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Beth Savage Marchese
Business Manager
Working with Spanish Studies since 2001

Facts:

I play keyboards in a band, and I'm left-handed.

Interests & Hobbies:

Foreign languages, writing, reading. I've travelled to Ireland, Puerto Rico, Germany, and London.

Birthplace:

Melrose, Mass.

Education:

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: B.A., Spanish

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Erika Rothkegel
Marketing & Institutional Relations Director
Working with Spanish Studies since 2018

Facts:

Even though I was born in MA, I grew up in a bi-cultural and bilingual home as both my parents are from Chile. At age 6, I moved to and lived in Guatemala until my sophomore year in high school. Since then, I have been very lucky to have traveled internationally to Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

Interests & Hobbies:

Travel, photography, CrossFit, and reading.

Birthplace:

Montague, MA.

Education:

University of Massachusetts at Amherst: B.S., Biology

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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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Paula Haeder
Institutional Relations Coordinator, Northwest
Working with Spanish Studies since 2015

Facts:

I completed the Spanish Studies Program in Córdoba, Argentina through Spanish Studies Abroad and loved it. While living in Argentina, I traveled to Uruguay and to Machu Picchu in Peru. I've also lived in Zhuhai, China for 10 months, and that allowed me to travel to Taiwan, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Interests & Hobbies:

I love exploring, connecting with people, experiencing nature, cooking, comedy, and the Spanish language. I also can haggle in Chinese, and I'm pretty good at a few bird calls.

Birthplace:

I grew up in Emery, SD, a town of under 500 people

Education:

B.A. in Spanish and Global Studies: Worlds in Dialogue from Concordia College Moorhead, MN.

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Emma Lynch
Senior Admissions Advisor, Northeast
Working with Spanish Studies since 2015

Facts:

My parents hosted a student from Austria when I was eight years old and since then I've been hooked on learning about new cultures. I love traveling and saw much of Europe (including Seville and Barcelona) when I studied abroad in the UK in college.

Interests & Hobbies:

I enjoy learning foreign languages and also tutor as an ESL instructor at the local library in my spare time.

Birthplace:

Needham, MA

Education:

B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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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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Violet Guidera
Admissions Advisor, West
Working with Spanish Studies since 2016

Facts:

I've lived in Massachusetts since I was born, but I grew up very exposed to Spanish language and culture, visiting Spain often throughout my childhood. I love that Spain is full of beautiful history in the form of old castles, monuments, or cobblestone streets; and has such exciting and diverse cultures from the North to the South.

Interests & Hobbies:

Photography, playing guitar, dancing (tap, modern, and Latin American styles), being outside, and traveling to new places!

Birthplace:

Amherst, Mass.

Education:

B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College, Mass.; I also studied abroad at James Cook University in Australia, and with Spanish Studies Abroad in Seville!

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Mackenzie Stevenson
Institutional Relations Coordinator, Northeast
Working with Spanish Studies since 2017

Facts:

I started learning Spanish as a child through an immersion program in elementary school, which lead me to major in Spanish and study abroad in Seville, Spain through Spanish Studies Abroad. I also have a cat named Waffles who likes to nibble my toes and tends to accompany me on my adventures!

Interests & Hobbies:

Exploring the woods, playing in waterfalls, digging in the dirt, and petting anything fluffy that meows.

Birthplace:

Lehigh Valley, PA

Education:

B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in Communication Studies from Ithaca College.