Janeé Wells
Executive Director

Janeé got a taste for cross-cultural exchange in Europe after high school and loves how it broadens horizons for both the host and the guest. Janeé has served five non-profit health care and human services organizations in Texas and Minnesota through her degree in Communications, often organizing adult learning activities and empowering volunteers. She has also enjoyed short-term cross cultural exchange in Central America and SE Asia. Prior to CXI she was Exec. Dir of the Hospitality Center for Chinese in St. Paul. She is a member of ACMI, practitioners of cross cultural services. Janeé was named to this position Jan. 1, 2019, and serves CXI part-time. Email her at janee@cxiumn.org.

Barbara Fadirepo
Director of Student Engagement

Having married an international student, Barbara has first hand knowledge of the needs and challenges they face and loves to help them find joy along their journey. Barbara is certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). In addition to teaching classes for CXI, Barbara assists incoming international students, scholars, and their families in practical ways as they acclimate to life in the US. She brings enthusiasm to CXI activities and has served on staff connecting with our guests for more than a decade! Barbara serves part time and welcomed three grandchildren into the world in early 2019! Her email is Barbara@cxiumn.org.

Dr. Oleksandr “Sasha” Komarenko
Program Coordinator

Oleksandr joined the CXI staff in April in a part time role. He coordinates the planning, publicity and hosting of classes and activities. He comes with first-hand experience, having arrived to a Christian College in Mankato from Ukraine two decades ago. His credentials include a Ed.D. in Counselor Education: College Student Affairs, and a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. His organizational support and teaching experience is as deep as his desire to serve international students well. Conversation Partners, our 2nd and 4th Saturday lunch event, is the best place to meet Sasha. Email him at programs@cxiumn.org.

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Janeé Wells
Executive Director

Janeé got a taste for cross-cultural exchange in Europe after high school and loves how it broadens horizons for both the host and the guest. She has also enjoyed short-term cross cultural exchange in Central America and SE Asia. Janeé has served five non-profit health care and human services organizations in Texas and Minnesota through her degree in Communications, often organizing adult learning activities and empowering volunteers. Prior to CXI she was Exec. Dir of the Hospitality Center for Chinese in St. Paul. She is a member of ACMI, practitioners of cross cultural services. Janeé was named to this position Jan. 1, 2019, and serves CXI part-time. Email her at janee@cxiumn.org.