Costa Rica Program

Faculty and Staff

Pablo Chaverri, Adjunct Faculty
Pablo has an M.S. in Cognitive Science and a graduate degree in Social Work. He has worked for several universities and social programs for 16 years. He worked for six years as professor and Director of Service Learning at Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT). He currently works as a researcher and professor for the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies on Childhood and Adolescence (INEINA) at Universidad Nacional, where he has been doing qualitative and quantitative research in different topics such as child labor, education, public policy, foster care, systems of protection and human development. Concerning higher education, he has worked for EARTH University as professor and coordinator of the Leadership Program, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) as professor and student advisor, Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED) as professor, and Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) as professor.

Jessica Clark, Adjunct Faculty
Jessica holds an M.Litt. in English Literature and a B.A. and graduate degree (Licenciatura) in Advertising from the University of Costa Rica. She has worked as an advertiser, scriptwriter, and speechwriter in the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, D.C. She is also a published science fiction writer.

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, Adjunct Faculty
Natasha holds a Ph.D. in English with a focus on Africa/African Diasporic Literature and History. Born in New York of Central American/Caribbean parentage, Natasha lives in Costa Rica as a full-time writer and independent scholar. Her scholarly research focuses on slavery and its impact. She is currently completing a historical fiction novel on 17th century slavery in Costa Rica, which includes a revisioning of the Black Madonna narrative. She writes a monthly column called “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” for the Tico Times: http://www.ticotimes.net/categories/musings-from-an-afro-costa-rican.

Gilberth Granados, Administrative Assistant
Gilberth is part of the administrative team at the Costa Rica Center where he is the primary person to cover the reception area, manages the library circulation, collaborates with daily logistical tasks, and provides overall support to the administrative and academic teams as well as students. He also provides support for the field trips and for technical assistance with the office equipment.

Marcello Hernández, Adjunct Faculty
Marcello is part of the group of experts of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), works as a research fellow at the International Center of Economic Policy for Sustainable Development (CINPE) of the National University of Costa Rica (UNA), and is the co-chair for Central America of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). Marcello is currently a Ph.D. scholar in Resources, Environment and Development at the Australian National University, holds an M.S. in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the University of Edinburgh, an M.A. in Environmental Management from the Interamerican University of Costa Rica and a B.A. in Industrial Engineering. He has worked mainly as an international environmental consultant for the past eight years and as a conservation photographer.

Mihir Kanade, Adjunct Faculty
Mihir is currently the director of the UPEACE Human Rights Centre and an assistant professor in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. Prior to his pursuit in academia, Mihir practiced for several years as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court, focusing on issues of fundamental human rights violations. He has served as a legal adviser to many human rights organizations in India and has represented them before different courts and tribunals in criminal, constitutional, and labor cases. His principal area of academic research and study is Human Rights and Globalization.

Rachel Magruder, International Program Administrator
Rachel graduated from Long Island University – Global College in 2014 with a B.A. in Global Studies and a focus on non-profit management. She wrote her senior thesis on the intersection of religion and politics in modern Turkey. She has worked for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America and Refugee Services of Texas. She now works full time with LIU Global as International Program Administrator in the Costa Rica Center and Europe Program.

Sarah Moran, Costa Rica Center Director and Assistant Dean of LIU Global
Sarah holds an M.S. in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Social Sciences and secondary teaching certification from the University of Michigan. She has worked with the Costa Rica Center of LIU Global for over 11 years. Prior to that, she worked for 8 years as Training Director for Peace Corps Costa Rica after several years of experience as a technical and cross-cultural trainer. In Chicago, she worked in adult education with institutions of higher education (Chicago City Colleges and Northeastern Illinois University) as well as with community organizations and the union representing the adult educators of City Colleges. Originally from Evanston, Illinois, she has lived and worked in Costa Rica for over 22 years.

Maria Sandberg, Student Services Coordinator and Field Trip Assistant
Maria was born and raised in Sweden. She holds a B.A in International Relations from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and an M.A in Human Rights and Peace Education from La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica.

Alexandra Tuai, Student Services & Field Coordinator
Alex is a graduate of LIU Global (Class of 2015) where she focused on international affairs and transculturation. Besides working with LIU Global, she also volunteers with the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving and solo traveling.

Oscar Ugalde, Administrative Coordinator and LIU Global Finance Officer
Oscar has a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) in Costa Rica, an M.A. in Development Economics from the Institute of Social Studies Netherlands, an M.B.A. in Finance and also in International Trade from ULACIT, Costa Rica., and a B.A. in Economics from Clark University. He is also a part-time professor of economics, finance and development at ULACIT’s master's and bachelor's programs.

Marimar Zeledón, Custodian
Marimar is responsible for cleaning the center and is the available staff member on Saturdays.

Maria José (Mari) Zúñiga, Social Media and Communications Coordinator
Maria José supervises students in media positions around the world, directs and creates content for the LIU Global Social media platforms, and works in video editing, graphic design and photography. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marketing. She has worked with large marketing companies in Costa Rica and the U.S., is currently studying Japanese Language, and is pursuing a specialty degree in Neuromarketing at the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica.