Office of International Education
The Office of International Education includes our Burlington-based International and Study Abroad staff as well as the staff and faculty of our Montreal and Dublin campuses. We bring together diverse backgrounds and international experience that enables us to create unique and meaningful opportunities for students to expand their global perspective.
Dr. Jim Cross, Associate Provost and Senior International Officer
A graduate from the University of Vermont, Dr. Cross has over 25 years of experience in international diplomacy, negotiations, corporate relations, research and education in both academic and applied settings, including working for the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (Rome), the NATO Parliament (Brussels), and Business International—The Economist. In 1994, Dr. Cross founded and directed the first post-communist Training Institute in Business and Government in Albania and served as a consultant to the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute.
He earned his Doctoral Degree in Political Science from the Graduate Institute for International Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He received the Carrington Medal by NATO Secretary General Lord Carrington and is a Truman Scholar from the State of Vermont. He was also a professor of international relations at Wuhan University of Technology in China.
He currently is the founding president of Education Vermont USA. He is a member of the board of the Vermont Council on World Affairs and the boards of Champlain College Dublin and Champlain College Montreal. He has served as the NAFSA Senior International Officer Network Manager and served on the Executive Board of the IIE Global Engineering Education Exchange. Cross has become increasingly involved in efforts to link international education to economic development.
Jessa Karki, Assistant Director, International Student Services
Jessa's interest in international education was fostered at a young age by her parents, who travelled to Europe for IBM. Before the age of 2, Jessa lived in England, France, Germany, and Switzerland, and this exposure started Jessa's life-long interest in things international. Before she graduated from high school, Jessa had journeyed to France, Canada, Turkey and Greece and had performed as part of an international folkdance troop at International Children's Day festivities in the Mediterranean. As an undergraduate at Saint Michael's College, Jessa assisted with housing, keys, banking, transportation, interpretation services, and events for international students and knew instantly that she wanted to be an International Student Advisor after this experience. She added Venezuela to her list of countries visited. Following her graduation from Saint Michael's College, Jessa was accepted into the MATESL program and assisted international graduate students with their academic and personal needs. Upon receiving her masters, she taught ESL in both university and public school settings, but soon found herself living and working in Bristol, England with her husband, Sandeep. While in the United Kingdom, Jessa explored England, Wales and Scotland, and made many life-long friends. Before coming to Champlain College, Jessa worked at Saint Michael's College as an International Admissions Assistant, SUNY Plattsburgh as an International Student Advisor, and Community College of Vermont as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). Jessa is the most recent addition to the Office of International Education. She is excited to share her passion for U.S. federal immigration regulations and is dedicated to ensuring that Champlain's international students are well supported and cared for while they are in the United States. Jessa has a B.A., English Language and Literature and an M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language from Saint Michael's College. Jessa, Sandeep, and her three children, Hannah, Lisa, and Lucius, live in Essex Junction.
Noah Goldblatt, Director, Study Abroad
Noah started his path to international education by studying Spanish in Mexico and Central America. After completing an undergraduate degree, Noah continued his passion for international affairs teaching Spanish language and culture at a New England private school, and leading high school students on international community service trips to Honduras and Nicaragua. During his tenure as a secondary education teacher, he completed a summer study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain, and an intensive Spanish language program at Dartmouth College.
Noah received a B.A. in Political Science from Plymouth State University with minors in Anthropology and Sociology. He also holds a Master's degree in Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Champlain College, Noah held an Assistant Director position at a third-party study abroad provider, and managed multiple study abroad programs in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. As the world continues to become increasingly interconnected on multiple levels, Noah cherishes the opportunity to work with Champlain College students while facilitating career-focused international education and growth experiences.
Sarah DeShaw, Study Abroad Advisor
Sarah's interest in international education began as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont where she spent a semester in Bali, Indonesia. The unique experience of immersing herself in a new culture helped cultivate her love of travel and has brought her to many interesting places in the world including: Indonesia, Singapore, Sweden, Great Britain, Italy, France, Spain, French West Indies, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Canada.
She earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In addition to teaching Pre-Kindergarten at an independent coeducational day school, she advised graduate students in the school's teacher training program. Sarah is also a strong advocate of civic engagement and is active with several local non-profit and volunteer organizations.
She joined the Office of International Education as a Study Abroad Advisor in 2015 and is excited to share her passion for international education with Champlain students and to help guide them through creating their own unique and life changing experience abroad.
Elin Melchior, Senior Administrative Coordinator
Elin is very excited to be back in the world of international education. She has taught ESL at Ohio University and Saint Michael's College and has lived overseas in Japan, Niger, England, Germany and France. While in Japan, she directed the Komaki English Teaching Center, a school for 300 adult students, run by Ohio University and the City of Komaki. She is glad to be back in Vermont where she grew up and looks forward to welcoming visiting students and scholars to Champlain as well as to helping students gain the fantastic chance to study overseas.
Elin has her BA in English from Georgetown University (with a year abroad at the University of Warwick). She joined Peace Corps after college, and then came back to get her MA in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University.