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Staff and Leadership

New York Staff

Joseph Rienti, Director

  • BA International Political Economy and French, Fordham University
  • MA Humanities and Sciences, Fordham University
  • PhD French, City University of New York Graduate Center

Dr. Rienti is responsible for leading the office that administers undergraduate study abroad for Fordham University. He has spoken at international education conferences in the US and abroad on topics including gender imbalance, diversity, creative student financing models in study abroad programs, and the intersection of food and culture. He has taught French courses at Fordham University and City College in New York.

Dr. Rienti studied abroad at the Universite de Paris, Sorbonne for one year while pursuing his BA and has lived, worked, and traveled in France and the Francophone world ever since.


Sajana Blank, Assistant Director

  • BA Global Studies with honors (concentrations in African Studies and South Asian Studies), St. Lawrence University
  • MS Nonprofit Leadership, Fordham University

Among her other responsibilities, Ms. Blank directs the short-term study abroad programs at Fordham University.

While in college, she had the chance to study abroad for two separate semesters in both Kenya and India. Ms. Blank has had the privilege of traveling, working or living abroad in parts of North Africa, East Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. She is passionate about youth empowerment, the arts, peace and social justice. Ms. Blank has led trainings on developing intercultural and international competencies and integrating social justice programming on a university campus.


Erasmo Mendez, Assistant Director for Exchange Programs

  • BA Spanish, and International Studies University of California Irvine
  • MA International Education and Training, American University

Mr. Mendez is responsible for Fordham's portfolio of exchange partnerships.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Mendez studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year and volunteered with the non-profit Global Brigades in Honduras. After graduating, he worked for the same non-profit organization as a coordinator for the medical program based in Panama. Mr. Mendez is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in study abroad programming. He has participated and led such trainings in higher education environments.


Robin Joseph, Study Abroad Coordinator

Ms. Joseph has been with Fordham University since 2004. As the Study Abroad Coordinator she oversees the administrative and receptionist duties in the office. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call or stop by the Study Abroad Office!


Emily Putnam, Study Abroad Mentor

BA in Environmental and Urban Studies, Fordham University Rose Hill
Study Abroad Experience: Spring 2016, DIS Copenhagen

Emily is a recent graduate who was always excited to study abroad in Scandinavia and learn more about sustainability in action. She gained a lot from her experience and is so grateful to give back to Fordham through her work in the Study Abroad office. She is often the first person you will see when you come visit us, and loves the chance to help students gain a global experience and prepare them for their own study abroad experience.

Peer Mentors 2018-2019

Want to talk to a former study abroad student about his or her experience? Send an email to one of our Peer Mentors!


Notarianni, Alexis Fordham Exchange / Queensland University of Technology


Ryan, Philip E. Fordham Partner/DIS- Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Copenhagen)
Nolan, Kirsten R. Fordham Partner/DIS- Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Copenhagen) 


Kiehl, John Fordham Exchange / Sciences Po: Reims
Bandilla, Kasey Fordham Partner/Syracuse Strasbourg Center


Mingrino, Jessica T. Fordham Exchange / Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Donahue, Caroline M. Fordham Partner/Loyola John Felice Rome Center 


Nunez, Claire E. Fordham Exchange/ University of Amsterdam


Halasinski, Erinn F. Fordham Partner/SIT Study Abroad: School for International Training


DeYoung, Lena L. Fordham Partner/CIEE Universidad de Sevilla or Universidad Pedro de Olavide 

United Kingdom

Dunn, Jennifer R. Fordham in London: Gabelli School of Business
Stoller, Benjamin A.  Fordham in London: Gabelli School of Business
Flotteron, Madison P. Fordham in London: Gabelli School of Business 
Grandchamp, Gabrielle R. Fordham in London: Gabelli School of Business 
Lin, Eileen Fordham in London: Internship Program 
Burke, Ann E. Fordham in London: Liberal Arts
Klapak, Emilia B. Fordham in London: Liberal Arts
Cole, Rachel M. Fordham in London: Liberal Arts 
Liberto, Michael C. Fordham in London: Liberal Arts 
Zalis, Zachary J. Fordham in London: London Dramatic Academy 

Overseas Staff

Szabina Antal Bicknell

Assistant Head of London Centre for Academics

Nicola Blake

Facilities Manager, London Centre

Begona Calatrava

Fordham in Granada Program Assistant

Allie Dundon

Assistant for Student Affairs at Fordham London Centre

John Harrington, PhD

Academic Dean, Fordham London Centre

Matthew Holland

Assistant Head of London Centre for Student Affairs

Vanessza Kaloczy

London Centre Receptionist/Office Manager

Rafael Lamas, PhD

Director of Fordham in Granada Program

Antoinette Lombard, PhD

Academic Director Ubuntu Program, Professor at University of Pretoria

Solomon Mmotong

Ubuntu Program Resident Coordinator

Kathy Pogson

Director of London Dramatic Academy

Richard Salmi, S.J.

Head of the Fordham London Centre

Jesus Sanchez

Granada Program Assistant

Affiliated Faculty Members

Mohamed Alsiadi

Morocco Study Abroad Program Faculty

Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock

Japan Program Faculty Director

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Hugo Benavides

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Mary Bly

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

J. Alan Clark

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Clark

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Arnaldo Cruz-Malave

Cuba Program Faculty Director

Thomas De Luca

China Program Faculty Director

George Drance

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Maria Ebner

German Study Tour Faculty Director

Lewis Freeman

Communications Department Study Abroad Adviser

Jennifer Gosetti

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Susanne Hafner

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Kathryn Heleniak

Professor of Art History and Music

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

Amir Idris

Professor of African and African American Studies

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

JoAnna Isaak

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Judith Jones

Fordham in London Summer Program Faculty

Julie Kim

English Department

Former Faculty in Residence at Fordham London Centre

Mary Ann Kowaleski

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Joe Lawton

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Matthew Maguire

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Katalin Marton

Faculty Advisory Board Member

Former Fordham in London Faculty in Residence

Ronald Mendez-Clark

Fordham in Granada Summer Faculty

Fordham Director of International & Study Abroad Programs Office

David Myers

Camino de Santiago Program Faculty Director

Joseph Perricone

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Usha Sankhar

Pre-Health Service Learning Program in Colombia Faculty Director

Paul Smith

Former Pre-Health Service Learning in Colombia Faculty Director

Grace Shen

Assistant Professor of History

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member

John Seitz

Former Faculty in Residence at Fordham London Centre

Phil Sicker

Former Faculty in Residence London Centre

Elizabeth Stone

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Harold Takooshian

Fordham in London Liberal Arts Summer Faculty

Booi Themeli

Economics Department
Fordham in Pretoria, Ubuntu Program Coordinator

Jennifer Udell

Rome Athenaeum Faculty

Cynthia Vich

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature

Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Board Member