Meet the ISA Staff

Jennifer Fontanella
Director of Operations and Finance / (860) 486-0338
As the Director of Operations and Finance, 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.

Kristy A. Belton, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
As Director of Professional Development with the International Studies Association, Kristy works closely with our Committees and Leadership and with special programming for our annual convention.
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 Assistant / (860) 486-4390
Courtney assists with ISA's day-to-day finances. Courtney also serves as our Travel Grant Coordinator, where she manages our travel grant programs in our various conferences.
Kat Folker
Program Assistant / (860) 486-5850
Tara Guilleaume
Conventions & Conferences Manager / (860) 486-1642
Melissa Hastillo
Financial Manager / (860) 486-5327
Melissa manages our day-to-day finances. Melissa also serves as our Travel Grant Coordinator, where she manages our travel grant programs in our various conferences.
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
Program Specialist
Kristin Nacovsky
Exhibit & Sponsorship Manager / (860) 486-1362
Lembe Tiky, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Development / (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.
Jeanne White
Director of Conventions and Meetings, for the International Studies Association / (520) 333-0336
In her role as Director of Conventions & Meetings Jeanne is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing all non-panel functions associated with the Annual Convention and bi-annual International Conferences. Jeanne performs the marketing and sales functions for the Convention Program, oversees Exhibition and Advertising sales, and manages hotel and vendor contracts.

Ashley Benitez Ou
Graduate Assistant
Lauren Perez Bonilla
Graduate Assistant
Fabian Terbeck
Graduate Assistant
Raymond Hagan
Undergraduate Intern

Nicholas R. Micinski, Ph.D.
James N. Rosenau Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nicholas R. Micinski is ISA's 2019-2020 James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow. Nick's research focuses on international cooperation on migration and how states use refugee policies—such as refugee resettlement, expulsion, and aid—as a foreign policy tool. This year Nick will be affiliated as a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Nick received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and his B.A. from Michigan State University.

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