“It’s so exciting to contribute to a program that allows our student-athletes to immerse themselves in and contribute to an international community in meaningful ways. Our student-athletes are already inspiring in sport and their studies…however, they are also equally awesome people that are wonderful global ambassadors.”
Kristen Azevedo is the Assistant Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Development. Stanford Student-Athlete Leadership and Development enhances the student-athlete experience by creating educational programs that address personal growth, individual and team leadership, professional development, and public service. Kristen earned a B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. At LMU, Kristen was a student-athlete (rowing) and managed the campus coffee shop. After USC, Kristen came to Stanford and spent seven years at the Haas Center for Public Service, supporting more than 100 service organizations and hundreds of student leaders, helping them develop their leadership potential in tandem with honoring the important work of campus and community partners.
“It’s a privilege to get to be part of a program which offers true service leadership opportunities to our young men and women. With challenging schedules for abroad experiences, the ACE program has opened doors for many student-athletes to grow personally while also staying committed to their sport obligations. The relationships built across student-athletes representing two of the nation’s top athletic and academic programs is unique and special.”
Leslie Barnes, who joined the Duke staff in July of 2006, serves as an Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Student-Athlete Development. Barnes, who was Duke’s Director of Student-Athlete Development from 2006-11 before being promoted to her current position, came to Durham after spending four years as life skills coordinator at The Ohio State University.
In July of 2018, Barnes was named to the newly-created Integrative Performance Excellence Group, a unit comprised of directors in the areas of Sports Performance, Athletic Medicine, Sports Nutrition and Behavioral Health, as well as individuals representing psychological services, team physicians and primary care physicians.
Barnes is a native of Nebraska and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1996. She received a Masters of Education in Counseling/Psychological Services from Springfield College in 1998.
“I have been inspired by the dedication, organization, and vision of our student-athletes. It is an honor to pay it back by supporting their engagement in service.”
Kelly Beck, Associate Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, provides leadership and management over the student-facing programs for Stanford University’s public service center. Kelly has been engaged in public service in higher education since 2003 when she joined the Haas Center’s staff as the director of the Center’s science education outreach program. In the intervening years she has been a member of the service-learning team and directed Education Partnerships, the Center’s mentoring and tutoring division. She now oversees programs ranging from public service leadership training, public service career development to education mentoring and tutoring programs.
Prior to her work at the Haas Center for Public Service, Kelly was Academic Program Officer for Science Education in Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. She assisted faculty in the development of science learning opportunities within the general education requirements. Her interests and professional experiences have evolved over the span of her career from physics education to informal science education, civic education for science students, educational equity, education program management, and most recently to leadership.
Kelly has a personal history of civic engagement, having led a team of volunteers as a volunteer herself for 10+ years in providing interactive science activities for the public at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Perception. She earned a BA from Vassar College in astronomy and physics, and an MS at the University of Wyoming in physics and education.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys rock climbing, hiking, skateboarding, bicycling and getting into nature whenever possible. She is an amateur cook, cooking at Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah, and devoted baseball fan. She says, “My favorite free time activity is a good meal and good conversation shared with family and friends, many of whom are my Haas Center colleagues.”
Linda Franzoni is a Professor of the Practice in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. She is also the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke. Linda’s research area is Acoustics and Structural Vibration, more specifically developing efficient computer models for prediction of vehicular interior noise, sound field variation in architectural spaces, and the structural-acoustic interaction between submersed vehicles and their environment. Her education includes a BS from Yale University (1980), and an MS (1988) and PhD (1991) from Duke University in Mechanical Engineering. Linda worked on structural dynamics modeling of spacecraft while at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1981 until 1986. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 1995. She has been recognized at the departmental and college level for teaching, mentoring, and advising. Linda is involved in the international accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs and has been a member of the Executive Committee of ABET. Dr. Franzoni has been a member of the National Academy of Engineering Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNCTAM) since 2010 and was elected Secretary in 2012, serving also as one of the five US delegates to the International Union on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) for the last 10 years. On November 1, 2022, she stepped down from those positions. Linda has been a member of the Duke University Athletics Council since 2008, and Chair of the Council from 2018-2022.
“I am excited to support ACE in offering our student-athletes the opportunity to learn about their selves and others by engaging with local and global partners. This is the kind of experience that can feed a student’s mind and soul for years to come.”
Amanda Kelso is Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University. She leads the Undergraduate Experiential Education Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education and serves as Executive Director of the Global Education Office. In an international education career spanning three decades, Kelso has extensive experience in education abroad program development and operations, crisis and risk management, and student advising. Kelso has also taught Spanish at the university level and worked in residence life and international student services. Kelso has held leadership positions in professional organizations, including NAFSA, at the state, regional, and national levels. As an undergraduate, Kelso spent her junior year studying at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain, and later returned to Spain as resident director of a study abroad. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate certificate in technology and communication from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.
“I am committed to making the student-athlete experience as wide-ranging and deep as possible. I see ACE being a really important part of the opportunity for student-athletes to broaden their horizons and have a richer learning experience.”
Jeff Koseff, founding co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, is an expert in the interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics. His research falls in the interdisciplinary domain of environmental fluid mechanics and focuses on the interaction between physical and biological systems in natural aquatic environments. Current research activities are in the general area of environmental fluid mechanics and focus on: turbulence and internal wave dynamics in stratified flows, coral reef and sea-grass hydrodynamics, the role of natural systems in coastal protection, and flow through terrestrial and marine canopies. Most recently he has begun to focus on the interaction between gravity currents and breaking internal waves in the near-coastal environment, and the transport of marine microplastics. Koseff was formerly the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering at Stanford, and has served on the Board of Governors of The Israel Institute of Technology, and has been a member of the Visiting Committees of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Carnegie-Mellon University, The Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, and Cornell University. He has also been a member of review committees for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, The WHOI-MIT Joint Program, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. He is a former member of the Independent Science Board of the Bay/Delta Authority. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2015, and received the Richard Lyman Award from Stanford University in the same year. In 2020 he was elected as a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Koseff also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative to the Pac-12 and NCAA for Stanford.
“I am glad to support a program that provides an international volunteer service opportunity for student-athletes. I also enjoy working with colleagues in the Athletics Departments at Stanford and Duke.”
Elaine is the Assistant Vice President/Director of the Office of Duke-Durham Educational and Workforce Collaboration and in her role oversees all educational and workforce development for the Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Prior to her role in Education and Workforce Development, Elaine was Associate Director of DukeEngage, 2007-2019 and head of the University Council on Civic Engagement, which amplifies and coordinates new and ongoing civic engagement initiatives across campus. She began the Duke Community Service Center in 1993. Elaine was also Associate Director for Duke’s Office of Continuing Education. She holds a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado Women’s College and completed graduate work at Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“I believe service learning and travel both have tremendous value and love learning how ACE has impacted students’ lives.”
Todd Mesibov joined the Duke staff in November of 2006 and serves as the department’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics/Administration and Legal Affairs/Chief of Staff in July 2021. In his role at Duke, Mesibov will continue to manage compliance, serve as the athletics department liaison to student conduct and as sport supervisor for softball, assumes oversight of legal affairs, recreation and physical education, the ACE program, and coordination of strategic planning initiatives and special projects. Mesibov majored in economics and graduated from Carleton (Minn.) College, where he was a three-year letterman on the golf team. In 2002, he graduated from Michigan Law School, where he was Executive Editor of Michigan Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. In addition, Mesibov clerked for the Honorable Terence T. Evans on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for the Supreme Court of Palau. A member of the state bars of North Carolina, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Mesibov joined Duke Athletics after working in the Business Law group of Foley & Lardner, LLP in Milwaukee, Wis. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Mesibov is married to the former Katie Eyes of West Hartford, Conn., and the couple has two children, Nell and Milo.
“ACE is an absolutely phenomenal program for student-athletes! It provides an opportunity for a life-changing experience that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”
Mitch Moser came to Duke from Rice University in the Spring of 1997 and currently serves as Deputy Director of Athletics for Resource Development and Management and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Moser primarily serves as the CFO for Duke Athletics, the Department of Campus Rec and Physical Education and the Duke University Golf Course. In addition, Moser has administrative engagement with the department’s day-to-day business operations, resource development/hospitality and premium services, athletic facilities and game operations, travel operations, information technology and spirit squads. In addition, Moser serves as the sport administrator/liaison for the Women’s Volleyball program. Moser serves on several ACC committees and is currently on the boards of the Durham Sports Commission and the Caring House. A 1985 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota Moser was a three-year letter winner in basketball and team captain and most inspirational player his senior year. Moser went on to receive a Masters Degree in Sports Administration/Facility Management from Ohio University. Moser and his wife, Cathy, reside in Durham and have two children (Emily and Reid) that are both in college.
“I am delighted to be part of the outstanding collaboration between Duke and Stanford Universities in fostering the international experience of student-athletes.”
Aron Rodrigue is the current Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program and the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He has also served as the Director of the Stanford Humanities Center and as Chair of the History Department. His teaching and research focus on the late Ottoman Empire and the nation-states that succeeded it in the 20th century, with special focus on the Jewish and other minorities in the region. He also has a strong research interest in modern French history. He was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2013.
“Being involved with ACE excites me because it provides a unique opportunity that not many student-athletes are able to participate in.”
Carina works as an Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes in the Athletic Academic Resource Center. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Advising at Stanford University, she was a Student-Athlete Development Coordinator at Northern Arizona University. Originally from Hawai’i, Carina was a Division I volleyball player at Fordham University where she pursued a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then earned a Masters of Science in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. Carina enjoys working with student-athletes as they navigate their college experience to become lifelong learners. She advises for Beach Volleyball, Men’s Crew, Men’s and Women’s Diving, Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball