Meet the Staff of Faraday House
The Syracuse University London Program Director is Dr Meredith Hyde. She holds a BA from Yale University and a M.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford University. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in 2007. Her research concentrates on metacognition and American undergraduates abroad and she has published and presented on a range of related topics at NAFSA, CIEE and BUTEX. She is a Peer Reviewer for the Forum for International Education, a 2008 Practitioner in Residence at the School for International Training, and the proud recipient of the 2008 Syracuse University Woman of Influence Award. She supports the Habs, misses the Routemaster, and believes she and her husband will have succeeded as parents if their twin boys require fewer than a hundred stitches by the time they reach eighteen.
Dr Troy Gordon
As Academic Director of the program, Dr Troy Gordon is responsible for the curriculum, academic standards, and teaching and learning. He earned a BA summa cum laude from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA and PhD in English Language & Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001-2006 he taught at UCLA, consistently ranking among the university’s top ten professors. He leapt the pond in 2007, relocating to London's Hult International Business School, where he served as Head of the Communications Department and later as Associate Dean.
Dr Gordon often subscribes to a pedagogy of discomfort - creating the university classroom as a safe space for asking uncomfortable but important questions, a passion stemming from his interdisciplinary teaching and research in genocide studies and gender issues.
Ria Bourne is SU London's Assistant Director. She previously worked at the British Universities North America Club (BUNAC), helping students work and travel abroad. If she's not in and around Faraday House helping students, she's most likely singing karaoke.
IT Manager Marco holds a B.Sc. in Computing (Software Engineering Pathway) from the University of Westminster. He has previously worked in various IT roles ranging from web and e-Learning developer to Team Leader in both the finance and education sectors.
He is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and in his free time, Marco enjoys retro gaming, classic horror movies and music.
Dexter Heptinstall is the Facilities Manager at Syracuse London. He is west London born and bred, and a lifelong Queens Park Rangers fan. He enjoys football, keeping fit, bike rides, reading, cinema and music.
He has previously worked in restaurants and at the King Alfred School in North West London.
Denise Greenidge is the Accounts and Payroll Administrator for Syracuse University London Program. Denise spent her formative working years in both Central and Local government where as part of the union she helped with campaigns for women and gay rights and anti racism programmes both on local and national level. She then moved into the private sector working for both large and small companies before coming to Syracuse.
She also provides support through her parish church on local and international causes.
In her spare time she loves going to markets trying to find a bargain. Also loves to visiting the major museums and trying to understand modern art.
Eugenia Francis is the Registrar for SU London. Born in Dominica, West Indies, but a long time London resident, Eugenia has worked for Syracuse since 1986.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Student Services Curricular Activities Coordinator Michele Britton received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in International Relations, and her Masters in International Education from the School for International Training in Vermont. Michele worked in corporate travel made the move to the world of international student travel working in travel logistics and volunteering as an orientation leader and student liaison at AFS Intercultural Programs.
Michele moved to London in August 2002. In her free time its a good bet she’ll be cooking or felting. Other interests include food, cinema and of course, travelling!
Rachel Tafesse finds that there is nothing quite like working in education and her position as Academic Administrator enables her to have the best of both worlds working closely with both faculty and students. Rachel administers the architectural program as well as dealing with other academic matters at SU London.
As a Syracuse (and SU London) alum, Ari rejoins the SU London community as University Coordinator, responsible for Gap Year in London and home campus recruitment, alumni relations and student social engagement. Ari graduated from SU's Maxwell School with a BA (Hons) in Policy Studies. As a part of her degree, she lived in New York City and London. She has been based in London ever since working in international education. Ari also spent a gap year prior to entering SU, studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ari is an active volunteer with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and is studying for an MSc in Education, Power and Social Change at Birkbeck, University of London.
Linda Harkness has a BA (Hons) in French and European Studies from the University of Sussex. She joined the Syracuse London Program in 1998 after a long career with British Airways Cabin Services where she became a Cabin Services Director. She now coordinates student services at the London Center.
Student Activities Coordinator Charine John was born in London but partly educated in pre-civil war Sierra Leone, West Africa. She attended the University of Avignon, France and finished her studies at the University of North London, where she received a first class Joint Hons BA in Educational Studies and French. She is also a qualified ESL teacher and mother to Jake. She is a human rights campaigner, and supports Amnesty, Avaaz, and the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.
Charine John has worked as a refugee camp worker, a tour guide in West Africa, a youth worker and play scheme leader, and with single, homeless people in London. She has also worked in Educational research and is active in her local community. Charine is also a Level 2 CYQ Fitness Instructor. She loves reading up on Byzantine/Ottoman history and is proud to support Arsenal FC.
Josh Leuner is a Program and Communications Assistant at Syracuse University London, working in the Student Life Office and updating Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Josh was born and raised in London but spent 10 years in sunny Australia before moving back here in 2010. Josh has over 15 years’ experience working with international students and is currently studying at Birkbeck College in London, doing a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies.
In his spare time, Josh helps to promote veganism by organising London Vegan Drinks and the London Vegan Potluck (which takes place in Faraday House).
Claire Rasul joined SUL in 2000 and is the coordinator for all Short term programs including the Signature Seminars; she also coordinates Summer programs for SU. Claire set-up Cookery Club at SUL with her colleagues in 2010 as she really loves cooking and baking.
Claire has lived in London all her life. She supports Arsenal FC, loves Pilates and enjoys reading. Claire has two children and you will see her at Faraday House two days a week.
Alfonso Denton is the Office Coordinator at Syracuse University London. He graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with a BA Honors degree in Politics with History. Since then, he has worked for Southwark Council Children Services supporting families and The L.I.F.E. Experience, an organization with a social purpose providing personal development workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring to secondary school students.
Alfonso is a devoted goona (Arsenal supporter) and his personal interests include racial equality issues, art and reading.
Security Provided by Millennium Panther Security
Rustem Baysaloglu is the senior security officer for Syracuse University London Program. Rustem comes to the Syracuse London program from Millennium Panther Security, the company he directs, to provide SU London's security staff. His job is to maintain surveillance of the property and to ensure students? safety at the London Center. Rustem has an extensive background in security work dating from his time in the Special Forces Unit of the Cyprus army. Rustem has also worked as a Security Officer for the Middle East Broadcasting Centre and as a private body guard and close protection officer. He is a native of North Cyprus and has lived in London since 1990.
Toks Omodunbi has recently joined the front office operations at SU London, coming from Lagos, Nigeria, where he worked in the security industry in various capacities as a security officer, site supervisor, and mobile supervisor. He was also a member of the security team at the Middle East Broadcasting Center and has attended various courses with in the industry, including Access Control, Conflict Management, and Close Protection.
Toks is a massive supporter of Arsenal FC, and enjoys reading, watching films, and digital art. He earned a degree in computer hardware installation at Ibadan Polytechnic in Nigeria.