Cassandra (Payton) Divjak

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BA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2001

Ms. Cassandra Payton has worked and traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, and in Eastern Europe in various capacities for American Councils. (02/2012)

Career: U.S. State Department Consular Officer, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina; Bogota, Columbia; Tbilisi, Georgia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Previously: Regional Director for Southeast Europe, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELs.

Where you are now: Sarajevo.

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Slovene, BCMS

Countries lived in: Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Serbia

Favorite places: Ohrid, Macedonia; Iceland; Apo Island Philippines

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, cooking

Favorite food: ćevapi na kajmaku, sushi, mangoes

Favorite drinks: mojitos, mint tea

Favorite saying: Ko rano rani, dve sreće grabi! 'Whoever gets up early, gets lucky twice!'

Favorite books: Absurdistan, A Confederacy of Dunces


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