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As Managing Director of the Lauder Institute, Kenric oversees the joint MBA/MA in International Studies and JD/MA in International Studies degree programs. He supervises daily operations in all areas from recruiting and admissions to graduation, from business administration to external affairs, and from research to outreach programs. In this role, Kenric serves as the primary advisor to students for academic matters and graduation requirements and thus works closely with the Wharton Graduate Division and the Penn School of Arts & Sciences in planning and executing the Institute’s programs and activities. Kenric arrived at the Lauder Institute in 2008 as Director of Lauder’s Language and Culture Programs to provide oversight to the nine Lauder Language and Culture Programs on campus and abroad. Prior to that, he worked at Stanford University where he completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in French. Kenric also holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
For more than 25 years, Marcy has been overseeing admissions, alumni relations, financial aid, and the coordination of special events for the Lauder Institute. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, Marcy earned her B.A. in English from Mills College and her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kara joined the Lauder Institute in 2015 and oversees marketing and communications for admissions and assists with recruitment events and graduate application review. Prior to joining Lauder, Kara worked for Penn’s Graduate School of Education, as well as Penn State, INSEAD and Columbia Business School. Kara grew up in the Philadelphia area, but was born in Norway and has lived in six countries on three continents. She earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in English and Political Science from Trinity College in Washington, DC.
Haimanti joined the Lauder Institute in May 2009. She works with the faculty and students to promote effective language instruction and learning, and coordinates the language programs and the Institute’s summer immersion programs. She holds an M. Phil. in English literature from Delhi University in India as well as an M.S. Ed. in TESOL and PA certification in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn she has been teaching Bengali since 1995, and she has also taught Hindi and English as a Second Language. Prior to joining Lauder, she was the Assistant Director at Penn’s South Asia Center. She has received federal grants for language projects in Bengali and Hindi, such as the multi-year International Research and Studies grant and the STARTALK grant, and she was also awarded the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Award.
Katie joined the Lauder Institute in 2014. As an administrative assistant, her responsibilities include supporting faculty, staff, and students with any administrative needs that may arise. Katie was born and raised in Philadelphia, and earned her B.S. in Interior Design from Philadelphia University. Prior to joining the Lauder Institute, she was the Administrative Assistant and Production Manager for both Eventricity and The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants.
Kim’s responsibilities include coordinating the Global Knowledge Lab research projects and the Lauder Culture Quest, coordinating bi-annual Board of Governors meetings, and overseeing various campus speaker events. She serves as a liaison to the Wharton School of Business and other offices of the University of Pennsylvania.
Selma has been with the Lauder Institute since 1988. She coordinates the academic records for the Lauder community (including registration for all the INTS courses) and the Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) across all Lauder Institute language programs. She also serves as in-house editorial consultant for the Lauder staff and students. Selma is a native of Philadelphia and earned her B.H.L. and B.R.E. from Gratz College. She began her Penn tenure while completing her M.L.S. at Drexel University. Before Lauder, Selma was the librarian at the Sellin Center for Criminology and Criminal Law.
Danielle joined the Lauder Institute as a Program Coordinator for Penn Lauder CIBER in October 2013. She currently coordinates short-term immersion programs. Prior to working at the Lauder Institute, she worked in New York City as a corporate event planner. Danielle is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, with degrees in Communication and German Literature.
Since he came to Lauder in 2004, Ed has been responsible for managing the financial and budgetary affairs of the Institute. Prior to joining Lauder, he was the Business and Communications Manager for the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and Program Manager for the Wharton International Forum, an executive education program held in various countries around the world for heads of global companies. He holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Pennsylvania.
María del Milagro Lozada Cerna, or Mili for short, has a Ph. D. in Hispanic Studies from Temple University, an M.A. in Communication Sciences from Universidad Católica de Santa María, Peru, and a Marketing Certification from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. At the Lauder Institute since 2011, Mili previously taught classes in Spanish language, Hispanic literature and culture, and business practices at various institutions, including Temple University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interest interests are primarily contemporary applied linguistics, Spanish-American narrative, film studies, and cultural Studies.
As a member of the Lauder Institute faculty, she strives to enhance not only students’ knowledge of Spanish as a language but also their understanding of the diverse cultures, contexts, and countries in which Spanish is spoken.
Sonja leads the Lauder Institute’s development and alumni relations engagement through Wharton’s External Affairs office. Prior to her work with Lauder, Sonja partnered with Penn’s Office of the Chaplain to support student clubs on campus. Sonja has lived on three continents, delivering programs and organizational leadership to non-profit organizations in New York City, Dublin, and Philadelphia. Sonja earned her M.A. in Urban Mission from Westminster Theological Seminary and her B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University.