José María Caller, CEO
José María Caller holds a Doctorate in American Anthropology and Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, both from the Complutense University of Madrid.He has been Campus Director of study abroad programs in Madrid, Salamanca & Alicante, and professor at Japanese, North and South American universities, where he has taught several courses related with Anthropology of Development, Comparative Culture, Ethnic Identities, Inter-ethnic Relations, Spanish & European History and others.He has been a United Nations’ consultant since 1996 and was coordinator of two Human Development Reports in Sao Tome & Príncipe and coordinator of an Indigenous Program in Bolivia.He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and a little Japanese.
Isabel Piera, Executive Director of North American Study Programs and Professor
Isabel Piera is Spanish and received her Masters degree in Spanish and Latin-American Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1985. She did her PhD courses at the Complutense University in Madrid. Isabel Piera speaks fluent English and basic French.
As Professor she has been teaching Spanish Language and Spanish Culture and Civilization courses to American and international students for the past 25 years. She has been teaching in Middlebury College and in WIP (Wisconsin-Indiana-Purdue: Junior Year Abroad Program), the Complutense University of Madrid at the Spanish Courses for Foreigners, the José Ortega y Gasset Foundation – program sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in Washington and the Consejería de Educación y Ciencia -, the Chamber of Commerce in Madrid, and other prestigious institutions.
Jaime Caller, Housing and Student Services Coordinator
He is a specialist in providing the best housing options available in Madrid, considering the singularities and expectations of every student and family. He is also the first person to help you with day to day adaptation and will support you with your specific needs and interests during your stay with us.He has a Cambridge Diploma in Communication and Design and has developed his career mainly in Brighton (England). As an expert diver he has spent most of his spare time discovering the underwater world of the five continents.
Claire Jasinki, Psychologist & Professor
Claire Jasinski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, a Master of Arts in Teaching English and Spanish from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and graduate certificates in family therapy and psychodrama from the Instituto de Técnicas de Grupo y Psicodrama in Madrid, SpainShe has been an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York since 1995, teaching the semester-length course Spain: Social and Psychological Perspectives.Ms. Jasinski is certified as a psychotherapist and teacher of family therapy.
She is a member of the Asociación Madrileña de Terapia de Pareja, Familia y Otros Sistemas Humanos, the Asociación Española de Psicodrama and the Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos.As a cross- cultural trainer, Ms. Jasinski works with university students, diplomats, executives and their families to help them to understand the process of adaptation as well as some of the important differences in social norms and expectations between Spain and the United StatesMs. Jasinski is also a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in cultural adaptation, the special challenges faced by bi-cultural couples and families, eating disorders, and bereavement.
Jose Luis Diaz Ramos, Panamá Coordinator
José Díaz is a journalist graduated at the Basque Country University. He started working during his early years, gaining experience in different mass media from local newspapers to national television. Subsequently he specialized himself on Creative Documentary while studying in Barcelona Autonomous University. He has lived four years in four different irish and british cities: Kilkenny, Brighton, Bristol and London. After all this time linked to the Anglo-saxon culture he has now gone one step further travelling to Central America in order to develop art projects in Panama City.
Enrique Costa Zaragoza, Australian project Manager
Enrique Costa has an agricultural Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and a Master degree in Landscape Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
He spent the beginning of his labour life developing his technical skills as agricultural engineer and landscape engineer but, step by step he went into the commercial side of the business being representative of some Spanish and international companies, mainly in the city of Barcelona.
As Australian Ciricultura Representative, he develops all our activities in this country being the visible face of the firm. He will be there to ensure all your questions will be answered and let you know about us.
Mónica Castella, Singapore Project Manager
Mònica Castellà Pujadó has a postgraduate in East Asian Studies (Business and Economy) from UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). She also has a BA in Tourism and Hotel Management.
Mònica spent 10 years at the Japanese Embassy in Spain working as a cultural advisor. She has lived in Spain, Japan and Singapore, and travels extensively in Asia.
She speaks Catalan, Spanish, French, English, Japanese and some Mandarin.
Lilliana de la Luz, Director of Field Recruitment for the Caribbean and New York
Lilliana de la Luz holds a Doctorate in Hispanic Studies from Complutense University in Madrid, Spain and a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies from New York University in United States.
Dr. de la Luz is totally acquainted with High School and University students and the administration of Study Abroad Programs in Madrid. She has been Campus Director of the Study Abroad Program in Madrid of the University of Puerto Rico for the last five years. Furthermore, she has over time been Coordinator of the Study Abroad Programs of Boston and Skidmore Colleges as well as of Marquette, Tulane, Syracuse and Tufts universities.
Throughout her career she has, in discharging her duties, acquired the ability to plan and organize all aspects of the above positions: hold tutorial academic sessions, perform various simultaneous tasks under pressure, meet deadlines and troubleshoot all kinds of situations in emergencies in an effective, discreet manner.
Slavena Todorova Delina, Bulgarian Project Manager
Slavena Todorova has a degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, and is certified in Business Finance from the Ministry of Education of Spain.
She worked as a translator in international Spanish – Bulgarian company – Slavena speaks Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian and English – and as an accountant both in Bulgaria and Spain.
She has lived in Madrid since 2000 and likes Spain and Spanish people. Slavena is interested in Spanish culture and traditions.