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TTU Study Abroad Team

Staff Directories

Not sure who to contact for an advising appointment? Review the advising appointment instructions for more information.

TTU Study Abroad Lubbock Professional Staff

Whitney Longnecker, M.A. 

Director of Study Abroad

Whitney Longnecker

Whitney has served as Director of Study Abroad since 2018. In this role, Whitney leads all aspects of TTU Study Abroad including student and faculty support before, during and after a study abroad experience. Whitney has a passion for ensuring Red Raiders stay healthy and safe while abroad, and she manages all emergency and risk management for approved study abroad programs. Whitney presents regularly on the topic of student health and safety abroad.

As an undergraduate student, Whitney studied and interned abroad in London, England, and Hangzhou, China. Whitney's personal study abroad experiences ignited her passion for international travel and education abroad and in turn, Whitney earned a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute. During her graduate work, Whitney participated in a faculty-led study abroad program in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Whitney has ventured to nearly 40 countries for professional work and personal travel.

Whitney was recently featured in an Office of International Affairs Staff Spotlight. Read the staff spotlight to learn more about Whitney.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: whitney.longnecker@ttu.edu

Bethany Kuwitzky, M.Ed.

Assistant Director / Credit Coordinator / Exchange Coordinator

Bethany Kuwitzky

Bethany studied abroad twice while she was a student at Texas Tech. Her first time studying abroad, she studied in Central America for one month. Her second time abroad, she spent one year in Iceland at the University of Reykjavik. She was a Study Abroad Peer Advisor for the Office of International Affairs for three years. She enjoys advising students on their future study abroad experience.

Bethany was recently featured in an Office of International Affairs Staff Spotlight. Read the staff spotlight to learn more about Bethany.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: bethany.kuwitzky@ttu.edu

Adrianna Ward

Assistant Director / Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship Coordinator

 Adrianna Sotelo

Adrianna graduated from Texas Tech University in 2015 after majoring in History and minoring in Political Science; this academic path sparked her global interest and in learning more about different cultures and their peoples. Adrianna has been with the Office of International Affairs for several years, starting out as a Student Assistant and now serving as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad. In this role, Adrianna oversees all faculty-led study abroad programs and the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship, among other duties.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: adrianna.ward@ttu.edu

Carly Allman 

Study Abroad Counselor

Carly Allman

Carly graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with minors in Tourism Management and German. Her love for travel began in 2007 when she spent 3 weeks in Australia as a student ambassador. Since then, she has visited 7 additional countries. During her time at Texas A&M, she studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, taking German language and culture classes, as well as completing an internship at the Akademie für Internationale Bildung. After college she became a travel consultant focusing on educational travel for music programs. When she isn't dreaming of far-off places, she enjoys camping and taking road trips with her husband and two kids. Carly has a passion for helping others get the most out of their study abroad experience.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: carly.allman@ttu.edu

Natalee Gomez

Program Coordinator/Social Media Coordinator

Bethany Kuwitzky

Natalee graduated from Texas Tech in 2023 with a Spanish major and English and Journalism minors. She had been fascinated with language and culture her whole life, but her first experience abroad was during her semester at the TTU Center in Seville. During that time she visited over 10 different cities in Spain, over 5 cities in Italy, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. When she returned she was TTU Seville Ambassador and an intern for the study abroad social media page.

During her time at Tech she worked for the Texas Tech Football Team, Women's Soccer team and was a Journalist for The Daily Toreador Website and TheHub. Natalee is an extrovert who is extremely passionate about pop culture, sports, fashion and marine science. She hopes to ignite that same passionate spark in all her students wanting to travel abroad!

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: nataleeg@ttu.edu

Lanna Sheldon

Administrator of the TTU Center in Sevilla

 Lanna Sheldon

Lanna has traveled to more than 40 countries and has lived and worked in Madrid, Spain and Sydney, Australia after backpacking extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Her love of travel was sparked by her two Study Abroad programs at the TTU Center in Sevilla, where she studied international advertising, completed an internship and earned her degree in Spanish.

Lanna graduated in 2012 with degrees in Electronic Media & Communications and Spanish, and a minor in English. Her experiences at Texas Tech have opened opportunities for her around the globe.

Lanna is passionate for people and for travel and enjoys seeing that same passion in her prospective students as they embark on their journeys abroad to Spain.

Lanna was recently featured in an College of Media and Communications Young Alumni Spotlight. Read the alumni spotlight to learn more about Lanna.

Phone: (806) 742-3667

Email: lanna.sheldon@ttu.edu


Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisors

Josh Hernandez

Assistant Director, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Joshua Hernandez

Law school students may contact Josh Hernandez for financial aid questions.

Phone: (806) 742-3681

Email: Jdez8099.Hernandez@ttu.edu

Nikki Nordell

Senior Advisor, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

 Nikki Nordell

Students may meet with Nikki to discuss financial aid and study abroad. Students should contact Nikki after they have been accepted to their chosen study abroad program and after their program has been assigned a current budget.

Phone: (806) 742-3681

Email: nikki.nordell@ttu.edu