Meet the Staff of Faraday House
Dr Troy Gordon
Dr Troy Gordon, Interim Director for 2014-15, has been involved with SUL since 2007, first as adjunct professor and since 2012 as Academic Director. He earned a BA 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 lectured at UCLA, and from 2007-2012 he served as Head of the Media & Communications Department and later as Associate Dean at Hult International Business School in London.
Dr Gordon specializes in literature, film and gender studies, and now teaches a course at SUL on James Bond and British Masculinity. In addition to editing his great-grandfather's memoirs about growing up in 19th-century Liverpool, he regularly researches and presents on his other areas of interest: the study of unconventional male/female friendships in the modernist period in England, the visual and written representation of mass atrocities and conflict, and the changing nature of work and organisational life in the 21st century.
Dr Mark Spokes
Dr Mark Spokes is the Interim Academic Director of SUL 2014-15. He holds a BA (Hons) History and M.Res American Foreign Policy and earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Birmingham. Dr Spokes specialises in American identity and foreign policy, and at SUL he teaches HST414/PSC350 America: A Foreign Perspective. His classes also reflect other research interests in critical theories of social change and global ethics. Dr Spokes is the co-founder of Akasha Innovation, a social enterprise dedicated to educating young people in leadership and sustainability.
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.
Nada Wansa Silman
Nada, our Facilities Manager, holds a BA and MA in International Relations from London's Hult International Business School. Lebanese by heritage, she was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in California. She began university in Lebanon but left during the 2006 war, moving to Dubai and eventually to London to complete her studies. Since then she has worked in the UK Higher Education sector at three different universities. She is keenly interested in identity politics: the relationship between who we think we are and how the notion of nation, state, culture and tradition play into that.
She also enjoys film, baking and photography. Thanks to her husband, she actually enjoys football and is a Spurs supporter!
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.
Ari is the Coordinator for Internships, Regional Engagement and Admissions. Originally from New Hampshire, Ari spent a gap year studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem before graduating from SU with a BA (Hons) in Policy Studies. As a part of her degree focusing on education, she studied in New York City and at SU London. She has been in London ever since. Ari is an active volunteer with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and is currently 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.
Linda Kalnina is the Office Coordinator at Syracuse University London. Born in Latvia, she moved to London in 2007 to study Popular Music Performance at the University of East London. She is about to complete her MA in Creative Industries.
She is a trained singer and is passionate about different traditions of world music. She also enjoys dancing, Yoga and is a keen traveller.
Armando Pinto is SULP's on-site caretaker, having joined in January 2014. A native of Portugal, he has lived in London for over 15 years. He has an extensive background in caretaking, having previously worked for various schools and housing providers.
Armando has a keen interest in motor sports, fishing, dancing and cinema.
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.
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.
Born in Romania, Alex came to London in 2010. Having earned a Diploma in programming from the Informatics College in Romania, Alex soon found it more rewarding working directly with people as opposed to sitting behind a computer. Alex previously worked as a receptionist for Marlin Apartments before joining Millennium Panther Security.
He enjoys watching "footy", good movies and TV series, and gaming on his beloved PS3.