Get to Know Us


Tracie Frese

Executive Director

What drives a person’s curiosity towards places of the world? For Tracie it was her parents’ old movies of the Taj Mahal and pictures of Europe. It was the arrival of National Geographic in the mailbox each month.

Directing UI gives Tracie the chance to channel that childhood wonder and help the community engage in cultures and opportunities they may not otherwise experience. Previously the Director of the Columbia World Affairs Council, and an alumni of Clemson University,Tracie brings nonprofit leadership as well as a drive to advocate for global awareness in the Upstate.  Married to Chris Frese, Tracie has 3 sons: Thomas, Harry, and Cole. Born in Ohio, raised in Alaska and South Carolina, and having lived in Malaysia, she believes that “The most interesting people in the world are interested in the world around them.”


Christine Hofbauer

Office and Program Manager

Christine started with UI as an English Conversation Facilitator and volunteering with the silent auction and other events. As the Office and Program Manager, Christine supports the language program, special events, relocation needs, and the Women’s Club. Christine previously worked as a consultant with Ernst & Young, which led her to a project at Greenville Health System and subsequently a new home in Greenville, SC (with her German husband and three children). Prior to settling in Greenville, she and her family lived in Germany for 4 years and traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and Mexico.


Caren Senter

UI Month Program Manager

Caren Senter recently joined UI as Program Manager of Upstate International Month. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College, and both an M.A. (Philosophy) and a J.D. from Duke University. After practicing law for over 10 years in Connecticut and raising her two children in Pennsylvania, Caren moved to Greenville in 2014 and was thrilled by the cultural diversity she discovered here. An avid tennis player and cyclist, she enjoys hiking, working out, and walking her English springer spaniel. Growing up in New York, traveling extensively throughout Europe, and spending most of her life in the Northeast, Caren is excited to call the Upstate home.


Britta Street

Co-Chairman of the Board

Our Board

Carey Fleming

Monique Glass

Alliance Française

Audrey Gunnell-Lohr

EDI Franchise Group

 Melody Horton

Elliott Davis Decosimo

Yugi Kishimoto

Clemson University (retired)

Janet Krupka

Michelin North America Inc.

John Runion

Pinnacle Financial Partners

 Rebecca Sigmund

Ogletree Deakins Law Firm

Tracey Smoak

BMW Manufacturing

Britta Street

Rödl & Partner

Klaus Westerwelle


Eric Whitlock

229 Design