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Naomi N. Otterness
Director, Education Abroad

Phone: 704-894-2656
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Naomi has enjoyed many years of work in higher education prior to which she served in the U.S. government as an international trade specialist. Her educational background is foreign languages (German, French), business, and sociology, and she is particularly interested in the ways that individuals acquire and apply intercultural knowledge and skills. Naomi is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Forum on Education Abroad, and other professional groups. She is a certified professional in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and has served in NAFSA's Trainer Corps. In addition to language and cultural topics, Naomi's interests include spending time outside as an avid birder and amateur naturalist. She is pleased to be working with Davidson students as they incorporate international education into their plans.

M.L.A. - University of North Carolina Asheville
B.A. - University of Florida
Abbie N. Cardona
Assistant Director, Education Abroad

Phone: 704-894-2455
Abbie CardonaAbbie works with students throughout the study abroad process, from initial exploration to reflection upon return to campus, assists the Director with program and budget management for the Davidson study abroad programs, and supports risk management procedures. She also communicates with partner provider program representatives, oversees the online application system, and manages Davidson's registry of international travel.

Abbie completed study abroad programs in Florence, Italy; Seville, Spain; and the United Kingdom and worked at Auburn University before joining the Education Abroad team at Davidson. She has presented at local, regional, and national conferences on study abroad alumni engagement and international exchange student services.

Abbie and her partner enjoy being outdoors and trying new restaurants, and they hope to add a puppy to their new family soon.

Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration - Ball State University
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies - University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Ernesto Waines
Education Abroad Adviser

Phone: 704-894-2553
Ernesto 2
Ernesto's experience in higher education has evolved from working in International Outreach to serving as the Special Programs Coordinator at Virginia Tech's Language and Culture Institute (LCI) and nine years in student life at West Virginia University as an Area Adviser within Residential Education. Ernesto is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University, and he is also an alumnus of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Academy. His professional and personal experience within liberal arts education, coupled with his ability to connect with and advise a variety of students will be instrumental in his role as an Education Abroad Adviser.

Ernesto was born in Trinidad and Tobago and is an avid fan of soccer. He enjoys coaching, playing, and following teams from all around the world.

Master of Science in Safety Management - West Virginia University
Master of Business Administration - West Virginia Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing - West Virginia Wesleyan College
Alexandra Barteldt
Education Abroad Adviser

Phone: 704-894-2128
Alexandra brings a passion for the wholistic experiences of education abroad as a Gilman Scholarship Alumnus and Critical LanguageAward recipient for study abroad in Varanasi, India, as well as a two-time participant in the Critical Language Scholarship in Jaipur. Alexandra began her professional career working in India’s development sector through the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, and was the Resident Director for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth in Pune. Language and cultural studies also brought Alexandra to work and study in Kenya, Senegal, and Guatemala, focusing on comparative religions, gender/sexuality studies, and asset-based community development. Alexandra also has a passion for outdoor, environmental education, and has served several years in rural areas in India, California and Hawai’i in experiential, garden and nutrition-based learning.

Alexandra was born and raised in Davidson, and loves getting outdoors by rock climbing, hiking, and painting.

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies – Elon University

Last modified 03/03/2020

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