Meet the Staff

For more information regarding Office of Study Away Staff Roles and Responsibilities for 2017-2018 Academic Year, please refer to this document.

Office of Study Away Staff

Jennifer Summerhays 
Director, (860) 297-2459

Jennifer Summerhays joined Trinity College in 2017 as the Director of the Office of Study Away, bringing over twenty years of experience in international education.

Before devoting her work full-time to Trinity, Jennifer was the Director of Global Education at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey where she managed all global initiatives including study abroad, collaborative online international learning, and international partnering. She worked as Associate Director of the American Language Center and International Programs at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, served as an English Language Fellow at the University of Latvia in Riga, and taught as a visiting faculty member at Seowon University in Cheongju, South Korea. She has designed international teacher-training programs for the Ministry of Education in Korea, and managed teacher development programs in Latvia and Lithuania in conjunction with the U.S. State Department. In addition to experience in higher education, Jennifer has also worked in the corporate world as the Director of International Training and Development at Morinda, Inc. She designed the company’s first international training program and directed international training efforts in the US, Thailand, and Germany.

A California native, Jennifer has lived and worked on five continents. She got her start in Scandinavia. As an undergrad, she spent a year and a half in Denmark. The months spent working in Danish refugee camps provided perspective and early impetus for her eclectic international career. As a graduate student, she returned to Denmark on scholarship to conduct ethnographic research in prisons and detainee camps, and later worked in U.S. refugee resettlement with a focus on Vietnamese immigrant communities.

Jennifer obtained a BA in English from Brigham Young University, an MA in International and Area Studies from the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University, and a second MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from the University of California, Davis. She worked on doctoral coursework in Applied/Sociolinguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.  She is an active member of the Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

Jennifer is a Reconstructivist and views education as a way to empower people and transform society. Her home away from home is Northern Brazil, where she learned to grind coffee beans by hand and out-smart tarantulas. She speaks Portuguese and Danish, and enjoys photography, art, digital storytelling, poetry and driving on unknown roads without a GPS.

  • Responsibilities include: OSA staff; Trinity study away sites & on-site directors; Study Away Faculty Engagement Advisory Board; faculty engagement; Academic and Strategic initiatives; budgeting and finance; MOUs, contracts and liaising with legal counsel; J-term programs (development and approval); Global Digital Storytelling Project.
Eleanor Emerson
Associate Director, (860) 297-4178

Eleanor joined the Office of Study Away in 2007, bringing over a decade of experience in international travel and education, including refugee resettlement, airline reservations, educational travel and airline relations.
As Program Coordinator and then Associate Director of the Office of Study Away at Trinity, she has managed the Trinity programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Paris, and Trinidad, as well as advising students interested in studying in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, Spain, France, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Eleanor serves on the national advisory board for International Studies Abroad (ISA) and is an active member of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad.  She has a B.A. from Simmons College in International Relations and Spanish.  She studied abroad for a year in Madrid and has traveled to 67 countries on five continents.

  • Advising and Liaising for:  Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in NYC; faculty-led summer programs; J-term programs (implementation and management); first year students; Trinity parents and guardians.
  • External Program Advising Areas: Summer programs.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Safety and Emergency Response; Office of Study Away systems; operations; OSA document oversight.
Melissa Scully
Assistant Director, (860) 297-2392

Melissa joined the Office of Study Away as an Administrative Assistant in Spring 2008. Melissa graduated from Roger Williams University in 2006 with a bachelor's of arts in history. Melissa also minored in political science. In the spring of 2005 Melissa studied in Florence, Italy, where she completed a core concentration in Italian studies. Melissa has previously worked with political campaigns in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

  • Advising and Liaising for:  Trinity College Rome Campus; Trinity in Shanghai; Trinity/Rikkyo Exchange in Tokyo; China and Asia Summer programs; Rome summer programs.
  • External Program Advising Areas: Asia; Belgium; Central and Eastern Europe; India; Italy; Netherlands; Russia; and Scandinavia.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Alumni Relations & Development Liason; Visa Coordinator; Global Ambassador Program (Co-coordinator).
Lindsay Oliver
Study Away Advisor, (860) 297-2364 

Lindsay Oliver joined the Office of Study Away in 2016 as a Study Away Advisor for Approved External Programs. Lindsay received a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Geography from Central Connecticut State University. During her sophomore year, she studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain where she completed a 6 month Spanish language program. Lindsay then spent her senior year abroad in London, England where she focused on her Geography major. During her time abroad she was able to visit and become familiar with over 15 countries in Europe. Lindsay has also traveled to several other parts of the world including Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. Along with her travel experience, she worked in the Study Abroad office at Central Connecticut State University for 2 ½ years.

  • Advising and Liaising for:  Trinity in Paris; Trinity in Vienna; Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange.
  • External Program Advising Areas: Australia; Austria; France; Germany; Ireland; Middle East & North Africa; New Zealand; United Kingdom.
  • Additional Responsibilities: Financial Aid Liaison; photo contest and special events coordinator.
Chalynne Reed
Administrative Assistant, (860) 297-2005 

Chalynne  Reed joined the Office of Study Away team in 2017. She works concurrently with the Urban Educational Initiatives office. Chalynne received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University. She worked part-time in the university library as a student worker, which spawned an interest in a career in librarianship.

Chalynne is currently studying to receive a Masters in Library and Information Science and takes courses to improve her Spanish language skills. She has traveled to Mexico and Canada, and looks forward to traveling to many more regions of the world.  

  • Responsibilities include: Office Manager; Student Worker Supervisor; Study Away Reports; Special Projects.

Anne Lundberg 
Director of Fellowships and Special Projects (860) 297-4242

As Director of Fellowships and Special Projects, Anne helps students connect study abroad with their post-graduate goals and career planning. She is the campus liaison for a variety of graduate fellowship programs, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Truman Scholarships, and the U.S. Student Fulbright Program. Anne has served on numerous campus committees and planning groups since coming to Trinity in 1985. She was a member of the Hartford Studies Project and taught for seven years in the Cities Program. Outside the College, Anne has represented Trinity in the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, the National Society for Experiential Education, and on the SINA Education Committee. She has served on boards of the Trinity College Community Child Center, the Trinity-Asylum Hill Arts Project, and Leadership Greater Hartford Alumni. She graduated with the class of 1988 from Leadership Greater Hartford. She has also served as a commissioner on the West Hartford Historic District Commission and was a member of the Citizens Network of the Capital Region. Anne holds an A.B. in history from Smith College, as well as graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Trinity College.

Student Assistants

Olivia  DeJoie '18 
Global Digital Storytelling Initiative, Coordinator

Olivia DeJoie is the Coordinator of the Global Digital Storytelling Initiative. Olivia is a current graduate student in the BA/MS Neuroscience program, with a minor in biology. She is a member of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Research Lab, the Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), as well as a student bystander trainer with WGRAC. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Varsity Softball team and team captain in 2017, a student worker in the Watkinson Library, a Teaching Assistant in the Biology and Psychology departments, and a Student Manager at the Vernon Social Center. Olivia previously worked with our office as a Global Ambassador for the Trinity in Cape Town program, and as a Student Office Assistant.

Grace O'Donnell '18 
Student Office Assistant 

Grace O'Donnell is our current Student Office Assistant. Grace previously worked with us in the Spring 2017 semester as a Global Ambassador for the Buenos Aires program. She is an International Studies and Hispanic Studies major, a member of the Varsity Women's Lacrosse Team, and the President of Protect Our Breasts, a non-profit organization that organizes tabling events to promote carcinogen-free products and informs students on everyday products that contain harmful carcinogens.