Meet our Staff

Our staff are committed to providing transformative learning experiences through our high-quality training programs.
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Matt Rosenstein

Director, Global Education & Training


rosenstn@illinois.edu

Matt Rosenstein became Director of Global Education and Training (GET) in 2015. He is also Director of the Shanghai Office since 2017 and the Intensive English Institute since 2018. Prior to joining GET, from 2010-2015 he was Senior Associate Director of the European Union Center (EUC) at the University of Illinois. Rosenstein also served as EUC’s Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Arts degree program in EU Studies. Previously, Rosenstein was Associate Director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) at Illinois from 2001-2010. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. degree from Duke University.

Staff Member

Melissa Belcher

Associate Director for Administration


stierwlt@illinois.edu

Melissa holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Marketing Communications from the University of Greenwich (United Kingdom); and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lived and worked internationally for fourteen years. Prior to joining GET, she worked for Resource Solutions in London as the Resourcing Account Manager for HSBC Bank, managing a global team on large projects with staff in the UK, Switzerland, and South Africa.

As Associate Director for Administration at GET, Melissa provides administrative oversight of GET, including programmatic and business operations, the Intensive English Institute, and the Shanghai Office. Her responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day operations; supervising and leading staff to foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance; and implementing GET, Illinois International and campus policies and procedures.

grant brewer

Grant Brewer

Assistant Director for Financial Management


brewer4@illinois.edu

Grant has been a member of the Illinois International team since 2011. As Associate Director for Global Education and Training (GET), Grant works to grow the mission of GET and IEI, and assists in administration of the Shanghai Office. Grant also oversees the Intensive English Institute (IEI) by providing day to day leadership. Previously, Grant was the Assistant Director for Financial Management in Illinois International Business Operations (IBOPS), where he helped manage fiscal, operational, and business activities for all units under Illinois International. Prior to that role, Grant was an International Training Coordinator at GET, where he helped facilitate educational and training programs for international executives.

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Robert Marinelli

Assistant Director, Global Education & Training


remarine@illinois.edu

Rob Marinelli joined GET in 2009, where he began developing professional exchange programs, primarily for senior Chinese executives and administrators. Currently Rob oversees many of GET’s flagship training programs for China’s top banks. In this role, Rob works closely with the University of Illinois faculty members, GET team members and graduate students, and community volunteers to ensure each visitor experiences the best of the University of Illinois and state of Illinois. Supporting academic and educational exchange within the International arena for nearly decade, Rob has cultivated his passion for leadership development, and he believes that educational and intercultural exchange are essential to fostering understanding and cooperation across cultures.

At GET, Rob has facilitated programing initiatives for executives and students from China, South Korea, Colombia and Argentina, and supports ongoing development initiatives in areas of proposal development, grant writing, and program implementation. Rob earned his B.A. in management at the University of Illinois at Springfield and was a member of the Illinois Air National Guard for nine years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, and sharing a great meal with friends new and old.

deborah foster

Deborah Foster

Office Administrator


dmackerm@illinois.edu

Debbie began working at the Intensive English Institute (IEI) in September of 2007. In August of 2019, she transitioned to providing office administration for both IEI and GET. Deb is on her 35th year of service to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started working at Illinois after her graduation from Monticello high school in 1983, as an extra help clerical employee. Her full-time career began a year later in 1984, in the Housing Division maintenance office as a secretary III, where she worked for 18 years. She also worked within the Department of Facilities and Services from 2003-2007. Debbie’s a true Illini fan – stop by her office on game day, and you’ll find the whole space (including her!) decked out in orange and blue!

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Anna Kasten

Interim Program Manager, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Gifted Student Program
Senior Lecturer, Intensive English Institute


a-kasten@illinois.edu

Anna Kasten joined the GET team in Fall 2019 after working at the Intensive English Institute (IEI) at the University of Illinois since 1993. As KGSP Program Manager for GET, she is the principal point of contact for day-to-day student advising and management of KAUST Gifted Student Program activities. She holds an M.A. in Teaching ESL from Illinois and has taught abroad at universities in Japan and Venezuela.  As a Senior Lecturer at IEI, Anna’s duties included coordinating student services, supervising instructors, advising and teaching students, liaising with partner institutions such as Fulbright-IIE, and serving as PDSO for SEVP. Anna is passionate for her work with international students, and she really enjoys her role as part of students’ support system as they assimilate in their new culture.

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Meng Liu

Program Coordinator


mengliu2@illinois.edu

Meng (Monica) joined Global Education and Training (GET) in 2017 as a Program Specialist. She has developed and implemented educational and training programs for hundreds of business executives, professors, and undergraduates. The program types include long term specialized programs for administrators, summer school programs for undergraduates, and short-term customized programs for international business executives. She has created and managed both GET WeChat and Weibo (Chinese Twitter) social media platforms, currently with 700 plus followers on WeChat and over 10000 views for many Sina Webo posts, which have effectively increased the visibility and impact of GET’s efforts in China.

Prior to joining GET, she was a graduate student in East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with strong academic training in both quantitative and qualitative research. She became passionate about international teaching and learning after six years of teaching Chinese language and culture as well as Business Chinese at multiple universities in the United States since 2010.

Having taught more than a thousand of students over the years trained her to be efficient in cross-cultural communication with a diverse population, easily approachable, flexible and patient. She holds an M.A. degree in Language Pedagogy from Indiana University Bloomington and a B.A. degree in Teaching Chinese as a second language from Beijing Language and Culture University.

bridget sullivan

Bridget Sullivan

Communications Coordinator


sulliv54@illinois.edu

Bridget joined the Global Education and Training (GET) team in 2018. As the Communications Coordinator for GET, she creates and maintains print and electronic communication materials, oversees the marketing and outreach efforts for new and established programs, and coordinates the use of social media platforms. Bridget also collaborates closely with other communications teams within Illinois International Programs to develop impactful stories related to international training programs. She earned her B.A. in Strategic Communications from Miami University and her M.A.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Virginia Tech. Before coming to Illinois, Bridget was the editorial assistant for About Campus, an international higher education publication.

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Nianhua Wang

Representative, China Training Programs


nianhua@yahoo.com

Mr. Wang graduate from Shanghai University of Science and Technology (SUST) in 1975. He received a MA degree in Business Administration in the People’s University of China, Beijing in 1986. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990, and earned a MSBA degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992.

He was the Administrative Director of the Faculty Development Office at SUST for eight years. He developed programs to retrain faculty members, was in charge of international exchange programs, and designed long-term programs to develop high quality faculty at SUST. After he received his Master’s degree from the People’s University of China, he became the Director of Business Administration Teaching Section at SUST. He was in charge of Advanced Management Training Programs for senior managers of the major Chinese companies. He developed and taught business management courses for both university students and managers, served as a consultant on international business, and represented two American companies to draft joint venture agreements and business documents.

Currently, he is the Representative of China Training Program for Global Education and Training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this position, he has developed contracts with the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel for EDC. He has coordinated many successful programs including Ministry of Machinery and Electronics Industries, Chinese Academy of Science, Bank of Communications, Ministry of Public Security, State Science and Technology Commission, and Bank of China, etc.

Affiliated Staff

GET retains an extended staff of part-time employees to provide content expertise or administrative support for its training programs. Our core staff work closely with our five talented student staff, 20 skilled translators, and more than 60 academic staff.

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