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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

Executive 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

Director of Study Abroad, Global Programs

Bianca joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 2018 and oversees undergraduate semester and summer programs for the Global Programs team. Prior to joining the Global Programs team at WSB she worked at Texas A&M University in their campus-wide study abroad programs office. In previous roles she has worked with graduate programs, short-term faculty-led programs, and programs for language and STEM fields.

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 for a semester and Panama for a short-term program. 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. She is very excited to work with business undergraduate students and in the Midwest. In addition to traveling, Bianca enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and trying new restaurants and cuisines with her family.

Toni Bartoluttii

Toni Bartolutti

Director of Operations and Immersions

Toni joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 2023 and oversees short-term programs and operations for the Global Programs team. Prior to joining Global Programs she worked at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Marquette University, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. In previous roles she worked supporting development and advancement of Wisconsin Public Radio, assisting faculty and graduate medical education at UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health, coordinating graduate study abroad programs, managing short-term faculty-led programs, and advising on internships abroad.

Toni earned her B.A. in social welfare and gender and women’s studies at UW–Madison. As an undergraduate, she had the privilege of studying abroad for a semester in London at the University of Westminster. After completing her degree, she worked as an AmeriCorps member in Madison. Toni returned to school at UW–Madison where she earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Outside of traveling, Toni’s interests include visiting new restaurants and trying new food, listening to podcasts and public radio, walking with her dog, and watching Broadway shows.

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.

Mark Hagen

Mark Hagen

Senior 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.

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.

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 Meinig (she/her/hers) joined Wisconsin School of Business in 2022 and brings with her more than a decade of progressive experience in higher education. Her role as a Global Programs Manager focuses on managing business incoming exchange students and visiting international students. She previously worked as an academic advisor at Cross-College Advising Service and 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.

Nazrul Nazri

Nazrul Nazri

Graduate Assistant

Nazrul (he/him/his) is starting his tenure as Graduate Assistant with the Global Programs team in Fall 2024 and is excited at the prospect of connecting others with new opportunities, new experiences, and new friends.

He holds a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Environmental History from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Relations from Staffordshire University, UK. He is pursuing his second masters at UW-Madison in Water Resources Management (MS) at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. With his varied background, he had the privilege to gain experience within the non-profit, research, and academic sector in Malaysia, Thailand, Iceland, Ireland, Indonesia and the United States, building on his desire to connect with diverse communities and perspectives.

He had a foray into the academic partnerships and exchange industry in Spring/Summer 2024, where he worked with EUSA Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, and University College Dublin in coordinating research and academic placements for more than 170 American students in Dublin.

Nazrul was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and still finds himself in awe of its cultural diversity and history. He grew up in Houston, Texas as a kid and this experience opened his eyes to a much larger world of cultures. As a member of Malaysia’s own indigenous community, the Orang Asli (Indigenous Peoples of Peninsular Malaysia), he would love to learn more about the different insights that various Indigenous tribes around the US hold.

Nazrul enjoys learning about the cultures of the world through heritage, food, its landscapes, and people. In his free time, he likes hiking, photography, museum outings, and trips to the cinema. He hopes to visit his first American National Park in the near-future and dreams of visiting all 50 states one day.

Peer Advisors

Our student staff peer advisors advise students during drop-in hours, manage the front desk, and assist with office operations.

Phoebe Vanna

Phoebe Vanna

Finance, Consulting Certificate

I am excited to continue working with the WSB Global Programs office for a third year! Getting to work with the amazing WSB students to help guide them on their study abroad journey has been extremely rewarding and fun. I love traveling and feel lucky I get to work in an environment that promotes travel with continued academic success. Through our great variety of programs, WSB provides students with everything they need to have a culturally significant, life-changing experience studying abroad. I look forward to studying abroad on our CEA Rome program this spring and continuing to share my insights with other students interested in studying abroad through WSB.

Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Marketing, International Business, Sustainability Certificate

I am excited to be a global programs peer advisor to share my insights and to work with fellow students looking to study a1broad! Studying abroad this past spring taught me how much there really is to learn about culture, people and travel. Having the opportunity to experience self-growth through an abroad program is very special, and I hope to help other students gain that experience. I will continue studying marketing, international business and sustainability here in Madison, and I look forward to working with the global programs office come this fall.

Megan Niemoeller

Megan Niemoeller

Supply Chain Management, Operations & Technology Management, Sustainability and Consulting Certificate

I decided to be a global programs peer study abroad advisor because I want to help students navigate the study abroad process. I had a great experience studying in Milan, Italy, and I am excited to use my knowledge to advise others! I will graduate in May 2025 with majors in Supply Chain Management, Operations and Technology Management, and certificates in Consulting and Sustainability.

Taylor Eberhardt

Taylor Eberhardt

Marketing, Digital Studies Certificate

I decided to become a global programs peer advisor because I wanted the chance to help other students navigate the process of studying abroad. I studied abroad in Denmark in the spring of 2024 and that experience helped grow my love of travel and learning about other cultures. My favorite part about studying abroad was getting to explore a new city while meeting people from different countries all around the world! I am majoring in Marketing with a certificate in Digital Studies and will graduate in May of 2025.

Sewit Tesfai

Sewit Tesfai

Marketing

I decided to become a global program peer advisor because I love taking time to research and visit anywhere and everywhere, it’s so cool getting to see first-hand how different cultures and perspectives interact. I also enjoy coming up with plans and ideas that can help make an experience so memorable, and I hope I can share my appreciation of travel with others! I am studying Marketing with a certificate in consulting and political science.