Study Abroad Staff

Maraina Montgomery
DirectorMaraina-Montgomery

Montgomery joins UP from Washington D.C. where she was Assistant Director of Study Abroad in the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. Her work at Howard University was instrumental in internationalizing one of the premier HBCU’s in the United States. Her writing has been included in numerous venues including the PIE News and International Educator Magazine. Furthermore, she has served on multiple academic advisory committees for national study abroad providers and professional organizations.

“A feeling of inspiration fills my heart as I assume the important responsibility of Director for Studies Abroad at the University of Portland. I hold a commitment to empowering students and supporting faculty to enhance their lives and curricula through intentional and reciprocal cross-cultural learning opportunities.” Montgomery said, “I am grateful to be welcomed into the UP community by thoughtful campus leaders determined to leverage the momentum of the times to build upon the institution’s existing commitment to ‘...responding to the needs of the world and its human family.’”

Montgomery has a B.A. in Spanish Studies and Anthropology from Howard University and a Master’s in Education (Higher Education and Student Affairs) from Rutgers University. She has worked abroad in Japan, South Korea, & Ghana, and she studied abroad in Spain, Belize and the Dominican Republic.

Amy Wruck
Program Coordinator

Amy WruckAmy grew up near Chicago, Illinois before moving downstate to attend Illinois College, where she completed her BS in International Studies, focusing on Political Science, Religion, and Economics. During college, she studied abroad in Morocco, Austria, and New Zealand before realizing that she wanted to spend her career helping students have the same kind of amazing, transformative experiences that she did. Amy earned her Master’s degree in International Higher Education Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and spent most of her time there working in Campus Recreation and International Student Services. One week after her program ended in Virginia, she jammed everything she owned into the back of her car and drove cross country to Portland to join the UP community.

Over the years, Amy has also traveled to Ecuador, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Fiji, all over Europe (favorites include France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic), and all over the U.S. – both for work and for fun. Despite her extensive travels, she has never visited Canada or Mexico and hopes to make it to both sometime soon. 

 

Student Coordinators

Madison Lindell - Program Coordinator for Spanish Language programs

Rocio Ruiz Lopez - Program Coordinator for London Summer programs

Macey Schondel - Program Coordinator for Galway and London Semester programs