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Cindy Toland, Executive Director
A native of Houston, Texas, Cindy has had a successful and varied 25-year career in international education. Prior to joining CASIE, Cindy served as the Elementary School Principal of the American International School of Budapest, an International Baccalaureate World School. Not only has she taught in and established schools in Asia, South America, Europe, and the USA, but Cindy grew up in Libya, graduated high school in Scotland, and has attended Tennessee Temple University, University of Bath (England), Azusa Pacific University, and the University of Mississippi for secondary and post-graduate studies. Cindy holds a PhD in K-12 Educational Leadership with a specialization in Blended Learning and Student Achievement with Technology in ESL from The University of Mississippi. She enjoys long walks in nature, spicy Korean food, and well-behaved grandchildren.
Odette Díaz Schuler, Director of Operations & Education Programs
Odette Díaz Schuler has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Emory University. Prior to joining CASIE, she was privileged to work for such institutions as the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art and Archaeology in Atlanta, GA; The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; and Explora Science Center in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Cuba and has lived in and traveled throughout Europe and Latin American, but has much more of the world to see and taste. Completely fluent in Spanish and English, she can also hold her own in Catalan, French, and Italian. Both of her children currently attend an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school.
Rasamy Yin Vanijcharoenkarn, Financial Manager
Rasamy Yin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University. She worked many years as a system engineer in research and development and has experience with immigration for international students. She is fluent in Chinese and English and has a good understanding of Thai and Lao. Her two children have gone through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Karen Shih, Registration Manager and Webmaster
Karen Shih has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She worked as a research assistant in Duluth, Atlanta, and southern Germany before realizing her true passion was in education. Karen is fluent in Mandarin, has studied Spanish and German, and knows how to say, “Where is the bathroom?” in Korean. Her hobbies include: rock climbing, cycling, ultimate Frisbee, swing dancing, and drawing ambigrams. She has visited Taiwan and much of Europe, but would like to see so much more of the world.
Kristen Davidson, Events and Marketing Assistant
Kristen is so busy with making things happen at CASIE that she has not had time to even sketch up her bio!
John Wilson, SpeakEasy Coordinator
John Wilson has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University Atlanta, a specialist and master’ degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Alabama and the State University of West Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Middle Tennessee State University. Before joining CASIE, John was the DeKalb County School System IB District Coordinator K-12. Prior to his arrival in DeKalb, John spent 21 years in North Georgia with Whitfield County Schools teaching foreign languages, ESOL, social studies, and serving as the IB DP Coordinator. John also served as the Chair of the Georgia Project Teacher Advisory Committee. In that position, he supervised the Georgia Project Mexican teacher program, headed a committee for Latino scholarships, worked with ESOL staff development and Spanish and English language programs. He was also in charge of the Monterrey/Whitfield Student Exchange Program and led students on many travel programs throughout Europe. He has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and Mexico. John is proficient in French, Spanish, German, and Italian with some Russian and Portuguese.
Sarah Wells, Finance and Registration Assistant
Sarah was born at Ft. Benning, Georgia and grew up in a military family. She spent her childhood
moving to military installations throughout the United States. She graduated from the University of
North Georgia in 2009, and upon graduation, began working in Atlanta. After a year, she decided to
take a 13-month contract at a resort in southern Germany. During her stay in Bavaria, she was able to
travel frequently throughout Europe and the U.K. Her most favorite places visited were Galway, Ireland
and the city of Monterosso in Cinque Terra, Italy. Because of her desire for new experiences and love of
different cultures, Sarah hopes to resume her travels abroad in the near future.
Coryn Marsik, Office Manager
Coryn Marsik has her Master’s degree in International Policy Management and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University where her studies primarily focused on East Asian policy and international political economy. During her undergraduate program, she spent a semester studying in Paris and also took part in a global experience throughout Turkey with her graduate program. Coryn was born in Georgia but also lived in Florida and California before returning to the state. Loving to travel as often as possible, she hopes to soon expand her travel to the Asia-Pacific region. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her husband and their dog outdoors.