Originally from Washington, D.C., Kiara holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from DePaul University and an MA in Russian from Middlebury College. Kiara fell in love with the Caucasus region when she first traveled there in 2016 and has now lived in Tbilisi, Georgia for seven years. According to her, what’s best about living abroad in Tbilisi is its interconnectedness and the storytelling that finds its way into almost all aspects of Georgian life. Before joining SRAS, she worked as a literature and drama teacher at international schools in Georgia and Bulgaria. Now, as SRAS’s Program Manager in the Caucasus, Kiara supports students while helping to develop and manage academic and cultural programming in the region. When not working, Kiara can be found studying Georgian or reading plays.