Meet our Leadership Team

EAG has assembled a team with decades of higher ed and consulting experience allowing EAG to offer strategic and analytical solutions for our clients. Many of EAG’s team members are based in offices abroad, allowing EAG the ability to gain greater visibility for college clients in larger global markets and service more students within these areas.

Kenneth DiSaia

President & Co-Founder
Kenneth DiSaia

President & Co-Founder

With 30 years of experience in higher education and an MBA in International Business, Ken directed the recruitment system for Johnson & Wales University — one of the largest hospitality and business-focused non-profit universities in the United States. Over the course of his tenure, annual new student enrollment grew to nearly 5,000, representing 50 states and 90+ countries. Ken’s tireless approach to international student recruitment resulted in Johnson & Wales consistent ranking of top 100 universities in overall international student enrollment, and 10th for universities at the master’s degree level.

Ken’s direct responsibilities included oversight of a $20 million operating budget; collaboration with academics, student services, athletics and alumni on pre-enrollment advising programs; and strategic planning with focuses on enrollment, discounting, net revenue and surplus planning. Leading a department of more than 150 staff members, he ensured continuity of messaging and adherence to accreditation and regulatory affairs. He also served as an executive leader in the implementation and opening of three additional, regional campuses across the country, ensuring overall enrollment objectives were achieved in new markets.

Jeffrey Greenip

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder
Jeffrey Greenip

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

Jeff holds a master’s degree in Computer Education and has worked at the highest levels of enrollment management at two private, non-profit, multi-campus institutions. His responsibilities included development of local marketing and recruitment plans, creation of visitation programs, and formation of decision, protocol and scholarship guides.

Jeff worked to ensure targeted enrollment was achieved while maintaining financial aid and discounting budgets. He has supervised teams of admissions staffs for more than 25 years, delivering on enrollment objectives both domestically and internationally. Jeff also has experience launching CRM solutions that allow for targeted communication throughout the enrollment funnel process. His international recruitment experience centers on the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ankita Adhikary

Vice President of India Development
Ankita Adhikary

Vice President of India Development

Ms. Adhikary’s primary role will be leading the development of the educational agency network within India as well as strengthening our college partners’ market positions within India. Ms. Adhikary comes to EAG with professional experience in providing business consultative services with expertise in long-term strategic planning and business development management.

Ms. Adhikary is founder of PlanTree Ventures, a multi service consulting firm that provides a full range of services including; research, consulting, technical assistance and training solutions within the private business, government and higher education industries. She holds a B.A. degree in Geography and M.sc in Geomatics and Space Application.

Pawan Bista

Vice President of South Asia and Southeast Asia Development
Pawan Bista

Vice President of South Asia and Southeast Asia Development

In 2006, Pawan founded Bradford Education Consultancy (BEC), a professional consultancy firm in Nepal servicing undergraduate and graduate students. BEC also operates offices in the U.S. and Australia to assist Nepalese students in furthering their studies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Through Pawan’s leadership and development, BEC has partnered with more than 150 institutions to meet their enrollment objectives.

As CEO of Bradford Education Consultancy, Pawan leads a team of 22 in developing strategic recruitment plans and has extensive experience in developing digital and social media initiatives including the international college search platform apply global.com.  Pawan is a self-made entrepreneur and a visionary who excels in developing markets abroad. Pawan is well-engaged with the educational community and is also an active participant in ICEF, NAFSA and ECAN.

Lahsen Bizragane

Vice President of Middle East and North Africa Development
Lahsen Bizragane

Vice President of Middle East and North Africa Development

As the founder of Global-Exchange, Mr. Bizragane brings 15+ years of experience to the international higher education arena. He holds an MBA in Global Business Leadership and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Global Studies and International Affairs.

Mr. Bizragane has broad experience in all aspects of international admissions, academic advising, enrollment and recruitment within the Middle East and North Africa markets. Mr. Bizragane will provide support and service and develop EAG network in the Middle East and North Africa.

Brian Shantz

Vice President of Canada Development
Brian Shantz

Vice President of Canada Development

Brian served as Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at Graceland University in Iowa for 15 years where he consistently recruited student athletes from more than 8 provinces, 42 US states and 10 countries. Brian received multiple recruiting awards from Graceland and was honored with a national championship ring for his work with the 2006 Men’s soccer team.

In 2010, Brian took a position with Ryerson Athletics and Recreation as Athletics Coordinator and Admissions Liaison. As an expert in scouting premiere athletes and supporting families through the recruitment process, Brian was instrumental in helping Ryerson Athletics recruit the highest quality of student athletes, including several OUA and CIS/U sport all stars. In 2016, Ryerson won its first two OUA championship banners and in 2017 Ryerson won their first national championship. By 2019 Ryerson was home to thirty-eight Academic All Canadians, up from just one in 2010. Brian’s work to recruit academically qualified students has helped position Ryerson as one of the most sought-after universities in North America.

Besides his admissions experience, Brian has also excelled in development. While at Graceland University, he spearheaded strategies with major donors and secured a grant for over two million dollars as the primary donor liaison. Brian volunteered on the first Executive Board of Camp Quality in Ontario, where he helped to raise funds for children with cancer and served as Program Director during the first two years of operation.

A native of southern Ontario, Canada, Brian excelled in several sports in high school and played baseball at the college level. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health, and a Master of Science in Higher Education in Collaborative Learning and Teaching from Graceland University.

Kevin Wang

Vice President of China Development
Kevin Wang

Vice President of China Development

Kevin leads the development of EAG’s educational agencies in China. Kevin has spent his entire career in higher education, founding his first international education and business consulting firm in 1992. He has collaborated with many schools and business organizations worldwide including partnerships in Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.

Kevin’s other roles include President of American Chinese Business & Culture Exchange Services, Principle of RI Star Chinese School and Board Member of RI Chinese-American Association. He is also the President of Yuanjun Consulting in Shanghai and will continue leading Yuanjun Consulting while heading up EAG’s efforts in China

Jeanne Blanchette

Director of Global Partnerships & Recruitment
Jeanne Blanchette

Director of Global Partnerships & Recruitment

Jeanne co-managed a national recruitment network that generated more than 100,000 leads annually. She also managed a student search program targeting close to one million SAT and ACT test takers.

 

Working with recruiters in diverse geographic locations, she identified visibility goals, established analytics for progress monitoring, developed web-based training programs and measured product knowledge with competency evaluations. Jeanne has also managed the operating budget for four university campus admissions offices and acted as a liaison with the university system’s finance office. Jeanne holds a BSBA degree in Marketing from Bryant University.

Calvin Mardembrough

Director of International Recruitment, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Global
Calvin Mardembrough

Director of International Recruitment, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Global

Serving more than forty years as a civil servant of the Dutch Kingdom, the majority served on the island of St. Maarten where he was born, Calvin is passionate about advising students and families of their higher education choices.

Calvin has a deep understanding of the higher education industry which he obtained through his professional service as a coordinator and senior officer for Study Financing of the Education Department in St. Maarten before going on to serve as Policy Advisor to St. Maarten’s first Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.

In his professional capacity, he has visited over fifty colleges/universities in the USA and Canada and was responsible for negotiating, and drafting agreements enabling St. Maarten students to benefit from reduced tuition rates and institutional scholarships.  Since 1991 he has organized and arranged campus visits for large groups of local high school students to colleges and universities in the USA.

Patricia VanWormer

Director of Global Marketing & Recruitment
Patricia VanWormer

Director of Global Marketing & Recruitment

Pat holds a degree in Communications from Rhode Island College and has over 25 years of national and international experience in the fields of marketing, advertising, customer service and event management for both the OEM and higher education industries.

Pat has worked for multi-national corporations including AIM Solder, Canfield Technologies and most recently for a large private, non-profit university. Pat spearheaded the creation of marketing and recruitment plans aimed at generating enrollments from across the country and from around the world. She’s been responsible for creating well-balanced, multi-channel communication plans for each stage of the admissions funnel. Pat’s communications work has received numerous national marketing awards.

Michal Wigal

Director of International Recruitment, Nova Southeastern University, Global
Michal Wigal

Director of International Recruitment, Nova Southeastern University, Global

Mick comes from a higher education family with an international recruiter father, a professor mother, and a VP of Enrollment aunt but it wasn’t until five years ago that he began his own path in higher ed.  After a diverse career background, Mick began working in university admissions and international recruiting.  He began his career in higher education with a small domestic territory outside Detroit before expanding to include Puerto Rico.  After meeting his wife, he moved to Dominican Republic where he recruited international students for EAG and organized university recruiting tours for Autopista Americas.

Mick is passionate about working with students and helping them pursue their goal of a university education in the U.S. He loves to see students grow through their university experiences.  Mick has a B.A. in Economics & Anthropology from Centre College and an M.A. in Anthropology from University of South Carolina.

Andres Artunduaga

Country Manager for Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico
Andres Artunduaga

Country Manager for Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico

Andres’ primary role will be leading the development of the educational agency networks within the Latin American market with a focus on Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina. He has a decade of experience recruiting international students and specializes in recruiting student athletes for U.S. colleges.

In 2015, he co-founded Education Abroad Latin America (EALA), an international recruitment company that operates in North and South America and the Caribbean. Andres is a former international student and holds an MBA in marketing. In addition to his work with EAG, he will continue leading EALA.

Peggy Lin

Country Manager for Taiwan
Peggy Lin

Country Manager for Taiwan

As Country Manager of Taiwan, Ms. Lin leads recruitment efforts, develops the educational agency network, and strengthens our college partners’ market positions within Taiwan. Ms. Lin has ten years of experience in the international education field. She has traveled throughout Taiwan, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia, advising numerous students who wish to study overseas.

Ms. Lin strives to provide the highest standard service to both students and schools. Ms. Lin will work directly with EAG’s co-founders on the servicing of all educational consultants in Taiwan.

Asmita Panthi

Country Manager of Nepal
Asmita Panthi

Country Manager of Nepal

As Country Manager of Nepal, Asmita leads recruitment efforts, develops the educational agency network, and strengthens our college partners’ market positions within Nepal. Asmita currently holds the position of Application Head with Bradford Educational Consultancy in Kathmandu, a position she will continue to hold while implementing her efforts in Nepal.

Asmita’s background in marketing and business includes a position with Knowledge Group, a print and online media firm, as Chief Executive Officer. She has also worked as a lecturer in Business Ethics and holds an MBA degree in Global Leadership Management.

Nitish Bajpai

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, Asia
Nitish Bajpai

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, Asia

Nitish will be responsible for developing and strengthening University of Bridgeport’s presence in India; his focus is on creating connections with educational institutions and consultants while increasing UB’s visibility in market. Nitish holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Delhi University and has more than 10 years of professional experience in Finance & Client Relationship Management.

During his professional experience as a Business Analyst, he provided end-to-end support and solutions in integration and mergers. He also was responsible for the development of business strategic plans and recruitment analysis.

Vishal Muthyala

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, University of Advancing Technology, Asia
Vishal Muthyala

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, University of Advancing Technology, Asia

Vishal joins the EAG team with more than eight years of experience in the Higher Education field. His experience working for both colleges and international agencies has provided him with a full understanding of the student life cycle from application through enrollment. A graduate of Northumbria University in the UK with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Vishal finds his analytical and communication skills to be a great asset in helping him bridge the gap between himself and prospective students.

His personal experience as an international student is what trigged his desire to counsel students through the many challenge’s students undertake to fulfill their dream to study abroad. Vishal is responsible for developing and strengthening the University of Bridgeport’s presence in India.

Jackson Subedi

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, Asia
Jackson Subedi

International Recruiter, University of Bridgeport, Asia

As an international recruiter for the University of Bridgeport, Jackson’s responsibilities include developing and strengthening the market position of UB in 21 Asian countries and connecting with students looking to pursue their college education in the U.S.

With a decade of experience in the field of education and helping students of different ages navigate a range of challenges and experiences, he brings the knowledge of International recruitment from his previous organizations recruiting for Europe and Australia. Jackson is also the co-founder of the first and only Spanish language school, “Alta Vista” in Nepal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Management and an MBA degree with a major in Human Resource Management. He loves traveling and he is a food connoisseur.

Manny Tavares

Global Outreach Specialist
Manny Tavares

Global Outreach Specialist

Manny has nearly three decades of leading-edge experience in the field of international recruitment and training – at small, liberal arts colleges to Ivy League universities. Manny and his team have created an unparalleled global network of relationships with international education professionals, third-party educational consultants and government agencies.

He also has a proven track record in building highly effective international marketing plans. Through his vision and exceptional relationship-building skills, Manny was able to recruit more than 2,000 international students for a regional university – placing the school among the top rankings for international student enrollment. Manny holds degrees from Southern Connecticut State University and Harvard University.

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