• Duilia de Mello
    Duilia de Mello Vice Provost for Global Strategiesdemello@cua.edu  

    Dr. de Mello received her Bachelor of Astronomy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985 and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1995. She joined Catholic University in 2003 and is now Professor of Physics. For the first five years she was a research associate at the University's Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, she was assistant professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden for three years. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, and a postdoctoral fellow at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile and National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Dr. de Mello is the recipient of the Professional of the Year Award of the Brazil Diaspora in 2013. She was named one of the most influential Brazilians by the Epoca magazine in 2014. She is deeply committed to communicating and popularizing science and to inspire young women to consider careers in STEM fields.

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  • Erin Niday Assistant Director of Global Initiativesniday@cua.edu 

    Erin Niday is the Assistant Director of Global Initiatives. She began work at The Catholic University of America in 2016. Erin collaborates with the Associate Provost for International Affairs to develop and maintain the University's portfolio of academic exchanges. She partners with the Office of International Student Scholar Services and the Office of Education Abroad on inbound exchange student initiatives. Erin also provides DC-based coordination for all operational processes at the CUA-ACU Rome Center, including financial management and record maintenance for all staff, policies, and protocols. Erin holds a B.A. degree in Italian and International Studies from The Ohio State University, with international education experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Siena, Italy. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and cheering on Liverpool FC.

  • Haruka Fesi Administrative Assistantfesi@cua.edu 

    Haruka Fesi serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Center for Global Education. She assists the Associate Provost in budget and resource management and supports the daily operations of CGE. Haruka is originally from Yokohama, Japan and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychological Studies from Temple University. Because she was once an international student in the United States, she is passionate about international education and has experiences working as an International Student Advisor and a Designated School Official. She is excited to be a part of CGE.

Education Abroad Staff

  • Grace Schneider Director of Education Abroad

    Grace Schneider became the Director of Education Abroad in February of 2014. She provides University-wide leadership in education abroad and manages the Education Abroad section (CUAbroad) of the Office of Global Strategies at The Catholic University of America. She also assists and advises students in their preparations for education abroad. Originally from Massachusetts, Grace chose to study abroad in Nantes, France during her junior year of college. Upon returning to the United States, she knew she wanted to share her experiences with others. Thus, after earning her Bachelors of Arts in French and Masters of Science in Education at the University of Rochester, she started work with CET Academic Programs, an education abroad company in Washington, D.C. She has also worked at the Fund for Education Abroad, providing education abroad scholarships for underrepresented students. Grace enjoys reading, traveling, fencing, and learning new languages. In addition to France, she has also spent time in India, England, and Italy. She can speak French and some Spanish.

  • Robert Dowden Education Abroad Advisor

    Robert Dowden came to The Catholic University of America to serve as an education abroad advisor in the Office of Global Strategies in July, 2014. He provides program management and acts as the primary advisor to students in matters regarding education abroad. Robert is originally from Connecticut, having also lived in North Carolina and Ohio. He participated in a spring break study abroad program in France and a summer abroad in Costa Rica while attending Gardner-Webb University as an undergraduate majoring in English Composition. Robert also lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia as an ESL teacher before eventually pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. Being new to D.C., Robert is interested in finding different hobbies to become involved in and welcomes suggestions.

Intensive English Program Staff

  • Dr. Anca Nemoianu Director, Intensive English Program nemoianu@cua.edu 

    Founder, in 1983, of Catholic University's Intensive English Program, Dr. Anca Nemoianu has overseen its expansion and development ever since, having trained over the years thousands of ESL students-undergraduates and graduates, lay and religious-- from all over the world. A linguist by training, with a doctoral degree from the University of California Berkeley, and expertise in first and second language acquisition and development, Dr. Nemoianu is the author of numerous scholarly and pedagogical publications and presentations, in the U.S. and abroad, ranging from child language acquisition, pragmatics and lexical development, to reading and writing in diverse settings and ESL curricular development. She has taught graduate and undergraduate linguistics courses, Japanese literature and film, as well as writing to native and non-native English speakers, in traditional and adult education. 

International Student and Scholar Services Staff

  • Gudrun Kendon Director

    Gudrun Kendon is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the Center of Global Education. She joined ISSS in January of 2007 after having worked for five years in the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. She is committed to the field of international education and has worked advising international students since 1989 primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Management from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in England, she has traveled extensively throughout Europe, visited New Caledonia, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Egypt, Israel, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, and has lived in Australia, Spain and The Netherlands. She finds working with international students extremely rewarding and feels honored to be able to meet and learn about people from all over the world!

  • Amrine Obermueller Administrative Assistant

    Amrine Obermueller is the Administrative Assistant for ISSS. She joined ISSS in January 2018, and has been working with international students at different universities since 2011. She holds a Master's degree in International Education from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Kansas. Originally born and raised in Kansas, she has also lived in Florida, Vermont, Rhode Island, and now D.C. She has studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, and Turkey, and has traveled and spent time in over 30 countries. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and welcomes all students to stop by and say hello!