AIBE Leadership Team
Our U.S. team works closely with the team at our Asian headquarters in China.
Laurel Capobianco has extensive leadership experience working in education, community non-profit organizations and international business. From early childhood classroom instruction to senior positions in post-secondary education she has developed strong external relationships with key stakeholder audiences and created brand awareness for innovative programs and services. Most recently, Capobianco helped to establish and lead the Weiming Education Group (USA), the largest K-12 private education company in China, dedicated to providing global education opportunities for Chinese and American students. She continues to provide leadership in new business development, scalability of current business practice, and overall company strategic direction.
Laurel received a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University, and Master’s Degree from The University of Michigan.
Laurel Capobianco, President
Todd Dunckley has 28 years experience in public education with 26 years served as a building level administrator. He led a collaborative team of administrators, teachers and support staff in a positive and progressive educational model. His duties included oversight of traditional 9-12 operations, as well as coordination of the International Program, Early College Program, International Baccalaureate Program, Virtual Education, post-secondary articulation and partnerships, alternative education, and an arts conservatory. The daily mission was to provide a well-rounded educational experience that met the learning needs of every student, while equipping them with skill sets and experiences that readied them for a diverse living and working environment.
Todd received a Masters of Arts from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Ting Shen, Ph.D. obtained her bachelor and master degree in Chinese language and literature respectively from Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her Ph.D. is in curriculum and instruction, obtained from the University of Florida. She served as an assistant professor of Chinese at the University of Mount Union for five years before she joined AIBE in 2016. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, teacher training, and high school students' academic language development. She has had extensive experience in teaching in American K-12 education and teacher training.
Ting Shen, Ph.D
Director of Research & Professional Development
Alex Conklin received his master’s degree from Oakland University in Linguistics specializing in teaching English as a second language. During this time, he was able to work with a variety of people from different cultures and backgrounds. Before joining BCC, Alex held instructor positions at Northern Michigan University and various non-profit educational groups. He currently is an instructor at Oakland University teaching English and second language pedagogy.
Alex received a B.A. in History from Michigan State University and a M.A. in Linguistics from Oakland University.
Director of Students & Programs
Aymen Ghalib has extensive experience in small-business operations and program coordination and management. Most notably, Aymen coordinated and managed various educational programs while working as a Business Development Consultant with ACCESS in Dearborn to empower recent immigrants arriving to the United States. Aymen’s responsibilities include office management, student, host family, and document organization, immigration matters, website and communication updates and assistance with student activities and special events as needed.
Aymen received a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University.
Yong Zhao, Ph.D
Yong Zhao, Ph.D. currently serves as the Presidential Chair & Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon. He is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership, and a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy at Victoria University. His work focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education and has published over 100 articles and 20 books. Zhao is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, and was named one of the 2012 top 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech and Learn Magazine. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was ranked as the ninth most influential university-based education scholar in the United States, according to Education Week's annual ranking. To learn more, go to: www.zhaolearning.com
Zhao received a B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China and an A.M. & Ph.D. in Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.