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Field Director

Stephanie L. Seng

There is no better place on earth than aboard a Semester at Sea ship, and Stephanie Seng is excited and grateful for the adventures that lie ahead in her role as the Field Director on this, her third SAS voyage. Stephanie had the privilege of sailing with her mom on the Spring 2020 SAS voyage while helping to navigate the challenges of the pandemic as the Assistant Director for Faculty Led Programs. Though not the voyage she had expected, she will always cherish the experience, appreciating the herculean efforts made by ISE/SAS staff and leadership to keep voyagers safe and feeling inspired by the resilience of the shipboard community as they bonded together through diversions and ultimately an early end to the journey. In Spring 2017, Stephanie sailed on her first SAS voyage with her husband, Chris and their three children, Will, Jonah, and Olivia. While the kids were all college students, Steph worked on the Global Studies team and Chris was the Academic Advisor/Registrar.

Stephanie currently serves as the Director of the Center for Family and Couple Therapy at Colorado State University where she supervises and teaches student therapists and manages their community-based therapy center. She is also the director and one of the founders of the CSU Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center. This growing center provides assessments and recommendations for youth across the state who have experienced complex trauma. Stephanie is especially honored to be an Aspen Institute – Ascend Fellow working to improve the lives of Colorado children and families.

After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interpersonal Communication, Stephanie married Chris and they made their first home together in Guinea, West Africa, where they served as Cooperative Extension Agents in the United States Peace Corps. Captivated by the beauty, climate and outdoor living in Colorado, the couple made their home in Fort Collins in 1992, where Stephanie pursued an MS in Human Development and Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to her current position, Stephanie worked at the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services specializing in treating patients and families who have experienced neurological illnesses and injuries and in her own private practice.

When not sailing, Steph loves to spend time with her family hiking, camping, skiing, playing volleyball and board games, and playing with their dogs, Cache and Juniper. She feels especially fortunate to have both Chris and her mom, Linda, who will be sailing as a lifelong learner, joining her on the Spring 2022 voyage.