Our Staff

Ryan Rathmann, Director

Prior to joining the Study Abroad Office at Georgia State, Ryan worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions and as the Logistics and Operations Manager for The Experiment in International Living. While working at this eighty year old 501c3, Ryan had the pleasure of working with international partners, mentors, educators, parents and donors to provide unparalleled access to international education for exemplary students. Prior to entering the field of international education, Ryan received his M.A. in Cultural Policy from The University of Chicago.  While working on his B.A. in German and English Literature at Humboldt State University, Ryan spent his summers fighting forest fires on an elite interagency ‘Hotshot’ crew as a lead sawyer and lead firefighter.  Ryan’s passion for study abroad was inspired by his undergraduate experiences overseas: a semester in Vienna and an academic year enrolled at The University of Heidelberg. At Georgia State University, Ryan hopes to find innovative and thoughtful ways to pay forward the meaningful overseas experiences that transformed his education, his career and his world view.

Email: rrathmann@gsu.edu

Stephen Murray, Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Stephen Murray is a recent graduate of Georgia State University having completed Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Applied Linguistics.  He participated in GSU’s Tsinghua University Exchange in addition to having studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany as an undergraduate German major at Georgia Southern University.  In addition to his academic experience he has worked in customer service and operations fields and the travel industry.  Over the years he has travelled to the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Belize, the Czech Republic, and China.

Email: smurray7@gsu.edu

Alex Ricker, Study Abroad Advisor

Alex Ricker received a Bachelor’s degree in French Studies from the University of Florida. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University. Directly after graduation, she taught English as a Second Language in Beijing, China through GSU’s Tsinghua Exchange Program. Alex believes in making the study abroad process approachable and achievable from start to finish, helping students explore their options and supporting them every step of the way.

Email: aricker1@gsu.edu

Casey Ottinger, Study Abroad Advisor

Casey Ottinger is a recent graduate of New York University where he received his Master’s degree in International Education and worked in the Office of Global Services. His interest in International Education was ignited while an undergraduate student at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where he studied for a semester in Athens, Greece. Casey went on to work for the study abroad provider that facilitated his semester abroad. Before landing at Georgia State University, he most recently served as an International Student Advisor at Rollins College.

Email: cottinger@gsu.edu

Emily Caskey, Study Abroad Advisor

Emily Caskey completed her Master’s degree in German Literature at the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate German and History major she studied abroad in Rostock, Germany through a UGA exchange program. In addition to her academic year abroad, she interned in Berlin at the U.S. Embassy. in her role as a Study Abroad Advisor at Georgia State she hopes to encourage curiosity and prepare students to benefit personally, academically, and professionally from study abroad.

Email: ecaskey@gsu.edu

Brandon McKinnie, Study Abroad Intern

The newest addition to the Study Abroad team! Before joining the Study Abroad Office, Brandon was a Resident & Student Assistant for Georgia State University Housing for 3 years. He recently received his B.A. in Film & Video Studies and Theater Performance. While working on his B.A., Brandon studied abroad in London, England at the well-known Theatre Academy London. Brandon has always had a passion for traveling which ignited his dreams of pursuing international education. During his time here, Brandon hopes to assist students in the process of studying abroad and encourage those who are on the fence to take the adventurous plunge!

Email: bmckinnie1@gsu.edu

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors

Want to talk to a Georgia State University student who has recently studied abroad? Our Study Abroad Student Ambassadors are available to answer your questions over email or to chat with you in our office. You can ask them about their experience abroad, as well as for advice on planning your own. Stop by our office to meet the Ambassadors or check out the Study Abroad Student Ambassadors page. Email them at globetrekker@gsu.edu.