Learning Abroad Staff
Your Learning Abroad Staff
|Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D. – Executive Director for Learning Abroad
Dr. Sabine C. Klahr joined the U in 2011 and in 2013 co-established the Office for Global Engagement as the Associate Chief Global Officer. In 2020, she is taking on the additional role of Executive Director for Learning Abroad to develop new initiatives designed to increase access to Learning Abroad opportunities for U students while continuing in her role as Associate Chief Global Officer. Sabine is the contact for policy, new program development, and risk management for Learning Abroad. Over the past 22 years, Sabine has served in international education leadership roles at several universities and nationally for international higher education associations. She earned a doctorate focused on international higher education leadership, completed a dissertation on integrating education abroad in engineering education, received two Fulbright awards, and continues to engage in scholarship and publishing. Prior to her doctorate, she earned a BS and MS in botany/plant ecology and worked in science and outdoor education. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
|Katrina Brown, MFS – Associate Director for Learning Abroad
Katrina joined the Learning Abroad team in 2014 from her home state of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Assessment and Scholarship Teams. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and training for faculty, program assistants, and academic advisors. Katrina also serves as the OEO/Title IX Liaison for Learning Abroad. 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. 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 – 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, 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 College of Health, School of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry, College of Science, College of Mines and Earth Sciences, College of Social Work, and College of Law. In addition, he is the primary contact for incoming exchange students from our partner institutions around the world. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.
|Kathryn 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 student staff, and is in charge of office scholarships. Kathryn also serves as an on-campus representative for the Boren Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, and Freeman-ASIA Scholarship. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
|Rick 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 Assessment Team, along with 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.
|Eliza Emerson - Program Specialist
Eliza Emerson is a Utah native, and graduatied from Utah State University with a BS in English and Economics. While perusing her undergraduate degree, Eliza interned abroad in Manilla, Philippines and explored neighboring countries across South East Asia. She is passionate about both education and international travel and is excited to help students gain experiences abroad. As Program Specialist she provides administrative support and assists with the Learning Abroad application process. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.
|Daniel Watson, MA – Marketing & Technology Coordinator
Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Daniel received his BA in History and Spanish from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. After learning abroad in Granada, Spain and later working as an English teacher and Cultural Ambassador in Spain, Daniel returned to the US and completed his MA in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Daniel coordinates the various technology used throughout the office and leads marketing and recruitment efforts to get students connected with learning abroad opportunities at the University of Utah. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.
Brinley grew up skiing the greatest snow on earth and hiking the Wasatch Mountain Range. She received her undergraduate degree in communications, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in educational psychology at the University of Utah. As a senior in college, she studied abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy where she focused on expanding her knowledge in communications, education, linguistics and pasta. When she’s not in the outdoors, Brinley can be found baking sweets or reading a good book. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Philosophy and French, Courtney embarked on her multi-year adventure circumnavigating the globe. She has enjoyed language and cultural exchange on six continents and has worked with various students during her time leading trips overseas. With a dabbling in French, Arabic, Malay, and Chinese, nothing fires Courtney’s passion more than global affairs and international studies. This fueled her decision to pause her backpacker lifestyle and pursue a Master's in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE). She is a strong advocate for Learning Abroad and hopes to inspire and encourage curious students to continue their studies overseas. Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Max was born and raised in the hot Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2020 with a BA in Geography, minors in Spanish and Urban Planning, and certificates in Brazilian Studies and Geographic Information Science. Max is a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Alumni and studied abroad in Lisbon, Portugal in 2019. Max also participated in the Critical Language Scholarship Portuguese Virtual Institute in 2020 and 2021 in Florianópolis, Brazil. Sparked by his interdisciplinary interests in language, culture and geography, Max is pursuing a MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Utah as a FLAS Fellow for Portuguese. When Max is not improving his language skills, he loves to cook international cuisine (his favorite meal to cook is shakshuka) and attend live music festivals (he has gone to Coachella for the past five years)! Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His
Hallie received her Bachelor’s in International Studies with a minor in French from the University of Utah and is now a graduate student in the MIAGE program studying international affairs. She studied abroad in Lyon, France during her junior year in an intensive French language and culture program. After returning home, Hallie spent the next year as an ambassador for her study abroad program sharing her experiences and helping fellow students start the study abroad process. Hallie loves to travel and hopes to help as many students as possible study abroad during their college education. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Abby Blatter is a sophomore at the University of Utah, pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. When she isn't reading, she loves to remember and do things that remind her of her time spent in Argentina and Mexico as well as all the wonderful people and cultures she was introduced to there. She is excited to help others broaden their horizons with life changing experiences. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Isabel is a Senior at the University of Utah, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Growing up in Utah, Isabel loves to bike and ski in the mountains in order to take advantage of the wonderful scenery. She attended a year-long exchange program at the University of Sydney in Australia and loved everything she learned from the experience. She is excited to help others get out in the world and learn as much as possible. Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Marley is a Junior at the University of Utah, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in both Psychology and International Studies with an emphasis on diversity and culture. She loves her dog, Otto, and anything to do with nature. Marley had the opportunity to learn abroad in Incheon, South Korea at the University of Utah Asia Campus for the Spring 21 semester. She is so excited to encourage other students to get out and see the world while continuing their education!
Sammie is in her third year at the University of Utah, majoring in Health, Society and Policy with a minor in Health. In addition, she is pursuing the Health Communications Certificate program. Despite growing up in a beach town in southern California, she adores the snow and will take any chance to snowboard on Utah’s gorgeous mountain ranges. She is passionate about making healthcare accessible in the United States and learning about the different healthcare systems across the globe. Preferred Pronouns: She/her, they/them