Meet Your 2005-2006 PAIS Officers

Outgoing Chair: John Aydelott, academic dean of the Academic Bridge Program, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

Chair: Lori Buehring Miller, academic coordinator/instructor, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, USA


Lori Buehring Miller received her master's degree in linguistics/ESL from California State University, Long Beach. She has been an instructor and the academic coordinator at UC Santa Cruz Extension, English Language International for the past 5 years. Lori is mainly responsible for the hiring and supervision of instructors, the development and organization of curriculum, and the student advising for the Intensive English Program and various contract groups. She also teaches a variety of university preparation courses for international students as well as teacher training courses for U.S. and international ESL teachers through the TESL/TEFL Certificate Program at UC Santa Cruz Extension. She has been involved in educational administration for 15 years and has taught ESL for the past 10 years. She has also lived and worked in Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Spain as a student, teacher, and educational consultant. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and languages as well as various outdoor sports such as skiing and hiking.

Chair-Elect: Bryan Gilroy, director of the English Language Center, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Member-at-Large: Cheryl Delk, director of the Intensive English Program, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

Cheryl Delk has over 10 years experience teaching ESL. She completed master's degrees in French and TESOL at Michigan State University and then taught and worked as curriculum coordinator at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for 6 years. In 2000, she began teaching at Georgia State University. She has had several roles in the program, including IEP student activities coordinator, graduate teaching assistant coordinator, and most currently director of the IEP.
Webmaster/Editor: Maxine Pond, director of Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County, LETS, Kalispell, Montana, USA

Maxine Pond received her MA in linguistics (TESOL) in 2003 from the University of Surrey and is an adjunct at Flathead Valley Community College, teaching college-prep English, ESL, and TESOL courses. Maxine has served as director of Learning English in The Summers (LETS) for Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County since 2002. LETS is a summer intensive family literacy program that targets English language learners in the area. LETS recently received its first grant and has a clear future. Maxine and her husband will be teaching fall semester 2005 at Lithuania Christian College (LCC), Klaipeda, Lithuania. Maxine will be teaching full-time in the LCC ELI program.

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