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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.

Wayne Johnson

Financial Coordinator

Wayne began his career at UNC Greensboro in 2013 in the School of Nursing and progressed to the School of Education before joining the IPC as the Financial Coordinator in January 2022.  He received his B.S. in History in 2008 from UNCG.  Wayne enjoys hiking, exploring new places, gaming, listening to live music and spending time adventuring with his son and daughter twins. He also enjoys creating and tinkering using a variety of materials in his limited free time.
Contact Wayne about billing/invoicing, payments, transfers and anything related to finance in the International Programs Center.

Alex Parsons

Administrative Coordinator

Alex ParsonsAlex serves as the administrative coordinator of IPC. As an alumna, she earned her BA in International and Global Studies- Human Rights in '18, followed by a post-baccalaureate certificate in Nonprofit Management in '19. She believes strongly in the advancement of intercultural inclusivity both on campus and in the greater Greensboro community.

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.


Assistant Director


If you are interested in creating or renewing a faculty-led study abroad program or participating in a faculty-led program, please contact Derek Bradley,

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