Staff

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Catherine Barnhart, Executive Director, has a MS in Education Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. She has over 20 years experience working with international and minority students in higher education, and has directed numerous volunteers and students in non-profit education programs.

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Ahmad Zia Afzali, Citizenship Coordinator, has a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan. He worked with several non-profit organizations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2010. He is an Afghan immigrant, living in Utah since June 2010. He is fluent in Farsi and English.

Ahmad is involved with Salt Lake City Mayor's Office of Diversity and Human Rights office. 

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Beth Garstka, Community Outreach Director, has her M.Ed from the University of Utah and her BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Relations with a focus in Southeast Asian countries from the University of Oregon. She has taught English in Japan and speaks Japanese.

Beth serves on the City of Midvale's Community Council, Salt Lake Community College Thayne Center Advisory Board, State of Utah Multicultural Affairs Commission Education Sub Committee, Utah Refugee Advisory Volunteer Sub Committee, University of Utah Bennion Center Community Partnership Advisory Board,  University Neighborhood Partners Steering Committee, and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy Board of Directors.

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Jan Hall, Job Readiness Instructor, began teaching ESL while living in Italy. She has been teaching and tutuoring in reading and ESL in the U.S. for over 20 years. She has taught and tutored in various public and private schools. She has studied Spanish and speaks Italian fluently. Jan received her bachelor's degree from BYU. Jan enjoys gardening, dance, the outdoors, traveling and a good ball game.

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Stacey Hoopes, Humanitarian Center Coordinator, has her BA in English and Linguistics, as well as a TESOL certificate from the University of Utah.  She has been teaching English as a Second Language since 2007, first in South Korea and then in Salt Lake City.  She enjoys hiking, sailing, and traveling the world.


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Elin Isakson, Workplace English Coordinator, has her BA in English from BYU and a MA in applied linguistics from the University of Utah. She has taught English to children, teenagers, and adults over the past 12 years. She has taught in various language programs in Utah and did a teaching internship in Ecuador. She is passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and cooking.

 

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Elizabeth McAninch, Empowering Parents Coordinator, has her M.Ed with a focus in TESOL from Seattle University and her B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  She has worked as an ESL teacher in the U.S. as well as int he southern region of China.  Elizabeth is from a small town in California and enjoys going home to visit her family, good coffee, and her two black Labradors.


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Sharah Meservy, Small Group Coordinator, has taught ESL in China and in the United States. She was certified through Cambridge University’s CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) program and has a BA in Theatre Arts Studies from BYU.

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Hedy Miller, Citizenship Instructor, has a Master’s degree in Linguistics and a TESOL certificate from the University of California, Davis. She has taught ESL, citizenship preparation, and has managed ESL and adult literacy programs since 1981. She has lived in many states in the United States and in Turkey and in Germany.

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 Connor Connor ReeseOffice Intern, is pursuing his BA in International Studies with a TESOL certificate from the University of Utah. He has studied abroad in France and is continuing to take French courses until he graduates in the Spring. Connor enjoys hiking and skiing in the Wasatch mountains and loves to travel.

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Pamela Silberman, Associate Director, holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Connecticut, Pamela has lived in Salt Lake City for 17 years. She has also studied and worked in New York City, Guatemala, Rome, London, Texas, & Vermont. She has 25 years of experience in ESL, non-profits, communications, & community engagement. Pamela also serves on several advisory boards in the community.



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As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the English Skills Learning Center prohibits discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, or sexual orientation. ESL Center complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. If any person feels that she/he has experienced discrimination or needs an accommodation, they should submit their concern in writing to the Executive Director.

 

 

 

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