ISA Headquarters

The University of Connecticut hosts the International Studies Association’s Headquarters, which consists of the office of the Executive Director and staff. Headquarters is responsible for a variety of activities, ranging from short- and medium-term projects to long-term planning. On a daily basis, ISA staff responds to member inquiries, assists ISA leadership with programming initiatives, and tracks and maintains the financial health of the organization, among other activities.

Throughout the year, ISA staff informs membership about Association and cooperating organization-related news via social media, the ISA blog and newsletter. It provides significant logistical and technical support toward the successful implementation of the Association’s numerous annual international and regional conferences and manages the Association’s growing portfolio of grants. The staff also maintains the members-only Professional Resource Center and ISA job board.

One of the key responsibilities of Headquarters’ staff is to ensure the success of ISA’s Annual Convention in collaboration with ISA leadership. From site visits, managing meeting spaces and securing vendors and sponsors to assisting Convention leadership in the creation and scheduling of events and program items, Headquarters’ staff works diligently to make the Annual Convention a space that membership enjoys participating in year after year.

In short, ISA Headquarters staff is here to ensure that the Association runs smoothly and grows in a way that is beneficial to its 7000-strong members.

Meet the ISA Staff

Jennifer Fontanella
Director of Operations / (860) 486-0338
As the Director of Operations, Jennifer oversees all the operations of the ISA-HQ office and has responsibility for managing the ISA's budget and finances as well as coordinating future convention planning. Jennifer works with the Executive Director and ISA leadership to coordinate ISA practices and procedures.

Jason DeAngelis
Organizational Systems Specialist
Sarah Dorr, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
Liz Fausett-Fuhrman
Organizational Systems Manager / (740) 785-7102
As the Organizational Systems Manager, Elizabeth oversees many aspects of our conference operations. Primarily, she works with the Program Chairs, Section Program Chairs and Region Conferences to assist with the technical process of producing conference programs.
Courtney FitzGerald
Financial Manager / (860) 486-4390
Courtney works closely with the Director of Operations, Finance Manager and Association Leadership to build, maintain and reconcile financial accounts for ISA. She also holds the title(s) of Awards Coordinator and Travel Grants Administrator, heading up both of those programs.
Kat Folker
Program Assistant / (860) 486-5850
Lisa Garvey
Director of Finance / (860) 486-5327
Lisa's responsibilities include overseeing the finance operations of the Association, serving as the point person for the annual audit and working with the Director of Operations and Executive Director to create the Association's annual budget.
Tara Guilleaume, CMP, DES
Exhibit & Sponsorship Manager / (860) 486-1642
Tara is a Member of the Convention Planning team which is responsible for planning the Annual Convention and our regional/international conferences. As the Exhibits and Sponsorship Manager, she is solely responsible for managing our exhibit hall and our partnerships with exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers. Tara also plays a huge part in our marketing campaigns, with her great eye for design and digital media.
Mary Hartford
Virtual Engagement Specialist
Mary facilitates virtual engagement opportunities within the association.
Donalyn Maneggia, CMP
Conventions & Conferences Manager / (860) 486-4512
Donalyn is responsible for planning and managing the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Convention, advertising in the Convention Program and Sponsorship Opportunities for ISA events as well as Sections and Regions receptions at the Annual Convention.
Adelina Mkami, Ph.D.
Organizational Systems Specialist
Kristin Nacovsky, CMP, DES
Conventions & Conferences Manager / (860) 486-1362
Nichole Page
Financial Manager
Lembe Tiky, Ph.D. [On Leave]
Director of Academic Development and Outreach / (860) 486-1837
As Director of Academic Development, Tiky works closely with the Program Chair(s) to build the Annual Convention program, oversees the ISA Research & Workshop Grants program, ISA program evaluation, and chairs the Junior Scholar Symposium.
Alex Walker
Organizational Systems Specialist / (860) 486-6862
Alex helps to facilitate section, caucus and region affairs, and supports conference operations. She also manages officer elections and appointments.
Corrine Zoli
Director of Sponsored Research Programs and Development

Ashley Benitez Ou
Graduate Assistant
Alexandra Harden
Graduate Assistant
Lauren Perez Bonilla
Graduate Assistant
Fabian Terbeck
Graduate Assistant

Evelyn N. Mayanja, Ph.D.
James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow

The Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Evelyn N. Mayanja, a scholar and educator on wars, peace and development, as its 2020-2021 James N. Rosenau postdoctoral fellow. Evelyn's doctoral dissertation, “People's Experiences and Perceptions of War and Peace in South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo” received the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award. Evelyn has not only studied, but has lived through the horrors of war in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Her research focuses on peacebuilding and peacekeeping in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Considering that the more than twenty years of UN peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not created sustainable peace, her current research focuses on how Indigenous wisdom can contribute to sustainable peacebuilding and preventive mechanisms. From an early age, Evelyn has been passionate about peace, justice, security and development. She attributes her passion to her mother.

Getting in Touch

Have a question or need some assistance? Feel free to contact ISA headquarters and we'll try our best to help.

International Studies Association
University of Connecticut
362 Fairfield Way, Unit 4013
Storrs, CT 06269-4013

(860) 486-5850 (Main Line)

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