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!
Kristen is available for drop-in hours every Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m., in the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (third floor Global Commons) or on Zoom at elon.zoom.us/my/kaquilino.
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.
Mikayla Jones (she/her)
Global Engagement Advisor
“The moment my feet touched foreign soil, my world broadens. I instantly felt a tingling sensation traveled from my feet to my head. I felt dizzy from the rush. My first time on a plane, my first time away from home, all these factors hit me like a brick. Studying abroad was an easy decision. A decision that changed my life forever.”
Mikayla is from Raleigh, NC, and graduated from Guilford College in May 2019 with a B.A. in International Studies and Art. At Guilford, she studied at Brunnenburg, Italy in the spring of 2017 and in South Korea summer of 2018. Before coming to Elon, she worked at the study abroad office at Guilford College where she facilitated events for international students and advised students.
Maria Papapietro (she/her)
Assistant Director of Global Engagement
After studying abroad in Perugia, Italy as an undergraduate, Maria completed her Master’s in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute while holding a position in student affairs. She returned to Italy in 2014 as an advisor and Special Programs Co-Manager at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, working with international students studying abroad.
Here at Elon, Maria works with both inbound and outbound students. In her spare time she enjoys reading, being outside, and frequent trips to the beach!
Shanna Van Beek (she/her)
Communications Manager of Global Education
Shanna grew up in Charlotte, N.C. and has been at Elon in some form or fashion since 2008. Her role, broadly, is to tell the story of global education at Elon.
Prior to Elon, Shanna taught English at the University of Bahrain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, 2012-13. She graduated from Elon with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and in English in 2012, where she studied abroad at the American University in Cairo in fall of 2010. She also earned a Master of Science in Management in Corporate Communications from Elon in May 2018.
Shanna loves running, live music, reading, gardening, and exploring new places with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Jilly. She also loves to learn about cultures through food!
Kevin Winpisinger (he/him)
Business and Data Manager
Prior to joining Elon, Kevin worked for 32 years at IBM supporting the Finance function. His responsibilities included managing credit analysis, credit portfolio risk, pricing methodology and M&A operations. He also spent three years as the CFO for the Commercial Financing unit.
Many of Kevin’s jobs intersected with systems development and deployment. During his tenure at IBM, Kevin deployed a worldwide credit system and an AI-supported Merger and Acquisition system that aided in identifying and evaluating companies to meet corporate M&A objectives.
Kevin has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BS in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Kevin is an avid gardener and has strong feelings about sweet potatoes, radishes, and fruit trees. Kevin does not like the Oxford comma and is wrong about that.