OCS Staff

General contact

Helena Kaufman
Helena Kaufman Bio
Director of Off-Campus Studies
Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Contact Helena Kaufman

As director of OCS, Helena is responsible for coordinating Off-Campus Studies programming on campus, working with Carleton faculty on the development of Carleton seminars, advising students on program choices, and supervising the OCS office. Originally from Poland, she has worked at OCS since 2000 and holds a PhD in Luso-Brazilian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Naomi Ziegler
Naomi Ziegler Bio
Associate Director of Off Campus Studies
Contact Naomi Ziegler

Naomi works with several of the Carleton seminars, OCS events, and student advising. She holds a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and master’s degrees in counseling and French studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the OCS office in 2006.

Leslie Vanderwood
Leslie Vanderwood
Terra Dotta Systems Manager and Data Coordinator
Contact Leslie Vanderwood

Leslie works with the Director and Assistant Director in developing off-campus study services, resources, and opportunities for students and faculty, and manages the Terra Dotta Software application system (OCS Student Portal).  Leslie has a B.A. in French from Lawrence University.

Rob Quanbeck
Rob Quanbeck Profile
Program Manager
Contact Rob Quanbeck

Rob works with all aspects of Carleton's Global Engagement Programs (Cameroon, Europe, and India). He has worked with study abroad and international student services at several higher education institutions in Minnesota. Rob has a master's degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he joined the OCS office in 2012.

Jen McMurray
Jen McMurray Bio
Administrative and Pre-Departure Process Specialist
Contact Jen McMurray

Jen joined the OCS office in 2018 and works closely with the staff to ensure smooth transitions abroad for students. She provides logistical support for Carleton and non-Carleton study abroad programs. Additionally, she plans, promotes, and implements pre-departure meetings and re-entry events in addition to organizing information sessions, health and safety meetings, international research presentations, and an annual study abroad fair. She is pursuing an MAOL degree in Nonprofit & Public Leadership from St. Catherine University and holds a BA from UW-La Crosse.