Professional Staff

Naomi Olson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Study Abroad Director

Education Ph.D. Slavic Languages & Literatures, UW Madison 

B.A. Russian, Grinnell College
International experience: 
Taught writing, language, and culture classes abroad (Moscow, Russia, and Malawi, Africa) and in the U.S. (UW-Madison, DU). Traveled extensively; lived in Russia, Ukraine, Malawi, and New Zealand
Favorite part of Regis: Engaged students willing to seek out challenges
Favorite thing about living in Denver: People here are eager to make meaningful friendships

Lisa Hertel, M.A., ISSS Coordinator

Education: M.A. Psychology, Regis University
B.A. Music, Fort Hays State University
B.S. Anthropology, University of New Mexico
International experience:
Traveled abroad to Western Europe & the UK. Has advised international students and scholars since 2008
Favorite part of Regis: Our beautiful campus and Jesuit-based education
Favorite thing about living in Denver: The outdoor recreation that so many of us take advantage of here

Sherri MontagneAdministrative Coordinator

B.S. Political Science, Colorado State University
International experience:
Traveled abroad to Ireland, Canada, and Mexico
Has assisted Regis’ international and study abroad students since 2015
Favorite part of Regis: Our students, our mission and our trees.
Favorite thing about living in Denver: Red Rocks, the hiking trails, and 300 days of sunshine

Student Workers

Annabel Nakalema, MBA (Graduate level)

Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Favorite thing about Regis: The sense of community is phenomenal. Everyone is so happy and willing to help if one needs it. 
Most memorable experience studying in the U.S.: The exposure to different cultures and different states. The different weather patterns leave one in awe coming from a tropical country.
Advice to international students coming to Regis: Embrace the different cultures and the diversity of coming to Regis. Be open to learning about yourself and other people. 

Annika Bultema,Nursing major (Junior)

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Study Abroad experience: Seoul, South Korea (ISEP)
Most memorable experience studying abroad: Friends and food!
Advice to those who want to study abroad: Be open to trying new things and making new friends.
In her free time: I love hanging out with friends and relaxing.


Marie Reynolds,Psychology major/Spanish minior (Senior)

Hometown: Norman, OK
Study Abroad experience: Cusco, Peru (ISA)
Most memorable experience studying abroad: Having the opportunity to explore something new in Cusco every weekend. Whether that meant taking trains and planes to other cities or just walking around the neighborhood, they were some of the most enriching times of my life.
Advice to those who want to study abroad: Be curious and say yes to new adventures! Interact with locals and really try to delve into your surroundings; remember to pause and take in what’s around you.
In her free time: Hiking, camping, getting into a good book, drinking coffee and spending time with family and friends.

Meghan Davenport,Health & Exercise Science major/Religious Studies minor (Senior)

Hometown: Denver, CO
Study Abroad experience: Salzburg, Austria (ISA)
Most memorable experience studying abroad: Hiking a local mountain - the Gaisberg. Along the way we got lost several times, stumbled into Austrians’ backyards and finally reached the top where people were paragliding off the mountain and drinking beers.
Advice to those who want to study abroad: Take the leap and you would be surprised at how much you can do and how much you will learn about yourself and the beauty of exploration. So take up every opportunity and experience because you do not know the impact that it will have on you or locals.  
In her free time: Being in the mountains, playing board games and doing crafts.