Board of Directors Bios

See below for current AIRC Board Member bios.


View the list of previous serving Board members.
 

David DiMaria
President

Dr. David L. Di Maria serves as Associate Provost for International Programs at Montana State University. 

Prior to joining Montana State, Dr. Di Maria served as director of international programs and services at Kent State University.

He has also held several volunteer leadership positions including AIRC External Reviewer, Core Education Program Dean for NAFSA’s Basics of Effective U.S. International Admissions eight-hour workshop, Regional Liaison Outreach Coordinator for NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community (KC IEM), Chair-elect of KC IEM and KC IEM Liaison to the 2015 Annual Conference Committee.

Jeet Joshee
President-Elect

As Associate Vice President for International Education and Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Dr. Jeet Joshee oversees all international activities at the university.

Before moving to CSULB, Dr. Joshee was Dean of the College of Extended Learning at Cal State San Bernardino. 

Previously, Dr. Joshee was Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Continuing Studies at University of Connecticut. Dr. Joshee has also held positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Division of Continuing Education. 

Pia Wood
Past President

Dr. Pia Wood is Associate Provost at University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
From 2009-2010 she served as President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).

Prior arriving at UTK, Pia served for eight years as Director for the Center for International Studies at Wake Forest University. Before that, she spent six years as director of the International Studies undergraduate program at Old Dominion University.

Earlier in her career, Pia was an assistant professor and associate professor in the department of political science and geography at Old Dominion and a visiting professor in the Department of National Security Studies at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

She has taught at Bates Colleges in Lewiston, Maine, and at the Woodrow Wilson School for Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
   

Gary Bergman

Gary Bergman is the president and founder of College Study US Inc. a US based agency that works with international students and an extensive number of sub agencies around the world who are dedicated to assisting students enroll in US universities.

Mr. Bergman has served as the senior enrollment officer at numerous universities including Long Island University, Hofstra University, Bradley University and National College. He has been active in many NACAC, NAFSA, ICEF and AIRC programs, conferences and events.

For the past 13 years Gary has devoted himself to enhancing opportunities for international students to come to the United States to continue their education. 

Kirsten Feddersen

Kirsten Feddersen, is the Associate Vice President International Programs for Southern New Hampshire University. Previously she has worked as the Manager of International Recruitment and Agency Operations at the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration. In Denmark she worked in the international office at Aarhus University and EDU Danmark, the largest educational agency in Denmark.  EDU Danmark was among the first eight agencies to undergo and be awarded AIRC certification, a process in which Kirsten played a key role. 

Kirsten is a frequent presenter on agency recruitment at international higher education conferences. 

Bryan Gross

Bryan Gross currently serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Western New England University. He has served as an external reviewer for AIRC and at Western New England University he is a member of the President’s Cabinet, supervises the chair of the University’s Retention Committee, and serves as a member of our Diversity Design Committee. 

His prior positions have been the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at St. John’s University in New York City and as the Associate Vice President for Admissions at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT. 

He has also presented multiple times at regional and national NACAC and NAFSA conferences on topics related to best practices in domestic and international recruitment and new approaches in digital and social media marketing.

Palle Steen Jensen

Palle Steen Jensen is the General Manager and founder of EDU - the oldest and biggest student recruitment agency in Denmark.
 
This year, EDU supports 900 Danish students going abroad to one of our more than 45 university partners in the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and several destinations in Asia. He co-founded "Recruit Europe" and a network of European like-minded agencies to set standards and create mutual professional development. 
 
Before starting EDU, he held leadership positions in the youth section of a Danish political party and in a mid-size private Danish logistics company. He also serves on the board of a Danish communications agency and he is the IELTS administrator for Denmark.
 
EDU was one of the first eight agencies globally to receive AIRC Certification and has now been recertified up to 2024. 

Michael B. Wilhelm

Michael Wilhelm is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor of International Programs at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), and is directly responsible for Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services and the CEA-Accredited English as a Second Language program.  As the Senior International Officer, Michael leads campus-wide international student recruitment efforts, globalization of the curriculum and faculty training, grants and support for international activities.  Michael has been involved in international education at state universities for the last twenty years and has specialized in student and scholar services, immigration policy and recruitment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He is active in NAFSA and International ACAC and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

Abhijit Zaveri

Abhijit Zaveri is the Founder and Managing Director of Career Mosaic Pvt Ltd. He is an MBA from University of New Have, Connecticut (USA). Having been an international student in USA himself, Career Mosaic was setup in 2001 by him to guide and assist aspiring students to achieve their study abroad dreams. Abhijit Zaveri and his team always are in close communication with senior university officals and agency partners, as they work directly with them. 

Career Mosaic is a regular particiapant of the AIRC (http://www.airc-education.org), ICEF (https://www.icef.com) NAFSA (http://www.nafsa.org) Confernces in USA and Canada. Abhijit routinley delivers presentations on Strageities for International Student Recruitment at the ICEF and AIRC conferences in North America.

 

Non Voting Board Members

Mike Finnell
Executive Director


 

Michael Finnell has three decades of experience in the international education and exchange field. Most recently he has been consulting in international education including developing new youth exchange organizations and an online course for university students and their parents as they prepare to study abroad. Prior to this he was is the President and CEO of Youth For Understanding USA. During his time with YFU he led the creation of new student exchange organizations in China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Liberia and Italy. He also served as Deputy Director in the International Secretariat of Youth For Understanding. Previously, he was the Director of World Affairs Programs at Meridian International Center, an Associate for Training and Member Services at the National Council for International Visitors (now Global Ties U.S.). Early in his career he also worked at NAFSA and at the Liaison Group for International Educational Exchange (now the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange). He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Finnell has also previously resided in Japan, Italy and Germany for fourteen years.

 

Sophia Iliakis Doherty, Chair, Certification Commission