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Center for Global Education ó Minneapolis Staff


Associate Dean of

International Programs


Orval Gingerich is Associate Dean, International Programs and Director, Center for Global Education. Prior to coming to Augsburg College in 2001, Orv was Associate Dean, Director of Cross-Cultural Programs, and Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).  He has initiated and led experiential study abroad semesters as part of EMUís Global Village Curriculum.  Orv has a M. Ed. in Experiential Education from the University of Colorado and an Ed. D. in Comparative and International Education from the University of Virginia.  Orv has been involved in research and assessment on student learning outcomes from study abroad, and has more than 10 years experience teaching and leading wilderness experience courses.


Regina McGoff, Associate Director of the Center for Global Education, has worked at Augsburg College since 1992.  Prior to coming to the Center, she recruited youth to participate in study abroad programs with the Presidentís International Youth Exchange Initiative, taught languages through an accelerated learning methodology and worked with an international social service agency.  Regina received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Masterís in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.  She also studied developmental economics in Tunisia and completed a number of internships abroad with various organizations including Mobil Oil in Norway, the Public Transportation Bureau in the Netherlands, and Little Brothers of the Poor in France.  Her extensive travels have taken her to Thailand, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and many other countries in Western Europe.


Academic Programs Abroad


Margaret Anderson, Coordinator, Academic Programs Abroad, has a BA in History from the University of Minnesota, concentration in English history. Prior to working at CGE she was employed by the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the development department, and Date Recognition Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  She joined CGE in February 1991 and has worked primarily with Semester Programs Abroad, but has also assisted with Mexico Travel Seminars and done Study Abroad Advising. At Augsburg she has also been active in Staff Senate, Peace Prize Forum, and the Strategic Planning Commission.


Dulce Oliva Monterrubio is the Program Associate for Academic  Programs Abroad and started in March 2006. Dulce is not new to the Augsburg community. She is a graduate of Augsburg, coming as an international student from Mexico in 2000. She served as co-chair of the International Student Organization, and studied for a semester in Salamanca, Spain. Dulce has held several other posts at Augsburg, both as a student worker and a regular employee, including in the International Student Advisorís office, the Enrollment and Financial Services Center, and as an Admissions Assistant at Weekend College. (Her first job at Augsburg was to drive the zamboni at the ice arena!). Dulce's most recent job has been as a Program Coordinator with International Programs at the University of St. Thomas. In Mexico Dulce worked with the Mexican Federation of YMCA's for three years as an International Representative, serving as a cross cultural experiences consultant, providing interpreting services, and developing lessons plans and training for volunteers in an exchange program between the YMCA of Mexico and the United Kingdom. This work included traveling to conferences in Mexico and the U.S. and consulting with other U.S. educational institutions.


International Travel Seminars


Olee Amata, program assistant, international travel seminars. Olee is currently a student at Augsburg College, majoring in business management and management information systems. Before joining the Center, she was working part-time at Augsburg with TRIO/Student Support Services and with URGO (Office of Undergraduate Research & Graduate Opportunities). Olee went on an Augsburg College course to El Salvador this past January, which fueled her interest to work for the Center. Olee is fluent in Laotian, Thai, English, and speaks a little French.


David Hamilton, Director, has a B.A. in political science from Macalester College, an M.A. in African History from the University of Minnesota, and a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has years of experience in management and administration, including being executive director of an organization that works with HIV/AIDS. He has lived both in Southern Africa and Brazil. He has been a grant writing consultant, won a MacArthur Fellowship, and has a commitment to social justice and racial equality.





Ann Butwell, Program Coordinator, was a co-coordinator for the Center for Global Education's programs in El Salvador from 1992-1994. She also helped to coordinate educational travel programs for EPICA (Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean), and previously worked with the Washington Office on Latin America and Latin American Working Group. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Berea College and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.





Emerald Okumura is the Program Associate, International Travel Seminars. She comes to the Center from Global Citizens Network, where she was employed as an assistant program coordinator. Her primary responsibility at GCN was overseeing trip logistic management of programs in over eight countries as well as working with promotions and events for the organization. Emerald graduated in 2004 with a BA in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she spent time interning with the International Office at the Universidad de Playa Ancha in Valparaiso, Chile.





Jessica Haas, Recruitment and Promotions Coordinator. Jessica has a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Creighton University. Most recently she's been working as the International Program Manager at Bard College doing a similar type of work in their Institute for International Liberal Education. She has also worked in the service learning program at Flathead Valley Community College as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer. She has studied in China and Lithuania. Her graduate capstone project was on Alumni-Based Recruitment in Study Abroad and she has also done a workshop on "Beyond the Bus - How to Organize Educational Field Trips," and most recently taught a course on "Exploring Africa."



Fatimah Panemalaythong, Office Coordinator for the Center's Minneapolis office.  Fatimah has an Associate degree in liberal arts from Black Hawk College where she was a member of the International Student Association. She most recently worked at the Highland Bank and previously worked at Carlson Craft.  She speaks Thai, Lao, and Indonesian, so has many administrative and cross-cultural skills she shares.