U.S. Staff

Olivia Morris, an alumna of Semester in Spain and Taylor University, serves as the Coordinator of Recruitment and Marketing. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish, International Studies, and Biblical Literature and has a background in the bilingual non-profit and business worlds. Additionally, Olivia loved her experience in Sevilla and prided herself on finding affordable adventures in Europe (and Africa!) as well as finding the best gluten and dairy-free tapas and gelato in Spain! Olivia and her husband, Nate, currently live in Dallas, Texas where they enjoy paddle boarding, camping, hiking, cooking, golfing, and investing in the Spanish-speaking community. Olivia is elated to incorporate her prior studies, semester abroad, and other experiences into this role as she connects with universities and students.

Dynitta J. Lieuwen, is an educator, a writer, and a public speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology, a Master’s of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling, a Master’s in Ministry, and a Master’s in Divinity from Cincinnati Christian University. She has served as a mentor to African American youth and emerging adults for over thirty years, both academically and pastorally. Currently, she is working at Trinity Christian College for both the offices of the Provost and Semester in Spain as the Coordinator of Student Enrollment. Her research interests are currently focused on Bible/theology, culture/ethnicity, African-American history, and the African diaspora. For fun, she is “slightly” addicted to K-(Korean) dramas, loves to travel, and absolutely adores her 24 nieces/nephews and 6 great nieces/nephews.


Maria Hodapp is the Director of Off-Campus Programs at Trinity Christian College and the International Director of Semester In Spain. Her love for the Spanish language and culture has only grown since her first captivating trip to Spain back in high school. “I value language as a window to learn from others’ perspectives, and a tool for hospitality. I have been fortunate to pursue this as a career, first as a Spanish teacher, then as an English language teacher, and now I am thrilled to support the formative experiences our students will have through SIS!”


Spain Faculty & Staff


The kind face of José Maria Navarro has been seen around SIS for over 30 years. José began teaching in 1985 and is now also the Semester in Spain Department Chair. He received his doctorate in Medieval History from the University of Seville, and an abridged version of his thesis was awarded publication. José presented at the 2008 North American Christian Foreign Language Conference (NACFLA) in San Diego, California, and he was excited to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Back in Seville, José enjoys making trips to the Atlantic Ocean, reading, biking, and spending time with his wife and two children.


Cristina Torres has a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Pablo de Olavide University and a Certificate in Pedagogical Aptitude from the University of Barcelona. She has been working with international students, both in Spain and abroad, for more than 20 years. She started her career in Barcelona, and went on to work in Seville and later in Cape Town, South Africa. Teaching Spanish Language and Culture has always been her passion. She’s also a fan of cinema, walks in nature, and conversing with people.


Salvador Gallego de la Rosa will guarantee that you’re a die-hard Betis fútbol fan by the time you finish his class. Since joining SIS in 2000, he’s undoubtedly won over the hearts of hundreds of American fans already. Salva graduated from the University of Seville with a degree in Hispanic Philology and is currently pursuing a doctorate. When he’s not watching fútbol, Salva enjoys playing paddleball, swimming, playing chess, and spending time with his wife, Belén, and their little boy, Francisco.


Leslie Routman studied abroad in Seville as a college student, and she joined Semester in Spain as Director in 2000. An Iowan by birth, Leslie has been living in Spain since she graduated from Tufts University in 1995 with a Spanish degree. She loves to travel—especially to beaches in Portugal on the weekends—and spend time with her husband Miguel Angel (be sure to ask how they met!) and their daughters Sofía and Alba. Leslie’s favorite thing about living in Seville is the smell of orange blossoms in the spring.


Sylvia Santoro is well known to many students as the Sevillanas dance instructor, a role she has fulfilled since 2008. Beginning in 2022 she stepped into the role of Student Ministries Coordinator, a position that speaks to her calling. She is passionate about accompanying students during their semester abroad through relational and spiritual guidance. When she is not dancing or laughing at TCCSevilla, Sylvia is doing just that with her husband and two daughters and snuggling with their beloved cat, Yumi.



The laughter of Ana Bello, SIS’s Housing Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, will become very familiar by the end of your semester. Ana values friendship and always finds time to socialize with students as they come and go to class. Her English Philology degree from the University of Seville makes her a great asset to the SIS staff. Ana loves to spend time at her family’s country home, and she’s always up for going out for tapas, listening to music, going to the movies, or traveling.



Mercedes Jimenez has been working for SIS as the evening secretary since 2003. She travels more than anyone—and has been to more places in the U.S. than most Americans—yet Mercedes is the first to say she speaks very little English. From time to time, she practices her phrases, which students always get a kick out of. Mercedes loves to read, sightsee, play in the sun, and go to the movies and theater.