Executive Board

NNETESOL’s executive board officers are President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publishers’ Liaison, Web Master, and six Regional Representatives: two representing each state of the tri-state association.  The executive Board is a group of volunteers (most of whom serve from one to three years) that meets several times a year to implement policy matters, conduct the daily business of the association, produce conferences and oversee its work.

2012 – 2013 Executive Board


President (2013-2014)
Farrah Taylor Girouxfgiroux@elinstitute.co

Farrah Taylor Giroux is president of the English Language Institute LLC (ELI), a privately owned adult English as Second or Other Language institute that offers tutoring, citizenship test preparation, workplace literacy and professional development seminars. Ms. Giroux earned her BA in English and French from Wellesley college and her master’s of education in applied literacy and certificate of applied literacy in English as a Second Language from the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Giroux is a highly qualified teacher in English 7-12 and ESOL K-12 in Maine and has taught adult ESOL for the past several years. She is currently completing research for her book, Handbook for Teachers of Absolute Beginners of English, which she presented at the 2011 NNETESOL Conference, and she is a WIDA certified trainer. She lives in South Portland, ME, with her family.

President Elect (term 2013-2014)
Anne Wright Shank – awrightshank@cssu.org

Anne Wright Shank is an English Language Learner teacher at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont.  She is a recent graduate of the MATESOL program at St. Micheal’s College in Colchester, Vermont.  She first taught EFL at Paya Mengrai High School in Chieng Rai, Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has previously served on the board as Vermont state representative.



Past President (term 2013-2014)
Kirsten Kollgaard – kkollgaard@gmail.com

Kirsten Kollgaard is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at JFK Elementary School in Winooski, Vermont. She has also taught ESL and reading at the middle school level and has taught work skills English to adults in the Burlington area. She holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. An avid traveler, she has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Korea and Colombia and she enjoys working with families from all around the world.


Treasurer (no term limit)
Shelly Chasse-Johndro – shelly.chasse@maine.edu

Shelly Chasse-Johndro is the Associate Director for a Title III grant from the US Department of Education operated through the University of Maine and teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement courses for pre- and in-service teachers. She earned a Bachelors of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington, a Master of Education and ESL endorsement from the University of Maine. Shelly serves as a member of the Maine Department of Education Bias and Sensitivity Committee.  As a trainer-the-trainer through the University of Maine’s Diversity Leadership Institute (UMDLI); Shelly cultivates opportunities to understand, appreciate, support and strengthen the diversity of the community. She is also the lead individual of the Mathematics in TESOL forum for educators interested in the effects of language acquisition, instructional strategies, and culture in the teaching and learning of mathematics concepts.


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Secretary (no term limit)
Karlene Groshek- kgroshek@usm.maine.edu

Karlene Groshek is the Coordinator of Community-Based Programs at the University of Southern Maine. Under Maine Campus Compact, her current work includes the maintenance and development of K-12 college access programs, many of which are focused on ELL support. She has a B.A. in Spanish Liberal Arts and TEFL Minor from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Karlene has been an ELT in Pohang, South Korea and Arequipa, Peru. She began graduate studies in linguistics during the summer of 2013, and hopes to pursue a Master of Arts in TESOL in the near future.




Webmaster (no term limit)
Beth Evans – tofubeth@yahoo.com

Beth Evans is an English Language Learner teacher at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont, and ESL Content Specialist (coach) for mainstream teachers with ELLs in their classrooms. She has been an adjunct professor for St. Michael’s College, where she has taught ESL K-12 literacy and Technology Integration courses. Beth is also a certified trainer for Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS), a program to introduce mainstream teachers to World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards and tools. She is a WIDA certified trainer for her district, and she will be certified before the end of 2013 as a SiOP trainer. She served as Raffles and Awards booth coordinator at TESOL in 2010 and 2012, and has held the offices of president and co-treasurer for NNETSOL. She taught in China through the Peace Corps and as a teacher at the K-12 and community college levels in New York City and Florida.

 Publisher’s Liaison (no term limit)
Karen Boxell – kboxell@winnacunnet.org

Karen has been teaching ESOL students at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH for the past ten years.  Prior to that she had taught ESOL in Casablanca, Morocco; Taegu, South Korea; and at the Anglo Continental Language School in Cambridge, MA.  She has Communications degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Literacy from Leslie University in Cambridge, MA.  She is very involved in ESOL professional organizations which support the needs of ESOL teachers and their students across the tri-state area, and wherever else they are found.  She lives in Newburyport, MA, with her husband, Bob, and cat, Buster.

Veteran Board Member at Large (2013-2014)

Rebecca Wurdak

Maine Regional Representative (term 2011-2014)
Alexander Lapidus – alapidus@usm.maine.edu

Alexander Lapidus holds a Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Composition. He is an English as a Second Language teacher-scholar and specializes in applied linguistics, the theory and pedagogy of multiliteracies, and cross-cultural communication. He has taught English as a Second Language in the U.S. and overseas.



Maine Regional Representative (term 2012-2015)
Ina DemersEdemers467@roadrunner.com

Ina Demers. M.Ed., is a Chinese/Indonesian, and now American, educator who immigrated to Maine in 1974. She is currently employed by Portland Public Schools. In 2007, she initiated (and still oversees) a voluntary program to assist adults in Portland to learn English at the Whole Foods Market. In collaboration with a University of Southern Maine professor, she designed a service learning program and recruits volunteers for this program. Her community involvement also includes serving as Board member and Secretary of the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with UMaine Cooperative Extension focusing on educating newcomers on issues of physical and mental health, nutrition, and agriculture. She also uses her Eastern artistic skill of Origami to help K-8 students learn Mathematics.


New Hampshire Representative (term 2012-2015)
Debra St. Lawrence – dstlawrence@windhamsd.org

Debra  St. Lawrence is the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Coordinator for the Windham and Pelham Schhool Districts in southern New Hampshire.  She oversees five tutors and the ESOL programs in seven schools.  She holds a Master’s in TESOL with K-12 certification and a Bachelor’s in Spanish with secondary certification.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in  Educational leadership and learning.


New Hampshire Representative (term 2013-2016)

Mary Lou Donahoe–mldonahoe@gmail.com

Mary Lou Donahoe has a B.A. in Spanish from Keene State College and a masters in Education in TESOL from Plymouth State University. She also has a certificate after graduate studies (CAGS) in Bilingual Special Education from The George Washington University. Mary Lou taught ESOL at the Fred C. Underhill Elementary School in Hooksett, N.H., for eight years. She has also taught spanish in New Hampshire and has served on the New Hampshire DOE team working to align WIDA standards to the Common Core State Standards. She currently is serving on the state’s Educator Effectiveness and Support subcommittee.


Vermont Representative (term 2011-2014)
Cynthia Reyes – creyes@uvm.edu

Cynthia Reyes is Associate Professor of Middle Level Education and Literacy Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students, and conducts research on young adolescent literacy and practice. She received an M.Ed. in Educational Studies/Educational Leadership and Bilingual Education, and a Ph.D. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include digital storytelling and English language learners, young adolescent multicultural literature, and educational foundations. She was a former bilingual (Spanish/English) middle grades reading, language arts, and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She also taught Spanish as a foreign language in the middle grades and high school, and English as a Second Language to adults. She has published in the journals of Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, and in the Handbook of Middle Level Education Research.


Vermont Representative (2013-2016)
Kevin Giddens kevin.giddens@sit.edu

Currently, Kevin works as the TESOL Training Manager for World Learning SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. As the Training Manager, he facilitates communication and liaises with TESOL professionals worldwide; designs, manages and delivers professional develop courses; and offers technical expertise on both local and international programs geared towards teacher education. In addition to his current work, his is co-founder of the KOTESOL Reflective Practice Special Interest Group as well as featured presenter at KOTESOL, NileTESOL and at the Regional Conference for Teachers of English in Guatemala. He has worked as an ESOL teacher and teacher trainer in Egypt, South Korea, Mexico and the United States, and he’s actively involved in an increasingly important area of virtual networking and professional development through blogging and tweeting. He also has served one year as NNETESOL secretary.


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