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Becky Billings

Becky Billings is currently living in Seattle where she grew up. Billings finished a ten-year career with the U.S. Department of State in 2013 and decided it was time to leave Washington, D.C. for the better Washington—Washington state. She got bit by the travel bug while she was a study abroad student at the BYU [...]

Miranda Wilcox

Miranda Wilcox is an associate professor of English at BYU. At the present time, Wilcox is living in England, where she is working on a book project about Anglo-Saxon England at the University of York. In June, Wilcox will move to London to co-direct study abroad programs at the BYU London Centre. She enjoys living [...]

Volha Liudvikouskaya

Volha Liudvikouskaya was born in the Soviet Union in 1983. His people were forced to learn/speak Russian at this time, so his parents mostly spoke to him in Russian. When Belarus gained independence in 1990, Liudvikouskaya was seven and began learning Belarussian in school, as well as learning the culture, literature, and customs—all in the [...]

Luca Sorgiacomo

I am a husband and father of two and a creative business engineer with a passion for technology innovation and music. Since the age of twelve, I have been traveling regularly to the UK or U.S. to learn the English language. After my my bachelor’s degree, I served a mission in London and then [...]

Meet our new members

Kelsi grew up in Colorado, studied at BYUH and BYU, and served a mission in São Paulo, Brazil.  After her mission, she studied abroad at ISCTE Business school in Portugal. During the summers, she worked in Salvador, Brazil, interning as a business mentor and volunteering at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World [...]

Darin Christensen

Darin Christensen is a Foreign Service officer employed by the U.S. Department of State. Christensen is currently a student at the Foreign Service Institute where he is learning Hungarian in preparation for his next post in Budapest, Hungary. In Budapest, he will report on the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities. His first post [...]

Christel Kalala

Christel Kalala has recently joined the society. Kalala was born in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and later moved to Vienna, Austria, at the tender age of five. In Vienna, she completed elementary school, mastering the French, Dutch, and German languages. From Austria her family moved to New York City for a summer [...]

Thriving in International Business

Kris Jenkins graduated from Utah Valley University where he studied international business. He previously served an LDS mission to Chile and has maintained the language which allows him to pursue international business in Mexico City, Madrid and other Spanish-speaking areas; he also makes frequent trips to Manila, Sao Paulo and London. He leads technology efforts [...]

Consulting and Service

Charles M. Vance is a professor of management and human resources at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Vance is active in creating programs for managers and executives, consulting and teaching throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. His consulting includes FedEx, Samsung, Texaco, Mattel, Boeing, LA Times, U.S. Dept. of Labor, ARCO, and [...]

Scholars with European Connections

Rob Martinsen enjoys his work as an associate professor of Spanish pedagogy at BYU. Martinsen spends his work days teaching and researching topics, such as language and culture learning. His research has focused primarily on the effects of study abroad programs on undergraduates and what factors lead to more learning while abroad. He has taken [...]