Meet The Staff

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Senior Director, International Education

Administrative Support

Jill Bedarian

Jillian (Jill) Bedarian

Administrative Assistant, Glavin Office


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Jillian Bedarian provides administrative support to the three teams within the Glavin Office of International Education: Education Abroad, Short-Term Programs and International Student and Scholar Services.

Prior to joining Babson in 2022, Bedarian worked as the administrative assistant at the Corwin-Russell School at Broccoli Hall in Sudbury, MA.

Bedarian earned her Bachelor of Education degree from HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, The Netherlands where she was able to study abroad for a semester at the University of Albany in Albany, NY. She also holds a Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International and is a certified ESL teacher.

Education Abroad (Academic Year, Semester, and Summer Abroad)

Lauren Chow

Lauren (Lo) Chow

Assistant Director, Education Abroad


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Lauren (Lo) Chow advises for undergraduate abroad programs in Asia (China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea) and Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland), as well as managing Babson's incoming exchange student program.

Prior to joining the team at Babson in 2018, she worked for College Year in Athens and Lessons From Abroad after completing 2 years as a Fulbright grantee in Kodiang, Malaysia. She has previously chaired Diversity Abroad's LGBTQ+ task force and served on the planning committee for the Lessons From Abroad New England Conference. She has presented at regional and national conferences, and in 2019 was awarded the Region XI Rising Professional Award by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Chow has studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Dubai, UAE; and Malang, Indonesia. She holds a BA in cognitive science and educational studies from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MA in international higher education and intercultural relations from Lesley University. She is currently completing a Certificate in Advanced Management at Babson College.

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Kaela Conroy

Senior Advisor, Education Abroad


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Kaela Conroy advises for undergraduate academic year, semester and summer abroad programs in Oceania (Australia, New Zealand); Europe (United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden) and the Middle East (Jordan, United Arab Emirates).

Before Babson, Kaela worked for Boston University Study Abroad and, prior to that, in the Office of International Programs at Brown University. She has most recently presented at the Forum on Education Abroad conference and served as a volunteer at the annual New England Lessons from Abroad conference. 

Conroy earned her MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California and her BA in International Relations from Elon University in North Carolina. She studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica and spent two years teaching abroad in Andalucía.

John Crisafulli

John Crisafulli

Director, Education Abroad


Pronouns: he / him / his

John Crisafulli is the director of Education Abroad, leading the team in the development and management of a comprehensive portfolio of summer, semester, and academic year education abroad programs. Prior to Babson, he worked at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. He previously served as co-chair of the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA) and is a past member of the Arcadia University College of Global Studies Guild. In 2013, he was awarded the Region XI Rising Young Professional Award by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Crisafulli earned his MS in college student personnel from the University of Rhode Island and his BA in communication from Bryant University. He studied abroad in Galway, Ireland.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Ikuko Konda

Ikuko Konda

Senior Advisor, International Student & Scholar Services


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Ikuko Konda is responsible for advising Babson’s international students on immigration regulations and cultural adjustment, SEVIS compliance, and assisting with intercultural programming. She is the primary liaison with the Graduate Admissions office to provide support for incoming graduate students.

Ikuko joined Babson's ISSS team with more than ten years of experience in the field of international education.

Megan Murray

Megan Murray

International Student & Scholar Advisor


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Megan Murray provides guidance to Babson's international students on immigration regulations and is also responsible for general administrative and programming support for the ISSS team.

Before coming to Babson, Murray worked with international students at Dartmouth College and Vermont Law School. She currently serves as a member of the Virginia Tech Student Affairs Young Alumni Board.

Murray earned her MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute, a TESOL certification at Centro Espiral Mana in Costa Rica, and a BA in International Studies and French from Virginia Tech. She also completed Babson’s Certificate in Advanced Management program.

Nicole Nicosia

Nicole (Nikki) Nicosia

Associate Director, International Student & Scholar Services


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Nikki Nicosia advises on immigration regulations and cultural adjustment, and is the primary liaison with Office of Undergraduate Admission to provide support and outreach for incoming undergraduate students. She manages services and outreach to visiting international scholars as well as students seeking leave/readmission, those in executive education and summer programs, and dependent(s) and family members. Nicosia also is the coordinator of the Global Scholars Program with oversight of budget and programmatic features of the program. She is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, continuing to present and train at the regional and national level and participating in the annual NAFSA Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Babson in 2011, Nicosia worked at Northeastern University as the International Advancement and Outreach program specialist.

Nicosia earned her MS in applied educational psychology from Northeastern University and her BS in secondary education: social science from Winona State University.

Elizabeth Saumsiegle

Elizabeth (Liz) Saumsiegle

Director, International Student & Scholar Services


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Liz Saumsiegle is responsible for the management and overall direction of the International Student & Scholar Services team (including oversight of federal regulatory compliance for students, exchange visitors and the College). 

Since joining Babson in 2007 as the program assistant for the ISSS team, Saumsiegle has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has presented and trained at regional and national conferences. At Babson, she has been a member of the Honor Board and co-chair of the Sustainability Employee Resource Group.

Saumsiegle earned her master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University and her bachelor’s degree in early American history from the University of New Hampshire.

Short-Term Programs (Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and Global Entrepreneurship Experience)

Elise Beaudin

Elise Beaudin

Associate Director, Glavin Office of International Education, and Director, Short-Term Programs


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Elise Beaudin MBA’10 provides operational and budgetary oversight for the office as the associate director of the Glavin Office of International Education. As the director of Short-Term Programs, Beaudin leads the team in development and administration of the undergraduate and graduate electives abroad & away and international consulting projects. She is the program manager for the International Consulting Experience in Portugal. Beaudin also teaches in the First-Year Seminar program, serves on the Undergraduate Awards Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Education Abroad.

Beaudin joined Babson in 1994 and has worked in the Center for Career Development, the Consulting Programs Office, and the Glavin Office. Prior to Babson, she worked in sales and product training, mortgage servicing, and software instruction for adult education.

Beaudin earned her MBA from Babson College and her BA in education with specializations in mathematics and psychology from Framingham State University.

Renée Graham

Renée Graham

Assistant Director, Short-Term Programs


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Renée Graham manages programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2020-2021 undergraduate Electives Abroad to the Netherlands/Portugal, Spain, and England; the Electives Away to California (Los Angeles and San Francisco); the graduate Electives Abroad to Sweden; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience programs traveling to Chile and China. She also advises for the Undergraduate Global Management Concentration and serves on the Undergraduate Awards Committee, in addition to several campus wide committees. In the Fall you will also see Renée court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.

Graham began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist serving as a site supervisor, lecturer, clinician, and advocate for youth with physical and learning disabilities. Since joining the Glavin Office of International Education in 2005, Graham spearheaded the campus-wide expansion and support of International Education Week and has been an integral part of growing Babson’s short-term international programming. She has presented to the Boston Area Study Abroad Association and NAFSA Region XI on best practices for developing faculty-led programs abroad.

Graham earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of Babson’s Certificate of Advanced Management (CAM) program.

Amanda Jew

Amanda Jew

Program Manager, Short-Term Programs


Pronouns: she / her / hers

Amanda Jew oversees the development and execution of international and domestic short-term courses in partnership with faculty. 

Prior to joining Babson in 2022, Jew worked at Northeastern University as a coordinator of global studies developing marketing and implementing programming focused on intercultural competency and community building. Prior to her master’s degree she worked in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher creating and leading interactive programs through English seminars. 

Jew earned her Master of Arts in International Education Management and Japanese Language Program from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature with a certificate in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.