Office of Global Strategy
Vice Provost of International Affairs
David Fleshler has been Vice Provost for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University since May, 2009. In that role he serves as the director of the Office of Global Strategy; the office provides university-level vision and leadership for international activities across campus. Fleshler works in partnership with faculty, staff and students to enhance the university's international focus. He also works to identify and pursue strategic partnerships with local, state, national and international organizations.
David Fleshler received his AB from the University of Michigan and JD from Boston College Law School. He resides in Cleveland with his wife and two daughters.
Executive Director of International Affairs
Molly Watkins oversees the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and the Office of International Student Services (ISS), and works closely with the Vice Provost on global strategy.
Molly has a BA in Communication and an MA in English. She taught English as a foreign language through the Peace Corps at a university in rural China for two years before moving back to the United States to serve as the Director of International Education at Mississippi State University, establishing relationships with institutions abroad, bringing in over 1000 non-degree students to rural Mississippi, and developing a study abroad program for Mississippi State University. Watkins also developed the curriculum for and taught the courses for the International Studies Minor. Molly moved to Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University in 2011.
Coordinator of Programming
Cami Ross designs and implements a variety of events for students, staff, and faculty on campus. She is especially interested in cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment, and many of her events and programs center on those themes. Cami initiated programs like the International Student Success Series and is actively involved in the Global Talks Series for faculty and staff, as well as the many signature events associated with the Center for International Affairs. She is an advocate for international students across campus to have leadership opportunities, as well as academic and social programming options.
Cami graduated from Ohio University with a double major in History and Political Science, as well as a certificate in Global Learning. She then continued and received her Masters of Business Administration, completing her final project in Cape Town, South Africa. While at Ohio University she studied abroad both short- and long-term, traveling to the Czech Republic, Wales, and Hong Kong. It was reflecting on her many travels that inspired Cami to want to support students in their international pursuits, either in the US or abroad! Cami has been with the Center for International Affairs since 2012 and with Case Western Reserve University since 2005.
Coordinator of Communications
Jody Bonhard oversees the strategy for and implementation of the Center’s communication initiatives. Her main goal is to develop, manage, and execute communication initiatives and events that articulate and support the Center’s mission while creating momentum and awareness of all international activities.
Jody graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Spanish and a minor in English. She joined Teach for America in Kansas City after graduation, spent three years as a Spanish-immersion elementary teacher and earned her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Jody moved to Medellin, Colombia for two years to teach at an international school before enrolling as an MBA student at Brandeis University, where she specialized in marketing. She moved back to Northeast Ohio after graduation and joined the Center for International Affairs staff in Fall 2015. Jody, a dual U.S.-German citizen, is passionate about international education and has lived, worked, and/or studied abroad in Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Turkey.
Sharon Burke provides professional and administrative support for the full range of projects and activities carried out through the Office of International Affairs. She coordinates with constituencies inside and outside Case Western Reserve University, provides assistance to visiting international delegations, manages the office, plans and coordinates special events and organizes the associate provost's schedule. She is a resource for all questions about the Center for International Affairs.
Sharon serves on the University’s Staff Advisory Council and is co-chair of the staff training and development committee. She is a member of the Administrative Professionals Network, and serves on the CWRU Planning Team to organize administrative events for staff throughout the university. Before coming to CWRU in 2009, Sharon worked in Advertising, Promotion and Public Relations. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and Dance at Cleveland State University. She lived in Los Angeles for many years, travelling in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. She continues to perform and can be seen singing in restaurants and nightclubs throughout Northeast Ohio.
Kristin Whitbeck has been with the Center for International Affairs since 2013. She works at the support between the Office of Global Strategy, International Student Services, and Education Abroad. She is happy to connect students with advisors, answer questions about paperwork, and help keep the office running smoothly. Kristin has a BA from the University of Colorado and has been working in education and office management for the past 10 years. She spent a semester of high school with a host family in Belgium, as well as a semester of college attending Victoria University in New Zealand. Kristin is proud to be a global citizen!
Office of International Students Services
Marielena Maggio oversees the coordination of the office’s full range of services, which include providing expert knowledge about visa options and federal compliance as well as programs and activities that foster social/cultural adjustment, for international students. In addition to understanding and responding to the unique needs of the international student community, Marielena engages the broader university community in developing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students by serving as a liaison with Student Affairs, academic, and administrative units.
Marielena earned an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. from Stony Brook University. She credits her own undergraduate experience studying abroad in shaping her career path in international education, which began at CWRU in 2006. In 2013, Marielena became the director for the Office of International Student Services.
Adolfo Franco is in charge of assisting our international students in the professional schools at Case Western Reserve University. Adolfo’s primary function is advising international students on immigration regulations and ensuring they maintain their visa status properly while attending CWRU but also assist with any academic, personal, financial, social, and cross-cultural concerns these students may have.
He has been with the Office of International Students Services since 2007, having previously worked in the Office of Access Services.
Alec Jokubaitis is in charge of maintaining our students' records in the SEVIS system, as well as in our own university systems. Alec is also largely responsible for the creation of new documents for our students.
Alec has been in his position as SEVIS Coordinator since January 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University in January 2014, and previously worked as a student assistant in the International Student Services office since May 2010.
Rachel Paiscik is in charge of assisting our students in Undergraduate Studies as well as the School of Graduate Studies. Rachel’s primary function is advising international students on immigration regulations and ensuring they maintain their visa status properly while attending CWRU but also assists with any academic, personal, financial, social, and cross-cultural concerns these students may have.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic and Folklore/Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University. She has lived in Italy, and studied abroad in Tunisia. Rachel worked at the Office of International Affairs at OSU before coming back home to Cleveland in 2014 to join our office.
Office of Education Abroad
Assistant Director of Education Abroad
Autumn Beechler Stebing advises students on the various study, intern, research, and co-op abroad options available through the Office of Education Abroad and at CWRU. She also works with faculty to streamline credit transfer and establish study abroad programs that meet the needs of their academic programs and develops additional programs to further internationalization and global citizenship at CWRU.
Autumn received her master’s degree in Leadership in Higher Education from Baldwin Wallace University in 2013 and held internships there with Study Abroad, International Student Services, and Academic Advising. Prior to the completion of her master’s, Autumn spent five years teaching high school English internationally. She has taught in Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Brazil—the latter as one of three undergraduate study abroad experiences. Autumn’s undergraduate degree is also in education, a BS from Bowling Green State University in Secondary Education.
Study Abroad Advisor
Caitlin King advises students on various study, intern, research, and co-op abroad options available through the Office of Education Abroad and at CWRU, works with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, and the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing to facilitate faculty-led study abroad programming, and promotes study abroad across campus.
Caitlin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University where she previously worked as a Study Abroad Coordinator. Caitlin has studied abroad on an academic year program in Ilo, Peru and also on a month-long faculty led program in various regions of Brazil. She is a native Clevelander and joined the Center for International Affairs in August of 2015.
Study Abroad Information Specialist
Amy Guthrie works with the online system to keep student applications and programs up to date. She also manages the data reporting of the Education Abroad Office. If you are having difficulty accessing the system or have questions on a process, she is happy to help.
Amy is passionate about the value of study abroad, having done so herself. She earned her M.Ed. from SUNY at Buffalo and worked in the Office of Institutional Analysis throughout her program. She also has experience in Study Abroad and International Student Services.