Who We Are

Virginia Rowthorn, Assistant Vice President
(410) 706-3098 | virginia.rowthorn@umaryland.edu

Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM (Global Health Law), is assistant vice president for global engagement at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and executive director of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). She also is a senior lecturer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School, where she directs the Global Health Innovation Certificate program.  Previously, Rowthorn was the Managing Director for the Law & Health Care Program at Maryland Carey Law for 10 years; a staff attorney at the Department of Health and Human Services; Associate at the law firm of DLA Piper; and a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Marshall Islands.  She is on the Board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). 

 In her role as AVP, Rowthorn oversees the activities of CGE, a University-wide center that serves as the hub of interprofessional global health and education activities on the UMB campus. CGE provides University-wide leadership to build and sustain global education at UMB; nurtures strategic global partnerships through the center-run President’s Global Impact Fund; creates and manages student, faculty, and staff mobility programs; promotes collaborative international research; develops curricula designed to build global competency through the GLOBALtimore Fellows Program; and delivers educational and professional services that support sustainable global programs.  Rowthorn obtained her BA in American Studies from Carleton College, JD from University of Maryland Carey School of Law, and LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown Law.

Bonnie Bissonette, Director, Education Abroad and International Safety
(410) 706-6331 | bbissonette@umaryland.edu

Bonnie Bissonette Director Center for Global Education InitiativesBonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD, has been 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, Bissonette was the associate dean of Business and International Education at North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wis., for 10 years, and, prior to that, a U.S. foreign service officer (management), serving for 13 years at U.S. embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea, and Qatar. She 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, she 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, Minn.; her MA at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her EdD at the University of Minnesota.

Monica Bradik, Global Program Specialist
(410) 706-0882 | mbradik@umaryland.edu

Monica Bradik, MBA, is the global program specialist for the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). She provides administrative and financial support for the center's directors and advises UMB students. Bradik manages CGE grant programs, creates new programs, coordinates program logistics, prepares students with pre-departure orientations, and follows up with them upon their return. Bradik has been working in higher academia for over 10 years in the Maryland area, including working at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Maryland Institute of College Art, and Towson University. She received her BS and MBA degrees at the University of Baltimore. While completing her MBA, Bradik had the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico and Germany. Her time abroad ignited her passion for working in international education, which inspired her to teach English abroad in Nepal, India, Thailand, and Colombia for more than three years. Besides teaching English abroad, Bradik has advised international students on their visas and applications and helped design short-term programs. In addition, she served on the board of Center for Music Connections, a nonprofit that organizes trips to Portugal to preserve the traditional music of fado. In her free time, Bradik is the program coordinator for Boomerang Geospatial, a nonprofit that organizes study abroad programs to South Africa and Botswana. To date, Bradik has visited 39 countries.