Meet the Staff

The Study Abroad team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage with other cultures—to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world.


  • Alice Michel - Director

    Alice Michel - Director

    Scholarships: Rhodes, Marshall

    Alice has worked in the field of international education for over ten years. While receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and English from UC Santa Barbara, Alice studied abroad on UCEAP during her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating, she participated in the JET Program, teaching English in Japan for two years. She has traveled extensively around Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa, totaling over 30 countries. In addition to travel, Alice enjoys hiking, backpacking, attempting to learn French, and running.

  • Emma Lazor, Assistant Director

    Emma Lazor - Assistant Director

    UCSC Global Seminars

    UCEAP: All programs

    Other UC: All programs

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Boren, Gilman

    Emma Lazor (she/her/hers) grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. She is a first-generation college student and earned her B.F.A. in Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Art Education from NSCAD University. During her B.F.A., Emma studied abroad at The University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and participated in a research project, "Art in Schools Initiative." After graduating, Emma conducted research on creativity and culture as a Presidential Scholar with Semester at Sea and traveled throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. After completing her research, Emma began a career in International Education as she firmly believes that global experiences can help ignite a student's personal, professional, and creative growth. Emma enjoys surfing, playing the fiddle, gardening, creating art, and exploring the outdoors. 

  • Krissy Loveman

    Krissy Loveman - Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor

    UCSC Global Seminars: Moku Hanga Printmaking in Tokyo, Relief Printmaking in Korea

    UCSC Exchange Programs

    UCEAP: All Programs 

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Gilman, Freeman-Asia

    Krissy is an Alabama native who first spent an extensive period of time abroad on an academic year exchange program in Japan. Following the completion of a B.A. in International Studies at the University of Alabama, she got her feet wet in the field of International Education in an internship at the University of New Orleans. She then returned to Japan to teach English for two years to elementary and middle school students in the countryside. Heading down to Miami, Krissy next got her M.S. in International & Intercultural Education while working for the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. Krissy has worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at The University of South Florida. She has also traveled to Italy, Spain, France, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. 


  • Ashley Bayman

    Ashley Bayman - Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor

    UCSC Global Seminars:


    UCEAP: All Programs

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Gilman, Campus-Based

    Ashley Bayman is an Ohio native who completed a dual B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from The Ohio State University. During her B.A., she studied abroad in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina and discovered a passion for international education and travel. After graduating, Ashley took a gap year to travel to 30 countries across Latin America and Europe. It was during this life-changing journey that Ashley became committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds benefit from the academic, social, and professional advantages of international education. She went on to earn an M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to joining the UCSC Study Abroad team, Ashley served as an international education program leader in Mexico and Spain.


  • Adam Freed

    Adam Freed - Study Abroad Program Coordinator and Advisor

    UCSC Global Seminars:

    UCEAP: All Programs

    Independent Programs

    Adam currently serves as a Study Abroad Coordinator and Advisor within the Division of Global Engagement. He obtained his BA in Global Studies and Intercultural Communication from Spring Arbor University and his MA in International Education from The School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). Adam completed studies abroad in India and Jordan, and has led programs abroad and domestically for undergraduates. He is currently pursuing research across several interest areas with global education and is currently focused on diversity and inclusion, hybrid program models, and new program development both domestically and internationally. 

Study Abroad Intern


Kira Lemons

Kira grew up as a child of Army officers. She moved five times before she graduated high school, living in Texas, Germany, and Virginia. She started her higher education journey in community college and transferred to the University of Mary Washington where she earned her BA in English. After being accepted into the JET Program she lived in Miyokonojo, Japan, using her time outside of the classroom to travel by boat, car, and train to see as much of the country as possible. More recently, she spent four years in Mongolia, volunteering with the Peace Corps and then working at an international school. She is currently a Master’s degree candidate in the International Education Management program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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