Our Team

William C. Cunningham

Sung Soo Chung
Associate Director

Rebecca Malouin 
Director of Research

Michael Miller
Financial Officer

  Qing Xia
Associate Director for Global Health Education

Ms. Xia serves as the Associate Director for Global Health Education at the Institute for Global Health (IGH), and the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH). Before joining IGH, Qing held leadership roles at the Office of China Programs (OCP), and the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) within the International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University. Qing obtained an M.A. in English from Sichuan University in China and an M.A. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Currently Qing is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

Shane Sergent 
Medical Director of Global Health and Research

Shane Sergent is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), earning degrees in global and strategic management and osteopathic medicine respectively. He has worked with the MSUCOM Peru Outreach program since 2009, implementing countless research and health initiatives. Dr. Sergent serves as Clinical Faculty and Profesor Honorario at Universidad César Vallejo in Trujillo, Peru. He also serves as Clinical Faculty at MSUCOM, working closely with Institute of International Health and International Osteopathic Medicine Organization. When he is not working on global health projects, he enjoys wilderness and dive medicine.

Jacob Rowan 
Merida Medical Education Director Associate Professor

Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)
Medical specialty: physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)
Areas of research/interest: osteopathic manipulative medicine, global health, telemedicine, sports medicine, physician communication

Travis Gordon 
Assistant Director of Merida Medical Education

Travis Gordon is the Assistant Director of Medical Education for International Studies in Yucatan, Mexico as well as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He oversees all international projects and collaborations between MSU IGH and Mexico.

As a Lansing native he graduated from Alma College in 2005 with a BS in Exercise and Health Science and a BA in Spanish. He completed a two-year service in Peace Corps Nicaragua from 2007-09 in Public Health with a focus on HIV/AIDS, subsequently being awarded the International AIDS Day Award for outstanding initiatives in the field. He graduated from MSUCOM in 2013, earning the Fred Mitchell, Sr. Award for his work in OMM, and later completed a residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando with specialties in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Returning to his Alma Mater in 2017 to live and work in Yucatan, Mexico to advance international collaboration in the health arena is what he considers a dream job. He hopes to blend his experience in language and sciences to promote osteopathic medicine throughout Latin America, as well as at home. He resides in Merida, Yucatan with his beautiful wife and two children and enjoys traveling with them.


René Hinojosa
Program Coordinator

René C. Hinojosa is Professor Emeritus in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, School of Planning Design and Construction, adjunct professor of the Department of Geography and the Institute for Global Health, Michigan State University.  He was former Acting Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute, former Chair of the Department of Geography, visiting professor at the Science University in Tokyo, Japan, Fulbright Scholar at the National University, Colombia, and at the Private University of Bolivia.  Previously he worked as a civil engineer and as a consultant to international development agencies in the area of regional development.  He has authored many articles and technical reports dealing with methods and techniques for urban and regional analysis.  He has taught quantitative research methods and techniques, transportation planning, regional economic analysis, housing, and urbanization in developing countries.  He has organized several study abroad courses including programs in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and served in numerous university, college and departmental committees.  He holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering and a PhD degree in planning from the University of Washington.


Rafael Marinez
Program Coordinator

Mr. Rafael Marinez serves as  Program Coordinator for Study Abroad programs for Latin America within the Institute for Global Health (IGH).  Prior to joining IGH, Mr. Marinez served as Assistant Dean for Multicultural Advancement in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mr. Marinez has served in several other leadership positions within Michigan State University, all focused on the student experience.  Mr. Marinez holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University. In additional to serving as a student advisor, Mr. Marinez serves as a course coordinator in OST 686 Global Health: Mexico – Community Medicine and Mayan Culture in the Yucatan, OST 688 Global Health: Cuban Healthcare Delivery System, and OST 690 Global Health: Dominican Republic – Healthcare Delivery System and Culture.


Rusti Sidel
Study Abroad Coordinator

Ms. Sidel works across campus recruiting students for their student abroad programs and training opportunities internationally. With a B.A in Graphic Design from Michigan State University, she has not only wide experience helping students to thrive in their application process and their travel experience, but also deep knowledge of MSU spirit.


Ruben Kenny Briceno
Co-Coordinator Peru Research

Ruben Kenny Briceno M.D., is a Peruvian board-certified Physician and Specialist in Infectious and Tropical Diseases with Hospital De Alta Complejidad Virgen De La Puerta (HACVP) He serves as Researcher and Physician for the Institute of Global Health at MSU; and Clinical Faculty at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and works at UCV, Trujillo. Kenny has a Master Degree in Health Services Management from Post Graduate College of the Universidad Cesar Vallejo. Since 2009, Kenny has served as the co-coordinator for the Research Chapter of the Peru Medical Elective.

 Suna Barber 

Suna Barber is an Accountant in IGH specializing in managing and processing financial transactions ensuring compliance with MSU business manual procedures, preparing program budgets, and assisting financial inquiry for IGH faculty, staff, professionals and students.

Prior to joining the IGH in August 2019, she served at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference center as an accounting associate and the Controller’s office as a travel voucher auditor. She obtained Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and Master’s from University of Houston.

Lorena Mier y Teran 
Merida Coordinator and Assistant

Graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Marista in Merida, Yucatán México.
Currently she is the MSU Projects Coordinator and Executive Assistant in Mexico, focusing on educational exchange, collaborative research and outreach.
She has been the bridge between Michigan State University and various collaborating institutions in Yucatan. Constantly involved in social work, she is actively dedicating time to limited resource communities.
In her passion for international relations, she has studied abroad at IDRAC business school in Lyon, France; at Central Bucks East in Pensylvania, US; Caux peace and leadership programme in Switzerland and Caux Scholars Programme in India, focusing in conflict resolution, trauma healing, change management and sustainable development.

Sabrina Vieyra Hollenbeck 
Executive Secretary

Sabrina holds a B.A in Public and Institutional Relations from UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her early start in the marketing areas allowed her to gain experience in sales and advertisement. She had worked her last five years in telecommunications providing mobile solutions and digital content for telephone carriers all over Latin America, from Mexico down to Argentina. Through her family passion on medicine and public health, she gained interest over the years in the global health matters, and joined IGH team in 2019 to be a communication bridge, thrill organizer and a global outreacher.

Alpha Sow 
Program Assistant

Alpha Sow is a student assistant with the Institute for Global Health.

He completed his undergrad at Michigan State University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

He is an origin of Guinea and fluent in French and Fulani.

  Savanah Barnes
Student Assistant