Meet Our Staff
Skye Stephenson, Director
Skye has spent three decades involved in international education and study abroad in many different capacities. She has taught and led programs in various countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico. Skye has lived for 12 years in Chile, where she was director of the CIEE programs. Beyond the Americas, she has carried out international education work in Japan and Spain. Since returning to the United States five years ago, she has managed study abroad programs for SIT and served as dean of First-Year Programs and Study Abroad at Landmark College.
Skye is passionate about the transformative possibilities of inter-cultural encounters, and how the growth and learning that comes from moving beyond ones "comfort zone" can contribute to a more just world. She is the author of The Spanish Speaking South Americans: Bridging Hemispheres (Intercultural Press) as well as several articles on intercultural relations and has just finished writing a novel about a journey of self-discovery in Latin America called Jade. She has a doctorate in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Living Routes, and is Head of the U.S. Donors Board for the Intercultural University Amawtay Wasi (Ecuador). She has two children who are bi-national.
Steven Spiegel, Associate Director
Steve, a U.S/Swiss dual-national, has called many places in the world "home." Since 2001, he and his family have resided in Northfield, Massachusetts. His educational background has included a M.Ed. in recreation and leisure service management from Springfield College and a BA in sociology from the University of Delaware. Steve has worked in Europe, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa, and North America in the areas of youth programming, sports, study abroad, and international student services.
Steve is married to Lydia de Faveri, and together they have two energetic and curious boys, Noah and Pierre.
Tim Francis, Senior Study Away Advisor
Tim is originally from Massachusetts, has lived in New Jersey, and currently resides in New Hampshire. He has two bachelor's degrees in psychology and Spanish from Keene State College. He studied away in Quito, Ecuador for his Spanish major, and lived there for a year. Tim has traveled extensively through Europe, South America, and North America. His favorite destinations thus far have been Ireland, Spain, and Ecuador. Some future destinations on Tim's list are Chile, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, and Antarctica.
When Tim is not hard at work, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and baseball, playing racquetball, tennis, and volleyball, and spending time with his ten-year old chocolate Labrador retriever, Miyagi, who is named after the Karate Kid teacher, Mr. Miyagi.
Annie Fernandez, Study Away Advisor
Originally from the tropics, Annie grew up in Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida. Throughout her life, she has traveled in Europe, South America, the United States, the Middle East, including a semester away in Israel, and has participated in two humanitarian aid trips to Cuba. Annie holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Johnson State College and a master's degree in Management & Leadership from Antioch University. In her off-hours, she enjoys singing, cooking and planning her next trip to a faraway beach. Annie lives in Keene with her husband and family.
Deborah Ford, Administrative Coordinator
Deborah hails from the United Kingdom. She moved to New Hampshire in 2001 with her husband and family, and experienced your own cross-cultural adjustment getting used to life in the Monadnock region.
She received her degree from Bangor University, North Wales, in technology systems and is the office whiz with technical matters.
She enjoys swimming, cooking, and hanging out on Granite Lake in her free time.