Ryan Rathmann, Interim 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.
Colette Fournier, Study Abroad Advisor
Colette received her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland and her B.A. in European Studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She first traveled abroad to France on a 10 day program with her 8th grade French class, which ignited a lifelong love of language and culture. At W&M, she studied abroad at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Grenoble, France, where she received a certificate in International Business. At Maryland, Colette worked as an Experiential Education Advisor with the University Career Center & The President’s Promise and interned for a year in the Office of International Initiatives. She studied abroad again on a graduate program focusing on higher education and student affairs in Qatar, and led a group of students to Uganda as part of a global leadership course she taught. In addition to her experiences abroad in Qatar, Uganda, and France, Colette has also traveled to Turkey, UAE, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Britain, and Ireland. She is committed to connecting students with meaningful experiences abroad and is excited to join the SAP team.
Katrina Helz, Study Abroad Advisor
As a Study Abroad Advisor, Katrina provides support to GSU students as they explore their study abroad options. In addition to general study abroad advising, she coordinates the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, GSU’s own Global Experience Scholarship, and the Fulbright U.S. Student program for graduate students and alumni. Katrina also enjoys organizing the annual Crossing Paths, Crossing Cultures international photo competition and awards ceremony. Katrina holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School and a B.A. from Kenyon College. Prior to joining the study abroad team at GSU, she was the Study Abroad Advisor at Bard College. Before that she worked in Washington D.C. and New York in the field of human rights. Katrina’s commitment to international education stems from an upbringing living abroad with parents of English teachers, and her own study abroad experience included a year in Latin America. Katrina has been greatly impacted by her international experiences, and she is thrilled to be a part of any process that helps GSU students realize their study abroad goals.
Stephen Murray, 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.
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!
Study Abroad Squad
Want to talk to a Georgia State University student who has recently studied abroad? Our Study Abroad Squad is 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 squad or check out the Study Abroad Squad page. Email the squad at firstname.lastname@example.org.