Meet Our Staff

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We Are Here For You

Meet our Global Learning staff! We are ready to help you make the most of your time at Kirkwood. Reach out if you have any questions.

Dawn Wood
Dawn Wood
Title: Dean
Phone: 319-398-5443
Email: dawn.wood@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Dawn holds an M.A. in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training, as well as a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.
Bio: Dawn is committed to international education and enjoys helping students experience the world and its diversity. She has traveled and visited many countries and recognizes the value of learning about other cultures.
Darek Benesh
Darek Benesh
Title: Associate Dean
Phone: 319-398-5899, ext. 5834
Email: darek.benesh@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3052 Cedar Hall
Education: Darek Benesh earned degrees in TESOL and English Language and Literature from the University of Northern Iowa, with additional graduate coursework in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Iowa.
Bio: Darek has been teaching in various capacities for more than twenty years. His professional interests include promoting intercultural competence, designing, and leading professional development opportunities for faculty, and promoting collaborative learning and critical inquiry.
Sharon Falduto
Sharon Falduto
Title: ELA Student Advisor
Phone: 319-398-5668
Email: sharon.falduto@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3051 Cedar Hall
Education: Sharon holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
Bio: Sharon is the advisor for English language learners in our English Language Acquisition courses. She is happy to help you with understanding what classes you need and how Kirkwood can help you achieve your goals.
Shannon Ingleby
Shannon Ingleby
Title: International Student Advisor
Phone: 319-398-5293
Email: shannon.ingleby@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Shannon holds an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adler University and a B.A. in Psychology from Central College.
Bio: Shannon advises F1 students on immigration-related issues and helps with cultural adjustment as new students become accustomed to their surroundings at Kirkwood. After living in China for three years, she understands the difficulties of moving to a new country and can also celebrate the many ways that living and studying abroad positively impacts an individual.
Ramona Kline
Ramona Kline
Title: PT Office Assistant
Phone: 319-398-5668
Email: ramona.kline@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3051 Cedar Hall
Education: Ramona recently graduated from Portland State University as a non-traditional student with her B.A. in Russian Language after spending her senior year studying in Kazakhstan.
Bio: Ramona is the office assistant in the Global Learning / English Language Acquisition department. Although her professional background is in office management, her real passion is learning about language and other cultures.
Cyrus Mudanya
Cyrus Mudanya
Title: International Admissions Advisor
Phone: 319-398-7740
Email: cyrus.mudanya@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Cyrus holds an A.A. from Kirkwood Community College and a B.S. from Mount Mercy University.
Bio: Start Here, Go Anywhere! is our motto at Kirkwood Community College and we truly believe in it. If you are an international student looking for a college in the U.S. to further your education, you too can start here at Kirkwood. I look forward to assisting you with your admissions questions.
Ken Nesbett
Ken Nesbett
Title: Study Abroad Advisor
Phone: 319-398-4492
Email: ken.nesbett@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Ken holds a B.A. from the University of Toledo and an M.A.E. from the University of Northern Iowa.
Bio: Ken advises students on Kirkwood short-term, semester, and other study aboard programs. He is committed to international education and enthusiastically supports students who wish to pursue part of their education overseas. Ken has traveled throughout Europe and to parts of Africa and Asia. He continues to travel in his spare time. Ken’s biggest professional joy is to watch students discover their passion and chase their dreams!
Elizabeth O'Brien
Title: Program Coordinator
Phone: 319-398-7663
Email: elizabeth.o'brien@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University.
Bio: Elizabeth is responsible for the variety of programming needs of our international students visiting Kirkwood through grant programs. She welcomes students to Kirkwood and enjoys helping students get involved in campus and community activities.
Maria Moore
Maria Moore
Title: Office Coordinator
Phone: 319-398-5579
Email: maria.moore@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1154 Linn Hall
Education: Maria worked in the graphics industry for over 20 years and has an A.A. from Kirkwood.
Bio: Maria is often the first person people meet upon entering the Global Learning office. As the department assistant, Maria supports the staff in a number of department processes and helps to keep the office running and organized. She is happy to assist students by connecting them with the staff who can help them. One of the most rewarding aspects for her is getting to know the many international students who regularly visit our office.
Mohamed Joreya Osman
Mohamed Joreya Osman
Title: Department Assistant ELA
Phone: 319-887-3628
Email: mohamed.joreya@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 101
Education: Joreya holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Kirkwood Community College.
Bio: Mohamed Joreya Osman serves the ELA community at Kirkwood by helping students navigate their first steps in their education journey in the United States. An immigrant himself and a former student of the ELA program, Joreya has a good understanding of the needs of our students as they transition from English classes to the degree of their dreams.


Global Learning
1154 Linn Hall
319-398-5579
international@kirkwood.edu