Meet The Center

Meet The Center: Rebecca VanVliet

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I’m a Hoosier transplant – originally from Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus and the home of Wendy’s, giant concrete corn, and the largest three-day Irish festival in the world. I moved to Indy a few years ago to attend Butler University to study marketing. I loved Indy too much to leave after graduation, and so now I live in Irvington with over a dozen houseplants at various levels of life.  What drew you to your role at The International Center? I started with The Center as the spring
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Meet The Center: Leslie Grishin

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  Originally from Indianapolis, the travel bug bit early and I’ve always enjoyed learning about different countries, cultures, and languages. Spending my senior year of high school as a Rotary Exchange Student in Germany helped to set my future professional direction and solidified my love of travel. Later, I spent time teaching ESL in Japan before coming back to Indiana for graduate school. Most of my professional background was spent in International Higher Education, but I’m quite excited to now shift gears and join The International Center as the International
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Meet The Center: Audrey Hughey

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I’m a local girl. My degree is in Geography…who lives where and why. I got my passport before my driver’s license. I prefer my Geography without an itinerary, round trip tickets, guidebook, map, phone, apps, watch, camera, etc. Just go, Be. You never know what the tide might bring in. This is how I came to drive a train in Paris, catch a Muskie in Canada, hear Oscar Peterson play “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Montreux Jazz Festival, romp in an open field with a tiger cub
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Meet The Center: Sandra Pfister

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  Was born in Germany. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology. Lived and worked in Germany, USA, Australia and France. What drew you to your role at The International Center? I liked what the IC does and in particular the role in Relocations as having moved and lived overseas myself, I can relate. What is your favorite aspect of your role? I like to arrange/organize and help people who come from overseas settle in Indiana. If you have traveled or lived abroad, which location was the most impactful on
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Meet The Center: Peter Kirkwood

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I was born and raised on the intracoastal waterways and sea islands of South Carolina. As a military dependent, I had the opportunity to visit many parts of the U.S. and ultimately attended high school in Okinawa, Japan. After finishing up high school back in the states, I attended Ball State University (Chirp Chirp!) in East Central Indiana, where my father hails from, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins still live. At BSU, I studied Japanese, Anthropology, and Linguistics which prepared me for my next endeavor of teaching English
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Meet The Center: Garth Eberhart

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I am a native Hoosier educated here in Indiana at Wabash College for my undergraduate degree (English and International Studies) and, after a few years of employment, earned my MBA from Butler University.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit 46 U.S. states and 13 countries throughout my 25+ year career, all of which has been spent in nonprofit, higher education, and association management. I’ve also been married for more than 20 years and have two daughters. What drew you to your role at The International Center?   The COO role
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Meet The Center: Jayne Howarth

First things first: tell us a little about your background. I moved to Indiana in the summer of 2016 from the UK with my husband and our elderly cat, Kitty (yes, that is her name).  I grew up in Liverpool, where The Beatles are from, and went to the same high school as the lead singer of one of the biggest boy bands in the UK, Gary Barlow of Take That. What drew you to your role at The International Center? With my experience moving internationally, I realized how complex the little things can be and how challenging relocating
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Meet The Center: Alli Tinch

First things first: Tell us a little about your background. I am from a small town in Southern Indiana, but I moved to Indianapolis a few years ago to attend IUPUI. I started out as a nursing major but, somehow along the line, I landed in event management. During my senior year, I interned here at The Center as the International Citizen of the Year Award intern. That position turned into a part-time temporary role, which then turned into the executive assistant/board liaison position. I just couldn’t leave; I loved it here so much! What drew you to your
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Meet The Center: Laura Limp

First things first: tell us a little about your background. I’m a homegrown Hoosier from the southern part of the state, graduating from IU when Pearl Jam hit the scene! I loved living in Chicago; love my Cubbies but hated the weather, so I am migrating south. What drew you to your role at The International Center?  The mission. I did extensive research after learning about the development position, convinced this opportunity was too good to be true! The International Center is truly a catalyst that connects, convenes and informs public, private and civic constituents, through ideas, strategy and
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Meet The Center: Tyler Smoot

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I grew up in the small Central Indiana town of Winchester which is “famous” for three things: we have the Winchester Speedway which, according to their website, is the fastest half-mile racetrack in the world; we have the factory that makes Wick’s Pies, the state sugar cream pie; and Robert Wise, director of The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, etc., was born there. I went to college at the University of Evansville, first for archaeology and then, after having
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