Team Overview

AFS Mission Statement

AFS-USA works toward through a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

AFS International at a glance

• International exchange since 1919.
• More than 13,000 students, young adults, and teachers each year.
• More than 90 AFS countries.
• Over 370,000 program alumni with an unforgettable experience.


Who to Call:

Registration, Re-Registration, Password, Log-in Issue [email protected]

[email protected]

Student Orientations & Travel to Student Orientations:
Jan Feldman | 417-489-6650 | [email protected]

Travel-Independently, with host family or with natural family:
Kim Mandrell | 636-527-7433(h) |  [email protected]314-402-0654(c) |  [email protected]

Support (Adjustment Concerns Within Family & School):
Families and students should begin by contacting their own liaison.
Please ask Conni Reitz at [email protected] if you need contact information for your liaison.

Support Coordinators
Jeanne Hotle | 636-394-4203(h) | [email protected] | 314-602-0255(c)
Dave Hotle | 314-602-0783 (C) | [email protected]

Liaison Coordinator:
Conni Reitz | 618-401-5379 | [email protected]

Hosting Coordinator:
James Butler | 618-558-3614 (c) | 314-989-9927 (h) | [email protected]

Sending Coordinators:
Karen Seal | 314-423-1636(h) | [email protected]
Phil Duyff | 314-308-2949 (c) | [email protected]

Area Team Chairperson:
Gayle Huslebus | 573-219-9254 | [email protected]

Area Team Chair Elect:
Bill Neubert | 314-378-9161 |  [email protected]

Sponsored Program Cluster Coordinators:
Sarah Yancey | 314-968-1395(h) | [email protected]
Gayle Huslebus | 573-219-9254 | [email protected]
Bonnie Duyff | 314-651-4371 | [email protected]
Phil Duyff | 314-308-2949 | [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator:
Sarah Yancey | 314-968-1395(h) | [email protected]

Area Team Treasurer:
Debbie Veatch | 636-256-9470 | [email protected]

Faces of America:
Debbie Veatch | 636-256-9470 | [email protected]

Team Development Specialist:
Kat Sweeney | [email protected]

For Emergencies:

AFS outside regular office hours | 1- 800-237-4636 or 1-800-AFS-INFO (for emergencies, press 9)
Global Medical Management | 1-888-444-7773

Open Volunteer Positions

Reconnect with AFS!

The Missouri Gateway AFS community is a vibrant mix of returnees, host families, educators and others who believe in the power of intercultural learning. Whether you have studied abroad or not, connecting with AFS locally brings the wide world to you.

Wondering how else you can get involved?

“I want to do something meaningful, but I don’t have a lot of time.”

No problem.  Pitch in for a few hours to:

  • Interview prospective students and host families
  • Mentor an applicant
  • Help with a school presentation
  • Accompany students on outings and orientations

“I’d like to put my professional skills to use for AFS.”

We especially need people with experience in:

  • Counseling
  • Database management
  • Marketing and PR

“I want to meet new friends.”

  • Join us at one of our fun gatherings – all are invited.  Check our Facebook page for information about upcoming events!

“I’m a good organizer.”

Be a team leader for:

  • Interviewing students and families
  • Volunteer development
  • School relations

“I want to connect with a student.”

Provide friendship and support as a:

  • Liaison, the key contact for the student and host family
  • Temporary or emergency host family
  • Mentor for students going abroad

“I’d like to help AFS and boost my resume at the same time.”

  • We’ll help you design a project or an internship that will build your experience and showcase your talents.

We welcome your time, your talents and your commitment to global understanding.  To learn more, visit the Volunteer With AFS page!

AFS Local & National Scholarships


Missouri Gateway Team