Meet your GSE Team to Italy in May 2012
Nina Furstenau, team leader
Nina is a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Ag Journalism and Jour-nalism Schools. She has served as vice president and president of the Fayette Rotary Club, fund raising chair, and international youth exchange counselor. Her current writing projects are a book on the regional food and wine of Missouri and a food memoir based on growing up in Kansas as part of an Indian family. She and her hus-band owned and managed a publishing company in Kansas City, Missouri, until 2000. She enjoys the food, wine, and table customs of a country and feels they are the key to culture, values, and regional history.
Stephanie works as a fundraising, special events and grant writing specialist at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. She received her master’s in communication from Drury University and has helped with Rotary’s Rock n’ Ribs event since 2009, as well as served as a past president of Rotaract, Springfield. Among her goals is to see how a local college can benefit individuals and communi-ties internationally. Stephanie feels strongly that immersing in another culture can change your life and inspire your outlook.
Teah works with Missouri winemakers and winery owners as part of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board in Jefferson City. She attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and graduated with a Master of Arts in Communication. Teah’s emphasis on intercultural communication will be put to work in Italy! She has long been interested in travel and other cultures and loves to study wine and its place in culture as well as teach others what she learns.
Jill works with Missouri beginning farmers as part of the University of Missouri Division of Agriculture and Social Sciences in Columbia, where she received as Master’s in Rural Sociology. She grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and is passion-ate about food and agriculture. She will use the GSE experience to focus on interna-tional models of agricultural entrepreneurship that will directly enhance the Missouri programs she offers. She hopes to share her experience with the beginning Missouri farmers she works with and with our Rotary clubs upon her return.
Michael works as a loan officer for the VA Mortgage Center in Columbia. He has a passion for all things international and interpersonal and hopes to strengthen what he learned gaining a bachelor’s in business as well as international studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He tasted international culture while studying abroad in Spain his senior year at MU and knew that diversifying his personal expe-riences would be a key factor in his professional life. He likes the notion of discov-ery, and wants to be of service to others.