Board of Directors


PRESIDENT OF THE CONAHEC BOARD

Fernando León - President

CETYS Universty

 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

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

University of Texas at El Paso  

 

 

Graduated from UTEP with a degree in Business Administration and has Masters in Applied Public Policy from the Foundación Internacional y para Iberoamerica de Administración y Politicas Publicas in Madrid, Spain. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the President of UTEP on Mexico and Latin America, previously he worked as the Executive Director of International Programs and Special Assistant to the President on External Affairs. He worked at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003 where he held different positions.  His last post was at the Mexican Mission to the Organization of American States, where he oversaw Economic and Cooperation Affairs.  He served as Director General of the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project (2009 – 2012), he was Deputy Director General of Social, Human and Sustainable Development of the Mesoamerica Project (2007-09), Director for Border Affairs (2005-07) and Advisor to the Undersecretary for North America (2003-05). He interned and worked at the Institute of Governance, Regulation and Finance of the World Bank.

 


 

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.

 


 

Dr.Leonardo Germán Gandarilla - President & Rector

Asociación Nacional de Universidades Politécnicas (ANUP) & Universidad Politécnica del Mar y la Sierra (UPMYS)

 

Leonardo German Gandarilla  

Biochemical Engineer from Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from ESCA, Escuela Superior de Contabilidad y Administración del Instituto Politécnico Nacional,Doctorate in Humanistic Education from Instituto Humanista de Sinaloa and another Doctorate in Compared National Education by the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, he worked in the private sector as Product Supervisor and Quality Control in important Mexican companies such as Grupo VIZ, SUKARNE and Productos Bachoco.
He joined in 1995 as a professor at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, an institution in which he held first level positions as Head of the Academic Legal Department, Director of Scholarships, Representative of Universidad en la Ciudad de México UAS, Director of Social Communication, Director of the System of Academic Towers and Administrative Secretary of the Doctorate in Biotechnology.
He has also served as Rector of Universidad Politécnica de Sinaloa (2011-2015), Assistant Secretary of Higher and Higher Secondary Education of the State of Sinaloa (2016-2017) and currently also as General Director of the Center for Innovation and Technological Development Markoptic, CIMAC ,.
During his career he has always stood out for his leadership in the management of work teams and the achievement of goals and objectives, with a great interest in the processes of Internationalization of higher education in Mexico and in the increase of its quality with equity and inclusion. Recently nominated for the presentation of the honorary title and the award "The Name in Science and Education Award" by the Academic Union of Oxford, United Kingdom.

 


 

Kari Knutson-Miller - Special Assistant to the President

California State University, Fullerton

 

 

Dr. Kari Knutson Miller (Ph.D., Arizona State University) has served in multiple leadership roles at Cal State Fullerton including Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of University Extension, Associate Vice President of International Programs & Global Engagement, and Chair of and Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies. Across administrative and faculty roles, she has led and worked with colleagues to action the institution’s commitment to transformational learning experiences and global connectedness. She serves as a trainer for the AASCU/NAFSA New Senior International Officers Leadership for Internationalization workshop and board member for the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC). As Senior International Officer, she led work and collaborations resulting in a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant award, an Institute of International Education Seal of Excellence, and the AASCU Excellence and Innovation in International Education award. Dr. Knutson Miller has reported processes and outcomes associated with mobility efforts in Diversity Abroad and NAFSA publications, scholarly journals, and conference presentations.

 


 

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.

 


 

Roberto Pozos Cuéllar - Coordinator of the International Education Center

Universidad de la Salle

 

Mtro. Roberto Pozos Cuéllar  

Roberto Pozos bio

 


 

Shana Rablah - School Chair, Selkirk International

Selkirk College

 

Shana Rablah  

Shana Rablah has been working in the International Education and English Language Instruction field for the past 25 years as an instructor and administrator.  In the past 21 years at Selkirk College, she has worked alongside the international team to facilitate, support and oversea the significant increase of international programs and students at the college.  In addition, she is a big advocate for study abroad and international opportunities for all Selkirk students and is working to build and expand opportunities for all students and institutional collaborations.

 


 

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:

 

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. 

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

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).

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Demarée Michelau - President

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

 

Demaree Michelau  

A 16-year veteran of WICHE, Michelau brings outstanding higher education and leadership acumen to this role. In her current role as vice president of policy analysis and research at WICHE, she has led the thought-leadership and production of numerous higher education initiatives on behalf of state and institutional partners throughout the Western United States. She also has overseen and authored numerous research reports and data analyses—on topics ranging from equity and attainment, to articulation and transfer, to adult learning and workforce development—that provide context and analysis for diverse higher education stakeholders.
She also has managed a Legislative Advisory Committee composed of WICHE-region state legislators and commission representatives, and the commission’s Policy Analysis and Research committee. She has testified before state legislatures to inform policymaking related to varied facets of higher education, efforts also informed by prior roles with the National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado Ski Country USA, and in the office of former Colorado Rep. David Skaggs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Brent White - Vice Provost, Global Affairs

University of Arizona (UofA)

 

Brent White  

Brent White is Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dean of Global Campuses and International Education, and a Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. He was recently charged with guiding the comprehensive international vision of the University by combining the offices of International Education and Global Initiatives into one unit called UA Global.
In his newly assumed role, Brent continues to lead the UA’s Global Micro-Campus Network and other efforts to develop and implement new models of transnational education. He also oversees study abroad programs, international student admissions, and support for international students and faculty members.
He previously served as Vice Provost for International Education, as well as Associate Dean for Programs and Global Initiatives at the James E. Rogers College of Law. Brent led the establishment of the Advanced JD program for International Lawyers and the development of the nation’s first Bachelor of Arts in Law, a program that now how has more than 900 students combined in the US and China. Additionally, Brent led the development of the UA Micro-Campus at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, which has become the model for the larger university micro-campus initiative.
Brent is a scholar of law and development and property law. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and 60 Minutes.