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Indiana University Bloomington

Office Staff

Jeff Holdemann

Office: 132
(812) 855-4251

Dr. Jeff Holdeman – Director

Jeff, the Director of the Global Village, has also been the Slavic Language Coordinator and Slavic Department Undergraduate Advisor since coming to IU in 2002.  He grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he went on to the University of Tennessee to receive B.A. degrees in Russian Language and Literature and Russian Area Studies, with a minor in French.  He spent the next academic year studying in St. Petersburg, and then attended Ohio State, where he received his M.A. in Russian Language and Russian Literature and his Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics.  Jeff is a lover of languages (Lithuanian made number fourteen when he attended IU’s Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages in 2006) and a passionate advocate of study abroad.  His sociolinguistic research on contemporary Russian Old Believer communities takes him to conduct fieldwork in areas in the eastern United States, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia.  In his free time, he likes performing and adding to his repertoire of vocal and guitar music from Eastern Europe and beyond.

Vera Marinova

Office: 130
(812) 855-4264

Vera Marinova– Assistant Director

Vera grew up in the small but beautiful Eastern European country of Bulgaria and moved to the US to further her personal and academic goals. As an undergraduate, she attended Berea College in Kentucky, where she received a B.A. in Asian Studies with a German language minor. During her graduate studies at IU, Vera pursued a joint M.A./M.P.A degree that combined the fields of East Asian Studies (with a focus on China), Comparative and International Affairs, and Nonprofit Management (with a focus on Environmental NGOs). Upon graduation, she spent a year at Berea College teaching Mandarin Chinese and Environmental Issues in China and a summer teaching Intensive Chinese Language at Transylvania University. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and has explored a large array of languages, hoping to delve into her tenth in the near future. Vera has worked in the study abroad field for a number of years and remains committed to promoting tolerance, knowledge, and understanding through international education, engagement, and cultural exploration.

Andy Fak

Office: 012
(812) 855-4552 or

Office Hours:

9:00 am-3:00 pm
9:00 am-2:00 pm

Ryan Tolnay – Office Assistant

Ryan grew up in Richmond, Indiana, but one fateful night he happened to watch an episode of the original Japanese “Iron Chef” that would change his life forever.  Remembering that fateful episode, Ryan and his family took a vacation to Japan, and the rest is history.  After graduating from IU with a B.A. in East Asian Studies, Ryan taught judo for the university and then moved abroad to teach English in South Korea and Europe.  Teaching allowed him to travel extensively, and after seeing Angkor Wat, he knew he could finally take a break from travelling and return to the United States to go back to school.  Ryan is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and hopes to work abroad again once he graduates.  His academic interests include history, preservation, and data management.  He also has a knack for learning how to say “Where is the bathroom?” in many different languages.  In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading, grappling, and attending heavy metal concerts.

Laura Demsey

Office: 130
(812) 855-4264

Office Hours:
Mon 2:00-7:00 pm
Tue 2:00-6:30 pm
Wed 1:15-4:45 pm
Thu, Fri 2:00-5:30 pm

Laura Demsey – Graduate Assistant

Laura was born in snowy Maine and grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, not far from New York City.  She earned her B.A. in French and Linguistics from Binghamton University.  During this time, she also spent a semester studying abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.  After graduating, Laura spent some time living and working in southeast Georgia, then relocated to Indiana to attend IU, where she is currently working on her PhD in French Linguistics.  She was an Associate Instructor of French for two years, taught for a summer in France with the IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages, and is thrilled to be a part of the Global Village for her third and fourth years at IU.  Laura has been studying French for thirteen years, loves learning new languages, and has a passion for teaching.  Her professional interests include New England French, language contact, sociolinguistics, and dialectology.  Other interests include singing, playing the flute, and Thai food.