OGE Leadership Team

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Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D. - Chief Global Officer

Mike HardmanMichael L. Hardman is Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah. He served as the university’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) in 2012-2013, and is past Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at California State University, Los Angeles; Visiting Senior Scholar at Cambridge University; Senior Education Advisor and Kennedy Fellow, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Legislative Staff to the United States Senate; the Governor’s Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; President of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education; and a member of the Board of Directors for several international organizations. He has directed or consulted on several international projects on school improvement for USAID, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and UNICEF.

Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored ten college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan, are in their eleventh and ninth editions respectively. As a researcher, he has directed numerous international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, teacher quality and professional development, inclusive education, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in education.

Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D. - Deputy Chief Global Officer

Sabine C. KlahrDr. Sabine C. Klahr is the Deputy Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah and Past President of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA). She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in international higher education. Sabine earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1998 with an emphasis on international education leadership. Her dissertation research focused on integrating education abroad into engineering education. Her continued research and writing has focused on global partnership development and internationalizing higher education. Previously, Dr. Klahr earned a B.S. and M.S. in botany and taught in secondary science and outdoor education.

Sabine has served on a wide range of committees for AIEA as well as for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). In 2010 she was selected for a Fulbright Award to India. In January 2014, she was a delegate in the Nelson Mandela Bay Global Dialogue hosted by the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA). Sabine has authored and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals in botany and international higher education as well as book chapters and reviews. Her experience with international education began when she arrived in the U.S. as a high school exchange student from Germany.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains and canyons of Utah and surrounding states, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and mountain climbing.
Beth Laux - Director, Learning Abroad

Beth Laux Beth has worked in international education for over ten years. She is responsible for the strategic planning, risk management, program development, and policy coordination for learning abroad at the U. She is a former teacher who has conducted research on learning abroad outcomes and immigration enforcement in the UK. Beth frequently presents nationally and internationally on topics ranging from student visa policies to education abroad leadership. She has also served as an onsite director for learning abroad programs throughout Latin America and Europe. Beth has been a member of NAFSA’s Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee since 2010.

Beth studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, focusing on Spanish language, literature and indigenous cultures. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Aquinas College. While earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo, Beth served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions.

Chalimar Swain - Director, Int'l Student & Scholar Service

Chalimar SwainChalimar Swain, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, joined the University of Utah in April 2010. She has worked in international education for 10 years. Chalimar brings experience in international student advising, immigration compliance, recruitment, international partnerships, administration, and ESL to the office formerly known as the International Center. She has a background in business and human resources management and is currently completing a joint PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy and Masters in Public Administration. Chalimar is a member of AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators), AIRC (American International Recruitment Council), and EAIE (European Association of International Educators), and serves on the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team and Bias Incident Response Team.

Chalimar particularly enjoys helping people develop intercultural competence and has conducted workshops, presentations, and trainings both in the US and abroad on intercultural communication, international student needs and experiences, and working successfully with diverse groups. Outside work, she enjoys climbing and peak bagging, travel, and spending time with her husband and family.

Cheri Daily - Director, Development & External Relations

Cheri DailyCheri Daily, Director Development and External Relations joined the University of Utah in 2008. Cheri has spent 10 years in university development, alumni relations and corporate and foundation relations. Prior to her development career, Cheri worked for 20 years in the software and internet industry, culminating in a 7-year career with AOL and AOL Time Warner where she was Vice President, Time Warner Digital Properties.

Cheri enjoys cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and camping and deeply appreciates Utah’s spectacular wilderness.

Courtney McBeth - Director, Global Internships

Courtney McBethCourtney H. McBeth is the Director of Global Internships for the Office for Global Engagement and the Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Ms. McBeth manages global internship in more than 40 countries and has supervised more than 3,000 student interns. As a Clinical Instructor, she teaches Social Work 4100 global research course and all Hinckley internship courses. Ms. McBeth is a founding board member of the United Nations Women Utah Chapter and on the U’s Varsity Club Board. She is also managing editor of the Hinckley Journal of Politics,G20 and G8 Magazines and has published various articles and book chapters. Ms. McBeth was named Utah’s Civically Engaged Staff of the Year in 2010.

Ms. McBeth graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Education from the UU with a thesis titled, “Civic Engagement: The Impact of Internships on Political Participation.” She also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Political Science and interned for UU President Bernie Machen. Ms. McBeth was a member and captain of the U’s Women’s Soccer Team and was named to the Freshman All-American team and Academic All-West Region. Courtney enjoys cycling, hiking, and the outdoors with her husband Mitch and her three boys.

George Plautz - Direc0tor, English Language Institute

George Plautz George Plautz is currently the director of the English Language Institute (ELI) where he has worked since 1992 first as an instructor, then assistant director and now as director. He has a Master’s degree in Linguistics/TESL from the University of Utah. He has traveled extensively around the world on behalf of ELI and has taught in the Middle East and China and at Georgetown and George Washington Universities.

George was the coordinator for ELI’s accreditation process – making ELI the first intensive English program in Utah to be accredited by the Commission on English Program Accreditation. He has presented at conferences nationally and internationally mostly on his uses of drama and puppetry in the teaching of spoken English. In his spare time, he is on the Board of Directors of Wasatch Theatre Company.

Jean Oh - Director, Student Affairs for U Asia Campus at Songdo Global University

Jean OhJean is the Director of Student Affairs for the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) at Songdo Global University in S. Korea. She was born in Seoul, S. Korea and grew up in Southern California, giving her access to both cultures and languages. She oversees the planning and execution of student services for the UAC, from enrollment to graduation, and beyond, into career and alumni services. A former teacher from Southern California, she lived and worked at the Songdo Global University Campus for two years, prior to her move to Utah in August of 2013. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Aside from teaching, she also worked with a non-profit organization, conducting ethnographic research and international education in India, Philippines, Turkey and Hong Kong. In her spare time, she enjoys studying for her Educational Leadership and Policy courses, hiking, climbing and relaxing through yoga.

Dave Howell - Senior Information Technology Specialist

dave howellDave Howell joined the Office for Global Engagement as its Senior Information Technology Specialist in June 2014. Having been exposed to computers since he was five, Dave has always explored how technology can be used to improve people’s work and personal lives.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Dave is a 2005 graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After completing his undergraduate degree at the U, Dave moved to Chicago where he spent nine years working for non-profits on health care and transportation issues. While living in Chicago, Dave also completed his master’s degree in Information Systems from DePaul University. Since moving back to Utah, he has been rediscovering the diverse culture and amazing wilderness that the state has to offer. In his free time, he plays drums in a local Afro-Brazilian music and dance group.

Claudia Díaz - Webmaster/Graphic Artist

Claudia SnowClaudia Díaz is the Webmaster and Graphic Artist for the Office for Global Engagement. She began working for the University of Utah in 2007 for the Office of Student Affairs as a Computer Professional. In 2011 she transitioned to the Student Union as a Communications Specialist, before being asked to move to the Office for Global Engagement in 2013.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking through Utah’s numerous scenic trails, her favorite being North Canyon Trail near Elephant Rock in Bountiful. She also enjoys baking, enjoying time with friends, photography, and in the winter she enjoys snowboarding.

Lisa B. Chandler - Accountant

Lisa has over 20 years of serving local community non-profits in accounting roles, including developing and teaching accounting curricula at Weber State University and serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Saint Benedict's Foundation. Lisa received her MPA from Weber State University and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the unique financial needs of the non-profit sector. She has extensive experience in managing contracts, revenue projections, grant contracts and supervising staff. Lisa loves using her skills for causes close to her heart and collaborating with close knit teams.

Natalie M. Lam - Administrative Assistant

Natalie AguayoNatalie Lam is the Administrative Assistant for the Office for Global Engagement and joined the University of Utah in 2010. She worked with the Academic Affairs Office during her time as a student, before moving on to full-time work with the Academic Affairs Office in 2012. In 2013 she transitioned to her current position in the Office for Global Engagement. During her time as a student she pursued a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and Security, and studied abroad in Spain in 2012.

Outside of work, she is practiced pilot with aspirations of pursuing aviation.

Javan Rivera - Web Content Producer

Javan RiveraJavan Rivera is a Web Content Producer and Writer for the Office for Global Engagement. He originally began working for the University of Utah in 2011 as a Staff Writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle. He worked as an intern at the University of Utah’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education in 2012, and has worked as a freelance writer for a number of other Utah publications including the West View Media, The Oquirrh Times, and Explore Utah Science.

Outside of work, he is a prolific reader, and spends much of his time consuming the works of other writers of both fiction and non-fiction. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, and writing in his spare time.