Murat Balcı (Murat.pearson@gmail.com) – Educational Consultant, Longman/Pearson

Murat Balcı graduated from Cukurova University, Educational Faculty, English Language Teaching Department. He worked as an English Teacher (Primary/Secondary Schools) and worked as an interpreter/translator for the USAF, 39th Wing Command in Incirlik, Adana. He's been working for Pearson Education for last 13 years as an Educational Consultant, Area Manager, and very recently as K-12 Manager for Turkey.


George M. Chinnery (ChinneryGM@state.gov) – English Language Officer, Ankara, Turkey

George M. Chinnery is the English Language Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Faculty Development at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. Outside of the government, he has also taught English and trained English language teachers in academic and corporate and settings, including the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the McDonald’s Corporation. George has worked in India, El Salvador, Russia and Romania, as well as in the U.S. His professional interests include the creative integration of technology in language teaching.


Jordan Earl (triadteaching@yahoo.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Ankara, Turkey

Jordan Earl has lived and taught at universities in several countries during the past decade, including Mauritania, Uzbekistan, the US, and Turkey.  He has conducted workshops and seminars in Cape Verde, Senegal, Yemen, and Egypt. After September 11th, he worked with the American Red Cross' 9/11 International Family Assistance Program in Washington, D.C.  More recently, he enjoyed 2 years as the director of the English Language Resource Center at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He is currently helping to establish the English-medium program and Academic English Center at Ankara University's Faculty of Divinity in Turkey.


John Fulghum (jafulg2001@yahoo.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Ankara, Turkey

John Fulghum has been teaching language for nearly 15 years. He has taught for refugee resettlement and vocational English programs in the United States. John first began teaching English abroad in 1994 in Taejeon, South Korea. From there he moved on to Japan, Guatemala and Chile. In addition to English, he has also taught Spanish for community college and university classes. Returning to Korea in 2010, he developed a number of courses in the field of ESP for numerous businesses. John has also acted and directed theatre productions in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. As a first time Senior Language Fellow this year, John is involved in creating and developing a legal English program for the Ankara Bar Association.


Tatiana Gabrielson (tatianicg@gmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Ukraine

Tatiana Gabrielson taught English at Kiev State University in 1986-89, worked as a bilingual educator at Missoula County Public Schools in Montana in 1990-1999, taught Second Language Acquisition courses to prospective teachers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000-2006 and assisted the Editors of Educational Researcher. Upon graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, for five years Dr. Gabrielson taught ESOL to students from over 30 countries at Austin Community College. At present she works as a curriculum specialist at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. She is the author of two books on the intellectual life of Romani cultural elite in Ukraine.


Osman Gözet (ogozet@geleceginyildizlari.com) – Camp Future Stars

Osman Gözet was, as youngest of three brothers, born in Bursa, and graduated from Bursa Erkek Lisesi. He was selected by Rotary Youth Exchange Committe to live and attend high school in Iowa, USA.  Osman enriched his proffessional basketball life with many championships and most valuable player awards and  graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a double major in Marketing and International Business and honors degree, where he studied with a basketball scholarship. After college years in USA, he worked for Mercedes-Benz in the field of marketing and international business. In February 2007 he joined the Future Stars management team. He participated in American Camp Association and International Camping Fellowship conferences in 2007 Texas, 2008 Nashville and Association of Independent Camps conference in Denver 2010. He is a founding member of the European Camps Association and he is representing Camp Future Stars in the Camps Association of Turkey. He is currently working as the CEO of Future Stars organization and head of the overseas camps.


Carol HaddawaySenior English Language Fellow, Kiev, Ukraine

Carol Haddaway is a Senior ELF in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2011-12. She conducts weekly teacher training seminars on methodology and moderates youth discussions at the English Teaching Resource Center at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In addition, she does outreach training throughout Ukraine at various schools, universities, pedagogical colleges and other institutes for in-service teachers. She served as a Senior ELF in Damascus, Syria, 2010-11 and co-designed and taught the Methods 1 course in the E-Teacher Scholarship Program at UMBC. She has a Master’s degree in Instructional System Design/ESOL Bilingual from UMBC and a MSc degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.






Lisa Hundley (lisahundley@gmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Lisa Hundley was raised in Redmond, WA and holds a B.A. in German from Washington State University, a TESL certificate from Seattle University, and Master’s degrees in TESL and German/Applied Linguistics from Penn State University. Her ESL career began in 1993 in Austria, where she was a Fulbright Assistant in Eisenstadt.   From 1996-2000, she was a faculty member at Vysoka Skola Manazmentu/City University in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she later managed the Intensive English Program.   Before joining the English Language Fellow (ELF) Program, Lisa taught ESL/ABE courses for immigrants and international students at Shoreline Community College and Lake Washington Technical College near Seattle, WA, as well as web-based German courses for Penn State and summer intensive classes at the American International School in Salzburg, Austria. As the ELF in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2009-2011, Lisa taught in the English department at the University Dzemal Bijedic in Mostar, and was active with local and regional program planning, including workshops for language teachers, American Corner events, the Tuzla English Language Teaching Seminar, the “Access” micro-scholarship program for medresa students, and conferences in and outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Lisa is currently the S-ELF at the University of Tuzla and Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where she teaches academic writing and ELT methodology courses, coordinates teacher training events, and assists with American Corner programming. 


Denise Lowery (LoweryD1@state.gov) – Regional English Language Officer, Budapest, Hungary

Before joining the Department of State, Denise worked for Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia, where she served as an assistant professor and ESL program director.  Immediately before transferring to Gordon College Denise was Team Leader for the ESL program at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, Georgia, where she participated in a leadership team and was a direct report to the Vice President of Adult Education.  During her tenure at Middle Georgia Technical College, Denise was nominated to and served on a statewide team of teacher trainers in a program funded by CAELA. Before serving at MGTC, Denise lived and worked in Caceres, Spain.  She spent from 1997 – 2007 teaching EFL in Caceres, the last 6 years of which she served as owner and director of Academia Atlanta, an extracurricular English language academy serving students of all age groups and levels of English language proficiency.  Some of the courses offered at Academia Atlanta were tailored to meet the needs of future/present English teachers, architects, and other professionals. Denise’s educational background includes a B.A. degree in Spanish earned from Mercer University in Macon Georgia and an M.Ed. in TESOL from Regent University in Virginia Beach.  Denise has also completed doctoral level courses at the University of Extremadura in Spain where she earned a “Certificado de Estudios Avanzados del Doctorado”.  

Erik Lundell (ealundell@hotmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Belgorod, Russia

Erik Lundell is a Senior English Language Fellow in Belgorod.  His primary responsibility is conducting teacher training workshops for pre-service English language teachers at Belgorod State University.  This is Erik’s second time in Russia working in the English Language Fellow Program.  From 2002 to 2005, he served as Senior English Language Fellow in Bashkortostan.  His professional experience includes teaching Spanish in the U.S. high schools, teaching ESL with the Honda of America Manufacturing Company, preparing EFL students in Slovakia for entrance to U.S. business schools and training pre- and in-service teachers in South Korea. His latest work involved teaching in programs created by the Center for Language Education and Development at Georgetown University.


Michael McMillan (motive440@gmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Adana, Turkey

Michael McMillan is the Senior English Language Fellow at Çukurova University in Adana, Turkey.  He has a master's in TESOL from the School for International Training (SIT) and a master's in urban planning from Columbia University.  He is a member of World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute's affiliated faculty and a Licensed Trainer for its TESOL Certificate Course. Before coming to Turkey, Michael was a teacher-trainer and administrator in Bangkok, Thailand.


Joanne Munisteri (jomunisteri@yahoo.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Novosibirsk, Russia

Joanne has been working with the Center for Intercultural Education and Development since 2008.   She was a Senior Fellow in Pakistan and a fellow at the Yerevan Medical University in Armenia.  Joanne was a team leader in the remote region of the United Arab Emirates for their Ministry of Education and has been a professor, curriculum designer and evaluator for Ministries of Education in New Zealand, Australia, Morocco, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE.  Her work has been published in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and in Pakistan.  She was named a National Arts Council "Artist for Life" by the State of Texas in 1999.  Joanne has worked with Indigenous peoples in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Northern Africa.  She has a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a Post Graduate Degree in Education from Massey University in New Zealand and a Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine from the New Zealand College of Acupuncture and TCM and a Trinity TESOL certificate from the Tuscany Centre in Italy.  Joanne is especially interested in the connection between health and education and has encouraged equity in education at all levels wherever she has been invited to teach.  This is her first time to live and work in Siberia.


Rafel NaseerSenior English Language Fellow, Tyumen, Russia

Rafel Naseer (M.S , Florida International University) was an English Language Fellow from 2008-2010 in Balti, Moldova, where he taught courses in second language learning and teaching.  He is State of Florida Professionally Certified Teacher. Mr. Naseer worked with the public school system in Miami County for eleven years. His interests include ESL Methods, collaborative learning, and American Criminal Justice System. 


Andy Noonan (noonan_a@hotmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Kazan, Russia

Andy Noonan hails from Portland, Oregon, and has spent the last 15 years teaching EFL, ESP and training teachers in the US, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.  Most recently, he was an English Language Fellow in Tainan, Taiwan, where he implemented an English for Medical Purposes program through curriculum design, co-organizing an international conference, writing a handbook of teaching tools and doing professional development for language and science teachers.  He has spent the last two summers training public school English teachers in Korea on modern methods of instructing as well as training the next generation of trainers.  His key areas of focus are on teaching vocabulary, using authentic materials, creating reflective practitioners, teaching culture and helping teachers motivate students to become more autonomous learners. He holds an MATESOL from World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute, University of Cambridge CELTA and DELTA in addition to the SIT TESOL Certificate Course Trainer’s License. 


Linda Sahin (limasah2@gmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Eskisehir, Turkey

Linda Sahin is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Masters in Education. She is currently serving her second year as a Senior English Language Fellow at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey.  She has worked on various international projects and served as a program administrator at the Maryland English Institute at the University of Maryland in College Park in the U.S.


Thomas Santos (SantosTW@state.gov) – English Language Officer, Moscow, Russia

Thomas Santos serves as English Language Officer at the US Embassy, Moscow.  He holds a Masters degree in Language Education from the School for International Training and a Masters degree of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego.  Over a more than 20 year career, Thomas has been a teacher and teacher trainer in Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Morocco, and Bangladesh.  He taught linguistics and classroom practice at the SIT Graduate Institute before joining the US Department of State.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary and a Senior English Language Fellow in South Korea.  His main areas of interest are effective classroom practice, curricular reform, and the use of the arts in language education.


Joan Kang Shin (jshin2@umbc.edu) – University of Maryland Baltimore County, United States

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is the Director of TESOL Professional Training Programs in Continuing & Professional Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In this position at UMBC she administers, in consortium with the University Oregon, the U.S. Department of State’s E-Teacher Scholarship Program, a fully online teacher training program for EFL teachers around the world. Dr. Shin is also the Project Director of the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) funded STEP T for ELLs Program (Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English Language Learners) in the Education Department at UMBC. This five-year program provides professional development to secondary math, science, and social studies teachers in Maryland to give effective content instruction to English language learners (ELLs).
In addition, she keeps herself busy as an English Language Specialist for the Office of English Language Programs (OELP) in the U.S. Department of State and has conducted EFL teacher training programs with hundreds of teachers in Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Korea, Laos, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, and U.A.E. She has reached audiences of up to 300 through online webinars and trained groups of teachers through digital videoconferencing in Cuba, India, Sudan, and Taiwan.


Emily Tichich (tich0017@umn.edu) – Senior English Language Fellow, Tbilisi, Georgia

Emily Tichich is currently a Senior English Language Fellow in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is developing training courses for new and mentor teachers with the Ministry of Education and with the English Teacher's Association of Georgia. She started her ESL career in Ecuador, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer and has since taught ESL in various settings, including high school and intensive English programs, and has also worked with pre-service ESL teachers at the University of Minnesota. 


Fran Westbrook (WestbrookFA@state.gov), Regional English Language Officer, Kyiv, Ukraine

Frances Westbrook (Fran) arrived in Kyiv in August 2011 as the new Regional English Language Officer for Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. Prior to becoming a RELO, Fran lived in Thailand, India and the Czech Republic. In addition to serving as an English Language Fellow in Thailand, Fran also headed the ESL Department at the American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Fran began her career in English language education in Prague, Czech Republic, and has also taught ESL in the City College system in Chicago. Additionally she has developed and implemented teacher training programs throughout South East Asia, India and Sri Lanka.


Aycan Yaman Esen (EsenA@state.gov) – English Language Programs Coordinator, U.S. Embassy

Aycan Yaman Esen is a graduate of Ankara University English Language Department. After teaching at Başkent University School of English Language for 2 years, she started working at the US Embassy English Language Office as the Programs Coordinator. Currently she is in her last term, completing her MA on Human Resources Development in Education at Middle East Technical University. 


Martha Young (mwyoung18@gmail.com) – Senior English Language Fellow, Keçiören, Turkey

Martha Young has been a teacher and an administrator, a teacher educator and teacher mentor for several years. Currently she is on educational leave from Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as a Senior English Language Fellow in Ankara, Turkey. She remains fascinated with classroom dynamic and working with emerging potential resident in student learning, instructor learning and the teacher / student relationship as well.