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Center for International Programs Staff

On-campus staff members are available for individual advising appointments.

Please call our office at 269.337.7133 to make an appointment or email us at We are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST. We are on the first floor of Dewing Hall, which is located near the top of the hill on Academy Street, right across from the Upjohn Library. 

In case of an emergency outside of regular business hours and on weekends and during holidays, please contact Kalamazoo College Security at 269.337.7321.

To understand better all that we do, please read our CIP Areas of Responsibility and CIP Mission and Goals.

Staff - Margaret Wiedenhoeft 

Dr. Margaret Wiedenhoeft - Vita

Executive Director
By Appointment Only

  • Kalamazoo-sponsored programs in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, and Thailand
  • Faculty led study abroad programs
  • CIP policies and procedures
  • Study abroad grade reports

Dr. Wiedenhoeft holds a BA in International Studies from Emory University, an MBA in International Business from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D from Western Michigan University. Margaret has been at K for more than 10 years and at one time or another has performed just about every job there is to do in the study abroad office. Currently she manages the Kalamazoo study abroad programs in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, and Thailand and also works with faculty interested in developing short-term courses abroad. Margaret's interest and passion for international education began with her experience living, working and studying in Berlin, Germany for four years. Professional interests include promoting non-traditional study abroad sites, short-term study abroad programming, international service learning projects, and conducting research about the impact and  experience of study abroad on U.S. college students.



Narda McClendon

Assistant Director
Walk-in Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-4:30 PM

  • Non-Kalamazoo study abroad programs
  • Kalamazoo-sponsored programs in Botswana, Kenya, and Senegal
  • Primary responsibility for organizing orientation, ICRP, and reintegration programs

Narda is a native Kalamazooan, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Liberia). She interned this past  summer with the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. Narda is intrigued by cultural identity and development, as well as cultural education. Her responsibilities at K include: K programs in Africa, Non-K programs, Reintegration, the Peer Advisor program, and coordinating pre-departure orientations. Narda has a BA in American Studies from Western Michigan University, with minors in African Studies and Sociology.


Staff Photo -- Alayna Pelfresne

Alayna Lewis

Advisor for International Students & Study Abroad in the Americas
Walk-in Hours: Thursdays 2-4:30pm
  • International student orientation and activities
  • F-1 and J-1 Visa regulations
  • Study abroad programs in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
  • Beeler/Senior Projects Abroad fellowships (SPA)

Alayna holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science as well as an undergraduate certificate in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Michigan State University and an MPA in International Development Studies from Cornell University.   Her passion for study abroad came from a trip to Spain while she was in high school and her own undergraduate experience studying abroad in Mexico.  Alayna enjoys learning about different cultures and looks forward to working with all of the international students at K.


Staff - Heather Garcia

Heather Garcia

Operations Manager
Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:30 PM

  • Application and form processing
  • Coordinates air, visas, medical insurance, and program enrollment
  • Financial matters
  • Domestic study away program manager

Heather has been at K for five years.  As Operations Manager for the CIP, her responsibilities include the financials for the department and international programs, domestic study abroad processing, student application and forms processing, student international health insurance, student travel, and student visa processing.  Heather has a BBA from Davenport University in Accounting/Internal Auditing. 

Staff - NaShera Sutton

NaShera Sutton

Operations Assistant

  • Maintains CIP website
  • Maintains Hornet Passport online application system
  • Designs print and electronic materials, presentations and online orientations
  • Operations and program support of orientation, reintegration, and ICRP programs

NaShera has a BA from Western Michigan University and an Associate‚Äôs Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She brings an array of great organizational skills to K. Born in Detroit, NaShera enjoys cooking a variety of  dishes, traveling, and she has a passion for the sport of  fencing. She is interested in learning new languages.


Staff-Richard Sylvester

Richard Sylvester

Resource Room Coordinator
  • Manages the resource room and reception area in the CIP.
  • Hires, trains and manages the student workers employed by the CIP.
  • Works collaboratively with and supports the CIP staff in both front facing and behind the scenes day-to-day operations.

Richard started at K in January of 2016. A Michigan native, Richard has BS in Political Science and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling both from Andrews University. Richard has studied abroad in Australia, Fiji, China and Tibet. He is an avid sports fan, a voracious reader and also enjoys writing, cooking and traveling. 


Bridget OToole

Bridget O'Toole

Assistant to Acting Director 
Walk-in Hours: Fridays 2:00-4:30 PM
  • Assist the Acting Director in managing the Kalamazoo programs for study abroad.
  • Provide advising and assistance for students interested in study abroad.
  • Work closely with the CIP staff to organize informational, cultural and educational discussions of interest to new students.
  • Work collaboratively with the CIP Peer Advisors, CCPD Career Assistants, CCPD staff and other College departments.

Bridget is a Kalamazoo native with a BA in Anthropology & Sociology from Kalamazoo College. Her interest in study abroad began after a trip to France in high school and during her time at K, she studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal. She also enjoys gardening, singing, and going for walks around Kalamazoo.