The Student Council composed of students from all degree programs and serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Institute, acting as a voice for students in communication with faculty and staff.

For a full description of responsibilities and roles, please visit the Student Council Constitution.

Executive Council

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President: Jaewon Oh, 

Jaewon is in her second year of the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies with Russian as her language of study. She was born in NYC and grew up mostly in New Jersey. MIIS is Jaewon’s fourth Middlebury school. At Middlebury College, she majored in International and Global Studies with a concentration in Political Science, Western Europe, and French, and minored in German. Afterward, she worked in short-term missions, teaching, and finally children’s publishing at Scholastic. She loved all of it!

Currently, Jaewon serves as President of the Cybersecurity Student Working Group. A Pickering Fellow, she will join the Foreign Service once she graduates, focusing on Public Diplomacy in Eastern Europe. 

Jaewon knows and loves Middlebury, has experience navigating bureaucracies, and, as Student Council President, hopes to create real changes in the decision-making process at MIIS so student voices are heard.

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Vice President: Noni Jones,

Noni is a second-semester student pursing a degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, with French as her language of study. Having grown up in the Marshall Islands and San Diego, CA, Noni relocated to attend San Francisco State University where she received her BA in International Relations while working as an off-leash dog walker. In college, Noni spent a semester sailing along the Canadian coast with the National Outdoor Leadership School to develop her leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively with her peers in a variety of unique situations.

After graduating, Noni moved to Monterey to work at the Naval Postgraduate School as an intern for Global ECCO—a strategic war-gaming program with the Office of Naval Research. She quickly fell in love with Monterey and the Central Coast.

As Vice President, Noni aims to bridge the gap between different degree programs, and work towards the collective goals of the students on campus. She wishes to foster communication between students, faculty, and the administration to create an substantive framework of success for the MIIS community for years to come.

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Treasurer, Lenny Chen,

Lenny is a first-year Translation and Localization Management student with Chinese and English as his language pair. Lenny earned his undergrad degree from University of International Business and Economics in Translation and a minor in Economics. In college, Lenny was part of a Jesuit study abroad program in Beijing and lived with American students studying abroad in China. In his Junior year, he studied abroad in the US at Loyola University Chicago.

Upon graduation, Lenny decided to take his passion for language and intercultural studies, as well as his interest in technology to the next level by pursuing graduate education at MIIS.

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Social Activities Director: Charlotte Ennen,

Charlotte Ennen is from Boston, MA and is honored to be serving as Social Activities Director. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Charlotte joined the Peace Corps and served in South Africa as an education volunteer. Currently, she is a second semester MPA/MAIEM candidate interested in personal development through access to education. Charlotte came to MIIS because she wanted to continue learning in an international context. She continues to be amazed by the incredible community of students here. She is passionate about promoting spaces on campus that allow the community to continue to meet, socialize and learn from each other. “It is an honor to represent you all on the Student Council, come find me on campus or email me at to chat more about how I can best serve you during your time at MIIS!”, comments Charlotte.

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Secretary: Cameron Steagall,

Cameron is an International Environmental Policy, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, student. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, where he was largely involved in Student Council, which led him to New York City where he wrote for CBS and 60 Minutes for a brief stint. His career took a few different turns over the next six years guiding him through fashion, public policy and most recently, international specialty food trade. Cameron has always had a passion for the environment and ocean conservation, but it was his time in public policy and the food industry which pushed him towards

He enjoys exploring local nature, getting involved in the community, making a difference here on campus, and meeting like-minded individuals. Cameron looks forward to supporting MIIS and his fellow students by serving as the Student Council Secretary. 

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Communications Director, Katriya Burkdoll,

Katriya is a first-year student in the MPA/IEM program with Chinese as her language of study. She is originally from Visalia, CA where she grew up on a farm. She was a transfer student to California State University, Long Beach. There she earned her BA in Studio Art, spent one year in Florence, Italy through the CSU international program, and attended the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. She also received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and her Single-Subject Teaching Credential. Following postgraduate study, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Thailand. Post-grant, she worked with the Fulbright Thailand commission as a temporary program coordinator before returning to the U.S. and pursuing graduate school. Leisurely, she enjoys cooking, walking dogs, running, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited to be involved on campus and connect with her fellow student body.

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Health and Wellness Director: Amelia Ortiz, 

Amelia is an MPA candidate studying Mandarin Chinese. Amelia was born in Colorado and earned her BA at Williams College in Massachusetts. In her free time, Amelia likes to trail run and go on outdoor adventures. As a college student and then as a teacher and coach of high school students, Amelia became passionate about advocating for mental health services and awareness. Amelia has always been challenged with her own mental health issues but her struggles and experiences in advocacy have forged the issue into an area of personal activism and passion. Amelia believes that wellness is integral to getting the most out of one’s education. She also believes that mental health and physical health are two areas in which MIIS can better support its students and is determined to make the MIIS community a healthier space.

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Middlebury Collaboration Manager, Julius Moye,

Julius is a first-year student pursuing a joint degree in International Trade & Economic Diplomacy and Public Administration. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julius attended Tufts University and received a joint B.A. in International Relations and German Studies in 2015. Upon graduating, he moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey to work for a national non-profit and was then appointed by the Mayor to serve on the City’s Parks & Gardens Commission. Julius then joined the Peace Corps and served as an education volunteer in Ukraine from 2016 to 2019.

Now Julius serves as a Volunteer Project Manager for the City of Monterey and is interested in building deeper relationships between the student body and local government. He also is honored to work as the Collaboration Manager to foster connections among the MIIS programs and with Middlebury College in Vermont.

 “Feel free to reach out to me at any time and I’d love to hear your ideas on how we can better serve the MIIS and Monterey community!”

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Historian, Steven James Mockler,

Steven James Mockler is a first-year International Education Management and Public Administration degree candidate. He is a proud, transplanted Southerner from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and as an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, he completed two degrees in Mandarin and International Studies with a focus in Global Economics and Business, as well as a minor in Intelligence and Security Studies. He spent the 2015-2016 school year in Nanjing and Shanghai, China, completing his Mandarin degree as a Flagship Language Capstone Boren Scholar. 

In addition to his new role as Student Council Historian, Steven’s responsibilities include serving as the Council’s diversity and inclusion representative, sitting on the Budget Committee, and interning for the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ). His personal passions include going to the movies, spending too much time on Twitter, and reviewing restaurants as a Google Local Guide.       

Program Representatives

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Development Practice and Policy Programs (Intl. Policy and Development or MPA), Gharsanay Ibnul Ameen,

Gharsanay Ibnul Ameen is a Fulbright scholar pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). She earned a Bachelor of Law from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Gharsanay is the co-founder of several organizations including the Young Women Leadership Conference, the Global Youth Development Initiative, the Afghan Girls Sustainable Education Project, and the first Model-UN in Afghanistan. She also served as a Youth Advisor to the United States Institution of Peace (USIP) and Youth Leader in Youth Leader’s Exchange with the Dalai Lama. Gharsanay worked for one and a half year at the Afghan President’s Office as the deputy to the Special Assistant of the President. Currently, she is on the Civil Society Advisory Group with the UN. She won the Emerging Young Leaders Award in 2017, an award given to 10 social activists from the State Department. She is also the recipient of the Responsible Citizen Award, presented by the Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani and the Women of Distinction Award 2019 from the NGO-CSW, New York. Gharsanay is planning to bring systematic changes to the institutions and democracies across the world.

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International Education Management (IEM), Rachel Salay,

Rachel is a joint MPA/IEM student with Spanish as her language of study. She is interested in education as a tool for global development, particularly when it comes to young women and girls. Originally from Columbus, OH, Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Social Work and a Spanish minor. After serving as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Boston, Rachel decided to focus on improving her Spanish language skills and moved to Madrid. After teaching for a year, she relocated once again to Philadelphia where she worked for two nonprofit organizations, one which focused on serving women experiencing chronic homelessness, and most recently for the youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rachel loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her friends (and their dogs). She looks forward to serving the MIIS student body and collaborating with others to ensure that MIIS is an inclusive and supportive place for all.

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International Environmental Policy (IEP), Katrina Von Burg,

Katrina is a first-year International Environmental Policy candidate. Originally born in New York City, she grew up in California where she developed a love of old oak trees and avoiding rattlesnakes. She worked as a field research assistant and science educator while studying Biology at Lewis and Clark College. After graduating, she worked in Southeastern Madagascar studying biodiversity and ecology in fragmented forests. Most recently Katrina worked in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis researching carbon cycling in California forests impacted by Sudden Oak Death and bark beetle. While at Davis she also worked on projects studying carbon cycling and emergent disease in almond and prune crops. 

Katrina looks forward to integrating research and policy to reduce natural resource depletion and mitigate the effects of climate change.  She plans to collaborate with the IEP faculty, staff and students to create the best student experience at MIIS.

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International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED), Bryan Herbert,

Bryan is originally from Vienna, Virginia and holds a BBA in Management from James Madison University. After completing a three-month study abroad program in China with his university, he decided to stay abroad to further develop his international career. Bryan has spent the past six years working in China for several different organizations; namely, a Chinese language institute doing business development and a New York real estate firm doing investment and immigration. His work in real estate was his first glimpse at the crossover of policy and business. Bryan has invested heavily in the Chinese language and culture and is excited to be pursuing his degree in International Trade & Economic Diplomacy (ITED). After graduation, he is planning a career in public service in Washington DC. Bryan is the ITED Program Representative and is excited to serve the Middlebury community and improve the student experience for his fellow classmates.

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Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS), Kiera Welch,

Kiera a second-semester student pursuing a degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, with French as her language of study. She was born and raised in a military community in North Florida. She then went on to study Political Science, National Security, and Global Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, Kiera spent a year in Washington, D.C. interning both in the Security and Defense Office at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and for a United States Senator on Capitol Hill. She currently works as a graduate research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

When not on campus, Kiera spends her time traveling, getting outdoors, or with friends in the community. After graduation, she plans on moving to Europe to work as an international civil servant with a focus on nuclear nonproliferation. Kiera looks forward to supporting her fellow students by serving as the NPTS Representative.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages / Teaching a Foreign Language (TESOL/TFL), Aram Guptill,

Aram Guptill is a first year MA candidate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  from Portland, Maine. He received his undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2014. Since then he has spent time teaching English in Campinas, Brazil and in Portland, Maine, while also spending a few years juggling the role of both Operations Manager and Human Resources Manager of a Maine-based ice cream company. His true passion lies in immigrant and refugee advocacy and aspires to continue working with the new Mainer population. He is excited to be the TESOL/TFL program representative and the ability to represent and advocate for his classmates and the TESOL/TFL program.

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Translation and Localization Management (TLM), Amelia Evrigenis,

Amelia is a second-year student in the Translation and Localization Management program. She’s specializing in Management with Spanish as her language of study. After earning her BA in Spanish and Legal Studies from Claremont McKenna College, Amelia moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for a tech startup and a market research company. Although she’s originally from Sacramento, Amelia feels like an Angeleno at heart. She’s thrilled to be continuing her language-related studies here at MIIS and to begin her career in the localization field.

Amelia is eager to serve on the Student Council to help improve the TLM program for both current students and those to come. She’s particularly interested in utilizing survey data and student dialogues to identify actionable insights for program development.

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Translation and Interpretation (TI/T/CI), Monica Bravo Diaz, 

Monica Bravo Diaz is a second-year student in the Translation and Interpretation program with Spanish - English as her language combination. She earned her BA in Translation and Interpretation Studies, with French as her C language in Lima, Peru, where she is from. Afterward, she worked as a translator and project manager at her university (UPC) and then she taught English as a second language. She also worked as an interpreter in the private sector, most notably as the personal interpreter of Facebook Communication Designer Ji Lee. This summer she had the opportunity to do two medical interpretation internships at both Stanford hospital and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West. As a TI student, Monica loves the diversity of our Institute and is happy to represent the program as a member of the Student Council.