Leadership Team

English learning classes

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TATIANA ARTEMYEVA

Executive Assistant 

Curriculum Development

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ELENA FARKAS

 Executive Director

M.A. in Educational Leadership  University of Alaska Anchorage 

BA/MA in ESL and History  Magadan International Pedagogical University, Russia.

Elena has over 30 years of experience in language program development and teacher preparation, community and family outreach

 Board Of Directors

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ANN GRIFFIN

Board Member & Founder

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CHERYL EVANS

Vice President & Strategic Committee Marketing

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ROMY VIARD

Board Member

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PEGGY LOBDELL

Administrative Support & Fundraiser Administration

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CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM

Board President

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JAMES HEIAN

Treasurer

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PAM STEEN

Secretary

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SUE BIRRELL

Strategic Committee

Over 25 years of Financial and Administrative experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

My passion is helping others.  I envy the bravery of those who leave all that is familiar to move to a new country to make a better life for themselves and their family.  I sincerely believe there is no better place to do this than the USA.

Fluent in Haitian Creole and French

M.A., Educational Leadership, St. Thomas University 

B.A., Professional Administration, Barry University

14 Years experience in Education

Masters in Education. NAU

M.A. in Educational Administrations and Foundations, ISU

B.S. in Elementary Education, ISU

Transformation Academy:  Life Coach Certification

Over 25 years experience in Education and Program Management

CPA (lapsed) with eleven years of experience with an international accounting firm.

Following his stint as an auditor, he returned to college for a Ph.D. in Business Administration. He taught
accounting and related subjects at the college level for 25 years until his retirement in 2010.

University of Maryland, BA, Economics

Retired executive-level officer with the Federal government. More than 35 years of experience in a variety of analytical, managerial, and senior staff assignments.

Fluent in Spanish

BA in Spanish, English and Education

Michigan State University

Linguistics with specialization in teaching ESOL

University of Illinois

Teacher trainer online
Teacher trainer face to face-Applied Linguistics
Certified Spanish teacher

 

M.A. in Education, Harvard University

M.S. in Education, Nazareth College Of Rochester

B.A. English, Elmira College

Ability to make ACHIEVEMENT happen by identifying, coordinating, planning, and implementing while establishing rapport at all levels to proactively solve problems.

Building on her background in Teaching, Ann Founded Project Light Of Manatee in 1994 with the help of Sister Nora and her partner Ed Griffin. 

They felt that competency in English would equip the students with the confidence and skills necessary to fully participate as productive members of our community.

Bilingual Spanish and English.

18 years experience in teaching English as a second language (ESOL)

My vision is to create and support a professional climate that ensures continuing professional growth for all members of the educational community.

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