Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014


GAIE Officer Elections 

We have three GAIE members who are running unopposed for positions on the GAIE board for 2015-2016. Please review their biographies below. As these individuals are the only nominations for these positions, they will take office at the end of the GAIE/TAIE Bi-State conference in February 2015. 


William Smith II
GAIE Chair-Elect 2015-16

International education has been the single driving force behind both William Smith II’s research interests and career decisions.  As an undergraduate, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Valencia, Spain for the year. Having never traveled outside of the country before, that experience taught him the importance of both understanding and immersing oneself into a culture outside of your own. Since then, he has interned with the Smithsonian’s Center of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, taught abroad in South Korea, completed a master’s degree focused on international education policy, started a career within international education, and presented at a number of conferences on various topics related to international education and student development within this field. For the past two years, William has worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at the University of Georgia’s Office of International Education. He plays an integral role in both increasing the visibility of international programs on campus and inspiring university students to take advantage of the opportunities this world has to offer.



Brett Reichert
GAIE Secretary-Treasurer 2015-16

Brett Reichert began his career in international education as an ESL instructor at Florida State University after completing a Master of Science Degree in Multilingual-Multicultural Education at FSU. He is also a 1991 graduate of Mercer University, Macon where he completed his Bachelor in Political Science / IA in 1991. In 2000, he was selected for a Fulbright Grant to Belgium where he taught English and studied the language policies of Belgium. He went on to teach EFL for the Samsung Corporation in Seoul, Korea for 2 years and later served at ESL Director at universities in San Antonio, TX and Savannah, GA before moving over to international advising. He joined Clayton State in 2010 as Associate Director of International Student Services and has been active in GAIE since 2009. In 2011 he was awarded a Region VII Travel grant to attend Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.


Mary Alice Allen
GAIE Advocacy Subcommittee 2014-17
*this person will take office at the end of the 2014 conference

Mary Alice Allen currently serves as Education Abroad Advisor and Program Coordinator at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She advises students on study abroad scholarships, international research options, international independent study, international service learning and coordinates two Georgia Tech faculty-led programs in China and Singapore. Mary Alice obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Auburn University. Beginning her career at the University of Georgia, Mary Alice became active with both regional and national organizations dedicated to the field of international education. She has participated in NAFSA's Advocacy Day and currently serves on the NAFSA Education Abroad Subcommittee - Financing Education Abroad.