IPC
Meet the Staff
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Penelope Pynes, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
pjpynes@uncg.edu

As the Associate Provost for International Programs, Penelope leads the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Michael Elliott
Director
mjellio2@uncg.edu

Michael has worked in the international education field for more than 15 years, with a primary focus on international student services and programs. He has worked and lived in South Africa and Kenya, and traveled to countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Michael earned his Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Ohio University and Bachelor of Arts from University of Colorado. He is a member of NAFSA, IIE and the Fulbright Alumni Association. Michael is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.


Norma Velazquez

Assistant Director
nivelazq@uncg.edu
Norma is originally from Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Operations Management from UNCG and currently pursues a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution. Norma has worked at the International Programs Center since 2002 providing foreign students and faculty with services and programs to enrich their experience at UNCG and in Greensboro.
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Denise Bellamy
Director
dlbellam@uncg.edu

Denise is currently serving as the Director of Study Abroad & Exchanges. She joined the IPC team as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs in June of 2007. As a military dependant, she spent her childhood traveling and continues to have that same passion today. She holds a Masters of Education in International Higher Education Leadership (Emphasis in Multicultural Counseling) from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Denise enjoys encouraging young people to think, learn, and experience life globally!  


Tom Martinek, Jr.

Assistant Director
tjmarti2@uncg.edu
Tom has been working as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs since January 2004. He is a former student at UNCG and during that time participated on an exchange program to the University of Oulu, Finland. He also participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange program to Germany in May 2005. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict & Peace Studeies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.

Kaitlin Ritchie
Assistant Director
saein@uncg.edu

Kaitlin first began working at IPC as a graduate assistant while completing her Master of Science degree in Community Counseling and Education at UNCG. Her first experience studying abroad was in Perth, Australia while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at UNC-Wilmington. As an AmeriCorps member in 2006, she further developed her passion for other cultures and service learning and volunteered and studied Spanish while living in Guatemala and Mexico. Kaitlin is excited to be at IPC as she loves working with people of different cultures and helping international students transition to living abroad.

Logan Stanfield
Study Abroad Coordinator
llstanfi@uncg.edu
Logan has been a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor at IPC since 2008. He attended his first NAFSA conference while working part-time at a local Greensboro coffee shop and with IPC. A UNCG graduate (’07 B.A. in Economics), Logan studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also taught English in Guang Zhou, China, and has a brother who lives and teaches in China. Logan loves to ski, his most favorite place he’s been to is Thailand, and he hopes to pursue a Masters in Geography at some point in the future.

Angie Kapely
Study Abroad Coordinator
amkapely@uncg.edu

While a student at UNCG, Angie (’10 BA Spanish/Environmental Biology) held the Vice President position in the International Student Association (ISA). Angie then joined IPC as the Front Desk Supervisor in May 2010. As an undergraduate, Angie studied abroad at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro (ITESM) in Mexico, before interning with their International Office. Angie transferred into her current position in June 2012. Apart from this, she is also a volunteer Spanish teacher at Faith Action International House, and the advisor for the UNCG Saudi Club. Angie is currently pursuing Masters coursework in ESL at UNCG.
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Wendy Jones-Worden
Advisor
wkjones@uncg.edu
Wendy is from North Carolina and is passionate about languages and study abroad. Her own study abroad experiences include: Argentina (one year), Spain (one year), Brazil (one month) and France (one month). She holds a Master of Arts degree in Spanish and teaches beginning and intermediate Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. In addition, she is an Academic Advisor for IPC, a position that she has held since 2001. Wendy’s current focus is making sure her young daughter, her husband and two dogs are all fluent in Spanish. Her daughter has made the most progress so far.
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Pamela Harrod
Director
pjharrod@uncg.edu

Pamela, the Director of International Admissions, has approximately 9 years of experience in this field.  She has worked with international students at UNCG for the past 13 years, and has been the Director of International Admissions since 2006.   She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Educational Development (emphasis in Multicultural Counseling) from UNCG.  She is a member of NAFSA, OACAC, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Beta Delta (international honor society).   Pamela has lived in England and Australia, and studied abroad in Nice, France. 

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Catherine Holderness
Interim Director, UNCEP
c_holder@uncg.edu

Catherine came to UNCG from Salem College. Catherine has been with UNCG for 15 years and at IPC since the summer of 2012, joining IPC after several years in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.  She earned her doctorate from UNCG, MBA from the University of Nevada Reno, and BA from San Jose State University in California.  Her experiences abroad have included an around-the-world trek, spending time in East Africa and Australia, and teaching MBA students in Germany. Catherine currently teaches the Disney Leadership Program online apart from overseeing the operations of the UNC Exchange Programs.


Emily Christiansen
Emily Christiansen
Assistant Director,
UNCEP
ehbebber@uncg.edu

Emily returns to campus from UNC-Asheville, where she worked as the Program Coordinator for the Humanities and Arts & Ideas programs. In addition to receiving her Master’s degree in Library Science here at UNCG in 2009, she previously worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Bryan School of Business and Economics before moving to Asheville. She first fell in love with traveling in high school, when she took her first trip abroad to England and Scotland as part of an English class. As an undergraduate at Guilford College, she also studied abroad in Munich, Germany, while completing her Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German.

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Jen Kelley
Jennifer Kelley
Financial Coordinator
jlkelley@uncg.edu

Originally from Ohio, Jennifer has lived in many cities across the United States.  She came to UNCG after four years in Honolulu, HI to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.  She started working at IPC as a federal work study student in August 2008.  She has always enjoyed traveling and learning about different cultures and languages.   Her experiences abroad have included time spent in Brazil, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Tahiti.  She looks forward to the opportunity to engage with many more cultures during her time with IPC.


Nor Othman
Program Coordinator
naothman@uncg.edu
Originally from Malaysia, Nor attended California State University in Long Beach as an international student while studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Finance. She has also lived in London and Exeter, United Kingdom, where she did her MBA. Nor was an auditor with Ernst & Young, has worked for several advertising agencies in Malaysia, and was responsible for the "Malaysia, Truly Asia" integrated marketing campaigns in Japan, South Korea & ASEAN countries before moving to Greensboro in 2006. She has worked as the Principal of Greensboro Islamic Academyand at Guilford County Schools Student Services Office before joining IPC in 2010.

Muhuba Mohamed
Muhuba Mohamed

Front Desk Supervisor
mdmohame@uncg.edu

Muhuba graduated from UNCG in May with a BS in Business Administration Studies. She has been working at IPC since September 2010. Her favorite part about being an IPC employee has been having the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people. “I’ve loved discovering how diverse UNCG’s campus is,” she says. “I’ve met a lot of people and learned so much from them.” Her ultimate goal is to return to Somalia, her home country, and open a non-profit school for girls.


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