Deanne is the Director of Exchange Programs and works closely with Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance colleagues to administer partnership agreements on behalf of the University of Minnesota. She oversees programming for international students who come to the University for non-degree seeking studies. She also advises scholars and degree students holding J-1 visas. Deanne earned a Master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in International Relations from Minnesota State University - Mankato. She is a past recipient of the Fulbright Award for International Educators and has served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota International Educators. She lived in northern Japan as an exchange student, and has enjoyed visiting partner universities around the world. She has worked in ISSS since 1998.