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Meet Our Team

We are a team of experienced professionals with expertise in fields across the international education spectrum.

Our staff is available to assist and guide UT students, their family members and supporters, faculty and advisors, and returnees and alumni, as well as our colleagues from across the globe in developing programs and services that maximize a student’s learning experience abroad.

If you are a student seeking advising for a program, we encourage you to meet with a Programs Abroad Coordinator in zoom drop-in advising from 3-5pm Monday-Thursday. Visit the Start Here page to access the zoom link information. 

Name & Title

Advising Areas

Contact Info

Dr. Gretchen Neisler

Interim Director

 

 

gneisler@utk.edu
Saenz, Michael
Michael Saenz

Interim Assistant Director

  • College of Architecture & Design
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Haslam College of Business
  • Herbert College of Agriculture
  • Tickle College of Engineering
  • College of Social Work
msaenz@utk.edu
Goeritz, Gisela
Gisela Goeritz

Administrative Coordinator

  • Accounts payable
  • Faculty travel
 ggoeritz@utk.edu
Grigsby, Heather
Heather Grigsby

Senior Coordinator

hgrigsby@utk.edu 
Jenkins, Susie  

Susie Jenkins

Administrative Specialist

  • Student Records Management

 

cjenki10@utk.edu
Ronald Medrano Williams

Advisor

  • Special Projects
  • Student Advising
rmedran1@utk.edu 

Name & Position

Bio

Education Abroad

Contact Info

Paul Macharia

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Dallas, GA (originally from Kenya)
  • Language & World Business major with a Hispanic Studies concentration
Studied abroad summer 2019 in Valparaiso, Chile with UTK Service-Learning in Chile program (UT Faculty-directed) pmachari@vols.utk.edu
Emily Allegra

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Nashville, TN
  • Global Studies and Sustainability
Studied abroad in spring 2020 in Monteverde, Costa Rica and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the UT Open Campus Semester program (UT Affiliate) eallegra@vols.utk.edu
Katie Burnside

Peer Advisor

  • Junior from Franklin, TN
  • Supply Chain Management & Marketing
Studied abroad in summer 2021 in Costa Rica on the UTK International Business in Costa Rica program (UT faculty-directed) kburnsid@vols.utk.edu
Kiara Finch

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Memphis, TN
  • Business Analytics with a minor in Hispanic Studies
Studied abroad in spring 2021 in Madrid, Spain on the UT in Madrid program (UT Affiliate) kfinch9@vols.utk.edu
Payton Krumholz

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Marco Island, FL
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
Studied abroad in spring 2020 in London, United Kingdom on the ISA: Liberal Arts, Business, and Media Studies program (UT Affiliate) pkrumhol@vols.utk.edu
Emma Lampson

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Johnson City, TN
  • Finance
Studied abroad in spring 2020 in London, United Kingdom on the Greg and Lisa Smith Global Leadership Internship Semester program (UT faculty-directed) elampson@vols.utk.edu
Brandt Schimmelpfennig

Peer Advisor

  • Senior from Suwanee, GA
  • Supply Chain Management
Studied abroad in summer 2021 in Costa Rica on the UTK International Business in Costa Rica program (UT faculty-directed) bschimme@vols.utk.edu

Name & Position

Bio

Education Abroad

Emily Allegra
Diversity Peer Mentor
  • Junior
  • Global Studies and Sustainability major
CIEE Open Campus Program (Monteverde, Costa Rica, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) , Spring 2020
Alyssa Grissom
Diversity Peer Mentor
  • Junior
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management major
Global Leadership Scholars program in London, Spring 2020
Kayleigh Johnson
Student Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Junior
  • Public Relations and Italian major
UTK in Bologna, 2019
Payton Krumholz
Diversity Peer Mentor
  • Junior
  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management major
ISA University of Westminster, London, Spring 2020
Joshua Mai
Diversity Peer Mentor
  • Senior
  • Industrial Engineering major
 UT Supply Chain Engineering in Hangzhou, China, Summer 2019 and FSU London, Spring 2020
Rebeca Nieves
Diversity Peer Mentor
  • Senior
  • Psychology major with Public Health minor
Pop Culture in Japan, Summer 2019