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RIT Global
Andrea Buscemi
Andrea Buscemi
Senior Staff Assistant
585.475.6557
Andrea Buscemi
Senior Staff Assistant
585.475.6557

Andrea has been at RIT since 2007. Throughout the years she has been in different departments at RIT and most recently at RIT Global.

She makes sure all operations run smoothly in the day to day as well as being in charge of all the logistics for visits from international scholars and partners to Rochester.

Andrea loves to cook and loves to hang out with her husband Joe. Andrea’s younger son is an RIT Engineering Technologies student who went on his first study abroad experience this past summer to Kosovo and the Balkans, he is now hooked and can’t wait for his next study abroad experience!

Claire Del Monte
Claire Del Monte
Program Specialist for Education Abroad & International Fellowships
585.475.7634
Claire Del Monte
Program Specialist for Education Abroad & International Fellowships
585.475.7634

Claire is the Program Specialist for Education Abroad & International Fellowships.  Her primary responsibilities are advising students pursuing international fellowships and assisting with the development and administration of faculty-led education abroad programs.

Claire earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and has worked for international organizations like the Open Society Foundations and Save the Children.  She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester.

Claire’s first abroad experience was an intensive French language and culture program in Aix-en-Provence, France.  She later lived in Vienna, Austria, where she studied German language.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and play piano.  

Donika Demiri
Donika Demiri
Global Programs Specialist
585.475.7113
Donika Demiri
Global Programs Specialist
585.475.7113

Donika has been working for RIT since 2007. She gives support to faculty traveling to the Global Campuses on different teaching assignements. Donika also assists with the graduate degree program in Service, Leadership and Innovation and Networking and System Administration at PUCMM, in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Donika is fluent in Albanian and Croatian. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, most recently they traveled to Bermuda.

Roseanne DiFlorio
Roseanne DiFlorio
Study Abroad Advisor
585.475.7629
Roseanne DiFlorio
Study Abroad Advisor
585.475.7629

Roseanne has been with the RIT Global Office since 2007. She has held a variety of different positions within the office including Graduate Assistant, Program Coordinator and Program Manager. She is currently the Study Abroad Advisor. Her main responsibilities entail meeting with all students interested in studying abroad and guiding them through the application process, as well as building relationships with academic advisors in each of RIT's colleges.

Roseanne is a graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce with a concentration in Marketing. She completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from RIT. In college, Roseanne studied abroad in London for 7 weeks during her undergraduate career and in Italy for 6 weeks during her graduate degree. Since her study abroad experiences, she has returned to Italy multiple times and she has visited some Caribbean islands, Ireland, France, Germany, Kosovo, Spain and Turkey. She is fluent in Italian and she knows some elementary ASL.  In her spare time, Roseanne enjoys learning about improv comedy and taking yoga classes.

Michelle Fitz
Michelle Fitz
Marketing & Billing Specialist
585.475.4481
Michelle Fitz
Marketing & Billing Specialist
585.475.4481

Michelle is the Marketing & Billing Specialist for study abroad. She began working for RIT in 2015 and her main responsibilities include marketing study abroad programs, event planning and student billing.

A native of Rochester, she earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and Journalism from St. John Fisher College and has worked in higher education for her entire career, first at Salisbury University in Maryland and then at Nazareth College in Rochester.

Michelle has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean, always looking for new beaches to visit and reefs to snorkel. Her dream trip is to visit the Galapagos Islands. In her spare time, she takes pottery classes, enjoys vegetarian cooking and tries to keep up with her active dog, Riley.

Susan Langschwager
Susan Langschwager
Sr. Analyst for Global Programs Partnerships
585.475.5684
Susan Langschwager
Sr. Analyst for Global Programs Partnerships
585.475.5684

Susan started working for RIT in 2001 and has been working for RIT Global since 2006. She is responsible for all the accounting and reporting for RIT Global Programs. Susan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Susan is a huge hockey fan and enjoys spending time with her family.

Over the years, Susan has collected plenty of gifts that have been brought to her from our Global Campuses, and finally in 2015 had the opportunity to visit RIT Croatia and RIT Dubai!

Anna Lombard
Anna Lombard
HR, Payroll and Marketing Specialist
585.475.4285
Anna Lombard
HR, Payroll and Marketing Specialist
585.475.4285

Anna has been working on her role of HR, Payroll and Marketing Specialist of RIT Global Delivery Corporation since 2011. She received her Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification from the SHRM in December, 2014. Anna’s responsibilities include Global Human Resource functions such as contract creation, benefits negotiation and communication, managing cases for worker’s compensation, disability insurance and unemployment, managing Paychex vendor and payroll preparation and analysis. Anna works with faculty and staff who are hired to work or teach overseas and answers their HR, payroll and tax related questions.

Anna graduated from the Plekhanov Academy of Economics in Russia with B.S. in International Business and completed her MS in Communication and Media Technology from RIT. Anna is fluent in both Russian and English and she can speak basic Spanish.  She is from Russia and has traveled to England, Holland, Denmark, Egypt, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Spain and Ukraine. In her spare time, Anna loves to spend time with her children, she also enjoys reading and hiking. Learn more about Anna here.

Lyndsey McGrath
Lyndsey McGrath
Director of Global Programs and International Partnerships
585.475.5177
Lyndsey McGrath
Director of Global Programs and International Partnerships
585.475.5177

Lyndsey is the Director of Global Programs and International Partnerships. She has been working at RIT since 2006 and is also an alumni of RIT, holding a Master of Science degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy. She manages operations and support of RIT’s global locations and partnerships, including the delivery of academic programs abroad, international agreements, and global partnership engagement. Lyndsey is also an adjunct professor for RIT’s Department of Public Policy within the College of Liberal Arts.  

In her spare time, Lyndsey enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing. Overall, she just likes to be outside. Her research interests are focused on community access to health care and education. She has traveled to Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Turkey, and the UAE. 

Dr. James Myers
Dr. James Myers
Associate Provost of International Education and Global Programs
585.475.4772
Dr. James Myers
Associate Provost of International Education and Global Programs
585.475.4772

Dr. James Myers is the Associate Provost of International Education and Global Programs. He previously served as the Director for the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies where he helped establish RIT Kosovo and created numerous corporate and government sponsored outreach education programs. He was also previously the Associate Dean and Associate Professor at RIT Croatia, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Dr. Myers’ interest and research focuses on the nexus of natural resources, infrastructure, and human health in developing countries. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank’s Western Balkans Energy Efficiency Assessment team. Since 2009, he has served as the Associate Executive Director for Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.), a non-profit organization that operates a health care system in Borgne, Haiti. Dr. Myers has written and received more than $13 million in grants, contracts, and foundation awards since 2002.

Dr. Myers received a B.S. in Food Systems Management, and a M.S. in Packaging Science, both from the Rochester Institute of Technology; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from Michigan State University. Dr. Myers has recently traveled to India, China, UAE, Sweden, Croatia, Kosovo, Ecuador and Peru. He is an avid runner and has competed in many ultra-marathons.

Mery Palarea-Lobos
Mery Palarea-Lobos
Communications and Media Manager
585.475.7697
Mery Palarea-Lobos
Communications and Media Manager
585.475.7697

Mery started at RIT in 2012 as the Global Programs Specialist for RIT Dubai and is now the Communications and Media Manager for RIT Global.

Mery has a background in fine arts and arts management. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and she completed her graduate degree at the School of Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Mery grew up in Guatemala City. She lived in Italy for some time right after high school and again after she completed her undergraduate studies. Mery has traveled throughout Central Europe, Scandinavia, Nepal and India and in 2015 had the great opportunity to visit Kosovo. Mery has an obsession with Japanese culture and Mr. Hayao Miyazaki's films which she now shares with her 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

Maureen Shannon
Maureen Shannon
Study Abroad Advisor
585.475.7077
Maureen Shannon
Study Abroad Advisor
585.475.7077

Maureen came to RIT in 2004 from Eastman Kodak Company, where she spent the majority of her career working in the sales and marketing communications offices.  Maureen’s responsibilities include advising students about study abroad opportunities with RIT global campuses in Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo, and RIT exchange programs.  She assists students and faculty with the visa process.

Maureen graduated from Nazareth College with a B.S. in Business and Economics, and completed a certificate in Computer Graphics at RIT.  She has traveled to Croatia, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Mexico, and Canada, as well as several states within the continental United States.  In her spare time, Maureen likes to read, and spend time outdoors.  She enjoys theatre, film, and Rochester Philharmonic concerts.

Jenny Sullivan
Jenny Sullivan
Director of Education Abroad and International Fellowships
585.475.3224
Jenny Sullivan
Director of Education Abroad and International Fellowships
585.475.3224

Jenny began working for RIT in 2010 and is responsible for managing outbound students, faculty-led program development and international fellowship advising. Her research interests include access to study abroad for diverse students, strategic fellowship advising, and study abroad in career development.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jenny earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and Business from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Oregon State University. As an undergrad, Jenny studied abroad to England which inspired a life-long mission to get students out of their comfort zone and engage in the world. Since then, she has lived and worked in Ireland and Ecuador and traveled extensively in Europe and South America. Jenny lives in Rochester with her husband and two young sons who already have their passports.

Gregory VanLaeken
Gregory VanLaeken
Business Manager for Global Operations
585.475.5585
Gregory VanLaeken
Business Manager for Global Operations
585.475.5585

Greg is the Business Manager for Global Operations and has been working for RIT since 2005. He works directly with senior management across all divisions of RIT to provide leadership in the areas of business and financial planning as well as daily operations and risk management for RIT’s overseas campuses. Additionally, he oversees the management of RIT’s short-term investment portfolio and advises senior management on the institute’s debt portfolio and interest rate hedging strategies. Greg also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor for the MBA program of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at RIT where he specializes in international finance and derivative products.

Greg is an RIT graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and an MBA.  He speaks German and has lived in Switzerland. He has traveled to Austria, the Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, China, Croatia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. In his spare time, Greg likes to spend time reading and fishing with his family at their cottage in Canada.