Our Staff

At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, experienced staff and most have been part of SAI for many years. SAI is as committed to our staff as we are to our mission and we know you will feel yourself in capable hands.

Every SAI program has a dedicated Admissions Counselor based in the U.S. offering full admissions services, and an on-site Program Coordinator at each of our program locations. All of our on-site staff are fluent in English and the local language, have lived or studied in the city in which they work and are trained by the SAI Program Director. For 24 hour emergency contact at each program location click on Resources at the top of this page.

Take a moment to read our monthly Staff Spotlight feature.

Michael Cruciano
President
Edna Wilson, BSW, MSW Administration, Ed.D Education
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Rod Harris Rodney Harris, MA in Business Administration
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Ben Strevens, MA International Education
Director of Communications
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Ben Strevens
Micaela Cruciano Kliegl
Director of Program Development
Molly Cain
Director of Institutional Development
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Molly Cain
Richard Young
International Relations Manager
Annie King Annie King
Director of Admissions
Admissions Counselor
Chiara Cruciano Chiara Cruciano, MA International Relations
Admissions Counselor
Marilyn Etchell
Admissions Counselor
Jamie Ronsheimer
Admissions Counselor
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Jamie Ronsheimer
Kelsie Stanley Kelsie Stanley
University Relations Assistant
Rose Maier
Student Visa Director
Sharon Basilin
Student Resources Coordinator
Denise Day
Business Administrator
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Denise Day
Judy Guynn-Amsler
Business Office Coordinator and Financial Aid Advisor
angela_chang Angela Chang
Business Office Assistant
Dario Lorenzana
Web & Technology Administrator
Geeta Menon Geeta Menon
Assistant Web & Technology Administrator
Carol Capria
Office Manager
Heather Cruciano
Administrative Assistant and Student Insurance Coordinator
Lisa Guido, MA Art and Culture Management
Director of European Programs, based in Rome
Monthly SAI Staff Spotlight: Lisa Guido
Jessica Lagomarsino Jessica Lagomarsino
Rome Assistant Program Coordinator
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Jordan Wood Jordan Wood
Rome Program Coordinator
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Mireia Garmendia Mireia Garmendia
Barcelona Program Coordinator
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Jennifer_Wright Jennifer Wright
Paris Program Coordinator
Regan Wheat Regan Wheat
Florence Program Director
Alessandra Rossi
Florence Program Coordinator
Camilla Fabiani, MA Communication
Florence Assistant Program Coordinator
Christy Smolenski Christy Smolenski
Florence Assistant Program Coordinator and Housing Coordinator
Study Abroad SAI Programs Claudia Castaneda
Milan Program Coordinator
Juan Carlos Ruiz Coll Juan Carlos Ruiz Coll
Siena Program Coordinator
Olga Stinga
Sorrento Program Coordinator
 Kim DiNunzio Kim Di Nunzio
London Program Coordinator
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At SAI we are proud of our highly qualified, well trained staff, many of whom have been with SAI for 10+ years! We think this sets SAI apart and makes it a very unique company. Our staff truly make SAI. We are, therefore, excited to announce our new “Staff Spotlight” feature. Each month we will be highlighting one of the members of our staff so that you can get to know us a little bit better.

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Monthly Staff Spotlight: Chiara Cruciano

What’s your name and title?
Chiara Cruciano, Admissions Counselor, Barcelona and Paris

How long have you been at SAI?
 I’ve been working with SAI intermittently since 2009, but just became full-time staff in January of this year (2014).

What do you love most about working at SAI?
I love engaging with all the inspiring and driven students who believe in the importance of a global education. It’s wonderful to have so many students interested in exposure to the rest of the world! I am also energized by the incredible schools and programs that we work with – the opportunities are endless. Can I go back to college?!

What is your favorite place you have ever visited and why?
Zanzibar. The beaches, combined with the depth of culture, left me in absolute awe.

Do you have any memorable traveling stories to share?
I often think about the little shop that I frequented almost every day during my study abroad program in Sicily while I was in college. Their sandwiches were out of this world, and the couple that ran the shop were truly the kindest I had come across. It’s funny how such small things stick with you – I hope every SAI student has their own great story about unforgettable food and kind shopkeepers.

What’s your favorite European food/meal  (Italian, French, Spanish or British)? 
Pizza! As the tale goes, I ate two full pizzas when I was a wee little seven year old. I’d do it again any day.

What’s your favorite thing about European culture (Italian, French, Spanish or British)?
I’ll have to say the extended meals. Too often we forget the importance of sitting down for a proper meal with friends and family. I respect the fact that time is deliberately carved out of the day for full meals (while balancing this with simple on-the-go meals like a croissant – YUM!).

What is your best advice to students embarking on their first study abroad experience?
In all my global travels, I have stuck to a few key goals that have proved useful: (1) Don’t make any judgements before you have been somewhere at least two full weeks. It takes time to find your comfort – don’t think it’ll happen immediately (Jetlag is no joke). (2) Go out to a new place every single day for your first few weeks. A new grocery store, a new shop, a new park. See something new every day. (3) Put all your effort into communicating respectfully in the local culture. Even if you don’t speak any of the language, learn please, thank you, hello and goodbye, and use them every chance you can. Don’t go straight into English – show an interest! And always smile. Smiles, even when awkward, convey your interest in wanting to get to know someone. (4) And finally, never wear heels in an apartment with tile/concrete floors.

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