Meet The Staff

The AIEP team is comprised of caring and professional individuals with years of experience in the international homestay industry.  With both English and Mandarin-speaking support staff, our students, parents and schools receive the support they need to facilitate success.  Additionally, we have dedicated staff in both the U.S. and China to ensure our clients receive outstanding and timely responses to their individual needs.

Meet our dedicated and experienced staff. Learn more about each Local and Student Coordinator by clicking on the Bio/School Locations tab.


David Guerrera
President of U.S. Operations
Feng Chen
President of China Operations

U.S. Staff

Local Coordinators

Daisy Benson
Local Coordinator Supervisor

[ E ] dbenson@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.1412

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

As a Local Coordinator Supervisor,  Daisy manages a team of 10 Local Coordinators who oversee families in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey. She plans and implements webinar trainings and Host Parent Orientations, and helps support relationships with our partner schools.

While working with AIEP, Daisy has enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture and traditions, and discovering the similarities between American and Chinese teenagers.

Daisy enjoys working for a company that fosters a sense of community, and provides their employees with opportunities for growth; AIEP cares for their employees and their families.

On a personal note, Daisy is a mother to 3 adult children, and a grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren. She is also a host parent for AIEP and enjoys the experience with her host students. In her free time, Daisy enjoys cleaning her house, listening to music, and watching Disney movies with her grandchildren.

Sharon Meinck
Local Coordinator

[ E ] smeinck@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.0076

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East Greenwich, RI

Fairfield, CT

Hartford, CT

Providence, RI

Middletown, CT

Wakefield, RI

Warwick, RI

West Hartford, CT

West Simsbury, CT

Woonsocket, RI

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


As a Local Coordinator, Sharon works to recruit, interview, and screen new host families interested in hosting a student. She maintains regular communication with the participating schools as well as the students.

Her favorite part of the job is being able to create a relationship with the host families, schools, and students.

Previously, Sharon worked for almost 20 years with a cultural exchange program working directly with host families all over the country. She has seen firsthand how being exposed to different cultures has a positive and lasting influence on everyone involved.

Sharon has a degree in Elementary Education and was a substitute teacher and taught preschool for several years.

Sharon is married and has 1 daughter and a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, Broadway musicals and watching American football.

Claudine Salayko
Local Coordinator

[ E ] csalayko@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.578.0852

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“Nothing is Impossible. The word Itself says I’m Possible” – Audrey Hepburn

Claudine Salayko is a Local Coordinator  Her responsibilities include finding Host families that will take on International Students while they get their American Education.  She tries to match the students with the families.

Claudine’s prior experience has been in Customer Service and Sales. She has managed as well.  Her experience has been with Companies such as Olympus, Canon, and Selective Insurance.  She has a very broad background and experience in dealing with people.

She enjoys the Local Coordinator position because she feels she is making a difference in today’s children.  To be part of a wonderful Organization that can combine Cultures so we can all learn more is wonderful to her.  She believes in Diversity and is so happy to be part of the AIEP family.

Claudine loves animals and has 2 cats and a dog.  She is married with a daughter.  She loves to Cook and play Tennis.

Student Coordinators

Carol Du
Local Coordinator

[ E ] cdu@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 617.850.2368

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Braintree, MA

Brockton, MA

Boston, MA

Lawrence, MA

Lynn, MA

Malden, MA

Northbridge, MA

Providence, RI

Springfield, MA

Tyngsboro, MA

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow” – Helen Keller


As a Local Coordinator, with many years of experience in the education field, Carol evaluates and resolves student’s inquiries, issues, and problems. She also ensures appropriate actions were implemented to the satisfaction of students and parents. Carol works closely with schools and has a good relationship with host families. She enjoys interacting with her students and helping them adapt to life in America.

Carol is a mother of 2 daughters and loves to go hiking and traveling with her family.

Lily Hu
Student Coordinator

[ E ] chu@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.2751

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Hamden, CT

Middlebury, CT

Milford, CT

Simsbury, CT

Waterbury, CT

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating.” – Elon Musk


As a Student Coordinator, Lily works with local coordinators and serves the students and their parents to gain a satisfying experience throughout the AIEP program.

Lily graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism in China and a Master’s degree in Communication in Florida. Her passion for student affairs can be traced back to her college time. She worked as a Marketing and Recruitment Assistant with Chinese students for more than one year and found her career path in the field of educations and international student affairs. The students she has worked with turn out to succeed academically, socially, and culturally.

Lily is actively involved with community activities and committed to CrossFit. New things make her excited and she likes to challenge herself. Out of the office, she is a low productive photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Wanda Luo
Student Coordinator

[ E ] wluo@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.592.1650

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Baltimore, MD

Danbury, CT

Edison, NJ

Shrewsbury, MA

Somers, NY

Trumbull, CT

“No man is an island.” – John Donne


As a Student Coordinator, Wansu enjoys building a bridge of communication among students, parents, schools, and AIEP. She has a background as an educator and as a professional translator. She is fluent in Mandarin and English which makes it very easy for our students and natural parents.

Wansu’s favorite part of the job is conversing with students and learning about their hopes and dreams. She is proud to be part of a team that helps the students achieve their goals.

In her free time, Wansu loves swimming, music, and theater.

Support Staff

Elifsena (Elif) Biroglu
Turkey Regional Representative

[ E ] turkey@aiepusa.com

[ P ] +90.543.527.3986

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Rong (Leah) Chen
Executive Assistant

[ E ] rchen@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.0071

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Ferdiana Dede
Marketing, Communications and Event Coordinator

[ E ] fdede@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.592.8856

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Megan LaPorta
Executive Assistant

[ E ] mlaporta@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.598.6630

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Helen (Hue) Le
Vietnam Regional Representative

[ E ] hle@aiepusa.com

[ P ] +84.938.887.839

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Wen Lee
Student Coordinator Supervisor

[ E ] wlee@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.0662

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Yolanda Wang
Case Processor

[ E ] ywang@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.518.0775

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Christine Zhang
Case Processor

[ E ] czhang@aiepusa.com

[ P ] 203.592.8795

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China Staff

Ann Feng
Student Coordinator Supervisor

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Quanhui Fu
Supervisor of Case Processor

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Yini Gao

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Chunyi Hou
Student Coordinator

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Fan Jiang
Director of Student Recruitment

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Cynphia Jiang
Administrative Assistant

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Grace Liang
Student Coordinator

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Chanfen Lin
Case Processor

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Ivy Liu
Executive Assistant

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Jannie Liu

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Jing Qiao
Case Processor

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Yue Sun
Student Coordinator

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Sherry Wang
Executive Assistant

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Mandy Wang
Student Coordinator

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Xiaolu Wang

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Jiayu Wang

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Feng Wen
Student Coordinator

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Elly Yang
Director Assistant of Eastern China

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Elva Zhang
Director of Eastern China

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Xiaoyu Zhang
Case Processor

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Wendy Zhong
Director of Northern China

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