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Kelly Kleinkort

Director, Learning Abroad
(713) 743-9167

Kelly joined Learning Abroad as the Director in October 2016 from Asia Society Texas Center, where she was the Director of Education, Business and Policy. Prior to joining Asia Society, Kelly was the Director of the Confucius Institute and Assistant Director for Global Projects and Partnerships at Texas A&M University. Kelly has worked in international education program administration since 2007, before which she lived and worked in China for three years; she speaks Mandarin. Kelly holds a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. She is passionate about fostering global competency among students, preparing them for leadership and global citizenship in the 21st century.

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Maggie Mahoney

Learning Abroad Advisor
(713) 743-9167

Advisor for College of the Arts, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Nursing, Honors, and for student service learning groups.

Maggie is originally from Louisiana and joined the Learning Abroad staff in 2015 after working in Residence Life, Intercultural Education, and Career Development. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Spanish from Centenary College of Louisiana. Maggie has studied abroad in France, Belgium, and Guatemala as a student. She speaks French and has working proficiency in Spanish. In addition, she has traveled in Western Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and Peru. 


Kailey Posterick

Learning Abroad Advisor
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Advisor for College of Business, Engineering, Technology, Natural Science & Mathematics, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Graduate College of Social Work, Medical & Professional Studies, and for Reciprocal Exchanges (REEPs).

Kailey joined Learning Abroad as an Advisor in December 2017. She was born and raised in Houston and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in English and Theology from the University of St. Thomas. While at St. Thomas she was able to study abroad in London and Singapore. She is currently completing her Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston. Prior to Learning Abroad she worked as an International Admissions Counselor. In this role she recruited undergraduate students in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Marisol Gonzalez

Marisol Gonzalez

Executive Secretary
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Marisol joined Learning Abroad as the Executive Secretary in September 2015. Marisol was born in Mexico, but was raised in Houston, TX and is fluent in Spanish. Before joining the Learning Abroad team, Marisol worked for the Houston Independent School District for twenty years, where she held a variety of positions leading her to her last position as the school administrative assistant. Marisol has spent many summers in Mexico and has also traveled to Canada. Marisol plans to continue her education in Business Management and Accounting.


Isabella Benavides

Learning Abroad Student Assistant

Isabella has joined Learning Abroad this summer as our student worker. She was born and raised in Houston, and is currently a junior at the University of Houston. She plans to graduate from the University of Houston in the Fall of 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, and a minor in Journalism. As her academic career progresses she is planning on participating in the Swansea University Exchange Program in the Spring of 2019 where she would be completing an internship on British/European Politics. With her experience at the United Nations and the Texas Asia Society Center, and her passion for interfaith dialogue, immigration, education reform, politics, and law, she plans to attend law school. Through this she aspires to pursue a career in international diplomacy, where she can gear her focus on improving education systems in underprivileged countries.