In Memory of George St. Angelo
Founder

George was a pastor at Evangelical United Brethren churches before taking the Chaplain’s post at North Central College in Naperville, IL.  It was in his role as Chaplain that George began taking students to Europe and recognized the value of travel as a learning tool.  He understood that travel can open a student’s mind to the world more effectively than anything else. As a result, George felt called to create Seminars International with his vision for purposeful experiential travel, thus becoming a pioneer in this field.   He continued to organize and lead programs into his 80’s and served on Seminars International’s Board of Directors until his death at age 90 on March 4, 2012. 

Click here for a short video history of Seminars International highlighting the contributions of founding board member, Don St. Angelo.

Our Staff

Ron Rolland
Executive Director/International Program Consultant

Throughout his career with Seminars International, Ron has enjoyed traveling with our groups, especially our Performing Arts groups.  Highlights have included being there when a college orchestra performed Rhapsody in Blue to a standing ovation in a full Konzerthaus in Vienna; watching a university choir dedicate a song to a family who just lost their young son in a small village in Austria; and hearing about two college choir members who returned to Tanzania to teach English a year after performing there.  Ron met George St. Angelo in 1972 when he moved to Naperville, IL.  It was very fortuitous, since Seminars International has proven to be the perfect second career!  Previously Ron spent 28 years traveling around the world with Anderson Consulting/Accenture and lived in London for 5 years.  Ron is a graduate from Baldwin Wallace University and a native of Ohio who likes to spend free time with family, golfing and of course travel.  London and Hawaii hold a special place in his heart.

Ron@semint.com

Lesley Reser
Executive Director/International Program Consultant

Lesley assists clients with custom programming needs and works to support the Seminars International team.  She previously was State Director to US Senator Richard G. Lugar and spent 27 years in government and politics in both Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis, Indiana. Lesley graduated from DePauw University which included a semester abroad studying in Greece and Egypt.  Lesley enjoys spending time with family, reading and enjoying the outdoors of western Michigan. Her favorite destination is Italy.

Lesley@semint.com

 

DeAnne Syed
Operations Supervisor

DeAnne manages the Operations Department and coordinates final arrangements for study abroad, performing arts and religious groups. She has over 20 years of experience in the travel business including a private charter company, international airlines and incentive travel. She is a graduate of Illinois State University and a Certified Airline Reporting Specialist. What she finds most rewarding about her job are the participant’s reviews declaring how their travels have changed their views of other cultures. Her favorite destinations include Japan, India and her favorite adventure was touring Egypt with a concert band. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, running, Community Theater and assisting with her son’s basketball team.

Deanne@semint.com

Kerry Walsh
Proposal/Program Planner

Kerry prepares and designs travel plans for international programs and educational courses.  The favorite part of her job is hearing stories from past participants about their journeys, what experiences they encountered and what they enjoyed most. Kerry graduated from Eastern Illinois University and has over 23 years of service in the travel industry including her work for Delta Air Lines and Landmark Incentive Marketing before joining Seminars International in 2007.   When not working, Kerry enjoys traveling, volleyball, reading, and biking along the lakefront in her hometown of Chicago.  Her favorite travel location is Africa, especially the smaller villages, and any place she hasn’t been yet.  Kerry loves exploring new and completely different cultures, and meeting new people while learning about their daily lives. 

Kerry@semint.com

Kathy Willemssen
Upper Midwest Association of Intercultural Education (UMAIE) Coordinator, Minnesota Regional Office

As the UMAIE coordinator since 1984, Kathy oversees the UMAIE programs and is liaison between the Consortium of 7 colleges/universities and Seminars International. She coordinates everything from registrations, reports, visas and updates enrollment documents and coordinates communications with faculty directors. Born in Wisconsin, Kathy has lived in South Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. Outside of work, Kathy plays softball, golf and attends book club meetings. She travels annually to the Caribbean but a most memorable travel experience has been to Egypt.

Kathy@semint.com

Melanie Engelking
Assistant to the Director of Faith-Based and Special Interest Programs

Melanie previously worked with Lori Moline at CrossingBorders International Group Tours. She is excited to support Lori once again with Faith-Based and Special Interest Programs at Seminars International. Melanie has worked in several areas of the hospitality and tourism industry over the years including restaurants, hotels, country clubs. She has worked in the group travel business for over seven years with both adult and student groups. Melanie obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees from University of Wisconsin-Stout in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism. Her graduate research focused on Pilgrimage Travel. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and spending time in nature with her husband and three boys, biking, hiking and traveling. She has traveled internationally to Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and many countries in Europe. Highlights include a four month backing trip through Europe and traveling with a church group to Israel.

Melanie@semint.com

Heather Groh
Senior Operations Coordinator

Since joining Seminars International in 2000, Heather has loved working with program directors and our international suppliers to perfect details for all program arrangements.  Heather grew up in Mequon, Wisconsin and attained a degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  She previously worked for Swissair, TWA and lived in Germany and France. Heather has visited 50 countries, most recently Peru, and 29 U.S. states.

Heather@semint.com

Shane Anderson
Senior Operations Coordinator

Shane enjoys serving as a liaison between program directors, participants, airlines, and country specific travel partners for each assigned group.  Since joining in 1992, at Seminars International, the favorite part of his job is preparing final itineraries and researching unique destination information.  Born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, Shane is a graduate of Beloit Memorial High School and Southeastern Travel Academy.  He is a certified ARC specialist who has worked for Trans World Airlines and Airlanka.  Shane enjoys spending time outdoors, camping and traveling.  He lists Amsterdam as a favorite location after living there for two years as well as anywhere in Europe or southwest Michigan.

Shane@semint.com

Tave Reser
Executive Director/International Program Consultant

One of Tave’s favorite roles since joining Seminars International in 1997 has been working with faculty and program directors in the development of their extensive itineraries.  Through his travels with students of all ages, he enjoys seeing firsthand how students are impacted by international programs. Tave was a high school exchange student in Sweden and studied abroad for a semester in Greece and Egypt.  His BA is from DePauw University and he spent much of his early career in the incentive travel industry traveling worldwide managing corporate incentive programs and meetings.  Tave’s most frequented international region is the Aegean, but also has a passion for exploring new destinations.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, sailing, biking, skiing and hiking.

Tave@semint.com

Catherine Spaeth, Ph.D.
Executive Director/International Program Consultant

Catherine works with faculty, study abroad offices, and program leaders on customized program development and arrangements for faculty-led courses and performing groups. She comes from a 20+ year background in education abroad on university campuses and is excited to use her experience in a new role. Catherine most recently directed the study abroad office and internationalization initiative at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Catherine grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, but has lived in Minnesota for many years. She received a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on 18th -century French perspectives on American culture. In her free time, she keeps up with three adult children, her husband serving in the Peace Corps, and a food blog that allows her to combine her loves of cooking, writing, and research. France has a special place in her heart, and she also enjoys exploring new cultures and countries.

catherine@semint.com

Lori Moline
Director of Faith-Based and Special Interest Program

Lori’s over 30-year vocation serving faith-based groups was ignited during travels to many of Europe’s great cities while a student of Urban Studies at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. She finds it a privilege to create journeys of faith, which are educational and spiritually enriching. For over 17 years as co-founder of CrossingBorders, a travel company specializing in faith-based tours, she collaborated with hundreds of church leaders on custom-designed travel experiences for their communities. Lori now continues this work at Seminars International. She has led workshops, lectured and written articles on spiritual and pilgrimage travel.

Lori@semint.com

Hope Woodworth
Proposal/Program Planner

While growing up in Vermont, Hope’s first love of international travel came when her family moved overseas. After graduating from Trinity College, she worked in the hotel industry and with special events. For over 14 years she has worked in corporate travel incentives and global sales meetings. Hope has traveled to 49 of the United States and 5 continents, and looks forward to discovering new places. Along with travel, Hope enjoys music, theater and running.

Hope@semint.com

Gloria Gimbrone
Proposal Program/Planner & Operations Coordinator

Gloria has worked for over 20 years in the travel industry planning and operating programs for incentive groups, corporate meetings, and alumni organizations. She has visited several countries in Europe, Africa and South America. The ideal trip for her is not only to visit the sites but also to immerse herself in the communities and culture. One of her favorite trips was spent 4 months volunteering in South Africa. She looks forward to future travels that are enriching, in-depth learning experiences. In her free time, Gloria enjoys her hometown of Chicago and appreciates its cultural diversity, museums, restaurants, and lakefront.

gloria@semint.com

Tina Kapsa
Operations Coordinator

Tina has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, working for Delta Air Lines and Landmark Incentive Marketing before joining Seminars International. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to send students abroad to learn and experience different cultures. Tina is a Chicago native and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Her favorite destinations include Arizona, Florida and Germany and anywhere in Europe.

Tina@semint.com

Jeaneen Lincoln
Administrative Coordinator

Jeaneen has served since joining Seminars International in 1998, in a program support capacity.  She is behind the scenes managing the day-to-day operations of the office and maintaining client enrollments and payments. Every day holds the possibility of meeting interesting people and visiting unique places.  Outside of work, Jeaneen enjoys running, attending professional sporting events and of course, travel.  Her favorite destinations are Ireland, Pacific Northwest and Northern Michigan.

Jeaneen@semint.com

Anna Mikhalevskaya

Anna was born in Siberia, grew up in Moscow and now lives in Chicago. She graduated from the State University of Management in Moscow. Anna worked previously in wedding travel and luxury tourism for 8 years in Moscow until she moved to Chicago and joined the Seminars International team in 2017. The favorite part of her job is understanding how her day-to-day work helps people to explore the world , to see the world with a new perspective, and to never stop being surprised. Anna has traveled to Europe, Southeast Asia, Caribbean and now she is exploring the North American continent. Her favorite travel destinations are Italy, Thailand and Arizona. During her free time, Anna enjoys traveling, riding a bike along Lake Michigan, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband.

Annam@semint.com