Meet the Staff
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Penelope Pynes, International Programs UNCG
Penelope Pynes, Ph.D.
Associate Provost

As the Associate Provost for International Programs, Penelope leads the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Denise Bellamy, International Programs Center
Denise Bellamy

Denise is currently serving as the Director of Study Abroad & Exchanges. She joined the IPC team as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs in June of 2007. As a military dependant, she spent her childhood traveling and continues to have that same passion today. She holds a Masters of Education in International Higher Education Leadership (Emphasis in Multicultural Counseling) from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Denise enjoys encouraging young people to think, learn, and experience life globally!  

Tom Martinek, Jr., International Programs Center
Tom Martinek, Jr.

Assistant Director
Tom has been working as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs since January 2004. He is a former student at UNCG and during that time participated on an exchange program to the University of Oulu, Finland. He also participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange program to Germany in May 2005. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict & Peace Studeies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.
Kaitlin Ritchie, International Programs Center
Kaitlin Ritchie
Assistant Director

Kaitlin first began working at IPC as a graduate assistant while completing her Master of Science degree in Community Counseling and Education at UNCG. Her first experience studying abroad was in Perth, Australia while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at UNC-Wilmington. As an AmeriCorps member in 2006, she further developed her passion for other cultures and service learning and volunteered and studied Spanish while living in Guatemala and Mexico. Kaitlin is excited to be at IPC as she loves working with people of different cultures and helping international students transition to living abroad.
Marie Henry
Marie Henry

Assistant Director
Marie began her career in international education in 2010 after studying abroad with UNCG in New Zealand.  She obtained a BA in Communication Studies and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Universität Bremen in Germany.  She comes to UNCG professionally from Baylor University where she served as Coordinator of Faculty Led Programs.  Currently, she holds the title of Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, working primarily with the Faculty Led programs in IPC.  Marie has a passion for intercultural communication, international politics, and cuisine from around the world!
Logan Stanfield, International Programs Center
Logan Stanfield
Study Abroad Coordinator
Logan has been a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor at IPC since 2008. He attended his first NAFSA conference while working part-time at a local Greensboro coffee shop and with IPC. A UNCG graduate (’07 B.A. in Economics), Logan studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also taught English in Guang Zhou, China, and has a brother who lives and teaches in China. Logan loves to ski, his most favorite place he’s been to is Thailand, and he hopes to pursue a Masters in Geography at some point in the future.

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David Nelson
David Nelson

David holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, and his graduate degrees - an M.M. in Conducting and a Ph.D. in Music Theory - are from Northwestern University. The Viennese government awarded David with their "Golden Medal of Honor" in 2008. This was the second highest award that city has even given to an American. (Leonard Bernstein received a higher award.)

Steve Flynn
Steve Flynn

Assistant Director

Steve arrived at UNCG in 1992 as the founding Associate Director of the International Programs Center.  In 1999 he was the founding director of the system wide UNC Exchange Program, based at UNCG.  He holds a B.A. in History/Politics from Southern Oregon University and received his Master’s in International Relations from George Washington University.  A doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at UNCG, he teaches Honors Colloquia classes and the occasional International Global Studies course.

Heidi Bretz
Heidi Bretz

Administrative Assistant
Heidi obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French Language from Capital University in Ohio, studying abroad in Belgium and Tunisia. Prior to joining UNCG in November 2014, she worked internationally in event planning in Muscat, Oman and domestically in nonprofit marketing and membership.
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Norma Velazquez
International Student Advisor

Norma is originally from Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Operations Management and a Master of Arts degree in Conflict & Peace Studies from UNCG . Norma has worked at the International Programs Center since 2002 providing foreign students and faculty with services and programs to enrich their experience at UNCG and in Greensboro.

Eric Mecimore
International Services Coordinator
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Jen Kelley, International Programs Center
Jennifer Kelley
International Admissions Coordinator

Originally from Ohio, Jennifer has lived in many cities across the United States.  She came to UNCG after four years in Honolulu, HI to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.  She started working at IPC as a federal work study student in August 2008.  She has always enjoyed traveling and learning about different cultures and languages.   Her experiences abroad have included time spent in Brazil, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Tahiti.  She looks forward to the opportunity to engage with many more cultures during her time with IPC.

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Catherine Holderness
Director, UNCEP

Catherine came to UNCG from Salem College. Catherine has been with UNCG for 15 years and at IPC since the summer of 2012, joining IPC after several years in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.  She earned her doctorate from UNCG, MBA from the University of Nevada Reno, and BA from San Jose State University in California.  Her experiences abroad have included an around-the-world trek, spending time in East Africa and Australia, and teaching MBA students in Germany. Catherine currently teaches the Disney Leadership Program online apart from overseeing the operations of the UNC Exchange Programs.

Emily Christiansen
Emily Christiansen
Assistant Director,

Emily returns to campus from UNC-Asheville, where she worked as the Program Coordinator for the Humanities and Arts & Ideas programs. In addition to receiving her Master’s degree in Library Science here at UNCG in 2009, she previously worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Bryan School of Business and Economics before moving to Asheville. She first fell in love with traveling in high school, when she took her first trip abroad to England and Scotland as part of an English class. As an undergraduate at Guilford College, she also studied abroad in Munich, Germany, while completing her Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German.

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Nor Othman, International Programs Center
Nor Othman
Program Coordinator

Originally from Malaysia, Nor attended California State University in Long Beach as an international student while studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Finance. She has also lived in London and Exeter, United Kingdom, where she did her MBA. Nor was an auditor with Ernst & Young, has worked for several advertising agencies in Malaysia, and was responsible for the "Malaysia, Truly Asia" integrated marketing campaigns in Japan, South Korea & ASEAN countries before moving to Greensboro in 2006. She has worked as the Principal of Greensboro Islamic Academyand at Guilford County Schools Student Services Office before joining IPC in 2010.

Currissa Townsend
Financial Coordinator

Muhuba Mohamed, International Programs Center
Muhuba Mohamed

Front Desk Supervisor

Muhuba graduated from UNCG in May with a BS in Business Administration Studies. She has been working at IPC since September 2010. Her favorite part about being an IPC employee has been having the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people. “I’ve loved discovering how diverse UNCG’s campus is,” she says. “I’ve met a lot of people and learned so much from them.” Her ultimate goal is to return to Somalia, her home country, and open a non-profit school for girls.

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