Professional Staff

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Jeanne d’Arc Gomis
(949) 824-8658

Jeanne d’Arc is UCI Director of Study Abroad. She brings over 20 years of experience working with partner universities and creating linkages for student mobility. She has held leadership positions at various institutions in the U.S. and abroad. She has served as Director of Africa and the Middle East at ISEP and previously the Study Abroad Director at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.

Jeanne d’Arc started her career in International Education in Senegal, West Africa, serving as Assistant Director at the West African Research Center,  and managing short and long-term study abroad programs. The life-changing stories of international students in the programs and their engagement with the locals solidified her desire to serve more in the field to further global exchange and understanding. She is passionate about sharing culture through food.

Jeanne d’Arc is fluent in six languages, including French, English, Spanish, Wolof (a language of Senegal), Creole, and Mandjack (other languages spoken in Senegal, Guinee Bissau, and the Gambia).

Mark Beirn

Mark Beirn
Global Risk Manager
(949) 824-6343

Mark Beirn serves as the Global Risk Manager on the UC Irvine Study Abroad Center team. Mark has worked in international education for over 25 years, having worked with USDE Title VI programs, Fulbright, Education Abroad & International Exchange, DEI and community engagement in St. Louis, Berlin, New Orleans, and now Orange County.

Jen Brantley

Jen Brantley
Operations and Enrollment Analyst
(949) 824-6343

Jen Brantley serves as the Operations and Enrollment Analyst on the Study Abroad Center team. She has a varied professional background which helps her bring unique perspectives to the center. She has been an elementary educator, marketing professional, digital artist in the film industry, event planner and financial analyst. Her love of travel is what brought her to the Study Abroad Center, having traveled to 11 countries across 4 continents. She hopes the experience from international travel combined with her work experience will help enhance support for global education.

Catherine Jonas

Catherine Jonas (on leave)
Enrollment and Operations Coordinator
(949) 824-6343

Catherine Jonas has been passionate about international travel since she was in high school and was able to go on a school sponsored trip around Europe for the summer. Her time abroad unlocked a love of experiencing other cultures and seeing how people live all over the world. While an undergrad at UCI earning her B.A. in Theater Arts, she spent a semester studying in the United Kingdom. Since graduation she has traveled to over 20 countries across six continents including Antarctica. She hopes she can help inspire others to take the first step in finding a lifetime of exploration.

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Bonnie Hooes
Lead Outbound Study Abroad Advisor
(949) 824-6343

Advises for Europe, the Americas, and Multi-Country programs

Bonnie Hooes is a seasoned advisor, counselor, speaker, administrator, and educator. She received her Bachelors’ degree at UC Irvine in Psychology & Social Behavior and her Masters’ degree in Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy from California State University of Long Beach. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy and has extensive educational and travel experiences around the globe, in particular in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Spain, France, and Japan. She is also a California Certified Mediator. With over 20 years of experience in the field of international education, she has an unwavering passion for the value gained from being exposed to cultural differences. As a first-generation American who lacked confidence in her Spanish language skills as a young adult, she finds it especially rewarding to work with UCI’s super diverse student population. She finds it very fulfilling to work at her alma mater and give back to UCI all that she gained! She finds it especially fulfilling to work with UCI students who work hard to discover and forge paths almost entirely on their own.

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Chrissy Schmid
Outbound Study Abroad Advisor
(949) 824-6343

Advises for Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Virtual programs

Chrissy Schmid has over 14 years of student services and student affairs experience at the University of California, and is passionate about international education and cultural exchange. Her international travel experience started when she was just a baby, living with her family in Scotland for a year and a half. Since then, she has visited 31 countries across 5 continents. Her dream is to visit all 7 continents in her lifetime.  She received her bachelor’s degree in “International Security and Conflict Resolution” from San Diego State University, and her master’s degree in “Organizational Leadership” from Concordia University Irvine. She holds certificates in Business Administration and Personal Financial Planning from UCI Division of Continuing Education and is a California Certified Mediator. During her undergraduate program, she studied abroad on the Gold Coast of Australia, and finds it especially thrilling to help students embark upon their own life changing adventures! She enjoys serving students from diverse cultures and backgrounds, trying new cuisines, and exploring new places and traditions.

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Casie Bonstein
Inbound Custom and Program Advisor
(949) 824-6343

Casie Bonstein’s love for travel began in high school after studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany with Rotary International. As a former exchange student herself, she is ecstatic to now be working with the UCI Study Abroad Center as their new Inbound and Custom Programs Advisor. Reporting to the Director of Study Abroad, Casie is responsible for managing a comprehensive portfolio of educational opportunities for inbound international exchange students and custom study abroad programs for outbound UCI students. Casie also serves as the new liaison for the Global Start Program.

Casie recently earned her master’s degree in International Affairs from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and spent the past academic year working as an Intake Advisor with the UCI International Center. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she studied abroad in Bologna, Italy (2019-2020). Upon her return, she served as a Peer Advisor for the UCSB Study Abroad Office for a year. Casie is excited and honored to continue serving both the domestic and international communities at UCI in this new role. Casie speaks Italian and Spanish and enjoys attending live theatre performances.

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Ricardo Franco
Interim Enrollment and Operations Coordinator
(949) 824-6343

Ricardo Franco serves as the Interim Enrollment and Operations Coordinator for the Study Abroad Center. His commitment to international education programs stems from visiting universities throughout his travels across Mexico, Canada and Europe. He hopes to enrich students’ academic experiences by having them explore educational opportunities abroad.

Ricardo recently received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Cal State Fullerton and has spent the last two years exploring different countries in Europe learning about their history, culture and their education systems. When he is not abroad, Ricardo enjoys visiting art and history museums and learning languages. He currently speaks Spanish, French and German.