Meet the Staff: Julia Funaki, Associate Director, International Education Services

December 2, 2014
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“Meet the AACRAO Staff” is an occasional Connect feature.  It’s one way for members to get to know some of the folks hard at work in the AACRAO office.  Another way?  Come see us in D.C. — we’ll roll out the welcome mat for you!

How long have you been at AACRAO, and what do you do?

This past week, I got LinkedIn notifications from friends and colleagues congratulating me on my 18 year anniversary at AACRAO!

I work in the International Education Services Office.  I work on many different things, but I’d say my largest responsibility is the evaluation of foreign education credentials for the Law School Admissions Counsel.

How did you get started at AACRAO?

I was working part-time at the University of Maryland at College Park, where Dale Gough had worked.  He had a project at AACRAO and needed a couple temporary evaluation assistants and he asked those of us at Maryland.  Later, I took a part-time position at AACRAO, which was perfect, because I had two young children at home.  My second child was a year old when I started working at AACRAO.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I keep extremely busy.  I have four children and we are a huge sports family. Every year we take a trip to Green Bay to go to a Packers game.  We have kept busy with the kids sports which have  included football, basketball, soccer and swimming.   I also have a fantastic group of  friends and neighbors. In my spare time I serve on my church council and volunteer with the youth. I love to cook and I’m also in two book clubs and a Euchre club.

What are your plans for the holidays?

Ever since college and grad school, I’ve always hosted Thanksgiving.  We usually host about 20-30 people, with some of the guests coming from cultures that don’t usually celebrate Thanksgiving.  I really enjoy showing those guests our family’s “traditional” Thanksgiving fare. 

Can you tell me something that most of our members wouldn’t know about you?

I am an expert on soap operas, especially General Hospital. If you want to know anything about the history of General Hospital, you can come ask me.