Meet the GTI Team
Michael Bustle is the Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs at NC State University. He is also Director of the Global Training Initiative (GTI). He has worked in various capacities with international students, scholars, and international programs at several U.S. institutions (Vanderbilt University, UNC Chapel Hill, etc.) for more than twenty years. Following his graduation from the University of Florida with a degree in anthropological linguistics, he spent several years teaching English in Japan. He has visited more than 20 countries in the last 25 years and spent two summers as a young man working in the Amazon. When not engaged in administrative duties, Michael enjoys teaching in the classroom (particularly about US Culture), assisting international students and scholars with problems or questions, being involved with cross-cultural programs, and both learning about and sharing people's stories.
You can email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 513-0105.
David McNeill is the Associate Director of the GTI and works as the principal instructor, program developer, advisor, and coordinator of all GTI programs. He has worked in the university setting for nearly 20 years largely with student leadership development and international student programs. He holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with a minor in Middle Eastern affairs. His master's degree is in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in the use of logic and reason in the interpretation of Biblical texts in both their original language and English. He worked and lived in Turkey for three years as the director of Carquest automotive parts company's liaison office. He has trained hundreds of students and staff in the areas of leadership development, inter-cultural communication and small group dynamics. He has also developed and implemented two international summer study abroad programs consisting of students living in the homes of Turkish families and Tunisian families and engaging the culture. He has managed large budgets and hired and supervised numerous teams of staff in the non-profit sector. Of all his roles in GTI, the one he enjoys the most is his interactions with international students from cultures around the world.
You can email David at email@example.com or call (919) 513-0105.
Ilin is the Assistant Director of the GTI and is primarily responsible for the marketing and communications of the unit as well as program assessments. She joined the GTI in July 2010, first as a teaching assistant and then the program coordinator for the SKEMA and BARDA programs where she helped develop and grow the International Cultural Leadership Project (ICLP). Ilin obtained her Master of International Studies (MIS) from NC State where she specialized in international communications. She has enjoyed studying, traveling, and conducting research in Europe and Asia. Before coming to NC State, she worked as an award-winning journalist for news organizations throughout the U.S. including CNN International, Bloomberg News, the local NBC affiliate in Alaska, and North Carolina's statewide 24-hour cable news station: News 14 Carolina. Ilin holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from New York University where she received the Don R. Mellett Prize for broadcast journalism. She is also an adjunct faculty member at William Peace University. Ilin enjoys working with the visiting international students as well as the NC State student leadership through the ICLP, and she is proud to see them develop and grow during their time at NC State.
You can email Ilin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 515-0118.
Director of China Programs
Shiqin joined the GTI in December 2010. She came to NC State University after working as a program director of Communities In Schools of Orange County. During her time there, Shiqin was the lead coordinator in designing a multi-year education program funded by the US Department of Education. Shiqin also has several years of experience working as an international division specialist for the Trademark Office of China, focusing on international trademark protection and management of trademark-related training programs. Shiqin holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from NC State and a bachelor's degree from China University of Political Science and Law. She is also a doctoral candidate in NC State's College of Education.
Shiqin oversees the Chinese professional training programs and the Summer Academic Program for students.
You can reach Shiqin at email@example.com
Melissa Edwards Smith
SKEMA Program Coordinator
Melissa joined the GTI in June 2014, after spending more than a decade leading short-term immersion study programs for professionals for the UNC agency, the Center for International Understanding. Melissa has led hundreds of policy, health, and community leaders on programs to the heart of Mexico, through the award-winning Latino Initiative program which aims to help integrate Latinos and other immigrants into the fabric of NC communities. She also directed policy leader programs for legislators and business leaders to China, India, Mexico and the European Union on topics that are important to the economic success of of NC.
Melissa is passionate about helping North Carolinians discover the importance of appreciating global connections to their everyday worlds, and in helping international visitors appreciate the richness and warm of North Carolina. Melissa was fortunate enough to study abroad in several countries in Latin America, spending much of her time conducting research while living in Mayan villages of Belize and Guatemala. She holds a master's degree in International Studies from East Carolina University and a M.Ed., Adult and Continuing Education from NC State University. She is delighted to be contributing to the management of the SKEMA program and helping coordinate the activities of the International Cultural Leadership Project (ICLP).
You can reach Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 513-2207.
KAUST Program Coordinator
Tim joined the GTI in June 2014. Before coming to NC State University, he spent more than 18 years living and working internationally in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He grew up in North Carolina and received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with a minor in History, from Miami University in Ohio. His international experience includes training and organizing students, overseeing refugee and immigrant resettlement as well as helping advocate for their rights, prisoner education and reintegration into society, as well as inter-religious dialogue and peace-making.
Tim’s primary duties include overseeing the KAUST Gifted Student Program and working with the SKEMA program.
You can reach Tim at email@example.com
Xu joined the GTI in October 2012. He holds a Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State and a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University of Bio-systems Engineering. Xu came to NC State through the GTI's 3+X program, which is a collaboration between NC State and Zhejiang University. During his time as a student, he was an active leader in Chinese Student and Scholar Fellowship Association (CSSFA) on campus. He also served as secretary general in the Chinese American Biosciences Association in North Carolina (CABA-NC).
Xu works with the various Chinese professional training programs, especially those focusing on biopharmaceuticals.
You can email Xu at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 645-7896.
Sheenal joined the GTI in June 2013 after working for several years as the Administrative Support Specialist in the NC State University Communications office. Before then, she worked with University Housing as an Assignments Coordinator for Wolf Village. Sheenal is also an author, videographer, and the founder of an event-planning business.
Sheenal oversees the GTI's financial, HR, and logistical processes as well as provides support for all of the GTI's events and programs.
You can reach Sheenal at email@example.com or call (919) 513-0105.
Milagro joined the GTI in March 2013. Before coming to GTI, she worked for more than 20 years in different administrative positions in the Soil Science Department, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences International Programs, and the Office of International Services. Before coming to NC State she served as Spanish Liaison for the US Air Force in Spain.
Milagro primarily works with the GTI's Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) and the J-1 Student Internship program. She also provides support to the various GTI programs.
You can reach Milagro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 515-4088.
Will joined the GTI in April 2011 as a program assistant with the GTI. He also provides support for the various student, professional training, and special programs. Will has a bachelor's degree in Environmental