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.

2015 – 2016 Executive Board

President (term 2015-16)
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.



President-Elect (term 2015-2016)
Beth Evans – eevans@bsdvt.org

Beth Evans is an English Language Learner teacher at Burlington High School and Sustainability Academy at Barnes Elementary School in Burlington, Vermont. 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 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 and SiOP trainer for her district. 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.

Past President (term 2015-2016)
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.



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

Shelly Chasse-Johndro is the 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 has served 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.



Secretary (no term limit)

Frances Gunnison, New Hampshire–fgunnison@hotmail.com

Frances teaches in the ESOL and MS-TEFL programs at Southern New Hampshire University, as well as ESOL at New Hampshire Technical Institute. She has taught students from over 40 countries. Frances taught English conversation while living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 2006-2008. In her spare time, she does intensive tutoring for the TOEFL iBT. Frances is currently pursuing her doctorate at Northeastern University. Her research focus area is second language writing feedback.

Webmaster (no term limit)

Diana Garcia-Lavigne, Vermont – dglteachesol@gmail.com

Diana Garcia-Lavigne has a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, and discovered her passion for TESOL while living in Tianjin, China. There, she obtained her TESOL certification and taught Grade 4 through adult English language learners. Since returning home to Vermont in 2015 she has obtained her K-12 teaching license and now teaches ESL and directs the International Student Program at Thetford Academy.


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Stephanie Brown- stephaniebrownvt@gmail.com

Stephanie N. Brown is an ESL Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Western Massachusetts. She has also helped to create Conversation Groups at HCC for ESL college students. Prior to working at HCC, she received her MATESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute and her BA from Hampshire College. Stephanie has also worked as the Teacher’s Assistant and Housing Coordinator for the Hampshire College TESOL summer certificate course. 



Veteran Board Member at Large (term 2015-2016)

Heidi Western, South Burlington, VT–hwestern@sbschools.net







Maine Regional Representative (term 2014-2017)
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 Demers – Edemers467@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 2015-2018)


Jim Bronson–james.bronson@epicenterfocus.com








New Hampshire Representative (term 2016-2019)






Vermont Representative (term 2015-2018)

Sarah Forbes–sforbes@wsdschools.org

Sarah Forbes is the K-1 ELL Teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Winooski, Vermont. After receiving her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Fordham University, she began her teaching career as a Multicultural Awareness Leader in urban New York. She has spent several years teaching abroad, including five years with Kanazawa Technical College in Kanazawa, Japan. In Japan, she was an active member of the Japanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT) and participated in a collaborative classroom research project. She has her MATESOL from Saint Michael’s College, and has experience working with both the K-12 community in Burlington and Winooski, as well as conducting adult instruction with Saint Michael’s College IEP, the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP), and in the Winooski Parent Literacy class. Last summer, she began teaching Grammar and Introduction to TESOL in Saint Michael’s TESOL Diploma Program, an intensive summer teacher-training program. She is thrilled to be part of the NNETESOL team.



Vermont Representative (2015-2018)

Megan Fahey – meghan.fahey12@gmail.com

Meghan received her Bachelor’s from Bates College in Maine. She studied Education, Spanish, and Environmental Studies. She went on to earn her Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and teaching certification in New York City at the Teachers College at Columbia University. This is her first year teaching at the Chelsea School and at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School. She grew up in and has taught all over the Northeast, including inner-city Baltimore, New York City, and Lewiston, Maine, where she fell in love with working with international students and immigrants. She has also taught English in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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Regional Representative Rotation/Terms

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