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Meet Our Staff


Ramona Kirsch, International Programs Director (

Ramona Kirsch has over 20 years of higher education experience focusing on international programming in a variety of colleges and universities across the country and abroad.

Kirsch is a first generation American, having grown up in an immigrant household. She has lived abroad and traveled, studied and worked in over 30 countries. She has also led educational delegations and presented papers at international conferences around the world. Kirsch has received three different Fulbright awards (two to Austria and one to India). She has a Doctor of Education degree focusing on educational leadership and management, in addition to an M.A. in history and a B.A. degree in letters: history, philosophy, literature and languages.

Kirsch is an avid USTA competitive tennis player and yoga practitioner.


Danielle Davis, International Programs Coordinator (

Danielle received her M.F.A in creative writing from Southern Connecticut State University, and a B.A. in English and mass communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Since returning from a summer abroad at the University of Exeter in southern England in 2012, she has worked with incoming and outgoing students in education. Danielle has worked to develop classes and support faculty in international pathway programs at USF, advised prospective study abroad participants at SCSU, and served as an assessments supervisor for its world languages department. 

Nick Hugh, Director of Hollins Abroad-London (

Before joining Hollins University on 1 January 2015, Nick was director of awards at the US-UK Fulbright Commission and Director of NSH Arts, a non-profit educational arts centre which gives young people the opportunity to develop project management skills in the arts.

Prior to starting NSH Arts in 2011, Nick was European programmes director for Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis, and before that was deputy director of the University of London Careers Service, responsible for relationship management and commercial activities. Before that he was managing director of a small healthcare consulting business in northern England, offering bespoke technology solutions to a wide variety of international healthcare and professional service businesses.

Nick has been a visiting faculty member at both Imperial College London and Cass Business School, City University. He has been actively involved in mentoring for the Institute of Directors and coaching young people in the development of skills enabling the successful transition from education into the working world.
Nick graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in natural sciences (chemistry), received his MSc from Imperial College London in management science, and holds three patents in organic and organo-metallic chemistry.

Nick is an active musician and holds an ARCM diploma from the Royal College of Music, London in violin performance. He is chairman of Tallis Chamber Orchestra – a registered charity that performs largely in Suffolk, and also in other venues across the UK. He is also concert master of Midsummer Opera and regularly plays chamber music.

Amy Shea, Administrative Assistant (

Amy Shea received her B.A. in English, with minors in women’s studies and psychology, from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to working as an administrative assistant in Turner Hall at Hollins, Amy is also a licensed massage therapist and mother to two young adults. She is currently working on her M.S. in medical writing.

Last modified 03/27/2020