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Meet the board elected by the TESOL membership.

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TESOL's 3 year Strategic Plan. 2011 - 2014

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Written by TESOL's first Executive Director, James Alatis.

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TESOL Staff Office Information & Directory

TESOL International Association has a dedicated staff of 21 professionals who work at the TESOL office in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The TESOL office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm ET, except major U.S. holidays. Visitors are welcome during regular business hours. To contact individual staff members, please see the TESOL staff directory below. 

To contact TESOL Board Members, please visit the TESOL Board Members page.

For more information about TESOL International Association, please visit the About TESOL page.

TESOL Staff Office

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Please contact the TESOL Help Desk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mailing Address

1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-6820 USA


Main:  +1 703.836.0774
Fax: +1 703.836.7864 or 6447
Customer service, including membership and publications (Toll Free in U.S.): 888.891.0041     
Outside the US: +1 240.646.7037


General information: info@tesol.org
Customer service: members@tesol.org


The office is located in the Old Town area of Alexandria, Virginia, and is easily accessible from major highways and public transportation.

Staff Directory

To reach a staff member by telephone, dial the main phone line, +1 703.836.0774 or direct dial 703.518.2XXX where XXX is the staff person's 3-digit extension. Each extension includes a voicemail box. 

To reach staff via email, click on the staff member's name in the directory below.

Executive Office

The Executive Director's office manages the TESOL office and staff in Alexandria, VA. and  provides support to the Board of Directors
Rosa Aronson, PhD, CAE
Executive Director
Rita Gainer
Executive Assistant
Rodney Brown
Office Services Administrator

Public Policy & Communications

Responsible for researching, monitoring, and analyzing policy and professional issues, and communicating and advocating TESOL's positions on policy and professional issues to internal and external audiences. This includes identifying and proposing strategies for establishing and advancing mission-related relationships with government agencies, the media, national associations, and other organizations. Areas of responsibility include advocacy and government relations, media outreach, standards, and relations with TESOL Affiliates.
John Segota, CAE
Associate Executive Director for Public Policy and Professional Relations
Valerie Borchelt
Professional Relations Manager
Craig Triplett
Digital Content Manager
Jaime Mattos
Information Technology Manager
Advocacy Issues advocacy@tesol.org
Affiliates affiliates@tesol.org  
Press Inquiries
TESOL Standards standards@tesol.org  

Conference Services

Conference Services books appropriate facilities for all TESOL events and schedules sessions and manages the TESOL Annual Convention & English Language Expo.  You may contact staff with any questions about future bookings, assistance in affiliate conventions, volunteering, or participating in future conventions.
Lisa Dyson, CMP
Director of Conference Services
Catherine Curtis
Conference & Exhibits Services Manager
Rodney Brown
Conference Services Coordinator
Convention Services (General)

Convention Exhibits

Job MarketPlace, Recruiter Info



Professional Learning & Research 

Our department goals include making available quality professional development and learning to English language teachers worldwide, providing a variety of digital and face-to-face professional development opportunities to meet the needs of an international audience, and supporting all professional learning with current publications and sound academic research.

TESOL Professional Learning provides English language teaching professionals with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to enhance their expertise and practice. TESOL delivers this high quality professional development to members and nonmembers of the association through online and in-person ​events, workshop, and presentations. Events are planned and designed with the support from TESOL’s Professional Development Council (PDC), a group of experts in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages worldwide.

TESOL Research is dedicated to advancing the field of English language teaching and classroom practice. Led by the Research Professional Council, TESOL offers a suite of research resources, opportunities for conducting research, and avenues to connect research to practice. Whether it’s through the most recent Research Agenda or a call for ​research proposals, TESOL is at the forefront of ELT research worldwide.​ 
Sarah Sahr, EdD
Director of Professional Learning & Research 
Srisucha McCabe
Professional Development Manager
Eleanor Henning
Project Manager

Michelle Kim
Professional Learning Coordinator

Professional Learning
Research research@tesol.org  
TESOL Resource Center trc@tesol.org
TESOL Core Certificate Program corecertificate@tesol.org
TESOL Certificate: Advanced Practitioner  practitioner@tesol.org  

Finance & Administration

We administer TESOL's budget, provide financial information to the board and membership, and process payments for membership, products, and events. You may contact us with concerns about payment processing or financial administration.

Jim Trope
Director of Finance
Pat Harris
Sr. Accountant

Marketing & Member Services

The department oversees all marketing, membership, publishing, and IT services for TESOL. This includes submissions of all articles for TESOL journals and newsletters, publication of TESOL books, all content for the TESOL website, TESOL Awards Program, and TESOL external communications.

Barry Pilson, CAE
Director, Marketing & Membership

Myrna Jacobs
Senior Manager, Publications &
Product Development

Tomiko Breland
Editor/Publications Project Manager

Meghan Moran
Marketing Manager
Nancy Flores
Membership Coordinator

 Awards Program awards@tesol.org  
General Information info@tesol.org  
Membership Services members@tesol.org  
Career Development careers@tesol.org  
TESOL Connections tesolconnections@tesol.org
Publications Orders

For Advertisers

TESOL Quarterly

TESOL Journal




Directions to the TESOL Staff Office

TESOL's office is located minutes from DC's Reagan National Airport and Capitol Hill. It is also a 10-minute walk from the King Street–Old Town Metro Station.

Driving from Reagan National Airport

  • Take the George Washington Parkway south toward Alexandria
  • As you enter Alexandria, the parkway becomes North Washington Street. (After crossing King Street, North Washington Street becomes South Washington Street)
  • After crossing King Street, follow South Washington Street for 2 blocks
  • Turn right on Duke Street. Go 0.8 miles
  • Turn left on John Carlyle Street. Follow John Carlyle Street through one roundabout (circle)
  • Turn right on Ballenger Avenue 

TESOL's office is located in the red brick building on the right side of the street. TESOL is in Suite 550 on the fifth floor, accessible from the lobby entrance on Ballenger Avenue.

Parking: The parking garage for the building is also on the right, immediately past a storefront with an orange awning. Guest parking is available for a fee. Take the office elavator to the 5th floor. There is very limited metered street parking in the area.

Using the Metro

Take the blue or yellow metro line to the King Street–Old Town Metro Station. The TESOL office is located approximately half a mile from the station, which is about a 10-minute walk. Taxis are also readily available.

  • After exiting the King Street–Old Town metro station, take an immediate right and walk along the sidewalk to the pedestrian tunnel under Duke Street. The tunnel exits on Dulany Street.
  • Continue on Dulany Street for two blocks.
  • Turn left on Ballenger Avenue.
  • Pass Robek's Yogurt shop on your left hand side and enter at 1925 Ballenger Avenue main lobby.
  • Take the office elevator to 5th floor.  The TESOL office is to your left, in Suite 550.