Our Team

About Us / Our Team

Our team is made up of a group of hard-working, dedicated individuals who  are passionate about the impact an American education can have on our  students.  Whether working with students, host families or schools, each  member of the Ivy team brings unique experience to ensure the highest  quality service to each of our students every step of the way. 

JT Niu, President


 JT Niu earned his B.A. in English Education and M.A. in English from the  China Foreign Affairs University, and his Masters of Public  Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School. At Harvard, JT served as  chair of the Kennedy School’s China Caucus. Prior to joining Ivy  International, JT worked as an international affairs analyst for China’s  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as the spokesman for the Chinese  Embassy in the Philippines. He is passionate about building  international education programs that will help change the life of young  people and contribute to friendly relationship among the countries. 

Anna Katten, Director of Admissions


 Anna earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies, concentrating in Chinese  Language and Literature, from Wesleyan University. She enjoys working  with young people, and has taught Chinese in both a charter and  independent school setting. Anna has also served as private tutor in  both Chinese and ESI. She spent time living in Taiwan, and has travelled  to Mainland China many times. Anna’s background in education and  Chinese culture enables her to provide optimal support to our students  and partner schools to ensure that they receive the best experience  possible through our program. 

Clara Wen, Director Student Support


 Clara Wen earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Law from Tsinghua University  in China, and received her Master of Public Administration from Cornell  University. Prior to joining Ivy International, she has worked in a  variety of capacities at places such as the UN, a consulting firm, a  publishing cooperation, and a local non-profit. She is passionate about  promoting cultural exchange between China and the U.S., and helping  Chinese young people fulfill their American dreams. With her experiences  in consulting and business administration, Clara is able to support our  overall program operations and business development well. 

Sue Trimble, Director of School Partnerships


 Sue joined Ivy three years ago with multiple years of experience as a  School Board Vice President, Director of Admissions, Designated School  Official (DSO) with the US Department of Homeland Security,  International Program Coordinator, and Host Family Coordinator. These  experiences have provided her with a well-rounded insight to all matters  relevant to the international student experience. In her current  position, Sue provides strategic support to IIG school partners. Working  closely with school leadership and IIG Student Support Division, she  seeks solutions that respect the mission of the school while keeping  student welfare central. Having a strong interest in setting high  standards for the level of care students receive, Sue has participated  in CSIET conventions domestically and abroad. Sue has a Bachelors Degree  in Political Science from the University of Stockton. 

Diana Ryan



Diana earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from The Ohio  State University and TEFL certification from Boston Academy of English.  She joins Ivy International Group with multiple years of experience in  global education and ESL instruction. Diana spent many years at EF  Education First, where she developed international learning  opportunities in countless schools through educational travel and  cultural exchange.

For over a decade, Diana has traveled and taught English across the  world. She has spent significant amount of time in China, Japan, Hong  Kong, Vietnam, and more. Her passions for shaping the global perspective  for tomorrow’s generation will be an asset in providing your school with top-notch support for your international program.

Lu He, Director of Marketing



Lu He earned her B.A. at Xi’an  International Studies University in China majoring in English Language  and Culture, and later received her M.A. in International Relations and  International Communication from Frederick S. Pardee School of Global  Studies at Boston University in the U.S.

Lu started her career as a TV journalist  and senior editor, then joined Ruder Finn (Beijing) as Senior Account  Executive. She also worked at United Nations Secretariat in New York  monitoring news coverage and creating media alerts for the entire UN  system.

Passionate and dedicated, Lu is hoping to  help more international students accomplish academic study and adjust  themselves to American culture and society.

Christina Nicholls, Program Coordinator (Florida)


 Christina completed her B.A. at Southwestern University in Intercultural  Communication before moving to China. With a TESOL certification from  Language Corps Asia, she taught English at a University in Cambodia and  language schools across China. While teaching English in China, she  served as a Student Advisor for Chinese students preparing for overseas  study. At Ivy International, Christina supports students, host families,  and schools to get the most out of their Ivy experience. Passionate  about international study and experiential education, Christina has  worked in Tanzania, Cambodia, and China. She loves helping empower  students to experience the world through international education and  travel, and is excited to continue helping others develop cultural  understanding through Ivy International. 

Victor Li, Regional Manager (Pennsylvania)


 Victor Li earned his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Iowa. He has  worked as a medical scientist in universities and as a manager in a  pharmaceutical company for many years. Over the course of his twenty  years of living in the U.S., Victor has spent a great deal of time and  effort in helping college and graduate students from China adapt to the  American culture successfully. Victor is excited to be part of the IIG  team and to help our students build lasting friendships with American  families. 

Susan Xu, Host Family Coordinator


 Susan Xu earned her B.A. in History from East China Normal University in  China and received her Master of Business Administration from Drexel  University in Philadelphia, United States. Prior to joining Ivy  International Group, Susan has worked in Human Resources area for  various multinational companies. She is passionate to help young  students assimilate into the new country and culture. 

Kate Ye, Home-Stay Coordinator & Head Dorm Parent


 Kate Ye graduated from the Southwestern University of Political Science  and Law in 1988. After graduation, she worked at the legislative office  at the government of her hometown, for eight years. Then she worked in  the import and export business for years before joining Ivy as a  resident advisor and eventually becoming Head Dorm Parent at the Staten  Island Dorm.  She came to the U.S in 2000. 

Lin Zuo, Regional Manager (West Coast)



Lin Zuo is based in Los Angeles, and she is a regional manager of  student support on the West Coast (CA/OR/WA). Prior to joining Ivy, Lin  worked as a program manager with the China-US Center for Sustainability  Development (a non-profit in Portland, Oregon), taking responsibility of  sustainability training programs for related Chinese government  officials. Lin also has five year work experience in China as a  Marketing and PR Manager with Youyou Software Co., Ltd.

Lin has a Master’s Degree in Mass  Communication from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor’s Degree  in International Business from Beihang University in Beijing, China. Her  expertise include cross-cultural communication, international exchange  programs, and marketing & pubic relations.