Era Schrepfer, Executive Director
Era joined FIUTS in 2006, and brings many years of nonprofit and international experience to her role. Era has traveled extensively in Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean and served with the US Peace Corps as a Community Agriculture Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. In addition to her role at FIUTS, she is a volunteer for Seattle Works, The Beacon Hill International School PTA, and Girl Scouts. Her interests include cross-cultural leadership development, team building, nonprofit strategy and planning, and the use of social media for social change.
Era is a Minnesota native who was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. Era lives with her husband, daughter, and son in South Seattle and loves Latin music, new recipes, dark chocolate, and fiction from around the world.
Other Languages Spoken: Spanish
Favorite Place on Earth: Palenque, Mexico
Next Place I’d Like To Go: India
Favorite International Dish: Asopao de Pollo con Guandules
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Ellen Frierson, Manager of Education Programs
Ellen grew up in New York, Germany, and Virginia. She joined FIUTS in 2012 as Manager of Community Programs and became Manager of Education Programs in 2015. Previously, she taught English in Germany, Ecuador, and Thailand, and coordinated a human rights education program with journalists in Cameroon. She also spent ten summers teaching German at Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota, and has worked for nonprofits in Washington DC and New York City.
Ellen received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is passionate about promoting social justice and global citizenship through cross-cultural exchange and collaboration. Outside work, Ellen can usually be found reading, planning future adventures, and hanging out with her husband, baby daughter, and crazy dog.
Other Languages Spoken: German and Spanish
Favorite Place on Earth: The Andes mountains
Next Place I’d Like To Go: Turkey, Hungary, Namibia, Nepal, Morocco, Bangladesh, Japan, and everywhere else…
Favorite International Dish: Sushi, sushi, and sushi.
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Tom Lang, Education Programs Coordinator
A Seattle native, Tom has spent a total of three years overseas: two serving in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia and one year studying in Austria. He has been with FIUTS since 2011, working with the short-term programs and K-12 programming. Tom holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
When not in the office, you can find Tom out hiking, skiing or playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Other Languages Spoken: Spanish, German, Serbo-Croatian, Georgian
Favorite Place on Earth:The Chuckanut hills near Bellingham, WA
Next Place I'd Like To Go: Alaska
Favorite International Dish: sushi
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Amy Bergstrom, Manager of Student Programs
Amy started exploring new places through the world of books, sparking an interest in learning about and from people everywhere. She has traveled internationally several times, each visit providing inspiration for more learning and exploring.
Amy grew up in the Seattle area, then studied journalism at Colorado State University. After several years working in sports journalism, she rediscovered the joy that is working with college students and made the shift into higher education. After completing her Master of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University, she joined the FIUTS staff in 2015 to help support international students in their learning and growth as they become global leaders. She loves books, baseball, baking, crafting, and laughing most of all.
Other Languages Spoken: Used to be able to speak French, but it’s been awhile!
Favorite Place on Earth: Anywhere along the water…and the British Library
Next Place I’d Like to Go: Switzerland to visit a friend, then Japan
Favorite International Dish: Noodles in any language (spaghetti, udon, chow mein, pad see ew)
Contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danika Delano, Student Programs Coordinator
Danika began her international journey when she embarked on a Semester at Sea voyage where she circumnavigated the globe; she returned with a heavy case of the travel bug. Satisfying her desire to learn from and help others from different cultures, Danika became involved with the Fort Collins International Center, Colorado State University's (CSU) International Student Services Office, and CSU's Intensive English Program. Since then, she has explored over 30 countries on 5 continents, including living and working in Japan. She received MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute and finds her role at FIUTS extremely rewarding. As a global citizen, she is passionate about the success of international students and their role in international peace.
This Coloradoan comes alive when she is near the mountains and can be found hiking, backpacking, camping, eating street food, and telling bad pun jokes on the regular. As an adventurer, she is a planner that lives for the things you can’t plan for and likes to experience the side streets of life.
Favorite Place on Earth: Home, wherever that is at the moment, and in the mountains
Next Place I'd Like To Go: Turkey, Iceland, New Zealand, Mongolia, and British Columbia
Favorite International Dish: Spanakopita
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Bea Chang, Manager of Community Programs
Bea was born in Taiwan, and moved to California and New Jersey before graduating from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. As a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow stationed in Singapore, she taught English and Literature in low-income secondary schools and coached their girls’ basketball teams. In her time abroad, she also tutored Thai students in English, worked for Asia Pacific Sports Management, and taught a range of subjects at Atlantic Bilingual School in Honduras.
Bea moved to Seattle to work on her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She finished up a year-long AmeriCorp VISTA term at UW’s Center for Leadership in Athletics and joined FIUTS in the summer of 2015. Outside of work, Bea seeks out adventures everywhere. She continues to build out her memories of 51 countries whenever possible!
Favorite Place on Earth: Wherever I am at the time. And Fiji and Mongolia.
Next Place I'd Like to Go: The Arctic Circle or Antarctica, or maybe Chile and Nicaragua.
Favorite International Dish: Kinder Bueno Bars!!
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Jean Guth, Development and Office Administrator
Jean joined FIUTS in December 2013, after working in fundraising at Bastyr University. She grew up in multi-cultural New York City, got a BA in European History in Boston and after working at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, moved West out to Seattle in 1996 after a two year stop in Chicago for an MBA at the University of Chicago. She is excited to be at FIUTS and is a passionate believer in the value of intercultural exchange and cross-cultural experiences. As a college student, she studied in Germany on a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) summer grant and is still friends with contacts she made on that trip. She attributes her love of things global to her grandmother, who was a travel agent in her 20's, traveled extensively to India, South America and the Middle East and always brought something tangible to share with her grandchildren from her travels that was totally different and had local meaning. Jean enjoys exploring the trail and parks the Northwest with her husband and young son.
Other Languages Spoken: Some German and rusty French
Favorite Place on Earth: Skiing on the Methow Valley community trails on a sunny winter day
Next Place I’d Like To Go: Nepal, Portugal
Favorite International Dish: SO hard to choose! Indian, Ethiopian, tapas, and a good Seattle cup of coffee
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Manjot Singh, Work-Study
Manjot is currently a freshman at the University of Washington and his intended major is Bioengineering. He is originally from India and moved to the United States a little over five years ago. Back then, he had never been outside his home state in India, so moving here was a drastic change in his lifestyle. He understands how difficult it can be to get adjusted to life here in the US, which is why he decided to join FIUTS. He wants to help international students get accustomed to life here and he wants to open them to the vast array of resources available to people here.
In his free time, he likes to watch TV shows and movies, play sports, and hike. He also enjoys cooking different types of food whenever he has time.
Intended Major: Bioengineering
Contact Manjot at Manjot.Singh@fiuts.org
Mary Kathleen, Work-Study
Mary Kathleen is a first year grad student in the School of Public Health. She grew up on the east coast and recently moved to Seattle from Boston, where she just completed her undergrad at Northeastern. There, she studied Health Sciences and Human Services and spent a semester abroad in India doing a public health internship. In her free time, she likes running, playing/watching soccer, watching Netflix, going out for coffee, and exploring Seattle! She loves learning about and meeting people from other cultures, so she is very excited to be working with FIUTS this year!
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Year: Graduate Student
School/Major: School of Public Health- Health Services
Contact Mary at Mary.Kathleen@fiuts.org
Fatih Thompson, Work-Study
Fatih is a grad student in the MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey and has lived there off and on, although he grew up in nearby Everett. After graduating from UW in 2008 he spent about six years teaching English in Turkey, during which he got the chance to do a lot of travelling, especially in Europe. He loves travelling and plans to go abroad again for a few months to a year after he graduate next year.
In his free time he enjoy movies, concerts, going out for coffee, food and/or drinks, or just exploring the city. Studying Russian has been a long-term hobby for him and he is always looking for people to practice with. He loves meeting people from different cultures, which is why he is excited to be working with FIUTS.
Hometown: Everett, WA
Year: Graduate Student
School/Major: English - TESOL
Contact Fatih at Fatih.Thompson@fiuts.org
Sarah Molaie, Work-Study
Sara is graduate student at the Jackson School of International Studies majoring in Comparative Religion. She is an Iranian-American and has extensive international experience. To extend her experience, she joined FIUTS to have more opportunities to interact with more diverse education seekers and learn about their distinctive cultures. Disregarding the cross-cultural aspect of it, she likes FIUTS because of its live and vibrant nature while supporting the international students through their transitions. As an event and marketing assistant at FIUTS, she enjoys working on the Students plans and programs.
She loves and lives with music. She is also a Persian musician and has had several opportunities to present the music. Language is her other passion and she is always ready to learn a new one.
Hometown: Sary, Iran
Year: Graduate Student
School/Major: Comparative Religion
Contact Sarah at Sara.Molaie@fiuts.org