Oct 24, 2018


  • Sr Program Officer or Associate Director
  • Reno, Nevada
Officer / coordinator level Child and Family Welfare Agency Childcare / pre-schools Education (K-12) Foundations Women causes

Personal Summary

Through a hands-on approach, I apply effective leadership skills with a team mentality to ensure the strategic initiatives of a dynamic organization are continuously improving. I develop strong working relationships enjoy forging new partnerships. I enjoy multitasking and managing numerous projects at a time.

Below is a summary of job skills: 

*11+ years at a global business ($35M revenues annually) managing a full spectrum of international programs and services for over 48,000 clients.
*Financial management of budgets totaling over $7M.
*Demonstrated ability in providing design and execution of communication and crisis response strategies to multiple stakeholders, both U.S. based and international. 
*Proven success introducing process improvements, recruitment and mentoring programs, analytical analysis, and staff development initiatives driving continuous growth. 
*Consistent top performer, driven to provide customer service beyond expectations and contribute to the success and growth of a team. Effective communicator, able to resolve conflicts and negotiate mutually successful outcomes. 
*Experience in development, philanthropy, donor stewardship, and event planning.
*Cultivated strong relationships with U.S. and international stakeholders.
*Fluent in Spanish with experience living and working abroad in Spanish speaking countries.

Work Experience

Director, International Programs, Health & Safety Abroad / Student Information Director
Apr 2007 - Jul 2018 University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit composed of 33 U.S. Universities which provides international academic experiences for summer, semester or year-long programs in 28 countries for 4,400+ college aged students annually. In my most recent role for 11+ years, I developed, and executed plans for administering 12 of the 50 international programs offered. Additionally, I led a team that required everything from flexibility to an awareness of emerging trends for persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds, as well as, oversaw all health and safety issues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managed 70 employees including teams spread across international locations; created professional development trainings
  • Developed new college level educational programs in India, Brazil, Ireland, Sweden, and England
  • Negotiated contracts with international and U.S. partners; coordinated with service providers for outsourcing
  • Assisted Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's Office of Economic Development in coordinating trade mission to the Basque Country
  • Reviewed and synthesized information and findings to present at national conference to 160+ attendees
  • Advocated for a more digitally advanced approach for engagement strategy including text communications and webinars; developed new database aspects in collaboration with IT Department; collaborated on overall marketing and branding goals, content curation, and website redesign
  • Financial oversight of scholarship initiatives and budget
  • Participated on design/build team for $4M new building; supervised renovation for $600K remodel
  • Managed international health, safety, and crisis response; developed emergency plan to quickly respond in a crisis scenario; led response for incidents including death, terrorism, and hospitalizations; created SOPs
  • Assisted in creation of legal entities and/or bank accounts in Brazil, England, Ireland, India, and Norway
  • Strategically designed and created new alumni network for 50,000+ students
  • Served as primary liaison for multiple Foreign Consulates; acted as intermediary for 900+ students annually; dramatically increased efficiency and reduced costs by developing a batch program and certifying USAC as a Passport Acceptance facility; created visa and program informational documents
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; initiated development of an alumni database, website, and webinars
  • Oversaw grant application for U.S. Department of Education FLAS
  • Organized and led annual Board of Directors’ meeting for strategic planning and training workshops at multinational locations (20+ countries); communicated frequently with C-suite and Board of Directors
  • Assisted in transition into an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3); served as Secretary of Nonprofit Corporation
Managing Partner & Property Manager
Oct 2016 - Oct 2018 MRCA Partners, LLP

Oversee multi-state LLP, manage rental agreements, budget, insurance, marketing, and other rental aspects.

4th Grade Teacher

Taught 4th grade to students in a lower socio-economic area. 

English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Jul 2001 - Jan 2003 St. George's Colegio (Santiago, Chile)

Selected by the University of Notre Dame to be one of 4 in a launch team for future Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) overseas. Taught 4th and 6th grade English as a second language. 

AmeriCorps Elementary Teacher
Aug 1999 - May 2001 St. Richard's Elementary School

Taught 6th grade

Founded and developed Spanish instructional classes for 200+ elementary students

Created and directed year-long service-learning program for 150 elementary students and local community

AmeriCorps volunteer (2 years)

Coordinator, USAC Student Services
Jun 2003 - Feb 2005 University Studies Abroad Consortium

For the first 6 months, I was a Program Assistant before USAC created the position of Student Services Coordinator to take advantage of my unique skill set and background. In this role, I assisted the current Director of the Student Services in establishing protocols and procedures at program sites. My responsibilities included developing an escalation approach to issues at program sites, advising students on all aspects of study abroad programs, assisting students with visa applications, etc. I created documentation and guides that enabled the processes to be easily repeated and administered in a consistent basis. 


Masters of Edcuation
Aug 1999 - May 2011 University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Arts/Spanish Major
Aug 1995 - May 1999 University of San Diego
Excellence in Nonprofit Management Institute/Certificate
Mar 2017 - Mar 2017 University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies