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Meet The Staff

All instructors have advanced degrees and top-notch experience in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages or working with international students. Many have lived and worked in other countries and are experts in their fields.

Casey Poe

Casey Poe, Director

MBA, Finance, HR - University of Tennessee
MA, Int'l Commerce - University of Kentucky
BA, Spanish - Berea College 

  • Portfolio Manager | New Mexico Educational Retirement Board - 2020-2022
  • Study Abroad Advisor | University of Utah - 2009-2011
  • American Councils for International Education | Resident Director, Critical Language Scholarship - 2010, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2022

Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller, Assistant Director

M.A. Applied Linguistics, University of Utah

  • Assistant Director of ELI since 2015
  • Taught ESL since 1994 in Switzerland and USA

Our Office Staff and Administrators

Lisa HumphreyLisa Humphrey, PDSO & Program Manager

M.Ed. in Bi-lingual & Bi-Cultural Education

Taught EFL in Japan, Germany, and Mexico.

Katie GuidoKatie Guido, Program Assistant

B.S. Psychology, University of Utah

Intern in Washington D.C. Health and Human Services. Joined ELI in December 2018

Sharon CantillanaSharon Stephanie Cantillana, Engagement & Retention Coordinator

Bachelor’s Degree in Music Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Performance
Universidad de las Americas

Experience: Joined ELI in 2021

Graduated from ELI in 2020!


Kirsten NiederhauserKirsten Niederhauser, DSO

MBA, International Business

Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Department of State, 2018 - 2023
Senior Education Advisor | U.S. Embassy Riyadh, 2015 - 2018


Our Instructors

Amy DelisAmy Delis, Skill Coordinator

M.A. TESOL, Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 1987 in USA and China

Anita PrabhakarAnita Prabhakar, Adjunct Faculty

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction; TESOL candidate, Barry University

Taught ESL in India and USA

Brian ParrottBrian Parrott, Evening Programs Coordinator

M.A. Applied Linguistics 

Taught ESL since 2006 in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, South Korea, Spain, Colombia and the United States

emily whiteEmily White, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. TESOL, Brigham Young University

Worked with English learners in Ohio, Florida, and Utah since 2003

Erica HavicanErica Havican, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. TESOL Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 2008 in Brazil and USA

Faven Kenfe-michaelFaven Kenfe-Michael, Adjunct Teacher

Masters of Education, CELTA

Taught ESL in Madrid, Thailand and the USA since 2020

Heidi HealyHeidi Healy, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. TESOL Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 2010 in China, Mongolia, and USA

Jason E MowerJason E Mower, Skill Coordinator

M.A. Applied Linguistics 

Taught ESL since 2000 in USA and South Korea

Jennifer SchimmelpfennigJennifer Schimmelpfennig, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. History, Utah State University

Taught ESL since 2010 in USA

Jeremy HansenJeremy Hansen, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. Education, TESOL Certificate

Taught ESL since 2008 in South Korea and USA

Katelyn MatthewsKatelyn Matthews, Adjunct Faculty

Bachelors of English Language, TESOL Certificate, Brigham Young University

Taught English since 2018 in Germany and USA

Mark BradyMark Brady, Skill Coordinator

M.A. Journalism, Post-Baccalaureate English Education

Taught ESL since 1996 in the Czech Republic

Mary BarkerMary Barker

PhD, Political Science, Columbia University
TESOL Certificate

Former Director, Program for North American Language and Culture at the International Institute of Spain
Co-creator of the EFL Program at the Pozuelo Campus of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain)

Taught ESL since 2004

Michael ZiegenfussMichael Ziegenfuss, Adjunct Faculty

MEd International Studies in Education, CELTA Certificate

Taught ESL since 2011 in China and USA

Monica PackMonica Pack, Adjunct Faculty

M.A. Foreign Language Education (TESOL), University of Texas Austin

Taught ESL since 2003, lived in Western Europe and Central America

paula cabrera camposPaula Cabrera Campos, Adjunct Faculty, DSO

M.A. TESOL, Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 2008 in Chile and USA 

Randall DavisRandall Davis, Skill Coordinator

M.A. TESOL, Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 1987 in USA and Japan

Russell WilsonRus Wilson, Testing and Curriculum Coordinator

M.A. TESOL, Brigham Young University

Taught ESL since 1999 in USA

Sam Dunn Sam Dunn, Adjunct Faculty

M.F.A. University of Utah

Taught ESL since 2013 in Sweden and USA

Sara Jordan Sara Jordan

BA Sociology/Urban Studies - University of New Orleans
MA Program- American Studies/Women’s Studies, Utah State University
TESOL Certificate – School for International Training

Taught ESL since 2003 in US, India, Spain. Also lived in Dominican Republic, Israel/Palestine, Sierra Leone, UK

Sarah Ortega Sarah Ortega, Adjunct Teacher

BA in English, TEFL/TESOL Certificate

Started teaching in 2023



Last Updated: 2/28/24