Bonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD
Dr. Bissonette has been with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGE) since 2012, is CGE’s director of education abroad and international safety, working to strengthen international opportunities at the University’s seven schools by collaborating with faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Bissonette develops creative and collaborative programs as well as processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to international experiences.
Previously, Bissonette was associate dean of business and international education at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wis., for 10 years, and, prior to that, a U.S. Foreign Service officer (management), serving for 13 years at U.S. embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea, and Qatar. She was vice president for public policy and practice on the board of directors of NAFSA-Association of International Educators, 2017 to 2019, and served as NAFSA’s secretary on the board of directors from 2008 to 2011. Bissonette is a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics and the go-to resource for all questions related to international travel. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.; her master’s from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her EdD from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis explored community college presidents’ views of elements of campus internationalization.
Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH
Dr. Donahue is professor of healthcare administration and global health. Professor Donahue is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Royal Society for Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness. He is a senior fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and the Executive Director of the Institute’s Center for Health Policy & Preparedness; a member of the boards of directors for the American Academy of Disaster Medicine and World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine; vice president of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health; and editor-at-large for the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. He is a co-founder of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe|International Commission on Disaster Medicine. Dr. Donahue holds a BS (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of the State of New York, an MBA from Baruch College, an MS in Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University, and a Doctorate in Health Education from A.T. Still University.
Katherine Marconi, PhD, MS
Dr. Marconi directs the UMB Graduate School Implementation and Dissemination Science Certificate and teaches in the Global Health Systems program. Her career spans global, national, and local public health, focusing on epidemiology and program evaluation for HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts and community health projects. In the US State Department she organized the first Office of Strategic Information for PEPFAR – The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. There she coordinated global data collection among USG agencies and provided program results to the US Congress and White House. She also organized the science and evaluation office for the Ryan White CARE Act, the government’s domestic HIV program. She has been Associate Vice-Dean at UMGC and worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Marconi has written 30+ articles and co-edited Big Data and Health Analytics. She is active in several public health professional associations.