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 email@example.com or call (919) 513-0105.
David McNeill is the Associate Director of 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 513-0105.
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's 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 Xiamen University Summer Academic Program for students.
You can reach Shiqin at email@example.com
Sheenal joined the GTI in June 2010 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 513-01015.
Ilin joined the GTI in July 2010, first as a teaching assistant and now as a program coordinator. She received her Master's of International Studies (MIS) from NC State where she specialized in international communications. Before coming to NC State, Ilin 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 graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from New York University where she received the Don R. Mellett Prize for broadcast journalism. Ilin is also an adjunct faculty member at William Peace University.
Ilin oversees the SKEMA US campus program and is also the primary coordinator for the BARDA program.
You can reach Ilin at email@example.com
Xu joined the GTI in October 2012. He holds a Master’s 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.
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 J-1 Student Internship program and provides support to the various GTI programs.
You can reach Milagro at email@example.com or call (919) 515-4088.
Kristine joined the GTI in August 2011, first as a teaching assistant and now as a program specialist. She has more than six years of experience in international development, with extensive time spent abroad both participating in and leading/coordinating international programming. Her areas of interest are in human agency and empowerment, health systems, sustainable agriculture, and livelihood security. She is a Masters of International Studies candidate at NC State University, specializing in Rural Development, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and International Studies from NC State, where she received the 2009 Poole College of Management Board of Advisors Outstanding Student Award. Kristine also serves as the Director of Operations for ACIPP West Africa.
Kristine oversees the International Cultural Leadership Project and works with SKEMA, BARDA, and other grant programs.
You can email Kristine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 513-2207.
Will joined the GTI in April 2011 as a program assistant with the BARDA program. He also provides support for the various student, professional training, and special programs. Will has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental