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.
Virginia

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 oversee event planning and campus outreach/promotion. I also run the social media accounts and manage the website. Additionally, I meet with students to complete study abroad paperwork.
  2. Education --- M.A. in Higher Education Administration, UofL 2016 & B.A. in International Studies, University of Kentucky 2012
  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
  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 10 year old Golden Retriever is lazy. I love to volunteer at local festivals, sample new restaurants, and browse travel hacking 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.

Kimber Guinn

Lisse, Netherlands


Rebecca Dixon, M.A.

Coordinator 
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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 2014 & B.A. in English and in Foreign Languages & International Studies, Bellarmine University 2011
  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

 

Dave Salge

Graduate Assistant

  1. Describe your role in the office --- I greet visitors when they visit the International Center, support with data entry for individual and group travel, help process study abroad transcripts and travel insurance payments, provide initial study abroad advising for walk-in students, and pitch in with other miscellaneous administrative projects around the office.  
  2. Education --- B.A. in Art Education (K-12) at The College of New Jersey, 2006;  M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Louisville, expected 2018
  3. Hometown --- Denville, NJ
  4. Countries traveled to --- Bermuda, Canada, England, France, South Africa
  5. One country you want to visit --- Morocco
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- I like to talk with other people who have visited the same place or who currently live there to get any inside tips. 
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? --- I enjoy training for marathons, busking (street performing with my guitar), and writing personal letters to friends. 
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- Traveling across the United States on foot.

Brianna Berry

Peer Ambassador

  1. Describe your role in the office --- I am students’ first step to studying abroad! I meet with walk-ins and help them start their research in order to find the program that fits them the best!
  2. Education --- Double Majoring in Music and Psychology with a minor in Spanish, UofL December 2018
  3. Hometown --- Florence, KY
  4. Countries Brianna has traveled to --- Canada, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Ireland, Wales, England, Italy, The Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, Peru, Argentina, Austria, Portugal, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Martin, Ecuador, Chile, and Costa Rica
  5. One country Brianna wants to visit --- Australia
  6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- I always look at various travel blogs to see what places and activities most people recommend seeing and doing. Also, if a blog is from a local person, it’s bound to be better recommendations!
  7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? --- I love working out, napping, and finding new recipes to make! I’m also always planning my next adventure!
  8. What would you want to be famous for? --- For taking the longest naps ever or for visiting every country in the world. Whichever happens first.

Brianna Berry

      Mediterranean Sea; Barcelona, Spain


        Daleigh Kranz

        Peer Ambassador

        1. Describe your role in the office --- I help facilitate walk-in advising sessions and represent study abroad on campus. 
        2. Education --- Majoring in Social Work with a minor in Spanish and Peace Studies, UofL 2020
        3. Hometown --- Louisville, KY
        4. Countries Daleigh has traveled to --- Mexico, Canada, Spain, Kenya, Italy, England, The Netherlands, Iceland, Germany, Belgium, and Ireland
        5. One country Daleigh wants to visit --- Japan
        6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- I always research the city or country I am going and look into local cuisine as well as culture. Pinterest is a helpful source for finding tips and blogs for travel!
        7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? --- I love hiking with my dog, drawing, and reading. However, a majority of my free time I spend volunteering and working with those in need. 
        8. What would you want to be famous for? --- I would want to be a famous author or have my own show on the travel channel with my dog.

        Kerið Crater, Iceland

        Becca O'Brien

        Peer Ambassador

        1. Describe your role in the office --- I meet with students looking to go abroad and help guide them in the right direction! I give students guidance and am normally their first step to studying abroad. I have studied abroad in Spain so my role is using that experience to help others have a similar and amazing study abroad experience like I did!
        2. Education --- Double majoring in Spanish and Psychology, UofL 2019
        3. Hometown --- Louisville, KY
        4. Countries Becca has traveled to --- Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, Netherlands, Belgium, Morocco, Canada and Mexico! Working on making this list longer!
        5. One country Becca wants to visit --- Everywhere...but my number 1 is Greece right now!
        6. How do you prepare for international travel? --- I watch so many YouTube videos! Whenever I am interested in a place, I go straight to YouTube. So many people have travel videos online and it helps me decide which places I want to go to by seeing it. A lot of people have great tips and advice in their travel videos as well. I also love reading blogs and looking religiously through Pinterest. 
        7. What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? --- I love being outside with my dog, volunteering at the backside community, doing crossfit and planning future travel adventures!
        8. What would you want to be famous for? I would love to have a show about me and my friends traveling the world and it would showcase all of our crazy adventures and it would fund my travels...this is a very long shot but I am hoping for the best!

         

        Morocco