Meet the IPO Staff

Angie Maffeo
Director, International Programs Office
Email: amaffeo@stfrancis.edu
Phone: +1-815-740-3711

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  • 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
  • Inter-departmental collaboration
  • Study Abroad
  • International student events and services
  • OPT, CPT, and international student employment

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

  • English Language for Academic Purposes
  • English language support for USF students
  • Academic support for international students
  • Short-term intensive English language programming or cultural exchanges
  • Cultural questions

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Lisa Barrett
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Phone: +1-815-740-3441
Email: lbarrett@stfrancis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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Dustin French
ESL Teacher, English Language for Academic Purposes
Phone: +1-815-740-3441
Email: dfrench@stfrancis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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Zhi “Kris” Liu
Graduate Assistant, International Programs Office
Phone: [+1-779-205-4361|tel:+1-779-205-4361]
Email: zhiliu@stfrancis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 
Kris Liu, a native of China, is the Graduate Assistant of the International Programs Office. Kris received a bachelor’s degree of Public Management from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. He came to the United States in 2014 and graduated both from USF’s ELAP and MBA (Logistics) programs. He is currently pursuing the M.Ed. in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at USF. Kris has participated in a USF summer study abroad program to Costa Rica and has traveled to more than 20 countries. He is very excited to help international students find comfort and successes during their studies abroad.


Ana Leandro Hernandez
International Programs Office Student Worker
Email: anahernandez@stfrancis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana, a native of Spain, graduated in Education from Universidad Catolica de San Antonio (UCAM). She is currently studying her second major in Psychology at University of St. Francis with a scholarship from her university. Before coming to USF, she found an opportunity to go to an International English Language School in England where she spent one year working as an Office Manager. In 2015, she got a job as a teacher in Spain where she was working in primary school and monitoring high school students, living with them in a boarding school for two years.

Ana enjoys traveling, hiking, painting, and reading. In her free time, she loves going out with friends, doing sports and spending time with her family. She is very excited to help new students coming with the same situation as her to make them feel comfortable from the beginning and guide them to enjoy their experience in the USA.


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 Robert Morley, International Admissions Counselor:

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Robert Morley
International Admissions Counselor
Phone: +1-815-740-4282
Email: rmorley@stfrancis.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 admissions requirements for undergraduate, graduate, and ELAP programs.