Meet Our Staff

jay_row3John “Jay” Brennan serves as the CEO for Global Study Connections. Jay holds two advanced degrees including a Master’s in Education. He has worked for over 35 years with a number of private day and boarding schools as: Associate Head of School for External Affairs, Director of Admissions and Residential Life, founder and Head of two Christian schools, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, college counselor, pastor and teacher. Jay and his wife Dottie have hosted international students and parents, in their home in Maine for over twenty years.  Jay has traveled extensively in Asia where he has led seminars on topics such as, “Gaining Entrance Into America’s Top Universities.” and “Twelve Marks of a Good Boarding School.”  He has written for the China Daily, as well as for the Korean newspaper, Chosun.  When in Korea, Jay often has the opportunity to teach at the Kangnam Joongang Baptist Church in S. Korea. In the U.S. he is the teaching pastor of the Dexter First Baptist Church.

Jayme L. Chenoweth in Maine, is the Vice-President of Global Study Connections and serves as its Business Manager. She supervises the placement details with schools and arranges host homes for students. She manages GSC contracts with schools and sending agencies. Jayme coordinates all communication between host parents and the agencies with whom we partner. She also arranges pick-ups at airports and other transportation needs of our students. Jayme is a graduate of Gordon College in Boston with a major in biblical history. She is married with four young boys. You can reach Jayme at 207-420-4998 or jayme@globalstudyconnections.com.

Weijia (Vicky) Shen in Boston and Shenzhen, serves as Vice President for Special Projects. Vicky provides educational materials on the EB-5 immigration program, the Dexter School in Suzhou, short-term programs, summer programs with elementary and middle school students as well as GSC’s marketing and media efforts. Vicky is a graduate of Boston College majoring in history. Vicky can be reached at weijia9461@gmail.com.

Heajung Kang in Seoul (Gangnam), S. Korea, serves as a Student Placement Counselor with Global Study Connections and manages GSC’s work in S. Korea. Heajung graduated from Chung-Ang University with a degree in English Language. Haejung has 20 years experience in working with study abroad programs, placing Korean middle and high school students in schools in the U.S. as well as Canada and Australia. Heajung also works with Korean students who want placement in American universities, particularly art and design schools. You may contact Heajung at heajung.kang@globalstudyconnections.com or 82-010-9936-6361.

Larry Li in Beijing, China, is a Senior Partner with Global Study Connections. Larry studied for 15 years in the US and manages Global Vision in Beijing. GSC and Global Vision collaborate and partner on student placement at private and day schools and American universities and student management of students once they arrive in the US.   Larry also directs and supports GSC’s work on immigration issues for students and their families. You can contact Larry at larryxli@gmail.com.

Ying “Tracy” Tu in Maine and Beijing, China, serves as the Senior Student Care Manager. Tracy graduated from Xi’an Foreign Language University with a major in English. Tracy served as Project Manager for China Garments Group Company for seven years. She then served for 10 years as the Senior International Settlement Manager for the Bank of Communication Beijing. Tracy is married to Alex Zhao and their daughter attends a boarding school in Maine. Tracy can be reached at tyzhwh@sina.com or 207-249-2806 or WeChat: tuying7129.

Myeonghoe Son in Seattle, WA, is Marketing and Communication coordinator. Myeonghoe is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in communications.  She came to the US in 2008 as a high school student after which she completed her University education in the US.   She now resides in Seattle, WA and works on marketing materials for the GSC Korean office.  Her email is: hand923@gmail.com

Amy Chen in Shanghai, China, serves as the manager of Global Study Connections office in Shanghai. Amy has worked with Mr. Brennan for several years and has had the opportunity to get to know the Brennan’s in their home in Maine, where she was able to cook her own Maine Lobster. Amy and GSC collaborate and partner in the placement of middle school, high school, and university students in the US. You can contact Amy at amy-ccc@163.com.

Christina Tien Bui in Bangor Maine, serves as a student management counselor and ESL instructor working with students from Vietnam and international students at Dexter High School. She is completing her Master’s degree in Manangement at Husson University.  She graduated from Hung Vuong Gifted High School of Mathematics, Vietnam. Christina is friendly, outgoing, and a good listener. You may contact Christina at: bttien.93@gmail.com

Paola Pietranozzi in Boston, serves as a Student Management Counselor. Paola is also a faculty member at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA. Paola can be reached at ppietrantozzi@fontbonneacademy.org or 617-512-4142.

Vivien Zhou in Beijing, China, serves as a Student Placement Counselor and translator with Global Study Connections and is located in Beijing, China. Vivien over the past 5 years has served as the Brennan’s translator during their visits to China. Vivien has her undergraduate and Master’s degree from Beijing Foreign Language University in English Literature. She served as the personal assistant and interpreter for Juan Antonio Samaranch, former President of the International Olympic Committee. Vivien is ready to work with Chinese parents and students in helping them in the application process to middle and high schools in the U.S. as well as American universities. You may contact Vivien at maidouzi@hotmail.com or 86-158-1001-7785.

Yuou WU in Washington, DC, serves as an intern.  Julie is a student at Georgetown University and a graduate of The Stony Brook School. Yuou served as a coordinator in the 2016 GSC Summer English Institute and continues to support GSC with translation work and marketing materials for China.

Yuxuan “Julia” Zhao in Bangor, Maine and Shenzhen, China, serves as a student Intern.  Julia is a student at John Bapst Memorial High School and is in her third year of studies in the US.  Julia has played a supportive role in GSC’s Summer English Institute in Maine and Boston.  She currently coordinates volunteer work to benefit the students at the Tuungane School in Congo, Africa.

Yinuo “Anna” XU in Bangor, Maine and Nanning, China, serves as a student Intern.  Anna is a student at Bentley University majoring in Business Management and is in her fifth year of studies in the US.  Anna served as a volunteer intern in the 2016 Summer English Institute in Maine and Boston.  She currently coordinates tutoring services for Chinese students.

Chengmiao “Iris” HE in Suzhou, China, serves as a volunteer student Intern.  Iris is a student at Dexter Suzhou High School in Suzhou, China and is in her third year of studies.  iris has played a supportive role in GSC’s 2018 Summer English Institute in Maine and Boston.  She currently provides clerical support and translation support to the staff in Maine.

Irene Pagano in Connecticut, serves as a Homestay Coordinator working with students, host families and school staff.  Irene is a host parent herself.  She has a professional background in the Health Industry and the Banking Industry. Irene can be reached at: erainia_miranda@yahoo.com and at: 203-428-5480.

Hae Jin Lee in Seoul, S. Korea, is a co-founder of Global Study Connections. Ms. Lee attended high school in America both under a J-1 Visa and F-1 Visa. She attended Bentley University and Husson University and holds both a BS and MBA degree.   She works in Korea and consults with GSC. You can reach Hae Jin at: haejin@globalstudyconnections.com

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