Three Rivers TESOL Executive Board 2020-2021

PresidentKathy LipeckyDuquesne
Vice PresidentMariana SyrotiakGannon
Past PresidentSoyoung BurkeLord Fairfax Community
SecretaryMegan EvangelisteDuquesne
TreasurerMichael BurkeDuquesne
Kathy Lipecky joined the ESL Program at Duquesne University in 2014. As the program’s ESL Specialist, she coordinates the peer tutoring program, student activities and placement/benchmark testing among other administrative responsibilities. She received her Bachelor’s in English and Journalism at Duquesne University, where she later completed her TESOL certification. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from South University. Her interest areas are in curriculum design, content-based instruction and assessment.
Mariana Syrotiak is the director of the Office of English Language and Global Training at Gannon University. She has been in the ESL field for about eight years. Before ESL, she managed a program in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, and before that she was the coordinator of a graduate program at SIT Graduate Institute, a program of World Learning. A unifying thread among her several positions is her work with international learners. A lifelong learner, she has two masters’ degrees, a TESOL teacher trainer certificate, and is currently finishing her doctoral coursework. Credentials: MA in Intercultural Service; Leadership, and Management
MA in Teaching English to Learners of Other Languages.
Soyoung Burke, Ph.D. is the ESL program coordinator at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA where most of her ESL students are US residents. She previously taught ESL to international students at the American Language Institute at IUP and worked as the IEP program coordinator at Saint Francis University, Loretta, PA. She is particularly interested in second language writing, teacher education, identity, and cross-cultural communication.
Megan Evangeliste is the Secretary of Three Rivers TESOL Executive Board. Megan currently serves as the International Admissions Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, School of Education, M.S.Ed. ESL/TESOL, at Duquesne University. Megan obtained her M.S. Ed. degrees in Early Childhood Education and ESL/TESOL and is a PhD student in Special Education at Duquesne University.
Mr. Michael Burke joined Duquesne University in 2013. He currently holds the position of Director of International Student Services in the university's Center for Global Engagement. He earned his M.Ed. and TESOL certification from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his experience in the US, he worked and lived in the United Arab Emirates for more than a decade. His professional interests include sociolinguistics, second language assessment, program administration, and educational leadership.
Megan Reiley has a master's in linguistics and has taught English as a Second Language at the university level for most of her career, including in intensive English programs at the University of Pittsburgh and at schools in Philadelphia. Currently, she is working for an EdTech company, Peerceptiv, that facilitates online peer assessment and review. Her ESL interests are in English for Academic Purposes and assessment.


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