Meet the Team

Cathy Huber 

Director of GO Minnesota
1901 University Avenue SE, Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55414 
Email: chuber@umn.edu

 

 

Cathy is the Director of GO Minnesota. She has worked as an international education professional since 1999, but her interest in the field began with a study abroad program to Germany as an undergraduate student, and continued as an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan. She holds a B.A. in German, a B.S. in International Business, and a Master of International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training. She began working at the University of Minnesota in 2007 as a Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center, and as Director of the newly established GO Minnesota program in 2012. Prior to her employment at the University, she worked at two large public research universities and for a study abroad program provider. She has also served in several leadership roles with NAFSA at the regional level and at the national level. She has a deep interest in intercultural communication and is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

 

Leah Brink

Program Director
1901 University Avenue SE, Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55414 
Email: brink169@umn.edu

 

 

Leah joined GO Minnesota from the start in 2012. She works as the program director providing curricula development, program delivery, student advising, and administrative support. Before joining GO, Leah grew to love international education through study abroad experiences in Mexico, Ireland, and Costa Rica. She also worked at the International Student and Scholar Services office at the University of Minnesota for 4 years after completing her M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education in 2008. Leah is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and has worked with several academic and experiential short-term programs with dozens of students from diverse cultural backgrounds and countries from every continent but Antarctica!

 

Terri Grimlund

 Enrollment Specialist
 1901 University Avenue SE, Suite 310
 Minneapolis, MN 55414 
 Email: griml020@umn.edu

 
 
 

Terri joined the GO Minnesota team in January, 2017 and provides support with student applications, enrollment data, and other administrative duties. She earned her undergraduate degree in Geography and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. As part of her degree, she studied abroad in both Nairobi, Kenya and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Her passion for international education stems from her first exchange experience, studying abroad in Ghana with AFS, and also hosting exchange students in her home. She continues to volunteer with the non-profit organization AFS-USA Intercultural Programs—which facilitates high school exchange programs. Terri is passionate about the way in which the GPS Alliance strives to engage collaboration and enhance students’ college experiences, and is eager to support GO Minnesota students before, during, and after their time at the University of Minnesota.

 

Elise Rayner

  Marketing and Communications Specialist 
  1901 University Avenue SE, Suite 310
  Minneapolis, MN 55414 
  Email: kerayner@umn.edu

 

 

Elise has been providing marketing and communication assistance to the GO team since 2014. She supports GO Minnesota’s partner relationships and is responsible for maintaining the website and overseeing the program’s print and social media. Elise’s career in international education began in 1996. She has organized and led student groups around the world, but the majority of her career has been spent in marketing and recruiting. As an undergraduate, she was fortunate to receive a U.S. State Department scholarship to study in Beijing, China just two years after studying in Kunming, China. After all these years in the field of international education, she is still inspired by every brave student who undertakes a study abroad experience knowing that they are not only changing their own lives, but serving as future global ambassadors.