Language Connects Foundation Announces Inaugural Board of Directors

  • February 26, 2024

The Language Connects Foundation Announces Inaugural Board of Directors and Ongoing Recruiting Efforts

The Language Connects Foundation (LCF), the charitable and public education affiliate of ACTFL, recently announced its first Board of Directors. This group includes individuals with decades of experience in education, language policy, business, and beyond who will serve as champions of the transformative power of language learning and of the educators who make it possible.

  • Martha Abbott, Interim Executive Director, ACTFL
  • MacKenzie Arbogust, Director of Finance & Operations, ACTFL
  • Arturo Castillon, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Vista Higher Learning
  • Janet Dracksdorf, Publishing & Education Consultant
  • Carrie Fischer, Manager of Localization, Subway
  • Cate Florenz, U.S Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges
  • Michael Shaughnessy, Executive Director, American Association of Teachers of German
  • José Viana, Senior Education Advisor, Lexia Learning

The LCF board will oversee the mission and purpose of the Foundation, including participation in strategic planning, policy decisions, and making connections within their respective networks to help secure financial support of LCF priority initiatives.

“We appreciate the breadth of experience and professional expertise that these volunteer leaders will contribute to our collective efforts, while we continue to also focus on recruiting new members who are representative of the diverse populations served by both ACTFL and the Language Connects Foundation.“— Kit Hall, LCF Director

“I am excited to serve as the LCF’s first Board Chair, as the organization continues its work to raise awareness and funds to sustain its operations and serve the language educators and students of today and of the future. Language is the superpower that will continue to connect communities and cultures across the globe.”—Carrie Fischer, Manager of Globalization Services at Subway

Learn more about the LCF Board of Directors.

About LCF:

Launched in November 2022, The Language Connects Foundation (LCF) is a national not-for-profit and philanthropic organization created in partnership with our parent organization, ACTFL, to elevate the language education profession and promote the transformative power of language learning.

LCF's ultimate goal is to help ensure a diverse, well-prepared, and highly effective language educator workforce today and for generations to come.