College of Staten Island/The City University of New York
Special Programs Coordinator, Center for Global Engagement
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 982-2100
Winnie Brophy is the Special Programs Coordinator of the
Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island
(CSI)/City University of New York. She has managed logistics
for international visitors, special projects, and global
initiatives for the Center and the College for 17 years.
She is also the club advisor for the Japanese Visual Cultural Club.
Winnie is the coordinator and founding member of the Eta Lambda chapter, established at CSI in 2011. She is proud to be steward for the only chapter within the CUNY system, the largest public urban university in the United States. In this role, she is committed to encouraging other CUNY schools to establish chapters of Phi Beta Delta.
Winnie also served as the coordinator of the College’s Pluralism and Diversity Program for seven years, developing and implementing diversity programs for the campus community. Prior to working at CSI, Winnie worked at the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University. She received her M.A. in Urban Education and B.S. in Cultural Geography from Southern Connecticut State University.
She is honor to be an International President and excited to work with our great Presidential team to advance the mission of Phi Beta Delta.
Ann Marie Legreid, Ph.D
Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443,
Dr. Legreid received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Geography from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.S. in Geography from the
University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her specialties are cultural,
urban, historical, European, and North American Geography. She taught
for more than twenty years in the Missouri university system and
currently is Professor of Geography and Dean of the College of Social
and Behavioral Sciences at Shepherd University. Her research interests
lie primarily in migration and population studies, with a focus on the Nordic countries.
She chairs the Shepherd Internationalization Advisory Council, serves on the Global Studies Advisory Council, and is the campus coordinator for Phi Beta Delta-Theta Epsilon Chapter. Her teaching responsibilities rest in both Geography and Global Studies.
Dr. Legreid was a Fulbright Scholar to Norway and the recipient of the Crown Princess Martha Award from the American Scandinavian Foundation, NYC. She also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University and the HERS Women in Higher Education Administration Program at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She enjoys traveling, reading, museums, galleries, animals, flowers, skiing, and hiking.
Christina Sanchez, Ph.D
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Associate Director of International Programs
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Dr. Christina Sanchez has worked as a full-time professional in Student
and Academic Affairs for the past 20 years. In 2011 she joined the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the role of Associate
Director for the Office of International Programs. In addition to her
deputy responsibilities for the office’s operations for inbound and
outbound activity, her work focuses on strengthening and expanding the
internationalization of campus.
Dr. Sanchez received her PhD in Intercultural Communication at the University of New Mexico. She has taught courses in communication, sociology, business, and education. Previously, Dr. Sanchez served on the advisory board for national organizations, including Lessons from Abroad: Education Abroad Returnee Resource Group, and Chairperson of the NAFSA: Association for International Educator's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community. She currently serves as the International Education Leadership Symposium Chair and member of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.
Over the past few years, her work and personal interests have enabled her to travel to more than 42 different countries. She has lived in Japan and Spain as well as several places throughout the United States. On two occasions, Dr. Sanchez received grants with the U.S. Administrators in International Education Fulbright Program in Germany (2006) and India (2014).
She is a proud member and former interim coordinator of the UNC Charlotte Mu Chapter, which celebrated its 30 year anniversary in 2017.
Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University
International Student Services
Memorial Hall 347
Dana Sistko is the Senior International Vice President and previously
the Regional VP for the Midwest Region. She is a charter member of the
Eta Epsilon Chapter at Western Illinois University which began in 2009.
Since then, she has served as Secretary, Chair of the Programming Committee,
Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and Chapter Coordinator for five years.
Dana earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Masters of Business Administration from Western Illinois University. She has worked in the Center for International Studies at Western Illinois University for the past eight years. She has served as the Assistant Director in the Office of International Student Services for five years where she advises and provides support for approximately 500 international students. Additionally, she is a graduate of the 2015 NAFSA Academy and active NAFSA member.
Guillermo de los Reyes, Ph.D
University of Houston
416 Agnes Arnold Hall
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3006
Tel: (713) 743-3716
Greetings Phi Beta Deltans! My name is Guillermo De Los Reyes, I am the
International Director of Awards. My duties are to call for nominations
for the yearly awards, put together the award review committee, and
communicate the results to the membership. In addition, I am in several
committees assigned by the President of the society. In previous years I
have also served as International President and Directror of Membership.
Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Latin American Cultures and Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He also serves as Associate Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and he is a Faculty-in-Residence since 2011. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2004, 1999) and a M.A. and B.A. from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (1997, 1994). Dr. De Los Reyes’ research interests are: Colonial Mesoamerica; gender, sexuality, and queer theory; Latin American cultural studies; secret and fraternal societies; and policy studies.
I am the author of Herencias Secretas: Masonería, política y sociedad en México (2009: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) and is currently working on a book-length project entitled: “El pecado nefando:” Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in Colonial Mexico. Prof. De Los Reyes is also a board member of the Policy Studies Organization, where he is Vice-President for publications. In addition he is a Life Member of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
I have a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla (UDLA), two Master degrees, one in American Studies from the same institution and another in Latin American Folklore Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. I have a Ph.D. in Ethnology and Latin American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Since I was an undergraduate student, I have had a great interest on international education. I had the opportunity to go abroad to Stanford University, when I was an undergraduate at UDLA. As a graduate student in Mexico, I spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, I have been an instructor at the Penn-in-Alicante (Spain) program (Summer of 2000) and I directed the Lauder Institute's Latin American Summer Program Abroad in Mexico, Chile and Argentina from 2002-2003.
I was one of the founders of the first PBD Chapter abroad, Gamma Sigma at the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico. In 1997, I was very fortunate to win the PBD International Student Award. Presently I am a member of Delta Iota Chapter at the University of Houston. I have lived in Houston since 2003 and I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading, and independent and international films.
Michael Smithee, Ed.D.
Syracuse University (Retired) / Smithee Associates
President, Smithee Associates
5104 E. Lakes Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33064
Tel: (954) 573-1280
A professional advisor and administrator in international education for over 40 years,
Mike retired from Syracuse University and moved to South Florida and where he formed a
higher education consulting service, Smithee Associates. During his tenure at Syracuse
University he established himself in administration of an international office, advising
and counseling international students and scholars on immigration and related topics,
developing and implementing cross-cultural training and programs, managing organizational
development. In addition to serving as the director of and faculty chair of the SU International
Living Center Learning Community, he developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in
intercultural communication, and intercultural environments. He is the lead author in a number
of publications, most recently on U.S Classroom Culture, and Intercultural Aspects of Academic Integrity.
He has lived in France and has visited Albania, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Taiwan; lived in more than nine U.S. states and 14 U.S. cities (all before the age of 21); and attended 12 different schools from K-12. He received his Master’s degree in International Relations in 1970 from Florida State University, and his doctorate in Higher Education in 1990 from Syracuse University. His doctoral dissertation is titled, “Factors Related to the Development and Implementation of a University-Wide Teaching Assistant Program.”
Mike has served in a number of capacities with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, most recently as Chair of the National Education and Training Committee, as Chair of Phase II (member interest group), and in 2017 he was awarded Life Membership in NAFSA. In Phi Beta Delta, he has served as a Chapter Coordinator, Regional Vice President, as President (2005-06), and since 2007, as Director of Publications, and editor of the PBD journal , International Research and Review.
Regarding Phi Beta Delta, he encourages all Phi Beta Deltans to do two things: (1) encourage other institutions to establish a chapter, and (2) to submit news and information to the Medallion, and papers for peer review to the International Research and Review.
Amy S.C. Leh, Ph.D.
Professor, Instructional Technology Program
Department of Educational Leadership and Technology
College of Education
5500 University Parkway
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Tel: +1 (909) 537-5018
Amy (Sheng Chieh) Leh (Ph.D. in Education, Arizona State University) is Professor
of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Leh has taught
more than 10 different courses in Instructional Technology, has written more than
30 articles, and has made more than 100 presentations at international/national
conventions. She was Instructional Technology program coordinator and Interim
Director of Academic Technologies and Innovation at CSUSB. She was Co-Founder and
Lead Organizer of EdTech Classroom Conference for 10 years.
For about 13 years, she held leadership roles collaborating with her colleagues on numerous grants that exceeded 5 million dollars. At CSUSB, she twice received the College of Education Outstanding Professor Award in Professional Achievements. From the International Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, she received two awards: the President's Service Recognition Award and the International Contributions Award. From the association of the Computer Using Educators, she received the Technology in Learning Leadership Award. She has served as Treasurer and President Elect of Gamma Lambda, the Phi Beta Delta chapter at its home institution, and currently serves as the chapter’s President.
Director of Global Education
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Trachanda Garcia is the Director of Global Education at Chestnut Hill College in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined Chestnut Hill College in July 2012.
From July 2012 through July 2013 Trachanda served as the Director of International
Student Services, while she began her current position as the Director of Global
Education in July 2013. Prior to joining the Chestnut Hill family, Trachanda served as
Assistant Director of International Admissions and the Assistant Director of Recruiting
at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a concentration in International Relations/Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish. Trachanda later earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Global Studies in 2012.
During her time as a student at Lock Haven University, she was inducted as a member in Phi Beta Delta honor society. Trachanda studied abroad in Spain at the University of Malaga-Ronda PIEE. Trachanda has travelled to various countries in Western Europe, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America, and Asia.
Regional Vice President, Southeast
Regional Vice President, Midwest
Administrative Assistant for the Division of International Affairs
Division of International Affairs
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy,
DeKalb, IL 60115
Sarah Lindell is the Administrative Assistant for the Division of
International Affairs at Northern Illinois University. Lindell completed
her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Women’s Studies at NIU. She
was employed by NIU for nine years in various capacities before finding
her home and passion in International Affairs. Her duties include coordinating
NIU’s Student Fulbright Program and International Education Week, tracking NIU’s
international partnerships, and managing NIU’s Travel Risk Management software.
Lindell is the Chapter Coordinator and Secretary for NIU’s Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta. After serving as the Assistant Editor for the Phi Beta Delta Medallion, Sarah is looking forward to serving Phi Beta Delta as the official Editor of the Medallion in addition to her new role as Midwest Regional Vice President.
International Students & Scholars Office (ISSS)
University of Houston
4465 University Drive, Room N203
Houston, TX 77204-3024
Phone: (713) 743-5071
Fax: (713) 743-5079
Anita Gaines is director of International Student and Scholar Services
at the University of Houston where she has served for 38 years. She has
a Master's degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor's degree in
Music Teacher Education, both from the University of Houston.
Gaines has been active in international education throughout her career on the state, regional, and national levels. She organized the Delta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta is 1998 and serves as the Chapter Coordinator. She assisted with the Local Arrangements Committee that hosted the 2014 Phi Beta Delta Conference in Houston, Texas. Anita’s chapter has received several recognitions of Outstanding Chapter from Phi Beta Delta. Anita currently serves as Phi Beta Delta’s Vice President for the Southwest Region.
Dipasri Ghosh, Ph.D
Professor of Finance
California State University, Fullerton
Office phone (direct): (657)-278-4821
Dipasri Ghosh is the Phi Beta Delta Vice President of the West Region and
Phi Beta Delta President of the Beta Chapter at California State University,
Fullerton where she is a Professor of Finance. She has been PBD President
of the Beta Chapter at Cal State Fullerton since 2013, during which her
chapter has been awarded the Eileen Evans Overall Outstanding Chapter
Award. She had also held other officer positions prior to becoming PBD
President at Cal State Fullerton and has been on the PBD Board at Cal State
Fullerton since she joined the university in 2006. In addition to her presidency,
Dipasri is glad to serve as Phi Beta Delta VP of the West Region as she represents
her region and takes an active role on the Phi Beta Delta Board of Directors.
As a Professor of Finance, Dipasri has experience teaching many classes including International Finance and leads several organizations within her university and beyond. She is thankful to have received several awards for the work that she has done in these capacities. She has written several published books and journal publications and has presented her research at many conferences including many international conferences. As part of her many hobbies, she enjoys travelling to learn and gain insight into the many perspectives that are represented globally.
She speaks several languages including Bengali and French. She has travelled extensively throughout the world and is happy to endorse Phi Beta Delta’s mission to promote scholarly achievement in international education. She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from Florida International University and her B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She was born and raised in New Jersey where she loves to go to spend time with family and friends, and she enjoys living in Los Angeles, California now with her husband and their darling daughter.
Edward S. Blankenship, Ph.D.
5 Trail Court
Water Mill, NY 11976
Tel. +1 (917) 821-7654 (Cell)
Regent & Former Executive Director
Dr. Yvonne Captain
Latin American and International Affairs
George Washington University
801 22nd Street, N.W./Phillips 513
Rueyling Chuang, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters
Professor of Communication Studies
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407