The Learning Enterprises Family

Learning Enterprises is staffed entirely by volunteers.

 All of our staff were once Learning Enterprises volunteers, themselves, and believe in our mission of expanding horizons through access to the English language and opportunities for communication.


The Board of Directors is a crew of dedicated professionals and LE alumni who provide general support and direction to the Executive Staff.

They assist in reaching the overarching goals of the organization and offer guidance.

Anna Bella Christine DiPietro

Christine is the current chair of the board of directors. Christine got involved with Learning Enterprises (LE) in the 2008, when she taught as a volunteer at AMIDEAST in Alexandria, Egypt. Learning Enterprises inspired a career of international service.

In 2010 Christine moved to Washington, D.C. to work for an international development nonprofit. For 5 years she supported development projects around the world, including temporary duty assignments in Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan and Colombia. She served as Managing Director for Program Year 2016. Christine currently lives in Tennessee.

Christine loves airplanes, anything written by Joss Whedon and collects copies of Aladdin in hopes of one day owning it in Arabic.

Anna Bella Maureen Russo

Maureen has been involved with LE since 2003 when she volunteered in Sinaloa, Mexico. Since then, working for LE has been a staple of her life. After returning to direct the Mexico program in 2004, Maureen served as LE’s first Executive Director of Programming in 2006, spearheading a successful PY that included the establishment of programs such as LE Mauritius, LE Panama, and LE Poland. She was nominated to the Board in 2007, and served as Board Chair from 2008-2013.

As LE’s longest-serving Board member, Maureen is honored to continue helping LE thrive. What she enjoys most about working for LE is the opportunity to collaborate with the inspiring people on the Board and to mentor the talented undergraduate staff who continue to improve the organization.

Maureen earned her B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where she specialized in Spanish and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Spanish and Latin American Studies at Schreiner University.

Anna Bella Mike Parker

Mike Parker volunteered in Mexico in 2003 and has been in love with the country and its people ever since. He returned to Mexico after graduating from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and lived there until 2007, working for a variety of NGOs.

Currently, he devotes his days to financial and economic matters, while dreaming of tacos al pastor and a cold agua fresca at night.

Mike earned his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2012 and is excited to help the board with anything and everything. His interests include snowboarding, writing, and getting lost in new urban environments.

Anna Bella Remi Cohen

Remi volunteered in Poland after her freshman year at Georgetown University in 2012. She went to learn more about her Eastern European history and completely fell in love with the country, its people, and especially her host town of Zalasowa.

She has since returned to visit Poland multiple times, bringing her American family and friends to meet her Polish family. After her summer volunteering with LE Remi put her Georgetown Computer Science and Government degrees to use working as the Director of Technology and then Senior Director of Technology. These positions enabled her to focus on the sustainability of the organization and make sure that the programs she loves will be around for many years to come.

Currently, she spends her time in sunny New Mexico working for an analytical branch of the Department of the Army as an operations research analyst. When she isn’t exploring the nearby mountains or dying in the summer heat she loves photography, cooking, and getting lost in new environments.

Anna Bella Nhaca Le Schulze

Nhaca first joined Learning Enterprises as a member of the pilot team to Phitsanulok, Thailand. She saw first hand how LE's mission could truly change lives (including her own), and returned the following year as Georgetown's Campus Director. Nhaca then served as Managing Director for two consecutive years, and also as Program Director of LE China and founder of LE Mongolia.

After graduating from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service, Nhaca moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to serve with World Relief's development efforts in Asia. She currently lives in Singapore with her husband and works at HealthServe, an NGO serving migrant construction workers.

Anna Bella Andrew Deye

Andrew volunteered in La Reforma, Mexico in 2004. That summer he taught 100+ students, but could not have done it without the support of the always-giving Lopez family who hosted him in the community.

Andrew considers LE one of the most important development experiences of his life, which is why he was thrilled to join the Board in 2015. He focuses on strategic planning, particularly fundraising initiatives that can bolster LE to its 25th anniversary and beyond.

Andrew's passions include business and public policy, which led him to an investment banking career and a specialization in public-private partnerships (P3s). He recently returned home to Ohio to work in economic development. Andrew graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in business administration and received an MPA from Harvard University.

Anna Bella Jill Ni

Jill started her journey with Learning Enterprises in the summer of 2011, as a volunteer in rural China. Every day that summer, her students inspired her with their curiosity, warmth, and incredible enthusiasm for learning. For Jill, it was an unforgettable experience that allowed her to see firsthand the power of education in expanding opportunities for youth across the world.

Prior to joining the Board, Jill served as LE's Managing Director, as well as the Director of Alumni. She currently works as a management consultant at Accenture, with a focus on growth, strategic planning, and partnerships across government, nonprofit, and private entities. In her free time, Jill enjoys exploring new places, reading, baking, and yoga. Jill graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Economics.

Anna Bella Hao Shen

In 2010, Hao volunteered in the remote village of Mixi in Jiangxi, China. With two other U.S. volunteers and 3 teaching partners from Nanjing University, Hao taught 50+ students, but learned more from his students and fellow teachers about lesson planning, organic farming, and rice wine fermentation.

Hao has grown personally and professionally through different roles at LE as a volunteer, Campus Director, Director of Finance, and Board member. Hao is passionate about maintaining the global, but close-knit community of LE volunteers and alums through mentorship. Hao currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

The Learning Enterprises Executive Staff is a six-person team that works tirelessly to make the LE world go 'round.

They lead a team of nearly 150 staff and volunteers, coordinating their efforts in recruiting, training, programming, and daily operations.

Anna Bella Jennifer Kozyra, Managing Director

Jennifer is excited to lead Learning Enterprises through program year 2017. Please do not hesitate to contact her.

Jennifer was first a volunteer on the 2015 Mauritius LE program, where she taught English to 40 students in the village of Bambous. After experiencing a life changing summer, Jennifer went on to serve as a Campus Director at Georgetown University, where she worked to recruit students as volunteers and fundraise for LE. Jennifer’s continued passion for LE has inspired her to serve as the Program Year 2017 Managing Director. In this role, Jennifer hopes to bring further growth to the organization so that even more young adults can experience the life changing opportunities Learning Enterprises provides.

Jennifer is currently a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Finance and International Business with a minor in French. She will spend the fall semester studying abroad at Sciences Po Lyon in France. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and traveling.

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Anna Bella Ashley Sparkman, Director of Programming

Leading LE's exciting portfolio of ten programs across eleven different countries is Ashley.

Ashley Sparkman is a fourth-year student studying Psychology and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She volunteered in Hungary and Slovakia in 2015 and was Program Director in 2016.

After two years traveling and studying abroad, she vowed to do her best to continue an open dialogue with the people she met. She realized where she stands on a lot of issues in cross-cultural interactions, and she was lucky enough to find an organization that upholds these values- LE. Her time in Hungary and Slovakia was filled with “garden parties,” sunflowers, castles and more smiles than a Hallmark commercial. Don’t worry, she’s happy to introduce you to her friends and help you wade through the mounds of food. Back home, she enjoys sarcasm, the outdoors, photography, and drinking unquantifiable amounts of coffee.

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Anna Bella Julia Burke, Director of Talent and Recruitment

As Director of Talent and Recruitment, Julia will equip the organization with the best talent management and recruitment practices.

Julia was a volunteer based in the beautiful seaside village of Albion with LE Mauritius in the summer of 2015. Having already spent a semester as an intern for Learning Enterprises on UC Berkeley’s campus, she was excited to go back and continue to help foster the organization’s presence on the West Coast. Last year, she was a Campus Director for UC Berkeley.

Julia is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She is a third year English major and History minor, and having just spent the last semester studying abroad in London, is excited to head back to sunny California this Fall!

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Anna Bella Alice Munnelly, Director of International Marketing

Alice is tasked with expanding Learning Enterprises’ scope for recruitment by establishing, and supporting the development of, campuses outside of the USA.

Alice Munnelly was one of two Irish volunteers on the Mauritius program in 2015. After a meaningful summer on such a culturally diverse island in the Indian Ocean, she was eager to expand the outreach of Learning Enterprises so that more international students would partake in, and benefit from the programs.

Alice attends law school at King’s College London, where she engages in the comparative study of English and French law. She is based in Strasbourg, France for this academic year, where she will complete an internship at the European Parliament. Her interests include sailing and travel writing.

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Anna Bella Simon Brique, Director of International Development

As Director of International Development, Simon will work to strengthen existing campuses and begin new international campuses

Simon first joined LE as a teaching volunteer in Nantong for the 2015 China LE program. Last year, he was the Ireland-at-Large Campus Director. As Campus Director he helped to recruit and train new volunteers for the 2016 program.

Simon is currently a third-year student at University College Dublin Ireland where he is studying Politics and Economics. He will spend this academic year abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Anna Bella Colton Seigel, Director of Program Development

Colton is a junior studying French and Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He volunteered with LE in Mauritius during the summer of 2016. It was there he affirmed his love for travel and cross cultural exchange, despite limited previous international experience. He plans to return to Mauritius one day, but for now is looking forward to a semester abroad in Nice, France.

Apart from his involvement with LE, Colton is the drum major of the Mighty Sound of Maryland, Maryland’s marching band, and loves to talk endlessly about coffee, music, and history. He is eager to serve as the Director of Program Development and see how Learning Enterprises evolves over the upcoming program year!

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The Campus Directors are previous volunteers who bring Learning Enterprises' mission back to their campuses.

They focus on recruiting volunteers for the next program year and fundraising.


Reach out to Kathy:

Kathy Alvarado

Kathy is a senior at American University, in Washington, DC. She is majoring in mathematics and secondary education, and plans to use both majors and become a math teacher for secondary schools. Her passion for education is what pushed her to volunteer with Learning Enterprises. She volunteered for the LE Panama Program 2016 and it was the best decision she could have made. Spending the summer teaching English and immersing herself into the culture was life-changing. Not only did this experience confirm her love for teaching but it also helped her grow as a person. As Campus Director, she plan to promote LE on American University’s campus and share her unforgettable experiences.


Reach out to Hailey:

Hailey Cohen

Hailey is a junior at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She fell in love with Learning Enterprises the summer of 2016 when she volunteered with the LE Crete pilot program.

Learning Enterprises brought out her love of teaching. As a vocal performance major she hopes to one day be an Opera singer and teach children music and English. Hailey is so excited to bring LE to the University of Michigan campus and is ready to spread the word about the amazing opportunities LE has to offer!


Reach out to Avdeep or Sylvie:

Avdeep Dhillon

Avdeep is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a degree in Political Economics. She was an LE intern for UCBerkeley, before embarking on her volunteer trip to Panama. Through the amazing experiences of this trip, Avdeep realized that LE was something dear to her heart. She became CD in hopes of encouraging more people become aware of and apply for LE. She hopes to continue working with the organization and help expand LE even further.

Besides LE and academics, Avdeep enjoys dancing, painting, outdoor adventures, henna and balloon twisting.

Anna Bella Sylvie Cohen

Sylvie is a senior studying Neurobiology at UC Berkeley.

She volunteered for the LE Romania & Croatia program in 2015 and fell in love with the places she went and people she met that summer. She wants others to have the same amazing experiences and hopes to be able to spread the word about Learning Enterprises. In her spare time, Sylvie loves spending time with her gymnastic club team, traveling, and eating good food.


Reach out to Nora or Grace:

Nora Gosselin

Nora is a sophomore studying English at Brown University. She volunteered for the LE China program during the summer of 2016, teaching a class of fifth graders in the Zhejiang Province. Nora loved working with such a passionate, international team—comprised of both Nanjing University students and other LE volunteers. She wants to build on this experience, and get other members of the Brown community involved.

In her free time, Nora makes art, writes for her campus’ music publication and tries to read as much as possible.

Anna Bella Grace Mano

Grace is a sophomore studying International Relations at Brown University. She hopes to continue her education and work with international development someday.

Grace was a volunteer for Learning Enterprises in Brazil in 2016, and truly enjoyed the LE experience. She enjoyed the cross cultural exchange aspect of the program both with her students and her host family. She hopes to continue her involvement in LE as co-Campus Director, and spark more interest about the program on campus.


Reach out to Eden:

Eden Siskind

Eden is a junior studying Government and Politics, Spanish, and International Development at the University of Maryland. She was a volunteer for PY16 in Poland, where she had an incredible experience teaching in the beautiful Bieszczady Mountain region on the Polish/Ukrainian border. After undergrad she hopes to take a year off to do volunteer work around the world and then go to grad school for international relations or law.

Eden had such an incredible experience in Poland that she wanted to help recruit and select University of Maryland students to continue the legacy of so many other LE Maryland volunteers.


Reach out to Maggie:

Maggie Marsh

Maggie is a senior at the University of Michigan-Flint studying Communication and Media Studies with a minor in Gender Studies. She spent the summer of 2016 volunteering with the Romania program and had a wonderfully unforgettable experience. She is very excited to be the first Campus Director at the University of Michigan-Flint and she wants to spread the word about Learning Enterprises around her campus and encourage students to volunteer and experience this unique cultural exchange opportunity.

In her free time, Maggie like hugging her dog, doing yoga, volunteering, and learning new things


Reach out to Erin or Ian:

Erin Luck

Erin is a sophomore majoring in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. She was a volunteer for the Panama 2015 LE program where she taught students on the Los Santos region. As Campus Director, Erin is excited to share her experience with other Georgetown students and connect them to communities through the great work of Learning Enterprises!

She is looking forward to spreading the mission of Learning Enterprises and making Program Year 2017 the greatest year yet!

Anna Bella Ian Scholer

Ian is a sophomore at Georgetown University from Nashville, Tennessee and is planning on majoring in International Politics. Having taught ESL classes for four years, he volunteered in the Learning Enterprises Panama program last summer.

He is excited to promote LE at Georgetown after having such a rich experience in Panama. In his free time, he enjoys playing on the club tennis team at Georgetown and seeing all that DC has to offer.


Reach out to Madison:

Madison Reinker

Madison is a first year graduate student studying Systems Engineering at GWU. She wanted to do something out of her comfort zone and travel before grad school, so she volunteered for LE Poland in 2016. She had an amazing experience and is excited to continue on with LE as a Campus Director.


Reach out to Taylor:

Taylor Lam

Taylor is a junior music education major at the Boyer College of Music an Dance. She was a volunteer for LE Thailand 2016, which was a life-changing experience. She enjoys music, crafting, and eating food.


Reach out to Curnisha:

Curnisha Kelly

Curnisha is a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After participating in Learning Enterprises' Thailand program, she decided to change her major to Learning and Education Studies.

The time spent helping and teaching English influenced that decision; she realized how interested she was in education. Participating in LE has changed her life. She believes she can do things like travel across the world as she didn't before this program. She wants to involve students on her campus who are unaware of such a wonderful, life-changing organization.


Reach out to Naomi:

Naomi Hollard

Naomi is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Neuroscience. She hopes to get her doctorate in this field, so she can become a neuroscience professor.

Naomi had always liked teaching and working with kids before volunteering for LE in the 2016 Panama program. Before her LE experience, she had volunteered at a local middle school working with disadvantaged youth, participated in social justice movements on campus, and tutored math and chemistry students. After going to Panama though, volunteering with LE proved to be the best experience of them all. She made so many good friends, became intimately close to a beautiful and foreign culture, helped a beautiful group of 13 kids, and became a better and enlightened person in the process.

Naomi hopes to take this positive energy and excitement to increase awareness of LE on the UW-Madison campus. She would love to see LE expand because she believes it’s an amazing organization!

The Program Directors spend their summers by leading our programs in-country.

All Program Directors are previous volunteers of their own programs and provide logistical, cultural and training support to our new groups of volunteers.

Anna Bella CHINA
Ricky Herrera

Ricky Herrera is a senior currently attending Brown University with a double concentration in Urban Studies and Political Science. As the son of two immigrants, he believes he understands how important speaking English is for making one competitive in an increasingly competitive world. He also has a great appreciation for other cultures and this is what drew him to the LE China program in 2015. He believes LE and the process of cultural exchange are truly life-changing.

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Aliisa Li
Assistant Non-Traveling PD

Alissa is a sophomore Accounting major and Chinese Language minor at the University of Maryland, College Park. She first became involved with LE in summer 2016 where she participated in the LE China program because of her passion for service and her heritage. It had a great impact on her as a person and found the experience to be a life-changing one, encouraging her to continue her involvement with service and LE in her own community. She is now an active member in Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity, and hopes to perpetuate LE’s mission through her activities on campus. Other than service, Alissa loves tennis, tea, traveling, and Tasty videos. Fun Fact: her mini-bio photo was taken by her host sister in their neighborhood.

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Hana Burkly

Hana is a sophomore studying Global Health at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Before college, she spent a year living and working in Thailand with the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS). She loved Thailand so much that she went back in 2016 as an LE volunteer, where she taught at an elementary school in Phitchit. As Program Director, she plans to extend LE Thailand to include a school for the hearing impaired so that a wider demographic of students can access the services offered by LE.

Outside of the academic realm, Hana loves traveling, lifting weights and competing in boxing matches. She also loves naps.

Reach out to Hana:

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Julisette Velazquez
Assistant Non-Traveling PD

Julisette is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, majoring in Integrative Biology and minoring in Animal Science. She participated in LE Thailand 2016 and is now the ant-PD. After graduating, she hopes to work for a couple of years before heading off to medical school. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her poodle, playing the flute, and traveling any chance she gets.

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Anna Bella POLAND
Maure Buckley

Maure is a junior at George Washington University studying International Affairs with a concentration in International Environmental Studies. Her family has lived in Virginia since she was 15, but growing up she lived all over the US and spent some time in Europe as well. She volunteered in Poland this past summer and had an amazing time! Maure can't wait to work more with LE and find some more great volunteers for summer 2017!

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Sarah Sheets

Sarah is a second year Political Science major with a concentration in International Relations, originally from Carlsbad, California. Her professional goals are to work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, or to work abroad supporting NGOs from a legal perspective. Her academic interests lie with Globalization and its effects on different communities of the world.

This past summer she had the opportunity to teach english in Hungary and Slovakia, which confirmed her desire to live abroad as well as opening her eyes to a career path working for NGOs that she had never before considered. It also gave her a reason to take a Hungarian language class at Berkeley, which has turned out to be one of the highlights of the semester. She is ecstatic to be returning to Central Europe, especially because of the lasting friendships she made there with her hosts and students. She hopes she can help other volunteers have as great of an experience as she did.

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Anna Bella ROMANIA
Bradyn Winiarski

Bradyn is a first year graduate student t the Technische Universität Berlin studying Environmental Planning. A recent alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in International Studies and Environmental Studies, Bradyn is passionate about environmental justice efforts as well as getting lost in small European cities.

Her first experience with LE was volunteering for the Romania/Croatia program in 2016, after a long and fulfilling summer she couldn't help but jump at the chance to come back. As Romania Program Director, Bradyn would like to give a warm welcome to all potential LE volunteers, and is happy to answer questions about the program (or anything at all!).

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Anna Bella CROATIA
Jacqueline Kresse

Jackie is a sophomore at Boston University studying health science and physical therapy. Outside of class, she loves to rock climb, play ultimate frisbee, and participate in circus arts such as aerial silks and dance hooping.

Jackie joined Learning Enterprises as a volunteer in 2016, and she considers it the best decision she ever made. She's excited to see her host communities again and to show a new group of volunteers what makes Croatia the most incredible place in the world.

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Anna Bella CRETE
Anna-Bella Sicilia

Anna-Bella, a History and Philosophy major at the University of Maryland, loves her home state of Maryland despite her tendency to constantly be abroad.

She volunteered in Thailand and had so many amazing experiences with the people and culture there that she knew LE would continue to be a part of her life. Her family connections in Greece led her to consider establishing a program that could provide the people of Crete (its largest island) with LE's wonderful services and opportunities for cultural exchange--and the rest is history. This will be her second summer directing the program. She loves to draw and paint, plays clarinet in Maryland's marching band, and helps run the UMD Ethics Bowl Team. Please reach out to her with any questions about the program!

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Anna Bella BRAZIL
Madeline Westrick

Maddie is a junior at Georgetown University studying International Economics.

After spending summers abroad in Thailand and Ecuador, Maddie first got involved with Learning Enterprises as a volunteer in Brazil in 2016. At Georgetown, she is very involved with the campus' DC Reads program and loves working with kids. She also is very passionate about Brazilian culture as well as the Portuguese language and plans on studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal in the spring.

Beyond school, Maddie loves spending time outside, trying new foods, and practicing and teaching yoga.

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