Board Members - 2017-2018


Rebecca Wilner


Rebecca is currently the Panama Bilingüe Program Manager at American University. Prior to that she was a Senior English Language Fellow in Panama, and held various other positions in the US and abroad. She holds an MA in TESOL from American University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester.

American University

Betsy Wong

Vice President

Betsy Lindeman Wong teaches a variety of classes in Nova’s Intensive English and TESOL certificate programs. She has co-authored a textbook for Pearson Longman (Project Success 1) and currently writes digital curricular materials for Burlington English. She holds an MA in ESL from Hamline University and an MA in French and TESOL certificate from American University.

Northern Virginia Community College (Nova), American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI)

Sarah Knowles

Vice President

Sarah is a Professorial Lecturer in AU’s MA TESOL program where she specializes in language teaching methods and second language acquisition. She previously worked as an adult ESL specialist at the Center for Applied Linguistics, a professional development consultant, and an online course developer and teacher trainer in the US and Ecuador. She has taught ESL to adult immigrants in the Washington, DC area since 2003, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer EFL teacher in Cameroon.

American University, MA TESOL Program

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Heather Tatton-Harris

Past President

Heather is the Curriculum Coordinator at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School.  She earned her MA in TESOL and EdM in Applied Linguistics with a focus on pragmatics and classroom discourse at Teachers College, Columbia University.   She is passionate about connecting research to practice.

Carlos Rosario School

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Connie Lee

Membership Secretary

Connie Lee, ESL Director at International Center for Language Studies, holds a master’s in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania and certificates in Teaching Business Communication and Assessment.  She has 15 years of experience as an IEP faculty administrator. Connie is a CEA commissioner and a proud mom of Chichi, her Bengal cat.

International Center for Language Studies

Christopher Scott


Chris is a Staff Accountant in the Managed Accounting Services department at Raffa, PC. Prior to joining Raffa, he worked in international education and nonprofit operations at the Institute of International Education, the Sunlight Foundation, and the Kuwait-America Foundation.

Raffa, PC

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Kate Bain

Recording Secretary

Kate taught and mentored in Baltimore City Public Schools for ten years before being an English Language Fellow in Colombia for two years. After a couple years as faculty and then staff at Georgetown University, she started in late 2016 as part of the social media and domestic outreach team at DoS in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - Office of English Language Programs

Erica Sánchez

Website & Social Media Manager

Erica is a Communications Specialist at Carlos Rosario School. She has an MA in International Media from American University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. Growing up her favorite class was ESL, and she continues to have a passion for languages.

Carlos Rosario School

Mary Spanarkel

Professional Development Chair

Mary is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Washington English Center where she coordinates the program’s volunteer teacher training efforts and decisions its curricular materials . She completed her MA in TESOL at American University and previously taught abroad in Turkey through the Fulbright Program.

Washington English Center

Natalia Romanova

Professional Development Chair

Colleen Shaughnessy

Advocacy Co-Chair

Colleen Shaughnessy is an ESL Instructor at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School.  She has taught adult ESL, ESL methodology, and trained teachers in the US, Bolivia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, the Congo, and Rwanda.  She is interested in ESL literacy especially with adult learners with limited/interrupted formal education.  She has MA in TESOL from UMBC and is ABD in Adult Education at Penn State.

Carlos Rosario School

J. Andrea Veloza

Advocacy Co-Chair

Lindsey Crifasi

Newsletter Editor

Lindsey teaches basic ESL and literacy to adult immigrant students at Carlos Rosario School. She first fell in love with teaching English when she taught in Brazil. At American University, she received an MA in Intl Peace and Conflict Resolution. She later went back to school at UMBC for TESOL.

Carlos Rosario School

Stephanie Gallop

Newsletter Editor

Stephanie Gallop is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Georgetown University’s English as a Foreign Language program. She earned her MEd in TESL from the University of North Florida, where she also began teaching in 2009. When not grading, she enjoys biking all around DC and relaxing with her two cats.

Georgetown University


Emily Naber


Emily teaches for DCPS at Raymond Educational Campus, serving recently arrived ELLs in learning the language of math. She also teaches English to adult immigrants at Washington English Center and is on WEC’s Academic Advisory Board. She has an MAT in TESOL from Trinity Washington University and loves biking, running and traveling.

DCPS - Raymond Educational Campus

Louise Elizabeth Godley

Higher Ed SIG

Louise is a lecturer in the Intensive English Program at the Maryland English Institute, University of Maryland. Before moving to UMD, Louise taught in the English language and Training Academy at American University, and worked as Coordinator of Volunteers at Washington English Center. Louise has an MA in TESOL from American University, and a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Winchester in the UK. Louise is a native speaker of British English, and is a fluent speaker of Australian English. However, she can just about function linguistically in the US. She lives with her partner and their two cats, Claude and Augustus.

Maryland English Institute, University of Maryland

Jessie Ebersole

Adult Ed SIG

Jessie is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Washington English Center, where she organizes trainings for volunteer teachers of adult immigrants, and selects and develops curriculum and materials. She has previously taught international students in American University’s Extended Accelerator Program, and done volunteer work with adult learners with beginning English skills. Jessie holds an MA in TESOL from American University, and a B.A. in International Development from Middlebury College. 

Washington English Center

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Sevtap Frantz

NNEST Caucus Liaison

Sevtap is currently an Assistant Professor at Prince George’s Community College’s Language Studies Department. She holds a MA in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL speciality  from George Washington University and a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University. She is a Swiss born Turkish-American citizen who has had the opportunity to teach to students from various social-cultural backgrounds.

Prince George’s Community College

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