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Global Engagement Staff

Penelope PynesPenelope Pynes, Director
As the Associate Provost for International Programs, Penelope leads the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Patrick LiljaPatrick Lilja, Assistant Director
Patrick possesses more than a decade of experience in the fields of English as a Second Language and International Education having held positions as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and an administrator. Curious about places and ideas he has traveled to over 50 countries and spent several years living in Japan. He has presented at several national and international conferences including: English USA, TESOL, and NAFSA. He was a 2014 participant in the NAFSA Academy and a member of the NAFSA Region VI leadership team. He is also familiar with accreditation through his work as a site reviewer for The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the SIT Graduate Institute.



Anna Kristen Poteat Anna Kristen Poteat, Administrative Assistant
Anna Kristen Poteat is the Program Assistant for the Global Engagement office. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at UNCG in May 2017. During her undergraduate career she was involved in many areas of campus life such as orientation, leadership & service learning, intercultural engagement, and student government. Anna loves traveling and has spent time in Ecuador, France, Mexico, and Germany. She is currently working on a Master's of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.



Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega,
Global Leadership Program Coordinator & eNewsworthy Editor
Luciano Joshua Gonzalez-Vega is a fluent Spanish speaker who was raised in Latin America and attended UNCG as an undergraduate student. In the Spring of 2017 he graduated with a major in History and a minor in Anthropology. He is now just a school year away from earning a Masters of the Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Luciano has a lifetime of experience in leadership, global learning, and is passionate about history, social media, and writing. He has worked in Honduras and in the United States and seeks to help more students become global citizens and ethical leaders.



Julianne Zemaitis, Graduate Assistant for Data Assessment Julianne Zemaitis, Graduate Assistant for Data Assessment
Julianne Zemaitis is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) who provides support to the Global Engagement Office’s assessment team. She completed a Master of Science in the same field of study from UNCG in 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. During her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland at University College Dublin and believes in the value and necessity of globally-engaged scholarship in our current society. She has worked in a variety of assessment and evaluation contexts and strives to promote inclusion, communication, and understanding among diverse perspectives and stakeholder groups in these contexts.