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Get in Touch With Global Programs

Location

Global Programs
Wisconsin School of Business
3295 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1323

Phone and Email

Phone: (608) 265-5017
Email: global@wsb.wisc.edu
Emergency*: +1-608-516-9440

Appointments

Make an appointment with the Global Programs team to learn more about studying abroad.

Meet the Global Programs Staff

Our professional staff works closely with overseas partners. These staff also advise students on study abroad programs, process course equivalencies, and maintain smooth operations of our office.

Kallan Picha

Kallan Picha

Director of Global Programs and Partnerships

Kallan joined Wisconsin School of Business in 2022 and brings with her more than a decade of progressive experience in international higher education along with a deep commitment to student service, program development, and establishing collaborative partnerships. She was first bitten by the international education bug during her sophomore year and studied abroad seven times between undergrad and grad school.

Kallan comes to WSB Global Programs with experience on both the university and provider sides of international education, most recently as the Director of Enrollment and University Relations for the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Studies Abroad at the University of Portland, the Director of Global Programs at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, and in several positions at her graduate school alma mater, Indiana University. She earned an MPA from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, an MA from the IU Institute for European Studies, and a BA in International Business from Hastings College.

Bianca Danner-Cusimano

Bianca Cusimano Danner

Associate Director, Global Programs

Bianca joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 2018 and works with Global Programs for both undergraduate and part-time MBA students. Prior to joining the Global Programs team at WSB she worked at Texas A&M University in their campus-wide study abroad programs office.

Bianca earned her BSBA in international business and marketing at Saint Louis University. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad in China and Panama. After completing her degree, she worked in sales in St. Louis before returning to school at the University of Texas at Austin where she received a M.Ed. in higher education administration.

Brianna Cacchione

Brianna Cacchione

Senior Global Programs Manager

Brianna joined the Wisconsin School of Business as an Global Programs Manager in 2018. Before coming to the School, Brianna was an assistant director at International Student Services (ISS) here on campus. In 2013, she came to UW–Madison with nine years of international education experience from working at Centralia College in Washington state, Madison ESL School (MESLS), and in Japan with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).

As a proud Badger alumna, she earned her B.A. in Portuguese and completed a certificate in women’s studies. She studied abroad in London, Brazil, and Portugal. Several years later, she earned her M.S. Ed. through the student affairs administration program at UW-La Crosse. She currently resides in New Glarus, America’s Little Switzerland, along with her husband and two boys.

Jacob Daniel Borst

Jacob Borst

Global Programs Manager

Jacob works as a Global Programs Manager advising students for several of our semester study abroad programs. He has worked with Global Programs since August 2019 when he joined as a graduate student staff member working to advise our incoming international exchange students and UW students interested in studying abroad.
Before joining Global Programs, Jacob earned his BA in 2019 in international affairs and French from Eastern Michigan University. As an undergraduate student, he interned several times at U.S. Department of State-related organizations in Washington D.C. and competed in Model United Nations at the University of Toronto, most notably on the francophone committee. The highlight of his undergraduate years was his study abroad (a 6-week language-intensive summer program in Brest, France). Jacob then began the Professional French Master’s Program at UW–Madison, earning his master’s in French studies with a concentration in business in May 2021.

Mark Hagen

Mark Hagen

Global Programs Manager

Mark (he/him/his/él) is one of the newest members of the Global Programs team at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he serves as a Global Programs Manager. Mark had a 15-year career in banking before finding his “dream” career in international education 17 years ago. He is passionate about study abroad and helping students find their own opportunities. Prior to joining the WSB, Mark worked at the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio and most recently as the Assistant Director of Education Abroad at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where he primarily oversaw faculty-led programming.

Mark grew up in Milwaukee and completed his undergraduate studies in Spanish and Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He studied abroad in San Luis Potosí, México, and since this life-changing experience, he has acquired near-native fluency in Spanish. Mark holds a master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (now a unit of Arizona State University) and will soon complete an MA in Romance Languages–Spanish College Teaching at Appalachian State University.

Mark loves to travel and has visited 25 of Mexico’s 32 states, along with 14 other countries — mostly in Latin America — including Peru, Cuba, and Brazil. Some of his fondest travel experiences include leading 14 faculty on a 31-day Fulbright-Hays Group Project throughout Mexico and a recent backpacking trip to Chiapas in Southern Mexico and to Guatemala. In his move to Madison, Mark is looking forward to spending more time with his family in Milwaukee, especially his three grandchildren, and getting reacquainted with his home state.

Derek Schmidt

Derek Schmidt

Global Programs Manager

Derek (he/him/his) is happy to be joining the Wisconsin School of Business as a Global Programs Manager. Throughout his professional career, Derek has had the privilege of advising students with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and academic goals. Prior to working with the Global Programs team, he served as an International Student Advisor at South Dakota State University. He earned his B.S. in Consumer Affairs at SDSU and completed a minor in Global Studies. During his time as an undergraduate student, he had the opportunity to study abroad in India. This life-changing experience sparked his interest in pursuing a career in international education. He later went on to earn a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Administration of Student Affairs at SDSU. As a graduate student, he studied abroad in Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland. He also advised students interested in studying abroad while serving as the Graduate Intern with the International Programs Office at Augustana University.

Outside of traveling, Derek’s interests include reading, exercising, and exploring creative outlets. He recently purchased a Fujifilm camera and is hoping to sharpen my skills as a photographer. His passion for international education stems from a desire to help cultivate positive and memorable experiences for students. Derek is looking forward to channeling this passion and helping students within the Wisconsin School of Business achieve their goals of studying abroad!

Han Sol Meinig

Han Sol Meinig

Global Programs Manager

Han Sol (she/her/hers) joins from Cross-College Advising Service where she worked as an academic advisor. Before that, she served as a program advisor from Wisconsin Union Directorate. Han Sol is originally from South Korea and moved to US when she was 14. Han Sol holds an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison with majors in Psychology and Japanese and a Certificate in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Counseling Psychology also from UW-Madison. For fun, since Han Sol is an indoor cat (not a typo, she is like an indoor cat where she loves playing at home), she enjoys reading, baking, skyping with her family in South Korea, and watching movies and dramas with her lovely husband, AJ.

Peer Advisors

Our student staff peer advisors are all former WSB study abroad program participants. They advise students during drop-in hours, manage the front desk, and assist with office operations.

Lola Wallace

Lola Wallace

Marketing, International Business

I became a global programs peer advisor because I wanted to help other students find their way abroad. My favorite thing about my study abroad experience in Austria was the opportunity to work with students and faculty from all over the world. After graduation, I plan to travel internationally and pursue a master’s degree in marketing.

Griffin Topel

Griffin Topel

Marketing, International Business, Public Policy

My favorite part about my time in Barcelona was getting to connect my international business education to a real-world example in person. I was able to see the cultural differences and life in Spain and better understand how my education is utilized in real life through coursework and being in the city. Following graduation, I hope to pursue my Juris Doctorate and become a lawyer. I hope to connect my business education with practicing law and advocating for policy that I care about.

Erin Schneider

Erin Schneider

Accounting, International Business

My favorite thing about abroad was exploring a new city with a unique culture and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I loved learning about Italy as I was living there and challenged myself to practice my Italian with people at restaurants and coffee shops. I will be returning to Madison next year to get my Masters in Accounting (MAcc program). I hope to work or live abroad at some point in my future.

Eric Cordover

Eric Cordover

Supply Chain Management, International Business

Studying abroad was a much-needed experience during my time at UW-Madison. While abroad, I went out of my comfort zone and challenged myself to look at things from a different perspective, both academically and culturally. Not only did I learn a lot about myself, but I really gained a better understanding of how others operate in a different culture. At this time, I am not sure about my post-graduation plans, but I hope to be involved with an organization or institution that has a global impact and uses its position to make the world a better place.

Marisa Popple

Marisa Popple

Marketing, International Business

I decided to be a peer advisor because I loved my experience and accumulated so much knowledge while studying abroad that I wanted to share. My favorite thing about abroad was all the people I met. I made so many amazing relationships and grew personally through our shared experiences. I plan on graduating in the spring and have accepted an offer from a digital marketing firm in Chicago.