Semester at Sea employs a staff dedicated to global education. Our highly responsive, passionate, and mission-focused team believes in the educational mission of Semester at Sea and quality education abroad. Many of our staff  sailed on Semester at Sea during their college years or as voyage staff.

Senior Management Team

President & CEO for the Institute for Shipboard Education

Gary Ransdell

Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Larry D. Grant

Senior Executive for Voyage Administration

Michael Zoll

Vice President of Advancement

Audra Brickner

Dr. Robert Kling, Academic Dean
Senior Academic Officer

Robert Kling

Vice President of Public Affairs

Layne Hanson

Vice President of Information Technology

Peter Nyssen

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Scott Marshall

Home Office Staff

Regional Director of University Relations and Enrollment (MIDWEST)

Julie Alagna

Assistant Director of Academic Programs

Kaley Anderson

Director of Academic Programs

Sara Karen Arlin

Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Kate Ashley


Bobby Barber

Director of Philanthropy

Melissa Bingler

Manager of Annual Giving and Stewardship

Andrew Boesenecker

Regional Director of University Relations & Enrollment (SOUTHEAST)

Matthias Bouska

Accounting and Financial Reporting Specialist

Karen Browne

Admissions Officer

Lisa Chesson

Director of University Relations and Interim Director of Recruitment

Chris Churma


Erica C. Delaney

HR Director

Michelle Dietz

International Field Programs Coordinator

Koty Erdmann

Financial Aid and Visa Coordinator

Rachel Finney

Business Systems Analyst

Troy Fluharty

Director of International Field Programs

Shannon Gagnon

Director of Lifelong Learning

Whitney Grist

Regional Director of University Relations and Enrollment (NORTHEAST)

Emily Greenblatt

Advancement Information Services Specialist

Mitchell Hursh

Associate Director of Accounting

Brenda Legard

Assistant Director of Travel Programs

Sara Leger

Enrollment Coordinator

Kate Lilly

Executive Assistant to the President/ CEO and Board of Trustees

Shamera Loose

Director of Financial Aid and International Services

Sarah Martinez

Cashier & Administrative Assistant

Caroline O'Neil

IT Systems Administrator

Tyson Parker

Director of Marketing and Communications

Candace Patrick

Director of Academic Administration

Jodi Reesman

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Laura Roth

Regional Director for University Relations and Enrollment Management (MOUNTAIN & NORTHWEST)

Reid Sangster

Chief Enrollment Officer

Vince Schaff


Andrew Sieving

Director of Philanthropy

Susan Sigman

Associate Director of Operations

Hallette Smyth

Senior Regional Director of University Relations and Enrollment (MID ATLANTIC)

Holly Tawil

Associate Director of Multimedia

Adam Valuckas

Accounts Payable Specialist

Katie Wessel

Human Resources Coordinator

Jessica Zaksek