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.
Courtney Lind, Program Manager
Courtney Lind is a Program Manager at DFA. She recently received her M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to working with DFA Courtney assisted with project development for the Communication & Information unit at UNESCO in Bangkok. She also speaks conversational French, having studied in Paris and worked in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Now in New York City Courtney is a member of the United Nations Association Young Professionals, serving on the European Affairs committee, and continues to find opportunities to be involved with the international community.
Sally Martin, Director, Sales and Marketing, Europe
After gaining a degree in Classics, Sally began her career in media in the mid 90’s and now has nearly 20 years sales & marketing experience, working in publishing, conferences & exhibitions. Sally’s focus has mainly been business development and she has been responsible for events in the UAE & Germany as well as the UK and has also lived and worked in Arizona & New York. Sally has experience across a wide range of markets including business travel, IT & telecoms, online & direct marketing & manufacturing but has spent the last 3 years working in global mobility media.
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.
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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, Senior Manager, Program Management & Content Development
Michelle Mara is a Sr. 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.
Hellen Ohonde, Program Manager
Hellen Ohonde is a Program Manager at DFA and is responsible for the coordination of intercultural trainings. She obtained a M.A. in North American Studies and English Literature from the University of Bonn Germany. During her studies Hellen assisted at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bonn and Deutsche Welle Radio. Most recently, she worked at Berlitz Corporation as a Service Representative and as an instructor for German and Kiswahili for face to face and virtual programs. Hellen is a passionate advocate for international exchange and looks forward to working with expats and cross-cultural trainers around the world.
Heidi Karlsson, Director, Client Services, Southwest
Heidi Karlsson is Director of Client Services, Southwest region at DFA. She also facilitates training programs that help business leaders, government officials, military and police personnel, representatives from international organizations, non-governmental employees, journalists and religious scholars on intercultural negotiation, mediation, culture and gender issues in conflict resolution, counseling diverse cultures and peace building education. Heidi has worked and lived in Japan, England, Sweden, France, Mexico and the Caribbean. With nearly 10 years of experience in intercultural communication working for Publicis, WPP and Interpublic Group, Heidi launched her career as a Cross-Cultural Liaison for the Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau at UNESCO in Paris, France. Her assignments have included travel to over 25 countries in Asia, North and Central America, Europe and North Africa among other places.
Ms. Karlsson holds a master’s degree in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management with emphasis in Cross-Cultural Communication from Southern Methodist University. She received her bachelor’s in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and is certified in Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution by the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
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.