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Judging Panel

We choose the Finalists from among all of the entries, and the judges choose the final winners. Viewer voting will determine the Viewer's Choice Award winner, and that winner is also automatically a Finalist.

Check out this top line-up of international educators, supporters and travelers to see who will pick the Travel Video Contest's 2016 winner.

Matt Brattin

Matt Brattin discovered in 2006 while searching for scholarship money to help fund his international MBA. He had recently been accepted to attend ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain when he stumbled across the first annual video travel contest and decided to give it a shot. He's glad he did, because his entry earned him the grand prize which he gleefully accepted to help fund his trip abroad. Since graduating from ESADE in mid-2007 Matt has been working in corporate finance in the travel industry and credits his international experience for helping him land such a great gig.

Joe Avison

Joe Avison is the Managing Director of Global University Relations at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has been for the past two and a half years. Prior to the Chronicle, Joe was the Regional Manager for SR Media, an international education marketing company. Joe has traveled extensively to all parts of the world, including the deepest caves on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, and knows just about everyone in international education. Joe is always in demand at NAFSA and other conferences, has a warm word for everyone he meets, and can easily be spotted in a crowd. We are delighted to have him on our judges panel again this year.

Sandy Florez

Sandy Florez is the winner of International Student's 2009 travel video contest. In the summer of 2010, she traveled to Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco and France (catch up on her adventures here). After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Journalism and English literature, Sandy pursued a career in advertising and brand management. She remains an active passport stamp collector.

Dana Brolley

Dana Brolley is the Assistant Director of the Center for International Education at the University of Washington Bothell and currently Chair of NAFSA Region I. She has worked in international education for 14 years as instructor, recruiter, advisor, and administrator. She has received the Presidential Silver award for her volunteer work with USAID in Moldova and Zimbabwe, taught English in Hungary, and worked and lived in several countries. Her academic background is in cultural anthropology and education.

Linda Melville

Linda Melville is currently the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of New Mexico.  Linda previously worked in International Education Administration at both Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She was a Peace Corps Teacher Trainer in Libreville, Gabon and has taught ESL in the US, China, and in France.  Linda received a Master’s in International Administration from the School for International Training and a Master’s in Linguistics/TESOL from California State University, San Jose. A NAFSA leader and Trainer Corps member for more than 10 years, Linda has served in many NAFSA roles and has been a frequent presenter of sessions and workshops at regional and national international education conferences since 1995 on a variety of topics affecting the field of International Education.

Mina Morgan

Mina Morgan is the Vice President at The Language Company in the Corporate Office located in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her responsibilities include sales, marketing, client services, and student advisement. She has worked to support the cultural and English language immersion mission of TLC for the last 14 years. With that experience, she has grown to truly understand the value of quality English as a second language instruction and how it can change an international student's life by setting the foundation to succeed in whatever the student's future academic or career goals may be.

Sherif Barsoum

Sherif Barsoum is the Assistant Vice President for Global Services at New York University, previously he was the Director of ISSS at Vanderbilt university from 2007-2015. He has been in the field of International Education for 25 years, with 13 of those spent as Assistant Director of the International Office at The Ohio State University. A two-time graduate of Ohio State University, he received his Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and is now working on an EdD through the University of Alabama. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Sherif is well traveled, and has developed a world-wide network of colleagues through his executive position in NAFSA as Vice President of Public Policy and Practice. He enjoys leading cross-cultural workshops and inter-cultural programming. He is a strong advocate of Study Abroad and international exchange. He also leads short term academic programs to Egypt and Morocco as well as service learning programs to South Africa.

Troy Peden

Troy Peden is one of the original founders of, began design and research for the site while heading the study abroad program at the University of Colorado at Denver. Troy studied deaf education at Illinois State University and worked with handicapped refugees in Europe for the completion of his practical training. Troy earned a graduate degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has continued his studies via a doctoral program in education policy. In addition, Troy has directed several non-profit international organizations. His extensive travel has included study, work and volunteering abroad throughout Europe and Russia, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Ruth Kamona

Ruth Kamona is the University Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the City University of New York. She oversees the distribution of university resources and materials, and the conceptualization of services for the University's international student population. In this capacity, Ruth is responsible for the oversight of the institutional immigration regulatory compliance mandated by the federal government and the institutional polices; conceptualization and provision of critical high quality support services integral to the academic success of approximately 10,000 international students enrolled throughout the University system; and developing strategies and policies designed to promote international students' retention. Furthermore, she is responsible for identifying and coordinating professional development opportunities for the university's international student administrators.

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