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
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.
Corri Zoli
Director of Sponsored Research Programs and Development

Geevanesam Devakanmalai
Graduate Assistant
Alexandra Harden
Graduate Assistant
Joel Lorenzatti
Graduate Assistant
Lauren Perez Bonilla
Graduate Assistant
Fabian Terbeck
Graduate Assistant

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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