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The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Language Training Center Program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.  IIE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange among nations. By enabling more than 18,000 outstanding men and women each year to study, conduct research, receive practical training, or provide technical assistance outside their own countries, IIE fosters mutual understanding, builds global problem solving capabilities, and strengthens the international competence of U.S. citizens.


Lawrence G. Mason (Senior Project Manager) - As Senior Project Manager for DoD programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE) Mr. Mason serves as the team lead for Project Global Officer (GO) and Language Training Center (LTC) programs in addition to working across the suite of DoD programs at IIE to support programmatic best practices specific to international programing.  In his over ten years with the Institute, he has served in multiple team leadership and program management roles spanning scholarly exchange to international development initiatives.  From 2014 – 2017, he was Assistant Director for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs at IIE where he responsible for program and team management for the core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Junior Faculty Development Programs, and the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.   Other IIE management roles have supported the MENA Judicial Exchange Project for Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI); the USDA-sponsored Leadership Training Initiative for the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock; the U.S. - Japan Fulbright Teacher Exchange for Education for Sustainable Development; and the USAID sponsored Egypt Development Training II Project.  Outside IIE he successfully launched and directed a U.S. Department of State J-1 designated sponsor organization and worked within the Investment Management Division of the World Bank prior to joining IIE.  Mr. Mason is a graduate University of California Santa Barbara with BA in Political Science/International Relations and a minor in Global Peace and Security Studies and has studied abroad in Spain and France.

Noelle Little (Program Officer) -  As Program Officer for the Project Global Officer (GO) and Language Training Center (LTC) programs, Ms. Little works directly with institutional grantees supporting the issuance of grant awards and award administration.  Prior to joining the Institute of International Education (IIE) she worked at the American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC on the U.S. Department of State sponsored Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.  Her focus as CLS Program Officer was the support of programming for Turkish, Azerbaijani and Swahili languages.  Ms. Little received a BA in International Development Studies from University of California, Los Angeles.

Meredith Schumacher (Program Specialist) -  In the role of Program Specialist for the Project Global Officer (GO) and Language Training Center (LTC) programs at IIE, Ms. Schumacher supports the management and administration of the Project GO Central Application system at and best practices for application and selection activities.  She also works extensively across both programs on the collection, analysis, and reporting of programmatic data. Prior to joining IIE she worked as a Senior Program Officer on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at IREX.  Ms. Schumacher has 20 years of experience working in international education and development programs, and received a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Laetitia Handal (Program Coordinator) - Ms. Handal provides administrative and programmatic support to the Project GO and Language Training Center programs team at IIE.  In this role she also supports the program team with the review and processing of institutional grantee award payments.  Ms. Handal was also a member of IIE’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) team when she first joined the Institute.  Prior to IIE, she worked as a Youth Development Specialist with the Peace Corps in Ouarzazate, Morocco; in addition to living in Haiti and Jordan where she pursued professional opportunities in the educational and non-profit sectors.  She received her BA in International Relations and Development from the American University and is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and Arabic.