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CGEE Staff Biography – Kathleen McBride

Kathy shares the position of Regional Co-Director of Central America for the Center for Global Education and Experience with Mark Lester. In addition, they share the responsibility for the Center’s program in Nicaragua. Kathy’s responsibilities include coordinating the Central America semester abroad program, oversight of regional staff and programming, and designing cross-cultural educational experiences within Nicaragua for travel seminar participants and university students.

Prior to joining CGEE in 1988, Kathy worked with the Christian Base Communities for three years in Nicaragua. Before moving to Nicaragua in 1984, she worked for 8 years in community development in a squatters’ settlement on the outskirts of the city of Caracas, Venezuela. Her primary work involved literacy training and teaching primary health care to women factory workers. Kathy has received theological and cross-cultural training in the Maryknoll Lay Mission Program. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from George Mason University and Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University with a concentration in International Education.