Administrators

  • Kim Rapp
    Executive Director
    Kim Rapp received an MA in African Languages and Literature and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After serving as the Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at Stanford she became the Executive Director of SGS in 2008. Specializing in the sociology of educational administration, Rapp’s doctoral research was funded in part by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), and she was a Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellow. Her dissertation examined the effects of area studies programs on doctoral degree completion. Her publications include studies of the state of MA, MLS and undergraduate accounting education in the United States. Before coming to Stanford she worked at community colleges, state universities and national foundations, but the majority of her administrative experience has involved international and area studies. Her teaching experience has ranged from African literature to international research methods and she has lived and worked in several countries including England, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Mali and Senegal. She is passionate about facilitating the international interests and research goals of students and faculty.
    kimrappatstanford [dot] edu
  • Kimberly Ambayec
    Program Coordinator for African Studies, Islamic Studies, and Mediterranean Studies
    Kimberly supports the Center for African Studies and the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. She was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University and an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. Her MA thesis examined the intercultural sensitivity of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organization (INGO) leaders. Kimberly loves trying new activities and cuisines and believes that her study of and enthusiasm for international and intercultural communications makes her an asset to the SGS team. 
    kambayecatstanford [dot] edu
  • Joanne Camantigue
    Financial Assistant
    Joanne was born and raised in the Philippines. She completed her BS in Hotel and Restaurant Mangement from the University of Santo Tomas, Asia's oldest university (founded in 1611). Prior to joining SGS, Joanne was a real estate loan processor and funder at Provident Credit Union in Redwood City. Her patience and immeasurable enthusiasm regarding acquiring new knowledge and skills are impressive and noteworthy. She has lived in the Bay Area for twelve years and loves the diversity in this community. She enjoys learning about different cultures, ethnic cuisine, one plate at a time.  
    jcamantiatstanford [dot] edu
  • Mark Rapacz
    Communications Coordinator
    Mark is a writer and editor from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has spent the last decade working in education in any capacity he could, including as a faculty member at Hennepin Community College and an editor for the Aquinas, an historic publication from the University of St. Thomas. His desire to work in education led him to Korea on three occasions where he taught, worked as an editor, and got to see a bit of the world with his wife, Emily. Outside of work, Mark writes fiction, trains for and runs long trail races, and reads any book that can hold his interest.  He holds an MFA degree in writing from Hamline University, a degree that opened his eyes to a world of travel, creativity, and story.  Mark is overjoyed to have landed at SGS where his interests in world travel, higher education, writing, editing, and design come together and support a broad and diverse community here at Stanford University.
    mrrapaczatstanford [dot] edu
  • Jane Stahl
    Office Manager - SGS
    Jane has been with SGS since June 2010.  Originally from England, she has travelled within Europe and North and Central America and enjoys vicariously travelling the rest of the globe through the students and visitors from all over the world who come through SGS' doors. Her prior experience includes marketing and communications roles and running her own meeting planning company. 
    jstahl2atstanford [dot] edu
  • Katherine Welsh
    Program and Student Services Administrator
     Kathy holds an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Her BA from UC Santa Barbara is in Political Science with an international relations emphasis. She has a particular interest in African Studies and international economic development, having lived in Namibia for one year as a volunteer high school teacher. Kathy worked as Program Coordinator for African Studies in the late 1980s and early 1990s and then left full-time employment to raise two sons. Before returning to Stanford, Kathy served as a liaison between African NGOs and her church, traveling to South Africa and to Ethiopia. She has participated in six Olympic distance triathlons, and particularly enjoys swimming. Kathy joined SGS in February 2012.       
    kwelshatstanford [dot] edu