Massachusetts in 2006 and before that I lived one year in Arizona and Guatemala

Interests & Hobbies:

: Going to the movies, live music (particularly piano and guitar) and spending time with my two sons

Birthplace:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Education:

Bachelor in Business Administration from Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala and Bachelor in Business Administration/Accounting from Massachusetts Community College

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Kayla Cybula
Admissions advisor, midwest & west
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I started learning Spanish in high school and fell in love with the language first. Then, I fell in love with the culture on a class trip to Spain when I was 17 years old. Through my studies in education, I decided to teach abroad in South Korea for two years before studying abroad in Spain for one year while also teaching English at a local school, and these experiences have deepened my love of language and cultural immersion.

Interests & Hobbies:

Traveling, reading (especially the classics and poetry), and trying new things from food to hiking a volcano. I also love animals, especially cats!

Birthplace:

Wausau, Wisconsin

Education:

B.A. in English Education from California State University, Long Beach

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Monai Myles
IR Coordinator, Midwest
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I studied Spanish since I was twelve. During my junior year of college, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I chose to become a Spanish teacher and worked in Memphis, TN for almost five years. I missed Spain so much that I decided to return to Madrid to do a masters in Spanish Peninsular and Latin American literature.

Interests & Hobbies:

I love anything related to Spanish (telenovelas, literature, art, speaking the language, and Latin dancing). I also enjoy making delicious salads and performing poetry during open mic nights!

Birthplace:

Milwaukee, WI

Education:

Marquette University-BA International Affairs and Spanish St. Louis University-Madrid-MA Spanish

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Nicole Jacobson
Institutional Relations Manager
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

I've backpacked through Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America

Interests & Hobbies:

Speaking Spanish, doing yoga, swimming in the ocean, exploring nature and photography

Birthplace:

South Orange, New Jersey

Education:

B.A. in Communication and Spanish Studies from the University of Delaware

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Jillian Meyer
Institutional Relations Coordinator, Northeast
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

My love for the Spanish culture and language didn’t start until I studied abroad in Seville at the Universidad de Pablo de Olavide in 2014. I had such an amazing experience that I decided to return to Spain after graduating college to teach English in Madrid. What was planned to be one year turned into three! Those years were amazing, extremely stimulating and full of adventure. I managed to travel most of Europe, perfect my Spanish and even worked as a wine/tapas tour guide in Madrid!

Interests & Hobbies:

I love doing anything outdoors; I’ve recently gotten into surfing and I also love running and hiking. I also really enjoy reading and I usually have some type of Spanish novel on hand to keep practicing. Of course, travel is a huge passion of mine and I am constantly planning my next trip!

Birthplace:

Long Island, New York

Education:

University of Maine, B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics