We believe in what we do.
Cultural Vistas brings together a wealth of talent, diverse backgrounds, and an array of experience to every project.
We believe that a commitment to cultural understanding is the key to sustained success in today’s global society. Collectively, our staff speaks more than 20 different languages. For many of us, it has been the impact of our own personal and professional experiences abroad that have led us to careers in international exchange.
We aim to share with others the experience of traveling to another country and absorbing its culture. We believe deeply in the value of international education and the meaningful impact of intercultural exchange. This is central to what we do every day.
Jennifer Clinton, Ph.D.
President and CEO
With more than 20 years of experience, she is a recognized leader across the fields of international education, nonprofit management, and government relations.
Jennifer joined Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit that develops global skill-building experiences for thousands of individuals and organizations in the United States and more than 135 countries every year, as its President and CEO on November 6, 2017.
Mr. Karl Geercken, Chairman of Cultural Vistas’ Board of Directors, remarked, “Jennifer Clinton brings deep expertise, proven leadership, passion for the exchange mission, and a spirit of innovation that is well suited to lead the talented, entrepreneurial, and dynamic team at Cultural Vistas. On behalf of the entire Board, we are proud to welcome her to the Cultural Vistas family and look forward to supporting her and the ongoing – and increasingly important – work of Cultural Vistas.”
Jennifer joined Cultural Vistas after serving five-and-a-half years as President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., where she led a grassroots network of 120 community-based organizations in 45 states and 21 countries around the world that engage 40,000 volunteers who implement public diplomacy and international exchange programs in close partnership with the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to Global Ties U.S., Jennifer held leadership roles at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
She earned her executive MBA at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Ph.D. in French Literature at the University of California, Davis, and her bachelor’s in political science and French from Marquette University.
Chief Operating and Engagement Officer
Linda currently serves as Cultural Vistas’ Chief Operating and Engagement Officer.
Linda’s previous roles at Cultural Vistas have included Acting President and CEO, Chief Operating Officer, as well as a five-year stint as Executive Vice President and CFO. In these capacities she has provided strategic business planning, finance and operations management. Her leadership has helped to facilitate doubling the size and scope of the organization within six years, to approximately 100 employees serving close to 6,000 participants from 130 countries annually.
Previously, for 20+ years, Linda served CDS International (which merged together with the Association of International Practical Training in 2011) as Deputy Executive Director and CFO, leading and directing human resources, finance and administration. Prior to joining CDS International, Linda worked at The American-Scandinavian Foundation on their Exchange Visitor Intern and Trainee Programs.
Her passion to facilitate international exchange opportunities for others started with a year of studying abroad at The Philipp University of Marburg, Germany. She also spent a post-graduate internship year in London, England.
Linda holds an MPA Certification from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and a BA in International Studies and German from Juniata College. A longtime member of NAFSA and SHRM, she also serves on several boards and committees, including the Alliance for International Exchange, an association of 90 NGOs that provides public policy voice for the international exchange community.
Chief Financial Officer
Megan serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Cultural Vistas.
She joined Cultural Vistas (then CDS International) in 2007 where she started working part time in accounting and part time doing program work. Working on the programmatic side gave her a greater understanding of the value of international exchange. During her tenure, she has since worked her way through the finance department in various roles from Accounting Manager, Accounting Director, Controller, and now CFO. Through her time spent at Cultural Vistas she has grown passionate about non-profit accounting and reporting.
Megan is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accountancy in Governmental Accounting at Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick, NJ. She also has a certificate in Not-For-Profit Accounting and Governmental Reporting from NYU-SPS. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Rowan University in New Jersey.
Vice President, Program Research, Partnerships + Innovation
Dan serves as the Vice President for Program Research, Partnerships and Innovation, and the National Secretary of the United States affiliate of the International Association of the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).
He has been with the organization (as AIPT) since 1994, including stints as Director of Career Development Exchanges, Director of Program Development and Vice President of Programs and Sales. Previously, Dan served as the Director of Internships for The Washington Center, where he managed the organization’s business, economics, health and science placements, and was a teaching associate for its foreign policy seminars. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the organization since 1991, co-leading a college-level course on research methodology and writing.Additionally, Dan has been a student advisor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Director of Personnel for Federal Business Centers in Edison, New Jersey.
Dan also currently acts as the Treasurer and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Global Pathways Project, a non-profit organization that helps expose inner-city Baltimore youth to international events and opportunities.
He has presented at a number of national conferences of NAFSA, the American Society of Experiential Education, the Clean Energy Workforce Education Council, the American Academy of Science, the Cooperative Education International Association, the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM Brazil, AMCHAM Vietnam, the National Career Conference and the Intercultural Management Institute.
Dan holds a masters degree in geography from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Asian studies from American University in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Kumbhari, J.D.
Vice President, Professional Exchange Programs and Legal Counsel
Elizabeth joined Cultural Vistas in May 2015 and serves as the Vice President of Professional Exchange Programs and Legal Counsel.
In this role, she oversees the organization’s Train USA J-1 Intern and Trainee exchanges, which sponsor more than 4,200 participants annually. She is responsible for the business development and administration of programs at more than 1,000 host companies throughout the United States.
As Legal Counsel for the organization, Elizabeth is responsible for reviewing internal and external operational policies as well as the organization’s contractual agreements. She also oversees the organization’s continuing legal education courses.
Prior to this position, Elizabeth served as the Director of International Admissions at Long Island University where she oversaw immigration, recruitment, and admissions for LIU Post, LIU Brooklyn, and the university’s Global College program.
She also held various positions at Northern Kentucky University, including serving as the Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars. Elizabeth was a member of the American International Recruitment Council’s Founding Standards Committee.
Elizabeth holds a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Capital University. Elizabeth was a CBYX high school exchange student, and later participated in an internship and educational exchange to Austria. She holds a legal license and was a pro bono attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Cincinnati.
She is very active with NAFSA currently service on the Embassy Dialogue and Membership Engagement Committees after having completed a term as the national Travel Subcommittee Chair.
Vice President, International Programs + Fellowships
Anna serves as the Vice President of International Programs and Fellowships at Cultural Vistas.
She has extensive expertise in the field of cultural exchange with more than 15 years of experience, including nearly a decade serving as the Senior Program Director of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a Department of State-funded, U.S.-German reciprocal exchange program.
Anna has been an integral part of this organization (formerly CDS International) since 2000, most recently in the role of directing the American side of the CBYX for Young Professionals program. In this position, she has overseen the annual tripartite placement (college, host family, internship) of 75 German students in communities across the United States. She has also maintained responsibilities for recruiting, selecting, and preparing the contingent of 75 American participants for spending a year abroad in Germany.
Anna possesses an expertise in cross-cultural training, grant management and writing, and program development that has shown through in the 12-plus years of successfully administering the CBYX program, including previous stints as an Assistant Program Officer and Program Assistant. She has also presented on such topics at a number of national conferences including NAFSA.Anna herself participated in several exchange programs throughout high school and college including travels to United States, England, France, and Switzerland. She is a passionate advocate for international exchange and looks forward to leading our efforts to provide more opportunities for Americans to gain professional experience abroad.
Anna earned her master’s degree in history, political science, and North American studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2000.
Vice President, Exchange Visitor + Grant Programs
Tim serves as Vice President of Exchange Visitor and Grant Programs at Cultural Vistas. In this role he oversees the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Korea WEST, Teach USA, and the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program, among others.
He joined Cultural Vistas in 2013 as Director of the International Visitor Leadership Program, and later the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program.
Before Cultural Vistas Tim was director of the Central Asian offices for International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) for the previous five years. In this role, he worked with U.S. Embassies and American and international universities, as well as with government agencies in each of the five nations with which he worked. He also designed and implemented strategic plans to introduce alumni programs, managed all of the social media for IREX, and worked on grant proposals.
He also worked for IREX in Washington for two years, spent a year as a research assistant with the Brookings Institution, and two years as a teacher in Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).
Tim earned his MA in international affairs and development from George Washington University, and his BA in international economics and Russian from Trinity University in San Antonio, where he also worked for the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. He is proficient in Russian.
Board of Directors
A diverse and dynamic board.
Cultural Vistas’ board of directors guides the overall philosophy and direction of the organization and reflects the global reach of our programs and initiatives. Our diverse and accomplished board includes former ambassadors, leaders of the NGO and business communities, university administrators and professionals who closely monitor government relations, organizational policy, finance and programs.
Cultural Vistas’ board members are committed to the common goal of enhancing careers and building cultural understanding through life-changing exchange experiences.
Meet our Board
Mr. Karl Geercken
Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP
Mr. Jeffrey Reinke
Chief of Staff to President, Council on Foreign Relations
Mr. Charles Meier
Senior Manager, Payments, Medidata Solutions
Mr. James Thomas
Founder & CEO, Itemize Inc.
Mr. David Berry
Partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Ms. Linda Boughton (ex officio)
Chief Operating + Engagement Officer, Cultural Vistas
Ms. Jennifer Clinton (ex officio)
President and CEO, Cultural Vistas
Ms. Lisa Cohen
Intercultural & Diversity Consultant
Mr. Bernard C. Coleman III
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Uber
Ms. Helga Flores Trejo
External Relations Advisor, Inter-American Investment Corporation
Mr. Kevin Gully
Practice Principal, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Ms. Sharon Chae Haver
Principal, Client Service, Business Talent Group
Mr. Adam M. Hunter
Mr. James Lambert
Secretary, Secretariat for Hemispheric Affairs, Organization of American States
Mr. Martin Levion
Managing Partner, Integrated Investment Capital LLC
Mr. Aslam Masood
CFO, KabaFusion Holdings, LLC
Ms. Kendra Mirasol
President, IOR Global Services
Ms. Jacqueline Renner
President, C.F. Martin & Co
Mr. Howard Wallack MA, MSC, SHRM-SCP
Deputy Chief HR & Administrative Officer, Jhpiego
Alfa Fellowship Program
|Melissa Graves||Program Director|
|Anna Bichko||Program Officer, Alfa Fellowship & Internships Abroad|
|Julian Graham||Administrative Assistant, Alfa Fellowship & Internships Abroad|
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange [CBYX]
|Amanda Daquila||Program Director|
|Katie Novy||Program Officer|
|Max Flescher||Program Officer|
|Ethan Grandel||Administrative Assistant|
International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP] +
Muskie Internship Program
|Paul Champaloux||Director, Exchange Visitor Programs|
|Steven Washington||Senior Program Officer, IVLP|
|Sarah Amin||Program Officer, IVLP|
|Michelle Kulikauskas||Program Officer, IVLP|
|Joshua Smith||Program Officer, IVLP|
|Uma Trivede||Assistant Program Officer, IVLP|
|Anastasiia Futrell||Program Officer, Muskie|
|Bailey Feldman||Assistant Program Officer, Muskie|
|Zhamilya Khamitova||Intern, Muskie|
Internships Abroad + IAESTE United States
|Katerina Holubova||Sr. Program Director|
|Erica Brunoehler||Assistant Program Officer, IAESTE|
|Ronda Rutherford||Program Officer, Internships Abroad|
|Maggie Appel-Schumacher||Program Officer, Internships Abroad|
|Anna Bichko||Program Officer, Internships Abroad & Alfa Fellowship|
|Julian Graham||Administrative Assistant, Internships Abroad & Alfa Fellowship|
|Marlies Edlinger||Intern, Internships Abroad|
Note: Dan Ewert serves as IAESTE US National Secretary
|Emily Kessel||Program Director|
|Erin Heffernan||Program Officer|
|Sarah Bashaw||Assistant Director|
|Aaron Eisenberg||Program Officer|
|Chauna Martinez||Program Officer|
|Rachel Reed||Program Officer|
|Phoebe Heibeck||Assistant Program Officer|
|Rachel Geller||Assistant Program Officer, Placements|
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program +
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
|Ruth Conkling Bittner||Sr. Program Officer|
|Scarlett Pinsker||Assistant Program Officer|
J-1 U.S. Internship + Training Programs
|Caroline Gillam||Program Director|
|Coco Lei Li||Assistant Program Director|
|Diana Mellitz||Program Officer|
|Sarah Lunn||Program Officer|
|Kristin Wood||Program Officer|
|Katelynn Ziegler-Hall||Program Officer|
|Rebecca Poole||Assistant Program Officer|
|Kara Haslbeck||Assistant Program Officer|
|Jerrika Edwards||Assistant Program Officer|
|Aaron Thompson||Program Assistant|
|Shaina Katz||Program Director|
|Sarah Hocevar||Assistant Program Director|
|Alexis Alu||Program Officer|
|Jennifer Nina||Program Officer|
|Christine Paiva||Program Officer|
|Rose Flynn||Program Officer|
|Marta Checko||Assistant Program Officer|
|Arielle Ortiz||Assistant Program Officer|
|Wade Binneboese||Assistant Program Officer|
|Erin Merritt||Assistant Program Officer|
|Chloe Bergman-Ray||Assistant Program Officer|
|Ana Serraty||Administrative Assistant|
|Will Maier||Senior Office Director|
|Matthias Neureither||Program Manager|
|Margaret Clark||Seminar Manager, Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship|
|Monika Stekowski||Administrative Assistant|
Accounting + Finance
|Elizabeth Bortkiewicz||Accounting Manager – Accounts Receivable|
|Maria Ruzic||Accounting Specialist – Accounts Payable|
|Nina Rissmann||Sr. Executive Assistant + NY Office Manager|
|Roxana Pleacoff||Sr. Director|
|SunJeong Lee||Management Analyst|
|Jocelyn Coffin||Assistant Client Relations Officer|
Communications + Marketing
|Anthony Naglieri||Sr. Director of Communications|
|Emily Wiechers||Sr. Events + Outreach Officer|
|Anna Boisseau||Communications Officer|
|Piotr Narel||Communications Intern|
|Jeremiah Berger||Creative Director|
|Peter Plotica||Sr. Designer|
|Nicole Eissa||Sr. Director|
|Ali Dalipi||HRIS Associate|
|Henrietta Campbell||HR Intern|
|Mike Hoffmann||Sr. Systems Administrator|
|Joe Hernandez||Systems Administrator|
|Anthony D’Aliasi||Sr. Software Engineer|
|Hana Stanojkovic||Software Engineer|
|Alison Steffen||Business Analyst|
|Moises Gomez||Support Assistant|
|Lupe Canaviri Maydana||Software Engineer Intern|
|Kathy Artus||Corporate Relations Officer|
|Richard Bobo||Sr. Alumni Relations + Advancement Officer|
|Laura Gross||Administrative Services + Advancement Manager|