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Who We Are
Words from the Center Co-directors
As a student with a new career in sight, you may be offered an international experience, just a moment in time that shapes a passion for the difference you can make for others and yourself. My two years in Tunisia, right out of college, led me to a lifetime of international work and of creating opportunities for others to explore unexpected places, peoples, and projects. At CGEI, our mission is to create these international opportunities, knowing the lasting impact it will have on whatever comes next.
Dr. Suess said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." I think the reverse is also true, "the more places you go, the more that you learn." CGEI helps students to go places and learn from others, share their time, work across professions, and dream big dreams about their future role in the world. Doing the work I do for CGEI has been my dream since I traveled to the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer, a place that made me learn so much more.
Jody Olsen, Co-director
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Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW is Co-director of the University of Maryland Baltimore Center for Global Education Initiatives, Co-chair of the UMB Global Health Interprofessional Council, and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work. She teaches international social work, global social policy, issues in global women and children’s health and is strengthening international opportunities for students and faculty at the school. She has participated in four inter-professional student summer health research projects in Malawi. She is currently a member of the Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice of CSWE and on the Boards for Kalamazoo College, InterMedia, and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).
Before joining the faculty, she was Acting Director and Deputy Director of U.S. Peace Corps, 2001-2009. She began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, and returned to Peace Corp three other times before becoming Deputy Director: Country Director in Togo, Regional Director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and Agency Chief of Staff. Between her Peace Corps work, she was Senior Vice President of AED, a large international development organization, Executive Director of CIES, the organization managing the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, and Vice President at YFU, a student exchange organization. Dr. Olsen has traveled to over 90 countries for work and has given over 1,000 speeches nationally and internationally. She received both her MSW and PhD from the University of Maryland and has an honorary doctorate from Michigan Technological University.
View Dr. Olsen's faculty profile here.
Virginia Rowthorn, Co-director ▾
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Virginia Rowthorn, JD is Co-director of University of Maryland Baltimore Center for Global Education Initiatives, Co-chair of the UMB Global Health Interprofessional Council, and Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program and Director of the Health Law Externship Program at University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
She has written about global health competencies, service learning, and other health-related topics. Prior to joining UM Carey Law in 2006, she was an attorney in the Legislative Division of the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Associate at the law firm of DLA Piper. In addition, Rowthorn spent several years as a Legislative Assistant for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and two years as a health educator in the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer. Rowthorn is an Honors graduate of the UM Carey School Law and is pursuing an LLM in Global Health Law at Georgetown Law Center.
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Bonnie Bissonette, Director of the Student Center for Global Education ▾
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Bonnie Bissonette, MA is the Director of the Student Center for Global Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore since March 2012. She works to strengthen international opportunities for students at all seven schools at the university by working collaboratively with faculty and staff. Bonnie works to develop processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to student international experiences.
Before coming to UMB, Bonnie was the Associate Dean of Business and International Education at North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin for 10 years, and prior to that, was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (Management), serving for 13 years at U.S. Embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea and Qatar. Bonnie served on the Board of Directors of NAFSA-Association of International Educators (2008-2011) and is a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics. At present, Bonnie is serving as a public member of the governing body of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). She received her BA at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; her MA at George Washington University in Washington, DC; and is currently pursuing her EdD at the University of Minnesota.
Heidi Fancher, Program Manager ▾
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Heidi Fancher, MPH is Program Manager at the Center for Global Education Initiatives at the University of Maryland Baltimore. She works with faculty and their international collaborators to develop research and service opportunities for students to have a mutually impactful project experience overseas. She assists students, faculty and staff in preparing for successful and healthy international experiences by providing resources, training, and logistical support.
Before coming to CGEI, Heidi worked in research administration and grants management at University of California San Francisco and in UM School of Medicine's Division for Malaria Research. She has served as a member of the Global Health Interprofessional Council since 2012 and brings insight from her international experience working in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer and on research studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Malawi. She received her BS in Civil Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley.