Jennifer is a native of Chicago, but lived in North Carolina for over a decade. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and, before Beyond the States, worked in a variety of areas including school social work, mental health, coaching, and as a parenting coordinator for high-conflict divorce cases. Jenn loves travel and has enjoyed less-touristy destinations during her university visits over the years, and getting a deeper feel for the cities she visits by eating, shopping, and residing in areas populated by locals. She moved to Portugal in 2020 with her husband and teenage daughter and her son is nearby (relatively) attending a university in the Netherlands.
Virtual Assistant and Customer Success Manager
We’re not sure how we functioned in the days before Chrissia joined the team! She handles just about everything-from helping members, updating portal, graphic design, and on. Chrissia lives in the Philippines where she spends most of her free time reading self-help books and watching movies.
Growth Management Director
Kristin folded into BTS while navigating school abroad for her own family. At any given time she is a gardener, cyclist, parent, chef, neighbor, teacher, writer, and explorer. Most of her professional career has been in the sustainable food world, as a personal chef, culinary instructor, recipe developer, food writer, and industry consultant. Like Jenn, Kristin is also a native of the Chicago area, but has lived all over the U.S., and in Ireland, while attending culinary school; she currently resides with her family, and two mischievous cats, in St. Paul, MN, but is planning to relocate to Spain in the fall of 2022.
Social Media Manager
Tamara is a previous Beyond the States member and starts her first year of study at Burgundy School of Business in the fall of 2021! Tamara spent much of her life in Canada (she’s a dual citizen) and spent the last 6 years in Florida, where she completed her Associate’s of Arts from Florida State College in Jacksonville. When she’s not studying or on social media (for work or pleasure), you will probably find her in the dance studio. Tamara has been dancing since she was three and most recently was a member of the FSCJ danceWorks company.
Stefan, a resident of Serbia and graduate of University of Novi Sad, has been with Beyond the States since the earliest days and knows the database inside and out. Don’t get him started about schools with bad websites-her has very strong feelings about these schools! Stefan spends his free time editing videos, snowboarding, and skateboarding.
Sam is the reason Beyond the States came into being since it all started with his needs of going to college abroad in mind. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina he is currently a student at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Management of International Social Challenges program. His interests include foreign affairs, languages, and, unsurprisingly, travel.
2021 Student Ambassadors
Hanze University of Applied Science
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Czech University of Life Science
HU University of Applied Science
University of Debrecen
Erasmus University Rotterdam