Program Leaders

The following Valencia faculty have led a short-term study abroad program or will be leading a program in the future. They have a WEALTH of information that they are always willing to share!

Business & Technology

Heith Hennel

Heith Hennel

 

Heith Hennel, professor of Information Technology, is a veteran traveler. He proposed to his wife under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, then, he spent a 100 days traveling through Southeast Asia for his honeymoon. He also lived in Greece for a year and has travelled to over 30 countries. In addition to his time at Valencia, Heith has worked in the IT industry with clients such as Google, Motorola and Visa. He enjoys running especially while traveling abroad to see a city/country from a different viewpoint. He has led Valencia trips to Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. During these programs, students examined how technology is used in business, as it is technology that can really connect us in a global environment.

Jerry Hensel

Jerry Hensel

 

Jerry Hensel, professor of Information Technology, has been highly involved in study abroad at Valencia. He has led study abroad trips to Spain and Brazil, and facilitated faculty workshops. It was very exciting for him to see how other people use technology around the world, and how technology plays a role in European and South American businesses. Many of the students that participated in these trips returned home with a new appreciation for the technology available in the United States.

Wendy Toscano

Wendy Toscano

 

Professor Wendy Toscano is the Program Chair for Valencia’s AS degree in Paralegal Studies.  She is a licensed Florida Bar attorney and practiced law in Orlando for many years before becoming an educator.  She has taught at Valencia since 2010 and believes in the power of travel.  According to Professor Toscano, it doesn’t matter where you go, once you travel abroad, your perspective is forever changed.  She has traveled to 29 countries and lived in England for a year.  She has taken Valencia students, some of which had never been on an airplane before or left the state of Florida, to Brazil and England and is looking forward to taking a group of students to Argentina in the summer of 2019.

Health

Mayra Borrero Cuevas

Dr. Mayra Borrero Cuevas

Program Leader in Training
 

Dr. Mayra Borrero is a nursing faculty member of the School of Nursing of Valencia College and is excited to be part of the Student Abroad and Global Experience program. Ms. Borrero enjoys travel and making the experience available to nursing students. Her views are that an international approach to nursing education can be learned the best when students travel to other geographical locations and learn directly from other cultures. Dr. Borrero has worked with Valencia College, since 2009, and has a Doctor Degree in Educational Leadership and Educational Technology from the University of Phoenix and a Master (MSN) and Baccalaureate (BSN) degree in Nursing from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Borrero is fluent in English and Spanish language and also enjoys playing the piano and the guitar as a hobby.

Fiona Mackay

Fiona Mackay

 

Fiona Mackay, professor of nursing, grew up in the United Kingdom and moved to the USA over 20 years ago. She has been part of Valencia since 2015. Fiona received her Associates Degree in Nursing and Midwifery from the Highlands and Islands College of Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland, UK; Bachelors in Nursing, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Nursing Leadership, and a postgraduate certificate in nurse education from Chamberlain University and is currently a student at UCF in the Doctoral program. She has a passion for travel and has traveled widely, from the Caribbean Islands to Europe, also coast to coast in the United States and Canada.

During the 2019 Spring break, she will travel to United Kingdom with the NUR2930 nursing students visiting London and Edinburgh. The students studying abroad will visit the Florence Nightingale Museum, St Bart’s Hospital Museum and meet local nurses as some of the highlights of the cultural experience the students will have during this trip.

Pam Sandy

Pam Sandy

Program Leader in Training
 

Pamela Sandy, RDH, BS, MA, is a professor of Dental Hygiene and the current Dental Hygiene Program Chair. In 2018, she took a select group of Dental Hygiene students to Belize over spring break to participate in a 20-hour international service experience. She led clinics for the local people of Belize and awarded her Dental Hygiene students additional scholarships from the Ira Vinson Henderson Chair in Nursing and Allied Health. Professor Sandy will travel to Peru in 2020 to take Dental Hygiene students to the remote regions of the Sacred Valley in order to provide dental care for locals who do have access to or cannot afford dental services.

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa Schreiber

 

Melissa Schreiber, professor of Biology, has traveled to Germany in order to compare US/German health care systems. After that trip she went to Panama to research a tropical parasite called Leishmania , and then traveled to Ethiopia to study about HIV/AIDS. During her studies at the University fo Central Florida (UCF), she had the opportunity to travel to China to present the findings of her graduate research in the development of an oral vaccine for malaria. She has been all over the world: Germany, Netherlands, Panama, Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, China, Italy, France, Costa Rica, Puerto Ricao, Spain, Beligum, Korea, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Romania, Greece, St. Maarten, and Russia.

Honors

Ed Frame

Ed Frame

 

Ed Frame, professor of Humanities, was in the Peace Corps and served in Sabah, Malaysia for two years. He returned to Malaysia on a Fulbright-Hays doctoral research grant for 9 months and was hired by a University in Penang Malaysia as a professor of Asian and Western Music. His wife is from Malaysia. They have travelled extensively during their marriage and have visited 35 countries. In addition, their children travel extensively. His oldest daughter is has taught in South Korea and his youngest daughter received a Fulbright-Hays doctoral research grant in Tanzania. His wife speaks two dialects of Chinese and he speaks Malay. His elder daughter is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and his middle daughter is fluent in German. His youngest speaks Hindi and Swahili.

He has led or been a part of multiple honors overseas trips with Valencia. These include Peru, Morocco and Spain, Vienna, and Paris. It has been an honor to him to lead the honors trips. The students are absolutely thrilled to be able to travel overseas. He considers it a real blessing that Valencia is interested in exposing students to the eye-opening experience of study abroad in both the SAGE and the honors programs.

Jane Maguire

Jane Maguire

 

Jane Maguire, Communications Professor teaching ENC0017, ENC0027, and Honors IDH2911, has been at Valencia since January 2004. Jane completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jane is the Seneff Honors Coordinator for the Undergraduate Research Track on East Campus. She enjoys traveling to conferences with the Honors students, which led her to become interested in the study abroad program. Jane has traveled as a program leader-in-training during the Spring Break IDH2955 Honors study abroad trip to the Netherlands.

IDH2955 Honors - The honors students studying abroad visited a refugee center in Madrid for service learning hours teaching basic English as one of the highlights of the cultural experiences the students had during this trip.
Adrienne Mathews

Adrienne Mathews

 

Professor Mathews teaches political science full time on Valencia's West campus with both online and face to face courses. She also teaches the Interdisciplinary Honors courses, anthropology, and sociology. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in sociology. She is a lifelong learner and always looking to expand her skillset. When she is not teaching, she enjoys talking politics or soccer, traveling, coffee, reading, and playing trivia. She has close family in Liverpool, England, so she travels there quite often and is a proud Liverpool F.C. supporter. She advises the Model United Nations club on the West campus and regularly travels with students to conferences in Atlanta and North Carolina where they practice diplomacy for students from other colleges and universities. She loves to travel and see new places and share that experience with others. She is excited to be a part of the Honors Study Abroad this year and looking forward to a new adventure!

Jamie Prusak

Jamie Prusak

 

Jamie Prusak, a professor of biology on the Winter Park campus, greatly enjoys the process of combining travel adventures with opportunities to teach about the environment. Jamie has travelled throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Europe as a student, a scientist and as a teacher. She has spent time in Puerto Rico studying leatherback sea turtles, collecting insects in Dominica and accompanying students studying tropical ecology to Trinidad and Tobago. Jamie has recently traveled with a group of honors students to visit their exchange partners at Koning Willem I College in the Netherlands. She is excited to co-lead another study abroad adventure to the Netherlands in spring 2019.

Val Woldman

Val Woldman

 

Val Woldman, professor of Humanities on the Winter Park Campus, has been teaching at Valencia since 2007. She has co-led trips to the Netherlands as part of the partnership between Valencia and Koning Willem I College in the town of s’Hertogenbosch just outside of Amsterdam. Before leading study abroad trips, she was a study abroad student herself when she traveled to the hill towns outside Florence, Italy as part of a “Sustainable Living on a Tuscan Farm” graduate course at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Born in Buffalo, NY, she has also lived in Chicago, IL and Winston-Salem, NC before moving to Florida. Recent favorite trips include Havana, Mexico City, Madrid, San Francisco, and Peru.

Humanities

JeremyBassetti

Dr. Jeremy Bassetti

 

Dr. Jeremy Bassetti, professor of Humanities at Valencia College East Campus, completed his Ph. D. at Florida State University in 2014. He performed a bulk of his primary doctoral research at the Royal Academy of History in Spain, where he lived and studied from 2010 to 2011. He has been a study abroad program leader at Valencia College since 2016 and is training to be a SAGE Program Leader Certificate facilitator.

Lisa Cole

Lisa Cole

 

Lisa Cole, professor of Humanities and Art History at Valencia College West Campus, has been involved with study abroad since 2014. She has served on the Study Abroad Committee and as a Program Leader in Training to Spain. She has traveled to Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and Spain.

Sean Lake

Dr. Sean Lake

 

Sean Lake has a PhD in Classics and studied abroad in archaeological programs in Greece and Rome. His degrees and other non-degree schooling took place at Boston University, Fordham University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In Greece, he studied as a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and in Rome at the American Academy. Since 2007, he has led seven college groups abroad to study archaeology in Greece, Rome, southern France, southern Spain, western Spain, and Portugal. His first trip with SAGE will be to Greece in 2019 with a course created with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities called Dialogues on the Experiences of War. It is designed primarily for student veterans and veteran dependents, and satisfies the requirements for HUM 2220, Greek and Roman Humanities. He has been married for five years and has two daughters. He plays guitar, gardens, and runs sprint-triathlons as hobbies.

Julie Montione

Julie Montione

 

Julie Montione is a professor of Humanities and World Religions and is an enthusiastic supporter of student travel. While at Florida State she did a sophomore semester in Florence, Italy and served in the United States Peace Corps in both China and Romania. She has also traveled to Japan, South Korea, Israel, Germany, Croatia, Turkey and Bosnia. Previously, she lead student trips to London and Paris and is looking forward to taking Valencia students abroad.

Kevin Mulholland

Kevin Mulholland

 

Kevin Mulholland, professor of Humanities, was born in England and has lived and taught in his home country, Canada and the USA. He has had a long career teaching, and has always appreciated the fact that his job has given him the time and resources to study other cultures. Kevin has traveled extensively in North Africa, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the USA. He was the co-leader for student service learning trips to the Dominican Republic and Ireland.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

 

Jennifer Taylor has a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and an MA in Classical Civilizations (ancient Greece and Rome). She has been traveling overseas since she was twelve. She earned six Humanities credits on a three and a half week study abroad program in the capitals of Western Europe back in 1988 when she was a student at Brevard Community College. Since that time, she has made it a point to travel overseas regularly, especially as she is a Humanities professor. She has been to France (6x), Germany (4x), Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy (2x), Greece (5x), Crete, England, Scotland, Japan, India (3x), Nepal, the Bahamas, and Antigua. She spent a month in India in 2011 with a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute for college professors, and she went on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India in 2015, tracing the most important sites associated with the life of the Buddha. Dr. Taylor is headed back to the UK this summer and will revisit sites in England and Scotland, hoping to see Hadrian’s Wall, as well as visiting Dublin, Ireland. She has worked at Valencia since 1996.

Mathematics

Roberta Carew

Dr. Roberta Carew

 

Roberta Carew teaches Mathematics and Statistics at Valencia’s West Campus. She has been a professor at Valencia since 2005. Professor Carew holds a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics from Florida A&M University. She completed her Masters of Arts in Math Education with Graduate Certificates in Community College Education and SAS Data Mining at the University of Central Florida. She has pursued her doctoral studies at UCF as well. Appreciative of her own multi-cultural heritage she loves to travel and experience different cultures – food, people, sights and sounds! Professor Carew has been to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England and Scotland.

She served as a Program Leader in Training on a short-term study abroad for MGF 1106 College Mathematics to the UK in the summer of 2018. In the summer of 2019, she will lead a study abroad service learning trip to the mainland and islands of Greece.

Charlotte Mortimer

Charlotte Mortimer

 

Charlotte Mortimer is a professor of Mathematics at Valencia College West Campus. She has been at Valencia since 2012. Charlotte completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Tampa in Mathematics and Secondary Education in Mathematics and Masters of Arts at UCF in Educational Leadership – Community College. She's had a passion for travel and anything international her whole life. She studied abroad as an undergraduate in Australia. She has traveled to Australia, Italy, France, England, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, and Jamaica so far. Her MGF 1106 classes are internationalized and quality for Valencia's Global Distinction program.

Political Science

Dr. Scott Creamer

Dr. Scott Creamer

 

Dr. Scott Creamer is a professor of political science at Valencia College on the Osceola campus teaching courses in U.S. government and international politics. He completed his Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in political science at the University of Connecticut, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a professor of political science for over 10 years, teaching at The University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. He has been at Valencia College since 2011.

Dr. Creamer has been a study abroad program leader for the International Politics in France and Belgium program several times since 2012, visiting the cities of Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels.

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Heather Ramsier

 

Heather Ramsier, professor of Student Life Skills and Political Science, has a firm background in education. Her career prior to joining Valencia College focused on teaching social science courses in the secondary classroom. In 2011, she began instructing face-to-face and online political science and student success classes at the Osceola Campus and teaching unique populations at the Adult Learning Center of Osceola and Liberty High School. Her experience in classroom instruction was enhanced in 2013 when she participated in a college preparatory program for students in Osceola County public high schools and middle schools. Heather is a seasoned classroom instructor that is also trained in academic advising.

Heather enjoys traveling and has visited Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Spain, France, Italy, and Iceland. Her interest in learning about the cultures of others is rooted in her lifelong passion for the social sciences. Heather studied at the University of Central Florida, earning both her bachelor's degree and master's degree in Social Science Education. Heather was the interim program leader of the study abroad trip for International Politics in France and Belgium, visiting the cities of Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels.

Jonathan Lair

Jonathan Lair

Jonathan Lair is a professor of political science at Valencia College on the Lake Nona Campus, teaching courses in International Politics and U.S. Government. Professor Lair serves on the Study Abroad and Global Experiences committee and has a deep interest in international affairs. He has presented papers at meetings of the International Studies Association and been invited to speak at forums on global affairs. He has visited France, Switzerland, UK, Canada, Bahrain, Germany and Mexico. Professor Lair was a program leader in training on a study abroad trip in 2018, visiting the cities of Paris, Strasbourg, and Geneva. He has also helped lead groups of students to the State Department in Washington D.C. to learn more about global affairs and diplomacy.

Science

Steve Myers

Steve Myers

 

Steve Myers, professor of biology on the East Campus, has found, after 28 years of teaching at Valencia, that some of his most rewarding experiences have been traveling abroad with students. He first began taking students on self-designed field courses 20 years ago. Later, these field courses turned into full-scale study abroad programs and has now led multiple trips to India and Guyana to study and learn together. During his programs, students learn basic science skills in field work methodology, including field observations, note taking, data collection, and taxonomic identification of important species. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to meet and work with some of the world's finest biologists, conservationists and herpetologists.

Daeri Tenery

Daeri Tenery

 

Daeri Tenery, Professor of Chemistry, is originally from Seoul, Korea. She has traveled to Canada, Germany, France, and Belgium. 2020 will be her first time leading a study abroad program.

Marie Trone

Marie Trone

 

Marie Trone is a Professor of Biology. Marie participated as a student in a tropical marine biology course that took her class to Belize during her sophomore year in college, and her life has never been the same since! Marie spent 13 years working as a dolphin trainer, three of which were spent living in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. As a result of this employment she drove her Ford Escort to the Yucatan Peninsula from the United States twice. In addition, she has established the Amazon Dolphin Acoustics Lab in the Peruvian Amazon and consequently has spent the past 4 summers investigating river dolphin acoustics and behavior. Her work in the Amazon has led to collaborations with the University of Toulon in France and the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana (IIAP). Marie conducted her Master's thesis work investigating fish biodiversity in Tobago in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute. She has also traveled to other international destinations in Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, the Caribbean and Japan for science conferences or visiting friends.

Service Learning

Marsha Butler

Dr. Marsha Butler

 

Faculty, New Student Experience on the West Campus, began teaching for Valencia in 2012 as adjunct. Her passion for travel started later in life but since receiving her passport she has been to 4 continents, 12 countries and counting. During her travels she realized the importance of sharing her passion with other, in particular students. Serving as a Service Learning Mentor she combined her love of travel and service learning to provide internationals service learning opportunities for Valencia College students. Her first experience on a study abroad trip was to Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France. From this experience she led her first International Service Learning trip to Peru, where students engaged in service in the community of Cusco, Peru. Her short term trips have positively impacted her students many leaving the experience with new found passions including continuing service locally.

Marsha holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Training and Development, Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership. Dr, Butler serves students in many capacities at Valencia, including serving as a service learning mentor, study abroad program leader, just to name a few.

Christy Cheney

Christy Cheney

 

Christy Cheney, professor of Student Life Skills, began teaching at Valencia in 1997 and, in her first term, she served in a Learning Community course (LinC). With the help of various grants, including Achieving the Dreamand the Developmental Education Initiative, her involvement with LinC became a part of her workload every term. Since 2010, Christy has been a part of theREACH (Reaching Every Academic Challenge Head on) program, a learning community on Osceola Campus, which consists of a small group of students who take their first year of college courses together with the same instructors. Working with students in a learning community setting gives students and faculty the opportunity to work more closely together through the development of cross-disciplinary lessons and activities. The integration between student's courses helps them to directly apply key concepts and outcomes, and build connections between students, faculty, and counselors.

Her passion for travel, meeting new people and learning more about the powerful impact the immersion of cultural experiences can have on all people motivated her to complete the Study Abroad Leader Certification, and become involved with Valencia's Study Abroad Program. In March 2015, Christy was a Co-Leader in the Study Abroad to Italy and Greece, and led an International Service Learning course to Italy in May 2016. Christy recently was awarded an Endowed Chair to provide study abroad scholarship opportunities for REACH students!She continues to develop and create opportunities for students to gain exposure and awareness of the world. With the partnership of University of Central Florida (UCF), Christy plans to co-facilitate Global Distinction co-curricular programs for students to enhance their knowledge of global citizenship.

Christy has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and a master's degree in Higher Education, both from the University of Central Florida.

Liz Earle

Liz Earle

 

Liz Earle is a Communications Professor on the Osceola Campus and has been with Valencia College since 2000. Always interested in the study of people and cultures, as an undergraduate Liz participated in an Anthropology Study Abroad program in San Salvador, an out island in the Bahamas. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, and in South Africa and Peru, and lived in England for three years. In 2017, Liz traveled to Italy with the Greek/Roman Humanities Study Abroad in Italy trip as a Program-Leader-in-Training. She co-led Study Abroad to Italy/Sicily in the summer of 2018, and was excited to incorporate a home stay and service learning experience in Sicily.

Sustainability

Resham Shirsat, LEED AP

Resham Shirsat, LEED AP

 

Resham is the Director of Education for Sustainability at Valencia College in Orlando. Her 10+ years of professional experience has focused on the design, implementation, and performance tracking of Sustainability Management Systems for the public and private sector both locally and internationally. This includes technical resource use/footprint assessments, stakeholder engagement activities, and the authoring of long-term sustainability action plans. Her work in higher education includes educating students, employees, and the community on sustainable living and working practices, integrating sustainability across the curriculum, and partnering with government and community organizations to advance local sustainability efforts.

Resham has a passion for initiatives that support economic revitalization through localization and social entrepreneurship, social equity, and wildlife protection.

Resham holds a B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Anthropology, and an M.S. in Environmental Management. She is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), Florida Water Star Accredited Professional, a certified Permaculture Designer, and a certified Sivananda yoga instructor.