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International Exchange Programs Alumni Chapters

YFU study abroad programs are more than intercultural exchange, it's a life changing opportunity. Discover more from our alumni.

YFU USA is building a network of local chapters led by volunteer alumni chairs throughout the country. These chapters create opportunities for alumni to gather together and offer a chance for reconnecting, professional networking, personal growth, and, of course, giving back to YFU. 


Casey Wright is a YFU Alumnus who studied abroad in Sicily in the Summer of 2000. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in a small town in Northern California, Casey had gained a great appreciation for cultural diversity and acceptance at a very young age. He later moved to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University where he earned a degree in Corporate Finance and International Business. With more than 10 years of experience in the financial service industry he is currently employed by First Republic Bank as an ACH operation analyst. As a self-proclaimed food enthusiast he feels that the best way to demystify cultural barriers is through food.

Samantha (Sam) Richardson is excited to be the Chapter Chair for the Chicago Area Chapter. Sam went on a YFU exchange to Spain in the summer of 1997. It was an experience that forever changed her and has instilled in her a love of travel. In her spare time she continues to seek adventure and enjoys planning trips to various destinations around the world. When not planning her next adventure, you can find Sam practicing yoga or running along the lake. Sam received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland and a master's from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works at the University of Chicago in their Urban Education Institute as an educational consultant. Sam feels the Chair position is a wonderful opportunity to give back to an organization that gave so much to her when she was a teenager, and has helped shape her into the woman she is today. She looks forward to meeting other alumni, learning about their experiences living abroad, and continuing to encourage other teenagers and young adults to go out and see the world.

Hello everyone - I’m Nicole from Seattle.

My YFU experience was an unforgettable exchange to Japan during the summer of 2000. As soon as I got back, I began plotting my next world adventures and have been a student of travel and languages ever since! My exchange inspired me to complete a degree in International Studies at UW, after which I went to work for a local international corporation. In my free time, I like to make the most of the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest (all seasons!), enjoy all the local international cuisine and also volunteer with international students currently on exchange in our area. 

I’m really looking forward to connecting with other local YFU alumni to share our experiences and learn from one another!

Elizabeth (Beth) Lomas grew up in Michigan, the fifth child in a family of nine children. In high school she met YFU exchange students in her classes and decided to study abroad to have an international experience and to learn to speak another language. Beth lived with a French family in the Pyrenees for a year. After returning to the U.S. and completing her undergraduate studies in electrical engineering she moved to Maryland where she still lives just outside of Annapolis. Besides keeping up with her French, Beth swims with a Masters swim team, plays bridge, cooks, and spends time with friends and family walking, bike riding, and traveling. In 2014 Beth decided to start volunteering with YFU. She is an Area Rep, organized the 2016 Washington DC area study abroad interview day and has supported international student orientations.

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