Executive Committee

The ASAPI Executive Committee oversees, drives, and maintains the integrity of ASAPI’s mission. The Executive comprises elected and dedicated volunteers from the Irish Study Abroad community.

Members of the Executive Committee elected for a two-year term in January 2016 are:

Thea Gilien – Co-Chair
As Head of Programmes for Boston College – Ireland, Thea Gilien oversees the Dublin undergraduate semester, summer academic and internship programming. Her office also supports the greater BC community including scholars, faculty and alumni in Ireland and further afield. Originally from Napa, California, Thea holds degrees in International Studies and German from Sonoma State University. thea (at) asapireland.org

Rebecca Woolf – Co-Chair
As Information Director for EUSA – Academic Internship Programs, Rebecca oversees communication, information, and human resource management for operations in six countries, and serves on EUSA’s management team. Rebecca worked in program delivery as EUSA’s Dublin Director from 2002 to 2008. She has taught students from almost every continent and background, from boarding schools in her native New England to inner city outreach. Rebecca holds degrees in Anglo-Irish and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and Smith College. rebecca (at) asapireland.org

As ASAPI Co-Chairs, Thea and Rebecca are the public face and voice of the organisation, play a dynamic role in establishing, developing and progressing the reputation and standing of the organisation in the field and beyond.

Janice Gaffey – Secretary
Janice has been the Dublin Director of EUSA – Academic Internship Programs since 2013 She was the founding Head of Faculty of Journalism & Digital Media at Independent College Dublin in 2008, prior to which she lectured at Dublin Business School’s Creative Arts Department for four years. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Communications (Journalism) and an M.Phil from Dublin Institute of Technology. Her M.Phil. research was published by Academica Press as Witnessing the Pandemic. janice (at) asapireland.org

As ASAPI’s Secretary, Janice is responsible for membership outreach, administration for the Executive Committee, and reporting.

Claire McGowan – Treasurer
Claire has been the Programmes Coordinator at Boston College – Ireland since 2008, with responsibility for for creating and managing the various cultural and social programming for summer courses in particular, and for other scheduled classes and events throughout the year. Claire has a Master’s in American Studies from UCD and is currently undertaking a PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, focusing on Irish emigrant letters in the late 19th century.
claire (at) asapireland.org

As ASAPI’s Treasurer, Claire is responsible ASAPI’s finances.

Suzi Breslin – Member-at-Large
Suzi is the Student Advisor & Exploring Ireland: Community and Culture Coordinator, Ireland Programs at IFSA-Butler Ireland. Suzi graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics. She recently received a master’s degree in modern Irish history from University College Dublin. Suzi has travelled extensively and has worked in Australia and New Zealand. sbreslin (at) ifsa-butler.org

Martin Humphreys – Member-at-Large
Martin is the Resident Director of CIEE Dublin. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and holds a master’s degree in psychology. He has extensive teaching experience and has taught in a variety of environments with traditional and non-traditional students. He also has experience in student support and academic mentoring. This experience extends into the international educational field working with U.S. study abroad students. He has also taught English in South Korea. Martin is originally from Kildare and has an interest in Irish history and culture both in terms of personal and academic research. MHumphreys (at) ciee.org

Dr. Tom Kelley – Member-at-Large
Tom Kelley joined Arcadia University Ireland as Resident Director in October 2011. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Tom holds a BA in History with Distinction and High Honors from Kenyon College,  a PhD in Irish History from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, as well as a master’s degree in both French and English in Reformation and Enlightenment studies. Tom previously served as Dublin Director at EUSA. He is a member of the National Executive Committee for Baseball Ireland and also enjoys membership in the Irish Economic and Social History Network. kelleyt (at) arcadia.edu

Dr. Stephen Robinson – Member-at-Large
Dr. Stephen Robinson is the Director of Champlain College Dublin, the Irish branch of Champlain College of Burlington, Vermont. He formerly held the Chapin Chair in Geology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where his academic research involved geomorphology and wetland – climate links in Northern Canada. He was Director of St. Lawrence’s London Program in 2007-08, and has been with Champlain College Dublin since it opened 2008. srobinson (at) champlain.edu