Debra Ann Amador
Amador oversees the daily operations and provides administrative support for the faculty and staff of the Center for International Programs. She assists the faculty and staff with activities, events and supervises the student workers.
J’Leen Manning Saeger, Ph.D.
Interim Coordinator, Intensive English Program
Saeger earned her doctoral degree in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside. She taught Spanish in California at UCR, Chaffey College and La Sierra University. She has lived in Spain, Argentina and Costa Rica. Saeger’s research focuses on works by female authors and artists who have contributed to the recuperation of historic memory. Her most recent publication is titled Memory and Postmemory in Lidia Falcón’s Play Las mujeres caminaron con el fuego del siglo. As coordinator for the Intensive English Program, she oversees recruitment efforts, student activities and curriculum planning.
Administrative Assistant and Designated School Official (DSO)
Teet is from Oregon but has lived in different areas of the U.S. She is currently attending St. Mary’s University to finish her bachelor’s degree in Communications. Her role in the office is to help with SEVIS registration of students, generating and signing I-20s and providing guidance to students on new student processes and orientation.
Alfredo Varela, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for International Programs and Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
Varela has a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook in Anthropological Sciences, as well as master’s degrees in U.S. Higher Education Administration from Heidelberg College, Ohio, and Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has extensive experience in all areas of international education including study abroad program development and administration, international student services, intensive English recruitment, and international student enrollment management. He joined St. Mary’s University in 2013 as founding Executive Director for the Center for International Programs, moving from the Boston area where he was Dean for the Center of Global Education at Wheaton College. Varela has visited more than 40 countries, including Ghana, Bhutan and Japan, where he lived for 10 years. He met his wife in Japan and they have four daughters, two dogs, a guinea pig and bearded dragon. Varela can often be seen riding his bicycle across campus.
International Student and Scholar Advisor and Designated School Official (DSO)
Mont is a part of the Graduate School’s admission team, but works with the Center for International Education assisting international students. She became an admission specialist in 2011, finding a passion for helping students from all over the world attain their goals in higher education. From a military family, she has lived in many U.S. states and in Belgium, where she traveled Europe, studying and working with people from many NATO nations. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since graduating in 2004, her work has focused on education.