Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association

About Us

The mission of the Fulbright Association Arizona Chapter is to advocate for the Fulbright Program, foster community among Fulbright alumni and Friends of Fulbright in the state of Arizona, and promote international education through our local community. Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association

The Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a statewide chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter is focused on hosting engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout the state, primarily in Flagstaff, Tucson, and Phoenix. The chapter is closely affiliated with universities and colleges in the region, and often co-sponsors programs with these institutions.

2020 - 2021 Chapter Leadership


Holly Wheeler, representing Flagstaff

Holly Wheeler currently works in the field of international education is an Education Abroad Advisor at Northern Arizona University. She has been involved with the Fulbright Association Arizona Chapter since 2017 and is also serves as Chair of the Fulbright Association Chapter Advisory Board (2020). Holly was a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant to New Delhi, India (2016-2017).

Laura Gilbert, representing Phoenix

Laura Gilbert is an alumna of the Fulbright Brazil English Teaching Assistantship program (2019). She currently resides in the Phoenix area and serves international students as an advisor for Arizona State University. In nine short months, her experience living and learning in a small town of rural southern Brazil created a lasting impact in her personal and professional life.

Iva Skobic, MA, MSPH; representing Tucson

Iva Skobic currently serves as co-president of the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association (ACFAA), representing Southern Arizona.  Iva completed her Fulbright ETA in Uberlândia, Brazil in 2014 and has served on the leadership board of the ACFAA since 2018.  Iva is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Health at the University of Arizona and holds a BA in International Studies/Global Security from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA-ESL from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Richard Joseph Szal, PhD, MBA; representing Flagstaff

Rick Szal has been the Treasurer of the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association for the past 7 years. While he is not a Fulbright alumnus, he worked for the International Labour Organization of the UN for 25 years, and done work in 65 countries. Rick has research and project experience in employment and income-generating programs for disadvantaged groups in developing countries.


Emily Farkas, representing Phoenix

Emily Farkas participated in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, teaching English language learners in Budapest, Hungary (2010-2011). She has dedicated much of her life to education, mentoring, and teaching in Arizona’s public schools for a number of years. Emily currently works in higher education helping to develop teacher preparation programs as well as educate future teachers. Her time in Hungary has had a lasting impact on both her professional and personal life and she is honored to serve as the secretary for the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association.


Bridget Gutierrez, representing Phoenix

Bridget Gutierrez is a Fulbright Young American Journalist Award recipient (Germany, 2004-2005) who has worked as a TV News Producer and now as a Marketing & Communications professional. Bridget enjoys helping brands tell their story and has worked with the University of Phoenix, Choice Hotels, Uber, and currently Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation. She serves as a board member for the Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

Larissa Goulart, representing Flagstaff

Larissa Goulart is a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Linguistics at NAU. She was a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) of Portuguese at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln between 2017 and 2018.

La Toya A. Johnson, DBA, MBA; representing Laveen

Dr. La Toya Johnson serves as a Friends of Fulbright board member for the Arizona Chapter and a Walden University Virtual Fulbright Chapter member. She currently works in Higher Education with doctoral students who are in the dissertation phase of their programs. Dr. Johnson has experienced several life-changing studies abroad and teaching overseas opportunities which have forged her lifelong commitment to building strong supportive relationships and connecting cultures to our local communities.

Emilia Martinez-Brawley, representing Phoenix

Dr. Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley is a John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor and Professor of Social Work, whose research focuses on social service delivery in rural areas, intercultural issues, and different ways of understanding. Recently she has focused on international migration patterns, particularly of agricultural workers. She has carried out research in Latin America, Europe, Australia, Israel and has lectured extensively as a Fulbright scholar and an invited speaker.

Norman Quinn, Ph.D., representing Prescott

Dr. Norman Quinn received his Ph.D. from the Queensland University and has over 50 years of varied professional marine science experience in the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean regions. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in Fiji (1996-97), Maldives (2008-09), and Indonesia (2014) working with host country nationals to monitor coral reefs.  Dr. Quinn's research has focused on the effect of environmental changes upon marine animals and has sought a greater understanding of the process needed to conserve their habitats. He has been involved in university-level environmental instruction for more than 20 years.  Dr. Quinn is now retired and working on a book about marine livelihoods and conservation strategies.