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Study Abroad/Global Education

Meet our Staff

Emails, Phone Numbers and Introductions!


John Sunnygard
Director of Global Education
Office 303-315-2018 
Cell 303-807-9956

John is the Director of Global Education/Study Abroad serving the CU Denver downtown campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC). John holds a BA in French and International Affairs and an MIM in International Management from Thunderbird.  A returned Peace Corps volunteer, he has lived and worked in Belgium, Morocco, Japan and the UK.  John generally meets with students applying to national scholarships, e.g. Gilman, Boren, Fulbright, IIPP, etc. as well as those traveling to "High Risk" destinations.

Meghan Atherton
Study Abroad Coordinator
Office 303-315-2473

Meghan is a Study Abroad Coordinator at CU Denver's Office of Global Education. While earning her degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, she spent a semester in Florence, Italy. Since her time in Italy, she has also travelled to the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, and Switzerland. While she loves Europe, her next travel goal is South America!

Jessica (Greenbaum) Tharp
Asia Study Abroad Coordinator
Office 303-315-0024



Jessica is the Asia Study Abroad Coordinator at CU Denver’s Office of Global Education. She advises students who are interested in studying abroad in Asia and the Middle east, coordinates CU Denver’s Semester in Beijing Program, and works towards diversifying study abroad at CU Denver. Jessica studied abroad and volunteered for four months in India, taught English for a year in Vietnam, and has travelled to China, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Turkey, and Israel. She has Master’s degree in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.

Marisa Bennett

Peer Advisor
Office 303-315-2001
Marisa is an Art History major ​at CU Denver. During the Fall of 2012 she studied abroad in the capital city of Amman, Jordan, with the help of the Gilman Scholarship. In addition to studying in Jordan, Marisa has traveled, volunteered and worked in the courtries of: Costa Rica, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Kosovo, The Czech Republic and Israel. Next wanderlust plans: exploring the rest of the world.​


Danee Chavez

Peer Advisor
Office 303-315-2001
Danee is pursuing a Marketing degree at CU Denver She studied Fashion, Food & Wine culture, and Design in Florence, Italy for a semester and received the Gilman scholarship. While oversees she travelled throughout Europe including Spain, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, and The United Kingdom. She is making travel plans to attend the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kelly Marlett

Peer Advisor
Office 303-315-2001
Kelly is an International Studies major at CU Denver. He studied abroad for a semester in Morocco and also attended our Food Fight Global Study program in Spain. He has also visited Holland and France. His future plans are now focused on completing his minor in French at a francophone speaking country somewhere in Africa or perhaps the south of France. ​

Lateefah Young

Peer Advisor
Office 303-315-2001
Lateefah is majoring in International Studies with a focus on Asia. She studied abroad for a semester in Korea and later for two semesters on CU Denver's Semester in Beijing program​. 

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