Our Faculty & Staff

Administration

Ryan Sheldon, M.A.  Director

Ryan Sheldon began his career in ESOL in 2009 teaching young learners in South Korea and later Ecuador. Upon returning to the United States, his studies brought him to Washington D.C. where he earned a CELTA and later would move up to Baltimore to pursue his M.A. TESOL at UMBC. While studying, Ryan worked as an instructor and graduate assistant at the ELI where he discovered his passion for program development. Since then, he has served as an Assistant Director at the ELI at Notre Dame of Maryland University where his work focused on testing and evaluation, curriculum development, marketing, student services and advising, and faculty support. Now back at UMBC, he is proud to support all ELI students as they continue to work towards reaching their own personal, academic and professional goals. Ryan also holds a degree in Electronic Media from Xavier University in Cincinnati and spent several years working in television news and cable media.

 

Georges Mushayuma, M.A.  Marketing Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Josie Penn  Program Management Specialist

Josie Penn joined the ELI in 2000, after 12 years facilitating children’s development by owning and operating a licensed childcare facility in her home. She prides herself on helping others achieve their goals. In April 2007, she received UMBC’s Employee of the Quarter award in recognition of her work. In addition to her work at the ELI, Josie has taught aerobics for UMBC. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities and traveling.

 

 

Kazumi Hasegawa, Ph.D.  Director of Outreach & Business Development

Dr. Kazumi Hasegawa is originally from Japan and joined UMBC in 2000 and currently serves as Director of Outreach and Business Development at the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) under the leadership of Dr. David Di Maria. Since 2020, she has served as a board member of the Marketing and Outreach Division, Maryland International Education Consortium (MIEC). Also, in 2022, Dr. Hasegawa was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and, since then, has served as a member of the Maryland/DC District Export Council (MD/DEC DEC) based on her expertise in international business and volunteers her time to provide local businesses with guidance and assistance in international markets.

 

Sarita Foutz, M.A.  Program Coordinator

Sarita Foutz is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. She has a degree in accounting and a professional license in public accounting from the University of Benito Juarez of Oaxaca, Mexico, and an M.A. from UMBC in instructional systems development. Before pursuing her M.A., Sarita began her studies at the ELI! Sarita has worked at the ELI for nearly 10 years.

 

 

 

Madison Pickard   Graduate Assistant / Special Programs Coordinator

Madison Pickard is a Graduate Assistant working as a Special Programs Coordinator at ELI and studying Intercultural Communications. She has lived in various countries as an English teacher including Ecuador, Australia, and most recently, Thailand. She understands the difficulty and the joy of living in different countries and is here to help and chat with any students that want to share their experiences. Madison speaks Spanish, Thai, and some ASL.

 

 


Instructors

Kati Milter, Ph.D. Instructor

Dr. Kati Milter holds a B.Ed. with an ESOL specialization and an M.A. in English from ELTE, Budapest, Hungary. She has more than 10 years’ experience teaching English as a second language in her native country, and taught English literature and history at Janus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary before moving to the U.S. in 2000. Kati earned an M.A. in Telecommunications and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University, where she also taught undergraduate courses in advertising and communications. Specializations within her doctoral studies included adult education, applied technology, distance education, and blended learning. Dr. Milter resides in Catonsville with her husband, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, and her two bilingual daughters.

 

John Lundquist Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher McKinnon, M.A. Instructor

Chris McKinnon began his career teaching English in Katowice, Poland where he spent six years teaching business English to adults. In 2007 he received a CELTA from the Lewis School of languages in Barcelona, Spain and began teaching young learners. After teaching children for another year in Spain, Chris returned to Eastern Europe to Prague, Czech Republic where he spent two more years teaching adults. Chris has a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA TESOL. Chris speaks both Polish and English and has a great love for Polish culture.