International Programs

Study Abroad

I'm Back, Now What? Leveraging Your International Experience: Baltimore Regional Re-entry Conference

Panelist Biographies

Matt Barry, Operations Analyst - Morgan Stanley
Matt graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2012 with a degree in Finance and Economics. He began working at Morgan Stanley immediately upon graduation, and has been working in the Cash Management department for the past year and a half. He loves living in Baltimore, and is an avid fan of both the Buffalo Bills and Syracuse Orange Basketball team.

While at Loyola, Matt studied abroad in Alcala, Spain in the Spring semester of 2011. He has said that "my semester abroad was the most rewarding and challenging five months of my life, and my experiences have helped me succeed in both my career and everyday life.”

Katharine Frantes, University Relations Representative at International Studies Abroad (ISA):
Originally hailing from North Dakota, Katharine is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she completed her BA in English Literature and French along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. After a very cheap Spring Break trip to Paris, her desire to travel flourished, and she spent a semester improving her French in Grenoble. Her love of adventure, culture, travel and education led her to teach for a year in Southeast Asia and then the following year in France.

With a desire to share her experiences and advise others in education abroad, she obtained an MA of Student Affairs Administration and later worked in the Office of Study Abroad at Mississippi State University. She's excited to further her career by teaching students about ISA's programs!

Katharine's other travels include three consecutive New Year's in Edinburgh, Singapore, and Prague. She's also traveled to more than 20 different countries and extensively throughout France.

Jennifer Kloes, University Relations Manager, SIT
Jennifer Kloes has served as the university relations manager for the Mid-Atlantic region at SIT Study Abroad since January 2013.  Jennifer comes from Bard College, where she was working as the director of recruitment and international program manager for Bard's study abroad programs in the West Bank and in South Africa.  She previously worked with several international NGOs, including Global Youth Connect, Street Law, Global Rights, Amnesty International, and the Children’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and spent a year working on international women’s issues with the U.S. State Department. 

Jennifer holds an MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in international studies from American University. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of the UN World Conference of Human Rights (1993) and is the author of To Promote and Protect Women's Human Rights: A Handbook of Mobilization Strategies for Women's Non-governmental Organizations.

Brian Souders, Associate Director of International Education Services at University of Maryland Baltimore County
Brian has directed UMBC’s Study Abroad Office since 2000 and also serves a the Fulbright Program Advisor for the university. His first study abroad experience was on a high-school exchange in Finland. He returned to Finland for a second year, attending the University of Helsinki on a Finnish Ministry of Education scholarship. He spent two summers on intensive Russian language programs in Moscow, Russia, and completed a year of research in Tallinn, Estonia at the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

Brian holds a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Political Science from Indiana University and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph. D. in UMBC’s Language, Literacy and Culture program in 2009, investigating how study abroad participants interpret U.S. national identity after their international education experience.

In his spare time, he is an avid runner, with 28 marathons and two triathlons under his belt. He is also a marathon coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. When not in Baltimore, he rarely lets his passport and backpack get dusty with a new international adventure always in the back of his mind.



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