The APSIA Executive Committee and Staff are a team of professionals who come together to improve and promote the field of international affairs.



Reşat Kasaba
Reşat KasabaDirector, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington

Vice President

 Merit Janow
Merit JanowDean, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University


Vanessa Scherrer
Vanessa ScherrerVice Dean, Paris School of International Affairs
Sciences Po


Dirk Lehmkuhl
Dirk LehmkuhlDirector, International Affairs and Governance Program
University of St. Gallen


James Levinsohn
James LevinsohnDirector, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Yale University


Cheol Hee Park
Cheol Hee ParkDean, Graduate School of International Studies
Seoul National University


James Goldgeier
James GoldgeierProfessor, School of International Service
American University


Carmen Iezzi Mezzera
Carmen Iezzi MezzeraExecutive Director
Carmen Mezzera has been executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs since January 2014.

Previously, she served as Director of Programs and Operations at the Bretton Woods Committee; Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation; Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the Atlantic Council of the United States; and Director of Alumni Relations for the School of International Service (SIS) at American University.

Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SIS, Ms. Mezzera stayed on to complete her master’s degree with a focus on international organizations and sustainable development. In the course of her studies, she provided analyses for NATO’s Partnership for Peace in Mons, Belgium and at the United Nations Development Program Washington Office.

Among her volunteer work, Ms. Mezzera has served with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington DC, the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade, and the Abyssinian Fund. She has written and/or provided interviews for CNN, CBS, Forbes, Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and Cooperative Grocer Magazine – among other outlets – and spoken at numerous national and international conferences. She received the 2008 Rising Star Alumni Award from American University.

Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes
Enrique Sondakh-DorantesInternational Admissions & Operations Manager
Originally from Michigan, Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes completed his undergraduate studies at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, OH, double majoring in International Business and International Affairs. While attending Baldwin Wallace he gained experience with student affairs, student development, and recruiting multicultural students.

Enrique began at APSIA as the Coordinator of Admissions and Student Programs in 2016 and later became the International Admissions and Operations Manager. Enrique’s work at APSIA includes domestic/international recruitment, social media marketing, and operations of APSIA’s Graduate School Fairs.

In addition, Enrique has served and moderated on panels at the Council on Foreign Relations (Diversity in International Affairs Conference), the Elliott School of International Affairs (APSIA’s Diversity Forum), and HACU National Internship Program (International Careers Panel).

Temeka Royster
Temeka RoysterOffice Manager
Temeka Royster comes from a large family and a beautiful island known as Spanish Town, Jamaica. Previously, she worked for the District of Columbia public schools as Resource Specialist, providing resources for children and families in need. She also worked for Service Employee International Union (SEIU) as an Organizer with their non-profit organization OurDC. There, she assisted with organizing events for community leaders and activists to peacefully protest for things such as job creation and union affairs and rights, as well as the vital social programs many people in our communities utilize and need every day.

Temeka is a loving mother and a devoted wife who enjoys family time. She has a passion for cooking, music, books, and creative art. She loves learning, as well as creating new ideas. She also enjoys working with people and helping others.

Briana Suarez
Briana SuarezDiversity Fellow
Briana Suarez is the Diversity and Inclusion Fellow for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Originally from New York City, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and French at the State University of New York, New Paltz. She graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Security Policy Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in 2018. She specialized in Conflict/Conflict Resolution and Intelligence during her time there.

Briana has previously worked at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières as the Marketing Intern and has several years of professional experience of administrative work. She speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and French.

Bala Krishna Reddy Kesari
Bala Krishna Reddy KesariData Fellow
Krishna Kesari is the Data Fellow with Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and delivering data analysis, visualization, and survey methodology.

Before working with APSIA, he has over eight years of professional experience working with Results Education fund, Syracuse University, Government of India and Care International and delivered program and analytical support. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Data Analytics and Diploma in management.

Krishna holds a Master of Public Administration with specialization in data-driven decision making and International Leadership and Management from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Andrea Torres-Hurtado
Andrea Torres-HurtadoInternational Communication and Marketing Intern
Andrea Torres-Hurtado is currently a student at the University of Oregon (UO). At the UO she is doing her undergraduate work concentrating in Journalism and International Studies. She is the summer International Communication and Marketing Intern for APSIA.

Andrea is originally from Mexico City, but has lived in Oregon for the past 8 years. From a
young age, Andrea has had an interest in traveling and making an impact in the world. Now she hopes to graduate the University of Oregon, do work abroad, and enter graduate school.