Director, International Programs Office
Angie, an Illinois native and Joliet resident since 2003, grew up in a family that hosted many foreign exchange students. Since then, her life and career have been devoted to promoting cultural and linguistic understanding between people all around the world. She received B.A. degrees in International Studies and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, where she also received her M.A. in Political Science (International). She also has a M.A. in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Northeastern Illinois University. Angie studied abroad in Rome, Italy for a year and has traveled to more than 20 countries. Before coming to USF, Angie held positions in a refugee resettlement organization, a translation agency, and the international office at Rush University Medical Center, and she has taught or tutored ESL and academic English to very diverse students and refugees for more than 15 years. She is very excited to welcome international students to USF and to help facilitate unique cultural and academic experiences during their time in the United States.
Please contact Angie for information about:
Jurate Harris, Ed.D
Assistant Director, English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP)
Dr. Jurate Harris is the Assistant Director of ELAP. Previous to her ELAP role, she was the graduate advisor for three programs related to teacher licensure in USF’s College of Education: M.Ed with Educator License, MS in Teaching and Learning in SPED and the Focus Program for Subsequent Licensure. She also served as the Intercultural Educator for the Office of Institutional Diversity and the College of Education. She has worked at the University of St. Francis for almost 9 years. Before 2006, she was a grade school assistant principal in Plainfield, IL. Prior to her 5 years in District 202, she was an Assistant Professor at National-Louis University for 12 years. We are excited to have Jura as part of our IPO team!
Please contact Jura for information about:
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Lisa, an Illinois native, is a passionate and dedicated ESL instructor. Lisa received a B.A. degree in English writing from Elmhurst College and went on to pursue an M.A.E.D in Adult Education and Curriculum from the University of Phoenix. Since finishing her M.A., Lisa has been diligently teaching in the ESL field, covering topics from basic English acquisition to advanced academic English courses like American literature or Business English. With over six years direct teaching experience, Lisa likes to challenge her students and incorporate technology into every class she teaches. In fact, when not working inside the classroom, Lisa teaches ESL students from around the world online for Rosetta Stone as an English Coach. Lisa’s motto is to make each learning experience engaging, enjoyable, and memorable. Lisa is also dedicated to professional development for herself and her colleagues, currently serving as Illinois TESOL’s publicity chair. In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, reading, and cuddling on the couch with her husband and cats.
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Dustin earned his Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011. He began his teaching career at World Relief Chicago where he taught survival English to immigrants and refugees. A native of the Philippines, he enjoys immersing himself in other cultures, learning other languages, and sharing his heritage with others. He is currently learning the Thai language because one day he plans to live in Thailand. His teaching philosophy is based on teacher-student communication where students should never suffer in silence; he highly encourages students to ask questions all the time. When he is not teaching or preparing for classes, Dustin spends his time playing on Facebook and Tumblr. He also enjoys going to the cinemas despite the rising cost of entertainment.
Junlong “Jimmy” Zhang
Graduate Assistant, International Programs Office
Jimmy is a graduate student in the MBA program at University of St. Francis. He assists the IPO with international student events and the Culture Connect Program.
Zhi “Kris” Liu
Student Worker, International Programs Office
The International Programs Office also works closely with the USF Admissions Office. For specific questions about academic programs offered at the University of St. Francis or admissions requirements, please contact the Admissions staff listed below.
International Admissions Counselor
Rob graduated with a B.A. in Digital Media from DePaul University. In 2008, he pursued an opportunity to teach English at a Catholic university in Bangkok, Thailand. While living in Thailand for seven years, Rob worked in student recruitment for an international hospitality school and as the Student Recruitment Manager for a British management school. His experiences abroad gave him a deep appreciation for cultural exchange and inspired him to complete his M.A. in International Relations from Webster University. Work and travel brought him to fourteen different countries in Asia, but Rob now happily resides in his hometown of Evergreen Park. He is excited to promote the unique opportunities available at USF to students all over the world.
Please contact Rob for information about:
Cindy Lambert, Ed.D.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Cindy grew up in Alsip, IL and currently resides in Plainfield. Cindy earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University; her Masters of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Cindy’s career in higher education began in admissions and early on found that she has a passion for working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Cindy’s favorite summertime activities are watching her son play baseball and the Chicago White Sox. She also enjoys spending time with her furry four-legged son, Benny. Cindy is very happy to be a part of the USF family.
Sandee Sloka, Director
Graduate/Degree Completion Admissions