Meet the APA Staff

  Contact Duties & Education Fun Facts
Dr. Leder

Harald Leder, Ph.D

Duties: Directs and coordinates all APA activities, from budgeting to strategic planning. Represents APA to LSU and abroad. Fulbright, Gilman, and NSEP scholarship advisor. Summer program director (LSU in Germany) and instructor for German and history.


  • Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University
  • M.A. in history from Louisiana State University
  • Graduate studies in history from Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Undergraduate degrees in English, history, and Spanish from Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg (Germany)

Hometown: Ansbach, Germany

Studied Abroad/Away: Louisiana State University, USA

Traveled to: Almost all of Europe, Mexico, Taiwan

Favorite Destination: Mexico

Next on your List: Travel in the United States and Latin America

Jill Clemmons

Jill Clemmons,
Assistant Director

Duties: Coordinates faculty-led, short-term programs. Assumes director role throughout the summer when director is abroad directing his summer program.


  • M.P.A. in Public Administration from Louisiana State University
  • B.A. in French literature from Valdosta State University

Hometown: Columbus, Georgia (USA)

Studied Abroad/Away: London, England (University of Roehampton); Paris, France

Traveled to: Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and 20 US states (plus Puerto Rico)

Favorite Destination: On my last trip to Scotland, I stopped in a hostel in Portree, Isle of Skye that had a pet fish and a sign that read “Do not read poetry to this fish. He hates it.” How can you not love a place with such an opinionated fish?

Next on your List: Since missing the extra credit question on a French geography exam that asked “what country lies between France and Spain?” I’ve wanted to see Andorra. If only the points were retroactive!

Meg Sonstroem

Meg Sonstroem,
Study Abroad Coordinator

Duties: Coordinates foreign exchange programs, in charge of the Buddy Program.


  • M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University
  • B.A. in French Language and Literature from Southern Oregon University


Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington (USA)

Studied Abroad/Away: Université de Poitiers; Tulle, France

Traveled to: France, England, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey and 26 US states.

Favorite Destination: Outside of France (where I have spent the most amount of time because I love it so much) I would have to say Istanbul.

Next on your List: Prague and Tokyo

Marissa Baham

Marissa Baham,
Study Abroad Coordinator


Duties: NSE coordinator, Excursions, Service based Learning, Community tours


  • B.A. in Advertising, minor in Sociology from Louisiana State University

Hometown: Husser, LA (USA)

Studied Abroad/Away: domestic = 23 states; I only count ones that I have a memory of visiting, too bad I don’t remember our family trip to Alaska when I was three. globally = Great Britain, Wales, Denmark, France, Costa Rica, and Mexico

Favorite Destination: This is really hard for me to answer. Many places I have visited are full of fantastic beauty and wonderful memories. Here’s my top 5 in no particular order: Monte Verde, Costa Rica; Normandy, France; Sedona, Arizona; Barton Springs pool in Austin, TX and London, England.

Next on your List: My dream trip is to go to Alaska with my dad. Also on the dream list is Thailand, New Zealand and Iceland.



APA Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are the rock stars of APA. Many of them have studied abroad or participated in an exchange and are able to give interested students valuable advice. Peer Advisor staff our front office and are the first contact that interested students have with APA! You'll also see them around campus making class presentations and helping with marketing-related tasks like Free Speech Alley and the Study Abroad Fair.

APA's Peer Advisors serve an important function in the overall study abroad/away process. They serve as the first step in the advising process by helping you narrow down your program/exchange choices to best suit your situation. Stop into Hatcher Hall and they can print you out a list of schools and programs that allow you to take courses in your major. Remember, all majors can study abroad/away!

Meet the APA Peer Advisors