Board of Directors

PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
David Atkinson - President
MacEwan University

 
David Atkinson
 

David W. Atkinson is President of MacEwan University. He held positions as President and Vice-Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic, Carleton and Brock Universities, and, prior to that he served as Dean of Arts and Science and Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. President Atkinson also spent 15 years at the University of Lethbridge where he took on increasingly senior administrative positions, including Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Vice-President (Academic). Atkinson teaches in the areas of Medieval and Renaissance Literature, World Religions, and critical hermeneutics, and he has published widely, including four books and over ninety papers and reviews. His fifth book on the Scottish writer James Melville is currently in preparation. Born in England, he immigrated to Canada with his parents when very young. He attended Indiana University on an athletic scholarship, where he was an NCAA All-American in Cross Country. President Atkinson completed his B.A. at the University of Calgary and then went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He is President of the Board of Directors of CONAHEC.

Hector Arturo Barrio- Senior Advisor to the President on Mexico and Latin America  

University of Texas at El Paso  

   
  Arturo graduated from UTEP with a degree in Business Administration and earned a Masters in Applied Public Policy from the International Foundation and for Iberoamerica Administration and Public Politics of Madrid. He is a well-versed scholar in the study of public policy issues, democracy and government, and attended academic institutions such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the CIDE and Columbia University, and ITESM with Harvard University among others.
 
José Alfonso Esparza Ortiz - President
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
 
Jose Alfonso Esparza Ortiz
 

Contador Público y Auditor egresado de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Cuenta con la Maestría en Administración del Instituto de Estudios Universitarios, así como con la Maestría en Administración de Calidad en la Gestión Pública Local del Instituto de Administración Pública del Estado de Puebla. Cursó la Especialidad en Materia Fiscal en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla y un Diplomado en Liderazgo Financiero en el Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey y la Universidad de Harvard. Actualmente se encuentra cursando la maestría en Gerencia Política y Gobernanza Estratégica por la Universidad George Washington. Cuenta con la certificación profesional de Contador Público ante el Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Públicos. Ingresó en 1983 como catedrático hora clase a la Facultad de Contaduría Pública en la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla y obtuvo por concurso por oposición la titularidad de tiempo completo y a la fecha ostenta como académico el grado de Titular Tiempo Completo “C”. Se ha desempeñado como miembro de la Comisión de Fiscalización de Presupuesto del H. Consejo Universitario, fue Delegado de Organización de la Comisión del Sindicato Universitario de Trabajadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. A propuesta en terna por la Facultad de Contaduría Pública de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, fue nombrado como Auditor Interno por el Honorable Consejo Universitario. También ha fungido como Contralor General, Tesorero General, Secretario General y actualmente como Rector de la Máxima Casa de Estudios en el estado. Dentro de estas funciones se ha destacado siempre por implementar y desarrollar mecanismos y procedimientos que permitan una eficiente administración de los recursos asignados a la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla buscando un beneficio colectivo. Ha participado activamente en diversos cargos de la Comisión de Desarrollo Profesional hasta ocupar la Presidencia del Colegio de Contadores Públicos del Estado de Puebla A.C. Fue representante de la BUAP en el Consejo de Armonización Contable para el Estado de Puebla. Es miembro numerario de la AMEREIAF, miembro Académico de la AMDAID, Fundador y Miembro del Consejo Asesor de la AMOCVIES, de la cual fungió como Secretario y posteriormente como Presidente, miembro del Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, A.C., miembro del Consejo Consultivo en el Colegio de Contadores Públicos del Estado de Puebla, A.C. Desde 1983 se ha mantenido activo en el ámbito de la profesión de Contaduría Pública, así como en constante capacitación y actualización a través de cursos y seminarios diversos.

 

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
Mary Fanelli Ayala - Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Eastern New Mexico University

 
Mary Fanelli Ayala
 

Mary Fanelli Ayala is a Hispanic American who was raised in Philadelphia by her adoptive parents, of Italian descent.  She has a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Temple University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Colegio de México, Mexico City. In 2001, she was named Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year, New Mexico. Currently she is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Latin American Literature at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico.

Kari Knutson-Miller

Dean, University Extended Education and Associate Vice President, 

International Programs and Global Engagement

California State University, Fullerton

   
 

Dr. Kari Knutson Miller serves as Dean of University Extended Education and Associate Vice President for International Programs and Global Engagement at California State University, Fullerton.  She leads multiple units including self-support programs, summer session, intersession, Open University, children’s programs, study abroad, University Semester Abroad, American Language Program, International Students and Scholars, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Fullerton Arboretum.

As Cal State Fullerton’s Senior International Officer, Dr. Knutson Miller has spearheaded efforts to strengthen the institution’s position as a regional university with a global outlook. Her accomplishments include launching the IPGE unit, joining the Generation Study Abroad pledge to increase student participation in study abroad, and articulating the institution’s global strategies. She has also supported Cal State Fullerton’s strategic plan through energetic engagement in efforts to promote student success and increase students’ participation in high-impact practices including study abroad, study away, Arboretum-based internships, and more. 

She earned her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University.

 

Joan Landeros - Director
Center for International Education
La Salle University

Joan Landeros   Joan Landeros is Director and founder of the Center for International Education at La Salle University in Mexico City. The Center coordinates the institutional efforts for internationalization and academic collaboration. She has been teaching at La Salle since 1973 and served as Academic Coordinator and General Coordinator of the Language Center. She has done external consulting for Cambridge University. She did her undergraduate studies at the Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and her graduate studies in Latin American Studies and TESL at UCLA. She was a Fulbright scholar at El Colegio de Mexico and UNAM and received a British Council scholarship to specialize in Educational Technology at the University of Lancaster. She was a member of the Mexican delegation to the UNESCO World Conference for Higher Education in Paris and has served on various international education committees and task force. Dr. Landeros is actively involved in NAFSA, EAIE, AMPEI, and numerous other professional organizations. Currently, she is Regional Director at-large for the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU) and is a member of the Standing Committee for the Lasallian Educational Mission in Rome. She also serves on the IAUP/UN Commission for Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. Her areas of interest include international education, innovative models of education and educational technology. In 2004, she was granted the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota.
 

VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD
Fernando León - President
CETYS University

Fernando Leon Garcia   Fernando León-García is President of CETYS University, an institution he served from 1974 to 2000 in several capacities including Chief Academic Officer / Provost. Previously, Fernando served as Chancellor of City University of Seattle’s International Division where he was tasked with the development and growth of CityU’s programs, campuses, and sites outside the U.S., including but not limited to Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland, China, Mexico, Canada and Australia. From Spring 2004 to Winter 2008, he was Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of CityU and during part of 2005-2006 also served as Co-Acting President of the Institution. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Council of fellows of the American Council on Education. Also, he has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of CONAHEC.

Allen Miller- Vice Provost

University of South Carolina

   
  Paul Allen Miller received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas in 1989. He was later the Graduate Director and then Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, where he was instrumental in the creation of the PhD in Hispanic Studies at USC. Now the Vice Provost and Director of Global Carolina, he leads the comprehensive internationalization of the university. He is an internationally recognized scholar of literature and culture. He holds the highest research honor given by the University of South Carolina.
 

Leslie Palson- Dean of International Education and Development
Georgian College

 
Mike Proctor
  Leslie Palson has 15 years of direct international leadership experience with a total of 22 years experience in education including teaching, student services, student recruitment, programs and process development, and team building. She has significantly increased international student enrollment and relationships, has established an international strategic plan and led an expansion of international awareness and initiatives.
 

Cari-Ann Roberts Gotta

School Chair, International Education

Selkirk College

 

 
Cari-Ann Roberts Gotta has worked in education for the past 20 years. Since 2006, Cari-Ann has been in the TESOL field where she has been faculty and administration in programs for newcomers and international students. Her participation in an exchange program to Southeast Asia was a profound experience that informed the direction of her study, so she is a dedicated advocate of study abroad.  

Vianne Timmons- President

University of Regina    

   
Dr. Vianne Timmons has established the strategic direction of the University through the consultative development and implementation of two recent strategic plans. She maintains  a wide-ranging research program with emphasis on family literacy and inclusive education. Student enrollment has increased considerably under Dr. Timmons' leadership with more than 14,000 students - the highest total in the University's history - now registered at the University and its colleges.   

Manuel Fermin Villar Rubio

Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

   
Manuel Villar received the National Award for Restoration "Francisco de la Maza" bestowed by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in 2003 for the restoration of the central building of the UASLP. At the national level he presides over the Board of Directors of the National Evaluation Center for Higher Education (CENEVAL) and is Vice President of the Interamerican Organization for Higher Education.  
 
Ex Officio Members:
 
Wayne Wheeler, Director, International Programs & Services
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
Walter G. Bumphus  

Wayne Wheeler has over 10 years of experience representing the nearly 1,200 community colleges in the United States through his work at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)—one of the “Big Six” presidentially-based national higher education associations. As the head of AACC’s International Office, he develops and implements strategic initiatives and projects that are aimed at enhancing the international capacity of community colleges and raising the profile of the national association among the various stakeholders. Mr. Wheeler advises community colleges on internationalization matters and speaks to domestic and international audiences about the role of community colleges in the U.S. higher education system and their activities in the international education arena. He provides support to AACC’s Commission on Global Education and liaises with key contacts at U.S. and international educational organizations as well as at various U.S. government agencies and foreign embassies, missions, economic and trade offices in Washington, D.C. Mr. Wheeler currently oversees a total of 10 memoranda of understanding on four continents and has represented the U.S. community college sector in several high-level bilateral higher education dialogues, including those between the U.S. and India, China, and Mexico. Prior to joining the American Association of Community Colleges, Mr. Wheeler enjoyed a successful legal career as a public interest attorney in New York, practicing appellate law and litigating before both state and federal courts. He holds a B.A., cum laude, in Psychology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Cornell University. He currently holds a license to practice law in both New York and Washington, D.C.

 

Darla Deardorff- Executive Director

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

 
Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke University where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Program in Education. She has been the keynote speaker for numerous conferences around the world. Dr. Deardorff has published widely on topics of international education, global leadership and intercultural learning/assessment. She has worked in the international education field for over 15 years and has experience in study abroad, international student services, cultural programing, and ESL teaching/teacher training.   

Brad Farnsworth - Interim Vice President of the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement
American Council on Education

 
Brad Farnsworth
 

Brad Farnsworth is interim vice president of ACE's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. He is responsible for several programs, including the Internationalization Collaborative, the Institute for Leading Internationalization, and engagement with the Washington-based diplomatic community. He is also responsible for implementing the Center's fundraising strategy. From 1991 until joining ACE in early 2012, Brad was director of the Center for International Business Education in the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. The center's programs included faculty research projects, foreign language courses, education abroad, executive development programs, and student internships. The Michigan CIBE was known for its strong ties to the liberal arts; Brad helped to establish the program in international studies, serving as its director while developing and teaching one of its core courses. Brad also taught courses on international management, the world economy, and business in China to MBAs, undergraduates and executives. From 1982 to 1991, Brad was associate director of the Yale-China Association, an educational organization based at Yale University that was established in the early 20th century. During that time he developed one of the first management training programs with foreign cooperation in mainland China. Brad has focused on China throughout his career, visiting the country frequently and serving as a faculty associate in the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. He holds master's degrees in business and Chinese studies from Washington University in St. Louis, both awarded in 1981.

 
Jose Celso Freire - President
Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI)
José Celso Freire Junior
  Prof. José Celso Freire Junior has a PhD in Computer Science from Joseph Fourier University, France. He is an Associate Professor at São Paulo State University, UNESP in Brazil. He is the current Associate Provost for International Affairs at UNESP and the President of FAUBAI, the Brazilian Association for International Education, and as such has participated as a panelist to several international events like Going Global, EAIE, NAFSA and AIEA.
 
Joe Garcia - President
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Joe Garcia
  Joe Garcia was appointed President of WICHE in June 2016. He served as the Lt. Governor of Colorado and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, beginning in 2011. He had previously served on the WICHE Commission for nine years, including serving as its chair in 2011. During his time as Lt. Governor and as the SHEEO for Colorado, Garcia focused on increasing equity in outcomes for all students, particularly those from low income backgrounds and communities of color. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Garcia served as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo, which was named the Outstanding Member Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities during his tenure. He also served as President of Colorado’s second largest community college, Pikes Peak Community College, where he was twice named President of the Year by the State Student Advisory Council. His previous public service positions included serving as a member of the Cabinet of Gov. Roy Romer and as a White House appointee under President Bill Clinton at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also was employed in the private practice of law for 10 years at the law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen, where he became the first Hispanic partner in the 100 year history of the firm. Garcia earned his B.S. in Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Arlene Jackson- Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

  As Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, Arlene Jackson's role is to develop and implement national programs and activities that expand and enrich the internationalization of 420+ AASCU member institutions. She has a rich background in international education and exchange with over 35 years of experience. Some of her recent projects include the development and implementation of a comprehensive partnership program that paired over 200 AASCU institutions with over 100 Chinese universities.

Pari Johnston- Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs 

Universities Canada (UnivCan)

   
  Pari Johnston is Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs at Universities Canada, leading all federal policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. She is responsible for strategic integration of Universities Canada's government relations, communications, policy and research, international relations and member service initiatives to promote higher education, research, and innovation in Canada's future, at home and abroad.
América Lizarraga - President 
Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI)
   
  America Lizarraga is a full time professor from the Faculty of International Studies and Public Policy at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS). She has performed as Coordinator of the student mobility program and Director of International Relations at UAS. She is currently General Director of the International Relations and Outreach office at the same institution and was recently appointed President of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI).
 

Raul Martinez - President
Asociación Nacional de Universidades Tecnológicas (ANUT)

Raul Martinez  

 President of the National Association of Technological Universities of Mexico and President of the Technological University of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico.

Suzanne Panferov

​Interim Vice President of

Global Initiatives

The University of Arizona 

 

   
  Recently, she served as the Director of the Centers for the Applied and Public Humanities, the Director for the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Arizona, the Director of the National Center for Interpretation, as well as Professor in the PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). Her research focuses on language program administration, professional development, teacher training, pedagogy, and literacy acquisition. She has presented in numerous countries on issues of professionalizing and empowering teachers, professional development, leadership, and teaching methodologies. 
 
Jaime Valls Esponda - Executive Secretary General
Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES)
Jaime Valls Esponda   Executive Secretary General of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education of Mexico (ANUIES). Licenciado en Economía, del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM); Maestría en Economía Política de la Universidad de Essex en Inglaterra, becado por el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). Diplomado Automatizado de Impuestos del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Diplomado en Información Tecnológica para Sistemas Fiscales por la Universidad de Harvard y el Lincoln Institute de Cambridge Massachusetts, Estados Unidos. Diplomado para Administradores de la Educación por la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos en Quito, Ecuador. Fue Rector de la Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Gestión 2010– 2014. Anteriormente ha fungido como Presidente Municipal Constitucional de Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, periodo 2008-2010, Presidente de la Asociación de Autoridades Locales de México, A.C., Secretario de Planeación y Desarrollo Sustentable en la administración estatal pasada entre otros cargos.
 
Sean Manley-Casimir - Executive Director
Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC)
Sean Manley-Casimir  

Sean Manley-Casimir is executive director of the not-for-profit Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) which now connects over 170 member institutions. CONAHEC helps higher education institutions in North America and around the world collaborate to address humanity’s most important challenges; internationalize while strengthening local roots; and provide high quality and continuously improving study, teaching and research opportunities to diverse, interconnected people. As Director for Latin American Collaborations for The University of Arizona, he is also fortunate to represent this top-tier research oriented university and make good on its commitment to engaging with high quality Latin American partner institutions. He speaks English, French and Spanish and has worked, studied and traveled extensively in Latin America.