Our Staff

Audrey Bistline
Administrative Assistant

717-245-1031 | bistlina@forumea.org
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As The Forum’s Administrative Assistant, Audrey is responsible for supporting office operations and serving as the first point of contact for inquiries and visitors. Audrey was born and raised in Brittany, France. She studied English, Spanish, and contemporary dance before earning a bachelor’s in psychology from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. Audrey lived the abroad experience by visiting and discovering Polynesia, the West Indies, and the United States all before the age of 25. She has spent the last twelve years living and working in both the United States and France. Prior to joining The Forum, she assisted clients in the travel and tourism industry in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France.

Mandy Brookins
Director of Programs and Training

717-254-8968 | brookina@forumea.org
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Mandy serves as the Director of Programs and Training. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education abroad at small private liberal arts colleges and large public flagship universities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international area students from Kalamazoo College, a master of arts in higher education and student affairs from Michigan State University, and a master of public affairs from the Indiana University Bloomington O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs. Mandy became a Forum Certified Professional in 2017 and has served as a trained facilitator for The Forum, as well as an assessor for the Professional Certification.

Amelia Dietrich, Ph.D.
Senior Director for Research & Publications
Managing Editor, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad

717-254-8328 | dietrica@forumea.org
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Dr. Amelia Dietrich is the Senior Director for Research and Publications at The Forum on Education Abroad and Managing Editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Amelia’s work focuses on The Forum’s research and publishing efforts, including the forthcoming Standards in Action book series and publishes and presents widely on topics related to best practice in education abroad around the world. She joined The Forum in 2015 through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. Prior to that, Amelia taught college-level Spanish, led a group of undergraduate students on a research trip to Spain, and investigated bilingualism and second language acquisition. Amelia holds a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Moravian College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish and Language Science from The Pennsylvania State University. As an undergraduate, Amelia studied abroad in Córdoba, Argentina. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Amelia is a Certified Professional in Education Abroad.

Elizabeth Frohlich, Ph.D.
Director for Resources

717-245-1507 | frohlice@forumea.org
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Elizabeth Frohlich serves as Director for Resources, and is involved in a wide range of resource development initiatives in support of the mission of The Forum. She manages the Forum Consulting program, works with the Annual and Europe, Africa, and Middle East (EMEA) Conference Committees to develop conference content, and leads The Forum’s sustainability efforts. Elizabeth joined The Forum in 2012 through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. Previously, she taught French language, worked on-site for Boston University’s Grenoble Language & Liberal Arts Program, interned at BU Study Abroad, and served as an Admissions Advisor. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Montpellier, France. Elizabeth holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in French Language and Literature.

Genesis Jardinico
Events & Conferences Manager

717-245-1718 | jardinig@forumea.org
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Genesis is responsible for planning The Forum’s conferences, events, and meetings, including working with a variety of vendors and event hosts and for all logistical aspects of the organization’s major conferences, multiple smaller events, and associated budgets. Prior to joining the Forum team in June 2021, Genesis was with Association Headquarters, where she was a Meeting Coordinator for organizations like the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA). She’s also held roles at the American College of Radiology and iWorkwell, Inc. Genesis earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Marketing from Drexel University.

Marissa Lombardi, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Training, Programs and Services

717-254-8727 | lombardm@forumea.org
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Marissa Lombardi serves as the Executive Director of Training, Programs and Services, implementing an impressive array of programs, resources and materials related to the Standards of Good Practice, equity, diversity and inclusion, health and safety, and other topics that promote and facilitate the highest quality education abroad programs. Prior to joining The Forum’s team, Marissa was with EF Education First, where she served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Partnerships. Previously, Marissa was an Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program at Northeastern University, where she developed a concentration and certificate in Global Student Mobility. She also served as a faculty scholar and lead scholar at the university’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research. She served as dean of students at Lorenzo de’Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was part of a senior leadership team responsible for the oversight of campuses in Florence, Rome, Venice, and Tuscania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College, a Master’s of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a Doctorate of Education, with a specialization in International Education, from Northeastern University.

Annette Mares-Duran
Member Services Manager

717-254-8252 | maresdua@forumea.org
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Annette Mares-Duran serves as the Membership Services Manager. She develops and implements strategies for membership engagement and outreach related activities. She serves as the primary liaison to current and prospective members and systematizes opportunities for members to engage and provide feedback on services. Prior to joining The Forum, Annette was the Faculty-Led International Program Coordinator at the University of New Mexico and an elected Forum Council member. As a program leader herself, she facilitated group programs to Ecuador and Peru. As a student, she studied abroad in Spain and Nicaragua. Annette received her B.S. in Education and M.A. in Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Mary F. Price
Director of Teaching and Learning

717 254 8249 | pricemar@forumea.org
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Dr. Mary Price is the inaugural Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining The Forum, Mary led faculty development at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis’ Center for Service & Learning for the past 9 years. For more than 20 years, she has worked with scholar-practitioners, students and community members as a thought partner and critical friend to strengthen practice, deepen learning and co-create actionable knowledge through intentional and equitable community partnerships, grounded in the principles of democratic engagement. Mary’s scholarly interests emphasize the influence of community-academic partnership relationships on learning and community outcomes, socialization and success of publicly-engaged faculty as part of campus equity, civic and student success agendas, and improving institutional climates for ethical and equitable community engagement in local and global contexts. She is a co-developer of the SOFAR Partnership Model and the Transformational Relationship Evaluation Scale V.2 (TRES II). She is a past co-chair of the Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship [APPS], a research group sponsored by Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, which has developed the Democratically Engaged Assessment Framework. She is also a co-PI on an 5 year NSF funded institutional transformation project called ICELER (Integrating Community-Engaged Learning through Ethical Reflection). The project focuses on improving STEM education through the integration of ethics instruction with community-engaged learning as well as understanding the impact that participation in a longitudinal civic focused faculty learning community has on departmental capacity, faculty ethical subjectivities and professional agency.  Since joining The Forum, Mary has joined a multi-institutional team to investigate best practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research in Global Contexts (MURGC).  Mary received her PhD in Anthropology for Binghamton University, SUNY and her Master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida.


Melissa Torres
President & CEO

717-254-8404 | torresme@forumea.org
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Melissa Torres is The Forum’s President and CEO and has two decades of experience in higher education and program development. She previously served as Vice President for Academic Programs at IES Abroad where she supervised 36 international study abroad centers in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her campus-based experience includes leading a variety of international initiatives for three institutions, including Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Ohio State University. She worked as a change management consultant for Accenture, and most recently worked with a variety of colleges and universities to develop innovative, service-learning programs as Vice President of Institutional Relations at Global Vision International. Melissa served as Chair of The Forum’s Outcomes Assessment and Research committee for three years, was a member of NAFSA’s Work, Internships, Volunteering and Research Abroad (WIVRA) subcommittee and a founding member of the Business International Studies Network (BISNet) Business Colloquium. She holds a BA in International Studies from Stonehill College and a Master’s degree in Global Education from The Ohio State University. She speaks Spanish fluently and has studied French, Irish Gaelic and Portuguese.