Meet the Staff

Angie Maffeo

Angie Maffeo
Director, International Programs Office
Phone: +1-815-740-3711








Angie, an Illinois native and Joliet resident for more than 10 years, 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:

  • English Language for Academic Purposes
  • International University Partnerships
  • English language support for USF students
  • Academic support for international students
  • Short-term intensive English language programming or cultural exchanges
  • Cultural questions
  • Inter-departmental collaboration

Maureen Stephan

Maureen Stephan
Assistant Director, International Programs Office
Phone: +1-815-740-5025







Maureen is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. While studying Journalism and Spanish at CMU, Maureen also studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Upon returning from studying abroad, Maureen continued encouraging students to study abroad while working as an assistant editor at a study abroad magazine and as the travel editor for Central Michigan University’s online magazine. Since then, she has worked with students from all over the world in various capacities. She has worked as a resident advisor in Oxford, England and Barcelona, Spain where she was responsible for helping students acclimate to life in another country, and as an Academic Director in Bogota, Colombia. As the Academic Director, Maureen assisted international students with applying to U.S. universities, giving her a unique perspective when it comes to assisting USF’s international students. Maureen hopes that she can inspire USF students to study abroad while also continually creating a welcoming environment for USF’s international student population.

Please contact Maureen for information about:

  • Study Abroad
  • Short-term Cultural Experiences Abroad
  • Gilman, Fulbright, and other scholarship opportunities
  • International student events and services
  • International orientation
  • OPT, CPT, and international student employment


Jurate Harris, Ed.D
Assistant Director, English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP)
Phone: +1-815-740-3441







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!


Jiaxi Hou
Graduate Assistant,
International Programs Office







Jiaxi grew up in Beijing, China and came to the U.S. as an international student in January, 2007. Jiaxi received a B.S. degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of St. Francis. Among these years, Jiaxi has well adapted the American culture and he is very passionate about his work in the International Education field. He loves traveling, listening to music, and experiencing different cultures. In his free time, he loves hanging out in downtown Chicago with his friends.


Lisa Barrett
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Phone: +1-815-740-3441







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.


Dustin French
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Phone: +1-815-740-3441







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.

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.


Cindy Lambert, Ed.D.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Work: +1-815-740-3385
Fax: +1-815-740-5078







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
Phone: +1-815-740-5026







  • B.S. Education from DePaul University
  • M.S. in Training and Development, University of St. Francis
  • Experience teaching elementary school and college and in college admissions