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Board President

Patricia Szasz

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Monterey, CA


Patricia Szasz is Assistant Dean for Language & Professional Programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Patricia received her bachelor's degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan and her master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from MIIS. Prior to coming to the Institute, Patricia taught English as foreign language in Milan and Rome, Italy. After graduating from MIIS, Patricia became Director of the Institute's Intensive English Programs. As Assistant Dean, she continues to run programs for language learners as well as language teachers. Patricia has served on the board of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) and most recently as Executive Board Treasurer of EnglishUSA.


Board President Elect

 

Jack Sullivan

University of Pennsylvania English Language Programs

Philadelphia, PA

Jack Sullivan is the Director of Programs at the University of Pennsylvania English Language Programs (ELP). Originally from Illinois, Jack holds a B.A. in Playwriting from Loras College and an M.S.Ed. in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. Jack has extensive teaching and administrative experience across the ELP's programs. His areas of interest include English for Specific Purposes, Online Learning, and Advocacy. Before arriving at Penn, he taught English to children for five years in Omiya City (now Saitama City), Japan. Jack has been a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) and is a past member of TESOL International Association's Standards Standing Committee.

Board Immediate Past President


Caroline O'Neal

EC English

Boston, MA

Caroline is the Global Product Director at EC English Language Centers where she oversees the development of courses and programs for EC's 20+ centers. She has been with EC since 2007 and has held a number of roles within the EC Senior Management team. Before joining EC, Caroline has also taught in a variety of settings both domestically and internationally.

Before joining the EnglishUSA president stream, Caroline served as VP for Outreach.

 

Board VP for Advocacy

 
Sean Cochran

American Language Institute

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Sean Cochran holds an MA in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton. He lived overseas in Southeast Asia while researching minority languages. He taught grammar, writing, and pronunciation for several years in the US at both the university and community college level before taking on administrative responsibilities. Sean has also taught international professional training workshops, mentored faculty, and advised ESL students. In his current position as Interim Director of the American Language Institute at California State University Long Beach, he manages programs and develops CSU Long Beach's relationship with educational partners around the world.

Sean has presented at TESOL and NAFSA conferences and served on the executive planning committee for other professional conferences. He has also benefited professionally from attending EnglishUSA conferences and speaking with US and foreign government officials here and overseas. Sean current sits on a committee for CSU Long Beach which is responsible for reporting to the international programs division on developing global and government issues while monitoring CSU Long Beach's compliance with US and local policies, including SEVP guidelines. 

Board VP-Elect for Advocacy

 
Bill Wallace

University of Alabama English Language Institute

Tuscaloosa, AL

Bill Wallace currently serves as Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) at The University of Alabama (UA). Prior to becoming involved in IEP administration in 1989, he spent 10 years as an ESOL classroom teacher in a variety of settings and institutions, both public and private, in Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Korea.

Dr. Wallace holds a master's degree in TESL from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1980) and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama (2003). He has a strong record of service to the field of TESOL and IEP administration, including serving as CEA Commissioner (2011-13), President of UCIEP (1996-97), Chair of ATESL for NAFSA Region VII (1992-93), and President of Alabama-Mississippi TESOL (1991-92).

Bill has extensive experience with IEP student recruitment and in dealing with EducationUSA as well as embassies and agencies which provide funding and/or scholarships for IEP students. 

Board Immediate-Past VP for Advocacy

 

Haviva Parnes

EC English

Boston, MA

Haviva Parnes is the Compliance Director of EC English. Proir to working at EC, Haviva was with EF, first as a teacher abroad and then eventually as the Director of Academic Management for North America. Haviva's interests include a standardized approach to quality assurance and best practices, as well as compliance. Haviva is PDSO for all EC’s US based schools and supports the school DSOs, by providing training and support for issues that come up at the local level. Haviva also maintains all EC North America’s licensing procedures and organizes initial accreditation and reaccreditation processes. As EC North America grows, Haviva helps new schools comply with SEVP and accreditation standards. Having experienced several accreditation cycles for new and existing schools at both EC and EF, Haviva has fostered a strong interest in both accreditation and compliance overall. 

Board VP for Standards

 

Anna Eddy

University of Michigan - Flint English Language Program

Flint, MI

Anna Eddy is an Assessment Specialist at the English Language Program, University of Michigan, Flint. She has over ten years of experience teaching English and other languages, developing assessments, designing curriculum and coordinating programs in the United States and overseas. She received a BA in Linguistics, an MA in English and German Linguistics and Educational Psychology from Sakhalin State University in Russia, and a PhD in Modern Languages from Wayne State University in Michigan. Her research interests include the use of English in non-native contexts, teaching of English as a Global Language, teaching methodologies, and curriculum design. She has presented her research at various conferences, including TESOL and World Englishes conferences. 

Board VP-Elect for Standards

 
Lisa Besso

ELS Pathway Programs

Princeton, NJ

Lisa Besso has worked in international education for more than 15 years. Currently she directs ELS' Pathway program initiatives, working with universities to establish programs and expand degree offerings to international students.

Lisa has worked with several large education providers. With Study Group, she served as Vice President of Operations and Academics for their North American Higher Education division, overseeing all programs and taking their programs through initial accreditation. She managed Study Group's Embassy English division in Australia and New Zealand and served as National Academic Director for Embassy English in the US.

Having lived, taught and managed language programs in several countries, Lisa is passionate about the transformative effect of international experiences for both students and faculty. 

Board VP for Outreach

 

Lisa Rooney

Bridge Education Group

Denver, CO

Lisa Rooney is Vice President of Institutional Relations fort Bridge Education Group. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in French from Middlebury College. She has taught French, Spanish and English as a foreign language on three different continents and was a Fulbright recipient in 1996 – 1997 in Tours, France.

More recently, Lisa has served as director of various divisions at Bridge including BridgePathways. In her current role, Lisa liaises with various foreign and domestic institutions and organizations to develop partnerships involving teacher training, study abroad, and international student recruitment.

Lisa's areas of interest include teaching methodology, language acquisition and learning, linguistics, and intercultural competency. She is a member of NAFSA, TESOL, AIEA and ACTFL. She most recently presented at the annual NAFSA conference in San Diego on the relationship between language learning and the development of intercultural communication skills. 

Board VP-Elect for Outreach

 
Bessie Karras-Lazaris

Intensive English Program and International Programs and Partnerships, California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA

Bessie Karras-Lazaris has over 25 years of experience in higher education. She has 15 years of administrative experience in the Intensive English and International Programs and Partnerships Program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) having held positions as Academic Director, Associate Director, and Director of Academic Programs and Student Life. In the areas of both administration and teaching, she has worked at California State University, Northridge; Chancellor University and Cleveland State University in OH; community colleges in various states; and language institutes abroad. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and Education from Cleveland, State University; a post-baccalaureate degree from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece, School of Philosophy; graduate degrees from Cleveland State University in English and Linguistics, and is TESOL Management Certified.

Bessie is the 2014 CSUN Presidential Award recipient for continuous outstanding service to CSUN, was the 2014 Chair of the LA Regional CATESOL Conference, is a member of the CSU IEP Directors' Consortium, and is faculty in the MA TESOL program at CSUN. She has also served as the Chair of the CATESOL nominating committee. She is a member of various international professional organizations such as NAFSA, TESOL, CATESOL, ENGLISH USA, and IALLT.

Treasurer

 
Thomas Tyner

American Language Program, California State University East Bay

Hayward, CA

Thomas Tyner is the director of the American Language Program at California State University, East Bay and currently serves as the Treasurer for EnglishUSA. Prior coming to California, Thomas was director of International Programs and the English Language Institute of Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. He also spent over 5 years in Istanbul, Turkey first as an instructor and then later as administrative director of the English as Foreign Language Department at Isik University. He has an M.A. in Education and Human Development with a concentration in ESL from the George Washington University and a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University. Thomas has also served on the executive board of UCIEP as Communications representative. 

Secretary

 
LaTesha Gonzales

University of New Orleans English Language Program

New Orleans, LA

LaTesha has been with the Intensive English Language Program at the University of New Orleans since 2006, first as a teacher and now as the Academic Coordinator of the program. Her interests include curriculum development and teacher training. LaTesha is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA and she is an active member of EnglishUSA, NAFSA, TESOL, and LaTESOL.

LaTesha currently lives in New Orleans, LA with her husband and son.

 

Executive Director

 

Cheryl Delk-Le Good

Executive Director

 
Cheryl Delk-Le Good has been an active member in the field for more than 20 years. She served as President of EnglishUSA in 2011-12 and as Communications & Promotions on the UCIEP Board from 2006-2011. She served as IEP Network Leader for the International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community for NAFSA through 2016 and completed a term as CEA Commissioner/Treasurer in 2015.  For 15 years, Cheryl served as director and faculty of the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she taught at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. She earned her BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and MA degrees in French and TESOL at Michigan State University. Her areas of specialization include program administration, curriculum and materials development; she has authored two ESL textbooks and has conducted multiple program and curriculum reviews, nationally and internationally.

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