Center Staff and Contact Information
Center for Global Study and Engagement
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Interim Executive Director of the center and director of education Abroad
Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from Dickinson College, where he studied abroad in Cameroon as an undergraduate. He holds an MBA in global brand management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. And he has taught courses in International Business and Management at Dickinson, as well as co-authored a prize-winning case study with Professor Helen Takacs.
Brian is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and sits on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Council of International Education. He presents frequently and has chaired workshops at a variety of professional conferences. He oversees all aspects of Dickinson's education abroad program and plays a vital role in the strategic planning and development of the College's overall Global Study efforts.
Prior to returning to Dickinson, Brian coordinated international programs at Arizona State University and the New England Culinary Institute, and he managed global relocation logistics for Prudential Financial, serving such clients as Nestlé and MasterCard International.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, education Abroad
Carla earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Delaware. Along with Brian Brubaker, Carla oversees the Education Abroad section of the Center, including everything from strategic initiatives to special programs. She serves as the principal advisor to Dickinson students on education abroad opportunities, and she works closely with faculty to develop summer programs and globally-focused, student-faculty research proposals. In addition, she oversees the Center's Global Ambassadors program and its range of returned-students programming.
Beyond her education abroad responsibilities, Carla also leads the Center's very successful grant efforts, collaborating closely with faculty on new proposals, serving as administrative director of a variety of complex projects, and overseeing budgetary and reporting requirements on grant-funded projects.
Program Associate, education abroad
Marlee is an honors graduate of Dickinson College, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and political science. She spent her entire junior year at the College’s Málaga Center, and she is fluent in Spanish. Marlee represent Dickinson and the Center at professional conferences, including the annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, and through on-campus collaborations. She recently lead the opening of the Dickinson in South America program for its inaugural semester, as well as facilitating a US Department of State grant with professionals from the Near East. And, in addition to her education abroad responsibilities, she has played a vital role in the College’s efforts to enhance the international student experience.
Coordinator, center for global study and engagement
Kristine brings more than ten years of Dickinson service and experience to her role within the Center. She oversees the Center's technology and information systems, as well as its outside reporting and institutional research efforts and obligations. She is responsible for, inter alia, data management, education abroad application processes, and evaluation and assessment reports. She works closely with the offices of the registrar and financial aid. She manages center budgets and expenses. And she advises students on select education abroad options.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, International student and scholar support
Gwen earned her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and her master's degree from Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She manages and oversees the International Student and Scholar Support section of the Center. She works closely with J-1 and F-1 scholars and students; the U.S. Army War College Cooperative Scholarship program; Overseas Student Assistants ("OSAs"); and Student Exchange Programs. She has considerable experience and expertise with U.S. immigration regulations, and she serves as the DSO for the College.
Prior to returning to Dickinson after the conferral of her master's degree, Gwen worked with the Forum on Education Abroad and as a program associate in the section of the Center that she now leads.
Shing (Jackie) Wong
Program associate, international student and scholar support
Jackie holds bachelor’s degrees in International Studies, Aerospace Engineering, and Japanese from the Pennsylvania State University. He also earned his master’s at Penn State, in International Affairs. As an undergraduate at Penn State he studied abroad at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He is proficient in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and Japanese. Prior to joining Dickinson, Jackie held a series of positions of escalating responsibility in Penn State’s Office of Global Programs.
Administrative Assistant, center for global study and engagement
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was named Political Science Researcher of the Year. She also has a post-bachelors paralegal certificate. She manages travel for Dickinson faculty traveling abroad and overseas visitors coming to Dickinson. She provides wide-ranging administrative support to the Associate Provost and Executive Director. She provides visa information and support, including notary services, for students and faculty participating in the College’s global programs. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years in a variety of roles, including finance, market research and tests administration. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for two years in Dickinson’s Student Development Division.