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Dr. Frederick “Rick” Van Sant is the Executive Director at Go Global NC and is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to the organization and serves as a liaison to its board, partners and University of North Carolina System leadership.
Rick brings a wealth of international experience in higher education and the private sector. Prior to joining Go Global NC, he was the Senior International Education Strategist for Blackboard, a global education technology company. Based in Abu Dhabi, Rick traveled and worked with universities, governments, and industries in more than 15 countries.
Previously, Rick worked for more than 30 years in higher education, holding rank as a full tenured professor and serving as an administrator in both the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Rick also served as the head of USAID’s $58 million education reconstruction project in post-war El Salvador.
Rick earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Purdue University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of South Florida, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Rick was born in Panama, grew up in Mexico City, and has lived and worked in countries across the world.
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Dr. Meredith Henderson is the Senior Director of Programs at Go Global NC and is responsible for overseeing and leading the development and execution of programs for educators, policy, and community leaders and business executives.
Meredith has served in roles of increasing responsibility at Go Global NC since 1999. Her experience includes leading and organizing programs to Mexico, Netherlands, Ghana, Sweden, New Zealand, India, Ireland, China, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and South Africa. Meredith has collaborated with East Carolina University to present a conference on best education practices for new Latino/Hispanic students in North Carolina, drawing on experiences and findings of educators who participated in Go Global NC programs to Mexico; and she has co-presented at the International Transformative Learning Conference on the use of dialogue groups to enhance learning.
Meredith earned her Ed.D. in Adult and Community College Education and a Master of Technology for International Development/Sociology from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from Mount Holyoke College. She serves as the Intercultural Communication and Training Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLSkc) with NAFSA and is a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. Meredith has worked in France and Canada and has a personal goal of joining the Travelers’ Century Club for people who have visited 100 or more countries and territories.
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Beth Leigh is the Director of Development & Partner Engagement at Go Global NC and is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to raise vital funds, overseeing all fundraising activities, and identifying opportunities for community growth.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Beth served as a development officer and managed multimillion dollar fundraising campaigns to create charter schools in urban areas and for the American Red Cross. Beth held roles of increasing responsibility at the American Red Cross, including regional training coordinator and disaster specialist, international humanitarian law instructor and lead disaster specialist.
Beth earned a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a certified international humanitarian law instructor for the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, has her certification in grant writing from Notre Dame and serves on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Triangle Chapter. Beth has traveled extensively to work in communities across the world following major natural disasters.
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Lisa Yanke is the Director of Communications at Go Global NC and is responsible for oversight of communications and marketing.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Lisa was the manager of technology communications at NBCUniversal – Office of the CIO, where she developed and managed executive communications and special events for the global EVP/CIO and technology leadership team and served as the liaison to NBCUniversal corporate communications.
Previously, Lisa gained diverse experience in strategic internal and executive communications, media relations, community relations, integrated marketing, event and project management and corporate training in increasingly responsible positions at US West, Qwest Communications, R.H. Donnelley and Dex One.
Lisa earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Mass Communications and Integrated Marketing from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds her certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Lisa has traveled extensively and studied in cultural and language immersion programs in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Spain.
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Nicholas “Nick” Rau is the Director of Education and Training at Go Global NC and is responsible for education and training-based programs, including Global Teachers, China programs and other areas of cultural training across North Carolina.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Nick was an active duty member of the United States Army for more than 11 years. Most recently, he was a military liaison to United Nations organizations in the Republic of Djibouti, Africa and the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East with a focus on humanitarian relief efforts to war-torn Yemen.
Additionally, Nick’s service included development and execution of security plans to ensure secure transportation of ballots through Afghanistan during the 2014 Afghan presidential election. He also served as a military advisor in Baghdad, Iraq and Paktia, Afghanistan. Nick continues to serve as an Army Reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer and will help coordinate Army Reserve responses in the event of a natural disaster in North Carolina.
Nick earned a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Kansas State University.
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Tom Martineau is the Associate Director of Education and Training at Go Global NC and is responsible for Chinese language and cultural learning in North Carolina’s K-12 schools through educator and student programs.
Tom has worked in and with China since 1995. Prior to joining Go Global NC, Tom was an international education consultant, including recruiting undergraduate Chinese students for the UNC System. He also served in multiple roles at UNC-Chapel Hill, including associate director of the Carolina Asia Center where he helped establish the Korean language program; China projects manager for the Office of International Affairs and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases; and manager of the Office for China Initiatives and Special Projects. Tom also served as president of the North Carolina China Center and was a member of Governor Bev Perdue’s China Advisory Council.
Previously, Tom served as a Peace Corps volunteer English teacher in Yibin, China, and in Beijing and Chengdu as a State Department “local hire” with duties including working with non-immigrant visas, contract negotiations and implementation, and hosting dignitaries such as the U.S. president, secretary of state, and treasury secretary.
Tom earned a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and actively partners with the Chinese American Economic and Cultural Association and RTP China Connection.
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Lorena Patterson is the Program Director of Latino Initiative at Go Global NC and is responsible for creating and managing programs that help government and community leaders to positively integrate the changing population in North Carolina communities.
Prior to her current role, Lorena coordinated programs for Go Global NC’s Global Leaders experiential learning programs to China, India, Germany and Mexico.
Previously, she worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Science – NC State Cooperative Extension, where she advocated for underprivileged Latino/Hispanic families, and for Johnston County Public Schools as a translator and interpreter to families, teachers and the board of the Exceptional Children’s Department.
Lorena earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Relations and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration from NC State University. She holds a certificate on diversity and social justice from City College of San Francisco and previously attended the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Lorena is a native of Mexico City.
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Rachel Page is the Director of Data and Policy Analysis at Go Global NC and is responsible for identifying, capturing and analyzing relevant data and information to guide and evaluate Go Global NC’s global impact and engagement.
Rachel serves Go Global NC’s primary liaison for the North Carolina Coalition for Global Competitiveness, a collaborative effort of government, education, business and community leaders working to make North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Rachel worked as a research analyst at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with a focus on a range of local, statewide and global initiatives for the state of North Carolina, including the Public Health Department, Sheps Center for Health Services Research and at one of the CDC’s national prevention research centers. Previously, Rachel served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay.
Rachel earned a Master of Public Health and a certificate in Global Public Health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in International Relations from American University. She has lived and studied in Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Italy and Paraguay.
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Dr. June Chen is the Associate Director of World Language Programs at Go Global NC and is responsible for advancing language learning and intercultural competence in North Carolina through educator and student programs.
June is a language educator with years of experience teaching varying age groups, cultural backgrounds, and language proficiency levels in multiple countries. Prior to joining Go Global NC, June was a teacher for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, where she established the Chinese dual language immersion program for middle and high school students and translated books.
Previously, June held positions at the University of Iowa in The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development as well as The Substance Abuse Counseling Department.
June earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa. She holds a North Carolina Teacher’s Standard Professional License, serves on the board of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina and is a member of the American Council on the Teaching Foreign Languages and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of N.C. June was born and raised in Taiwan.
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Rachel Rosenbaum is the Program Coordinator for Education and Training at Go Global NC and is responsible for managing logistics, outreach and events for education and training programs.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Rachel was a Program Associate at a nonprofit in Raleigh where she worked to increase retention for low income students in post-secondary education. Previously, she served an intern for the United States Senate, including a focus on environmental policy team assignments, research and projects, and for Kidznotes, a worldwide music for social change program that started in Venezuela. She also worked as a resident assistant (RA) at Oregon State University.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in visual arts from Oregon State University, where she was a member of the nationally ranked intercollegiate equestrian team. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an invitation-only honor society established to recognize and encourage superior scholarship.
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Kate Runy is the Communications and Development Coordinator at Go Global NC and is responsible for managing online content, social media and visual arts for communications, development and branding initiatives.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Alzheimer’s NC. Previously, she worked at Duke University where she produced and coordinated web content for Duke Magazine and managed advertiser relationships. Kate also developed content and maintained websites and databases for Meredith College.
Kate earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in professional writing from Meredith College. She is a volunteer grant consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program, a congressionally directed medical research project; a community educator with the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina chapter; and creates digital content and volunteers at events for Cause for Paws of N.C.
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