Graduate Student Coordinator

The graduate student coordinator helps incoming exchange students with various tasks including the application and enrollment processes.

Jacob Borst

Jacob is pursuing his Masters in French Studies. He hails from Metro Detroit and is a proud Michigander. He earned his BA in French and International Affairs in 2019 from Eastern Michigan University. As an undergraduate student, Jacob interned several times at U.S. Department of State-related organizations in Washington, D.C. and competed in Model United Nations at the University of Toronto, most notably on the francophone committee. He is looking forward to completing an internship in a francophone country in 2020.


Our administration works closely with overseas partners. These staff also advise students on study abroad programs, process course equivalencies, and maintain smooth operations of our office.

Joseph Halaas

Joseph Halaas

Mr. Halaas joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 2010 where he manages the undergraduate study abroad and exchange programs for the Wisconsin School of Business. Before coming to the business school, Mr. Halaas worked as an international admissions counselor in the UW-Madison Office of Admissions. He also has experience teaching French and English abroad, and has worked in the private sector as deputy publisher for a business magazine for the autobody industry.

Halaas earned his B.A. in French from Denison University and his masters in French studies with a concentration in international education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of his master’s degree, Mr. Halaas worked as a researcher at the Department of Multilingualism and the Centre for Teaching and Researching Foreign Languages at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Brianna Cacchione

Brianna Cacchione

Brianna Cacchione joined the BBA program as an International Programs Manager in 2018. Before coming to the Wisconsin School of Business, Brianna was an assistant director at International Student Services (ISS) here on campus. In 2013, she came to UW-Madison with nine years of international education experience from working at Centralia College in Washington state, Madison ESL School (MESLS), and in Japan with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).

As a proud Badger alumna, she earned her B.A. in Portuguese and completed a certificate in Women’s Studies. She studied abroad in London, Brazil, and Portugal. Several years later, she earned her M.S. Ed. through the Student Affairs Administration program at UW-La Crosse. She currently resides in New Glarus, America’s Little Switzerland, along with her husband and two boys.

Danner Cusimano Bianca

Bianca Cusimano Danner

Bianca Cusimano Danner joined the Wisconsin School of Business in 2018 and works with International Programs for both BBA and EEMBA students. Prior to joining the International Programs team at WSB she worked at Texas A&M University in their campus wide Study Abroad Programs Office.

Bianca earned her BSBA in International Business and Marketing at Saint Louis University. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad in China and Panama. After completing her degree, she worked in sales in St. Louis, MO for a couple years before returning to school at the University of Texas at Austin where she received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She is originally from Illinois and is excited both to be back in the Midwest and working with business students.

Deidre Robinson

Deedie Robinson

Deedie joined International Programs in 2013 after having worked with both the BBA and MBA programs in the Wisconsin School of Business. Before coming to the business school, Deedie worked in the College of Letters and Science Dean’s Office, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Women’s Studies program, and taught English as a Second Language to executives, college students and refugees. She has also taught Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking.

Deedie earned a BA in English with a minor in History, an MA in Communication Theory, and completed coursework for a doctorate in Rhetorical Theory, History and Criticism. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in London.