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Our Team

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The American Semester Program & Exchanges (ASP&E) program is housed within the Office for Education Abroad and focuses on inbound direct enrollment and exchange programming for international partner institutions and students. 

For students interested in working within our office, feel free to learn about our volunteer and work opportunities!

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Haley Thompson.jpgHaley Thompson

Haley is the Senior Coordinator for the American Semester Program & Exchanges unit within the Office for Education Abroad. She works with MSU exchange partners around the globe and manages all aspects of ASP&E program for inbound visiting international students. She also assists outgoing students secure placement at many of our exchange partner institutions. 

Schedule Meeting

Phone: 517-884-3509
Email: thom2030(at)
427 N. Shaw Lane, Suite 12, room 12J
East Lansing, MI 48824

Rebekah Gordon.jpgRebekah Gordon

Rebekah is a Program Coordinator within the American Semester Program & Exchanges unit. She serves as the primary contact for ASP&E Short Course Programs, which run over winter break and summer. She also assists with ASP&E programming throughout the academic year.

Phone: (517) 884-8677
Email: gordo181(at)
427 N. Shaw Lane, Suite 12, room 12F
East Lansing, MI 48824

Mohammed Said 2023.jpgMohamed Said

Said is a Program Coordinator within the American Semester Program & Exchanges unit. His role is to serve as the first point of contact for incoming visiting international students to the ASP&E program. Said also assists outgoing students secure placement at many of our exchange partner institutions. 

Schedule Meeting 

Phone: (517) 884-8920
Email: saidmoh3(at)
427 N. Shaw Lane, Suite 12, room 12G
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Faith ArnottFaith Arnott

Email: arnottfa(at)msu.eduMajor: ManagementMinor: International BusinessActivities: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, traveling, and golf

Alaina Barnhart.jpgAlaina Barnhart

Email: barnha57(at)msu.eduMajor: Human BiologyMinor: SpanishActivities: MSU Water Ski Team, Breslin Center Employee, Women in STEM Club

Apoorva DayanandaApoorva Dayananda

Email: dayanan4(at)msu.eduMajor: PhysiologyMinors: Bioethics & Science, Technology, Environment, and Public PolicyActivities: Pre-Medical Association and Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students

ASP Elder.jpgJade Elder

Email: elderjad(at)
Majors: Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science and Intercultural Communication
Minors: International Relations, Migration Studies, Sociology, Youth and Society
Activities: Social Science Scholar, University Activities Board member, Level 4 Supervisor at the University Apartments, DSAC, and Cycling

Amelia Elkins.jpgAmelia Elkins

Email: elkinsa2(at)msu.eduMajors: Social Relations and Policy & Comparative Cultures and PoliticsMinors: Leadership of Organizations & European StudiesActivities: JMC Human Rights Lab

ASP Hojnacki2.jpgMolly Hojnacki

Email: hojnack9(at)msu.eduMajor: Civil EngineeringActivities: Orchesis Dance Company, Research Assistant in the College of Engineering

Masha Kochubievsky.jpgMasha Kochubievsky

Email: kochubi1(at)
Major: Civil Engineering
Activities: Spartan Sierra Club, Engineers for a Sustainable World, and MSU Outdoors Club

Gianna Mendez German.jpgGianna Mendez German

Email: mendezgi(at)msu.eduMajor: Environmental Studies and SustainabilityActivities: Comunidad Latino Americana, Outdoors Club Reading, biking, drawing, taking pictures, planting, and creating in general!

Carrie NeilsenCarrie Nielsen

Email: niels141(at)
Majors: Sociology and Economics
Minor: Quantitative Data Analytics
Activities: Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology, Refugee Outreach Collective, Social Science Scholar, Economics Undergraduate Assistant, MSU Sierra Club

ASP Penalozano.jpgJorge Penalozano

Email: penaloz2(at)
Major: Electrical Engineering
Activities: Power Electronics Research, Beach Volleyball

Nolan Rachocki.jpgNolan Rachocki

Email: rachocki(at)msu.eduMajors: International Relations and GermanMinors: European Studies and LinguisticsActivities: Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, German Club, Traveling, and Education Abroad Peer Adviser

ASP Straskraba.jpgMila Straskraba

Email: straskra(at)
Major: Supply Chain Management
Activities: Supply Chain Management Association, MSU Sailing Team, MSU Intramural Sports