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Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen, PhD, Executive Director | Phone: (814) 867-4223

After having worked as a Program Coordinator at Global Connections in 2012, Sharon returned as Executive Director in July 2016. Growing up in China, completing her graduate studies in the U.S., and now a long-term resident of Central PA, Sharon brings with her an in-depth understanding of the various needs and challenges of internationals as well as insights about the profound benefits and rewards of enriched cultural living for both foreigners and locals. Sharon has a background in Leisure Studies with a focus on health and psychological well-being. She has taught at universities, conducted cross-cultural research, procured funding from government, universities, companies, and NGOs, and provided expert consulting services in program evaluation and international development of educational programs. Sharon lives in State College with her husband Kevin and two cheerful and bouncing boys—August and Leonardo.

Wenjie Fu, Program Coordinator | Phone: (814) 867-4377

Wenjie brings experience in organizing and coordinating cultural projects and facilitating international student orientations and language workshops. She enjoys providing assistance for international groups to help them adapt to new environments quickly and smoothly. Her first-hand experience as an international student in the U.S.A. has prepared her with cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity. Wenjie completed her Master’s degree in Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering from Ohio University in 2013 and moved to Denver, Colorado for her second Master’s degree in Business Management at the University of Denver.  After graduation, she came to State College, PA with her husband, Derek, in the Summer of 2015.

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Jim Sauls, Program Coordinator | Phone: (814) 863-0758

Jim joined Global Connections in May 2016. He has a background in Anthropology and History with a geographic focus on Latin America. Jim completed his Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology in 2010 at Illinois State University and then volunteered with the AmeriCorps for one year aiding those populations most in need throughout the Phoenix, Arizona area. Afterwards, he moved to Marbella, Spain where he worked in secondary public education. In 2013, he returned to the United States for graduate studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he received his Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies in 2015. Most recently, Jim lived in Porto Alegre, Brazil conducting ethnographic research before relocating to State College where he works in conjunction with Penn State University.

Eileen Scott, Event Coordinator | Phone: (814) 867-2531

Eileen became part of the Global Connections team in September 2017.  She brings with her a diverse background in the communications field including government public affairs and more than a decade writing for newspapers and non-profit organizations. A veteran of supporting higher education, Eileen has managed communications and community relations programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point where she coordinated multiple military and civilian events, ceremonies, dinners, luncheons and visits by national and international dignitaries and media outlets.  She also served as the senior writer for a non-profit organization that supports students attending the eight Ivy League Universities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Mary College in New York and is a trained Life Coach through the Institute for Life Coach Training.  Eileen has lived throughout the United States as a military wife and currently resides in Bellefonte with her husband, Aaron, and their two children.

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Current Board

Linda Barton, Secretary

Ingrid Blood

Sara Dowhower

Maureen Desorcie

Daniel Foster

Melanie Foster

Carl Hill

Kevin Klein, Treasurer

Janyce Mose, President

Mike Ostroski

Lewis Steinberg

Susan Steinberg, Immediate Past President

Wilna Taylor

Bill Zimmerman

Jennifer Campbell, GC-PSU Global Programs Liaison

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