Members of the Board
The following members make up the Board of Maryland International Education Consortium. This listing includes the voting member from each institution and the liaisons of the various functions of the organization.
President: Dr. Saleha Suleman
Dr. Saleha Suleman is the Assistant Vice-President for International Initiatives at Towson University. She serves as the President of MIEC and on the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Vice President: Heidi Russell- Kalkofen
Heidi Russell-Kalkofen is the International Student Coordinator at Montgomery College and serves as Vice President for MIEC.
Secretary: Margo Cunniffe
Margo Cunniffe is the Director of International Education at Notre Dame of Maryland and serves as the Secretary for MIEC.
Treasurer: Nellie Pharr-Maletta
Nellie Pharr-Maletta serves as the PDSO and Assistant Director of International Student Services at CCBC. She serves as the Treasurer for MIEC and on the Recruitment Committee.
Mark Bladel is the Assistant Director of International Admissions for Goucher College. Mark serves on the Board and on the Recruitment Committee for MIEC.
Dr. Brian Stiegler
Dr. Brian Stiegler is the Director of the Center for International Education and Associate Professor of Spanish at Salisbury University. Dr. Stiegler serves on the Board and on the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Joseph Harden is the Student Services Coordinator at the Maryland English Institute. Joseph serves on the Board representing the University of Maryland and serves on the Recruitment Committee.
Heather Dellinger is the English Institute International Enrollment Manager at Howard Community College. Heather serves on the Board and on the Marketing and Outreach Committee.
Dr. David Di Maria
Dr. David Di Maria is the Associate Vice Provost for International Education at UMBC. He serves on the Board, and on the Recruitment Committee as well as the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Dr. Yacob Astatke
Dr. Yacob Astatke is the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at Morgan State University. He serves on the Board and on the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Larissa Allen is the Coordinator of International Student Services at Frostburg State University. She serves on the board as well as on the Marketing and Outreach Committee.
Student and Scholar Liaison: Susan Dougherty
Sue Dougherty is the Director of International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Maryland College Park. She serves as the Student and Scholars Liaison for MIEC.
Marketing and Outreach Liaison: Karen Sykes
Karen Sykes is the Associate Director of International Students at Goucher College. Ms. Sykes serves as the Marketing and Outreach Liaison for MIEC.
Study Abroad Liaison: Dr. Rebekah De Wit
Dr. Rebekah De Wit is the Director of Global Education at CCBC. Dr. De Wit serves as the Study Abroad Liaison for MIEC.
Government Liaison: Aisha Jones
Aisha Jones is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the US Commercial Service. A founding member of MIEC, Ms. Jones provides a valuable perspective related to collaborating with government agencies and utilizing their services.
Recruitment Liaison: Anna Wise
Anna Wise is the Associate Director of International Recruitment at Towson University. Ms. Wise serves as the Recruitment Liaison for MIEC and Study Maryland and also serves on the Marketing and Outreach Committee.
Intensive English Program Liaison: Sarah Gardenghi
Sarah Gardenghi serves as the Director of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s English Language Institute. Ms. Gardegnhi serves as the IEP Liaison for MIEC.