OIP Staff

Grant M Chapman
Associate Provost



Grant Chapman is the senior international officer at Kansas State University. He leads and manages the Office of International Programs (OIP), the University office for centralized international activities, initiatives and programs. Grant has oversight of the OIP units (Education Abroad, English Language Program, International Student and Scholar Services) as well as International Partnerships, and International Faculty Collaboration and Research. Grant publishes and presents on international higher education and international law.

Prior to Kansas State, Grant served as a faculty and administrator in various positions at Webster University. He was the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director for International Programs (Senior International Officer). Prior, he was director of Webster's London campus. He serves as an adjunct faculty for international law.

Education: JD and MA in Public Administration, St. Louis University and BS in Political Science, Oklahoma State University

Awards: Phi Beta Kappa – Gamma of Oklahoma Chapter, Dean Rudolph C. Hasl Award for International Law (St. Louis University), Fulbright Award to Japan

Beverley Earles, Ph.D.

Associate Director for International Planning and Analysis



Dr. Beverley Earles is the Associate Director for International Partnerships. Dr. Earles is responsible for managing international strategic partnerships, guiding OIP collaborative programs. In addition, her data collection and analysis provide for useful data for the ever changing international education environment. Her work assists in decision making with partnerships with regards to short programs, recruiting international students, and decisions about funding and scholarship activity for programs and faculty.

Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Earles has over 30 years of involvement in international affairs and has held office in several international organizations including Chair of Program Administration, TESOL. She is also a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

Education: Ph.D. World Religions, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1984. Dip. TESL, English Language Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1979.

Stefan Yates, MS. Ed.

International Program/Project Manager




Stefan Yates is the International Program/Project Manager. Stefan is responsible for managing international programs inventory and strategic planning initiatives.

Stefan has been employed at Kansas State University for almost 20 years in a variety of roles most recently with the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and served on many committees notably the President's Commission on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (PCDEIB) and the President's Commission on Religious, Spiritual, and Nonreligious Diversity (PCRSND) as well as working extensively with the university's diverse and international populations.

Education: MS Ed Counseling and Student Services, Kansas State University, 2016. PhD in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Kansas State University (In Progress).

OIP Office Staff

Barbara Lippman

Executive Assistant




Barbara is the Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost of OIP. She provides office and calendar managment; coordination for International MOU's, Australia Initiatives - Fulbright Scholarships and the Oz to Oz program, International Education Week, Vernon Larson Lecture, other events and projects as assigned; and administrative support to the OIP leadership and units as needed. Barbara began her career at K-State in 2011 and has institutional experience within the OIP for over 12 years. Prior experience includes event management, retail and direct sales, and the hospitality industry.

Education: BA in Recreational Administration from Kansas State University.

Joseph Braun

Computer Information Specialist


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Joe is responsible for OIP computer technician support of over 30 employees, the ELP students and supporting units. He also recommends software applications and is responsible for setting up testing sites for English Language Program partner universities. He began his career at KSU in 2007 in the OIP department. Prior to KSU he had 20 plus years at McCall Pattern Department in the technical support department.

Education: BA in Sociology from Fort Hays University.

OIP Staff - Unit Directors


Katelin Christianer-Donkers

Director of Education Abroad



Katelin directs the OIP Education Abroad, the office responsible for coordinating international education opportunities for students. Education Abroad hosts several exchange and affiliate agreements with international partners, facilitates faculty led programs, and works with the Kansas State University in Italy entity to offer a wide range of program opportunities. The office assists students and faculty with application logistics, pre-departure preparation, and post-program considerations.

Education: M.Ed. in International Education from Endicott College; B.S in Business Administration from Kansas State University

Ketty Reppert

Interim Director of English Language Program



Ketty directs the OIP English Language Program, working with the Academic and Faculty Coordinators to oversee ELP curriculum, in-class assessment, and faculty development and support.

Education: M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University, B.A. in English from Sterling College.

Sara Thurston, Ph.D.

Director, International Student and Scholar Services



Sara directs the OIP International Student and Scholar Services which serves the over 1,000 international students, over 300 international scholars, and their families. The office provides the immigration and cultural adjustment support through orientation, advising, programming, and trips. Additionally, ISSS provides programming to educate the university and entire community about the diverse cultures represented at K-State.

Education: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Loyola University Chicago; M.Ed., Counseling and College Student Personnel, University of Louisville ; B.A., Spanish and Art History, University of Louisville.