NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group

The NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group is a group of experts and stakeholders from NAIS member schools who serve as advisers to NAIS on international students programs at U.S. independent schools. As a group during the 2018-2019 school-year, the NAIS Global Ambassadors will engage independent school educators in discussions on international student and global education topics; share their story and expertise with our community; and assist with identifying as well as creating products and resources for day and boarding schools.


The objectives of the NAIS Global Ambassadors are to:

  • Serve in an advisory role to NAIS on trends, emerging markets and topics related to international students and global education.
  • Engage the NAIS Connect community in discussions related to international students and global education.
  • Serve as a resource to NAIS member schools.
  • Create and share resources and best practices.
  • Conduct Zoom hangouts with colleagues from independent schools.
  • Develop Advisory Briefs or How-to-Guides related to international student topics including international student recruitment/admissions/enrollment; retention and student support; and global education.
  • Present online webinars promoted by NAIS.
  • Advocate for international students through a variety of means:  social media, NAIS Connect, articles, blogs, Inspiration Lab, etc.
  • Promote global education approaches, mindsets, competencies, programs and skills-building.
  • Provide input on surveys.
  • Share relevant research done by other organizations and groups, such as resources that NAIS can include in the monthly NAIS Global Watch Blog.
  • Promote independent schools to international families through possibly creating resources specific to that market.

NAIS Global Ambassadors

The following experts have been invited to participate in the 2018-2019 NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group:
  1. Nicole Biggie: Director of Admission, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT (international student recruitment and admissions)
  2. Melissa Brown: Director of Diversity and Global Education, Upper School Spanish, Holton Arms School, Bethesda, MD (global education)
  3. Michael House: Director of Enrollment Management, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Toledo, OH (international student recruitment and admissions)
  4. Lynda Ann Loring: Director of International Student Programs, Director of English Immersion, Humanities Teacher, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Rabun Gap, GA (international student retention and support)
  5. Kila McCann: Director of Enrollment Management, Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO (international student retention and support)
  6. Matt Nink: Executive Director of the Global Youth Leadership Institute and Executive Director of the Stuart Center for Global Leadership, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL (global education)

View the bios for this year’s NAIS Global Ambassadors.

To view a list of NAIS Global Ambassadors from previous years, click here

Selection Criteria

Members of the NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group: 

  • Have the ability to drive and create change in schools.
  • Are passionate about global education as well as the role that international students play in independent schools.
  • Have some experience working with NAIS in various capacities.
  • Have vast experience with international student programs, preferably in an independent day or boarding school setting.
  • Are knowledgeable on a variety of topics as they relate to international students specifically on homestays/residential life, student support, visa regulations, recruitment/admissions/enrollment, etc.

Benefits of Participation

The NAIS Global Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:
  • Engage, network, and collaborate with peers in NAIS member independent schools.
  • Be viewed as experts in the field of global education and international student programs.
  • Serve in an advisory role to NAIS.
  • Initiate discussions and blogs as well as engage the community on relevant topics.
  • Present webinars promoted by NAIS.
  • Participate in research initiatives.
  • Join a growing network of like-minded professionals that previously served as NAIS Global Ambassadors.
  • Have articles, blogs, advisory briefs, how-to-guides, and PGPs published and advertised by NAIS.
  • Be recognized in the NAIS Annual Report and through other means.
  • Receive a modest stipend which will be issued at the end of the program.


To view a list of resources developed by the NAIS Global Ambassadors (past and present), click here.

Questions? Contact Ioana Suciu Wheeler, director of global initiatives at