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).ined hands-on experience with: student development, student affairs, and the recruitment of multicultural students.

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.

Simone Kendall
Simone KendallDiversity Fellow
Simone Kendall hails from Detroit, Michigan and is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) candidate at Georgetown University. She is studying international negotiations and multi-track diplomacy under the program’s Global Politics and Security concentration.

Simone always envisioned herself traveling the world and representing her country. She is a 2016 Charles B. Rangel Fellow and preparing for a career as a Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Department of State. Simone served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (2014-16) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She speaks Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and Arabic (Modern Standard).

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.

Meghan Lowther
Meghan LowtherInternational Communication and Marketing Intern
Meghan Lowther has been an intern with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs since August 2017.

She is an undergraduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology, completing her bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a focus on the Russian language and military strategy studies.

This year, she is serving as the local committee president of AIESEC in Atlanta, leading a part of the world’s largest youth-led not-for-profit that facilitates international experiences to young people.

In addition to her work with APSIA and AIESEC, Ms. Lowther has served the European Parliament in Brussels as well as the Georgia Department of Economic Development, working with European legislatures and the economic development in the state of Georgia. She is looking forward to making new connections with the international affairs academic community.