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SAF Headquarters Leadership and Staff

SAF currently works in fourteen countries and maintains fully stafffed offices in the US, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. Part-time Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) provide student support and emergency services in locations where SAF does not currently maintain a fulltime presence. SAF is led by Dr. David Gray and Prof. John Belcher. 

Chairman & Co-CEO
Dr. David Gray comes to SAF with a long history of innovation in the field of international education, having previously founded and managed two of the largest and most highly regarded study abroad programs for U.S. students: The Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (1989-2005) and the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad (1965-1988). He received his bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, and Drew University.

President & Co-CEO
Prof. John Belcher was named SAF President in December 2005. John Belcher is former Pro-Vice Chancellor (Vice President) of the University of Westminster and has a distinguished career in international education and higher education administration both at the University of Westminster and Queen Mary, University of London. John Belcher has also served as Chief of Public Affairs with the United Nations University and as a consultant to leading universities in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He is a founding board member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and has published extensively in the field of international education. Prof. Belcher’s academic background is in sociology and also has an interest in comparative higher education. He is a graduate of the universities of Nottingham and London and has taught in the UK, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, and the USA.

Executive Director
George Chen is responsible for providing strategic leadership for SAF by working with the Board, under the guidance of Board Chairperson and IES Abroad President and CEO Mary Dwyer, Ph.D., to establish long-range goals, strategies and policies that take SAF to the next level. He comes to the Foundation from Siemens Industry Software in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he managed strategic and product planning for automotive and machinery industries. Having 15-years' experience in business development and strategy, Chen has held increasingly responsible leadership positions at four Fortune 500 companies, including Siemens, General Motors and Honeywell, for which he successfully managed a business startup in China.

Vice President
Carol Carmody is a founding director of the Study Abroad Foundation. Carol began her career in international education in 1989 joining the newly established Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA-Butler). In addition to facilitating study abroad programs for American undergraduate students, Carol has experience with English language programs, international student recruitment, and US immigration regulations through her work with the American Cultural Exchange, Butler University, and Ball State University . She is a graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (M.Sc.) and studied abroad in Austria and Germany while an undergraduate student through the Institute for International Education of Students.

Accounting Manager
Ron Hungerford holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University. Prior to joining SAF, he performed multiple financial management roles for healthcare, service and retail-based private and publically traded companies and as a city comptroller. Ron looks forward to supporting SAF with his financial management expertise.

Associate Director
Fumie Ichikawa joined SAF in February 2009. Fumie earned her bachelor's degree in Management from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and her Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri, where she originally attended as an exchange student. Fumie is fluent in English and Japanese and has taught intermediate Japanese courses at the University of Missouri. Fumie worked in logistics and purchasing in the automotive industry prior to joining SAF.

Assistant Director
Melissa Trahyn began her work at SAF in February 2010. Prior to joining SAF, Melissa was at Butler University in the International Student Services Office and before that the American Language Academy. Melissa first began traveling while in university, where her first trip was to Tirana, Albania; she has traveled and lived extensively in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She first ventured out in international education to teach English in Baku, Azerbaijan at the International Learning Center (ILC) for one year right after graduating from university, then one year of teaching ESL and Music at the International School of Indiana. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University and a MS in Effective Teaching and Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology from Butler University. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied Azerbaijani and Russian.

Communications Coordinator
A native Marylander, Erika Woodward joined SAF after spending three years in Tokyo reporting on culture and business as assistant editor for Tokyo American Club communications and its magazine, iNTOUCH. Erika earned a Master of Journalism from the University of Maryland, and covered education and politics as a statehouse correspondent. Her first international assignment took her to Iceland, where she covered the birth of a new political faction. When she's not working on the latest communications project, the former ballerina hits the studio to unwind.

Program Coordinator
Xin Chen recently earned her PhD in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining SAF, she interned at the Institute of International Education (IIE) DC Office and Office of International Education at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), helping students secure the study abroad experiences of their dreams.

Program Coordinator
An Indiana native, Keith Seidel traveled Korea as a missionary for two years after high school. He earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Indiana University and a master's degree in Korean Language from the University of Hawaii, before going on to work at Korea University's International Center for Korean Studies. He brings his love of East Asian culture to his work at SAF. You need to choose either bachelor’s degree or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, master’s degree or Master of Arts or Master of Science.

Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Southern California, Chelly Venegas earned her Bachelor of International Studies from the University of California, Irvine, where, after graduation, she joined the International Programs Office at UCI Extension . Fluent in Spanish, Chelly has taught English in Santiago, Chile. She is delighted to continue working in support of internati onal education.

Student Accounts Bookkeeper
Pam Shannon joined SAF in February 2013. She was previously employed by J.C. Penney Co. and has a background in bookkeeping. Pam has lived in Japan where she was a bookkeeper for OMS International and taught conversational English. Pam is responsible for preparing student invoices and receiving payments, along with other duties that may arise with student accounts.

 
   
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Last Updated: 11/16/16