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Learning Abroad Staff

First-time applicants must complete a Learning Abroad 101 session online or in person before meeting with a Coordinator. Students can learn more and sign up here. Please direct all general inquiries to Learning Abroad ( or call us at 801-581-5849.

Beth Laux, MPA - Director
Beth is a former teacher who has conducted research on learning abroad outcomes and immigration enforcement. Beth frequently presents nationally and internationally on topics ranging from student visa policies to education abroad leadership. She has also served as an onsite director for Learning Abroad Programs throughout Latin America and Europe. Beth graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Aquinas College and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo. Beth's responsibilities include strategic planning, risk management, program development, policy coordination, and external relations at the Main Campus and the University of Utah Asia Campus. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Katrina Brown photoKatrina Brown, MFS – Manager for Programs and Operations
Katrina is a Wisconsin native who joined the Learning Abroad team in 2014. She advises students and coordinates faculty-led programs in the Colleges of Science, Mines and Earth Sciences, Social Work, and Law. She is lead member of the Assessment Team and a member of the Scholarship Team, serving as an on-campus representative for the Boren Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and Freeman-ASIA Scholarship. She is also involved in strategic planning and coordinates training for faculty, program assistants, and academic advisors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Psychology and a Master’s degree in International Education and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Katrina also serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Learning Abroad. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Jessica Keat, MPA – Manager for Finance and Administration
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has been working in Learning Abroad since 2012. She oversees financial activities for Learning Abroad. She serves as main contact for finances for the University of Utah Asia campus, David Eccles School of Business, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Science, College of Law, College of Humanities, and University College. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Alice Jordan photoAlice Jordan – Program Finance Coordinator
Alice moved to Utah from Florida where she worked in higher education for over 15 years. She divides her time in Learning Abroad between administrative and accounting duties. She works on budgeting and finances with Colleges of Architecture and Planning, Fine Arts, Education, Honors, Social Work, Health, and Mines and Earth Sciences. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Eric Boscan photoEric Boscan, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Eric is originally from Salt Lake City, and is a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He has been working in international education since 2014 and joined Learning Abroad in 2016. Eric serves as main contact for the University of Utah College of Health, School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and School of Dentistry. In addition, he is the primary contact for incoming exchange students from our partner institutions around the world. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Jacquee Williams Bio PhotoJacquée Williams, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Jacquée Williams is an Atlanta native who joined the Learning Abroad team in 2017.  She advises students in the College of Humanities. She also works on marketing and re-entry projects and helps lead the Global U Program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video from Georgia State University and a Master’s degree in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University Bloomington. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Kathryn Timm PhotoKathryn Timm, M.Ed. – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Kathryn joined the Learning Abroad team in June 2016 and holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She advises students and coordinates faculty-led programs in the Honors College, the College of Education, the College of Architecture and the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. She also advises students in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and those who are undeclared. In addition, Kathryn works with office assessment and student staff, and is in charge of office scholarships. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Rick Batchelor photoRick Batchelor, MA – Learning Abroad Coordinator
Rick advises students and coordinates faculty-led programs in the David Eccles School of Business, College of Engineering, and College of Fine Arts. He also coordinates select faculty-led programs from the College of Social and Behavioral Science.  Rick is on the Pre-Departure and Learning Abroad 101 Team and is the main contact for outgoing exchanges and student advising for the Utah Asia Campus.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Italian from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s degree in International Studies with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Whitney Graves photoWhitney Graves – Program Specialist
Whitney is a graduate of the University of Utah. As a Program Specialist, she provides support and assists with the Learning Abroad application process and programs. Whitney is a travel and adventure addict who has been to over 40 countries on 5 continents. Scotland remains her favorite destination to date. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Daniel Watson Bio PhotoDaniel Watson, MA – Marketing & Technology Coordinator
Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Daniel received his BA in History and Spanish while at the University of Puget Sound. After studying abroad in Granada and later working as an English teacher all across Spain, Daniel returned to the US and completed his MA in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. New to the office, Daniel coordinates the various technology used throughout the office and leads the marketing team. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Peer Advisors

Savannah Talbot - Peer Advisor
Savannah is originally from Colorado and is beginning her third year at the University of Utah. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy and minoring in Spanish. This past spring, she completed a semester abroad at the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. She works as a peer advisor for students looking to participate in a Learning Abroad program. She also assists different office teams, such as marketing. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
Alessandra Cipriani-Detres - Outreach Intern
Alessandra is a sophomore from Chicago, IL and is majoring in International Studies and minoring in both Spanish and Italian. She participated in the Intensive Spanish Language & Culture program in Oviedo, Spain this past summer. Alessandra is looking forward to sharing her experiences with other students because she feels that learning abroad is something in which everyone should participate and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for personal and professional growth that comes with unforgettable memories and good food. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Outreach Assistant

Brock Mays - Peer Advisor
Brock is a Master’s student studying International Affairs and Global Enterprise at the University of Utah. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Studies and linguistics. He has lived abroad twice, once in Lithuania and again in Finland at the University of Tampere. He loves travel, cultures and foreign languages. He speaks Lithuanian, Spanish, some Russian and a little Finnish. As a Peer Advisor, he helps promote learning abroad to fellow students. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.

Outreach Interns

Cameron Foster - Outreach Intern
Cameron is a senior majoring in Asian Studies and International Studies. During her junior year, she went to South Korea and attended Sogang National University for an academic year and took intensive Korean courses. While abroad, she met amazing people that broadened her perspective of the world. She hopes to use her experiences to encourage others to learn abroad in order to get a more in-depth look at the world. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Danielle Calacino - Outreach Intern
Danielle is a senior at the University of Utah, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with a Sociology minor. Born and raised in Utah, Danielle has a love for the beautiful mountains and the national parks this state has to offer. She attended the Faculty-led Intensive Italian Language program in Siena, Italy, and continues to pursue her love of traveling and Italian to this day. She is excited to help others find their perfect Program with Learning Abroad. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.