Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Meet the Staff

Dr. Pedro Bidegaray  Pedro E. Bidegaray, Ph.D.  
 Director, Study Abroad and Outreach
 (309) 298-2504

Pedro promotes and facilitates institutional engagement domestically as well as internationally, expands the relevance and benefits of international education and perspectives across campus. Additionally, Pedro facilitates and supports initiatives that help academic programs serve the local and international community.


Helena Lira Helena Lira
Assistant Director, Study Abroad and Outreach
(309) 762-9481 , ext. 62357


Helena is responsible for coordinating international professional development as well as domestic professional development. Additionally, Helena oversees the Macomb and Quad Cities lifelong learning programs, summer youth camps and conferences.


Kim McDaniel

Kim McDaniel
Study Abroad Advisor, Faculty-led programs
(309) 298-2504

Kim has worked in the Study Abroad and Outreach office since 2001. In 2005 she moved to her current role, in which she coordinates the faculty-led programs and provides administrative support to faculty leaders. Additionally, Kim advises students about their options to study abroad.


Ehren Kuzekov Ehren Kuzekov
Study Abroad Advisor, Individual Programs
(309) 298-2504


Ehren supports students participating in programs through the Office’s exchange and direct partners as well as works to maintain partnerships with exchange and direct programs. Ehren also works closely with departments at WIU in supporting students with their study abroad plans. 

Ehren participated in a semester-long study abroad program in Australia as an undergraduate student and went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan after graduation. After completing Peace Corps, Ehren returned to Kazakhstan as a graduate student to complete an internship and has traveled to many other countries.


Sally AdamsSally Adams
Chief Clerk
309) 298-1911


Sally provides support to the director, specifically aiding with administrative processes and program development. Sally also supervises the Outreach student assistant. 


Dawn Gray Dawn Gray
Office Support Specialist
(309) 298-2504


Dawn has many responsibilities in the office. She represents the office during school events, provides some advising to students, and keeps our website updated, among other things. Dawn is also a graduate student in the College Student Personnel: Higher Education Leadership  Master’s program. Her ultimate goal is to become a Study Abroad Advisor as she loves assisting students plan their abroad learning experience.


Contact Us

Macomb Campus

Physical Location:
Office of Study Abroad & Outreach
Horrabin Hall 8

1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-2504

Quad Cities

Physical Location:
QC Complex, Building C
Phone: (309) 762-9481 Ext. 62357