Program Director

Daniel Siefken

Dan graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and in 2012 received a Master of Science in Global and International Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a student of LASP during the spring of 2004, after which he worked in multiple CCCU member schools as a resident director and as an admissions representative. He served as the country director of a medical non-profit for over two years in Guatemala, and later returned to Guatemala to assist with a semester-long study abroad program with his alma mater. Most recently Dan worked at the University of Texas at Austin as the assistant director for faculty-led programs. Dan brings a passion for international education to the LASP directorship and hopes to see students develop spiritually, academically, culturally and socially through their LASP experience.


LASP Faculty and Assistants

Additional Latin and North American personnel assist in seminar courses, concentrations, language instruction, the administration of host families, travel and practicum/internship experiences.

Britney Villhauer, Program Coordinator

Britney joined the LASP team in 2013, after attending the program as a student in the spring 2010 semester. She holds bachelors’ degrees in Biology and Spanish from Greenville College and a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with an emphasis on Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois. She also has two years of experience working in ministry in health care and study abroad in a rural community in Guatemala.


Carmen Luna, Spanish Program Coordinator

Carmen was born in Costa Rica but grew up in the United States, where she studied Spanish, French and English at City University of New York.  She worked at the United Nations for 15 years in New York and in Costa Rica.  For the past 20 years she has coordinated Spanish language programs in different institutions.  She has also been involved in translating into Spanish the Latin American and Caribbean section of the Encyclopedia of Religions in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula. 


Jessica Sánchez, Administrative Coordinator

Jessica has served as LASP Administrative Coordinator since 1999. Her many responsibilities at LASP include host family selection and accounting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources from the Universidad Latina, and a Licenciatura in Clinical Psychology from Universidad Fidelitas. Jessica is an active leader of young married couples in her church.


Emily Kubbe, Program Assistant

Emily is the newest member to join the LASP team. After studying with LASP during the fall 2015 semester, she graduated from Northwestern College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Emily holds an International certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and has taught English in both the U.S. and Costa Rica. She also has experience working in International Programs managing volunteer, internship, and Spanish programs in Costa Rica.