About Us 2021-2022

CATESOL, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit organization open to anyone concerned with the teaching of English as a second or foreign language, standard English as a second dialect, or bilingual education.

Vision Statement

Be the trusted authority for knowledge and expertise in English language teaching and learning. 

Mission Statement 

CATESOL is an association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.


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CATESOL Board of Directors 2021-2022

Voting Members (elected)


CATESOL's membership is 1969 strong, with five Levels, 10 chapters, and 11 Interest Groups. 60 members serve on the Board of Directors, and all members volunteer time and expertise to further the mission of CATESOL.

Anthony Burik


Anthony Burik

Susan Gaer

Past President 2019-2021

Susan Gaer

Nirmla Flores


Nirmla Flores

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Nora Mitchell

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College/University Level Chair

Emmy J. Min

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Community College Level Chair


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Adult Education Level Chair

Song Hong

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K-12 Level Chair

Lorine Erika Saito

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Intensive English Program Level Chair

Fawn Supernaw

Kara Mac Donald

Chapter Council Chair

Kara Mac Donald

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Interest Group Chair

Daniela Lup

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair

Nancy Kwang Johnson

Assistants to Voting Members (elected)

Assistant Treasurer: Vincent Nunez
Assistant Secretary: Nora Mitchell
College/University Level Assistant Chair: Emmy J. Min
Community College Level Assistant Chair: Jeremy S. Browning
Adult Education Level Assistant Chair: Song Hong
K-12 Level Assistant Chair: Lorine Erika Saito
Intensive English Program Level Assistant Chair: Fawn Supernaw
Chapter Council Assistant Chair: Ondine Gage
Interest Group Assistant Chair: Daniela Lup

Chapter Coordinators

Bay Area Chapter Coordinator: Glen Ryan Alejandro
Capital Area Chapter Coordinator: Elizabeth Dickie
Inland Empire Chapter Coordinator: open
Los Padres Chapter Coordinator: Randy Rightmire
Orange County Chapter Coordinator: Jun Li
San Diego Chapter Coordinator: Ryane Willis
San Gabriel Valley Chapter Coordinator: Jim Hays
Saroyan Chapter Coordinator: open
Steinbeck Chapter Coordinator: open
Yosemite Chapter Coordinator: open

Interest Group Coordinators

CIRT-IG Coordinator: Margi Wald
CIRT-IG Assistant Coordinator: Nicole Brun-Mercer
CSU-IG Co-Coordinators: Stefan Frazier and  Bahiyyih Hardacre
ELLE-IG Coordinator: Gretchen Lammers 
ELLE-IG Assistant Coordinator:  open
IC-IG Coordinator: Kelly Metz-Matthews
IC-IG Assistant Coordinator: open
MW-IG Coordinator: Nicole Brun-Mercer
MW-IG Assistant Coordinator:  Ryan Detwiler
NNLEI-IG Coordinator: Vanessa Quezada
NNLEI-IG Assistant Coordinator: Virginia Gallardo
OT-IG Coordinator: Ingrid Greenberg
OT-IG Assistant Coordinator: Katrina Tamura
PTE-IG Coordinator: Rameshor Bhandari
PTE-IG Assistant Coordinator:  open
RW-IG Coordinator: Sonia Estima
RW-IG Assistant Coordinator: Kara Mac Donald
TELL-IG Coordinator: Suzanne Bardasz
TELL-IG Assistant Coordinator: Cara Lazarus
TEW-IG Coordinator: Bentley Cavazzi
TEW-IG Assistant Coordinator: Cara Lazarus
TOP-IG Co-Coordinators: Marsha Chan and Jaydene Elvin
TOP-IG Assistant Coordinator: Randy Rightmire

Publication Editors

CATESOL Blog Co-Editors: Michelle Skowbo and McKenzie Taylor
CATESOL Journal Co-Editors: Robert Kohls and Rebekah Taveau
CATESOL Newsletter Editor: Kara Mac Donald
CATESOL Update Editor: Monica Rosso Tabrizi
CATESOL Web Manager: Marsha Chan


California Council for Adult Educators (CCAE) Liaison: Anthony Burik
California Teachers Association (CTA) Liaison: Chastity Garcia
Californians Together (CalTog) Co-liaisons: Judy O'Loughlin and Kristi Ward
CATESOL Education Foundation Liaison: Susan Gaer
CATESOL LA Regional Liaison: KT Taylor
CATESOL Northern Regional Liaison: Kara Mac Donald
TESOL Affiliate Representative: Susan Gaer

Additional Leadership Roles

Advocacy and Policy Advisor: Judy O'Loughlin
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce Coordinator: Nancy Kwang Johnson
Event Registrar: Marsha Chan
Graduate Student Representative: Agnes Fu
Historian: John Liang
Jobs Board Coordinator: Alisa Takeuchi
Outreach Coordinator: Anthony Burik
Professional Development Coordinator: Marsha Chan
Social Media Coordinator: Nancy Kwang Johnson
YouTube Co-Coordinators: Billy Bodin and Kerry Fogarty
2021 Spring Virtual Conference Co-Chairs: Song Hong and Kimmie Tang

Incoming Board of Directors 2021-2022

Our newest Board members were elected in Spring 2021 for the coming academic year:

Tammy Wik, Assistant Secretary
Julie Goldman, K-12 Level Chair Assistant
Patty Sanchez, Adult Ed Level Chair Assistant
Michelle McNeary, Community College Level Chair Assistant
Sedique Popal, College/University Level Chair Assistant
Bessie Karras-Lazaris, Intensive English Program Level Chair Assistant
Maria Nina Dellona, Interest Group Chair Assistant
Nancy Kwang Johnson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair
Jacqueline Vega Lopez, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair Assistant

P.O. Box 1345
Monterey, CA 93942