Hannah Jo Maier

Hannah Jo Maier joined the UFIC team in August 2021 as the UF Campus Peace Corps Recruiter. Hannah Jo received her B.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Michigan in 2018. After graduation, Hannah Jo worked as a field assistant for the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Panama, where she collected sea turtle nesting data to measure the efficacy of conservation projects in the area . From 2019-2020, Hannah Jo served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Education sector.

Nargiza Ludgate, Ph.D.

Nargiza is the Assistant Scholar in the Office for Global Research Engagement at the UF International Center. She works with faculty to facilitate international research engagement through grant writing and program development. Her background in project design, budgeting and implementation is focused on building a community of practice and networking. She is originally from Uzbekistan in Central Asia. Nargiza is fluent in Russian, Uzbek and Tajik.

Claire Anumba Ph.D.

Claire Anumba began working with the International Center’s Office for Global Research Engagement (OGRE)as a Special Projects Coordinator in October 2016. Claire works on coordinating research efforts and projects within UFIC as well as developing a database to map UFIC’s Internationalization efforts and activities. Claire has lived and worked in Sierra Leone and the UK in different capacities. She holds a Doctorate in Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK, and worked with the University Office of Global Programs at Penn State prior to joining UFIC.

Julie Fesenmaier

Julie joined the OGRE team as Associate Director in November 2016. She brings more than 20 years of experience in connecting faculty research and practice and in supporting collaborative research. Her background in community development, strategic planning, asset mapping, and evaluation design is focused on stakeholder-defined outcomes and building communities of interest and communities of place.

Sandra Russo, Ph.D.

Sandra Russo is the Director of the Office for Global Research Engagement and has been with the International Center for more than 20 years.  As Director, she works with faculty to facilitate international engagement through networking, grants, and various activities that foster such engagement.  She holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from UF and has experience working in over 40 countries around the world, primarily in Africa and the Middle East.

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