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 Safe Zone
Senior Director, IPC
& Director, Study Abroad
and Exchanges

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!  

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

Associate 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.
Dee Stafford
Delisha Stafford
Assistant Director

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.
Logan Stanfield, International Programs Center
Logan Stanfield Safe Zone
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.
Heidi Bretz
Heidi Bretz Safe Zone
Assistant Director
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.
Monica Scovell
Monica Scovell
Assistant Director

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.

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Penelope J. Pynes


Patrick Lilja
Patrick Lilja
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Assistant Director

Patrick possesses more than a decade of experience in the fields of English as a Second Language and International Education having held positions as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and an administrator. Curious about places and ideas he has traveled to over 50 countries and spent several years living in Japan.  He has presented at several national and international conferences including: English USA, TESOL, and NAFSA.  He was a 2014 participant in the NAFSA Academy and a member of the NAFSA Region VI leadership team.  He is also familiar with accreditation through his work as a site reviewer for The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).  Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the SIT Graduate Institute.

Anna Poteat
Anna Kristen Poteat

Administrative Assistant
Anna Kristen Poteat is the Program Assistant for the Global Engagement office. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at UNCG in May 2017. During her undergraduate career she was involved in many areas of campus life such as orientation, leadership & service learning, intercultural engagement, and student government. Anna loves traveling and has spent time in Ecuador, France, Mexico, and Germany. She is currently working on a Master's of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.
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Jen Kelley, International Programs Center
Jennifer Kelley Safe Zone
International Student & Scholar Services Lead
International Student Advisor

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.

Norma Velazquez
Senior International Advisor (Students and Scholars)

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.

Stephanie Brabec
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Program Coordinator

Stephanie serves as the Program Coordinator of the International Programs Center (IPC).  Though she is new to this particular role, Stephanie is not new to the IPC office.  In her time as a UNCG undergraduate student, her involvement with IPC involved serving as a Peer Adviser and Liaison (PAL) program, participating in the Global Leadership, hosting the IPC Photo Contest as a volunteer, and studying abroad for a year in Toledo, Spain through one of IPC's many exchange programs.  Most recently, Stephanie helped to coordinate the German Fulbright Summer Institute at UNCG, which provided 25 German students with the opportunity to experience life at an American university.  Both her academic and personal interests include foreign language acquisition and global citizenship, and sees her work in IPC as a way to build upon what she has learned thus far.


Catherine Holderness
Catherine Holderness
Office: 03 Brown Bldg.
UNC-IRC Offices: 05 & 07 Brown Bldg.

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.

Lori Suarez
Lori Suarez

Interim Assistant Director,

Lori joined UNCG as a staff member after completing a master's degree in peace and conflict studies. While working toward her degree, Lori focused on the ways in which international education connects to issues of peace and justice and served as staff writer and co-editor for eNewsworthy, IPC's enewsletter. Her varied international experience includes studying abroad as both an undergraduate and graduate student, working for a multicultural design firm in Sydney, Australia, teaching ESL classes, and supporting the refugee resettlement process in the U.S. Lori travels abroad as often as she can, including regular trips to Ecuador to visit her husband’s family.

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LaToya Winslow
LaToya Winslow

Financial Coordinator
LaToya completed her BA in English at UNCG and soon after graduation became an employee with the university. After working in UNCG's School of Nursing for 10 years, she recently transitioned to the International Programs Center in June of 2015. She is passionate about social justice and equality, global citizenship, and environmental issues. Her favorite icebreaker conversations involve offbeat films, influential literature, and delicious recipes. She is interested in continuing her education with a Masters degree in Library Science or English in the near future.  She welcomes the opportunity to interact and engage with students, faculty and staff from across the university and the world.

Anna Cochrane
Front Desk Supervisor


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