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

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

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. 

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Heather Dellinger

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.

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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. 


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.