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 2017-2018 school-year, the NAIS Global Ambassadors will engage independent school educators in discussions on international student topics; share their story and expertise with our community; and assist with identifying as well as creating products and resources for both day and boarding schools that enroll international students.


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.
  • Engage the NAIS Connect community in discussions related to international students.
  • Serve as a resource to NAIS member schools.
  • Create and share resources and best practices.
  • Conduct discovery conversations with colleagues from independent schools.
  • Develop Advisory Briefs or How-to-Guides related to international student topics including regulatory compliance/visa regulations, recruitment/admissions/enrollment, and homestays/residential life.
  • Present online webinars and workshops at NAIS conferences.
  • Promote independent schools to international families through possibly creating resources specific to that market.
  • 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.
  • Optional:  Participate in NAIS surveys and share relevant research done by other organizations and groups.

NAIS Global Ambassadors

The following experts have been invited to participate in the 2017-2018 NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group:
  1. Metta Dael:  Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon, Mount Hermon, MA
  2. Dean Fusto:  Head of School and President, Brandon Hall School, Atlanta, GA
  3. Andrew Garlinski:  Director of International Student Recruitment, Director of ESL, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, MN
  4. Tara Inman:  Dean of Students for Global Education, DSO, Darlington School, Rome, GA
  5. Amanda Miles:  Associate Director of Admission, International Admission Coordinator, PDSO, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA
  6. Ann Vogel:  International Student Coordinator, Global Summit Coordinator, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA

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, visa regulations, recruitment/admissions/enrollment, student support, fundraising with international families, and acculturation and enculturation.

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 workshops and 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 and blogs published and distributed by NAIS.
  • Receive a modest stipend which will be issued at the end of the program.
  • Receive a complimentary full registration to attend one of the following conferences:  the NAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, the NAIS PoCC in Anaheim, CA or the TABS-NAIS Global Symposium in New Orleans, LA.


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