Meet the Staff

Dr. Virginia Hosono, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Study Abroad and International Travel
Contact Virginia

  • Countries Virginia has traveled to: Canada, Mexico, Japan, Greece
  • A country Virginia wants to visit: Italy and South Korea
  • Advice Virginia would give to future travelers: "Never underestimate the power travel has to change your life."

Athens, Greece

Melissa Lee, B.A.

Study Abroad Advisor
Contact Melissa

  • Countries Melissa has traveled to: Spain, Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica, Australia
  • A country Melissa wants to visit: Iceland
  • A lesson Melissa has learned from traveling: "Travel with an open mind, be open to new ideas and new experiences. Embrace the culture of the country that you are traveling to."

Salamanca, Spain

Kimber Guinn, M.A.

Study Abroad Advisor 
Contact Kimber

  • Countries Kimber has traveled to: Canada, Ecuador, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, New Zealand, Fiji, Iceland, Costa Rica, Colombia
  • A country Kimber wants to visit: Thailand and Peru
  • Advice Kimber would give to future travelers: "Put down the map! It's okay to get lost and ask a stranger for directions."

Kimber at Hobbiton in New Zealand

Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand

Rebecca Dixon, M.A.

Program Assistant Sr.
Contact Rebecca

  • Countries Rebecca has traveled to: France, Ireland, Canada, England, Austria, and Italy
  • A country Rebecca wants to visit: New Zealand and Scotland
  • Advice Rebecca would give to future travelers: "If possible, visit an area outside of the big cities, even if it's only for a day.."

Versailles, France

Brianna Berry

Peer Ambassador

  • Countries Brianna has traveled to: Canada, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Ireland, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Peru, Austria, and Argentina!
  • A country Brianna wants to visit: Norway and Iceland
  • Fun Fact: I love my two dogs more than anything in the world and I like to FaceTime with them when I'm abroad!

      Barcelona, Spain

        Thomas Lawrence

        Peer Ambassador

        • Countries Thomas has traveled to: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Panama, Spain.
        • A country Thomas wants to visit: Norway and Sweden
        • Advice: "Try to immerse yourself in the language and culture of the country as much as possible, avoid the international-English-speaking bubble!"Man standing on beach


        Daleigh Kranz

        Peer Ambassador

        • Countries Daleigh has traveled to: Spain, Mexico, Kenya, England, Italy, and Vatican City
        • A country Daleigh wants to visit: Japan and Croatia
        • Advice: "Put down your phone and keep a journal while abroad! You're going to want something to store all the memories in. Journaling allows you to not only self-reflect on the day but also embrace the moments away from technology."
        • Fun Fact: My dog is 6 feet tall and thinks he's a lap dog!

        Jenny Snyder

        Graduate Assistant

        • Countries Jenny's traveled to: France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Morocco, & Japan
        • Countries Jenny would like to visit: South Korea and Senegal
        • Jenny chose to Study Abroad because: She desired to learn French. She wanted to experience another culture, and broaden her worldviews. She always had a dream of traveling to another country alone, perhaps to learn about herself, but to really soak in the culture firsthand without the distractions of family and so forth.


        Tokyo, Japan

        Dave Salge

        Graduate Assistant

        • Countries Dave has traveled to: South Africa, England, France, Canada, and extensively in the US
        • A country Dave wants to visit: Morocco and India
        • Advice: "Meet people native to the area you visit.  They can immerse you in the culture and show you places you would never find in a travel guide or book."
        • Fun fact: I would love to eventually become a member of the 50 State Marathon Club.  After March of 2017, I will only have 41 more to go!

        Guy standing on rocks with a field behind him

        Diepsloot, South Africa