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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.


Dr. Joseph Brockington

Associate Provost
Director, Center for International Programs
Professor of German Language and Literature

  • Program development
  • CIP policies and procedures
  • Institutional relationships

Dr. Brockington holds BA, MA, and Ph.D degrees from Michigan State University. A former Chair of the Section on U.S. Students Abroad (SECUSSA)of NAFSA:AIE, Joe has served as a member of the founding board of the Forum on Education Abroad, the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) executive committee, and serves on the national team of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Committee of NAFSA: AIEA. He has published and presented numerous papers at international, national, and regional, and consortial conferences on topics in study abroad orientation and re-entry, international programs administration; campus internationalization, and modern German literature. He organized and from 2005-2009 led the workshop on Best Practices in Legal and Risk  Management Issues in Education Abroad at the NAFSA annual conference. Joe is one of the co-editors of the third edition of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators.



Dr. Margaret Wiedenhoeft - Vita

Acting Director
Walk-in Hours: Fridays 2:00-4:30 PM

  • 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.


Heather Garcia

Heather Garcia

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

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. 

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


NaShera Sutton

Operations Assistant

NaShera has a BA from Western Michigan University and an Associate’s 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.

  • 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


Andrew Rajzer 




Andrew Rajzer

Receptionist/ Resource Room Coordinator

Andrew has a BA from Michigan State University and Associate Degrees from Southwestern Michigan College and Musicians Institute.  His professional experience stems from his work as an International Student Advisor for Musicians Institute and his volunteer work with refugees living in the United States.  A West-Michigan native, Andrew's interests include music performance, songwriting, agriculture, agronomy and oenology.  

  • Provides basic information for students, parents and other visitors to the CIP and CCPD
  • Coordinates campus visits
  • Schedules appointments for program managers and career advisors
  • Assists in the processing of study abroad applications