Announcing New Leadership for Study Abroad and Global Experiences Office


Left to right: Vannia Ruiz, Joanna Branham, Leila Ayala Camacho, Kara Parsons, Lisandra Jimenez, Robyn Brighton

A message from Karen Borglum, Assistant Vice President, Curriculum and Assessment

With Jennifer Robertson’s move to executive dean of the new Poinciana Campus from her previous role as director of Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE), Academic Affairs conducted a thorough review of its internal capacity and decided to restructure some of our internal positions with the support and approval of senior leadership.

Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that Robyn Brighton, director of curriculum initiatives, will take on the functions of the SAGE Office in addition to Service Learning and LinC. Through her work with LinC and Service Learning, Robyn has gained tremendous experience with curriculum integration that will serve the college as we move forward with internationalizing our curriculum. Additionally, there has been an interest in international service learning trips, which aligns with work we are currently doing with study abroad.

Robyn has been with Valencia College since 2007 and has previously held positions within the Learning Support division in addition to teaching the former Student Success course. She has more than five years of experience with building and sustaining academic initiatives and recently co-developed and implemented the inaugural Academic Initiative Review (AIR) process to establish a systematic way for the college to evaluate internal initiatives.

Under Robyn’s leadership, LinC offerings have accelerated to more than 400 pairings from 2006-2016, and student enrollment in a Service Learning course has increased more than 500 percent over a three-year time span. Robyn received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Central Florida, and she is currently completing her Education Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Capella University.

In addition, Kara Parsons has been named as manager, study abroad programs, and she will coordinate short-term study abroad programs. Kara recently earned her master’s degree in educational leadership and has a background in study abroad and student affairs. She has experience in helping to organize the contractual, financial and administrative components of the SAGE study abroad programs and will serve faculty and students well. 

Finally, Vannia Ruiz, a Valencia graduate and current UCF student, will be moving from part-time to full-time in her role as administrative assistant to support the office. Lisandra Jimenez will continue to serve as the part-time staff assistant II for the Florida Consortium for International Education.

We all wish Jennifer the best in her new role at Valencia, and we welcome Robyn into this new role. Please direct all SAGE correspondence to Robyn Brighton at or extension 3895.


  • Karen Cowden said:

    What exciting changes for all of the team, and congratulations, Robyn.

    AMWed, 06 Apr 2016 08:10:58 +0000Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:10:58 +0000am16,8:10 am

  • Noelia Maldonado said:

    Congratulations to Robyn and Kara on their new roles! They are both incredible folks to work with, and their leadership with ensure SAGE continues to be the success that it is now.

    AMThu, 07 Apr 2016 11:45:29 +0000Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:45:29 +0000am16,11:45 am

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