Staff biographies

Kelli E. Dixon, Ph.D., Department Director

As Director, Dr. Dixon is responsible for coordinating international activities at Wayne State University. Key activities include providing international services to all Schools/Colleges by administering global grant competitions for faculty and students to encourage international activity on campus including international student research, student exchanges, and study abroad initiatives; administering the Fulbright and NSEP programs; developing agreements with foreign institutions; providing advice on viable forms of institutional cooperation including academic exchanges and research; and coordinating international travel for Wayne State University delegations. She is the author of numerous articles. Dr. Dixon's research interest is the development of individuals within their international communities. She is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, chair of the WSU Academic Staff Professional Development Committee and president of the Michigan Association of Adult and Continuing Education. She has received numerous awards for service to the university and surrounding community.

Margaret Ogg, M.B.A, Associate Director

As the Associate Director Margaret's responsibilities include advising students and faculty on a portfolio of programs. She works along with program leaders in coordinating program excursions, activities, and student visa processing. Margaret was drawn to becoming a professional in the field of study abroad following her extensive first-hand experience as a student abroad. Margaret studied with two European programs while earning her B.A. in Fine Arts and Communication at Wayne State University. Her initial study began with intensive Spanish language courses at the University of Barcelona, Spain during the summer of her sophomore year. She later studied Italian language, in Italy, through a WSU, faculty-led program during her senior year. Between semesters of obtaining her undergraduate degree, Margaret lived and worked in the Caribbean, where she was able to experience first-hand knowledge of travel and the industry by working in primarily tourism-related positions. Margaret is now working on her M.B.A. in International Business. 

Lisa Kyle, Administrative Support & Exchange Student Coordinator

Lisa has been with the Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs since February 2008. The main component of her position is to facilitate the incoming international exchange students at Wayne as well as support with program logistics for various programs. In addition to Lisa's position with the University, she also attends WSU as a senior level student in Biological Sciences. Her focus of study is Bio-Diversity and Ecology with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. Most of Lisa's travel experience centers around the Caribbean, Aruba, and the British Virgin Islands. Future travel plans include South America with aspirations to study the ecology and sustainable industry of this region.

Jackie Krystyniak, M.A., Junior Year in Munich Program Coordinator

Jackie Krystyniak has served as the program coordinator for the Junior Year in Munich (JYM) Program at Wayne State University since 2018. In this role, she focuses primarily on national recruitment, marketing, student advising, application processing and business operations. Jackie has over ten years of experience in the field of international education with an emphasis on study abroad and career advising.

Prior to working for JYM, Jackie worked at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and in the College of Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network at Penn State University. Jackie holds an M.A. in Global Studies from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and a B.A. with majors in German and Literature and Political Science with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics from Western Michigan University. Jackie has experience either studying or working in Germany, South Korea, Italy, South Africa, Thailand and Switzerland.

Sophia Schwind, M.A., Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator, Sophia's primary role is student advising, and office promotion at events. She additionally works closely with the Associate Director for Program logistics, marketing needs of the office, and a variety of other tasks. Sophia obtained a B.A. in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University in 2019. During her undergraduate program, she studied abroad for two semesters at the KSU Florence, Italy campus obtaining two minors in Global Communication and Italian Studies. Following her first semester in Florence, she participated in a summer exchange program through the College of Communication and Information at KSU in conjunction with IUP in Beijing and Chengdu, China with a focus on English and Literature courses. During the summer of 2017 she participated in a GIVE volunteers program to Jiquilillo, and Little Corn Island, Nicaragua learning about water and reef conservation as well as recycling practices, in addition to assisting in English language teaching, and various building projects. Post-graduation she worked in Florence, Italy for a student-oriented travel company as a graphic designer, and assisted with sales and guiding European trips when opportunities were presented. Post-pandemic, she decided to further her education and received an M.A. in Cross-Cultural and International Education with a concentration in Non-Profit Communication and Grant-Writing from Bowling Green State University in 2022.