2022 AIEA Advanced SIO Leadership Academy 

September 27-29, 2022
Cary, NC, USA

Facilitators and Participant Biographies


Darla Deardorff is AIEA Executive Director and affiliated faculty at Duke and numerous institutions worldwide.  Author/editor of seven books and over 50 articles and book chapters, she is regularly invited to speak and consult around the world including the UN and OECD.  Her doctorate is from NC State University.

Jewell Green Winn serves Tennessee State University as Senior International Officer, Exec Dir for Int'l Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Tennessee Diversity Consortium and Alignment Nashville. Winn is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, the Maxine Smith Fellows Program, the Middle Tennessee Leadership Development Program, the Millennium Leadership Institute, the American Council on Education's Spectrum Executive Leadership Program and the Senior International Officer's Institute. Winn is currently the President of AIEA. 

Until her 2020 retirement, Penelope "Nell" Pynes was the Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, leading internationalization efforts, directing the University's Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan and promoting student/faculty exchange. She has served as President of AIEA and as Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and is currently a Senior Associate for Internationalization for the American Council on Education (ACE). She was the 2020 recipient of Diversity Abroad’s Trailblazer Award. A regular presenter on comprehensive internationalization and co-designer of several SIO training programs, she has a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Gonzalo Bruce
Gonzalo Bruce serves as Assistant Provost for Global Engagement at Boise State University. As the Senior International Officer, he provides leadership in areas that support strategic internationalization, including Global Learning, International Recruitment and Admission, the Intensive English Program, International Student and Scholars Services, and the Peace Corps Prep Program. Bruce has more than 18 years of experience in international education. In his current position, he is directly involved in developing new international programs and partnerships and managing externally funded projects, which involve global partners. He received the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University and the Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Bruce is active in several professional associations, including NAFSA, AIEA and EAIE.


 Patricia Cespedes Sanchez

Patricia Cespedes Sanchez is a senior executive with a flourishing trajectory that spans two decades of leadership and management of the Internationalization and the Global Education in Peruvian and international institutions. Responsible for advancing international strategy, building and deepening international partnership, advocating for internationalization to domestic and international audiences, and addressing administrative and academic initiatives that strengthen the higher education institutions’ global engagement and impact. Currently, Céspedes Sanchez is the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Likewise, she serves as Vice Chair of the board of América Solidaria Peru, since 2012.  Céspedes Sanchez holds an MBA from Tulane University, an MA in Global Business Management from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, and a BA from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Shannon N. Davis Shannon N. Davis is Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at George Mason University Korea. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from North Carolina State University.  She spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center before joining the faculty at GMU in 2006.  A family sociologist, her research examines how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives. Other recent research has examined the processes through which inequality is reproduced or undermined in higher education with an eye toward understanding the role that undergraduate research can play in changing the future of the professoriate.
 Imara Dawson Imara Dawson is the Managing Director and Chief Administrator of the International Institute (II) at the University of Michigan. The II houses 17 centers and programs focused on specific world regions and global themes. The International Institute also houses four undergraduate majors, five minors, and a Masters in International and Regional Studies. Dawson manages the daily operations of the International Institute. Before working at the University of Michigan, he served as Executive Director and Senior International Officer at the Rinker Center for International Programs at Ball State University (2013-2017). Dawson holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and a Master's degree in Public Administration, both from Indiana University-Bloomington. In addition, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hampton University.
 Wesley Milner Wesley Milner is currently Director of Global Affairs and Professor of International Studies at Western Carolina University. Previously, he served as Igleheart Endowed Chair of Political Science and Executive Director of International Programs at the University of Evansville in Indiana. During his tenure, the university was named a recipient of both the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization and the IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education. Milner has served as a visiting professor in the United Kingdom and Japan as well as with Semester at Sea. His research has focused primarily on globalization and human rights and more recently on displaced and refugee students.
 Annie Phillips Munson Annie Phillips Munson is the Executive Director for International Affairs at Texas Woman’s University. She oversees the Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services departments and is responsible for campus-wide leadership in the development and implementation of strategic planning and programming related to international education. Phillips is a member of AIEA’s 2018 New SIO Leadership Academy cohort and is a 2020-2021 AIEA Presidential Fellow. She has taught in the areas of Radio/TV News, Communication Studies, and Higher Education Leadership. Phillips holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education as well as a Master's in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's in Radio/TV Communication from Angelo State University.
 Charles Reilly Charles Reilly is Senior International Officer at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs. He oversees international student & scholar services, education abroad, internationalization efforts, facilitating global relations and collaborations, and international enrollment strategy. Earlier, Reilly did program design, implementation, and evaluation in international development projects primarily with deaf people in Southeast Asia, and was a Fulbright Scholar for doctoral research in Thailand. For 15 years, Reilly was a research scientist in early childhood learning. Reilly holds the Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.