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2010 - 2011 Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinators

Date: 07/26/2010 Location: Washington, DC Description: Group of 2010-2011 Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinators with Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State's Daily Press Briefing room. © State Dept Image by Michael Gross
Group of 2010-2011 Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinators with Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State,
Bureau of Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Daily Press Briefing room. State Department Photo.


Natalia Antas
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

Ms. Antas is working toward a Ph.D in economics, with a focus on financial and international economics. During the summer of 2010 she served as an intern in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs’ Office of Commercial and Business Affairs. She worked as an intern on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and on Scott Walker’s 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial campaign. She has also worked as a paralegal. At Marquette University, Ms. Antas is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, opinion editor of Marquette’s independent newspaper, and a mentor with Women and Youth Supporting Each Other. Ms. Antas grew up on Chicago’s south side and is a devout White Sox fan. She is excited about her senior year and to be planning wonderful events on campus with the State Department.

Dustin Arceneaux
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

Mr. Arceneaux is a senior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in interpersonal/organizational communication. In 2002, he attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Throughout his college career, he has clerked at several law offices and interned in New York City with the Department of State’s New York Program Branch of the International Visitor Leadership Program.  Mr. Arceneaux has worked as a pharmacy technician, macromedia programmer, resource relocation manager, legal assistant, sales associate, barista, and a waiter. He will graduate in December 2010.

Andrew Basham
University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)

Mr. Basham is a senior at the University of the Pacific, where he is majoring in international relations and global studies and political science. He was an intern and a Council of American Ambassadors’ Fellow in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs’ Office of Press and Public Diplomacy. Mr. Basham’s interest in Europe was sparked by his extensive travels there. He lived in Brussels, Belgium for two years, visited many other European countries, and recently returned from London, where he interned in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. After graduation, Mr. Basham hopes to pursue a career as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. Department of State.

Robert Bastian
Texas A & M University (College Station, TX)

Mr. Bastian is a graduate student at Texas A & M University where he is studying public service and administration. During the summer of 2010 he interned in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Christina Beasley
The George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Ms. Beasley is pursuing an honors degree in conflict and security at The George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs. She is studying creative writing as well as Italian, and holds a Davidson Fellowship in literature. Ms. Beasley is presently a Stay-In-School intern with the State Department’s  Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, working in the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Office.

Candace R. Burnham
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Ms. Burnham is a citizen diplomat-at-large based in Los Angeles. She received a master’s degree in education in 2006 and a Bachelor’s degree in music business and management in 2004. Ms. Burnham has turned her focus to public diplomacy, which builds on her passion for global engagement and strategic communication. Currently, she is the J-1 Program Fellow at USC and a research associate at the Center for Public Diplomacy. In March 2010, she participated in an exchange program with the American University of Dubai, and in the summer of 2010, she interned with the U.S. Department of State in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Julie Chang
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Ms. Chang is a junior in the Classics Department at Princeton University. She is pursuing certificates in Russian and Eurasian studies as well as European cultural studies. While at the Department of State, she was an intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ms. Chang is interested in youth education and intercultural dialogue, and hopes to join the Peace Corps after graduation.

Taylor Chapman
Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA)

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Mr. Chapman received his B.A. in English language and literature from Yale University in 2005. He spent a semester studying in Madrid and a summer in Northern Spain on a research fellowship. He taught Spanish for two years at a high-needs urban high school with Teach for America in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Chapman taught English at a Japanese high school on the island of Kyushu through the Japanese Government’s JET program and built a portfolio of over 500 photographic portraits of Japanese people from all walks of life. He enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2009, where his concentration is in International and Global Affairs. Mr. Chapman spent the summer of 2010 as an intern in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs’ Office of Japanese Affairs.

Sarah Cockrum
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Ms. Cockrum is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She is majoring in political science with a concentration in American Government. As an intern at the State Department, Ms. Cockrum worked in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has previously worked as an intern for the District of Columbia Public Schools in the Office of the Chancellor. Ms. Cockrum is originally from Kansas City.

Edward J. Collins-Chase (aka Ned)
Colgate University (Central New York, Madison County)

Mr. Collins-Chase is finishing up his last year at Colgate University, pursuing a double major in international relations and Chinese. He is interested in foreign policy, and interned at the State Department and in the private sector. Mr. Collins-Chase hopes to continue his travels abroad, in China and around the world. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching sports (especially hockey), playing guitar, kayaking, and reading.

Leslie K. Cook
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

Ms. Cook is a junior studying government and international politics at George Mason University. She is a member of the George Mason Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the George Mason University Student Government. Her interests include books, languages, photography, politics, travel, and people. During the summer of 2010, Ms. Cook served as in intern in the State Department’s Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

Meaghan Delaney
Bryant University (Smithfield, RI)

Ms. Delaney is a senior global studies major, who served as a 2010 summer intern in the Office of Brazilian and Southern Cone Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Ms. Delaney worked on the Argentina portfolio at the Department. At Bryant University, she is a member of the women's lacrosse team, a resident assistant, founder of the Bryant Chamber Ensemble, student ambassador, and member of the Liberal Arts Engagement Group.

Connor Dierman
Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

Mr. Dierman is a sophomore at the Villanova University. During the summer of 2010 he worked as a summer clerical employee in the Bureau of Resource Management.

Christina Fuerst
Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)

Ms. Fuerst is in her fourth year of a five year B.S. /M.A. program at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She is pursuing degrees in diplomacy and international relations with concentrations in international law and economic development. Ms. Fuerst is minoring in Spanish and economics. At Seton Hall she is a leader in several student organizations including Amnesty International and Venture Crew. Ms. Fuerst interned at the Department of State during the summer of 2010 in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination.

Jenna Gallagher
Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Ms. Gallagher is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology and a minor in Spanish. Ms. Gallagher served as a 2010 summer intern in the Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. She plans to pursue a career as a special agent for the Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security after graduation. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she enjoys attending theater performances, reading, watching movies, and traveling. She is looking forward to being a Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator for the State Department and the opportunity to share her intern experience and knowledge about the mission of the State Department on the ASU campus.

Josephine Ho
Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

Ms. Ho is a junior at Wellesley College, majoring in political science and theater studies. Ms. Ho served as a 2010 summer intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and describes her experience as “incredibly enlightening”. She hopes to arrange activities on the Wellesley College campus focused on women’s rights, government careers, gay rights, current events, and environmental sustainability.

Jonathan Hurt
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Mr. Hurt is a second year master’s student of Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama. Mr. Hurt currently works as a graduate assistant in the career services center and is a member of the student affairs honors society Chi Sigma Alpha. He interned with the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs during the summer of 2010. Mr. Hurt’s professional interests include study abroad, cultural and educational exchange, and training and career development. His international experiences include educational tours of England, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Prior to attending the University of Alabama, Mr. Hurt was a corporate trainer for Regions Bank. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Montevallo with a double major in communication studies and journalism.

Nicole Hutchinson
Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)

Ms. Hutchinson is currently a student at Pepperdine University’s School of Law and Public Policy, scheduled to graduate in May 2011 with a joint J.D./master's in public policy. She is involved in several organizations, including Phi Delta Phi, Women in Public Policy, the Pepperdine Law Review, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Volume III of the Pepperdine Policy Review. Ms. Hutchinson served as an intern in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, in the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership Programs. Ms. Hutchinson is originally from Calabasas, CA and is a graduate of Tulane University where she received her B.A. and studied history, political science, women’s studies, and philosophy.

Michael T. Kelleher
University of Montana (Missoula, MT)

Mr. Kelleher is a senior at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, majoring in international business and German. During the summer of 2010 he was an intern with the U.S. Department State, working in the School of Professional and Area Studies’ Management Tradecraft Training Division of the Foreign Service Institute. Mr. Kelleher enjoys traveling, camping, and fly fishing. He is very excited to bring the Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator program to Montana.

Gabriella Krohmal
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Ms. Krohmal is a senior at the University of Virginia. Ms. Krohmal’s major is foreign affairs and her minor is in art history. During the summer of 2010, she interned in the Bureau of International Information Programs’ Office of Near Eastern and South & Central Asian Affairs. She is a member of the university’s Hillel Leadership Development Program and joined two of its member organizations: UVA for Israel and the Jewish Social Justice Council.

Andrea Kunz
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Ms. Kunz is studying public policy/public administration at the University of Washington. She grew up in a culture of public service, and wanted to study policy after several volunteering experiences abroad. Ms. Kunz served as a 2010 summer intern with the U.S. Diplomacy Center, in the Bureau of Public Affairs. She has always been interested in environmental issues and is one of the leaders of the Graduate Environmental Policy Forum at the University of Washington. Ms. Kunz graduated from Whitman College in 2007.

Ryan Macauley
Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)

Mr. Macauley, a sophomore at Morehouse College, is an economics and French double major. Born in Charleston, SC, he attended Maryland’s Montgomery County public schools. An avid traveler, Mr. Macauley has spent time in Africa and Europe and looks forward to studying abroad in Morocco or Tunisia to learn Arabic. With aspirations of serving as a U.S. diplomat, he is looking to attain a master's in public policy and economic development.

Josh Mogil
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)

Mr. Mogil is a senior at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. A native of Long Island, New York, he is studying international politics and international development. Mr. Mogil has interned with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and for Congressman Gary Ackerman of New York’s 5th district. He is planning on attending law school in the fall of 2011.

Phoenix Morning-Star
Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, CO)

Mr. Morning-Star is a graduate researcher at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he is studying the adverse health effects of fine particulate matter air pollution on infants through a U.S. EPA STAR Fellowship Grant. Recently Mr. Morning-Star was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to research renewable bioenergy from 2010-2013. He previously worked for the World Health Organization on the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project and he has degrees in mathematics (BS), biostatistics (MS), environmental epidemiology (MS) and is completing his law degree in international environmental law from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a PhD in environmental renewable energy ecology at Colorado State University. Currently Mr. Morning-Star is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit the Society of Global Health Researchers in Action and is leading Colorado State University's Academy for Critical Thinking.

Afua Riverson
Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA)

Ms. Riverson is a junior attending Virginia State University, pursuing a BA in political science. Apart from being an honor student she is heavily involved on her campus participating in organizations such as Student Ambassadors, The Association of Political Science (TAPS), serving as an underclassman mentor, active volunteer, resident assistant, and member of the UCC Leadership Council. During the summer of 2010, Ms. Riverson interned in the Office of International Health and Biodefense in the  Bureau of Oceans International Environment and Scientific Affairs. This experience has helped her expand her knowledge of the vital day-to-day tasks the Department caries out and she excitedly looks forward on engaging her fellow faculty and student body in broadening the understanding of diplomacy and initiatives carried out by the Department of State.

Donna Robinson
Florida A&M University, College of Law (Orlando, FL)

Ms. Robinson is an International Human Rights Law Fellow at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s College of Law. In 2009, Ms. Robinson interned at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana. Ms. Robinson’s areas of interest are immigration law, human trafficking, and genocide prevention and awareness. Ms. Robinson served as a 2010 summer intern in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

David M. Rodriguez
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he majors in American Foreign Relations. He is currently writing a dissertation on U.S. policy toward Latin America during the early Cold War. A native of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Rodriguez has lectured at various colleges and universities around the country. He served as a 2010 summer intern in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Ariel Rubenstein
Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)

Ms. Rubinstein is a junior international relations major at Lehigh University. She interned the in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs during the summer of 2010. Ms. Rubinstein is the undergraduate student representative to the Global Lehigh Steering Committee, which is aimed at exploring ways that Lehigh can increase its international programming outside of academia. She is also the student representative to the prospective student forum on Art’s and Science’s departments.

Dilshan B. Somaweera
Chapman University (Orange, CA)

Mr. Somaweera is a graduate student at Chapman University and is in the process of completing his final year in the master of arts in international studies (MAIS) program. Mr. Somaweera is the president of the Chapman International Studies Student Association (CISSA). Before joining the MAIS program, he studied abroad in Sri Lanka, China, and South Africa while working towards completing a BA in political science. Mr. Somaweera served as a 2010 summer intern in the United Nations Political Affairs Office (UNP) within the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Mr. Somaweera found his intern experience particularly interesting and will direct his master’s thesis towards the intersection of U.S. national security interests and multilateral diplomacy through UN fora.

Kathryn Sparks
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Ms. Sparks is senior East Asian Studies and Chinese Language major at Washington University in St. Louis. She interned in the D.P.R.K. Unit of the Department of State’s Office of Korean Affairs during the summer of 2009, and in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing during the summer of 2010. Ms. Sparks served as a campus coordinator during the 2009-2010 academic year. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s in international relations, with concentrations in East Asian studies and human rights studies.

Alison Stone
Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT)

Ms. Stone is a second-year law student at Vermont Law School. She is a member of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees, the International Law Society Executive Board, and the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She is also president of the Vermont Law School Ice Hockey Team. Alison graduated from Brown University, where she majored in French and psychology. She spent the summer of 2010 interning with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).

Kaisha Sutton
Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD)

Ms. Sutton is a junior pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish. She is president/founder of the Interdenominational Ministry and director of the Gospel Choir. Ms. Sutton is also an active member in the Global Leader’s Alliance, Black Student Union, Third Century Scholars, and the Center of Student Diversity. She is a resident assistant and a student worker in the Office of the President on her campus. In her free time, Ms. Sutton enjoys dancing and writing.

Ryan Sylvester
Fordham School of Law (New York, NY)

Mr. Sylvester is a third year law student at Fordham and previously completed a master's in global affairs at New York University. He has been active in the Global Law Society, Fordham's Journal of International Law, and the International Human Rights clinic which completed a project in Sierra Leone. Ryan will be studying in Egypt this fall semester as a National Security Education Program - David L. Boren Fellow. This will be Mr. Sylvester’s third year serving as a Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator to raise awareness about the work and mission of the U.S. Department of State and its mission.

Jessica Tibbets
University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

Ms. Tibbets is a dual master’s student in global policy studies and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She interned on the Iraq Desk at the U.S. Department of State in the summer of 2010 dealing with economic assistance to Iraq. She is excited to facilitate dialogue in Texas about foreign affairs and hopes to return next summer to Main State for another internship.


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