Global Engagement

Meet the Team


The Global Engagement Team


Mark Meehan 

 Mark W. Meehan, Ph.D. 

Dr. Meehan serves as Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Associate Professor of Education and Business. He has traveled to nearly fifty countries, including teaching courses for American students in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, China, Taiwan, and India. His first book will be titled, “Islam, Modernity, and the Liminal Space Between,” published by Cambridge Scholars Press. He is currently writing “Learning from Islam: An American Christian in the Middle East.” Read his complete faculty bio

 Dey Barriga 

 Dey Barriga 

Dey Barriga has worked at Rivier University for twelve years, currently serving as International Student Advisor and Senior Associate for Global Engagement. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree in Centro Escolar University, Philippines. She is grateful for her role in advising international students and to be a part of the Global Engagement team. Dey is also the advisor for the Indian and Chinese Student Association at Rivier University. Dey is dedicated to providing a highly personal approach to help international students adjust to life at Rivier University through immigration, personal, social and cultural advising.  


Pavani Padala 

Pavani Padala, Graduate Assistant at Office of Global Engagement persuing Master of Computer Information System. She belongs from the city of pearls "Hyderabad", India. An active member of Indian Student Association at Rivier University who love to be spirited in organizing and participating in cultural and educational events, have got chance to travel different parts of India as well as Thailand. Now getting set to explore new places in USA.


Alley DeSantis 

Alley is a sophomore nursing student at Rivier, and also works as an anatomy tutor. She went on the biology trip to Costa Rica and it has made her very interested in the rest of the world. Alley now wants to expand her experiences by going on more teaching trips and studying abroad. She is excited to be working with the Office of Global Engagement so she can experience more culture and interactions with international students.



Chloe is a Nursing major enrolled in the Global Scholars honors program, and works in the Office of Global Engagement as a Student Ambassador. She has traveled to many places inside the borders of the U.S. but plans on broadening those borders in her upcoming years of school at Rivier. She hopes to be able to take part in at least one Teaching Trip offered by the OGE over the course of the next three years, and is anxious to attend her senior study abroad trip to West Senegal, Africa.

Tia Strong 

Tia Strong 

Tia is a junior Sociology major, minoring in social work. She is a Student Ambassador in our office as well as a Peer Mentor for the Student Success Program. She has traveled many places in New England and will be studying abroad in Galway, Ireland for the spring semester. She plans to travel and see as much of the world as she can.


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