Our Faculty & Staff


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. 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 International Marketing






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.





Kati Milter, Ph.D. Instructor

Kati Milter holds a B.Ed. with an ESOL specialization and an M.A. in English from ELTE, Budapest, Hungary. Kati 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. Kati resides in Catonsville with her husband, who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, and her two bilingual daughters.


John Lundquist, Instructor






Landy Andriamiarisoa, M.A. Instructor

Landy Andriamiarisoa is a certified teacher in her home country of Madagascar and has extensive experience in the ESOL field for over ten years. She has taught both English and French in many multicultural settings, such as Madagascar, South Africa, India, and currently is teaching in the U.S. (ELI UMBC). She received her first Master’s degree in English Education in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to pursue her graduate school in the US where she earned her second Master’s in TESOL at UMBC. She chose teaching as her career because she is outgoing and loves to work interactively with people in different multicultural settings.



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.