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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


Gary Ransdell

CEO and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Scott Marshall

Vice President of Finance

Bobby Barber

Vice President of Advancement

Audra Brickner

Vice President for Human Resources

Michelle Dietz

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Larry D. Grant

Vice President of Public Affairs

Layne Hanson

Dr. Robert Kling, Academic Dean
Senior Academic Officer

Robert Kling

Home Office Staff

Business Systems Analyst

Sanjay Advani

Assistant Director of Academic Programs

Kaley Anderson

Director of Academic Programs

Sara Karen Arlin


JonEll Ashbrook

Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Kate Ashley

Director of Philanthropy

Melissa Bingler

Manager of Annual Giving and Stewardship

Andrew Boesenecker

Regional Director of University Relations & Enrollment (SOUTHEAST)

Matthias Bouska

Associate Director of Accounting

Karen Browne

Director of Information Technology

Scott Chapman

Admissions Officer

Lisa Chesson

Advancement Information Services Specialist

Lanie Clark


Erica C. Delaney

Assistant Director of International Field Programs

Koty Erdmann

Financial Aid and Visa Coordinator

Rachel Finney

Director of In-Country Risk Management

Shannon Gagnon

Director of Lifelong Learning

Whitney Grist

Regional Director of University Relations and Enrollment (NORTHEAST)

Emily Greenblatt

Human Resources Coordinator

Emily Holmes

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

Copy Editor and Social Media Manager

Zach Marburger

Director of Financial Aid and International Services

Sarah Martinez

Assistant Director of Accounting

Caroline O'Neil

Senior 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

Chief Enrollment Officer

Vince Schaff

Graphic Designer

Vance Sherwood


Andrew Sieving

Director of Philanthropy

Susan Sigman

Associate Director of Operations

Hallette Smyth

Regional Director of University Relations & Enrollment (MIDWEST)

Maddy Sweeney

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

Holly Tawil

Associate Director of Multimedia

Adam Valuckas

Web Developer

Eric Wallen

Regional Director of University Relations and Enrollment (MOUNTAIN & NORTHWEST)

Brittni Weimer

Accounts Payable Specialist

Katie Wessel

Associate Director of Human Resources

Jessica Zaksek