Faculty & Staff


  • Patricia Juza


    Patricia Juza is the Director of the International English Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was previously the Director of Global Programs at Baruch College, City University of New York. Patricia holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University. Her areas of interest include program development, business writing and oral communication, second language reading and writing, academic preparation, instructional technology, curriculum and assessment, and teacher training. Additionally, Patricia has served on the NAFSA Region X team, the New York State TESOL Executive Board, and the EnglishUSA Board as Vice President for Advocacy.


  • Agnes Farkas-Roszell


    Agnes has taught at the International English Center since 2009. She has instructed students in many of the Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in Colorado, and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Hungary and Thailand. She holds a Master’s Degree in TEFL from the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s in Teaching English and Russian as Foreign Languages from the Teacher Training College in Szeged, Hungary. Her areas of interest include business English and teacher training. Her passion is teaching English grammar and helping students apply their knowledge to speaking the language accurately. Agnes is currently a member of the Colorado TESOL Board and a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). She has also served as coordinator of the IEC’s Global Business Communication Program.

  • Amelia Tietsort Hancsak


    Amelia holds a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a State of Colorado Secondary Education Teaching Licensure. She also holds a BA in History from Colorado State University with a Foundation TESOL Certificate. Amelia has taught English in Costa Rica and has lived and studied in both Cuernavaca, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish. Her areas of interest include second language reading, writing, grammar, and advising. Amelia encourages students to enjoy Boulder through experiential learning, athletics and new activities outside of the classroom so they can maximize their full potential and broaden their outlook while abroad.

  • Anna Hamp


    Anna has taught ESL/EFL for over 20 years in three different countries. She was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and received her two Master’s degrees (in Linguistics and in English Language and Literature with TEFL qualification) there. After traveling around Europe, she and her husband moved to California in 2002 and then to Colorado in 2016. In California, Anna taught at three different Intensive English Programs and was also involved in test preparation and teacher training. She spends most of her free time with her three children: hiking, biking, skiing, and exploring Colorado and beyond.

  • Barbara Flocke


    Barbara is an instructor and University Preparation curriculum coordinator for the International English Center. She has taught at the IEC since 2007 and has been a coordinator for the Global Business Communication Program. Barbara received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Foreign Language / TESL Education from the University of Texas in Austin, and her BA in French with a Political Science minor at Gonzaga University. Barbara focuses on teaching engaging lessons and helping students excel. She enjoys creating curriculum that incorporates service-learning and academic culture. Besides learning about languages and world cultures, Barbara loves hiking, cycling, skate skiing, and creating clay sculptures.

  • Chad Pennington


    Chad completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Southeast Missouri State University with specialization in music, language and cultural studies. He received a Master of Arts in Linguistics - TESOL and a Certificate in Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. He has taught English as a second language in Finland, China and Taiwan as well as in the U.S. Chad has received scholarships to study advanced level Mandarin Chinese in China and Taiwan and he maintains a deep interest in U.S. – China relations. He is active in the study of classical guitar, astronomy, photography and the practice of Aikido. 

  • Connie Davis


    Connie received a B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master of Arts in Multicultural/Bilingual and ESL Education from CU Boulder. Her professional work includes teacher training and teaching ESL in a variety of public and private settings in the US and abroad in the arenas of K12, community college, adult education, and intensive English. She is a recipient of the Virginia French Allen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Connie serves on the Colorado TESOL Board and is the chairperson for the TESL Advisory Board for Front Range Community College, Boulder. In keeping with her educational and cultural interests, Connie’s outside endeavors involve traveling, volunteering, and building relationships in Central and South America.

  • Jennifer Caines


    Jen holds a Masters in TESOL from University of Wollongong in Australia, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Metropolitan State of Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado. She previously taught English as a Second Language at Strathfield College in Sydney, Australia and Spanish at Telluride Middle/High School. Her interests include incorporating technology in the classroom, using games to enhance learning, and enhancing reading instruction.

  • Karen Eichhorn


    Karen earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. At the IEC, she specializes in experiential learning and academic writing. She also serves as a primary advisor. She previously worked as an instructor at Truman College in Chicago, Illinois, and at ELS in Denver, Colorado. She also taught overseas in South Korea at the university level, and was a teacher for several years in Colorado public high schools. Karen has been a member of Colorado TESOL for many years and has presented at conferences. She enjoys hiking and fly-fishing in Colorado.

  • Katie Mitchell


    Katie has taught in Albania, Germany, Thailand, and the United States. She earned her Master's in TESOL from Portland State University. She is interested in curriculum development, computer-assisted language learning, writing instruction, game-based learning, and English for specific purposes. Katie has presented internationally on these topics and has worked on large-scale curriculum projects, including an online business English product and an Xbox game. She previously served on Oregon TESOL 's Executive Board, TESOL's 2014 Convention Planning Committee, and TESOL's Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section. 

  • Kendra Staley


    Kendra earned her MA in TESOL from the University of Washington, Seattle and a BA in English literature from Kansas State University. She has taught ESL/EFL for over a decade in the US, Guatemala, China, Indonesia, Colombia, and Turkmenistan. Her teaching and research interests include curriculum development, intercultural communications, social justice within language teaching, and the use of social media in language acquisition. Kendra has presented at TESOL and international conferences as well as published articles in peer-reviewed journals and online newsletters about English language teaching and material development. Outside of education, Kendra enjoys dancing, doing yoga, cycling, hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling.

  • Kimberly McMillen


    Kim received her MA in Linguistics with a TESOL emphasis from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Bachelor of Arts from the same university, in both Japanese Language and Literature. Before starting at the IEC, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a high school in Fukui Prefecture, Japan on the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Her areas of interest include advising, phonetics, teaching English pronunciation, and English for professionals in academic and non-academic settings. Kim has also presented at the 2015 Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference, an affiliate of the TESOL International Association.

  • Kirsten Stauffer


    Kirsten holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder, a TEFL Certificate from the Lado Institute in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She has taught business English in Germany and adult ESL in Pennsylvania, and has conducted teacher training in Chile. Kirsten’s interests include curriculum design and development, pedagogically sound technology integration in teaching, academic preparation, STEM, business English, and second language acquisition. Additionally, Kirsten has over eight years of non-profit experience in outreach, management, project development and coordination, fundraising, and event planning. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling.

  • Larry Fisher

    Computer Lab Instructor

    Larry is the computer labs supervisor at the International English Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Arts in Near East Languages and Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He taught a number of years in Turkey, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as Director of the preparatory program at Robert College, Istanbul. His academic areas of interest include research writing and instructional technology. He is the Executive Secretary of Colorado TESOL.

  • Leigh Ann Russell


    Leigh Ann holds a Master of Arts in Education/TESOL from United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, KY. Leigh Ann was previously the Academic Director of EC San Diego in San Diego, California. She has taught English and worked in the ESL field for 16 years, including two years as a Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa. In addition to academic ESL, she has taught high school and community college, and developed extensive curricula and exams for global ESL programs. Leigh Ann loves the creativity and challenge of the classroom and also enjoys working with students from around the world.

  • Luke Coffelt


    Luke holds an MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University and an MA in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo. While teaching ESL at Ohio University, Luke served as director of the Fulbright English for graduate studies orientation, business bridge coordinator, and reading coordinator. In addition to regularly reviewing manuscripts for TESOL Journal, Luke is a trained Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) site reviewer and has served on the TESOL CALL-IS steering committee. Luke’s areas of professional interest are Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), assessment, and vocabulary learning using corpora. Luke is a member of and has presented at TESOL and NAFSA international conferences. In addition to teaching, he enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

  • Mark Sullivan


    Mark graduated with a BA in international relations/Latin American studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and hold a master's in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has 8 years of teaching and teacher training experience in the US and abroad. Mark trained teachers at TEFL International in Costa Rica and more recently served as an English language fellow training future Moroccan teachers in Casablanca, Morocco. He was also a health and sanitation advisor with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. His previous position was as an Education Coordinator at LCI Language Centers. Mark grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world. His other passions include soccer, surfing, swimming, hiking and biking. He speaks Spanish fluently, some French, and a little Arabic.

  • Matt Morley


    Matt received his Master’s in Applied Linguistics TESOL and his Bachelor’s in Anthropology (with a focus on Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology) from the University of South Florida. His areas of interest include curriculum and assessment design, English for Specific Purposes, TOEFL preparation, and academic writing. In 2014, Matt presented a curriculum of his design entitled Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence in Business English at the Oxford University Said Business School for the Oxford Intensive School of English conference on Teaching English as a Life Skill. He has also worked on multiple curriculum development projects in California and Colorado. In his free time, Matt enjoys studying other languages, enjoying Colorado’s outdoors, and playing the guitar.

  • Matthew Burrows


    Matthew has an MA in instructional systems design (TESOL) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has been teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language for more than twenty years. He has taught at English institutes at the University of Maryland, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, and now at the University of Colorado Boulder. Matthew has lived and taught overseas in Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, and Thailand. Matthew is especially interested in developing English for Specific Purpose courses and has designed and taught English for business, nursing, engineering, and academic scholars. Matthew is an avid traveler and has visited over sixty countries. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, riding his motorcycle, and non-fiction books on philosophy, religion, history, and psychology.

  • Michael Vallee


    Michael Vallee is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. He was previously an Adult ESL Instructor for Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics for TESOL Professionals from the University of Colorado Boulder, a TESOL Certificate from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Liberal Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. His areas of interest include second language reading and writing, classroom pedagogy, materials development, and instructional technology. Mike is also a frequent presenter at Colorado TESOL.

  • Michelle Raese


    Michelle holds a Master’s degree in TESL from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder. She previously taught ESL to Japanese exchange students at Arete Preparatory Academy in Santa Monica, CA. Michelle has presented at various conferences on topics such as integrating technology in the classroom, creating personal praxis, and fossilization in second language acquisition. She has served on the Colorado TESOL board for 3 years as the Adult Education SIG co-chair and Secondary Education SIG co-chair. Michelle became a published writer at the age of seventeen, writing articles for Seventeen Magazine. She is a classically trained pianist and is interested in music, curriculum development and writing.

  • Mike Hammond


    Mike received his M.A. in TESOL from Alliant International University in San Diego, with membership in Pi Lambda Theta, and a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He started his teaching career at the English Language Institute at UCSD, where he also trained future ESL teachers enrolled in the TEFL Professional Certificate Program. In 2012, he started teaching for the International English Center. In addition to teaching ESL, Mike has worked in video production, using his creative writing skills and fluent Spanish to write text for documentaries while filming in South America. Mike regularly presents at regional workshops and conferences on the use of video, drama, and music in teaching ESL.

  • Nick Einterz


    Nick is instructor and technology coordinator at the International English Center. Nick received a Masters of English Education with a TESOL endorsement from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Indiana University. His areas of interest include instructional technology, distance learning, technical writing for the sciences, website design & management, and content-based language curriculum design. Nick has been published in peer-reviewed publications as well as online magazines and journals for his work with technology in education. He has also participated in panels, led workshops, and presented research at numerous regional and international conferences for his work in game design and instructional technology integration for second language learning.

  • Olivia Livneh


    Olivia Livneh is an instructor and assessment coordinator at the International English Center. She previously taught Academic English at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou China and at the International English Language Program at the University of Washington. She has also taught a short course in Japan, and English as a foreign language in Mexico. She holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Seattle University. Olivia has presented on topics such as language assessment and materials development at both TESOL and Colorado TESOL conferences. She serves on the Colorado TESOL Board and is a member of TESOL. Olivia’s professional interests include assessment, curriculum design and materials development.

  • Parmelee Welsh


    Parmelee Welsh is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. She has previously taught at other Intensive English Programs in Colorado and in the United Kingdom; moreover, she has prior university level teaching experience from the University of Akron, Ohio, and Educational Counselor and Test Examiner experience from Central Texas College. Parmelee holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, TESOL, in addition to a Cambridge ESOL, CELTA and a Bachelor of Arts in English, American Literature. Her areas of interest are advising, academic preparation, assessment, classroom management, experiential learning and test preparation. Parmelee has presented at faculty in-service trainings and Colorado TESOL conventions.

  • Samar Aal


    Samar is an Instructor and a Test Preparation Coordinator with 16 years of teaching experience. She holds a M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College, City University of New York. Before coming to Boulder, Samar served for three years in the English Language Fellow Program in Indonesia, where she taught undergraduate students, presented at regional and Southeast Asian conferences, facilitated MOOCS, and trained English teachers. Samar worked on many US embassy projects leading camps, promoting cultural understanding, and mentoring scholarship awardees to the US. Samar also taught in Intensive English Programs in Baruch College, Hunter College, and La Guardia Community College in New York City. Her areas of expertise include teacher training, test preparation, and business English. She speaks Arabic, French, and Indonesian. Her passion is solo backpacking on roads less traveled.

  • Sarah Parsons


    Sarah has been teaching in various capacities since 2010 and holds a Master’s Degree in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University. She also received a TESOL certificate from UC Berkeley and a multiple subject teaching credential from the state of California. Her areas of interest include integrating arts into education, cross-cultural communication, teaching thinking and metacognition, as well as communicative learning strategies. Sarah stays active in the TESOL community by participating in professional development opportunities and presented her graduate research onIdea Mappingat a conference in the spring of 2017. Outside of teaching, Sarah also works in project management and event production locally and globally.

  • Summer Webb


    Summer Webb is a lecturer and the textbook coordinator at the IEC. She graduated from Trinity Western University (TWU) near Vancouver, BC with a bachelor's in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and a master's from the University of Colorado Boulder in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. Summer spent two and a half years teaching English and serving as the academic director at TWU's intensive English program in China. She subsequently returned to Colorado for her graduate work. Her research focused on the struggles of undergraduate international students. Summer's areas of interest include international student adjustment, curriculum and program development, textbook selection and review, task-based instruction, and supporting students with disabilities.

  • Sylvie Chevallier


    Sylvie’s ESL career at CU Boulder spans over 30 years with various programs and departments, including 18 years at the IEC. At the IEC, she specializes in experiential learning, special programs, university preparatory classes, community-based interactive learning, and advising. As a primary advisor, Sylvie supports students’ academic progress and plans, as well as their integration into the community of Boulder. Her international experience includes living in the Philippines and working in Germany.  She received an M.A. in religious studies from CU Boulder and holds a TESL certification. She is also a certified health and nutrition coach and enjoys incorporating nutrition and fitness education into supporting students’ success while studying abroad.

  • Tom Germain


    Tom is a lecturer and primary advisor at the International English Center. Tom earned his MA TESOL degree from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, and his Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Tom began his teaching career in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, and has since taught at intensive English programs in the Denver-Boulder area. His areas of interest include peer mentoring, feedback, vocabulary building strategies, and both task-based and project-based learning to facilitate authentic communication in the classroom. Tom is actively involved in CoTESOL and currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the executive board of the organization. He has presented at CoTESOL and continues to build on his graduate research which applied principles of systems theory to the context of language learning.


  • Carolyn Allen

    Professional Programs Manager

    Carolyn Allen is the Professional Programs Manager at the University Colorado Boulder’s International English Center. Carolyn’s background includes teaching, curriculum development, and student advising. Prior to her second career in English language instruction and administration, Carolyn worked in advertising sales and marketing, including positions at NBC and ABC television. With this professional experience, she has successfully developed and implemented business English programs at several institutions. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in TESOL from Hunter College at the City University of New York. She enjoys biking, jewelry making, going to concerts, and exploring the Boulder area.

  • Eriko Yatabe-Waldock

    Cultural and Community Programs Manager

    Eriko comes to CU Boulder from Pace University in New York, where she gained 10+ years of experience as an English language program administrator and designated school official (DSO). Prior to that, Eriko worked in corporate credit analysis and US equity sales planning on Wall Street. Her experience includes intercultural communication training for professionals seeking to do business outside of the US. Eriko is a bilingual English-Japanese speaker. In high school, she participated in a Japanese exchange program, and lived with a homestay family in Colorado Springs. Her insights about running a safe, welcoming, and inclusive homestay program stem from her direct experience and educational background.  She enjoys hiking and geocaching with her dogs. Eriko earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a thesis focus on English socio-linguistics at Seijo University, and a Master of Science in Education, with a specialization in Intercultural Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • George Zamarripa

    Marketing, Recruitment, and Communications Coordinator

    George was born and raised in Colorado, and lived in New York and Honolulu prior to moving back to Denver in 2008. He received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College. His professional background is in marketing and advertising, as well as English as a Second Language administration. At the IEC, George is responsible for developing and executing strategic marketing initiatives to drive international student recruitment and retention. He manages internal and external communications including content and design for the center's website, social media presence, print materials, and brand items. In addition, George coordinates and hosts the student showcase each session. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, attending concerts and plays, and experiencing all the exciting entertainment and nightlife that Denver has to offer.

  • Holly Woodsome Sroymalai

    Academic Programs Manager

    Holly always loved languages, so she started studying German when she was a child. Later, Holly was fortunate enough to study abroad in Germany and take German language classes prior to enrolling in regular University courses. She had an amazing teacher, who helped her see how exciting and rewarding teaching languages could be. When she came back from Germany, Holly decided to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second Language. She completed an M.A. in Linguistics and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. She has been teaching ESL since 1998, and she has lived and taught in both Germany and Thailand. She absolutely loves teaching international students and learning about different cultures and languages. Holly enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, including her Thai husband and her Ukrainian daughter. 

  • Rene Yanosky

    Program Accounting Manager

    When Rene was a student at the University of Colorado Boulder, she began working for Continuing Education Accounting. After receiving her degree in English, she remained a University employee. Rene's role at the IEC includes all things accounting—from paying bills to collecting tuition. She also assist students with insurance questions, and works with student sponsors so that our student body can focus on the important task of studying English.

  • Ruth Moore

    Assistant Director for Faculty Services and Curriculum

    Ruth has over eighteen years of ESL experience in high school, adult, and higher education. As the Assistant Director for Faculty Services and Curriculum, she has developed and implemented programs to supervise and support IEC faculty members. Ruth has been involved in teacher training, developing and presenting workshops at faculty in-services and conferences. Ruth has also taught graduate courses for CU Boulder’s Linguistics Department, and has served as a faculty mentor to MA TESOL students completing their practicum assignments. At the IEC, she played a key role in curriculum development and program assessment and has taught in both the Intensive and Non-intensive Academic & Professional English programs. Ruth holds an MA in Instructional Systems Development with a TESL concentration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Shing Kit (Jackie) Wong

    Coordinator of Student Services

    As the Coordinator of Student Services, Jackie is responsible for providing a variety of support services to IEC students, specifically immigration advising, admissions, enrollment, records/file creation and maintenance. He is a Designated School Official (DSO), responsible for issuing immigration documents for F-1 and J-1 visa holders and their dependents. Jackie works closely with the Office of Admissions to coordinate the matriculation process for ESL Academic Bridge Program students. In addition, he is responsible for compiling data on prospective, current, and former students. Prior to joining the IEC, Jackie worked as a Program Associate for International Student and Scholar Support at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, International Studies, and Japanese, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University. Jackie is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and proficient in Japanese. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and attending sporting events.

  • Susan Fouts

    Assistant Director for Student Services and Program Development

    Susan is the Assistant Director of Student Services and Program Development at the International English Center. In this position, she is involved in many aspects of the student experience including orientation, advisement, and front office operations. An ESL/EFL professional since 1995, she has taught classes and been a teacher trainer abroad at bi-national centers in Santiago, Chile and Saltillo, Mexico. Susan holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Language Education/TESL Education from the University of Texas Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Loyola University Chicago. In May 2017, she completed a graduate Leadership and Management certificate offered through CU Boulder’s Office of Human Resources and the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program. Susan has also served on CU Boulder’s steering committee for Outreach and Engagement.