Meet Our Staff at CIIE
Get used to the following faces.We are your family here in the US.
At the Read Center, we have had a long experience of hosting people from all over the world, and working to make your experience memorable.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you SOON.
Dr. Amanda Johnson-Toala
Amanda Johnson-Toala, director of the Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education, has worked with international students and scholars for over a decade. Her work in international education spans the globe with international university partnerships and capacity-building initiatives. She received her PhD at the College of William & Mary in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership. She has a Masters in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in History from Hollins College, an all-women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia.
Dr. Marty Jencius
Dr. Jencius, or Dr. J. is the co-director of the grant. He will be helping you with your different projects that you have to come up with by the end of the program Dr. J. is a faculty member in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. He is also another resources you can benefit from if you want to improve your tech skills.
Dr. Anne B. Morrison
Dr. Morrison is a Professor Emeritus at Kent State University. She is the instructor for the General Academic Seminar.
Jennifer Flaherty is a certified school library media specialist at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. She received her Bachelor's of Early Childhood Education and Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University and her K-12 Literacy Endorsement from Bowling Green State University. Jennifer enjoys teaching her students about the way that media shapes our individual experiences, relationships, and Democracy. She is so excited to have the opportunity to learn from all of you!
Abdoulaye has been with the center for a few years now and always appreciates the impact that meeting people from all over the world has had on him. A former teacher of English, and a technology passionate, he will be the instructor for the technology class. He is looking forward to learning with and from all of you.
Mrs. Rose Brown is a soon-to-be-retired high school English teacher of 35 years who has hosted exchange teachers through U.S. State Department grants for the past 14 years. She has also leveraged these connections into travel to Egypt, Turkey, and India! Mrs. Brown's comprehensive knowledge of American public schools helps her plan rewarding experiences for participants. Mrs. Brown is a Kent graduate and has earned her BS, MLS and EdM; she is married and has 2 grown sons and 2 golden retrievers.
Rose Onders, Special Assistant, has been with the Center for International and Intercultural Education close to 14 years. She enjoys being outdoors with her family riding dirt bikes, motorcycles and Snowmobiles.
Her husband Jay works in the Physics department as a Research Machining Specialist. Her daughter Kristin is a junior here at Kent State University, majoring in Computer engineering and her son Jack is in the trades
working at a car dealership as an Auto Technician.
I am the friendship family coordinator for the program. I am mostly retired, but still working at Focus Curriculum, a publishing company I founded 14 years ago. We publish digital format materials for elementary and middle school science students and teachers. I am a member of Kent Rotary and board member at Kent Historical Society. I also volunteer at Main Street Kent, an organization dedicated to historic preservation and supporting a vibrant downtown business environment. I’ve lived in the Twin Lakes area, just north of Kent, for 40 plus years.