Staff Bios

Katie Welsh Radande

Director of Study Abroad
(610) 758-4735

Katie was born and raised in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania where she spent the first 18 years of her life. After completing high school, she picked up and moved overseas – it was time to get out and explore the world! She began her college career studying French language and culture with students from all over the world. During this time, she had the chance to travel throughout Europe and engage with people from many different cultures and backgrounds.

Her undergraduate studies include 2 years of study at the Université Catholique in Lyon, France, 1 semester at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, and 2 years at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, USA where she earned a B.S. in International Management and French. In summer 2010, she earned her M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change from the Lehigh University College of Education's Comparative and International Education program.

She began working in the Lehigh Study Abroad Office as a student advisor for semester programs in 2007 and is currently the Director of Study Abroad. 

Jodeen Gemmel

Study Abroad Advisor
(610) 758-3454

Since she was 12 years old, Jodeen has had a very strong desire and interest to experience the world and learn about other cultures.  Her parents gave their family a wonderful gift at that time by hosting an exchange student from India. This decision had a huge impact on Jodeen's life and her passion for international experiences. She has had the privilege to visit India and to participate in a summer Rotary exchange to Italy while in high school.

During her college career at Lock Haven University, she earned a BA in International Studies and had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan and Mexico for two semesters.  For 14 years, she provided international travel and visa services to international companies and Lehigh University. Prior to becoming a Study Abroad Advisor, Jodeen served the Study Abroad Office as a Coordinator. Through working in the Study Abroad Office, she is able to live her dream of helping Lehigh students have an international experience. In 2015, she earned her M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change through Lehigh's College of Education.

When she is not working,  she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering with the Girl Scouts, traveling, and riding her bike.

Katy Rene

Assistant Director of Study Abroad

Katy joined the Lehigh Study Abroad Office in 2015.  She earned a BA in Spanish from Bates College, and an M.Ed. and secondary teaching certification from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Katy taught high school Spanish in the DC suburbs for several years, but later changed her career focus to international education.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, Katy worked in study abroad in the Office of Global Education at Georgetown University.  

Katy spent a semester abroad at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and has also spent extended time in Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.  She believes in the importance of a global education, and enjoys facilitating opportunities for students to go abroad and experience other cultures.  In addition to supporting Lehigh students throughout the study abroad process, Katy also spends some of her free time working with high school exchange students coming to the U.S. and their local host families.

Brian Wasserman

Study Abroad Advisor

Brian joined the Study Abroad office in 2017. His experience with study abroad began after noticing a flyer in the science building at the University of Scranton advertising a short-term, faculty-led Tropical Biology course in Costa Rica. After participating the course, he attended a semester-long program in Florence, Italy as well as other short-term study abroad experiences in Uganda, El Salvador, and the Philippines. He credits his study abroad experiences with providing him with the skills and courage to attend graduate school in Seattle, Washington – approximately 2,500 miles away from his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Brian graduated from The University of Scranton with a B.S. in Biology in 2008. He obtained his paramedic certification from Luzerne County Community College in 2009. In 2013, he earned an M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. While at Seattle University, he served graduate, transfer, and non-traditional students as a graduate assistant in the Office of Commuter and Transfer Student Life. Prior to starting at Lehigh, Brian served as a Resident Director at The University of Pittsburgh.

Janet Zapata

(610) 758-4877

Janet has been working at Lehigh University for four years. She joined the Lehigh Study Abroad Office in 2015. In addition to supporting Lehigh students in the Study Abroad Office, Janet also spends some of her free time working with high school exchange students coming to the U.S. and their local host families. She majored in Business Administration at Kutztown University and is currently taking classes to fulfill a Business Management degree.

Janet was born in New Jersey, but grew up in Bethlehem. Her parents were born in Medellin, Colombia, and she enjoys going back to the country to visit and learn more about her culture. She is fluent in Spanish and loves Spanish cuisine. She also enjoys Spanish music and is a certified Zumba instructor. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, playing with her dog Romeo, and traveling abroad.

Andrea Moran

Study Abroad Graduate Assistant 
(610) 758-6772

Andrea comes to the Study Abroad team after teaching English in Chile, working in international student services at an ESL school in Berkeley, and in admissions at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is pursuing a Master's in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in international education.

She earned her BA in Journalism with a Minor in French from San Francisco State University, where she studied abroad in France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. In her free time, she loves rock climbing, backpacking, and traveling.