Our Staff & Faculty

Hemmingson Rotunda on the International Day of Tolerance.

Get to know the team at the Center for Global Engagement.

Joseph Kinsella

Dr. Kinsella has worked in international education since 1988, focusing his energies on the application of anthropological methodologies to intercultural and international learning. His doctoral research in anthropology explored the intersection of identity and aesthetics, and the processes of globalization that shape nationalist and “postcolonial” identities. Working with a group of contemporary sculptors in Zimbabwe between 1998 and 2004 Kinsella’s dissertation examined the production of material culture within neo-colonial economic and social structures. He has carried out fieldwork in Zimbabwe and Uganda, and as an undergraduate studied abroad in Florence, Italy.

As an applied anthropologist, Dr. Kinsella writes about the use of ethnographic methodology to understand and assess intercultural experiences. He worked and taught at DePaul University in Chicago for over 20 years, serving as the assistant director and later director of study abroad, and as the associate vice president of international programs before joining Gonzaga University.

Dr. Kinsella has designed and orchestrated programs in Botswana, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Kinsella began at Gonzaga University in 2013.

Jennifer Akins


MA TESOL, Dept. of English, Washington State University
BA, English Literature, Westmont College

Languages studied:

French, German

About Jennifer

Jennifer Akins has been teaching English for over 20 years both in the U.S. and abroad. She enjoys teaching all skills at all levels. Recently she has really enjoyed helping students understand the language and culture that will help them integrate into and succeed at a university in the U.S.

What students say:

  • “She made us think in depth by asking us several questions about our opinions and thought rather than just accepting them.”

  • “I truly respected Jennifer’s ability to hold us accountable as students while acknowledging that we are coming to the class with different backgrounds and experiences.”

  • “Even when I am no longer her student, she asks me my opinion on certain topics and wants me to criticize it or support. I am humbled and amazed that my professor still finds my opinions to be valuable."

Fun Facts:

  • In her spare time, Jennifer likes talking about teaching (or almost anything) over coffee, reading novels (or almost anything), going for walks and watching movies.

akins@gonzaga.edu | Welch 106 | (509) 313-5562

Sarah Alami

Sarah grew up in France in a bicultural family, and settled in Spokane in 2006. She graduated from Gonzaga University and has enjoyed guiding other international students through their new lives at this University. She is passionate about intercultural communication and academia. She will soon complete her master’s in teaching English as a second language. Sarah also enjoys running and yoga, eating ethnic foods, and of course Gonzaga basketball! Feel free to contact her.

alami@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 102 C | (509) 313.5584

Beata Arciszewska-Russo


MA, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Gdansk University in Poland

About Beata

Beata I. Arciszewska-Russo received her MA in TEFL from Gdansk University in Poland. She has extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign and second language, teacher training, and curriculum development. Her interests include grammar instruction, language learning and literacy development in a second language, and second language production and perception. She developed and piloted the Bureau of ABLE funded study circles, including, “Teaching Adult ESL Literacy” and “Lesson Planning”.

arciszewska-russo@gonzaga.edu | Welch 104 |(509) 313-3447

Emma Butterworth

Emma graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in French and linguistics and a minor in anthropology. She then began her certification in TESOL through WWU, taught in France for a year, and then returned to her hometown of Spokane to finish her certification. Emma has worked with various English programs and loves interacting with international students both in and out of the classroom; it is her engagement with students that inspires her to continuously learn and explore. In her free time, she loves biking on Spokane's many trails, traveling, and being with friends and family.

butterworthm@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 102 E | (509) 313.6236

Heidi Doolittle


MA, Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University
BS, Biology, Gonzaga University

Languages studied:

Japanese, French

About Heidi:

Heidi Doolittle has been teaching English for more than 15 years in Japan and the U.S. She spent three years living abroad and enjoys traveling to other countries and learning about other cultures.  Heidi really loves helping students to become better readers and to improve their vocabulary.  In order to be an efficient and effective reader, she believes it’s important to develop and apply good reading skills and strategies.  All of your English skills will develop faster if you have strong reading skills.  Heidi also loves teaching listening and speaking.  In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, she feels it’s extremely important to learn how to communicate successfully with people from cultures and backgrounds other than your own.

What students say:

  • “She taught us skills to read fast and understand new words.  It is helpful and I hope my friends take this class with Heidi.”

  • “Heidi always answered my questions when I didn't understand and helped me to improve my reading skills.”

  • “I like her activities. She has an academic way in how to make students be good listeners and speakers.”

  • “I like her class because all the time we exchanged ideas and every time we learned new things. It is a really interesting and dynamic class.”

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Madela

  • Favorite books:  The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Kite Runner, The Alchemist and The Giving Tree

  • Hobbies: Camping, hiking, playing sports (especially basketball) and baking (but not cooking!).

doolittleh@gonzaga.edu | Welch 108 | (509) 313-6566

Bridget Green


MA, Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University
MA (with Distinction), International Studies, The University of Sheffield, UK
Royal Society of Arts Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Godmer
House School of English, Oxford, UK
BA (Honors), French Literature, Gonzaga University

Languages studied:

French, Spanish

About Bridget:

Bridget Green has been teaching English for over 25 years in Japan, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the US. She has lived abroad for many years and believes that international cooperation begins with individuals. Bridget most enjoys helping students with improving their vocabulary and reading. Reading is the super skill since it also improves your writing skills and your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The fastest way to improve your English is to read a lot! And the best way to understand what you read is to improve your vocabulary. Right now, Bridget is very excited to have joined the English Language Specialist Program that sends teachers to other countries to train language teachers.

What students say:

  • "I want to thank you for your wonderful class. It was always interesting and inspiring. To me is clear that you feel passion for teaching english, and that reflects on your energy and attitude  towards your students. I really enjoyed your class and, though I found it very challenging, I feel I've learned a lot."
  • “She encourages me every time to study more.  She is a good teacher because she makes me work.”
  • “I like her way in teaching and she helped me a lot. I don't know how I can thank her for her amazing teaching.”

  • “I really like her manner and methods to teach us she has a perfect manner to make us understand all the information.”

  • “I like the methodology used for improve our listening and speech. It's wonderful.”

greenb@gonzaga.edu | Welch 107 | (509) 313-6284

Melissa Heid

Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Gonzaga as well as her master’s in teaching English as a second language. She is currently a student in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies and is interested in the intersection of leadership, language, and culture. Melissa has studied Japanese, Arabic, and a little Korean. Melissa enjoys teaching ESL and TESL and working at the CGE. She has traveled to Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Qatar, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

heid@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 204 H | (509) 313-6560


Katuska has worked more than fifteen years of her professional career in study abroad and international business. She received a bachelor's in biology and French from Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from Gonzaga University. After studying abroad in France (three times) during college, she soon after settled in Paris, working there for seven years. Katuska is fluent in Slovak and French, and has traveled Europe, parts of south and central America, Africa, and China. She's always looking forward to more future overseas adventures.

kohut@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 204 G | (509) 313-3546

Alisha Lombardi

Alisha is originally from College Station, Texas and has been working in study abroad for over nine years. She attended Texas A&M University earning a B.A. in international studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s in business administration here at Gonzaga. Alisha’s areas of expertise include sponsored programs, student advising and supervising student employees. During her undergraduate program she studied abroad in Costa Rica which ignited her love for international education. She has traveled to over 13 countries and continues to add to that number. Prior to the field of study abroad, she worked with various non-profit organizations in Texas. Alisha enjoys exercising, yard work, living in the PNW and Tex-Mex cuisine.

lombardi@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 102 F | (509) 313-5799

Richard Menard

Richard’s particular areas of expertise in the field of Study Abroad include advising students in their applications for national study abroad scholarships, risk management, increasing administrative efficiency through the application of specialized study abroad software, re-designing administrative procedures and program management, and working with faculty on faculty-led programs. His approach to his work emphasizes cooperative interactions and rigorous academics. As he stated in his application letter, "A crucial component to success is building strong relationships with both faculty and administrators who are knowledgeable and appreciative of the academic strengths of study abroad." Richard has been recognized for his dedication to study abroad as an integral component of a university education, for his proactive style and effectiveness in working collaboratively with others to move projects forward. Richard earned a B.A. in history at Texas Tech University and an M.A. in international relations in Belgium at the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies.

menardr@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 204 C | (509) 313-3583

Ann Price

Ann graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in History. Before working at Gonzaga, she had a 15 year career in banking. She has been with Gonzaga since 1999 and has worked at CCASL, for the Interim VP for Mission, and for the Chief Diversity Officer before landing at the Center for Global Engagement. She lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for one year while attending school and caught the travel bug. Since then she has traveled to Canada, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Ann enjoys, gardening, hiking, the gym, playing piano, reading, and attending the Symphony and the theater. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly at her favorite weekend destination, Priest Lake. She also loves Disneyland or anyplace that has great rollercoasters.

price@gonzaga.edu | Hemmingson 204 F | (509) 313-3667

Jennie Sevedge


MA, Applied Linguistics/TESOL, University of Alabama
BA, English Literature, Spanish Minor, University of Alabama

Languages studied:


About Jennie:

Jennie has been teaching English for over fifteen years in Colombia and the U.S. She first became interested in languages and cultures through independent travel and study all over Latin America. Now, she is married to a Colombian and lives in a bilingual household. At the ELC, most of her research and work have focused on intermediate to advanced oral and written communication. Her classes focus on the cultural, social, and academic skills that help students succeed in their goals. She enjoys being part of a global learning community that encourages her and her students to see the world a little differently.

What students say:

  • "I learned how I read. This is the best class I have ever. Now I can read any topic faster."

  • "I liked the teacher’s passion and effort to communicate to students, I couldn’t help but be active."

  • "It is the most perfect reading class I have ever taken. It helps me to know how to read carefully and focus on what I am reading."

  • "I like everything in Jennie’s class. I love her always. She always teaches us sincerely and with a warm heart."

Fun Facts:

  • When she’s not teaching, Jennie enjoys gardening, photography, camping and outdoor sports with her family, and traveling near and far.

sevedge@gonzaga.edu | Welch 105 | (509) 313-6590


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502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-3549