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Gregg Orifici

Director of Global Initiatives
Gregg Orifici is an international educator passionate about sustainability, development, peace and social justice, foreign language learning and international program development. He holds a B.A. in Russian and Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations from Tulane University (where he studied abroad in Russia and Italy). At Vanderbilt University, he earned a J.D. and focused his studies on international law. He is admitted to the State Bar of California. Before joining UNH, Gregg was the communications director at World Learning and the School for International Training and then a managing director at Living Routes Study Abroad, leading its marketing, admissions and university relations efforts.


Beth Rascoe Kilinc

Administrative Director for Education Abroad
Beth Rascoe Kilinc came to UNH from the Council on International Educational Exchange where she managed international faculty and experiential programs. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Study Abroad at Northeastern University in Boston and Manager of Programs & Education for Hostelling International. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from George Washington University, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and studied abroad in Italy and Israel. Beth’s CIE responsibilities include international risk management and international program policy and development.


Catherine D'Auteuil

Education Abroad Program Manager
Catherine D'Auteuil is originally from the United Kingdom and graduated from King Alfred’s College, Winchester, England with a B.A. in American Studies and English. She traveled to the University of Southern Maine in 1996 where she participated in an exchange program. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 to pursue a Masters degree in Higher Education (specializing in International Education) at the University of Maine and went on to work in the Office of International Programs as the Study Abroad Advisor. Most recently she was the Assistant Director of International Student Life at the University of Georgia.


Leonie Meijer

Study Abroad Advisor
Leonie Meijer (she goes by Leo) was born and raised in The Netherlands, but after spending a high school year in the U.S., she knew that one day she would move here. She received her M.A. degree in International Business Communications from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and worked in the areas of employment/career services, academic advising and marketing for 11 years. In November of 2005, Leo moved to the US and advised study abroad and incoming exchange students at a university in the Midwest. In June of 2011, she came to New Hampshire to work as the Study Abroad Advisor at UNH. Leo’s favorite hobbies include hiking, spending time with her dog Jesse (aka The J-Dog), singing, playing tennis, working in the yard, and reading.


Mindy McMahon

Center and International Affairs Program Assistant
Mindy McMahon works with students interested in the international affairs dual major and coordinates Center activities. Mindy has assisted abroad with UNH managed programs in Budapest, Hungary and Cambridge, England, and has lived and worked in Turkey and Austria. She has served as faculty for the Humanities Program. She has a Master of Arts from UNH in music history and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas with a choral major and harp minor. She is a professional mezzo-soprano and harpist and has her own web site at


Wen Houle

Senior Information Support Assistant
Wen Houle was born in Taiwan, and lived in Montreal, Canada before settling in New England. She has a B.S. in Mathematics and Biology from Boston College and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. She has programming and analysis experience in private industry. Prior to joining CIEGE, she worked for the Elliott Alumni Center and the University Honors Program at UNH.


Teresa Zellem

International Education Program Support Assistant
Teresa Zellem grew up in a family that hosted international students every summer. As a student, she studied abroad in Germany. Teresa and her husband have hosted three international high school students in recent years. She also worked as a local coordinator and project assistant for a high school study abroad program. Teresa has prior experience as an office manager, librarian, and billing representative at UNH’s Business Services department. Teresa came to UNH from the Buffalo, NY area to earn her B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology. She has two college age sons who have studied abroad. Teresa lives with her husband and a yellow lab in a 175-year-old farm house that they have restored.


Jeannie Sowers

International Affairs Program Chair/Political Science Professor
Dr. Jeannie Sowers is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Program Chair for the International Affairs Dual Major and Minor. Her academic research focuses on political and environmental change in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on Egypt. She is the author of Environmental Politics in Egypt: Experts, Activists, and the State (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor with Chris Toensing of The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt (Verso, 2012). She serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics and Middle East Report. Sowers holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University.


Molly Wallace

International Affairs Faculty/Hood House Lecturer
Dr. Molly Wallace teaches and advises students in the International Affairs dual major. She came to UNH from Brown University, where she was a visiting lecturer for one year after earning her Ph.D. in Political Science (international relations and political theory) with a research focus on nonviolent action. Molly earned her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Mount Holyoke College and then worked for four years in Washington, DC, at NGOs in the fields of conflict resolution and international affairs. Her own study/research abroad experiences—from high school to college to graduate school—include time spent in France, Austria, Senegal, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. Over the past several years, she has served as a volunteer mediator with the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and has taught a pre-college summer course at Brown on leadership and conflict resolution.


Student Workers 2015-2016

Sydney Crogan '16Micah Allgood '17Andrew Geib '19Jenna BergstromFrankie Molinari
Sydney Crogan '16
Micah Allgood '17
Bus. Admin.
Andrew Geib '19
Jenna Bergstrom '18
Civil Engineering/IA
Frankie Molinari '19
Bus. Admin./IA/Spanish