American Councils Staff

Dr. Doug Reardon
Director, Overseas Flagship Programs and NSEP Language Initiatives

Doug served as the Director of International Programs at Coppin State University from 2008-2018 and Chair of the Department of Humanities from 2014-2018. Throughout his career, Doug has been a leading advocate of internationalization and overseas study. At Coppin State, he created the university's Global Studies Major; established new study abroad programs in  Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; developed the university’s overseas crises management plan; and designed and managed federally funded projects for undergraduate study and research in Thailand, Burma, Mongolia, Ghana, St. Kitts, and Barbados. His management experience includes oversight of roughly 120 classes per semester, as well as the supervision of four academic program coordinators, twenty-two faculty, two administrative staff members, and twenty lecturers. Doug completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Maryland, where he wrote his dissertation on forced migration in Eastern Europe; an M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University; and a B.S.F.S. at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Studies. He has studied and worked  in the Czech Republic, Japan, France, Russia, and Ukraine, among a wide array of other countries.

Ms. Merritt Huang
Program Manager, Chinese Overseas Flagship Program

Prior to her work with American Councils for International Education, Merritt worked for the University of Minnesota for six years, where she served as the Associate Program Director for the Global Executive MBA Programs at the university’s Carlson School of Management. She also worked for the University of Minnesota's China Center for several years, where she managed and led professional development training programs and short-term study abroad programs for Chinese university administrators and students. Prior to her time in Minnesota, Merritt lived and worked in Beijing for four years developing marketing and communications strategies for a Chinese firm and supporting nonprofit and academic initiatives. Merritt has professional experience in Chinese-English translation of difficult source material, and authored a chapter in the recently released book "The Rise of China-U.S. International Cooperation in Higher Education." Her chapter focused on the mental health challenges of international students in both China and the U.S., and how these challenges are directly impacted by culture and acculturation. She earned her M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Chinese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is fluent in written and spoken Chinese.

Ms. Sandy Lee
Program Officer, Chinese Overseas Flagship Program

Sandy is dedicated to expanding access to higher and intercultural education for first generation and minority students. In her current role with American Councils for International Education, she supports a caseload of 100 applicants and 75 participants from 12 U.S. partner universities each year. Sandy has prior expereince as a Litigation Project Assistant with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr and as an Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies Intern within the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier. She also has extensive volunteer experience with international education organizations, such as AFS Intercutlural Programs, Youth for Understanding, and Fund for Education Abroad. Sandy has a B.A. from Wesleyan University in East Asian Studies and History and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Georgetown University. She is fluent in written and spoken Chinese