International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Executive Biographies

Executive Management Team

Gustavo Artaza


Gustavo Artaza was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. He received a BA in Sociology and Business Law from the University of Texas. He founded International Studies Abroad in 1987 and later founded Learning Programs International in 1991 to assist students in their study abroad experience. While in High School, Mr. Artaza participated in a missionary program to help rural people in Guatemala in 1976 which profoundly changed his outlook in life. He enjoys working with non-profit charity organizations here in the US and overseas. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, South America and Europe. He is the proud father of three girls and one boy.

Arturo Artaza

Executive Vice President, University Relations and Marketing

Arturo is the Executive Vice President of University Relations and Marketing for ISA. He received a B.A. in Business from University of Texas, Austin. Arturo is one of original 42 students to attend ISA's very first program during the summer of 1987 in Salamanca, Spain. From there, Arturo worked with ISA during the summers of '89-'92, '94-'02 as a full-time resident staff member in Spain and Mexico. He is proud to be a part of this organization and continually looks forward to providing students with the opportunity to study abroad.

Jennifer Acosta

Executive Vice President, Enrollment Management

Jennifer has been with ISA since 1996 as the Director of Admissions. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and then from Southwest Texas State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish. Her education abroad includes a semester at the Universidad de Sevilla in Sevilla, Spain and a summer at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Jennifer has traveled extensively throughout Spain and Western Europe, as well as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile. Jennifer works primarily with students who await study in Spain and enjoys preparing students for their life changing experience abroad.

Rafael Hoyle Ph.D

Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs

Rafael Hoyle earned his B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Spanish at the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Rafael lived for many years in Mexico City and has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America. Due largely to his academic specialization in the study of contemporary Mexican history, narrative and culture, he was offered a position as an instructor and resident director for ISA's Guanajuato program in the summer of 1995, serving in that capacity for three consecutive summers. He joined ISA as a full time employee in the fall of 1997 upon completing his doctoral coursework and became a member of ISA's Executive Management Team shortly thereafter.

Lauren Alexander

Associate Vice President, Custom Programs

Lauren Alexander joined ISA in 2008 to direct its team of Custom Program Managers. Having facilitated customized programs in some of ISA's largest sites, Lauren has experience in working through curricular and cultural complexities and is proficient in building program infrastructure. Lauren received her bachelor's degree in English Literature and Hispanic Studies from Rice University and her master's degree in Intercultural Communication at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining ISA, Lauren served as a Program Manager for IAESTE United States and AIPT where she collaborated with American universities to develop and implement international short-term experiential programs for engineering and science students. Lauren's passion for international education manifests in her work, and she is pleased to lead a team in developing consistently high-quality academic programs abroad.

Jimmy Brazelton

Associate Vice President, Research and Strategic Alliances

Jimmy joined the ISA team in November 2009 and works as the Associate Vice President for Research and Strategic Alliances. He graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theatre. During Jimmy's graduate degree, he studied abroad in Paris where he also worked on his graduate research. Prior to joining ISA, he worked for the Office of International Studies and Programs at Illinois State University for seven years, both as Assistant Study Abroad Coordinator and then as Study Abroad Coordinator. He has had the opportunity to travel extensively around the world and has visited many countries in East Asia, South America, and Western Europe.

Susan Farley

Associate Vice President, Student Services & Financial Aid

Susan Farley has been with ISA since 1997 and currently holds the position of Associate Vice President of Student Services and Financial Aid. Susan graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Her primary study abroad experience was in Costa Rica and she has returned there many times with ISA groups and for personal travel. She has also traveled extensively in Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and throughout Western Europe.