Alumni Career Panelist Bios

Jessica Beinecke, Chinese attendee ’06-’07

Beinecke is the president of JM Beinecke Inc., a corporation that produces cross-cultural Web productions in Mandarin and English. She is the creator, writer, host and producer of Voice of America’s viral daily Web show OMG! Meiyu, in which she uses Mandarin to teach American slang and culture to a young Chinese audience. The show, which has been featured on PBS, quickly achieved widespread popularity in both China and Taiwan. With just her laptop and a few props, Beinecke produces OMG from her apartment in New York City and has garnered more than 22 million hits.

She holds a bachelor's of science in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She became fluent in Mandarin Chinese through her study at Zhejiang Technology University and the Middlebury College Language Schools. Beinecke hopes to broaden her cross-cultural impact with more in-depth views into the lives of young people in China and the U.S.

Taina Caragol-Barreto, MA French ’01

Caragol-Barreto is the curator of Latino art and history for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Along with showcasing the work of Latino artists, she works to highlight the contributions of Latinos to U.S. history and culture. She previously worked at the Museo de Arte de Ponce, first as the curator of education and subsequently as the consultant on Academic programs.

She has also worked extensively as a bibliographer, specializing in Latin America. Caragol-Barreto has published numerous articles and essays on art and art history. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian at the University of Puerto Rico and received a master’s in French from Middlebury College. She is currently working on her PhD in Latin American art and expects to defend her dissertation this fall. She is fluent in Spanish and French, has a conversational proficiency in Italian, a reading knowledge of Portuguese, and is currently studying German. 

Joshua Haynes, Arabic attendee ’05

Haynes is a senior development technologist and media adviser at USAID, where he focuses on the nexus of technology, media, civil society, Internet freedom, information security and democracy, human rights and governance. Previously, he was involved in the private sector, working in analytics and technology consulting across Europe, as well as on international development-focused technology projects in sub-Saharan and North Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and South Asia, in the areas of media, new media, civil society, stability, democracy, apps, the mobile gender gap and financial inclusion.  

Haynes received his bachelor of business administration from Boston University, a master of international business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and attended the Arabic Language School at Middlebury College. He speaks a number of languages, including Arabic (Modern Standard and Maghrebi), French, German, and Spanish. 

Mila Pavek ’92, MA Russian ’93

Pavek is the project manager at Inflexxion, where she leads and manages scientifically based, interactive technologies in the arena of behavioral science. Her previous positions include Project Manager for the first translation company in the world to hold a certification to the quality systems standard designed for medical device companies, as well as security manager of Sea Launch, an international partnership that launches telecommunication satellites.

Pavek has studied foreign languages extensively; she received her bachelor of arts in Russian and Spanish from Middlebury College, as well as a master's in Russian from the Middlebury College Language Schools. She also holds a master of science in interpreting and translation from Heriot-Watt University, and a master of space studies from the International Space University. She is fluent in Russian, Spanish, and French, has a functional knowledge of Portuguese, and is studying Arabic and Norwegian.

Jeffrey Wood 

Wood is the career and academic advisor for the interpretation and localization management programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). He has an extensive background working in career development and alumni management at numerous colleges around the country. Wood has also worked in college admissions as well as in counseling.

He has written several articles on international and language careers for multiple publications, including the Wall Street Journal. Wood received his Bachelor’s degree in American and European history from Lake Forest College, and his master of education in organization and management with counseling from Antioch University. 


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