The information in this section offers all WATESOL members the chance to understand and participate actively in the governance and mission of the association.

The WATESOL Revised Constitution was approved by membership vote in Summer 2017.

WATESOL is governed through Executive Board. The executive board meets 5 times a year and is responsible for upholding the tenets presented in the WATESOL Constitution, the requirements stated by TESOL for being a TESOL affiliate while also abiding by the best practices established for  501c3 organizations. 

Each board member has a role description.

Executive Board Members (2017-2018)

Position  Name  Affiliation

President - 1 year

Rebecca Wilner American University

Vice President - 1yr transition to President

Betsy Lindeman Wong 

Vice President - 2 years

Sarah Knowles (1st year) American University

Membership Secretary - 2 years

Connie Lee (2nd year) International Center for Language Studies

Treasurer - 2 years

Chris Scott (1st year) Raffa Accounting

Recording Secretary - 2 years

Kate Bain (2nd year) Department of State

Members At Large (2016-2017)

Position  Name  Affiliation
Past President - 1 year
Heather Tatton-Harris Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Professional Development - 2 years
Amy Melendez (1st year)
Natalia Romanova (1st year)
Nicole Sheen (1st year)
Mary Spanarkel (2nd year)

Center for Applied Linguistics

Advocacy Chair - 2 years
Colleen Shaughnessy (2nd year)
Andrea Veloza (1st year)
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Newsletter Editors - 2 years
Lindsey Crifasi (2nd year)
Stephanie Gallop (3rd year)
Silvia Hildesheim (2nd year)
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School 
Georgetown University 
Communications Manager - 2 years
Erica Sanchez (2nd year)   Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
K12 SIG Chair - 2 years
Emily Naber (2nd year) DCPS - Raymond Educational Campus
Higher Ed SIG Chair - 2 years
Shereen Bhalla (2nd year) Center for Applied Linguistics
Adult Ed SIG Chair - 2 years
Xavier Munoz (1st year) Northern Virginia Literacy Center
NNEST Caucus Liaison - 2 years
Sevtap Frantz (2nd year) Prince George's Community College
Historian / Archivist - 2 years Open  

Thank you to Outgoing Board Members

  • Sharla Rivera - Past President, Vice President, SIG Chair
  • Heather Weger - Vice President
  • Jennifer Chavez - Treasurer
  • Julie Lake - Recording Secretary
  • Rebecca Sachs - Professional Development Chair
  • Emily Vandermade - Professional Development Chair
  • Joanna Duggan - Advocacy Chair, Webmaster
  • Aimee Kelley - Webmaster
  • Lucy Ruiz - SIG Liaison
  • Christyann Helm - Adult SIG Chair
  • Erin Ross - Adult SIG Chair

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