Senior Officer of Global Initiatives
Hi there! I am Doni Casula, Senior Officer of Global Initiatives. I have been with Tompkins Cortland Community College since May 2017 – not very long so far! I have spent the past 20+ years working with international students and study abroad for domestic (US) students, and before that, I coordinated a European exchange program for several years and worked on cruise ships with people from all over the world. I am originally from Delaware, and have lived in Mexico, Alaska, Minnesota, and now New York State. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. I care about helping people who are vulnerable in a new culture, as I have been myself many times. My goals are to help international students to have successful transitions to a US education as well as to help students from the US to develop the cultural competence to succeed in their experiences abroad, and to carry that competence into their personal and professional lives. I believe I, and my colleagues, are doing our bit to support world peace, and there is nothing more satisfying. If you are a parent of a prospective student at Tompkins Cortland, I make a promise to you that I will look after your son or daughter to the very best of my capacity and ability. If you are a prospective or current student, please know that you can come to me in any and all circumstances. I can’t promise to solve all of your problems, but I can promise to listen and hear your worries and hopes and provide the wisdom and resources available to me. Join us! You won’t regret it.
Coordinator of Global Programming
I joined the Global office team in October 2016 after teaching ESL and English at Tompkins Cortland for many years prior to this. I work closely with the Global Connections program, both as a coordinator and an academic advisor. I also support the Director in furthering the internationalization of the College. I received a B.A. in History and Spanish from Rutgers University, and then completed a CELTA certificate through Cambridge English. I lived in Ecuador and Chile for several years, where I taught EFL and attempted to become fluent in Spanish. Most recently, I completed an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Though I enjoyed living in New York City, I was very happy to be able to return to my hometown, Ithaca, NY and to return to the wonderful community at Tompkins Cortland.
Professor of Business Administration
I coordinate Tompkins Cortland’s Academic Exchange at the Walt Disney World Resort, in which students from international partner universities earn academic credit while gaining work experience in Orlando, Florida. I find it tremendously satisfying to help students develop professionally and personally in this unique program. Working in the tourism industry before starting my teaching career, studying in France, working in Germany, and traveling extensively have taught me the great value of experiential education and intercultural exchange. If I could wave a magic wand, I would enable all people to spend meaningful time in other cultures, as I believe that is the best road to world peace. I also serve as Tompkins Cortland’s J-1 Responsible Officer (RO), making sure that the College and its exchange visitors observe U. S. J visa regulations. My B. S. degree is from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and my M. A. is in Travel Administration and Tourism Development from The George Washington University.
Global Services Specialist
My name is Maria Barrero, and I am the Global Services Specialist of the Global Initiatives Office. I hold an Associate’s degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from SUNY Cortland. I am from Spain and have been lucky to grow up in different countries like Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. I am a DSO and ARO and I work closely with international admissions and handle the majority of clerical duties associated with this process and in the office. I have been working in international education for the past six years, and it has become a passion. I love working with international students and working at Tompkins Cortland Community College, which has become like a second home.
Chair and Instructor of English as Second Language and Foreign Language
I serve as the Chair of the English as a Second Language department at Tompkins Cortland, and I teach both ESL and French. I have been at TC3 since 2010 and have had the pleasure to meet and work with the most amazing students from all around the world. I hold a B.A. in French from Stetson University and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to teaching, I work very closely with our Global Initiatives staff to coordinate and implement both our Summer Global and non-credit ESL programs. I also serve as our campus Nodal Network Coordinator for SUNY COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), in which I assist faculty in providing a globally networked learning experience for our students.