JWU Global is comprised of four divisions: BRIDGE Center, International Student Services Office,

Study Abroad & English Language & Culture Academy

Michael Waugh

Director of the BRIDGE Center

Mike has lived, studied, and worked in many different areas of the United States and around the world. He loves learning new things that challenge his perspectives and he is passionate about facilitating communication between people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. His advice? "At JWU, you can meet students from all around the world, take advantage of opportunities to study and work all around the world, and participate in programs to engage with different cultures every day."


Shawn Riendeau

International & Intercultural Learning Coordinator

Shawn is responsible for advising undergraduate and graduate ESL students as well as programming at the BRIDGE center. Growing up in Rhode Island, he decided to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Lodging Management at Johnson & Wales University. From here, he helped organize two study abroad programs, one to the International College of Management in Sydney, Australia and the other to the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a Student Assistant at the university’s BRIDGE Center, he was further inspired to work in JWU Global. Shawn admires JWU’s commitment to providing development opportunities to the entire JWU community. He truly believes in the “Wildcat Way”: Pride, Courage, Character & Community.

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Wesley Roy

Director of International Student Services

Wes is responsible for Compliance with F1 and J1 international student immigration regulations, and ongoing support programming and services for international students. Wes enjoys spending time with his family exploring all the interesting things in southern New England. He is also an avid outdoorsman and tries to get outside as much as possible to enjoy the environment of our region. Wes appreciates the contributions of our international student population here at JWU. They add a rich perspective to classroom discussions, student life, and inclusive community.

Joanne Gilbert

Assistant Director of International Student Services

Joanne is responsible for advising all graduate F1 students, in addition to her duties as Assistant Director. Joanne earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at JWU. She speaks three different languages: English, Mandarin and Malay. Being an international student herself in the past, Joanne helps students understand immigration policies and how to adapt to the US culture, the University and the larger Providence community. Joanne enjoys seeing her students grow and successfully graduate from JWU.

Emily Canfil

International Student Advisor

Emily is responsible for advising all undergraduate F1 students. Originally from Cleveland, Emily earned her BA in Languages at Miami University of Ohio. Before graduating with her Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Paris – Marne la Vallee, she spent several years living in France, Italy and Serbia. Emily has spent the last several years working in international higher education, both in student services and in admissions roles. She loves getting to meet and work with all of her international students.   

Marybeth Berrio

JWU Global Associate

Marybeth works with the incoming J-1 exchange students and F-1 international students who are seeking CPT and OPT. She has been with Johnson & Wales since 2011 and loves the sense of community and pride at JWU. As a native Rhode Islander and mother of two, Marybeth is most passionate about working with and learning from the Exchange Students who come here from all over the world and making their experiences here memorable and fulfilling. She has gone through Green Dot bystander intervention training as well as Suicide Prevention training, in order to be a more active and aware participant in the community.

Lisa McAdam Donegan

Director of Study Abroad

Lisa oversees Study Abroad office and portfolio of programs. Lisa has worked in international education for 21 years. She has lived abroad in France and Germany and travelled to many countries throughout the world. Lisa loves the study abroad students’ experiences.

Elizabeth Allsworth

Assistant Director of Study Abroad

Elizabeth is responsible for Study Abroad program development, logistical planning in coordination with partners, and coordination of office policies around application processing. Elizabeth is most satisfied when she has a plane ticket with her name on it to go somewhere, anywhere, and a Snickers bar. She is energized by the process of going and most satisfied by witnessing how other people organize and interact with their worlds. She has lived in England and France, has worked with refugees in Western Montana, and most recently lived in Japan for two years. For over a decade, Elizabeth has been committed to building the JWU Study Abroad office and enjoys supporting JWU students in their choices to study abroad.

Amy Ewen

Program Coordinator

Amy manages faculty-led Study Abroad programs. After living, studying and travelling up and down the east coast and in Europe and South America, Amy has settled back in her hometown of Providence. She loves being outside, taking photos, and learning new skills. She speaks some German and fluent Spanish. When she was a child, her dream job was to be a stunt driver. Amy’s favorite thing about International Education at JWU is that students can study abroad early and often, and they can take classes that directly align with their major and career plans.

Sarah Croft

Study Abroad Advisor 

Sarah focuses on outgoing study abroad and exchange student advising, marketing and recruitment. She attended university in Italy and Greece before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Australia's University of Sunshine Coast and a Master of Science in Human Development from the University of Rhode Island. She’s worked at RISD, Brown, and Stanford, and her personal foundations include an affinity for Jack Kerouac novels, painting ocean scenes, and playing her ukulele. Sarah’s favorite element of JWU international education is the dynamic portfolio. JWU Study Abroad destinations are unique and progressive, and truly provide a magnitude of opportunities for students!

Stephanie Pleasants

Study Abroad Advisor

Stephanie is responsible for outgoing study abroad and exchange student advising. As an undergrad, she majored in French and Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied abroad in Càceres, Spain. She obtained her Master’s in Political Science with a concentration in Trans-Atlantic Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through which she studied abroad again in Prague, Czech Republic and Paris, France. She has taught English in three countries and enjoys traveling anywhere, learning more languages, preparing southern-style foods, and anything Star Wars. Stephanie likes that JWU’S international programs continue to grow and reflect the university’s evolving identity and desire for international opportunities for all students.

Sharon McMahon Joyal

ESL Specialist

Sharon has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons University, Boston. During her undergraduate studies at Providence College, it was her courses in foreign languages and linguistics, study abroad experience in Québec, Canada, and travels throughout Europe that inspired her to become a language teacher. A certified K-12 ESL teacher, Sharon served in local public schools and taught many ESL writing courses at Johnson & Wales University before embracing her current role at JWU Global. She also has a background in non-profit management within higher education and community-based adult education. Sharon is a member of Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners (RITELL) and has presented at the National Center for Families Learning’s annual conference.

Sara Spaner

ESL Specialist

Sara has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons College, and she has been teaching ESL in a variety of educational settings for over 25 years. Her work has taken her to Taiwan, Switzerland, Arizona, New Jersey, Massachusetts and now Rhode Island.  She is a certified K-12 teacher but has also taught in community-based programs, community colleges and other universities.  Sara has an interest in teaching ESL through content, particularly the arts.  She is a member of TESOL International and has presented at state conferences through TESOL affiliates.  She has also taught ESL Methods courses as a teacher educator for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing ESL endorsements and degrees.