Board of Directors

Sandra Fowler,  President, 2019-2020


Sandra M. Fowler entered the intercultural field in the 1970s researching the Peace Corps PRIST induction program for the National Bureau of Standards Applied Psychology division, followed by 8 years of U.S. Navy personnel research during which the simulation game BaFa BaFa was developed. She directed the Navy’s Overseas Duty Support Program from 1979 to 1989, was president of SIETAR International in 1988, followed by 20 years as an independent consultant and trainer. Her publications include the 2-volume Intercultural Sourcebook of Cross-Cultural Training plus many articles and chapters in a variety of books on intercultural issues.

Holly Emert, Ph.D.,  Past-President, 2019 


Holly Emert, Ph.D.,  is the current president of SIETAR USA. She has been an active SIETAR USA member since 2001. Her service to the organization includes membership on the Board of Directors as Professional Development portfolio chair, co-chairing the 2013 national conference held in Washington, DC, and other forms of service to the organization. Outside of SIETAR USA, Holly works at the Institute of International Education (IIE) as the program director of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Holly is also adjunct faculty at both the American University School of International Service and Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; she teaches intercultural relations at both institutions. She has extensive experience working in the areas of intercultural and diversity training; international education programming; international development; quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis and evaluation. She has worked in several countries, including China and France. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education, International and Intercultural Education focus, from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She currently lives in Washington, DC.

Justin Sitron,  Secretary

Hamilton Cruz, Treasurer

Vacant, Leadership Development Director, 2018-2020

Brett Parry,  Communications & Marketing Director, 2018-2020

Brett Parry currently serves as Communications Director for SIETAR USA. Brett's early professional background was in the mining and engineering field in his native Australia, before moving into the business of retail franchising. In 2000, Brett moved to the USA to pursue international franchise opportunities. Shortly after arriving, Brett also began consulting to Australian companies wishing to expand into the North American market, many times in collaboration with the Australian Trade Commission. It was this shift that brought him to recognize the importance of cross-cultural knowledge and understanding. Brett soon expanded his business to include Asian and European clients, offering further real world learning opportunities in navigating cultural differences. Brett has been certified by a number of cultural learning organizations to deliver their programs in support of global mobility and cultural competency. He currently delivers these programs in support of executives and employees of some of the world’s largest corporations. Brett currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Julia Gaspar-Bates, Local Groups Director, 2017-2019 

Julia Gaspar-Bates has recently joined the SIETAR USA Board of Directors as Local Groups Director. She has been a member of SIETAR USA since 2002 and has been involved with the organization in various capacities over the years such as heading up the SIETAR Washington DC chapter from 2007-2010, co-chairing the SIETAR USA conference in 2013 and teaching yoga at many of the annual conferences. Julia is co-founder and president of Intercultural Alliances, LLC, a global intercultural training and consulting firm. Since 2000, she has provided cross-cultural training and consulting services on four continents and in multiple foreign languages to executives, educators and students, military service members and governmental and non-governmental personnel. A dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., Julia lived in France for over seven years, has lived for shorter periods in Mexico, Italy and Switzerland and has traveled to over 45 countries. She speaks French, Spanish and Italian fluently and is currently studying Brazilian Portuguese. She has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University since 2007 and writes a bi-monthly column "Cultural Connections" for the Hyattsville Life & Times newspaper. Julia holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She currently lives in the Washington DC metro area with her husband and daughter.

Melinda Bullen, Professional Development Director

Sherri Tapp, Outreach & Diversity Director

Vacant, Sponsorship Development (S.E.A)  Director

Vacant,  Conference Oversight Director,  2017-2019

Advisory Council

Kelli McLoud-Schingen  2018-2020

Kelli McLoud-Schingen is President of KMS Intercultural Consulting and has specialized in Global Diversity and Inclusion since 1989. As a long-time member of SIETAR USA she has served on the board in some capacity since 2003.  She served as Conference Chair in 2009 and as conference Co-Chair in 2016. Before coming into leadership at SIETAR USA, Kelli also served on the Board of Directors for the now non-operational SIETAR Houston from 2001-2007.  She has also been active with Young SIETAR.  As you can see, Kelli is committed to the SIETAR global network and looks for every opportunity to engage in the global community.

Rob Pusch  2018-2020

Rob Pusch has been an active member of SIETAR USA since 2002. Rob has served as the communications director and has been part of the conference planning team since 2010. Rob is associate director of Syracuse University Project Advance and oversees SUPA’s instructional services unit. He also teaches in the Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation program at SU. As a consultant, Rob does workshops on LGBT issues. He is one of the coauthor’s of the Cultural Detective: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

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