International and Foreign Language Education Service
Advanced Training and Research Division
Dr. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam is the Director of the Advanced Training and Research Division (ATRD) in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) at the Office of Postsecondary Education. In this capacity, she provides leadership and administrative oversight on ten domestic and four overseas international education grant programs under the Title VI legislation of the U.S. Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961 include direct responsibility for the Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA), National Resource Centers (NRC), Foreign Language Assistance Studies (FLAS), Centers for International Business Education (CIBE) and the American Overseas Research Centers (AORC) programs.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Nguyen-Lam was the Executive Director of the California State University (CSU) 23-campus System-wide Consortium for the CSU Critical Language Initiative. From 2006-2011, she worked with university presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty to establish an innovative language immersion consortium program that enabled students to gain advanced proficiency in Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Persian, and Russian through an interdisciplinary program connecting U.S. and overseas campuses. Dr. Nguyen-Lam was the Associate Director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research at CSU Long Beach (CSULB) from 2002-2006, conducting research and training, working with states (California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) and school districts to improve language minority education. From 1993-2002, Dr. Nguyen-Lam was a CSULB faculty with the College of Education where her teaching and research interests were in bilingual education, language minority education and dual immersion language programs. She served as the Director of the Bilingual Teacher Preparation Consortium across six CSU campuses to prepare bilingual teachers in Cantonese/Mandarin, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. She also taught Vietnamese Language courses for the Southeast Asian Studies Department of the University of California, Los Angeles and Urban School Leadership Development courses for Pepperdine’s Doctoral Program. Dr. Nguyen-Lam had conducted training and served as keynote speaker on the topics of Cross-cultural/Multilingual Teacher Preparation, 21st Century Education, Dual Language Immersion, and Interdisciplinary International Education across the U.S. and in China, South Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.
Dr. Nguyen-Lam holds a B.A. in Psychology, a M.S. in Educational Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Integral Studies. She was the co-editor for the Southeast Asian Studies Journal and served on the international editorial review board of the International Multilingual Research Education Journal. She received a Congressional Service Award in 2004 and 2006, and was nominated for the Minerva – California Women Who Made a Difference Award in 2004. She was a board member, President and Immediate Past-President of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (1998-2004).
Dr. Tim Duvall joined the International and Foreign Language Education office after 15 years as a professor of political science and a small business owner. He earned his B.A. from The College of William and Mary, his M.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He taught at the University of Arizona and at St. John’s University in New York City where he earned multiple teaching and research awards. He has owned and operated a small construction company and he has written successful multi-million dollar grant proposals for international development projects.
With the Advanced Training and Research Division in the office of International and Foreign Language Education, Tim oversees the NRC/FLAS programs for the Russian/East European/Eurasian and African regions and oversees the Centers for International Business Education and Research. He also serves as the Evaluation Team Lead for IFLE.
Cheryl E. Gibbs began her career at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) in 1984 after a former career as an English teacher in her home town of Sharon, Pennsylvania. She holds the distinction of the first African-American secondary school teacher hired by the Sharon School District in 1973.
Seventeen of her 29 years at ED have been engaged in administering international education programs. She is a senior program officer in the Advanced Training and Research Division (ATRD) in the office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE), where her responsibilities include National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships team lead, the Asia, East Asia, Middle East, and Southeast Asia/Pacific Island grant projects, and oversight of the American Overseas Research Centers program projects. She also is the IFLE Title VI programs coordinator responsible for ensuring that activities for the domestic international programs are conducted effectively and efficiently.
Ms. Gibbs received a Bachelor of Science in English from Clarion University and a Master of Education in Curriculum Development and School Supervision from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Stephanie McKissic recently joined the Advanced Training and Research Division (ATRD) and is responsible for the administration of the National Research Centers/FLAS for Africa and Western Europe as well as DDRA. Previously, she was an academic advisor at Trinity Washington University where she provided comprehensive/proactive academic guidance and retention services to 200+ undergraduate, graduate, and nontraditional students. Prior to that Stephanie was with the University of Maryland - College Park as the Faculty Development Program Manager. In this capacity, she developed and implemented training programs on hybrid online instruction, information technology, initiatives of entrepreneurial programs, and other professional seminars. She also has over 20 years of experience in museum education, coordinated a state-wide effort with local and state officials to evaluate K-12 civics education in Pennsylvania, and conducted quantitative and qualitative evaluations for primary and secondary school initiatives. Dr. McKissic received her Ed.D. from Drexel University, Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership and Management, Master’s from Howard University in African Studies; and B.A. from the University of Maryland - College Park in Anthropology.
International Studies Division
Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum recently joined the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Program as Director of the International Studies Division. In her new role, she leads and is tasked with the oversight of ten domestic and four overseas international education Title VI programs as well as Fulbright-Hays Act programs including the Faculty Research Abroad, (FRA), Seminars Abroad (SA), Group Projects Abroad Short Term and Long-Term Programs (GPA-LT), Language Resource Centers (LRC), Business and International Education (BIE), Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL), and Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access programs (TICFIA).
Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Feigenbaum served as Director of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Division in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education. In this role, she developed policy and oversaw the administration of $240 Million for projects aimed at institutions of higher education with 25 percent or higher Hispanic students and low-income individuals under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic-Americans (PPOHA), and the HSI STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Feigenbaum held the positions of Senior Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs and Deputy Director in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Her work with stakeholders was extensive and she advised numerous applicants, including scholars, who sought direction and counsel for the formulation of projects and institutional strategy. She was instrumental in increasing by over 50 percent the number of funded projects that focused on foreign languages and cultures. As such, the Summer Seminars and Institutes for College Teachers program saw the arrival and success at NEH of projects in Brazil, Senegal, Ireland, and France, and Italy, among others. She also developed groundbreaking collaborations with other funders in the media industry, Federal government, and philanthropic world in order to leverage funds for filmmakers. Her efforts yielded numerous award-winning documentaries focused on international and transnational topics and she designed and implemented new grant opportunities for museums and community organizations nationally.
Between 1995 and 2001, Sonia was a faculty member in departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Williams College in Massachusetts, the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Minnesota, and the University of Maryland University College, where she taught Latin American and comparative literature. In these positions, she designed and led international study programs to Mexico, Cuba, and Spain, for traditional, non-traditional students, and lifelong learners.
Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Cello Performance from Indiana University and a Doctorate in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from the same institution. Originally from France, Dr. Feigenbaum is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and has a working knowledge of Russian and Portuguese which she studied intensively.
Carly Borgmeier is originally from southern Indiana and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology at Indiana University (IU). While at IU, she was also able to take advantage of the university’s renowned language program and studied Swahili for two years. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she served as a volunteer in Mozambique for the Peace Corps, where she taught 9th grade English and incorporated HIV/AIDS and health education into various lesson plans in her classroom curriculum. During her time in Mozambique, Ms. Borgmeier learned has a professional working knowledge of Portuguese.
Ms. Borgmeier returned to Indiana University after her Peace Corps Service and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Affairs, with concentrations in Policy Analysis and Comparative and International Affairs. During her second stint at Indiana University, she worked at two local nonprofit organizations, performing community outreach and grant research activities. She also acquired a graduate school internship at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Southern African Affairs as desk officer for Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Ms. Borgmeier’s Peace Corps service and background in international affairs led her to her current role, working with multiple grant programs in the International Studies Division within the office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) located in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). During her four years in IFLE, Ms. Borgmeier has primarily served as the program officer for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program and the Title VII U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program. She recently has added the Language Resource Centers (LRCs) program to her portfolio and also works assists with outreach and social media activities at OPE.
Michelle A. Guilfoil serves in the International Studies Division (ISD) within the office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office, which is located in the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) at the U.S. Department of Education. As a senior program officer administering projects with the Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program, she provides programmatic, budgetary and technical guidance to institutional grantees working on international education topics. In addition, she administers grants under the FIPSE U.S.-Brazil Education Consortia Program, coordinating the administration of student mobility programs, curricula and mutual recognition of credits, as well as the development of institutional linkages and creation of memorandums of understanding between U.S. and Brazilian institutions. Ms. Guilfoil holds a dual role as Team Coordinator for Outreach and Public Relations in IFLE. She serves as a U.S. Department of Education mentor to federal employees, has experience with teacher quality issues, and has provided grant oversight and technical assistance to a variety of international and domestic education programs within the U.S. Department of Education. She is currently a Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government.
Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Guilfoil spent several years in the private sector planning, administering, and monitoring educational programs for high-level individuals and multinational delegations on a variety of topics for international professionals visiting the United States with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer, has planned and instructed workshops on a variety of cross-cultural and educational topics, has professional knowledge of French and Sango, and holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Management. She has also served as a group leader and cultural interpreter for U.S. and international student and professional groups traveling both domestically and abroad.
Dr. Pamela Jefferson Maimer is a senior program officer in the International Studies Division (ISD) within the office of International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She provides programmatic assistance for multiple grant programs in international education and is responsible for the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad – Short Term and the Title VI International Research and Studies Programs.
Before joining ISD, Dr. Maimer served as a Policy and Budget Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Policy and Budget Development staff. Dr. Maimer has 15 years of experience in postsecondary education policy issues, including budget formulation, research, and policy development for low-income, first-generation college students. She was the policy lead for low-income and disadvantaged populations in higher education programs including TRIO, GEAR UP, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, Jacob K. Javits Fellowships, and other higher education programs. She was the lead analyst in the formulation and presentation of the $4.1 billion program budget for the Office of Postsecondary Education. Among her accomplishments at the Department of Education, she drafted legislation and regulations for the TRIO, GEAR UP, and Migrant Education programs. Dr. Maimer created, implemented, and maintained two new Web-based statistical analysis tools for Equity in Athletics Disclosure and Campus Crime Act that allow public to access departmental data for research.
Pamela holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio.
Tanyelle Richardson is a Senior Program Officer in the International Studies Division at the office of International and Foreign Language Education. In this capacity, Ms. Richardson serves as team coordinator and competition manager for the Fulbright-Hays programs. Ms. Richardson also oversees projects in the Business and International Education (BIE) program, Group Projects Abroad – Advance Language Program, National Resource Centers (NRC) and Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) programs. She frequently represents the U.S. Department of Education at national conferences.
In 2006, NASBITE International (National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators) named her “International Trade Educator of the Year.” Before joining the staff in the Office of International and Foreign Language Education, Ms. Richardson was a program officer for the Division of Higher Education Incentive Programs. During her tenure, she administered fellowships and grants to institutions of higher education under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, the Law School Clinical Experience and the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Programs, respectfully.
Ms. Richardson’s has pursued studies in business, administrative management, and the liberal arts. She received a Master’s degree in Administrative Management and Public Policy from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, and a B.A. in Law and Society from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. She also attended the American University in Washington D.C. while completing her internship with the Association for Public Administrators.
Carla D. White began her career at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, in the grants administration office before she joined the Center for International Education many years ago, now known as the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office. Prior to serving as a program officer in the International Studies Division, Carla was a program specialist for the Advanced Training and Research Division where her administrative portfolio included planning technical assistance meetings, entering grant data into the Department’s G5 grant administration system, processing administrative actions, no-cost extensions; and project director changes for the Title VI, National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships programs, and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. Additionally, Carla was responsible for coordinating grant close-out activities, including reviewing performance reports for compliance. Carla also works with the outreach team. Carla’s hobbies include, but are not limited to event planning and graphic design.