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Meet Our Staff

 
 
Gabriel A. Carranza, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Executive Director of Global Engagement
Adjunct Research Faculty
Institute for Coastal and Water Research

Email: gabriel@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• Lead efforts to globalize education, research and community initiatives
• Enhance the global presence of the University
• Oversee the offices of International Affairs and Study Abroad

Dr. Gabriel A. Carranza leads initiatives to enhance UL Lafayette's international reputation. He is responsible for centralizing programs the University offers to its domestic and international students and scholars, as well as, creating and developing new international programs. From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Carranza served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Adjunct Research Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas. He also served as Director of the Office for Latin American Programs at Texas A&M University from 1992 to 2009. During that period, he was the Executive Director of the Texas A&M Center in Mexico and was Interim Director of the University's Institute for Pacific Asia. Dr. Carranza is also a visiting professor of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering at the State University of Ponta Grossa in Parana, Brazil.

Rose Honegger, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Global Engagement (PDSO, RO)

Email: roseh@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• Administer process of bringing international researchers
• Foster international engagement to promote global interests
• Facilitate the implementation of UL Lafayette partnerships

Dr. Rose Honegger has overseen the Office of International Affairs and the Intensive English Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since 2004. Prior to joining UL Lafayette, Dr. Honegger taught at the Intensive English Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Linguistics Department at the National University of Malaysia. She works closely with all international students to facilitate graduation and a successful transition to graduate programs or pursuit of careers.

Megan Lachaussee Miller
Assistant Director (DSO, ARO)

Email: meganl@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• F-1 and J-1 immigration advising
• Intensive English Program administration
• Sponsored students/advisors

Megan Lachaussee Miller is a 2002 graduate of UL Lafayette's College of Education with a B.S. in Secondary Education (English) and a 2011 graduate of the M.S. Communication program. Her thesis research was dedicated to post-secondary recruitment of international students. She has also taught English, French, and ESL in Louisiana, Texas, and Massachusetts and worked as a recruiter and international admissions specialist.  She has been employed at the University since 2008 and enjoys assisting Ragin' Cajuns from all over the world.

 

Katie Louviere
Administrative Assistant (DSO, ARO)

Email: oia@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• F-1 and J-1 immigration advising
• OPT & CPT processing
• SEVIS I-20 and DS-2019 document management

A native of Lafayette, Katie Louviere graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Political Science from UL Lafayette. During her time at the University, she enjoyed working in the Department of Facilities Management, as well as, other departments on campus. She loves the spirited atmosphere throughout campus and enjoys interacting with students, faculty and staff.

 

Aaron Gyarfas
ESL Specialist

Email: aaron.gyarfas1@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• Math vocabulary class
• Conversation Hour/Extracurricular Programming
• Curriculum Development (LSP)

Aaron Gyarfas completed his Master's degree in TESOL from UL Lafayette in 2017. He previously spent four years teaching English in Vietnam. While a graduate student, he worked as a tutor in the UL Writing Center and taught ESOL 102: Writing and Research About Culture for Non-Native Speakers of English. He recently worked as a Composition & Rhetoric Instructor at the South Louisiana Community College campuses in Lafayette and Crowley. His interests include cinema, literature, history, language, and travel. He has visited Cambodia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, and Jamaica. He delights in helping each student reach his or her personal and professional goals.

 
Katelyn Howard
ESL Specialist
Email:
Phone: 337.482.6819

 

Brandt Snook - Acting Coordinator Summer 2019
ESL Specialist

Email: brandt.snook@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Responsibilities:
• TOEFL ITP
• Technology
• Weekly newsletter
• Curriculum Development (Writing)

Originally from Michigan, Brandt moved to Louisiana in 2011 to pursue a Master’s degree in Rhetoric & Composition. While working in the English Department’s Writing Center, he discovered an interest in ESL studies by working with international students. Brandt enjoys road trips and local festivals, and can usually be found at UL’s pool swimming laps.

 
Howard Varnado
Teacher

Email: iep@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337.482.6819

Mr. Howard Varnado graduated from Louisiana College in 1968 with a degree in social studies and English education. While in college, he worked as a grader in the English department. Following college, he became involved in working with international students. He has taught English in several states including Louisiana, Kentucky, and New York. For over 25 years, he has traveled extensively to Central America, Europe, and India doing missionary work. He has taught at the Intensive English Program for the past five years. His goal is to see every student become proficient in the English language.

 
Anna Beth McConnaughhay
Graduate Assistant
 
Irene Reyes
Graduate Assistant
 

Irene Reyes is a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration program. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She chose UL Lafayette because of its high-quality MBA program, friendly atmosphere, and all of the diverse opportunities available to international students.

Max Villagomez
Graduate Assistant
 

Max Villagomez is pursuing his Master's degree in English with a concentration in TESOL. He earned a B.A. in English from Delaware State University. Max is originally from Eatontown, New Jersey. He chose UL Lafayette to further his education and to challenge himself by 'stepping out of his comfort zone' and immersing himself in a new culture.

 
Maura Dupré
Student Assistant - Communications Intern
 

Maura Dupré is an undergraduate student majoring in Moving Image Arts with a minor in Advertising. She is originally from Baton Rouge and decided to attend UL Lafayette because of the friendly community and rich Cajun culture. She appreciates the cultural diversity of the area and the artistic community Lafayette is known for.

Zayira Quiroz Parraga
Student Assistant
 

Zayira Quiroz is an undergraduate student from Ecuador. She came to Louisiana three years ago as an exchange student and fell in love with the culture and food. After studying at LSU-Alexandria for a year, she transferred to UL Lafayette to study political science with a concentration in International Relations. She chose UL because of the opportunities and scholarships for international students that the university offers.

Militza Varela Toro
Student Assistant
 

Militza Varela is an undergraduate student majoring in nursing. She came to Louisiana four years ago from Venezuela to learn English at UL Lafayette's Intensive English Program. After studying at South Louisiana Community College, she transferred back to UL. She has been granted three scholarships by the University. She chose UL Lafayette because the University offers excellent opportunities for international students and it is one of the few universities in America to offer scholarships to international students.