Dean Foster, President
As President of DFA, Dean Foster conducts cross-cultural training worldwide and consults on intercultural business issues with most Fortune 500 companies in the United States and around the globe. For over twenty-five years, Dean has played a major role in the development of the intercultural training field. Formerly, he was founder and Managing Director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural Worldwide, Vice President GMAC/Windham Intercultural, and founder of Cross-Cultural Consulting Associates, New York. Dean is a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC and other TV and radio shows, and keynotes at major international professional conferences.
Dean has written many articles, the four-part Global Etiquette Guide book series, as well as Bargaining Across Borders, which the American Library Association voted as one of the top ten business books of 1994.
He is a Contributing Editor for National Geographic Traveler, writing the CultureWise monthly column, and Senior Contributing Editor for the International webpage of Monster.com. Dean presents at many educational institutions such as Harvard and is on faculty at the Intercultural Management Institute at American University. Dean has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Sheryl Foster, Vice President
Sheryl Foster is Vice President and co-founder of DFA. Working with Dean Foster in the intercultural training field for over twenty-five years, she was co-founder and Vice President of Cross-Cultural Consulting Associates, NY, Director of Berlitz Cross-Cultural North America and Director of New Product Development for Berlitz Publishing. Most recently, she served as Director of Client Services at GMAC/Windham Global Relocation Services, directing international account managers responsible for coordinating all relocation services for international corporate clients.
Sheryl is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management and the Employee Relocation Council.
Francois Longeiret, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
François Longeiret joined DFA in 2009 and since August 2010 has served as Vice president, Sales and Marketing. In 1987, François relocated from Marseille, France to the Baltimore-Washington DC area, where he spent eighteen years. Not only did he change countries, but also changed careers after eight years in the finance industry. He joined Berlitz International, first as a French Language Instructor, and then worked his way up to LC Director and helped the world communicate there for over twenty years.
As LC Director in various locations in the Mid-Atlantic region and finally Atlanta, GA, François managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations of more than 260 instructors and administrative staff from all over the world. He was responsible for management, sales and marketing, service and quality control.
François holds a French Professional Diploma in Banking and Finance. He is bi-lingual French/English. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management and the Employee Relocation Council.
Cody Montgomery, Director, Sales and Marketing, Northeast Region
Cody Montgomery is Director, Sales and Marketing, Northeast Region. Born and raised in New York City, Cody completed his degrees in Political Science and Economics from Villanova University. He divided his professional career between New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia over the last 20 years. Cody has managed virtual global teams from Europe, Asia and Latin America, having to support international projects in the technology sector, human resources administration, global mobility and external communications while working at Sprint, ADP, Findlay International or Location One.
He participated in multiple management trainings and workshops for high level managers. Cody currently resides and works in Manhattan.
Joe McClure, Director, Sales and Marketing, Midwest Region
Joe McClure is Director, Sales and Marketing, Midwest Region and is also a Senior Trainer at DFA. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and began his career in Human Resources at GM’s Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport, NY. Joe moved to Detroit in 1977 and was involved in bringing the personnel function into the computer age with the launch of GM’s first Human Resources system. In 1981, Joe and his family moved to Zaragoza, Spain where he served as the Manager of Human Resources and Expatriate services for over three years.
Joe repatriated to the International Assignment Services staff of GM in 1984 and worked in various capacities within that staff including Manager of International Policy Development for more than 1250 expatriates.
Teh Kheng Wah, Director, Sales and Marketing, Asia
Kheng Wah Teh is Director, Sales & Marketing, Asia at DFA. He is bilingual in English and Chinese and possesses an extensive knowledge of the regional Asian market. He began his career in marketing and spent 7 years with The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as Technical Instructor in the field of Avionics. Kheng Wah joined Tetra Pak in 1982 as Technical Instructor and held several management positions including Training Manager and Senior Manager, Training Management over a 23-year tenure.
Kheng Wah graduated from Ngee Ann Technical College (Ngee Ann Polytechnics) in 1972 with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering. He is trained on Systematic Selection Process (SSP) where he played a vital role in recruiting technical personnel. He is also certified to use both (PI) Predictive Index® and DiSC ® Classic profiling tools in behavioral analysis. He holds a B.A. degree from The International Management Centre in Buckingham, UK and a Diploma in Marketing from The Institute of Marketing, UK.
Doron Neev, Director, Sales and Marketing, Israel
Doron Neev is Director, Sales and Marketing, Israel and a Certified trainer at DFA. Doron has consulted and advised on global HR mobility issues such as compensation and benefits, organizational development, HR policy development, cultural adjustment, etc., for major global multinational organizations working in and with Israel.
He was the first HR & Administration Manager for Scitex Europe S.A. in Brussels, and then Corporate Affairs Manager for Scitex HQ in Israel, one of Israel’s largest Hi-Tech companies. Prior to his Scitex positions, Doron served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, as Attaché to the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN in Geneva for nearly 6 years.
Doron has an M.A. in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University and holds a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Nicole Barile, Executive Director
Nicole Barile is Executive Director at DFA. She is also an intercultural consultant specializing in the U.S. and Latin America. Nicole holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific & Intercultural Communications Institute and a B.A. in Global Economic Relations. She earned her Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) while in Guadalajara, Mexico and has taught English to non-native speakers. She is a member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), the New York chapter of the Society of International Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), and the Intercultural Management Institute at American University, where she was also a presenter. Nicole has been published in Global HR News, MOBILITY magazine, and Intercultural Management Quarterly. She has lived in Argentina and Mexico and speaks conversational Spanish and Portuguese.
Matthew Greenbaum, Director, Technology & Marketing Solutions
Matthew Greenbaum is Director, Technology & Marketing Solutions at DFA. He began his career in the intercultural industry in 2005 and has since worked in both the intercultural and financial industries before making his way to DFA. He earned his M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver) and his B.A. in French & International Business from the University of Maryland. He has lived and worked in France and speaks conversational French. Matthew is a member of the B’nai B’rith Global Round Table and the World Music Institute.
Roziel Raeburn, Senior Program Manager
Roziel Raeburn is a Senior Program Manager at DFA and is responsible for the coordination of intercultural trainings and the development of youth program materials. When Roziel is not on her regular job, she finds herself being actively involved at her church. Presently, she is Director of Youth Programs and Outreach at Fresh Springs Ministries, a community oriented church, located in Brooklyn, New York. As Youth Director, she plans programs and conducts training sessions geared towards young people in the church and in the neighborhood. She is passionate about being a role model to young people, and believes that investing in our young people through training, education and mentoring is critical for their future success.
Laila Boujoual, Senior Program Manager
Laila Boujoual is a Senior Program Manager at DFA and is responsible for the coordination of intercultural trainings. She comes to us from Kenitra, Morocco. She studied law at Agdal University in Rabat, and speaks fluent Arabic, as well as conversational French. She has a background in finance and client management in the US. Laila has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa.
Michelle Mara, Program Manager
Michelle Mara is a Program Manager at DFA and is responsible for program coordination and the development of program materials. She holds a B.A. from Northeastern University in International Affairs & Journalism and an M.A. from NYU in International Education and Cross-Cultural Exchange. Michelle’s work experience in higher education and international business has provided her with a background uniquely suited to her position at DFA.
She speaks conversational Spanish and has plans to build upon her Italian and Russian language knowledge in the future. Michelle believes strongly in the adage “to get respect, you must first give it,” and believes it is a concept that is not only applicable to life in general but one that must be understood by all people traveling to live, work or study abroad.
Fabrizio Spademan, Program Manager
Fabrizio Spademan is a Program Manager at DFA. He is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College with a B.A. in Chinese History, and speaks conversational Mandarin. Following graduation, he spent several years coordinating family and community programs with the YMCA, before making a full time move to Beijing to assist in developing a youth-leadership program. Having joined the DFA team, he is looking forward to continuing his international involvement. Fabrizio is a member of the Asia Society, and a trainer for the International Award for Young People.
Idan Neev, Program Manager
Idan Neev is a Program Manager at DFA and is responsible for the coordination of intercultural trainings. He received his B.A. in Behavioral Science from Netanya Academic College and his Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) certification from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. After Graduation, Idan worked for several years in the Global HR and Relocation industries where he managed a significant number of both inbound and outbound expatriate moves. Idan is Israeli but was born in Belgium. He is fluent in Hebrew and has travelled to more than 30 countries. Idan recently relocated with his wife to New York City from Tel-Aviv and looks forward to continuing his work in an international capacity.
360° Cultural Training programs provide international assignees and their family members with the critical cultural information necessary to succeed both personally and professionally in their new country.
The DFA CultureCompass is an on-line cultural navigation tool that allows users to compare their own personal cultural work orientations with over 150 countries and evaluate a customized set of best practices and strategies for bridging any cultural differences.
Culture-On-The-Go is a blended solution for businesspeople who require something more flexible than classic in-person training. Includes access to the CultureCompass, rich country information, and 3 virtual support sessions with a DFA-certified CultureCoach.