The Florida Consortium for International Education is comprised of a team of leaders from several state community colleges and universities.
The goal of the FCIE Executive Committee is to promote international and intercultural education in Florida’s institutions of higher education. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please contact us!
Associate Dean of International Programs, International Programs Office
University of Tampa
AnneLiese Busch has a BA in French and History and a BS in Political Science from Santa Clara University, and an MA in International Affairs from New York University. She lived in Lima, Peru from 2009-2015, where she was the director of the Center for American Education at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and the dean of Broward College in Peru. She administered the AA degree program offered through Broward College, the BS degree program in Business Administration offered through USF, the BS degree program in Hotel and Restaurant Management offered through the University of Houston, the BS degree program in Industrial Engineering offered through the University of Central Florida, and several bachelor degree programs in business offered through the University of London. She also served as the director of internationalization at the Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia. She is now the director of the Center for Global Engagement at Seminole State College and looks forward to growing the center to incorporate additional opportunities for international study and travel for Seminole State College students. AnneLiese is currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership with Colorado State University and hopes to graduate in 2017.
Dr. Vilma Fuentes
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Santa Fe College
Dr. Vilma Elisa Fuentes serves as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Santa Fe College where she provides leadership for the College’s international education and baccalaureate programs. She has directed or helped administer multiple federal grants with an international focus, including a Capacity Building Grant, 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant, and 10 Community College Administrator Programs (CCAPs). She earned a Ph.D. in political science with a regional specialization on Latin America in 2003 and an M.A. in International Studies in 1997. Dr. Fuentes began teaching at Santa Fe in 2003 and earned a NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. She helps host numerous international scholars and delegations every year and has led study abroad trips to Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine. She has hosted five Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence at her college and has served as program co-director for CCAPs with Egypt, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine, and a group of Latin American countries.
Dr. David Moore
Dean, International Education
At Broward College David is responsible for the creation and development of academic affiliations, articulations, and exchanges with colleges and universities overseas, as well as overseeing study abroad programs. He also serves Broward College as the liaison to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS). In a career in education that began as a classroom teacher of social studies in 1977, Dr. Moore moved to the collegiate level as an administrator in 1981. He has spent the last 34 years in college level academic administrative positions. He served as the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Clearwater Christian College (CCC) in Clearwater, FL for 17 years before moving to St. Petersburg College (SPC) to serve for five years as the Director for Dual Credit and International Studies. Under his tenure, the program added student enrollments and study abroad destinations and developed a collegiate high school. David holds a B.A. in Education from CCC, and both the M.A. in History and Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum from the University of South Florida.
Dr. D.R. Matthews, Jr.
Currently, Don Matthews is a consultant for the Florida Consortium for International Education (FCIE) and Intercultural Education Programs in Brazil. He was the Director of Planning (June 2011 – July 2012) at Daytona State (DSC) as part of the Institutional Effectiveness efforts of DSC responsible for implementing the college’s unit planning software, Strategic Planning on Line and assessed the unit outcomes of the various departments at the college for the successful SACS accreditation visit in 2013. He was part of the team that developed the college’s Quality Education Plan on student engagement first year experience, currently being implemented (2020). And in addition he was the project evaluator for Valencia college’s USIFLE USDOE program 2014-2016.
Matthews received the Werner Kubsch Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in International Education at the Community College, February 2004. He earned his master’s degree, PhD in Higher Education Administration & Supervision degree, and Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida and BA degree in history and political science from Presbyterian College. His major research and publications have dealt with the community college concept and its applicability in Latin America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad
Florida International University
Susy Gomez is the Associate Director at the Office of Study Abroad at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida, a Hispanic Serving Institution. Susy works with FIU faculty members throughout the study abroad program development and proposal process, as well as with students going on FIU Study Abroad programs. As the Fulbright Program Advisor, Susy offers guidance and support to FIU students applying to the Fulbright US Student Program. She is dedicated to student success and access and has served on the Gilman National Review Panel and as a Gilman Selection Panelist. Susy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education, both from the University of Miami, and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Florida International University. In addition to a few years in the field of counseling, she has years of experience in higher education, particularly with international students and study abroad programming. She has traveled throughout the Americas and Europe and participated in a mission trip to Australia.
Assistant Director, Study Abroad
University of Central Florida
Assistant Vice President, Global and Continuing Education
Lisa Eli serves as Assistant Vice President, Global & Continuing Education at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, where she has worked for 25 years. Her areas of oversight include international student recruitment, admissions, and advising, study abroad and faculty exchanges, global initiatives, as well as Continuing Education language programs and student services. In 2001, she assisted in establishing the college's Intensive English Program and English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL). Since then, she has helped the Continuing Education language department grow into a successful multi-campus operation with over 12,000 enrollments per year. She worked on the accreditation of the Intensive English Program by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation in 2010 and led re-accreditation in 2016. In 2013, Lisa gained responsibility for international education programs and services, and helped international student enrollments grow from 388 in fall of 2013 to 1243 in fall of 2018. As a result, Valencia now ranks 6th in the nation for hosting international students. Lisa holds a BA in hospitality management from Michigan State University and an MA in liberal studies from Rollins College, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Professor, Spanish and ESL/EAP
Polk State College
Associate Professor, English/Humanities
Eastern Florida State College