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Indiana University Bloomington

Office Staff

New Director: Alex Lichenstein

Office: D104

Brian Gilley– Director

Professor Gilley is an anthropologist and works in the US and Italy. Professor Gilley is a dual US-Italian citizen and calls Oklahoma and Firenze, Italy home. As a food enthusiast and cook, Professor Gilley is always up for trying new foods and learning how to cook with new ingredients and techniques. He also loves the outdoors, running, cycling and rock climbing.

Vera Marinova

Office: D103

Vera Marinova– Associate Director

Vera grew up in the small but beautiful Eastern European country of Bulgaria and moved to the US to further her personal and academic goals. As an undergraduate, she attended Berea College in Kentucky, where she received a B.A. in Asian Studies with a German language minor. During her graduate studies at IU, Vera pursued a joint M.A./M.P.A degree that combined the fields of East Asian Studies (with a focus on China), Comparative and International Affairs, and Nonprofit Management (with a focus on Environmental NGOs). Upon graduation, she spent a year at Berea College teaching Mandarin Chinese and Environmental Issues in China and a summer teaching Intensive Chinese Language at Transylvania University. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and has explored a large array of languages, hoping to delve into her tenth in the near future. Vera has worked in the study abroad field for a number of years and remains committed to promoting tolerance, knowledge, and understanding through international education, engagement, and cultural exploration.

Peter Roeth

Office: D101

Peter Roeth– Associate Director

Peter Roeth serves as an Associate Director for the GLLC where a major part of his role is working closely with the Executive Council to plan co-curricular and extracurricular events and activities. He has been involved in the student affairs profession for almost ten years and enjoys promoting college student development through experiences and challenges. He is specifically drawn to the GLLC because of the program's commitment to global connectedness and cultural awareness, and he loves the multilingual, multinational, multicultural, and multidisciplinary emphases of the community. Peter is also a part-time Ph.D. student in the School of Education studying higher education and student affairs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing racquet sports, and walking his dog, Zoey.

jason Stone

Office: D106

Huma Rife– Office Assistant

Huma was born in Pakistan and immigrated with her family to Canada, and then the United States. She attended University of Houston, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration. She spent most of her career in accounting and finance, working for large corporations, including Texaco, Dow Jones & Co., Simon & Schuster, and Harlequin. After putting her career on hold to raise her family, she returned to it with the purchase of an independent publishing company. She led and managed her business for five years then sold it. In her spare time, Huma enjoys cooking, entertaining, and listening to podcasts. She credits her love of travel to her parents, who instilled in her the value of exploring countries, cultures, and cuisines from a very young age. Today, she and her husband try to pass on the joys of being global citizens to their three children. Together, they have explored thirteen countries on four continents.

Peter Roeth

Office: D106

Shijing Zhang–Graduate Assistant

Shijing Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. She is from Guangzhou, China, a city she loves for its food, cultural vibrancy, language and volunteerism. While her research interest lies in youth-led grassroots NGOs in China, she indulges in hand lettering, interior design, Harry Potter, detective novels, and dancing when she needs creative fulfillment and a mental outlet. Moving from cities to cities with her family since childhood, she has developed a curiosity for languages and cultures, and has travelled to Turkey, Israel, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. Her engagement in NGO activities both in the U.S. and in China over the past few years, as well as her experiences teaching in college drive her to explore career opportunities that connect college students and NGOs. She is really looking forward to joining GLLC and working with the residents the coming academic year.