About Us

Marist International Programs (MIP) offers a variety of study abroad experiences that support a broad range of educational objectives, with program offerings on six continents. We offer semester, full academic year, and short-term study abroad programs, enabling Marist students of any major to study abroad and graduate according to their planned schedule.
 

Contact Us

For general information or questions about programs:

Marist International Programs
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845.575.3330 (tel)
845.575.3294 (fax)
international@marist.edu
 

Mission Statement

Marist International Programs promotes international engagement and academic, personal, and professional development through rigorous, reflective study abroad, overseas internships, and international campus programming.

 

Marist International Programs

John Peters, Ph.D. 

Dean of International Programs
Acting Dean of Marist Italy
Assoc. Professor of Economics
845.575.3330 (tel)
john.peters@marist.edu
John Peters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As an Education Abroad professional dedicated to the art and science of study abroad, John splits the bulk of his time between the Marist Poughkeepsie and Florence Campuses, while working to support Marist students abroad on six continents (sorry, no Antarctica program). John sees his life's work that of developing and helping to connect students with innovative, empowering international and intercultural experiences. John holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Southern California, an MA in Economics and an MA in International Studies from Ohio University, and a BA with majors in Economics and Japanese from California State University, Sacramento. When not working to support international programs, staff, and students, John enjoys spending time with his two young daughters who are usually busy either eating gelato or learning to speak Italian.
 
 

Carol Toufali

Senior Coordinator
845.575.3330 (tel)
carol.toufali@marist.edu
Carol Toufali
Carol holds a BA in Spanish from SUNY Plattsburgh, with studies abroad in Mexico and Spain, and an MPA from Marist College. Between degrees Carol enjoyed teaching English as a second language at Berlitz Schools in Manhattan, Madrid, and at the American Cultural Center in Fes, Morocco. Carol has coordinated Marist International Programs since 1995.
 
 

James Morrow-Polio

Coordinator
845.575.3330 (tel)
james.morrowpolio1@marist.edu
James Morrow-Polio - Machu Picchu, Peru
 James is an MIP Coordinator, a Marist Alum, and a former MIP student employee. He spent a semester abroad in Granada, Spain, while earning his degree in Spanish. He coordinates a wide variety of programs, including the Marist Fashion programs, the Marist-Madrid program, and Marist's various exchange programs. James has been traveling ever since his semester abroad, and does not plan to stop anytime soon. He spends his time away from Marist studying and enjoying the Hudson River Valley.
 
 

Caitlin Paul

Coordinator
845.575.3330 (tel)
caitlin.paul@marist.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        
Caitlin Paul

Caitlin is a coordinator in the Marist International Programs office working with short term faculty led programs and regular semester programs. Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in History from SUNY Oneonta and a master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She has study abroad experience in London, Ghana, Greece, Nicaragua and Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, time with family, and the beach.

 

Ruth Watts                             

Office Assistant
845.575.3330 (tel)
ruth.watts@marist.edu
Ruth Watts

Ruth first joined Marist College in 2006 as an office assistant in the Marist Office of Student Financial Services. In October 2011, she transferred to International Programs. Ruth is the first person you will see when you visit the office, smiling and ready to assist in any way possible. Ruth provides assistance to staff, faculty, as well as the many students who visit the office daily. When not working, she loves to spend her spare time outdoors camping and gardening.

 

 

Marist Italy - Florence Branch Campus

Vanessa Nichol-Peters

Director
845.575.3330
+ 39.055.054.0613 (Italy tel)
vanessa.nichol-peters@marist.edu
Vanessa Nicho-Peters in Florence, Italy
Vanessa is a Zimababwean by birth, South African by descent, US American by naturalization, and Italian by her love for Italy and the Marist Italy programs. She holds BA, MA, and MBA degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, University of KwaZulu Natal, and Ohio University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in History from the University of Witswaterstrand in South Africa. Vanessa has worked in Education Abroad for 15 years, and when not working to support the Marist Italy programs, she stays busy with research and writing her doctoral dissertation. If she had spare time, she would enjoy gardening and growing organic vegetables.
 
 

Bradford Miller

Assistant Director
845.575.3330 (tel)
+ 39.055.054.0613 (Italy tel)
bradford.miller@marist.edu
Bradford Miller

Brad has a BA in Classics and Fine Arts from Harvard university, an MEd in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University and a ML in Latin from the University of Florida. Brad was previously the Dean of Students of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Brad is Academic Adviser to all Marist Italy students in Florence, Director of the summer Florence Pre-College Program, and assists with the operational and financial management of the Branch Campus. Brad has been living in Florence since 2008, and in his free time enjoys adventures on his Vespa as well as coaching American football for the Parma Panthers, the team featured in John Grisham's novel Playing for Pizza.

 

Christie Alfaro

Assistant Director
845.575.3330 (tel)
christie.alfaro@marist.edu
Christie Alfaro in Rome, Italy
Christie received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marist College. She has been working with Marist Italy programs since 2005. Christie is based at the Marist Poughkeepsie campus coordinating the BA and Freshman Florence Experience (FFE) programs. She has a passion for traveling, gardening, books of all kinds, and photography. Her free time is spent at home in the beautiful rolling hills of upstate New York with her son and husband.
 
 

Laura Zuelch

Coordinator
845.575.3330 (tel)
laura.zuelch@marist.edu
Laura Zuelch in Florence, Italy

Laura is the Marist Italy Coordinator based at the Poughkeepsie campus. She coordinates the Freshman Florence Experience (FFE), BA, and MA programs. Laura has a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from University of Vermont and an MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. Laura has lived in Sweden, studied in Kenya and Tanzania, and worked in France. She enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking vegetarian food, and daydreaming about her next adventure.

 

Elisa Checcacci

Student Services Coordinator
+ 39.055.054.0613 (Italy tel)
elisa.checcacci@marist.edu 
 Elisa

Elisa is Marist Italy's Student Services Coordinator and focuses on enhancing the overall student experience in Florence, from organizing cultural activities and trips to helping students with the immigration process. Before joining Marist Italy, Elisa lived in London for over eight years and traveled around the world to promote study opportunities at King's College London. Elisa experienced how studying abroad can impact someone's life and personal development when she spent a year in the UK as part of her BA in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Siena, and is therefore very passionate about helping others benefit from the same experience. In her free time, Elisa loves walking around the city or in the countryside, doing yoga, reading books, and spending time with family and friends over a good meal.

 

Alaïa Giglio

Resident Director
+ 39.055.054.0613 (Italy tel)
alaia.giglio@marist.edu
 Alaïa Giglio

Alaïa is a Marist Italy Resident Director in Florence. She graduated from Reed College with a BA in Biology, with a thesis analyzing the sustainability of a regional salmon fishery, after spending her junior year studying Italian in Florence. In Portland, she split her time between International Programs, Housing and Residence Life, Admissions, and Student Health and Wellness--along with her own freelance calligraphy business--and now she is thrilled to be back in la città del giglio. Outside the office, you can find her running or cycling the back roads of Tuscany or savoring a cup of gelato.

 

Lauren Seaman

Resident Director
+ 39.055.054.0613 (Italy tel)
lauren.seaman@marist.edu
 Lauren Seaman - Resident Director

Lauren joined Marist Italy to pursue ongoing questions about how Education Abroad develops our socio-politcal awareness, critical thinking, and citizenship. At Marist Italy, Lauren manages housing and supports students’ residential experience. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in English Literature, where she also studied feminist and collaborative leadership. Before coming to Florence, Lauren taught public speaking at New York University Abu Dhabi and advised undergraduates at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Energized by her passions and hobbies, Lauren is sharpening her political journalism, training for marathons, and visual art-making in her oddball, makeshift studio. She is working towards a Masters in Public Administration to continue a career in education and public service.

 

Joe Giacalone

Executive Director of International Recruitment
845.575.3226
joe.giacalone@marist.edu
Joe Giacalone
Joe is a member of the Admission Review Committee. He is responsible for directing all efforts to advise and enroll international students and US citizens living abroad for both the Poughkeepsie, New York, as well as Florence, Italy campuses. Joe was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. While studying at Marist he took advantage of the many opportunities the college had to offer, including studying abroad at the Florence Branch Campus; an internship in New York City; participation in various intramural sports; volunteer work; and three campus jobs.
 
 

Diane Ralston

Administrative Assistant
845.575.3330
diane.ralston@marist.edu
Diane Ralston
Diane joined the Marist Italy staff in January 2013 after 14 years working in the Marist Office of Student Financial Services. She works closely with Marist Italy programs in coordinating registration as well as handling day to day office processes. Diane is currently pursuing her BS in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Leadership in Marist’s online program, and is the proud mother of a recent Marist College graduate. When Diane is not working or studying, she enjoys camping and re-purposing items found at antique stores and flea markets.
 
 

Deborah Holtman

Assistant Registrar
845.575.3250
deborah.holtman1@marist.edu

 Deborah Holtman in Florence, Italy

Deborah is the Assistant Registrar for International Affairs and works with registrations, equivalencies, and grades for the Italy campus, as well as serving as the Designated School Official and Responsible Officer for international students coming to Marist College. She has a MS from Pace University in Counseling and is a Chemical Dependency Counselor in her spare time.  She enjoys bike riding and kayaking on the weekends.

 

 Lydia Murray                          

Program Assistant
845.575.3330 (tel)
lydia.murray1@marist.edu

 Lydia Murray - Program Assistant

Lydia is the Program Assistant for our FIE programs in London and Dublin. She graduated from Marist with a B.A. in Philosophy/Religious Studies in 2012, and earned an M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication at Marist in 2015. As an undergraduate, she participated in the Freshman Florence Experience, and later participated in a Winter Intercession program in Barbados.

 

 

 

 

 

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