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Maria Anastasiou, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for International Programs

StaffAs Associate Provost for International Programs, Maria leads UNC Greensboro’s internationalization efforts by working closely with multiple constituents across campus to create and implement global learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Prior to joining UNC Greensboro, Maria served as Executive Director in the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian State University. Maria also served as the Director of International Programs at USC-Aiken and as Director of the Lifelong Learning Program financed by the European Union at Frederick University in Cyprus. Maria received her BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and her MA and Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Maria has taught numerous classes on Foreign Policy and International Relations and likes to teach college-level classes when time permits. She is a native of Cyprus and came to the US in 1994 on a Fulbright Scholarship for her college education.


Financial Coordinator


Alex Parsons

Administrative Coordinator

StaffAlex joined the IPC team in 2020 after completing her post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNCG in the fall of 2019. She received her B.A. from UNCG in 2018, majoring in International and Global Studies with a concentration in Human Rights, with a double minor in Peace and Conflict studies and Political Science. As an undergraduate, Alex was a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar and studied abroad for a full academic year in Wroclaw, Poland. As an alumni, she believes strongly in the advancement of intercultural communication on campus and in the greater Greensboro community.

Her personal interests include conflict resolution, community engagement, art, and cinema.

Contact Alex about: scheduling meetings with the Associate Provost of IPC, employment/internship/volunteer opportunities, classroom workshops or intercultural curriculum development, faculty/staff funding opportunities, or general administrative questions.

Study Abroad and Exchanges

The office of Study Abroad and Exchanges is here to help you discover the many options that will enhance your educational experiences. Through partnerships with other institutions around the world, we develop a myriad of exchange opportunities. We provide support to international exchange students who have chosen to study at UNCG. We invite our students to broaden their perspectives. We open doors to new adventures for exchange students here at this university and for UNCG students ready to meet different cultures outside the United States.

Denise Bellamy

Senior Director, IPC and Director, Study Abroad and Exchanges

Staff Denise is currently serving as the Senior Director, IPC and 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!

Contact Denise about:  international exchange partner agreements, hosting short- term international student groups from partner universities, and the Baden-Wuerttemberg/North Carolina state-to-state exchange program

Derek Bradley

Associate Director

Before joining the UNCG team in 2021, Derek was the Assistant Director at University of the Pacific managing Education Abroad and was a Regional Director for ISEP managing the Asia Pacific & UK portfolio.  He earned his MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College while teaching in China for five years.  He is passionate about empowering students to thrive when immersed in a completely new culture.  His hobbies include board games, theatre, and visiting national parks.
Contact Derek about all things study abroad.

Monica Scovell

Assistant Director

Staff Monica double-majored in Communication Studies and French Language here at UNCG, where she continued her French studies with an M.A. before beginning her Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill (anticipated graduation 2019). She participated in study abroad during each leg of her educational journey, beginning with a summer study as an undergraduate student, continuing as a master’s student abroad, and completing a full-year teaching exchange more recently. She’s passionate about language acquisition, home renovations, and gardening.

Contact Monica about: general study abroad questions.

Heidi Bretz

Assistant Director

Staff Heidi is primarily responsible for assisting faculty in developing and implementing short-term study abroad programs, while also providing full-cycle advising for students participating on exchange programs. She obtained her BA in International Studies/French Language from Capital University and her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UNC Greensboro. As an Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator, she regularly facilitates workshops on intercultural competency. She is one of the founding facilitators for the Spartans in Dialogue program, a key innovative diversity education initiative that contributed to UNCG receiving the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Contact Heidi about: creating/renewing a faculty-led study abroad program, participating in a faculty-led program, studying abroad, etc.

Logan Stanfield

Study Abroad Coordinator

Staff 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.

Contact Logan about: studying abroad, transfer credit for returning study abroad students, etc.

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) unit within the International Programs Center offers advising, visa services, and training to support our international students, scholars and faculty.

    International Students
  • We assist incoming and enrolled international students with U.S. visa and immigration matters and provide advising on how to stay in status throughout UNC Greensboro enrollment and through practical training periods (OPT).
    International Scholars
  • We’re here to guide J-1 scholars through compliance with all federal rules and regulations.
    Faculty and Staff Resources
  • ISSS can help you support, advise and maintain the status of your students and scholars.

Jennifer Kelley

International Student and Scholar Services Lead

Staff 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 has been working at IPC in many different capacities since 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, China, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Tahiti.

Contact Jen about: I-20/visa compliance matters, international scholarships, degree-seeking retention matters, and all other matters related to international degree-seeking students.”

Norma Velazquez

Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor

Staff Norma is originally from Mexico. For over 15 years, she has worked at the International Programs Center providing foreign students and faculty with services and programs that enrich their experience at UNCG and Greensboro. Some of those services include delivering guidance and support throughout the students and scholars’ journey at UNCG and the United States; providing information to university faculty and staff on the protocols for hosting international visiting scholars at UNCG; applying program knowledge in answering questions and handling difficult issues such as unexpected financial situations, medical emergencies and catastrophes in home countries; and connecting students and scholars with university and community resources accordingly. Norma’s dedication to the fields of student affairs, international education and academic instruction and passion for UNCG have also been established through her educational and personal interests. Those include studies in Higher Education Administration and Teacher Education with emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to contribute to students’ academic and personal success in the United States. Norma holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict and Peace Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Operations Management. She is passionate about topics related to language acquisition, student holistic development, visa compliance and multicultural affairs.

Contact Norma about: faculty wishing to host a J-1 scholar at UNCG, international degree-seeking student advising, international scholar advising.

Delisha Stafford

Assistant Director

Staff Dee received her B.A. in Communication Studies from UNCG in 2009. She studied abroad to France in 2008, an opportunity that was a life- changing experience to a first generation college graduate. After interning in several study abroad offices, Dee worked at North Carolina A&T State University while completing her Masters of Science in Higher Education in 2014. She recently transitioned to UNCG in November and is thrilled to be serving the students of her alma mater.

Contact Dee about: studying at UNCG as a J-1 exchange student from a partner university, or hosting a Friday Cultural Fest.


International Programming Coordinator