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Maggie Mahoney

Assistant Director
(713) 743-9167

Maggie provides leadership, direction, and supervision for the Learning Abroad office and Passport for Coogs functional area. She develops office strategic goals and strategic planning, and she oversees faculty-led program development, university and provider partnerships, risk management, assessment, reporting, and budgeting. 

Maggie also currently serves as a student advisor for College of the Arts, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Education, Nursing, Honors, and for Faculty-Led programs and student service learning groups.

Maggie joined the Learning Abroad team in 2015 after working in Residence Life, Intercultural Education, and Career Development. She is persuing a Doctorate of Educaiton in Ethical Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, and she holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Spanish from Centenary College of Louisiana. Maggie has studied abroad in France, Belgium, and Guatemala as a student. She speaks French and has working proficiency in Spanish. In addition, she has traveled in Western Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, and Peru. 


Kailey Posterick

Learning Abroad Advisor
(713) 743-9167

Advisor for College of Business, Engineering, Technology, Natural Science & Mathematics, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Graduate College of Social Work, Medical & Professional Studies, and for Reciprocal Exchanges (REEPs).

Kailey joined Learning Abroad as an Advisor in December 2017. She was born and raised in Houston and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in English and Theology from the University of St. Thomas. While at St. Thomas she was able to study abroad in London and Singapore. She is currently completing her Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston. Prior to Learning Abroad she worked as an International Admissions Counselor. In this role she recruited undergraduate students in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.


Marisol Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant
(713) 743-9167

Marisol joined Learning Abroad in September 2015. Marisol was born in Mexico, but was raised in Houston, TX and is fluent in Spanish. Before joining the Learning Abroad team, Marisol worked for the Houston Independent School District for twenty years, where she held a variety of positions leading her to her last position as the school administrative assistant. Marisol has spent many summers in Mexico and has also traveled to Canada. Marisol plans to continue her education in Business Management and Accounting.


Amanda Clinton

Passport Facility Manager
(713) 743-4687

Amanda joined the Learning Abroad team in November 2019. After working 7 years in healthcare IT she has returned to a higher education work environment. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University. Being born in South Korea and having an Australian parent, Amanda has had many opportunities to travel the globe from a young age. She has been to Australia, Fiji, Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, Indonesia, and has most recently traveled back to South Korea for the first time since leaving as a baby. Amanda enjoys writing, producing and recording electronic music in her free time and also loves cooking, cinema and reading.



Joy Balanag

Learning Abroad Student Assistant 

Joy joined Learning Abroad in January 2020. Joy is a Junior majoring in Media Production with a minor in French. Originally from Japan, Joy has traveled many places, including the Philippines, central Japan, Canada, and Italy. In 2019, Joy participated in the faculty-led Learning Abroad program to Angers, France. She is passionate about travel and experiencing everything the world has to offer.