Global Educators Network (GEN) Executive Board Members
Marina Broeder, originally from Moscow, Russia, has been an English as a Second Language (ESL) faculty at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, since 2001, after graduating magna cum laude from Moscow State Linguistic University with a diploma in linguistics, intercultural communication, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has been a summer lecturer with VIA and English for Foreign Students programs at Stanford University since 2015. She has written curriculum for an online grammar review course and two noncredit courses in the English for Food Service program at Mission College.
As a 2018-2019 Stanford University EPIC fellow, Marina has helped organize the annual International Education Week celebration at Mission College as well as develop several cross-disciplinary collaborations including Cross-Cultural Partners Program for ESL and communication studies students.
Marina is a recipient of the 2017 Hayward Excellence in Education and 2015 and 2017 Service to the College Excellence awards.
Dayamudra is tenured ESL faculty and distance education coordinator at CCSF, and an active community college online educator. Her current area of interest is the ethical use of generative artificial intelligence in higher education. Dayamudra founded and led an educational non-profit with an India-based team, serving caste-oppressed students at a grassroots leadership academy. She has guided community projects in Guatemala and Hungary, taught in Indonesia, and studied in France, Japan, and Mexico. Dayamudra holds a doctorate in educational leadership, focused on equity/social justice, and is an ordained Buddhist, a meditation teacher, and a certified yoga instructor.
Dayamudra's 2023 EPIC fellowship project was "Training for Wellness and Resilience with Skills for the 21st Century," an online curriculum organized around six interconnected themes: critical thinking and analysis; complex problem-solving; active learning; resilience; stress tolerance; and flexibility. The lessons are grounded in cross-cultural curiosity, awareness, sensitivity, and building excellence in global leaders.
Danni Redding Lapuz
Danni Redding Lapuz serves as the dean of social science & creative arts at Skyline College. She supports a variety of discipline areas, as well as programs including the Kababayan Learning Community, Honors Transfer Program, Art Gallery, and Theater. Previously, Ms. Redding Lapuz served as the international program manager at College of San Mateo. She has taught in the music departments of numerous colleges and universities, and has previously served on a number of other projects related to international education. She was a Stanford Global Studies EPIC fellow.
She has an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, specializing in Indonesian performing arts and Southeast Asian studies. She received the Fulbright-Hayes fellowship for study at Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Sulawesi, Indonesia). She performs domestically and internationally with Gamelan Pusaka Sunda with renowned Suling Master Pak Burhan Sukarma and serves as a vocalist with Peninsula Women’s Chorus, winner of the American Prize for Choral Music.
Dr. Tomasz Stanek is a former 2022 Stanford University EPIC fellow (project: Global Ethnic Studies History) and CSUSB Ed.D. ‘12 Program Fellow, as well as an associate professor of history at Victor Valley College. He is also an adjunct professor of history at Chaffey College, Antelope Valley College, and Barstow College, and a lecturer at the University of California, Riverside (Osher Institute). Since 2015, Stanek has been pursuing a Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in Pacific studies and European history. Dr. Stanek is also a dedicated teacher and has a strong interest in enhancing faculty development and student engagement in the fields of history, indigeneity, philosophy, and current affairs. Dr. Stanek is fluent in Russian, Polish, and English, and his historical expertise focuses on the topics of the comprehensive historical legacies of major events in human history, migrations and diaspora, and educational and pedagogical issues. In his spare time, Tomasz volunteers for the U.S. Forest Service in Cucamonga Wilderness and attends to his research projects in Hawai’i.
Don Uy-Barreta has been teaching economics around the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999. Prior to joining academia, he previously worked as a portfolio analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments for nearly 12 years. His main interest is in macroeconomics and he is passionate in showing his students how to apply economic concepts by using global economic events. Don was previously a fellow under the Education Advisory Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He was also a Stanford Global Studies EPIC fellow. He has guest lectured in the Philippines, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom on the topics of globalization and international trade. Don is most happy when he is traveling and adding to his collection of various currencies from all over the world which is a passion he wishes to leave to his daughter. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics.
Nancy Willet is an attorney and full-time faculty in the Business Department at College of Marin where she teaches Business Law, Law and Society, and International Business. She was a 2018-19 EPIC fellow which encouraged her to collaborate and implement the global studies AA-T degree at COM as well as continue studies to further incorporate global curriculum into her classes. She spent her 2022 sabbatical aboard the MV World Odyssey with Semester at Sea researching global social entrepreneurship as it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 2023, she traveled with CIBER SDSU to study innovative eco-business practices in Japan and then on to Ecuador with Stanford CLAS to research agroforestry and sustainable shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee and chocolate farming on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz. She is finishing up a certificate from KU Leuven in global sustainability governance researching the current (and future) state of global governance in addressing the complex challenges that impact communities throughout the world.
Dr. Angela Yang has worked in higher education for over 18 years, with over 10 years of leadership and management experience in community college settings. A majority of her work experiences have been concentrated around international student program, from recruitment to application, from registration to retention, and from curriculum development to program planning. Currently, Angela is the director of the International Student Program at Saddleback College. She is also an ESL faculty member at Bates Technical College, teaching ESL reading and writing, listening and speaking courses at all levels.
Angela was born in China and came to the U.S. to pursue her master’s degree in journalism and then her doctoral degree in higher education administration. Attending colleges in America as a first-generation immigrant student has greatly enriched her worldview. Personally witnessing how international education changed her life has instilled in her an appreciation and drive to help others experience the same.