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Meet the Team

Voytek Wloch

Voytek (Wojciech) Wloch

Executive Director

Tel: 203-396-8022
Fax: 203-371-7731
wlochw@sacredheart.edu

Voytek (Wojciech) Wloch holds three degrees, each from a different country - University of Toronto, Canada; University of Warsaw, Poland; and University of St. Thomas, USA. He served as an Honorary Member of the Board of European Journalism Training Association and was Vice-President of the European Association for Erasmus Coordinators prior to coming to the USA and joining ranks of international university-level administrators. In total, Voytek has 20 years of experience in the field of international higher education. In particular, he specializes in strategic development of university internationalization efforts in line with their missions, visions, and values; fostering strong relationships within and outside of the university setting; devising strategies for, budgeting, implementing, and evaluating international university partnership programs. For the purpose of this site, Voytek’s specific experience includes recruiting, leading, managing, and monitoring international student language learners from first contact to transition into full degree programs; developing and leading student assimilation programs, from orientation through full integration; supporting integrated advisement programs from admission though university degree completion; and developing services to support retention and language-learner student success.

Alla Schlate

Alla Schlate

Academic Director

Library, LL08
Tel: 203-365-7520
Fax: 203-371-7731
schlatea@sacredheart.edu

Professor Schlate is responsible for academic oversight of the ELI. She is CEELT certified and is fluent in Russian. She holds a B.A. in EFL/ESL and Literature from Udmurt State University in Izhevsk, Russia and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Columbia University. She is also a Notary Public.

Elena Adlon Place

Elena Adlon Place

Business Manager

Library, LL06
Tel: 203-365-7520
Fax: 203-371-7731
adlon-placee@sacredheart.edu

Elena is responsible for the business operations of the offices of Global Affairs and the English Language Institute. Students may interact with her during registration, billing, and payment. Additionally, Elena serves as a DSO in SEVIS. Elena holds a B.A. in Religion from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Religion from Sacred Heart University. She studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and speaks French.

 

Lisa Newman

Director, ESL Online 

Lisa Newman has been an instructor in the ESL program since 2012 and currently serves as Director of the Online ESL program, which she launched for the English Language Institute in 2013. Read more about the online ESL program.

Lisa earned her Master of Arts in English Education from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rhode Island. She has taught secondary English in the Connecticut public schools since 2004 and English and composition at Norwalk Community College since 2007.

With additional experience in technology and web design, Lisa is passionate about educational technology, social media, and online education. She is excited to utilize this background to oversee the growth of online learning at the English Language Institute.

Lisa is also a proud mom to her three children. She enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, spending time outdoors and learning about different people and cultures. 

Marissa Gambardella

Marissa Gambardella

Assistant Director
Library, Lower Level LL07
Tel: 203-365-7528
Fax: 203-365-4864
gambardellam30046@sacredheart.edu

Marissa is responsible for recruitment, admissions, and the orientation process for all students. She provides advising services to international students and is In charge of recruiting, marketing, system management. She coordinates all social activities for the ESL students. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a M.A. in Global Development and Peace from the University of Bridgeport. She has studied abroad in London, England and Costa Rica and speaks Spanish.