Leadership Development Committee


The Leadership Development Committee contributes to NAFSA’s strategic objectives by working to ensure effective governance, leadership, communication, and coordination for the Association. Leadership Development Committee members:

  • Advise and support staff in the development and maintenance of a database of members with the skills, knowledge, competencies, experience, and commitment to work on behalf of the Association in all areas of the Association’s work.
  • Encourage members from underrepresented constituencies (e.g. those based outside the United States, those at community colleges, etc.) to provide their information in the member skills database for consideration for task forces and leadership positions for which they have particular expertise.
  • Carry out the member-leader nominations process described in Rule IV of NAFSA’s Standing Rules.
  • Educate Knowledge Community and Committee Chairs about available resources to support their search for qualified candidates for appointed positions.
  • Create and maintain a leadership orientation program for future leaders, in coordination with the knowledge communities.

leadership development committee leadership

Frank J. Merendino
Chair, Leadership Development Committee
INTO University Partnerships

Linda Tobash, MA
World Education Services

Shabeer H Amirali, BS, MRes, MBA
Bradley University

Stephen K. Appiah-Padi, PhD
Bucknell University

Jenny Bowen
Indiana University-Bloomington

Jenny J. Brydon
Rice University

George F. Kacenga
University of Colorado-Denver

Jason Lau PhD, CPRP
Sonoma State University

Kristy Magner
Tulane University

Carol Stax-Brown, EdD
Navitas at Florida Atlantic University

Marcia Ellen Taylor, MA
University of South Florida

Amanda L. Yusko
The Ohio State University

Mariama Boney
Staff Partner