U.S. Participants



Emily Quinlan

Emily is a first year student from Rindge, NH. Emily has never traveled outside of the country. She is interested in studying International Relations. It is certain that Emily’s participation not only will benefit the Kosovars but also herself. She is an intelligent woman who understands the bigger picture of things. She has already learned a lot about Kosovo since discovering this program. This attitude demonstrates her strong passion for this project as well as her commitment to the study of International Relations. Emily is a great communicator and listener; she knows the importance of inclusion and collaboration. Emily’s passion for soccer and international relations as well as her intelligence will enrich this Kosovo exchange program.

Cassidy Robinson

Cassidy is a first year student. She is interested in majoring in Environmental Science. She is from a small town (Lebanon, NH) and has limited experience of traveling to foreign countries. Thus, she is determined to make the most of this exchange opportunity with Kosovo, and to develop relationships with Kosovars. Cassidy is a positive thinker and a hard worker. She will be able to maintain her composure and initiate actions positively when faced with unexpected situations. Cassidy initiates extra work without anyone asking her. She knows the importance of hard work in order to reach her goals. With her positive attitude and her excitement for the trip, Cassidy will have a significant positive influence on this Kosovo exchange program.

Tori Shaffrey

Tori is a first year student from Charlottesville, VA. She is interested in majoring in Economics. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. She is an open-minded person who respects others and knows the importance of teamwork. As the oldest of three siblings, she developed an ability to be responsible for, and take care of, others. Tori is eager to travel to Kosovo, learn more about the culture, and develop relationship with Kosovar alumnae. With her composed and easy-going personality, Tori will be able to demonstrate great teamwork and support others in the program.

Kathleen Toomey

Kathleen is a first year student from Chester, MA. She learned about the country of Kosovo in an Anthropology class, and she has a classmate from Kosovo. She recently traveled to Ireland and Germany where her family was originally from. The recent intercultural and learning experiences raised her interest in majoring in Anthropology, now particularly in the direction of Kosovo and other foreign countries. Kathleen is a great communicator who knows how to include others and who collaborates well. Her passion for soccer, her intelligence, and her communication skills will be strong assets for the Kosovo exchange program.

Hannah Yee

Hannah is a first year student from Amherst, MA. She has been demonstrating her strong leadership and reliability on and off the field even as a younger player on the team. She is a regular starting member on the soccer field. She represents the soccer team for Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the Athletics Department. Hannah is interested in developing her career in sport, particularly in women/girls’ sports. Prior to college, Hannah represented the team USA at the Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Germany. While she was in Germany, she realized the power of sport which can connect people from different cultures and different languages. Hannah’s strong leadership and her awareness for girls in sports will enrich this program and provide more meaningful experiences to others.


Anna Baeth

Baeth is the Head Field Hockey Coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Prior to this position, she served as the Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Mount Holyoke and Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. In her time at Mount Holyoke, the team earned the titles of co-champions of the NEWMAC conference and ECAC champions. In her other coaching roles, Baeth teaches youth, club, and elite high school players.
Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Sociology / Anthropology and Educational Studies, where she was also a four year letter winner in field hockey. At Swarthmore, Baeth also coached TopSoccer for mentally and physically disabled youth and founded the not-for-profit organization Chester Neighborhood Bike Works, which allowed young people to earn, build, and safely ride bicycles.
Baeth earned her Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she completed her thesis, The Voice(less) Behind the Whistle: Female Coaches and Storytelling, Narrative as Definition, Typology, and Experience. She has also studied conflict transformation at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and intends to complete a doctorate in Sport for Development with a focus on peace building through youth sport.

Carly Gettler

Carly Gettler just completed her second year as the Assistant Soccer Coach at Mount Holyoke College. She also recently received her Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Studies at Smith College. As part of her Master's, she completed a special studies project on brain-based learning in soccer. Prior to Mount Holyoke, Carly spent four years living and working as a graphic designer at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. She has coached several youth teams in DC and Massachusetts through the clubs DC Stoddert, Western United, and the Junior Pioneers of Western Mass. As an undergraduate, Carly attended the University of Richmond in Virginia, where she double-majored in Leadership Studies and Studio Art and played soccer. In 2002, her team won the Atlantic 10 conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, a program-best performance. With her leadership background, Carly is especially interested in developing positive, effective communication in groups and in studying team dynamics and relationships. She believes that sport offers a great forum to connect to a community, and she is always looking for ways to enact this.