CGE Staff

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The Center for Global Engagement
Gonzaga University
Hemmingson Center, Suite 102
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

(509) 313-3549

Meet our Staff:

Britt is an alum of Gonzaga's MA-TESL program, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia where she taught English as a Second Language for two years.

In her free time, she loves running, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and eating. | Hemmingson 102 E | (509) 313.6236


Melissa HeidMelissa earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Gonzaga as well as her master’s in teaching English as a second language. She is currently a student in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies and is interested in the intersection of leadership, language, and culture.

Melissa has studied Japanese, Arabic, and a little Korean. Melissa enjoys teaching ESL and TESL and working at the CGE.

She has traveled to Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. | Hemmingson 204 H | (509) 313-6560


Stashia KaielStashia was born and raised in Spokane, WA., closely connected to the Gonzaga community at an early age while attending the local elementary school (St. Aloysius). She decided to spread her ‘wings’ in college and studied abroad in Seville, Spain, for her junior year. Her experiences abroad changed everything.

Stashia began working at Gonzaga University with international students right after graduating from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Education. She decided to spread her ‘wings’ even farther and moved to Pusan, South Korea, to teach English and then to Portland, Oregon, to continue teaching ESL to elementary school children.

Her love for working with international students has never faded – she has returned to work at GU supporting international students to achieve their dreams of becoming a Zag. Stashia is married to a GU alum, Josh, and keeps very busy with their two daughters, Olivia and Laila. | Hemmingson 204 D | (509) 313-6454


Katuska has worked more than fifteen years of her professional career in study abroad and international business. She received a bachelor's in biology and French from Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from Gonzaga University. After studying abroad in France (three times) during college, she soon after settled in Paris, working there for seven years. Katuska is fluent in Slovak and French, and has traveled Europe, parts of south and central America, Africa, and China. She's always looking forward to more future overseas adventures. | Hemmingson 204 G | (509) 313-3546


Alisha LombardiAlisha is originally from College Station, Texas and has been working in study abroad for over nine years.

She attended Texas A&M University earning a B.A. in international studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in business administration here at Gonzaga.

Alisha’s areas of expertise include sponsored programs, student advising and supervising student employees. During her undergraduate program she studied abroad in Costa Rica which ignited her love for international education. She has traveled to over 13 countries and continues to add to that number. Prior to the field of study abroad, she worked with various non-profit organizations in Texas.

Alisha enjoys exercising, yard work, living in the PNW and Tex-Mex cuisine. | Hemmingson 102 F | (509) 313-5799


Richard MenardRichard’s particular areas of expertise in the field of Study Abroad include advising students in their applications for national study abroad scholarships, risk management, increasing administrative efficiency through the application of specialized study abroad software, re-designing administrative procedures and program management, and working with faculty on faculty-led programs.

His approach to his work emphasizes cooperative interactions and rigorous academics. As he stated in his application letter, "A crucial component to success is building strong relationships with both faculty and administrators who are knowledgeable and appreciative of the academic strengths of study abroad."

Richard has been recognized for his dedication to study abroad as an integral component of a university education, for his proactive style and effectiveness in working collaboratively with others to move projects forward. Richard earned a B.A. in history at Texas Tech University and an M.A. in international relations in Belgium at the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies. | Hemmingson 204 C | (509) 313-3583


Katie NollenbergerKatie earned her bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Oregon and her master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Gonzaga University.

She has taught ESL in France and at Gonzaga and Spokane Community College. Katie enjoys working with students from all over the world and helping them to realize their academic and career pursuits.

She has travelled to Colombia, India, South Korea, Mexico, Ireland, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus, among others, and is always looking forward to her next adventure abroad. In her free time, she enjoys being out and about in nature and spending time with her family. Please feel free to contact her. | Hemmingson 204 I | (509) 313-5593


Ann PriceAnn graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in History. Before working at Gonzaga, she had a 15 year career in banking. She has been with Gonzaga since 1999 and has worked at CCASL, for the Interim VP for Mission, and for the Chief Diversity Officer before landing at the Center for Global Engagement.

She lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for one year while attending school and caught the travel bug. Since then she has traveled to Canada, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta.

She has two daughters and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Ann enjoys gardening, hiking, the gym, playing piano, reading, and attending the Symphony and the theater. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly at her favorite weekend destination, Priest Lake. She also loves Disneyland or anyplace that has great rollercoasters. | Hemmingson 204 F | (509) 313-3667


As a child, Azra Rasic went to three elementary schools in three different countries and studied in three languages. She immigrated to the USA with her family as a refugee from Bosnia in the 90s. After living in Atlanta, GA and New York City, she relocated to Spokane to raise a family with her husband.

Azra is passionate about intercultural communication and strives to help students successfully navigate their higher education goals.

In her free time, Azra volunteers and attends community-building events. Azra’s dream is to raise her daughter to respect others and to learn the importance of diversity in our society.


Erin earned her B.B.A. from Gonzaga and is also an alumni of the Gonzaga in Florence program.

She worked in the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) as a student, and enjoys continuing to interact with all those that come through the CGE doors. Her main responsibilities include student advising, as well as overseeing the application process and preparation for all undergraduates studying at Gonzaga in Florence.

Having lived with a host family during her time studying abroad, Erin is an advocate for cultural immersion opportunities. She enjoys playing volleyball and experiencing the outdoors of the Inland Northwest. | Hemmingson 102 D | (509) 313-3598


Dr. Li YangGrowing up in a farming community in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China that is best known for its many ethnic and Muslim minorities, and as an important crossroad on the Silk Road, Dr. Li Yang gained her B.A. in English Language and Literature, and M.A. in British and American Literature with full scholarship from Xinjiang University.

After graduation she was offered a position at Xinjiang University teaching English as a Second/Third Language to her Han, Uyghur, Kazak, Mongolian, Uzbek and Tajik students, and twice earned the Outstanding Teacher Award.

In 2008 Li came to the U.S. as an international student at the University of Minnesota where she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education. Her thesis was on the impact of study abroad on its participants. During her Ph.D. study, she was one of the founders and editors of an online academic journal, Reconsidering Development, with a start-up grant from the University of Minnesota.

Before arriving at Gonzaga University, Dr. Yang was the Coordinator of the China Programs at Colorado State University, managed the Teaching in English program at Montclair State University, and was the Director of the International Center and the English Language Program at Rowan University.

She also worked and volunteered as a translator and cultural consultant over the years to many organizations including the Wyoming Public Defenders Office, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority for its billion-dollar contract with the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation.

Li and her husband Bill enjoy gardening, woodworking, cooking, hiking, and reading until their eyes get blurry. | Welch 101 | (509) 313-3668


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Hemmingson Center, Suite 102
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-3549