Staff Development

Dear Colleagues,

Just a reminder, Human Resources continues to make available staff development funds that support a variety of work-related activities to improve employee job skills.   More detailed information can be found on the attached application or on the HR web page:

Funds allocated for staff development are limited and applications go through an approval process.   Please do not make financial commitments until you receive an approval notification from HR.   The maximum amount an employee may request is $1,250, though typical requests should be in the range of $500 to $750.

We hope you take advantage of this excellent opportunity for meeting staff development needs.   If you have any questions about this benefit, please do not hesitate to contact me.


R. Michael Ulibarrí, SPHR

Human Resources Manager

Monterey Institute of International Studies


831.647.6445 fax


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Things to do on the Monterey Peninsula

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Middlebury Links

Here are some helpful links to some of the Middlebury sites that you might find useful.

Current Staff Advisory Team – 2016-18

Naomi Braswell – Operations Coordinator, Facilities

Naomi was overjoyed to join the MIIS Staff in September 2013 in her role as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Finance, Business Services & Administration. Recently, she has transitioned to a new role as an Operations Coordinator.   Some of her key responsibilities include supporting MIIS Operations, in administration, and operational duties, supporting Facilities in their work order coordination and assignment, as well as supervisory responsibilities at Office Services.

She is a native Californian and has resided in Monterey for over 20 years. Prior to coming to MIIS, Naomi was a trial paralegal. Away from the office, her true joy comes in spending time with her partner, Michael, their dog Benny, her three children and six grandchildren. She is always looking for ways to be of service and give back to her community. Ask Naomi and she will tell you that she has the best job on campus and wholeheartedly believes that she is blessed beyond measure!


thumbnail_Gustavo's Ugly MugGustavo Carvalho – Senior Technical Support Specialist

Gustavo joined the MIIS staff in April 2001 as a Technical Support Specialist for the IT Department. His self-appointed position varies between Hardware Guru and Tech Support Ninja depending on his mood (and his mood is determined by his daily intake of chocolate, so keep bringing treats. Please, no booze, he’s been sober 45 years).

Gustavo served as a SAT member before but found his duties weren’t over and decided to go for it one more time. He’s a glutton for punishment. 🙂

He found his way into the Information and Technology field in 1996 (yes, last century. But if you call him old he’ll reset your password), and if you ask him, he’ll tell you he has been hating computers with a passion ever since and there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a nice and heavy hammer.

On his time off you can find him feeding baby squirrels in his yard or fighting crime as the Crimson Crusader. Sometimes he confuses the two and ends up feeding crime and fighting squirrels, but I wouldn’t bring this up if I were you.


Alisyn GruenerAssistant Director, Admissions

Alisyn is happy to be a member of the energetic and collaborative Admissions team at MIIS. She works with admitted graduate students as they prepare to make their way to Monterey, often serving as a liaison between students and various departments on campus. Alisyn received her M.A. in International Education Management from MIIS in 2013 and her B.A. in International Relations, Diplomacy and Law from the University of Oregon in 2009. Originally from  Corvallis, Oregon, she enjoys hiking, biking and getting outside to enjoy the beauty of the Monterey Bay…. and spending time with her husband and their three cats, of course. 🙂


Molly Laughlin, Stewardship Officer, Office of Advancement

Molly was delighted to join the wonderful  Advancement  team as the Stewardship Officer in September 2013 after working in local government for 13 years.  She is a proud to say that she’s a native San Franciscan (very unusual) but has lived in Pacific Grove for more than 20 years.  She graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Political Science, then headed off to the University of Michigan for an MA in Journalism, with a focus on medical writing.   In her free time,  she loves to be out and about, walking her Lab/Pointer mix, Bochy, and following most of the Bay Area sports teams, as well as Xavier University basketball and St. Louis University men’s soccer.

Pamela Ventura, Associate Registrar, Office of Records and Research

In 2001 Pam began work at MIIS as a temporary employee in the Graduate School of Translation & Interpretation, she then moved on to the Records Office. Pam attained full-time status in January 2002, and has worked for three Registrars, attaining the position of Assistant Registrar.  Pam oversees daily operations of the Records Office and maintains communication with current students, alumni, staff, and faculty regarding academic records, policies and related issues. Although a native of the Monterey Peninsula Pam lived away for a number of years; graduating from CSU Fresno and working for the state and federal governments. Pam returned in 2000, and is happy to be back enjoying time with family, gardening, reconnecting with the Portuguese community, and spoiling her dog.


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