Washington Semester Staff
Samara Chamble Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Samara Chamble advises students through the admissions process for the Washington Semester Program and the Washington Semester Summer Internship Program. She also works with representatives at partner institutions to recruit students for these programs. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Emily AronoffAssistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Emily Aronoff advises students through the admissions process for the Washington Semester Program and the Washington Semester Summer Internship Program. She also works with representatives at partner institutions to recruit students for these programs. She holds a M.S. in Corporate and Organizational Communication and a B.S. in History from Northeastern University.
Anna SAAVEDRAACADEMIC ADVISOR & pROGRAM COORDINATOR
Anna Saavedra advises students in the Washington Semester Program and the Washington Semester Summer Internship Program in course registration and immigration processes. She holds a B.A. in German Studies from American University. After completing her studies, she went on to work with international and local college students in Heidelberg, Germany, before returning to Washington, DC, in 2015.
Amy Morrill Bijeau Director of Experiential Education
Amy Morrill Bijeau has worked in higher education administration and experiential learning for approximately 20 years. As the Director of Experiential Education, she provides ongoing guidance regarding internship best practices and enjoys leveraging technology to support students. Amy has a MEd in Counseling and Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in French and Religion from Wake Forest University.
Adam AnthonyAssistant Dean
Adam joined the School of Professional & Extended Studies in May 2019 as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, overseeing the Washington Semester, Gap Year, and Mentorship Programs. Prior to AU, he served as executive director of the William & Mary Washington Center, establishing a wide variety of academic programs for William & Mary students in DC and helping to grow the university’s presence in the Washington area. He previously served as a program director for the Council for Excellence in Government, a Vice President at Fleishman Hillard public relations, and in a variety of positions in electoral politics. If you want to hear about his enthusiasm for the Washington Nationals, the U.S. Women’s National soccer team, or mountain biking, just ask.
Donna Chapman WilliamsAssistant Dean of Student Services
Donna Chapman Williams manages student services which includes housing, meal plans, student IDs, orientation, student accounts, financial aid, student conduct and conflict, student health services (health insurance and immunizations), and metro passes. A graduate of American University's School of Public Affairs, Donna welcomes Washington Semester Program students as guests at AU.
Diane LowenthalSenior Associate Dean
Diane Lowenthal is the Senior Associate Dean in SPExS. She came to AU in 2000 to teach American Politics Seminars and supervise Research Projects for the Washington Semester Program. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Lowenthal taught American Politics courses (including Campaigns and Elections, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Women and Politics) at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Dr. Lowenthal earned a PhD in Social and Decision Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.
Fred DiLorenzoStudent Services Assistant
As the Student Services Assistant for American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies, Fred assists the Student Services team and communicates with students throughout their time at AU. He worked in Residence Life during his undergraduate studies at SUNY Fredonia where he was a Resident Assistant and Transfer Connections Mentor. Fred is currently a graduate student at American University pursuing an MA in Producing Film, Television and Video.