Program Manager and Instructor

Elizabeth Bucrek

Liz Bucrek is the program manager and instructor for Carolina Navigators, and helps to provide K-16 teachers and students with global education resources created by UNC students who have international expertise. She began working in the field of education in 2003. Liz has worked as a secondary French and Spanish teacher, as an instructional coach, and as the Director of the Academy of International Studies at Carrboro High School.

Originally from Michigan, Liz has studied abroad in France, taught English in Spain, and has traveled in the US, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Master’s Degree at NC State University. She enjoys sharing her passion for Global Education with teachers and students. Outside of work, Liz keeps busy teaching Zumba Fitness and Yoga classes.

Email:     Phone: (919) 843-6860



Sneha Kumar

Hi! My name is Sneha Kumar and I’m a senior at UNC studying English with a minor in French. I was born in India, but my family moved to the States when I was 2 years old. I grew up in Cary, NC, but I have traveled to Costa Rica, Kenya, Tanzania and I have been on a 2-week exchange trip to Oyannax, France. I have also traveled to and from India multiple times. I believe that learning about different cultures and people is incredibly important to make the world a more cooperative and welcoming place, especially as we become an increasingly global society. I believe Carolina Navigators provides invaluable resources to teachers and students, and I am very glad that I can do my part in helping children expand their world view from a young age.  In my free time I like to read, run and volunteer for local organizations. I am very excited to be working with Carolina Navigators this year!

Ashton Hicks

My name is Ashton Hicks and I am a Junior at UNC majoring in mathematics and philosophy. I decided to intern for Carolina Navigators because I think it’s a very valuable program in helping students learn more about the world around them. During my Fall 2016 semester at UNC I got to study abroad at the University of Manchester in England. While abroad, I also got to visit a few other countries and this experience really sealed my love for traveling and exploring different countries and their cultures. I believe global education to be very important and it will be nice knowing that because of my help students across North Carolina will get to learn about various countries around the world and their cultures. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy relaxing with friends, eating delicious food, listening to music, and exploring Chapel Hill and beyond.

Sarah Vaughn

My name is Sarah and I’m a freshman at UNC. While I’m currently undecided on a major, I have an interest in global studies. I’ve traveled to Europe and Central America, and my passion is learning about different countries and cultures. It’s a privilege to be able to help facilitate the education of local kids. There are many important lessons to be gained from learning about another culture, such as open-mindedness and new perspectives, and it’s always cool to get a glimpse into the life of someone across the world. That’s why I’m so excited to be working with Carolina Navigators!

Zayrha Rodriquez

Bio and photo coming soon!

Bridget MacPherson

Hi! My name is Bridget MacPherson and I am a first year Anthropology and Global Studies double major at UNC. My primary concentrations are in global economics and Latin America, and I aim to use my knowledge to pursue a career global business consulting to aid in developing economies in various countries throughout Latin America.

I have not had much of an opportunity to travel outside of the U.S., but hailing from Fort Myers, FL, I have been exposed to different cultures throughout my life. My passion for academia has combined with my newfound interest in global travel in many ways since coming to UNC, but joining the Carolina Navigators team has certainly been the most eyeopening experience. Being able to learn about dozens of countries’ cultures through our culture kits has sparked my fascination of regions such as the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Moreover, being able to instill a love and fascination for culture in young children throughout the state of North Carolina is such a privilege. Knowing that the work we do everyday is going to make a difference in theses students’ lives is such a rewarding feeling.

I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with the Carolina Navigators, and I am looking forward to all of the growth and learning I will receive from this experience!



Jacquelyn Gonzalez Prieto

Hi! My name is Jacquelyn Gonzalez Prieto, but you can call me Jaki. I am a Junior double majoring in Communication and Sociology. I was born in Hollywood, California and moved to Cary, North Carolina at age 7. A weird, but hopefully endearing dream of mine is to own a farm where I can house animals from all over the world that were rescued from factories, shelters, etc. I love animals and children and people in general. For that reason, I love learning about different cultures because I think our culture is something that really makes us individuals but can also tie us to communities. There really is nothing more beautiful to me than understanding how others see the world because that is the first step towards compassion.

Kelly Harrings

My name is Kelly, and I’m a senior studying Economics and Global Studies with a minor in Asian Studies. On campus, I’m also a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, a peer tutor, and a study abroad peer advisor. In my free time, I like trying new restaurants  reading, and of course traveling. Last semester I was able to study abroad in London at King’s College, and I’m so excited to be back with Carolina Navigators help out as well as share my experiences. I love learning about other cultures, and I believe Carolina Navigators provides valuable resources to make other cultures and countries accessible to everyone.

Ashlyn Siske

My name is Ashlyn Siske and I am a senior at UNC majoring in media and journalism with a concentration in public relations and sports communication. I have previously interned with the Dale Jr. Foundation, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. While I am graduating in December, I am so excited to intern with the Carolina Navigators this semester. I decided to become an intern because I have always had an interest in learning about other cultures. My brother and I both began to learn foreign languages at a young age, so we have always been introduced to new cultures. I think it is important for students to learn more about other cultures and learn about different areas of the world.  I am so excited to work with Carolina Navigators this semester!


Bella Courtenay-Morris

Isabella Courtenay-Morris (Bella) is a sophomore majoring in Media and Journalism: Strategic Communication and potentially Economics. She also has a Social and Economic Justice minor.  Originally from Australia, Bella grew up traveling between New South Wales and the Colorado Rocky Mountains every six months (her parents are ski instructors). She attended school in both countries until 10th grade – switching between schools each semester. Bella then decided to complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and graduate high school in the United States. During her time doing IB, Bella primarily focused on the civil rights, art and culture of Aboriginal Australians. In high school Bella also participated in a two-week exchange in Chamonix, France and a four-week language exchange in Bariloche, Argentina.  She plans to study abroad in Asia this upcoming summer, as well as Europe during Fall semester of her junior year.  At Carolina, Bella is a Buckley Public Service Scholar, a SMART Mentor through APPLES Service-Learning, an Easing Abroad Students Entry (EASE) Mentor and a member of Chi Omega Sorority. In her spare time, Bella likes to paint, hike,  binge-watch Netflix, go to concerts and travel (she’s been to 11 countries!)  Bella is excited to intern with Carolina Navigators this year!