The following staff members are available to answer your questions and help you at all stages of your off-campus experience - from beginning your search for the perfect program to readjusting to life at Skidmore upon your return. We encourage you to contact us right away with any questions. We look forward to helping you!
CORI FILSON, Director
Cori began as Skidmore's Director of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges in May 2001, bringing
with her almost a decade of experience in the field of international education. Prior
to coming to Skidmore she served as the Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges
at The University at Albany where she managed programs in Spain, Latin America, Asia,
and the Netherlands. She also was responsible for all marketing and publications for
Albany's study abroad programs, making good use of her previous five years of experience
in publishing. In addition to work at UAlbany, Cori served as an instructor and resident
director abroad in Salamanca, Spain for several years. She has served on several national
advisory boards, including those of Arcadia University, Butler University, Fairfield
University, and is currently serving on the Academic Council for the Institute for
the International Education of Students (IES) and the Partnership Council for the
School for International Training (SIT). Cori is active in NAFSA: The Association
of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad and has had the opportunity
to present nationally on current topics in the field. Cori has an MA from The University
of Texas at Austin in Hispanic Literature and a BA in Spanish and German from St.
Lawrence University. As an undergraduate she studied abroad for a year and a half
in Spain and Austria.
LISA HOBBS, Associate Director of Operations
Lisa began with OCSE in September of 2006 and brings a nice blend of experience in
finance and programming to the position. Prior to coming to OCSE, Lisa was the Employment
Specialist in HR at Skidmore, giving her a solid knowledge of the systems and procedures
of the College. Before beginning at Skidmore, Lisa served as the assistant to a CFO
and, in that capacity, coordinated budgets, financial reports, and other financial
matters. She also has a strong background in event planning and coordination, having
managed overall logistics, contract negotiations, promotional planning, travel and
accommodations, reports, and events assessment. Lisa received her MBA from Wingate
University and a BA in History from Syracuse University. She completed an Event Management
Program at George Washington University, and has worked as a Legislative Director
in the New York State Assembly. Lisa is responsible for all financial operations of
OCSE, as well as general office operations. She currently manages faculty-led travel
seminars, program evaluations and health, safety and risk mitigation efforts related
to students studying off campus under the auspices of Skidmore College.
ELIZA CAMIRE, Associate Director of Programs & Outreach
Eliza joined OCSE in 2011 as a Program Manager, focusing much of her time on student advising and outreach efforts for the office. Prior to this position, Eliza worked for a study abroad provider, both as an advisor and within institutional relations. She received her MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing at Saint Michael's College in Vermont. As a graduate student, Eliza participated on an SIT program to Panama and, as an undergraduate, Eliza studied abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
In her role as Associate Director of Programs & Outreach Eliza works closely with
the curriculum integration initiative at Skidmore, oversees the approved programs
process, as well as creates new strategies for supporting students at all phases of
their study abroad experience. She also does general advising for all programs.
KENDRA NELSON COUTURE, Program Manager
Kendra began with OCSE in June 2009 and came to us from Indiana University in Bloomington,
IN, where she served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Overseas Study. In
her role at IU, Kendra managed the office's exchange programs and the CIEE portfolio
of programs and coordinated student advising for the office. Prior to that position,
Kendra worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Study Abroad at Michigan State
University and held a short-term work assignment in London, England assisting with
summer study abroad programs. Kendra received her MA in Student Affairs Administration
with a concentration in Multicultural Education from Michigan State University and,
prior to that, received her BA in Management & International Business at Penn State
University. As an undergraduate Kendra studied abroad at Maastricht University in
the Netherlands. Kendra is responsible for managing Skidmore in London, Skidmore in
Paris, the Paris Fall Seminar, Domestic Exchange Programs, pre-departure, and general
ANNA IRISH BURNETT, Program Manager
Anna joined OCSE in 2016 and came to us from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, where she served as the sole Education Abroad Advisor and the Central American Youth Ambassador Program Coordinator for the International Programs Office. In her role at NMU, Anna spent much of her time on student advising and outreach efforts, as well as coordinating short-term programs with international students. She received her MA in International Studies with a concentration in International Education from Concordia University Irvine in California, and her BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Northern Michigan University. As a graduate student, Anna taught English as a second language and did research for her master’s thesis in China. Anna received her Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) training in Spain, studied abroad in Mexico, Canada, and Brazil as an undergraduate student, and in Ecuador as a high exchange school student through American Field Service (AFS). Anna is responsible for managing the London First-Year Experience, Skidmore in Spain, Travel Seminars, pre-departure, and general advising for all programs.
BECKY LEE, Administrative Assistant
Becky began with OCSE in October 2015 and came to us from Hutto middle school, near Austin, Texas. She brings with her over 10 years of Administrative Assistant experience in an academic setting. Becky‘s last role was secretary to the principal of Hutto Middle School where she coordinated activities and substitutes teachers for over 70 teachers and office staff. Becky came up through the ranks in Texas after starting as a substitute teacher, moving into a receptionist position as the district grew and slowly taking charge of the office which landed her in the position as Secretary to the Principal. Becky learned early in her career that people matter and she makes it her personal mission to make sure that everyone she communicates with understands that they are a person and not just a number in the system. Becky takes pride in her work and truly cares for the individuals she deals with. Becky brings to the OCSE a fresh personality and a willingness to do what needs to be done to see that everyone is satisfied with the outcome.
In addition to the staff listed here, Student Advisors are available to meet with students to discuss specific programs and the policies and procedures associated with those programs. Our Student Advisors have all studied abroad and can answer students' general questions about study abroad, the application process, and their own experiences.
To contact a member of our staff directly via e-mail, please use the online staff directory to find the proper address.