Meet the Staff

Virginia Hosono, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Study Abroad and International Travel
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  1. Describe your role in the office --- As director, for the Study Abroad and International Travel section of the International Center, I function as the director, coordinator and overseer of all aspects of the Study Abroad programs, including international exchange programs. I look to enhance and evaluate current and potential programs and facilitate in the development of new offerings. Additionally, I manage, coordinate and oversee all aspects of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff, and group international travel. I am responsible for overseeing student recruitment through the marketing of study abroad and exchange programs. I serve as the campus-wide liaison to ensure consistent procedural application across Units in regards to study abroad and international travel. Finally, I direct and manage the operations and strategic growth of the Office of Study Abroad and International Travel.
  2. Education --- PhD, Comparative Humanities, UofL
  3. Hometown --- Chi-town!
  4. Countries traveled to --- Japan, Mexico, Canada, Greece
  5. One country you want to visit --- Iceland and Slovak Republic
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- When preparing to go to a new location I spend time researching local activities. I like Lonely Planet as a source for information.  I also check out the State Department’s travel site to get information on passport validity, vaccinations, safety & security, and local laws & special circumstances.   I look at local fashion, if women are wearing dresses, I probably won’t be wearing shorts!  I will ask friends and colleagues if they have been to where I am going and ask for recommendations on what to eat, where to stay, and what to see.
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? --- I enjoy participating in local events and trying new food venues.
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- Helping others reach their goals.

Melissa Lee, B.A.

Study Abroad Advisor
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  1. Describe your role in the office --- I advise students on the study abroad process, process registrations, process transcripts and process insurance for all international travelers. I also order supplies, process payments, and other fun budgeting stuff.
  2. Education --- BA in Psychology & BA in Communication, UofL
  3. Hometown --- I am a Military Brat. I was born in Abington, PA, but I consider Louisville my hometown.
  4. Countries Melissa has traveled to --- Cuba, Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, Australia
  5. One country Melisa wants to visit --- Italy
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- The first thing that I do when preparing for international travel is to make sure that I have physical and electronic copies of all of my travel documents such as my passport, flight itinerary, lodging information, immunization records and driver’s license. I email a copy of all of my documents to myself and to my family members. I pack a week prior to my trip, so that I can ensure that I’m not forgetting anything. 
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? --- I enjoy crafting and spending time with my family.
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- I would want to be famous for making a positive impact on the world in some capacity.

Melissa Lee

Kimber Guinn, M.A.

Study Abroad Advisor 
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  1. Describe your role in the office --- I plan on-campus events, develop marketing and social media campaigns, and advise students on study abroad opportunities and procedures.
  2. Education --- M.A. in Higher Education Administration, UofL & B.A. in International Studies, University of Kentucky
  3. Hometown --- Somerset, KY
  4. Countries Kimber has traveled to ---Canada, Ecuador, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Italy, The Vatican, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, New Zealand, Fiji, Iceland, Costa Rica, Colombia, The Netherlands, Romania, Moldova, Israel, Jordan, Belgium, Lithuania, Cyprus, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria
  5. One country Kimber wants to visit --- Thailand 
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- So. Much. Research. I make a dedicated Pinterest board to save clothing ideas based on weather and what locals wear. Then, I combine all my research into an offline accessible Google Document to include my: flight itinerary, lodging, in-country transportation options, list of attractions I want to see detailing their cost (if any), opening times, address, and other relevant information.
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? --- I often play fetch with myself because my 11 year old Golden Retriever is lazy. I love to volunteer at local festivals, write Yelp reviews, and creep travel sites.
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- Inventing a shrink ray so I can take my dog with me when I travel.


Goreme, Turkey


Rebecca Dixon, M.A.

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  1. Describe your role in the office --- I facilitate the approval process for faculty/staff/non-study abroad student international travel and for faculty-led group trips.
  2. Education --- M.A. in French, UofL & B.A. in English and in Foreign Languages & International Studies, Bellarmine University
  3. Hometown --- Louisville, KY
  4. Countries Rebecca has traveled to --- Canada, France, Ireland, England, Austria, Italy, Martinique
  5. One country Rebecca wants to visit --- New Zealand
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- I make lots of lists! (Then try to do all the things on the lists.)
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? --- I enjoy reading, writing, and hiking.
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- I’d rather never be famous! I’m way too introverted. At the same time, I wouldn’t say no to being a successful author.

Rebecca Dixon

Galway, Ireland