Executive Board

President, Geraldine Ryan
Geraldine Ryan is from NZ and has taught in the field of TESOL for over 20 years including in Russia, NZ and various Asian countries. She earned a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education, specializing in TESOL, from Biola University in 2010. At present she works in the area of teacher training and professional development.

President-Elect, Richard Robison

Rich Robison has been educating teachers at Azusa Pacific University since 1991. He currently chairs the Global Studies, Sociology and TESOL Department, directs the On-Campus TESOL Program, and teaches courses on pronunciation, second language acquisition, and assessment. He is an alumnus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and UCLA (M.A., Linguistics; Ph.D., Applied Linguistics).

Past-President, Sharry Andrews

Sharry Andrews is a full-time professor at Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture, the study abroad campus of Showa Women’s University in Japan. She established an ESL program for Japanese women and their young children at Highrock Church in Arlington, Massachusetts in 2011. She has taught English to Japanese business professionals, families and university students for her entire career. Sharry completed her MA TESOL online at Biola University in 2012. She lives in the Boston area with her family and is one of three generations of TESOL professionals.


Secretary, Cindy Goforth

Cindy Goforth is the Director of the Academic English Program at Messiah College. Before coming to Messiah she was the Center Manager for an adult ESL program at Johnson County Community College in Kansas where she taught for 6 years. Prior to that she helped start an adult ESL program at her church. She has taught English to high school students, college students, professionals and adult English language learners in church-based programs as well as academic settings in the U.S., China and Lithuania. Her areas of interest include academic reading and writing, grammar and teacher training. She received her MBA in Finance from George Washington University and her MA TESOL from Biola University. She currently lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with her family.

Treasurer, Amie Sarker

Amie Sarker, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Dallas. Amie completed a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies and Linguistics at the University of North Texas, an M.Ed. at the University of Texas at Arlington, and a B.A. in Elementary Education at Dallas Baptist University. She spent several years teaching ESL and serving as a literacy strategist in Texas public schools, and she has taught English as a foreign language in South Korea and Taiwan. She is involved with rural education initiatives in South Asia as well. Amie is passionate about affirming and developing the competencies of English language learners and their teachers, both in the U.S. and abroad. 


Communications Coordinator, Amanda Dago

Amanda Dago earned her MA TESOL from Biola University in 2006. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in the field of TESOL in varying capacities. While the bulk of her time has been spent working as an ESL instructor, she has also worked as a Resource Coordinator and Academic Coordinator. She has taught all levels and skills in both IEP/Academic ESL and Adult Education/Non-Credit ESL programs and is a member of TESOL and CATESOL. Amanda and her family have recently returned to Southern California where she is the Director of IEP at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. Amanda is a native Minnesotan and loves her Minnesota Vikings, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and traditional hotdishes. Amanda has been married to her husband Achille for 9 years and together they have two sons. They are excited to see what God has planned for them in California!

 Michael Lessard-Clouston

Michael Lessard-Clouston has taught in Canada, China, Indonesia, and Japan, and currently coordinates the MA in applied linguistics at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he also teaches in its on campus and online MA TESOL programs. With Dr. Michael Pasquale (of Cornerstone University), he is co-editor of the new International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching.

Member At-Large, Robin Gingerich

Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson has been teaching EFL in Russia and Ukraine with One Mission Society for 20 years. She earned her BS in Elementary Ed at George Fox University and MA in TESOL at Azusa Pacific University. Debbie currently lives in Kiev, Ukraine where she loves teaching English to professionals.
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