Jill Fischer started working in the Learning Abroad Center in 2019 for her second time. In between her two times at the University of Minnesota, Jill worked for Northwestern College (IA), Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University-Mankato. Jill earned her undergraduate degree in Theatre with a minor in Spanish from St Mary's University of Minnesota and her Masters degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato. When Jill is not in the LAC, she enjoys her porch (in good weather), her kids, food, her dog, photography and good theatre and film. She also owns a small video company which focuses on telling local, feel-good stories about people and non-profits. She was born and raised on a farm in southwestern MN, and is one of 12 children (middle child!)
Paula Haeder started in the Learning Abroad Center in August of 2018 as an Associate Institutional Relations Director, representing the University of Minnesota in the Southeast and Lower Midwest portions of the United States. Paula grew up in a small town of 500 people (on a good day) in South Dakota. She graduated with a Spanish and Global Studies major from Concordia College where she studied abroad in Cordoba, Argentina. After college, she spent a year as a teaching assistant in Zhuahi, China. Prior to coming to the UofM, she worked for three years in Institutional Relations for another provider. In her free time, Paula likes to drink mate, bake bread, search for great Chinese restaurants, and listen to the same three audiobook series over and over again.
BJ has worked in education abroad since 2002 at both the University of Minnesota as well as Macalester College. He is currently the Director Institutional Relations & Diversity Initiatives in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds a BA in Spanish and Linguistics and an MA in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. In the past, he has worked with the Study & Intern in Toledo, MSID Kenya and MSID Ecuador programs, Study & Intern in Rome, Study & Intern in Florence, Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco program, as well as the Global Seminars. He has an amazing memory, likes Thai food and Indiana. Contact BJ.