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2015 Standing Committees

Executive Committee

Jacque Van Houten, President
Mary Lynn Redmond, Past-President
Pete Swanson, President-Elect
Todd Bowen, Treasurer
Marty Abbott, Executive Director


Committee charge: The functions of the Finance Committee are carried out by a Committee chaired by the Treasurer with three committee members, one of whom is the immediate Past Treasurer and the other two selected from among the ACTFL Membership.  This committee’s duties include oversight of the budget, audit, and investments.

Todd Bowen, Treasurer
Bridget Yaden, Past-Treasurer
Rosalie Cheatham, ACTFL Member
Jon Valentine, ACTFL Member
Zerihun Haile-Selassie, ACTFL Staff
Mary Abbott, ACTFL Staff


Committee charge: The functions of the committee include “growing the organization” in terms of convention planning, convention session review, and other issues related to the convention content.  The Chair and members of the committee are appointed by the President.  Efforts are made to alternate chairs each year between the K-12 and higher education sectors.

Latest action: The convention committee successfully incorporated the convention partner groups and the SIGs into the session review process and the convention program has been posted online.

Juan Carlos Morales, Chair (2014-2016)
Julia Richardson, ACTFL Staff
Todd Bowen, ACTFL Board Member (2013-2015)
Lisa Lilley, ACTFL Board Member
Jocelyn Danielson Raught, ACTFL Member


Committee charge: This committee is charged with “growing the organization” for issues related to Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator, all other ACTFL publications, Web site, products and brochures, marketing, public relations/advocacy, and e-newsletters. In addition, it will focus on the mobile world and ACTFL’s role in the virtual space and, in this respect, will collaborate with organizations and in building relationships beyond our field. Duties include membership recruitment and retention programs, membership structure (individuals, organizations, SIGs, etc.), development of diversity in the membership and in the profession as well as ACTFL’s government.

Latest action: This committee refined the rubric for the awarding of the Woodruff Award for Excellence in Elementary Language Programs.  They will also contribute to the questions on the member survey that relate to their committee goals.

Lori Winne, Chair (2014-2016)
Howie Berman, ACTFL Staff
Ben Rifkin, ACTFL Board Member
Pete Swanson, ACTFL Board Member (2015-2017)
Susan A. Hildebrandt, ACTFL Member
Jamie Basham, ACTFL Member
Susann Davis, ACTFL Member


Committee charge: This committee will focus on “growing the organization” by connecting theory to practice and dissemination of that information to the language field.  This group will also connect learning to the appropriate assessment of linguistic and cultural competence using data to inform practice.  Data analysis will be an important component of professional development for ACTFL members.  This committee will also seek to keep ACTFL members, as well as parents, administrators, and the community at large, informed about changes in the field and the most recent research.

Latest action: This committee has worked to coordinate ACTFL’s research efforts including the Research Priorities Task Force, the Research SIG, Foreign Language Annals, and the research sessions at the convention.  They refined the submission criteria for research sessions for the convention and these will be implemented for the 2015 convention.

Debbie Robinson, Co-Chair (2013-2015)
Ali Moeller, Co-Chair (2014-2016)
Elvira Swender, ACTFL Staff
Lynette Fujimori, ACTFL Board Member (2015-2017)
Amye Sukapdjo, ACTFL Member
Janine Theiler, ACTFL Member
Elaine Tarone, ACTFL Member
Sylvia Peart, ACTFL Member
Rebecca Fox, ACTFL Member
Corinne Crane, ACTFL Member


Committee charge: This committee will be devoted to helping ACTFL members grow professionally, PK-16.  This will include all aspects “growing the organization” in terms of professional development including webinars and the expanded ACTFL convention as well as initiatives that will develop leaders in the language field.  There will also be an effort to move ACTFL beyond just the language field into the larger education field by collaborating across disciplines and with other educational associations.  This group will monitor the CAEP work, the AOD agenda, as well as the development of ACTFL’s position statements.

Latest action: The Board of Directors voted to proceed with the development of a member survey to determine the professional learning needs of ACTFL members. This will be part of a larger member survey that will be launched in Fall of 2014.

Laurel Derksen, Chair (2014-2016)
Paul Sandrock, ACTFL Staff
Laura Franklin, ACTFL Board Member (2011-2015)
Caroline Kelly, ACTFL Board Member (2015-2017)
Carmen Scoggins, ACTFL Member
Jessica Haxhi, ACTFL Member
Krista Chambless, ACTFL Member
Linda Egnatz, ACTFL Member

2015 Action Groups

ACTFL International/Credentialing

Committee charge: Given ACTFL’s international reputation in the area of language testing and its brand in the U.S. from PK through 16+ as a provider of standards for teachers and students and the deliverer of high quality professional development, the Board of Directors recommended investigating the feasibility of establishing an international process for recognizing high quality language programs and departments.

Latest action: The Board of Directors approved the action group’s recommendation to develop a Program of Excellence initiative to recognize high quality language programs.  In addition, there will be two ACTFL OPI Familiarization workshops given in Brazil in Fall 2014 that will launch a partnership with Brazilian education institutions K-16.

Ali Moeller, Chair
Elvira Swender, ACTFL Staff
Paul Sandrock, ACTFL Staff
Pete Swanson, ACTFL Board Member
Laura Franklin, ACTFL Board Member
Juan Carols Morales, ACTFL Board Member
Toni Theisen, ACTFL Board Member
Dave McAlpine, ACTFL Member
Iman Hashem, ACTFL Member

ACTFL Global Engagement

Committee charge: In 2013 ACTFL launched its first corporate social responsibility initiative entitled ACTFL Global Giving which will not only offer a compassionate connection with those in need across the globe but will also give language educators the opportunity to better foster empathy and cultural understanding  with their students.  ACTFL plans to expand the initiative each year with a focus on different schools in various geographic regions.

Latest action: This action group recommended changing the name Global Giving to Global Engagement to better define the scope of the action group’s work to promote ACTFL members and their students in community-engaged learning experiences.  The Action Group will provide criteria for organizations and activities that can help create community-engaged learning activities and projects within schools and colleges.

Ben Rifkin, Chair
Julia Richardson, ACTFL Staff
Laurel Derksen, ACTFL Board Member
Lori Winne, ACTFL Board Member
Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL Board Member
Saul Petersen, ACTFL Member
Rebekah Bray, ACTFL Member

Leadership Institute for Language Learning

Committee charge: ACTFL has determined that the needs of the profession extend beyond what is currently available and a summer session is necessary in order to provide additional professional and leadership development. This initiative will involve the regional organizations, NADSFL, NCSSFL, higher education, as well as the TELL project. The intended date is summer 2015.

Latest action: This Action Group has sought representatives from national and regional groups to convene in summer 2014 to collaboratively develop a plan for providing a variety of pathways for developing teacher leadership and professional learning to begin in summer 2015. The underlying concept throughout the planning will be to build capacity to focus on “Growing Proficiency for the Learner.”

Todd Bowen, Chair
Paul Sandrock, ACTFL Staff
Jacque Van Houten, ACTFL Board Member
Mary Lynn Redmond, ACTFL Board Member
Lisa Lilley, ACTFL Board Member
Pete Swanson, ACTFL Board Member
Sharon Deering (TELL), ACTFL Member
Lisa Harris (NCSSFL), ACTFL Member
Alyssa Villarreal (TELL), ACTFL Member
Martha Pero (CSCTFL), ACTFL Member
Arlene White (NECTFL), ACTFL Member
Laurel Derksen (PNCFL), ACTFL Member
Rita Oleksak (NNELL), ACTFL Member
Frank Troyan, ACTFL Member
Carmen Scoggins (SCOLT), ACTFL Member
Thomas Sauer (TELL), ACTFL Member
Gregory Fulkerson (NCSSFL), ACTFL Member
Greta Lundgaard (NADSFL), ACTFL Member