Jessica Francis is the Director of Global Abroad in the Center for Global Programs and Studies, where she has worked for over ten years. As an undergraduate, Jessica studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, Monterrey, Mexico, and Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to supporting all WFU students in their study away experience, Jessica has focused on WFU semester programs, and supporting underrepresented students within the field of Education Abroad.
Porshe Chiles is Associate Director of Global Research and Assessment in the Center for Global Programs and Studies. Her work is aimed at fostering meaningful intra-cultural and intercultural relationships & understanding from a global context. Her experiences include: English Language Teacher, co-creator and co-facilitator for the Introduction to Study Abroad course at the University of North Texas, where she also served as the Study Abroad Exchange Coordinator.
Michael Tyson is the Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short-Term Programs. He has been with Wake Forest for 10 years, helping faculty develop and deliver abroad programs and advising students in all things study abroad. Some of Mike’s international experiences include living with a host family in Germany as a junior in high school, studying in London for a semester, and teaching English to college students in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has traveled to over 30 countries. He is passionate about helping students develop the tools to engage meaningfully with the local environment while traveling abroad.
Anna Marter is Senior Study Abroad Advisor at the Center for Global Programs and Studies working with students on affiliate programs. She holds a Masters Degree in International Education. She was born in Ukraine and her abroad experiences include study abroad in Ireland and volunteering on organic farms in Australia and New Zealand. Her goals for cross cultural engagement include understanding how culture shapes one’s values and fostering the cross cultural communication skills that are necessary in a globalized world.