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International Education and Global Engagement

International Training Staff

Project Director

Charles G. Zartman, Jr.

Charles Zartman Charles G. Zartman, Jr., Ph.D. serves as project director for International Training Programs at CSU, Chico, and also continues to serve as Director of the CSU, Chico Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies(opens in new window) (CBMS).  Dr. Zartman has directed short-term training projects with teachers, first, and, later, university students, of the Chungcheongbuk Province in the Republic of Korea each year since 1988.

Dr. Zartman has traveled extensively throughout the Republic of Korea and Mexico. He has made active contributions to California state policy for educational professionals serving English Learners as a member of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Task Force on Limited English Proficient Issues, Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Design Team that developed the current Bilingual Authorization Standards for the state’s bilingual teachers, and a board member of the California Council on Teacher Education. He holds extensive grant and contract management experience, along with in-depth knowledge of linguistic and cultural diversity issues, understandings that will help ensure a professional and successful outcome for all CSU, Chico international training programs.


Academic Director

Dr. Bretton A. Varga

Bretton A Varga Bretton A. Varga is Assistant Professor of History-Social Science at California State University, Chico. The thrust of his research is centered around speculative approaches to criticality and seeks to foreground how undercurrents of in-human/ness continue to plague educational spaces. Specifically, his research works with(in) critical theories of race, art, and temporality to explore how visual methods and artistic mediums can be used to unveil historically marginalized perspectives and layers (upon layers) of history that haunt the world around us.

Along with publishing and presenting within this context, Dr. Varga has traveled extensively throughout Europe and South America and has experience coordinating student exchange programs between secondary schools in California and Japan. Currently, he is involved with the development of several social-justice related art events on both institutional and national levels.


Project Manager

Heather Hacking

Heather Hacking Heather Hacking serves as the project manager, and will be responsible for program logistics and coordination. Ms. Hacking also serves as Itinerary Coordinator for the Konkuk University program.  She has provided guidance, friendship and a meaningful travel experience for students visiting Northern California for English-language training and cultural enrichment.

Ms. Hacking is a certified elementary teacher, with experience as a third-grade teacher at a local elementary school.  Prior to her work in the classroom, Ms. Hacking worked twenty-five years as an award-winning reporter for the Chico Enterprise Record, giving her unique ties to the northstate.  She continues with the newspaper as a weekly gardening columnist ( http://www.chicoer.com/home-garden, then search for “Sow There!”).

Ms. Hacking holds a BA in Journalism with a Minor in Political Science. She has traveled extensively in Italy, Australia, Costa Rica, Greece, Mexico and France. Her strong writing skills will assist in the documentation of program accomplishments.


Project Coordinator

Terri McFarland

Terri McFarland Terri McFarland serves as the program coordinator, handling day-to-day tasks and guiding the program from start to finish. Ms. McFarland has served as a tutor, host family, and Program Liaison for the Chungcheongbuk Province and Konkuk University programs. Her experience with program organization, event coordination, crosscultural communication, and staff leadership gives her a solid understanding of the International Training Program model.

Ms. McFarland's friendly, other-centered approach makes her a trusted link for program participants and project staff members.


Administrative Coordinator

Jonni Dungan

Jonni Dungan Jonni Dungan assists with budget development, tracking, reconciliation and reporting. She has worked previously, in increasing areas of responsibility, with Santa Cruz County Office of Education, UC Santa Cruz, and CSU, Monterey Bay.

In these roles, she has extensive experience in Grants and Contracts, budget development and maintenance, data analysis, and report writing.


Lead EFL Instructor 

Lisa "Anina" Berman

Anina BermanHello, my name is Lisa "Anina" Berman. I go by Anina. I have been teaching English, ESL, and EFL for over 20 years. I started my ESL journey by accepting an invitation to teach English in Japan right out of college. I have been hooked on teaching ever since. I have taught TOEFL/TOEIC, speaking, writing, reading, pronunciation, and grammar to all levels of English learners and prepared many to pass the University level English course. I have been the head ESL instructor at Shasta College and the ESL Facilitator at Butte College. I love teaching and I enjoy "armchair traveling" through all of my amazing student's experiences. I look forward to meeting you!


Project Consultant

Diana Parks

Diana Parks Diana Parks served as project director for International Training Programs at CSU, Chico for over 28 years.  She managed over 70 federally-funded projects including Teacher Training, Civic Education, Agriculture, Journalism, NGO Development, and Leadership Training programs. Ms. Parks has traveled professionally and personally in more than 50 countries.  She holds a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education.

Ms. Parks lived and worked overseas in India (as a Peace Corp volunteer), Chile and Honduras, providing her with a cultural sensitivity that enables her to work effectively with individuals from a variety of countries.  Her extensive management and international experience ensured a professional and successful outcome of all CSU, Chico international training programs. Her history of successful interactions with international groups will serve to provide continuity as the project consultant and help the current staff to focus on project objectives.