International Student and Scholar Services Staff
While everyone in the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC) is happy to support you, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Team are those members of staff that work most closely with the international community.
Meet the team:
Kristen Aquilino (she/her)
Director of International Student Services
At a young age, Kristen began exploring the globe. She continued to feed her cultural curiosity by studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, later followed by teaching abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Upon returning to the U.S., Kristen earned a Master’s in International Education Policy and was introduced to her current work through a graduate assistantship within International Student and Scholar Services.
Here at Elon, Kristen, alongside her colleagues, works to support the international community, and enjoys the learning that takes place every step of the way. She has advised courses in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic with the iMedia program, and co-taught Wilderness and Adventure Therapy courses in Peru and Tanzania. For fun, you’ll find Kristen outside on a trail, playing with her dog, on her yoga mat or trying a new baked treat!
Prior to joining the International Student Services Team, Denise worked at Elon’s Center for Access and Success for five years supporting First-Gen students. There she found her passion for mentoring students in higher education and is excited to continue her work at Elon by supporting the international community.
Denise speaks fluent Spanish and has enjoyed exploring the country of Honduras while visiting family. She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, and all things Disney!
Nick Gozik (he/him)
Dean of Global Education
Nick J. Gozik is Dean of Global Education and Assistant Professor at Elon University. Previously, he held positions in international education at Boston College, Duke University, New York University, and the University of Richmond. He has served as a visiting professor at New York University, as well as a lecturer at Boston College and Lesley University. He has held a number of leadership positions in international education, including serving as Chair of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Forum Council, the highest elected position in the organization. He currently serves as Editor of NAFSA’s Global Studies Literature Review. Gozik holds an M.A. in French Language and Civilization and Ph.D. in International Education from New York University.
Born in Australia, Gozik has lived on five continents and traveled to more than 60 countries. When not traveling, he enjoys cooking, reading, running, and swimming.
Maritza Gulin (she/her)
Former New Yorker, former almost MTV host if she could have figured out how to read a teleprompter – Maritza now calls Greensboro her home and Elon University home away from home. She traveled abroad when living in Europe on $5 a day was possible but now happily camps out in North Carolina beaches watching people swim and surf. Learning to swim is on her bucket list and maybe surfing.
Ivy Breivogel (she/her)
Graduate Apprentice for Global Education
Ivy graduated in 2021 from Warren Wilson College, earning a BA in Sociology & Anthropology. While there, she worked in their Global Engagement Office and found her love for international work and higher education student services. She also participated in a short-term study abroad course studying gender and religion in Thailand and Indonesia in 2019.
Ivy loves making music, camping, cooking, and hanging out with her cat, Callie, and mouse, Momo. She is also deeply interested in interfaith work and gets very excited about farm animals.