Meet the Staff
Lisa Barnard, Director
Lisa Barnard is Director of the Office of Global Programs in the Smith School
of Business, University of Maryland. She built the Smith short-term abroad programs
from two a year to now an average of 20 undergraduate and graduate programs a year.
She also oversees the incoming and incoming business exchange student program (graduate
and undergraduate) as well as hosting groups from Korea, Australia, Israel and China.
The Smith School of Business now represents the largest population of UMD students
Ms. Barnard is an alumna of the Smith School, achieving her MBA/MS degree in
International Business and Human Capital Management in 2000. She lived abroad for
one year when she participated in the IIE/USAID program Emerging Market Development
Advisors in 1998/99, placed with the Grenada Chamber of Commerce along with nine
other advisors in the Eastern Caribbean; the project goal was to bolster good business
practices and strengthen microcredit institutions. She authored a case study on
the experience, published in 2000.
Lisa grew up in Alabama and received her B.A. in English, from Emory University
in Atlanta. She then lived in the San Francisco Bay Area of California for five
years before moving to the Baltimore/Washington area in 1996. Lisa has travelled
to Mexico, Argentina, all over the Caribbean, Canada, England, Scotland, France,
Italy, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium,
The Czech Republic, Greece, Ghana, South Africa, Tahiti, India and China.
She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband, three kids, a dog and various other
Phone: 301-405-9575; Email:
Claudia Donnelly, Assistant Director
Donnelly is the Assistant Director for the Office of Global Programs at the
Robert H. Smith School of Business, coordinating the graduate and undergraduate
short term study abroad programs and the special study tours for visiting
foreign universities. In addition, Ms. Donnelly is the Assistant Director of the
Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program of College Park Scholars, a
special living-learning by-invitation only program for UMD freshman and
sophomores. Claudia helped BSE add an international component to its curriculum
in 2009 with a short term study course to the United Arab Emirates, and since
then has helped organize and has accompanied students in the BSE program to
Singapore and Malaysia and Australia.
Claudia received her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio
University and her undergraduate degree in Communication from Rutgers
University. She is a first generation American and recognizes the unique
opportunities and responsibilities that go along with this. She grew up on Long
Island, New York, enjoys living in Maryland with her husband and family, but
still misses being just minutes from the beach.
Phone: 301-405-0200; Email:
Christopher Olson, Program Coordinator
Chris coordinates the semester programs (undergraduate and graduate) for the
Office of Global Programs. He serves as the main point of contact for both outgoing
and incoming exchange students participating on the Smith School of Business exchange
Chris' international experiences began with a semester program in Paris as an
undergraduate at the George Washington University. After graduation, he returned
to France as an English teaching assistant working in a middle and high school in
Tours – about two hours southwest of Paris. While in France, he traveled extensively
throughout Europe and developed a taste for extravagant pastries and Wiener Schnitzel.
He’s traveled extensively throughout France and also to Italy, England, Spain, Germany,
Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, Mexico, and of course, Canada.
While at GW, Chris studied international affairs at the Elliott School. Combined
with his experiences abroad, he is excited to be able to help American and international
students have similarly impactful opportunities.
Originally from the Boston area, Chris has lived in DC since 2004.
Phone: 301-405-4824; Email: