• Malinda Barrett headshot

    Malinda Barrett, is a New York native, holds an MA in Language and Literacy from the CCNY, a BA in Humanities and Creative Writing from NYU, and a TESOL Certificate from WCC. For over twenty years, she has worked in the travel industry as an airline sales coordinator, travel agent, tour guide, and receptive tour conductor. A lifelong learner, she plans to continue learning Arabic. She loves to drive but hates bananas.

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    Cynthia Brosnan holds an MBA from New York University. She teaches communication and final thesis courses for the master’s degree programs in business leadership, human resource management, international management, and marketing communication management at Manhattanville College’s School of Business. Cynthia has designed and facilitated global programs for Fortune 500 corporate, academic, and nonprofit audiences in more than 20 countries worldwide. A warm and caring person, and a dynamic teacher, Cynthia is a student favorite!

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    Deborah Cooper holds an MPS in TESOL and BA in communications, print journalism. She teaches English as an Additional Language courses as well as College Writing for International Students at Purchase College. After many years in tourism marketing, Deborah discovered her love for teaching and has since worked with students at all levels of English ability.  Her passion is creating a supportive, enjoyable classroom environment and helping students achieve their personal and professional language goals.

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    Domenica (Donna) L. DelPrete holds master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is also an adjunct assistant professor in the TESOL and applied linguistics program. A dynamic teacher, her interactive workshops give students the opportunity to achieve a richer and deeper understanding of their own intercultural conversational patterns, as well as those of others. Donna’s warmth, energy, professional experience, and lively thoughtful activities makes for engaged, happy students!

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    Julie Dolphin holds an MA from Columbia University. Currently an adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College, Julie has also taught TOEFL Preparation, Vocabulary Development, and other courses for non-native English speakers.  Along with her teaching experience, Julie is a singer and commissioned composer. Proficient in five languages, Julie’s love of the spoken and written word, interest in world cultures, and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge translates into a lively classroom of engaged students.

  • Katherine Ellingsen

    Katherine Ellingsen holds an MST in TESOL from Pace University and a BA from Purchase College. She brings to the classroom a love of teaching and a belief that meaningful connections are made through language, culture, and mutual respect. Creative, energetic, and caring, Katherine’s goal is to provide students with a supportive, confidence-building classroom, where they learn not only from engaging content and lively discourse, but from one another as well.

  • Flynn's Headshot

    Elsalee (EJ) Flynn is the owner of In Like Flynn Marketing, a New York–based marketing, PR, and business consulting firm. With more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and business experience, she has gained expertise in a wide variety of industries. From corporations to guiding individuals in their first business ventures, she has developed successful sales, marketing, and business techniques. In the classroom, EJ’s enthusiasm and belief in hands-on experience create a warm, confidence-building, productive environment.  

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    Gabriel Garbar holds a BA/BS in motion pictures/psychology from the University of Miami and an MS from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has had the good fortune to travel and teach a diverse group of students across the world. In Colombia, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and the U.S., Gabriel has experienced the crucial intersection between language and culture. An energetic and creative instructor, he prides himself on offering content-rich courses in a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment.   

  • Linda Gelman

    Linda Gelman, founding member of the legendary Chicago City Limits, New York City’s innovative improvisational theatre; actor, singer, choreographer, dancer in plays, musicals, cabaret shows, and on television; master teacher. Across a variety of venues, including the Purchase College Theatre program, Linda’s knowledge, experience, energy and warmth, have helped students improve their communication, collaborative and leadership skills, and use all their physical, emotional, and intellectual capabilities, in creative and professional fields, and in social situations.     

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    Alba Gonzalez holds a BA in Literature & Languages from Universidad Santiago De Cali, Colombia, where she taught Spanish Literature, French, and English as a Second Language to Colombian high school students. With a passion for language education, Alba’s classroom techniques prepare students to recognize their own abilities, develop new skills and knowledge, and gain new perspectives, particularly in understanding globally important intercultural principles. With natural warmth and enthusiasm, Alba creates an enjoyable learning environment.

  • Darren Hamilton

    Darren Hamilton has established his reputation as a consummate professional through his extensive experience as a leader, teacher, facilitator, and mentor, in management, marketing, sales, and training positions. With his ability to communicate patiently and effectively, and his attentiveness and responsiveness, Darren establishes a rapport and a level of trust that both motivates and instills confidence in his students. A certified fourth-degree black belt, Darren brings the same commitment to excellence to teaching.

  • Laura's Headshot

    Laura Katen is the president of Katen Consulting, a New York–based professional development training company that conducts workshops on executive presence, individual and team presentations, communication, and business/social etiquette. Laura received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, is a licensed business and dining etiquette specialist, and is the author of the strategies handbook How to Communicate with Confidence, Clarity, and Credibility: For Organizational and Individual Success! and the audio book Enhance Your Chance®.

  • Joan Katen

    Joan Maliha Katen holds an MA degree and completed her Ph.D. coursework in Public Law and Government. She has received numerous awards throughout her teaching and writing career, including the National Thomas Jefferson Award for promotion of peace. She co-designed and taught a minor in Peace and Justice Studies.  As a consultant to the UN, she participated in a variety of UN panels and conferences. Joan brings knowledge, experience, energy and warmth to her classroom.

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    Olga Seham holds an MPS in TESOL from Manhattanville and a BA in English from Yale. She teaches courses in English as an Additional Language in the School of Humanities at Purchase College. Olga has been a book editor for 30 years, first at Random House and currently as a freelancer. She brings to the classroom a great love of the English language and a talent for helping others express themselves in it.