Board of Directors

Global Teacher Education's Board of Directors manages the strategic direction of GTE and guides its operations. Each member brings different strengths to the team.



Geoffrey Thomas, Chair

Geoffrey Thomas was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008. He has been a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, of the Council of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Universities Association for Continuing Education, and of the UK Cabinet Office Committee of Inquiry on the Public Understanding of Science.  He is currently Chair of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Erroll A. Rhodes, Secretary

Erroll Rhodes is a management consultant, advising small and medium U.S. and foreign businesses on strategic financial matters.  His practice is based in the New York City area.

Stephen Beekman, Treasurer

Stephen Beekman is an international banker and member of boards of directors with experience in assisting startups. He has extensive work experience in the United States and Europe.


Supriya Baily

Supriya Baily is an Associate Professor in the International Education Ph.D. and FAST TRAIN programs at George Mason University. Supriya has spent over twenty years working with marginalized communities to better understand the processes of agency and voice that promote grassroots transformation both in the United States and abroad. Supriya received her Ph.D. in International Education from George Mason University, she has a Master's degree in International Development Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Women's Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Her research interests include teacher empowerment, gender and education, and qualitative methods. She is co-editor of two books, including Internationalizing Teacher Education in the US (2011). 

Laura Engel

Laura Engel is an Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs and the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a full-time faculty member in the MA International Education Program and co-directs the graduate certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education. Her research explores the political economy of education, concentrating on the relationship between globalization and educational change. She focuses on two areas: (1) global education policy trends (e.g. accountability and international assessments) affecting educational governance and policy in different sub-national and national contexts; and, (2) issues of education, citizenship, and social cohesion, including a focus on global citizenship education. She currently directs the Internationalizing Education@GW (IE@GW) Collaborative project. Engel received her B.A. in Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with specialization in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 

Ed Gragert

Edwin H. Gragert is Director, Global Campaign for Education-US. GCE-US is a coalition of national and local organizations working to ensure a quality education for all worldwide.  Formerly, he was Executive Director of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line collaborative project-based learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 countries worldwide.  He served as the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international high school and community service youth exchange program and also served on the staff of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jim Greenberg

Jim Greenberg is a Senior Fellow at UMD and the former director of the Office of International Programs and Education K-16 Partnership Development Center. He was founding director of the University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence as well as the founding Honors director in the College of Education. He has been a faculty member and administrator in Education at the University for more than 40 years. In 2006, he was named a Merrill Presidential Scholar faculty mentor. he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the College of Education in 2008, and in November, 2009, he received the University of Maryland Distinguished International Service award.

Vivien Stewart

Vivien Stewart is senior adviser, education and former vice president at Asia Society, where she was responsible for its programs to promote the study of Asia and other world regions, cultures, languages, and global issues in U.S. schools and for building connections between U.S. and Asian education leaders. Stewart has had a long involvement with education and youth affairs. For 10 years, she directed programs for children and youth at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she shaped agendas in early childhood education, urban school reform, teaching, and healthy adolescent development. She also managed several Carnegie task forces, which produced such influential reports as Turning Points and A Matter of Time. Stewart was instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She served as senior policy adviser to the U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University.

Donna Wiseman

Donna L. Wiseman assumed the duties of Dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland in May 2008. Wiseman is also a professor in the Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership Department. Before joining the University of Maryland in 2001, she held various leadership positions at Northern Illinois University and Texas A&M University. At Maryland she served as a member of the University Committee on Diversity and was the College of Education's equity officer. She is a past chair of the President's Commission on Women's Issues, and served on the Vice President's Advisory Council for Curriculum and Courses and the University International Advisory Committee. Most recently she served on the President’s Commission on Athletics and served as the Chair for the Dean of the School of Public Health Search Committee.


Halima Cherif

Halima Cherif is a strategic consultant with expertise and experience in communications, organizational change management, stakeholder engagement, human capital management, project management, and organizational development. Ms. Cherif's professional history includes leadership positions at the University of Maryland's College of Education, the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute, and the University of Michigan Health System.

Jennifer Manise

Jennifer Manise is the Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding. Prior to joining the Longview Foundation, she worked for four years as a consultant for global and domestic education policy projects and issues. Previously, she served as a project director at the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is the author of numerous articles and reports, including the award-winning State Education Indicators with a Focus on Title I.