Leadership + Staff

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.

 

Executive Team

Jennifer Clinton

Jennifer Clinton, Ph.D.
President and CEO

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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.

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Linda Boughton

Linda Boughton
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.

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Megan Bah

Megan Bah
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.

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Dan Ewert

Dan Ewert
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.

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Elizabeth Kumbhari

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.

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Anna Oberle-Brill

Anna Oberle-Brill
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.

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Timothy Gibson

Timothy Gibson
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.

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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

Board Chair:
Mr. Karl Geercken
Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP

Vice Chair:
Mr. Jeffrey Reinke
Chief of Staff to President, Council on Foreign Relations

Board Treasurer:
Mr. Charles Meier
Senior Manager, Payments, Medidata Solutions

Board Secretary:
Mr. James Thomas
Founder & CEO, Itemize Inc.

Board Members:

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

Staff Directory

Program Teams


Alfa Fellowship Program
Melissa GravesProgram Director
Anna BichkoProgram Officer, Alfa Fellowship & Internships Abroad
Julian GrahamAdministrative Assistant, Alfa Fellowship & Internships Abroad

 


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange [CBYX]
Amanda DaquilaProgram Director
Katie NovyProgram Officer
Max FlescherProgram Officer
Ethan GrandelAdministrative Assistant

 


International Visitor Leadership Program [IVLP] +
Muskie Internship Program
Paul ChampalouxDirector, Exchange Visitor Programs
Steven WashingtonSenior Program Officer, IVLP
Sarah AminProgram Officer, IVLP
Michelle KulikauskasProgram Officer, IVLP
Joshua SmithProgram Officer, IVLP
Uma TrivedeAssistant Program Officer, IVLP
Anastasiia FutrellProgram Officer, Muskie
Bailey FeldmanAssistant Program Officer, Muskie
Zhamilya KhamitovaIntern, Muskie

 


Internships Abroad + IAESTE United States
Katerina HolubovaSr. Program Director
Erica BrunoehlerAssistant Program Officer, IAESTE
Ronda RutherfordProgram Officer, Internships Abroad
Maggie Appel-SchumacherProgram Officer, Internships Abroad
Anna BichkoProgram Officer, Internships Abroad & Alfa Fellowship
Julian GrahamAdministrative Assistant, Internships Abroad & Alfa Fellowship
Marlies EdlingerIntern, Internships Abroad

Note: Dan Ewert serves as IAESTE US National Secretary

 


Korea WEST
Emily KesselProgram Director
Erin HeffernanProgram Officer

 


Program Development
Courtney NelsonDirector
Sarah BashawAssistant Director
Aaron EisenbergProgram Officer
Chauna MartinezProgram Officer
Rachel ReedProgram Officer
Phoebe HeibeckAssistant Program Officer
Rachel GellerAssistant Program Officer, Placements

 


Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program +
Cultural Vistas Fellowship
Ruth Conkling BittnerSr. Program Officer
Scarlett PinskerAssistant Program Officer

 


Train USA

J-1 U.S. Internship + Training Programs
DC Office
Caroline GillamProgram Director
Coco Lei LiAssistant Program Director
Diana MellitzProgram Officer
Sarah LunnProgram Officer
Kristin WoodProgram Officer
Katelynn Ziegler-HallProgram Officer
Rebecca PooleAssistant Program Officer
Kara HaslbeckAssistant Program Officer
Jerrika EdwardsAssistant Program Officer
Aaron ThompsonProgram Assistant
Jorge BagaipoIntern
NY Office
Shaina KatzProgram Director
Sarah HocevarAssistant Program Director
Alexis AluProgram Officer
Jennifer NinaProgram Officer
Christine PaivaProgram Officer
Rose FlynnProgram Officer
Marta CheckoAssistant Program Officer
Arielle OrtizAssistant Program Officer
Wade BinneboeseAssistant Program Officer
Erin MerrittAssistant Program Officer
Chloe Bergman-RayAssistant Program Officer
Ana SerratyAdministrative Assistant

 


European Office
Will MaierSenior Office Director
Matthias NeureitherProgram Manager
Margaret ClarkSeminar Manager, Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship
Monika StekowskiAdministrative Assistant

 

Operations Teams


Accounting + Finance
Simone CookDirector
Elizabeth BortkiewiczAccounting Manager – Accounts Receivable
Maria RuzicAccounting Specialist – Accounts Payable

 


Administration
Nina RissmannSr. Executive Assistant + NY Office Manager

 


Client Relations
Roxana PleacoffSr. Director
SunJeong LeeManagement Analyst
Jocelyn CoffinAssistant Client Relations Officer

 


Communications + Marketing
Anthony NaglieriSr. Director of Communications
Emily WiechersSr. Events + Outreach Officer
Anna BoisseauCommunications Officer
Piotr NarelCommunications Intern

 


Creative Studio
Jeremiah BergerCreative Director
Peter PloticaSr. Designer
Yangin ShiehDesigner

 


Human Resources
Nicole EissaSr. Director
Ali DalipiHRIS Associate
Henrietta CampbellHR Intern

 


Information Technology
Bill MejiaDirector
Mike HoffmannSr. Systems Administrator
Joe HernandezSystems Administrator
Anthony D’AliasiSr. Software Engineer
Hana StanojkovicSoftware Engineer
Alison SteffenBusiness Analyst
Moises GomezSupport Assistant
Lupe Canaviri MaydanaSoftware Engineer Intern

 


Advancement
Kathy ArtusCorporate Relations Officer
Richard BoboSr. Alumni Relations + Advancement Officer
Laura GrossAdministrative Services + Advancement Manager