Board of Directors

Who is the leadership at ACTFL?

ACTFL is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of leaders in language education from both K-12 and Higher Education. The ACTFL Board of Directors is elected each year by the membership. Here are the current directors.

2023 ACTFL Board of Directors


Akash Patel: President - Oklahoma City Community College, OKC, OK


L.J. Randolph, Jr.: President-Elect - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI


Victoria Russell: Past President - Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA


Pam Benton: Treasurer - Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL

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Michele Back - University of Connecticut Neag School of Education, Storrs, CT


Adrienne Brandenburg - Poudre High School, Ft. Collins, CO


Jeenna Canché - Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT), Maui High School, Maui, HI


Cynthia Chalupa - Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

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Krishauna Hines-Gaither - Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, CA

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Brandon Locke - Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL), Anchorage School District, Anchorage, AK

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Catherine Ousselin - Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, WA


Kate Paesani - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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Amanda Ramirez - Central States Conference (Central States), Avon High School, Avon, IN


Kathleen Shelton - K-12 World Language Education Specialist, Columbus, OH