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Center for International Programs Staff

Center for International Programs Staff

  Penelope Shaw, Study Abroad Coordinator

Picture of PenelopePenelope has been traveling all her life and is now encouraging students to do what she so loves. After living and teaching in London Penelope moved to Colombia and taught elementary school in Cali, traveling throughout South America while she was there. On landing in Arcata she taught at a local alternative school and then decided to continue her studies at HSU. While studying she discovered the world of international education and was hooked; here was the perfect combination of travel and education!
Recent journeys have taken her to Bhutan, a lifelong ‘bucket wish’ location, India, China, Guatemala and of course, the UK where it all started.


Megan Mefford, Coordinator of International Admission, Immigration and Advising & PDSO

Picture of MeganMegan has had the pleasure of working with international students at HSU since 2006. Megan is responsible for the day-to day operations of international admission, immigration and support advising for HSU international students. She advises international students through the admission process continuing her support through her ongoing advisement on immigration and academic policies. Megan is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology (2004) and a Master’s degree in Education (2014). During her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad at the University of Ghana, Legon, spending much of that time outside the classroom traveling through Ghana to Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Benin. She has had the pleasure of visiting many other countries in Europe and Central America over the years. She loves beautiful Humboldt County and enjoys spending her free time with her family. Megan enjoys meeting and serving students from around the world.


Emily Kirsch, International Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator

Picture of EmilyEmily is responsible for the marketing of Humboldt State University to international students, as well as recruitment and management of relations with international partners.  She also does some student advising and helps with admissions, and works with special groups of sponsored students.  Emily is an HSU graduate, completing her BA in International Studies with a Chinese Studies emphasis in 2007.  She graduated with her Master’s in International Education degree at SIT Graduate Institute in 2014.  During her undergraduate degree, she spent one semester studying abroad at Xi’an International Studies University (XISU) in Xi’an, China, studying Mandarin Chinese.  Upon returning, she worked in the Office of Admissions at HSU before joining the Center for International Programs (CIP) in 2011.  She enjoys working with students from all over the world and welcoming them to the wonderful community of Humboldt - one of her very favorite moments is when new students see the giant redwoods or the ocean for the first time. 


Christiana Gomez Frye, Student Resource Coordinator

Picture of ChristianaChristiana coordinates resources and activities for international students. She is also the international student orientation coordinator. She is happy to be involved in promoting internationalism on campus and in our community through International Education Week, and a variety of special events and activities. Her door is always open to help students tap into all of the necessary and meaningful aspects to living and adjusting to life in Humboldt County. Christiana received her degree in Anthropology from Oregon State University and served in the United States Peace Corps in Honduras working with sustainable agricultural outreach programs. She has extensive experience working in program coordination and non-profit management. Christiana loves to travel and is thrilled to interact with students from all over the globe. She is committed to helping our students enjoy their experiences while studying at HSU. In her free time she is grateful for being able to frolic with her family and friends in the beautiful ocean and forests that surround us. Following those grand adventures she enjoys celebrating the bounty of local food, drink and art that make Humboldt a magical and unique place to live.


Tyler Bradbury, Academic Coordinator

Picture of TylerTyler has been teaching ESL both in the USA and abroad since 2001. She is a graduate of Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and received her Masters in Education, TESOL from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 2006. She has lived and taught in the People's Republic of China and in several places in France. She speaks French fluently. Exploring new countries and becoming familiar with new cultures is what drew Tyler to ESL; she loves learning about her students' cultures and experiences. Her door is always open for students experiencing academic or cultural adjustment problems!