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Rick Van Sant is Executive Director of Go Global NC, connecting North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. A global expert in 21st century technology-enabled universities, Rick has lived and worked all over the world, beginning with his birth in Panama and growing up in Mexico City. Before joining the Center in 2014, Rick was based in Abu Dhabi as a senior education strategist for the global education technology company Blackboard. In that capacity, he traveled and worked with universities, governments, and industries in more than 15 countries. He has spent more than 30 years in higher education, serving on university faculties and administration in both the United States and United Arab Emirates. Rick also served as the head of USAID’s largest-ever education reconstruction project in post-war El Salvador. Rick earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in education from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in educational leadership from Purdue University.
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Meredith has a B.A. degree in French Studies from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s in International Development/Sociology from North Carolina State University and a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from NC State. Meredith has studied and worked in France and Canada, and joined the Center’s staff in early 1999. As the Senior Director of Programs, Meredith oversees Go Global NC’s programs and runs select programs. She has led programs for educators, policy and community leaders to Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, India, Ireland, China, Denmark, Finland, Singapore, and Germany, and has organized programs to Ghana. In 2004, she collaborated with East Carolina University to present a conference on best practices in educating Latino/Hispanic students in NC. The conference drew on the experiences and findings of educators who participated in the Center’s programs to Mexico between 1998-2003. In 2009, she co-presented at the International Transformative Learning Conference in Bermuda on the use of dialogue groups to enhance learning. Meredith lives with her husband in Wake Forest, North Carolina with their two cats. She loves to travel and has a personal goal of one day joining the Travelers’ Century Club – a club for people who have visited 100 or more of the world’s countries and territories.
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Throughout her career, she has worked in non-profits as an educator and operations manager. She comes to us from Jacksonville, FL where she recently took on the task as Development Officer for a newly founded non-profit, with a purpose for creating charter schools in urban areas.
A former Disaster Operations Manager, Ms. Walden found herself working in communities across the world that had been decimated by natural disasters. In her work she discovered the direct correlation between safe environments, healthy economies, and success in education. She has chosen to further her career in her home state of North Carolina by joining Go Global NC in February of 2016.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. As well as Professional Certifications in Intercultural Communications, Art History, Graphic Media Publishing, and Professional and Technical Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology. She also has a Certification in Grant Writing from Notre Dame.
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Prior to assuming his role at Go Global NC in August of 2016, Nicholas was a member of the active duty armed forces for over 11 years. In 2006, Nicholas worked as a military advisor in Baghdad, Iraq and again in 2013 in Paktia, Afghanistan. In 2014 he helped to monitor the Afghan presidential elections in Paktia province, ensuring the secure transportation of ballots to Kabul. More recently in 2015, Nicholas worked as a military liaison to several United Nations organizations in both Djibouti and Bahrain, aiding the flow of humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen.
He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Kansas State University.
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Since 2004, after returning from China to the U.S. for graduate school, Tom has been integral to the development of global programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, having served as associate director of the Carolina Asia Center (helping to establish UNC’s 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.
Prior to joining Go Global NC, Tom was an international education consultant working on projects including undergraduate Chinese student recruitment for the UNC System.
Tom received a Master’s in East Asian Studies from Duke University and his B.A in English Literature from the College of William and Mary.
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Lorena joined Go Global NC in the fall of 2011. Currently, she leads the award winning- Latino Initiative program and has coordinated programs for policy leaders and educators traveling to China, India, Germany and Mexico. Previous to her employment with Go Global NC, Lorena worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Science; through NC State Cooperative Extension, where she served the Latino/Hispanic community. In that role, Lorena advocated for underprivileged Latino/Hispanic families. Lorena also worked as a translator/interpreter for Johnston County Public Schools, providing services to families, teachers, and the board of the Exceptional Children’s Department. She believes that North Carolina has the ability to become the first state in the United States to have successful, globally integrated communities.
Lorena is a native of Mexico City. She relocated to the United States in 1993 attending City College of San Francisco she received a certificate on diversity and social justice. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Relations and a concentration in Latin American studies from NC State University. Lorena lived in Perugia, Italy, where she attended the Università per Stranieri.
Lorena lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with two of her three children; Patricia, 20 is currently attending UNC Wilmington, Andrea, 16, and Stephan, 15. Lorena enjoys traveling, community service, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, reading, and learning new languages. Currently, Lorena is fluent in three languages; English, Italian, and Spanish.
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Rachel has a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in International Relations from American University and a Master of Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has lived and studied abroad in Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Italy and Paraguay. She joined the Center staff in early 2015. As CIU’s first Director of Data and Policy Analysis, Rachel is working across several of the organization’s programs on evaluation and impact. She brings over 15 years of experience engaging stakeholders and communities on domestic and foreign affairs.
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June has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from The University of Iowa. Her role in Go Global NC is to advance world languages and cultures learning across North Carolina. She currently serves on the Board of Foreign Language Association of North Carolina and has been a language educator for more than a decade in multiple countries. During her career, June has taught languages to a wide array of people from different age groups, cultural backgrounds, and language proficiency levels, most recently establishing the Chinese Dual Language/Immersion program for middle and high school students at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Her professional interests include learner-centered principles and strategies, differentiated instruction and assessment, as well as developing intercultural competence through language learning. June also translated books and served two years on the Board of Chinese Language Teachers Association of NC, working with colleagues to promote collaboration and sharing of professional experience among Chinese language teachers in the state. Prior to coming to North Carolina in 2001, 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 was raised in Taiwan and joined Go Global NC in 2014.
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Before joining Go Global NC, Carey was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. In her most recent role, she designed and managed International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP). Through IVLP, the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, foreign leaders examine U.S. approaches to international challenges and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Carey previously served as the Portugal country desk officer, where she worked closely with the Department of Defense on the U.S. Air Force streamlining of its base in the Azores. Her first Foreign Service tour was in Mumbai, India, where she adjudicated nonimmigrant visas and provided consular services to U.S. citizens living and traveling in India. Carey’s most memorable experiences in Mumbai were opportunities to engage Indian youth – including volunteering at a local boys’ shelter and addressing Indian students interested in studying in the United States. She received a Meritorious Honor Award for her compassionate service to American citizens and a Meritorious Honor Group Award for assisting with President Obama’s 2010 visit to India.
Carey earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her international experience includes travel to countries across Europe, Asia, and South America for business and tourism.
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Prior to assuming her role at Go Global NC Rachel was a Program Associate at a nonprofit in Raleigh working to increase retention for low income students in post-secondary education.
Rachel has a B.A. in political science with a minor in visual arts from Oregon State University.
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Kate has a B.A. in English with a minor in professional writing from Meredith College. With a special interest in the intersection of nonprofits and communications, she has previously worked with the Duke University alumni magazine and Alzheimer’s North Carolina. She is also a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP).
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