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AMTESOL Board 2023


Andrea Word, Ed.D.

University of Alabama Huntsville

Vice President/2024 Conference Chair

Beth Coghlan, Ph.D.

Pontotoc County Schools, MS

2024 Conference Co-Chair

Jennifer Wright

Pontotoc County Schools, MS

Incoming Vice President/2025 Conference Chair

Vacant position

Immediate Past President

Lynn Fuller, Ed.D.

Madison County Schools, MS

Co-Treasurer/Registration Co-Chair

Josephine Prado, Ph.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Co-Treasurer/Registration Co-Chair/Webmaster

Lisa M. Preston

University of Alabama at Birmingham


Joni Sue Bair, Ed.S.

Decatur City Schools, AL


Jennifer Wright

Pontotoc County Schools, MS

CEUs for Alabama P-12

Marty Hatley  

Guntersville City Schools, AL


CEUs for Mississippi P-12

Audrey Reed, Ed.S.
Rankin County Schools, MS

SETESOL Representative

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Publisher Liaison

Mary Diamond

Auburn University

Board Member Emerita

Julia Austin, Ph.D.

Retired - Tuscaloosa, AL

P-12 AL (north) Member-at-Large 

Edmund Martinez

Russellville City School, AL

P-12 AL (south) Member-at-Large 

Tiffany L. Brown

Mobile County Schools, AL

P-12 MS (north) Member-at-Large 

Stephanie Murley, Ed.S.

Desoto County Schools, MS

P-12 MS (south) Member-at-Large 

Julie Roberts

Clinton Public Schools, MS

Teacher Education AL Member-at-Large 

Run-off election to be held in May 2023

Teacher Education MS Member-at-Large 

Chimène Gecewicz, Ed.D.

University of Southern Mississippi

Language Institutes AL Member-at-Large

Daniel Fike

Academic English Program, University of North Alabama

Language Institutes MS Member-at-Large

Stacey Donaldson, Ph.D.

Belhaven University

Adult Ed/Community Colleges AL Member-at-Large

Mary Earley, Ed.S.

The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

Adult Ed/Community Colleges MS Member-at-Large 

Stephanie Rowe

Desoto County Schools, MS

Community Programs/Advocacy AL Member-at-Large 

Nancy Blanco, Ed.S.

Birmingham City Schools, AL

Community Programs/Advocacy MS Member-at-Large 

Shannon Risinger

Rankin County Schools, MS

Non-native English Speaking Teachers AL Member-at-Large 

Maria del Carmen Garcia Lopez

Birmingham City Schools, AL

Non-native English Speaking Teachers MS Member-at-Large 

Tatiana Goupalova

Madison County Schools, MS

Advocacy Chair

Jamie Harrison, Ed.D.

Auburn University

Social Media

Lori Edmonds, Ph.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

ALSDE Representative

Maria Franco

Alabama State Department of Education

MDE Representative

Sandra Elliott

Mississippi Department of Education

Alabama Leaders Advocating ELs Representative

Leah Dobbs Black, Ed.S.

Shelby County Schools, AL

Interpreters & Translators Association of Alabama (ITAA) Representative

Maria Baker

Mississippi Professional Association of Interpreters & Translators (PAMIT) Representative

Selene Puga


Lynn Fuller, current AMTESOL President, presented with a group of her students during the AMTESOL 2022 Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Heidi Goertzen, AMTESOL 2020-21 President, at the AMTESOL General Business Meeting during the AMTESOL 2020 Conference in Auburn, Alabama.

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AMTESOL Board Members at the January 24-25, 2020 AMTESOL Conference in Auburn, Alabama

AMTESOL Board Members at the AMTESOL 2018 Advocacy Conference. Back row, L to R: Amy Taylor, Alison Stamps, Susan Spezzini, Jamie Harrison, Josie Prado, Ann Marie Batista, Tracey Koslowski; Front row, L to R: Mary Diamond, Dinorah Sapp, Ann Morris

Members of the AMTESOL Board planning the AMTESOL 2018 Advocacy Conference, which took take place October 12-13, 2018 in Oxford, MS. Left to right: Elizabeth House, Susan Spezzini, Amy Taylor, Ann Morris, Josie Prado, Peg Lawrence, Finch and Jamie Harrison, Elise Harbin, and Lynn Fuller


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