Board of Directors Bios

See below for current AIRC Board Member bios.


View the list of previous serving Board members.
 


Jeet Joshee
President

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. 

George Kacenga
President-Elect

Dr. George F. Kacenga is the Director for International Enrollment Management for the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the University of Colorado Denver - a founding member of AIRC. The Office of International Affairs, as a central resource to the academic community, directly supports the University’s international education mission with Global Education, International Colleges and Partnerships, International Admissions and Services, advocacy, an ESL Academy, and has oversight of special international initiatives. 

Professionally, Dr. Kacenga is an active member of several professional associations including NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ Leadership Development Committee, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) as an external reviewer and member of the conference planning committee, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), The Association

for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). He recently joined the TAICEP Committee for Fundraising as chair, in addition to serving on a steering committee for FEA.

Previously, he has held administrative positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University,
and Saint Vincent College.

David DiMaria
Past President

Dr. David L. Di Maria serves as Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Di Maria served as Associate Provost for International Programs at Montana State university and Director of International Programs and Services at Kent State University.

He has also held several volunteer leadership positions including AIRC External Reviewer, Chair of NAFSA's International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community and Excutive Committee member of APLU's Commission on International Initiatives. He is former AIEA Presidential Fellow and the editor of Managing a Successful Intrnational Admissions Office: NAFSA's Guide to International Admissions.  

Salma Benhaida
Institutional Delegate

Salma Benhaida is the Director of International Recruitment, Admissions, and Sponsored Student Services at Kent State University where she overseas international recruitment and admissions over the eight-campus system. Salma also acts as liaison between Kent State University and various sponsoring agencies and foreign embassies to advance her institution’s objectives and strengthen bilateral collaborations. Salma started her career in international education while completing her Master’s at the University of Akron where she held a Graduate Assistantship in the Office of International Programs. She currently serves the NAFSA: Association for International Educators on their Trainer Corp team teaching International Recruitment and credential evaluation workshops. She also serves as the Recruitment, Advising, marketing & Admissions (RAMA) network leader in NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management knowledge community. Salma enjoys presenting at various national and international conferences (AIRC, NAFSA, OACAC, EducationUSA Forum). Salma is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Steven Boyd
Institutional Delegate
Steven Boyd is the Director of International Admissions at the University of Bridgeport. He has worked in domestic and international admissions for the past 15 years. He is responsible for all aspects of international student recruitment for both undergraduate and graduate programs. He previously served as Assistant Director of the English Language Institute at UB, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, and Director of Graduate Admissions. His work has taken him to over 55 countries.

Prior to joining UB, he lived with his wife and children in Latin America where for 20 years he worked as a teacher, simultaneous interpreter, international conference organizer, and translator for a major daily newspaper in Montevideo, Uruguay.

As an undergraduate, Steven studied in Guadalajara, Mexico. He has a BA in Liberal Arts, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport. He is a past presenter at NAFSA, AIRC, ICEF, EducationUSA Forum, and NACUBO.

Bryan Gross
Institutional Delegate

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.

William Guo
Agency Delegate

William Guo is co-founder of Can-Achieve International Education since 2008. He graduated in 2000 from Beijing Foreign Studies University with a bachelor of art and worked in South Africa for over 2 years. He is an innovative entrepreneur in leading Can-Achieve to grow from a 9-staff, one office company to over 400 staff, 16 global offices around the world. In 2017, he successfully invited Bright Scholar, the largest K-12 company with over 60 schools to become our shareholder with 35000 students in their schools. He is also an educational investor in international high schools and education companies. 

Palle Steen Jensen
Agency Delegate

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
Institutional Delegate

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
Agency Delegate

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 (https://www.airc-education.org), ICEF (https://www.icef.com) NAFSA (https://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.

 


Greet Provoost,
Chair, Certification Commission

Greet Provoost is the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Registration Services at the Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Prior to VCU, Greet was the Director of International Programs at the University of Mississippi. She has also held positions at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, State University of New York, Plattsburgh and Carroll University.