Executive Bios

Erik Presley, CEO

Erik, as a founder of ELI 360 and previous Director of Marketing for an international software company, has experience in cross-culture business with travels to Europe, Asia and Latin America. As Director of Marketing he was a key factor in the launch of a multi-million dollar software initiative within the gasoline retail industry with clients like ConocoPhillips. He has taken ELI 360 from a small enterprise serving three private universities operating in the U.S. to having additional offices in China, Costa Rica, Indonesia and S. Korea with 10 university partners and 5 private high schools with a network of associates throughout the globe.
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Ted Presley, Founder, President

Ted, as a founder of ELI 360 and previous university lecturer of anthropology and international studies, has conducted international education workshops at universities and government offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, and Jakarta. At a private US university, he was Executive Director of an international center overseeing study abroad programs in Europe and Latin America as well as international student affairs. He has traveled and given lectures in numerous countries around the world.
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Ellen Presley, Vice President of Operations

Ellen, as a founder of ELI 360 and previous university lecturer of German, has counseled students from various countries, assisting them in cultural adaptation, in developing a better sense of their own abilities and in reaching their educational and professional goals. She has developed an innovative model for international student care at US universities. She has traveled to over 60 countries and demonstrated a unique talent for bridging cultures.
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Management

Bowen Shen, Market Manager – China Office

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in communication from Harbin Institute of Technology, Bowen spent several years working for multinational corporations in China.  In 2006 he traveled to the U.S. to pursue a master’s degree in communication, which he completed with honors.  During his time in the U.S., Bowen worked with the international office at his host university as a translator and international education consultant, and played a pivotal role in the university’s marketing and international student recruiting efforts in China.  Before joining ELI 360 in 2010, Bowen worked in the study abroad industry in China for several years and assisted many Chinese students in finding life-changing opportunities for education abroad.
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Fentje Palit, Market Manager – Indonesia Office

After graduating with an undergraduate degree from Universitas Indonesia Fenjte began his 12 plus years in the corporate world taking management positions in sales and marketing. During this period of corporate work he also completed his masters in Southeast Asia Studies at National University of Singapore. With strong roots in Tanjungpinang Fentje opened a private K – 12 school using an American based curriculum to prepare graduates to further their studies at the university. Currently he still leads this school with great ambition for developing students’ intellect and character simultaneously. For ELI 360 he is a great fit and the right person to operate and direct initiatives in Indonesia out of the Jakarta office.
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Kwangwon Shin, Market Manager – Korea Office

A seasoned professional with 15 years of diversified experience in business development and company operation from incubating start-up companies to multinational companies Mr. Shin leads the ELI 360 operation out of Seoul. Kwangwon graduated from ACU with a bachelors degree in International Policies and MS in Human Resource Management with additional graduate studies completed at Yonsei University in Mass Communication. His education and career experience offers ELI 360 strong strategic guidance for the market and the marketing expertise to establish a network of partnerships for long-term growth for our US institutional partners. While working at ELI 360 he is also the director of Mission Success21, a non-profit organization.
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Danny Ellison, Director – Education Services Division

Danny  has traveled outside the United States on social justice missions, and has also been involved in domestic mission efforts. His professional experiences include working in several roles at a local university, such as assisting with student development objectives, career counseling and academic advising, as well as departmental administration, including administrative work for the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, an international network of professionals, educators and counselors. He completed his master’s degree in the field of counseling and human development at Hardin-Simmons University. He now leads ELI 360’s high school program for education and career coaching.
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Heidi Carmichael, Student Services – Career Coach

Heidi’s passion is to help individuals realize their full professional potential. She has lived and worked in Europe, South America and the U.S. Her career path has moved from management positions in major retailers such as the international power house “The GAP” to consulting at TDM & Associates where she has helped manage corporate human resource needs. Her experience as a Career Management Specialist led her to initiate a new career coaching division at TDM & Associates as a means of fulfilling her personal avocation to help professionals implement an effective job search. She heads up ELI 360’s student service division, Career Coaching. With her oversight and expertise we are here to help you reach your greatest potential after university studies!
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Zachary Carmichael, Market Manager – U.S. Office

Having worked as a data analyst under the Army Corps20160102_133753 of Engineers and given multiple lectures on the benefits of integrated data analysis, Zachary provides extensive support in processing student applications and tax forms. Having served as a tutor for international ESL students and having had recent experience as a student, Zachary is familiar with the needs of those wanting to study in the U.S. He has served on international missions to Costa Rica and Mexico, giving him both cultural experience, and a unique understanding of how international gaps can be bridged. With his expertise, we hope to facilitate more streamlined processes for students hoping to use ELI 360 to study in the U.S. He has studied finance at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene Tx and is a lifetime member of the DMD international business organization.