Senior Assistant Director, Multicultural Programs
Alana is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative programs andadministrative initiatives that emphasize and foster community awareness and inclusiveness for Babson’s diverse student population. Prior to joining Babson, she served as Associate Director for Student Programs and Engagement at Bentley University where she was responsible for co-curricular programming, leadership and fraternity and sorority life. Alana is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Lynch School of Education Higher Education Programs at Boston College. Her research examines how black college women perform their race and gender on social media. She is currently teaching a graduate level course on the first generation college student experience in Merrimack College’s School of Education and Social Policy.
Alana holds a Masters of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University.
Associate Director, Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education
Director, Electives Abroad & International Consulting Experience
Elise Beaudin M’10 serves as both the associate director of the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education as well as the director of Electives Abroad/International Consulting Experience. In her current roles, Beaudin provides operational and budgetary oversight for the Glavin Office, and leads the Elective Abroad team in program development and management for short-term, faculty-led and international consulting programs. Her time at Babson also has included recruiting efforts in Career Services, and program development and execution in Babson Consulting Services.
Prior to her work in higher education, Beaudin worked as a sales and product training manager in electronics industry, an investor relations coordinator at a mortgage servicing company, and as a software instructor in adult education.
Beaudin earned her MBA from Babson College and her BA in education with specializations in mathematics and psychology from Framingham State University.
Program Coordinator, International Student and Scholar Services
Tim Booker serves as program coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services, providing administrative and programming support to the ISSS team as well as Babson’s international students. His desire to serve international students comes from his passion for international education and cross-cultural exchange, both of which developed during his experiences studying abroad and teaching English in China. Before joining Babson, he worked as outreach coordinator in SIT Graduate Institute’s Career and Practicum Services Center, where he helped find and promote internship and job opportunities to students and alumni.
Advisor, Education Abroad
Brett Chin [pronouns: he/him/his] is an Education Abroad advisor, and advises students for Asia, Middle East, and Western Europe. Originally from Southern California, he started his student affairs profession at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he worked in Residential Life for eight years. After Minnesota, Chin sailed with Semester at Sea to 15 countries as a resident director on the Fall 2012 Voyage on the MV Explorer. He then worked at California State University, Northridge, as a senior community director.
Chin transitioned from working in residential life to international education in 2013. Since then, he has presented at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators national conference and the CIEE Annual Conference in Berlin, Germany.
Chin earned his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on experiential learning from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and his BS in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from California State University, Northridge.
Assistant Director, Education Abroad
John Crisafulli is a senior advisor for Education Abroad, and has worked in the field of international education for five years. Prior to Babson College, Crisafulli completed a graduate assistantship in academic affairs at the University of Rhode Island and a graduate internship in international programs at Brown University. Before joining the student affairs profession, he worked in community relations and volunteer management.
For the past two years, Crisafulli has served as co-chair of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA). Annually, BASAA hosts two meetings and a spring conference bringing together international educators in the Boston area to network and share best practices. He also has presented at the Region XI NAFSA conferences, and, in 2013, was awarded the NAFSA Region XI Rising Young Professional Award.
Crisafulli earned his MS in college student personnel from the University of Rhode Island and his BA in communication from Bryant University.
Program Assistant, Electives Abroad
Meredith Dziuba ’05 began her professional career at Babson, planning international alumni events all around the world for the Glavin Center for Global Management. In 2007, she joined the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education as an administrative assistant. In 2010, she joined the Electives Abroad team as a program assistant, where she now coordinates the London Honors Program, oversees the marketing for the Electives Abroad and assists with budgeting in the office.
She earned her BS from Babson in 2005 with a concentration in marketing, and she played on the Babson Women’s Basketball team.
Program Manager, Electives Abroad & International Consulting Experience
Renée Graham has worked with the Glavin Office and in International Programming for the last 10 years. She began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist. As an OTR/L, Graham acted as a site supervisor, lecturer, clinician, and advocate for youth with physical and learning disabilities.
Graham began working in the Glavin Office in 2005 as a member of the Electives Abroad team, developing unique educational opportunities for students through faculty-led courses abroad. During her tenure at Babson, she spearheaded the campus-wide expansion and support of International Education Week and has been an integral part of growing Babson’s short-term international programming. Graham has presented at the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) on best practices for developing faculty-led programs abroad. She has traveled to and explored 14 countries and 35 states in the U.S.
Outside of the Glavin Office, Graham continues to put her passion for youth into practice as a volleyball coach and skills clinic organizer, as a coordinator of youth programming for teens at her church, and as a volunteer for several educational initiatives/programs in her home town of Natick.
Graham earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Director, International Services & Multicultural Education
Jamie [pronouns: he/him/his] is responsible for the management and overall direction of the International Student & Scholar Services team (including oversight of federal regulatory compliance for students and the College), and the Multicultural Programs team. Jamie supports the Vice Provost in developing a more globally aware and inclusive campus and collaborates with various constituents to meet the needs of international students, students of color, and students from other under-represented groups.
Before joining Babson in 2010, Jamie worked at Brown University and at Marietta College (where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree). Jamie has extensive experience in intercultural training, coaching and mentorship, and has conducted numerous professional workshops on immigration regulations and management development at the regional and national level. Jamie is also adjunct lecturer at Lesley University, teaching a graduate course on international student advising theory and practice.
Administrative Assistant, Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education
Jocelyn Lyons is the administrative assistant for the Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education. Mauro worked as the customer service manager at the corporate office of W.B. Mason Company before starting with Babson in October 2013. Past work experience also was customer service-oriented and the elements of her background have translated well into her administrative position. Lyons provides administrative support to Amir Reza, the vice provost for International and Multicultural Education at Babson College, as well as all four of the teams within the Glavin Office (Education Abroad, Electives Abroad, Multicultural Programs, and International Student and Scholar Services).
Lyons earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from Stonehill College in both international relations and Spanish. During her time at Stonehill, she studied abroad at the Universidad de Granada, in Granada, Spain. She taught English abroad in Spain as well as during service trips to Peru and Honduras.
Lauryn McNair [pronouns: she/her/hers] is the coordinator of multicultural & LGBTQ programs at Babson. In this role, she collaborates with departments, administrators, and student groups to develop and implement educational multicultural programs on Babson's campus for diversity and inclusion (with specific attention to sexual orientation and gender education and support). Before working at Babson College, she completed two, intensive yearlong internships. The first was at The Steppingstone Foundation in the College Services department as an advisor for first generation college students. The second was at Greater Boston PFLAG developing and facilitating LGBTQ as well as Trans/GNC programming in communities throughout the Greater Boston area.
Coordinator, Multicultural & LGBTQ Programs
McNair earned her MSW at Boston College School of Social Work with a macro concentration in family, youth, and children in 2016 and her BA in Sociology and Caribbean Studies double major at Colgate University in 2012.
Program Manager, Electives Abroad & International Consulting Experience
Alex Nesbeda manages the programming for Elective Abroad courses and the International Consulting Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. Prior to Babson College, Nesbeda worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Tufts University for eight years where she managed domestic and international service-learning programs and started an outreach for international students.
Nesbeda is completing her MA in international education at SIT Graduate Institute. She earned her MA in religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and her BA in international relations and German studies from Tufts University.
During her graduate studies at SIT, Nesbeda interned with the Management Development Program at the NAFSA: Association for International Educators annual conference, presented at the Global Nomad Conference at Clark University, and volunteered with the New England Study Abroad Returnee Conference at Boston College.
Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
Nikki Nicosia is the senior international student and scholar advisor at Babson College.
Prior to joining Babson in 2011, she worked at Northeastern University as the International Advancement and Outreach Program specialist.
She earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education: social science from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, and her graduate degree in applied psychology from Northeastern University in Boston.
Director, Education Abroad
Lorien Romito is the director of Education Abroad, and has worked in the field of international education for 10 years. Prior to Babson College, she worked at Endicott College, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Intrax Cultural Exchange, supporting education abroad and international students in higher education. Additionally, she has worked at an international charter school in Louisiana and taught English abroad in Costa Rica.
Romito is a founding member and serves on the board of directors of Lessons from Abroad, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting returned study abroad students. She served as the chair of the Working Group on Best Practices for Returnee Services for The Forum on Education Abroad, and has presented, nationally and internationally, at NAFSA: Association for International Educators, CIEE, Diversity Abroad, and The Forum on Education Abroad conferences.
She earned her MA in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute and her BA in international affairs and Spanish.
Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Liz Saumsiegle [pronouns: she/her/hers] is the assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). She is responsible for advising Babson’s international students on immigration regulations and cultural adjustment, and assisting with federal regulatory compliance. She also collaborates with Graduate Admissions to process incoming graduate students and provides overall operational support for the ISSS team. As an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, she has been involved in Trainer Corps, presenting at regional and national conferences, and enjoys serving as a mentor for newcomers to the field.
Saumsiegle joined Babson in 2007, first as program coordinator and then International Student and Scholar advisor for the ISSS team. Prior to joining Babson, she worked as a project administrator at Trane/Ingersoll Rand, and served in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Denver. Saumsiegle lived abroad as a child in Bermuda and studied abroad during her undergraduate studies at Regent’s College in London. She continues to travel internationally, most recently visiting Vietnam and Germany.
Advisor, Education Abroad
Andrea advises for education abroad programs in Spain, Latin America and Africa. Andrea also advises and prepares students for Babson BRIC: The Cornerstone of the New Global Economy.
Andrea [pronouns: she/her/hers] discovered her passion for mobilizing students to study abroad while working at Dickinson College’s Office of Global Education following her four study abroad experiences which included short-term programs in Spain and Venezuela and semesters abroad in São Paulo, Brazil and Toulouse, France. After college, Andrea returned to São Paulo as the resident coordinator for CIEE’s Liberal Arts and Business and Culture programs. Following her time in Brazil, Andrea worked for EF Education First International Language Centers in Cambridge, MA.
Andrea is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations at Lesley University and previously received her Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and minors in Economics and French.