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Our Offices

The International Center at the Corner House comprises three offices:

Our Mission

The International Center at the Corner House provides services and programs to support Clark University’s international students, scholars, and employees as they seek to achieve their academic and professional goals. We collaborate closely with our colleagues in Clark’s schools, departments, and administrative offices to ensure that our students, scholars, and employees have extraordinary experiences as members of the Clark community. We invite you to read more about our team and to contact us if we can assist you in any way.

Our Team

Amy Daly Gardner

Amy Daly Gardner

Associate Dean for International Programs


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Amy’s primary responsibility is to establish and maintain partnerships with institutions of higher education outside of the United States. She oversees Clark’s branch campuses located in Poland and England as well as Clark’s collaborative educational programs with Chinese universities in Anhui and Shandong Provinces in China.

Amy was born and raised mostly in central Massachusetts. However, she spent every summer as a child in Canada where her grandparents grew up.  Amy’s dad was a math professor at WPI and was involved in exchanges, so holidays were often spent hosting international students who could not return home. She also lived in the United Kingdom while her dad was teaching there on sabbatical. These early international experiences formed her desire to work internationally in some way. Amy studied French, Spanish, Polish, and Russian throughout her high school and college years, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also earned a master’s degree in professional communication from Clark.

She began her career in international education working for the U.S. Department of State in St. Petersburg, Russia. She returned to the United States and joined Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as their foreign services coordinator and later worked at the Harvard International Office as an international student and scholar adviser prior to coming to Clark as the director of the International Students and Scholars office in 2000.

Sarah Lopolito

Sarah Lopolito

Assistant Dean for International Educational Programming and Director of American Language and Culture Institute


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For as long as she can remember, Sarah wanted to be in the field of education in one way or another. She has been lucky to have been able to have fulfilled her career goal in a wide variety of settings from large public schools to small private universities and nonprofit organizations. In each of these locations, she has been able to enact her belief that focused and personalized instruction creates an enriching experience for students.

Sarah’s desire to work in international education started when she studied abroad in Glasgow, Scotland, and deepened when as a fifth-grade teacher, she developed curriculum centered on the children’s book “Talking Walls.”  This book looks at different walls located around the world, and Sarah used it as a catalyst for her students to engage in cultural explorations. This  book (and the discussions of her students) fueled her own interest in exploring different places and interacting with different people. Eventually, Sarah’s career shifted to teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in higher educational institutions.

Sarah received a bachelor of arts in elementary and special education from Providence College and a master’s degree in teaching English from The New School in New York City.  She has presented workshops and has attended annual conferences at NAFSA Region XI, TESOL, NNETESOL, and NYSTESOL and English USA. At Clark, Sarah’s primary responsibility is to oversee all English language programs and support for Clark’s English language learners both in Worcester and abroad.

Susannah Marcucci

Susannah Marcucci

Director, International Student and Scholars Office


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Susannah manages the daily operations of the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). She advises international students, scholars, and faculty while overseeing University compliance with federal immigration regulations.

Susannah grew up in a small town in New Hampshire dreaming about traveling the world and experiencing different ways of life. Her international journey took her to England for a gap year before attending Boston University to study international relations. While an undergraduate student, Susannah studied abroad in Turkey and Morocco. After graduation, she spent four years teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco and working on her Arabic skills.

Upon her return to the United States, Susannah realized that her intercultural skills and interest in education could be the foundation of a lifelong career. Susannah worked in immigration advising and international student support at several higher education institutions in the Boston area while earning a master’s degree in communication management from Emerson College. In January 2020, she made the move to central Massachusetts to join Clark.

Carissa Leung

Carissa Leung

Associate Director, American Language and Culture Institute


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Carissa Leung joined Clark University in August 2019 as the Pathway Program coordinator for American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI). She provides direct support to ALCI’s Pathway students by communicating with them before they arrive and offering workshops and events while they are here at Clark. She also leads students in weekend trips around New England to learn more about the American culture and traditions.

Carissa earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in education from Northeastern University in Boston. As Carissa continued her studies and began working in independent schools, she realized her love for international education. She has enjoyed working with students and getting to know the many different cultures out there. She has learned so much from the students she has worked with, and is excited to learn even more as she continues her work in international education.

Carissa loves to travel and has most recently been to Greece; however, her favorite trip was to Maldives. Carissa does photography in her spare time and  loves spending time with her family and her pets.

Kelly Keevan

Kelly Keevan

Administrative Services Coordinator, International Students and Scholars Office


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Kellyannmarie Keevan joined Clark University in the Human Resources Office in December 2012 as an Administrative Assistant.  In May 2019, she transferred to the International Students and Scholars Office as the Administrative Services Coordinator.  In this role, Kelly provides support to our international students and the ISSO staff by managing administrative needs such as fulfilling letter requests, reprinting I-20’s, and data administration in the ISSO Portal.

Kelly is a Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad, and she lived in Germany for most of her childhood.  This experience fueled her interest in international education, and switching from HR to ISSO has given Kelly an opportunity to share her skills and passion with our international students. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling across the United States.  She also is a leader in her church and enjoys collaborating with and helping others.  Kelly is creative and crafty so if you share these interests don’t be afraid to reach out.  Kelly resides in Massachusetts with her husband of 20+ years and their cats.

Sarah Gould

Sarah Gould

Program Coordinator for the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)


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As a member of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), Sarah helps students navigate through the different aspects of studying abroad. Whether it is providing advice on studying in an American classroom or finding a fun way to overcome homesickness, Sarah strives to support international students any way she can!

Sarah grew up in Maine and obtained her BA in International & Global Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington. As an undergraduate student, Sarah completed travel courses in Peru, Germany, Austria as well as a year abroad in Le Mans, France. Upon completing her degree, Sarah taught English through the Fulbright Program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She then rounded out her international adventure by completing an MA degree in International Migration at the Brussel’s School of International Studies in Brussels, Belgium.

Upon returning to the United States, Sarah’s goal was to find a job where she could help students make the most of their time abroad and support them throughout their journey. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Clark community and looks forward to the next adventures ahead!

Jeanne McNeill

Jeanne McNeill

Program Assistant, American Language and Culture Institute


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Jeanne joined the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) more than 20 years ago as the program assistant after spending many years in Luxembourg, first with Sacred Heart University and later with the American Chamber of Commerce. She also spent just over a year in Kuwait, and enjoyed learning about the culture and learning to speak, write, and read a little Arabic. Jeanne believes these experiences of living abroad have helped provide her with a better understanding of student needs, especially those who are new to living in the United States.

Jeanne received a bachelor’s degree in merchandising and communication from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Calif.

James Rider

James Rider

Graduate Assistant, American Language and Culture Institute

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James grew up just 1-1/2 hours south of Worcester in Dartmouth, Mass., and he is very excited to show you all this great state (socially distanced of course!). As part of his undergraduate studies, he had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, India, South Africa, Brazil, and Guatemala. After college, he still couldn’t kick the travel bug and taught English for two years in Madrid, Spain, and served for 1-1/2 years in Peru with the Peace Corps.

He is looking to pursue a master’s degree in international development this year at Clark, and as ALCI’s graduate assistant, James is responsible for developing and hosting events designed to help you make connections on campus. He is here to help, and he knows firsthand how nerve-wracking it can be to learn a new language and move to a new place. Reach out to him and say hello!

Nathan Cruz

Nathan Cruz

International Student Advisor, International Students and Scholars Office


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Nathan comes back to Clark as an international student advisor. He works to advise international students regarding immigration and immigration-related issues, to issue immigration documents, and maintain student records.

As an undergraduate at Clark, Nathan realized he could use his love for learning about different countries and cultures by working in immigration. This led him to study abroad in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, as well as complete internships working with migrant communities at his Congressman’s office in Lynn, Massachusetts and at Ascentria Care Alliance in Worcester. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Latin American studies, he worked at a corporate immigration law firm, completing immigration processes for both the United States and more than a dozen other countries.

When not working, Nathan likes to spend his time planning travel and finding the best new music from around the world.

Graduate Assistants

Isha Patwa

Isha Patwa

Isha grew up in Mumbai, India and has moved to the states away from home for the first time to step outside her comfort zone. After graduating with a degree of Masters in Commerce under Business Management she is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree which is a Master’s in Finance (MSF). She is a Graduate Assistant at ISSO along with being an International Center Diversity peer mentor. Reach out to her and say hello as she is always there to help!

Mariela Esteva

Mariela Esteva

Mariela is an international student from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In her life she has traveled to places like Italy, Argentina, Venezuela, and Switzerland, and during her time as a student in the U.S. she visited 15 states as a way to learn more about her host country. She went to Clark as an Undergraduate student, where she studied Political Science, Spanish and Latin American and Latin Studies. As a part of the 5th Year Accelerated Master’s Program, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration. At the ISSO Office, you can find her at the front desk ready to greet you and answer questions you may have.

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