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Amanda Alter Assistant Director of Human Resources
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
altera(at)msu.edu

DeAndra Beck Associate Dean for Research
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
beckdean(at)msu.edu

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Biography: DeAndra Beck is Associate Dean for Research at International Studies and Programs. Before joining MSU, Dr. Beck served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation's Office of International and Integrative Activities, with responsibility for NSF's Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. She worked closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development to bridge the interests of science and development, including the design and implementation of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER Science) initiative. PEER Science provides merit-based funding to developing country scientists who are collaborating with NSF-funded scientists.

Dr. Beck also co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI), a mechanism to foster global partnerships among NSF awardees, and she served on NSF's INSPIRE working group, which is piloting a new NSF initiative to solicit and fund transformative, multidisciplinary research. In cooperation with CRDF Global, she was instrumental in launching Newton's List as a platform to publicize funding opportunities for international research collaboration and initiated the International Funding Agency Seminar to facilitate dialogue among global science funding agencies.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting Managing Director for Environment and Social Assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). While at MCC, she participated in the negotiation of multi-million dollar Compacts with Ghana, Armenia, and Mongolia and managed a team of professional staff responsible for environment and social assessment issues across the full spectrum of MCC eligible countries.

Previously, Dr. Beck served as Assistant Director for Policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, where she represented the interests of the U.S. forestry community in international negotiations, including the UN Forum on Forests, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Tropical Timber Organization, and the Montreal Process. These positions flanked her foray into the private sector as Chief Executive Officer of a biotechnology start-up company. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as an AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

John Bonnell Program Manager
Office of the Dean

308 Manly Miles
bonnell3(at)msu.edu

Jennifer Brewer Program Manager, Tanzania Partnership Program
Office of the Dean

202 International Center
brewer13(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jennifer Brewer was appointed project manager for TPP in 2017. Prior to her work with TPP, she coordinated the development and submission of international development grants and managed an international education fellowship program for CASID - an ISP area studies center. Jennifer has also coordinated clinical trials for the MSU College of Human Medicine and health studies for the Department of Epidemiology. She recently (2015-17) served as coordinator for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program student council, providing support to African undergraduate and graduate scholars across four continents. Jennifer holds a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology and has more than ten years of field experience working on development issues in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Natalia Bryleva Program Assistant, Tanzania Partnership Program
Office of the Dean

202 International Center
brylevan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Natalia Bryleva is a project assistant for TPP. For the last three decades, she has worked in an international service-oriented environment and extensively traveled for training and business in the US and Europe. Natalia has worked in different financing and administrative roles for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), American Councils for International Education (ACTR), and the European Union (EU) Delegation to the Russian Federation. She worked as a program assistant in USAID Moscow Mission for seven years and as a program specialist for the Moscow Office of ACTR for more than five years. At ACTR, Natalia participated in the implementation of international exchange programs for professionals/leaders that was funded by the U.S. Library of Congress. Most recently, Natalia worked as a finance officer/accounting assistant for the EU Delegation to the RF for more than seven years. Natalia holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the California State University, Hayward.

Joy Campbell Fulbright Advisor
Office of the Dean

306 International Center
joycamp(at)msu.edu

Angha Childress Senior Director of International Advancement
Office of the Dean

125 International Center
angha(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Angha Childress is the Senior Director of International Advancement for International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. She provides leadership, strategic direction, and priority setting in the development and implementation of strategies for individual, corporate and foundation engagement with MSU's international agenda.

Angha brings to MSU a unique set of skills, experience and passion. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing leadership and strategic direction for international and US nonprofit organizations, including management and administration, fundraising, board governance, programmatic monitoring and evaluation, marketing and communications. She has managed comprehensive fundraising programs and has secured millions in gifts and grants. Her work in different countries has brought a world perspective to her work, teaching her much about cross-cultural communications, as well as providing valuable insight relative to working effectively with diverse cultures, agencies and temperaments.

Prior to MSU, Angha served as the Executive Director of Barakat, Inc., an international non-profit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Barakat, she was responsible for the strategic direction and effective management of its educational and human rights mission for more than 4,000 children and women in South and Central Asia. This experience has helped to further develop her considerable skill in fundraising, diplomacy and building relationships.

Angha has a Masters in English and Master of Philosophy in English and Linguistics from Indore University, India. She also has a Masters in Public Administration with emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Michael Cylkowski Events & Communications Coordinator
Office of the Dean

125 International Center
cylkows3(at)msu.edu