Meet the Center for International Partnerships and Programs Team
Lauren M. Thorman, MPA
Lauren Thorman is Director of the Center for International Programs and Partnerships. She earned a B.S. in Human Service Studies from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from The George Washington University.
She has been involved in international education and child and family policy issues for more than 15 years. Her duties at Wheelock College include researching and developing new international markets, overseeing the launch and administration of current overseas programs (master's programs in Barbados and Singapore) and coordinating the Wheelock College International Visiting Scholar and International Service Learning Programs. Her areas of expertise include international program development, international student recruitment, and project management.
Before coming to Wheelock College in 2007, she worked with a range of programs and services for international students at Suffolk University's Center for International Education and with local government officials involved in supporting children and families at the National League of Cities. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and is a graduate of the NAFSA Academy, an intensive two-year training program in international education offered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Judith A. Ceven
Senior Executive Administrator
Judith Ceven began her career at Wheelock College over 40 years ago. She has been involved with the Center for International Programs and Partnerships since its inception in 1992 (when it was called the Center for International Education, Innovation, and Leadership). She supports the Center with budget management, proposal writing, assists faculty and adult learners involved in offshore programs, develops and adapts materials for workshops and courses, and hosts guests who visit the Center on study tours.
In addition, she is involved in implementing and launching new global endeavors in the areas of international education and innovation. She received the Wheelock College President's Service Award in 1999.
International Programs Manager
Kayla Desnoyers came to Wheelock in September 2013 and serves as International Programs Manager for the Center of International Programs and Partnerships. She received her MA in Middle East & Islamic Studies and International Affairs from the American University of Paris; she brings extensive knowledge of French, Arabic, the history of Islam, and Middle East politics and passion for international education and intercultural work.
While in Paris, she was vice president of a global issues discussion group as well as a participant in an interfaith September 11th memorial and colloquium designed to promote discussion among different religions and cultures. At Wheelock, she oversees study abroad advising, assists in the administration of overseas degree and professional development offerings, and manages summer international programming. She is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Wheelock.
Ariel Folkerts is a Wheelock alumna and recently returned home to Boston from California where she was a Student Services Coordinator for the University of California, Irvine. Ariel serves as the primary advisor for international programs and works directly with students as they prepare for, apply to, and return from service learning and study abroad programs. She is excited to return to campus in this capacity and is looking forward to supporting students.