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LASPAU has named Angélica Natera as its new Executive Director. Notably, Ms. Natera, a native of Venezuela, is the first female and the first Latin American to assume the role of Executive Director in the organization’s 50-year history.

“I am honored to be named Executive Director of LASPAU, especially at such a pivotal time for the organization. LASPAU has a strong history of advancing higher education throughout the Americas. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to build on our past successes, continue serving to our partners and clients and lead the organization to new horizons.” said Ms. Natera.

LASPAU interviewed Fulbright grantee Noriel Jacobs-Gray. Noriel is pursuing a PhD in Tourism Administration at Oklahoma State University and is currently working on her dissertation, which will examine leadership in crisis management. She is also working with the director of her program to study health-related issues in the travel industry. Noriel describes her experiences and achievements as a Fulbright grantee.

LASPAU interviewed Fulbright grantee Mónica Sulecio de Álvarez. Mónica recently finished her Master’s degree in Education in Curriculum & Instruction at Virginia Tech and is now back in the classroom in Guatemala inspiring students with her innovative strategies. In this interview, Mónica shares with us her experience as a Fulbright grantee, offers helpful advice for interested students, and explains some of her most gratifying moments at Virginia Tech.

LASPAU interviewed Angel María Dávila, a current grantee under the Fulbright Faculty Development (Nicaragua) program. Angel shared his experience as a Fulbright grantee and his recent achievement of getting admitted to a PhD program in Curriculum Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He also describes his accomplishments during his academic program and how these have influenced his future plans.

Nicolas Darius Allien, from Haiti, is an MS in Energy Systems candidate at Northeastern University. In this interview with LASPAU, he shared his wonderful experience as a Fulbrighter. Nicolas’ academic performance, accomplishments, and dedication is an inspiration for students in the region.