Faculty and Staff

Program Administrators

Bill Wallace, Director
MA-TESL, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration, The University of Alabama
Bill has been involved in the teaching and administration of English as a Second Language since 1978. He has taught ESL in the Republic of Korea as well as in various parts of the United States, and he has conducted teacher-training courses and other courses in Brazil, Colombia, and Guatemala. In addition, he has presented at numerous professional conferences and has served as President of two professional organizations, UCIEP and AMTESOL.
Bill Wallace, ELI Director
Jeff Capili, Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator
MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Jeff, a native of New Jersey, has spent the last five years in international recruitment and admission for a small private institution in Utah. He has also lived in Oregon, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. He has a MS from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a BS from the University of Tennessee. Jeff has lived and traveled all over the world and enjoys spending time with his international family. As a global citizen, Jeff has a passion for international cuisine, experiencing other cultures, and speaking multiple languages.
Jeff Capili
Marci Daugherty, Special Programs Coordinator
M.A. TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Marci received her undergraduate degree in Multilingual Technical Communications from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Later, she went back to California for her Master’s degree program. She taught ESL in Texas and California and EFL overseas in Anhui, China (3 years) and the Czech Republic (2 years) before coming to Alabama. She has taught at ELI since 2005, including classes in the Intensive English Program, Special Programs and the International Teaching Assistant Program. She is also a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). She enjoys teaching and learning about other cultures and languages.
Marci Daugherty
Laura Hebert, Academic Advisor
M.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Laura has been at the ELI for 20 years but has also taught ESL in Illinois and California.  She has 7 years of experience teaching abroad in Egypt, France and most recently Japan. As an undergraduate, Laura spent a year studying in France.
Laura Hebert
Amy Taylor, Curriculum Coordinator
M.A. Foreign Language Education/TESL, University of Texas at Austin
Originally from Missouri, Amy received her BA in English and her MA in TESL. She has been teaching English to international students since 2000. Her teaching experience in the U.S. includes teaching in Texas, Florida, and Alabama. She has also taught university students in Mexico and Taiwan.
Amy Taylor

Instructors

Kim Andrus
M.A. English/TESOL, Bowling Green State University
Kim Andrus is originally from Hagerman, Idaho. After living for two years in Guatemala, he was fascinated with language and culture and has been learning and teaching about both ever since. He began teaching ESL in 1996, and has taught at universities and community programs in Ohio, Illinois, and Alabama. Enhancing learning and motivating students through educational technology is Kim’s area of professional interest.
Kim Andrus
Jennifer Duckworth
M.A. Education/ ESL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jenny is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Chinese Language and Culture from Samford University and a master’s degree in Education/ESL from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studied abroad in both Spain and China. After completing her MAE-ESL, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned her MDiv at McAfee School of Theology. She was an instructor and student activities coordinator in an intensive English program in Atlanta for 6 years before coming to UA. She has also taught English in China and the DPRK (North Korea). Her interests include learning other languages (currently studying Korean) and global peacemaking through intercultural dialogue and understanding. She also loves cats, kapsa, and belly dancing.
Jenny Duckworth
Mary Louise Hendley
M.A. TESL, Georgia State University
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mary Louise has been involved in English teaching and curriculum development for over 10 years and has lived, taught, and studied in Russia and the Middle East. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Samford University before moving to Russia and received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ESL at Georgia State University after returning to the U.S. She also has experience working as the lead ESL instructor, case manager and Russian interpreter for a refugee resettlement agency in Atlanta. Before coming to UA’s ELI, she was the testing coordinator and instructor at a similar university program in Georgia for five years. Her other interests include outdoor activities, playing guitar and reading.
Mary Louise Hendley
Brad Hodges
M.A. Applied Linguistics/TESL, Georgia State University
Originally from North Carolina, Brad has lived, worked and studied in three French-speaking countries (France, Gabon, and Canada). His second language is French, and he enjoys learning about the syntax and cultural inferences of other languages. Before coming to the ELI, he taught in Gabon for three years, in a university ESL program in Atlanta, and in Canada during an exchange. He especially enjoys teaching essay organization, common academic vocabulary, and word- and sentence-level stress and other pronunciation issues.
Brad Hodges
Frannie James
M.A. TESOL, University of Alabama
M.S. Library and Information Studies, The University of Alabama
Frannie has been involved in International Education at The University of Alabama since 1990. For much of that time, she has been at the ELI. However, she has also taught first-year composition to UA students. And, she currently teaches Introduction to Global Studies (CIP 200) and Culture and Human Experience (IHP 105) at UA. Each of these courses focuses on fostering intercultural awareness in degree-seeking UA students, many of whom are international students. Her current role at the ELI is coordinating Culturally Speaking. This is a class in which degree-seeking UA students meet with small groups of ELI students twice a week for discussions focused on issues of culture.
Frannie James
Kevin Kelleher
MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL, University of Alabama
Kevin Kelleher earned his Masters in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from the University of Alabama in 2016. He has lived in California, Oregon and Wisconsin where he earned his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. He travelled throughout Australia and South East Asia before finally settling in the U.S. He enjoys watching and playing soccer, and spending time with his family.
Kevin Kelleher
Kendall King
M.A. TESOL, The University of Southern Mississippi
Kendall grew up in Selma, AL and completed her graduate degree in TESOL from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008. Prior to graduate school, she spent a year teaching English in Beijing, China. Besides teaching, Kendall enjoys traveling to other countries and learning about different cultures.
Kendall King
Demetria Li
M.A. in TESOL, Mississippi College
Demetria Li has been involved in EFL/ESL since 1997, when her teaching career began with a China Teaching Fellowship in Beijing, China. After spending seven years teaching students of all levels and ages ranging from 2 to 60+, she returned to the U.S. to pursue a master’s degree in TESOL while simultaneously coordinating an Intensive English program. In 2010, Demetria’s continued interest in English education in developing countries led her to Kyrgyzstan, where she participated in the English Language Fellows program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Demetria loves learning about other cultures.
Demetria Li
Daniel McCurry
M.A. TESOL, Azusa Pacific University
Daniel is originally from Mossyrock, Washington. He has taught in Washington and Djibouti, Africa. He enjoys learning, traveling, reading, and watching soccer.
Daniel McCurry
Kelly McPherson
M.A. TESOL, University of Alabama
Kelly is originally from Nashville, TN. He taught for 2 years in Okinawa, Japan and has been teaching classes in Alabama since 2003. Kelly enjoys travelling and has visited 23 different countries.
Kelly McPherson
Marc Metzler
M.A. TESOL, School for International Training
Marc Metzler is originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and has taught TESOL since 1999. He completed his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in English Literature, and he has a MA-TESOL from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Marc has taught TESOL extensively in universities throughout North Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also participated in two English Language Fellowships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in Tunisia and Kazakhstan where he worked as a teacher trainer. At the ELI Marc enjoys teaching grammar and academic writing.
Mark Metzler
Emily Mitchell
M.A. Education/ESL, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emily grew up in Brandon, Mississippi. After completing her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama, she moved to Barcelona, Spain. Emily spent a year and a half teaching English to a group of medical research students and working as a bike tour guide for tourists from all over the world. She completed her MAEd/ESL at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011. While working on her Master’s at UAB, Emily taught ESL to adult and university students and completed an internship at the English Language and Culture Institute. Besides teaching, Emily enjoys pop culture, traveling, playing sports and making music.
Emily Mitchell
Jay Robbins
M.A. TESOL, Boston University
Jay is from Michigan. In addition to teaching at ELI, he has taught English in Pusan, Korea, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jay enjoys reading, driving long distances, playing tennis, and learning about other cultures. He has two daughters.
Jay Robbins
Drew Sanford
M.A. TESL, University of Memphis
Drew is originally from Dyersburg, Tennessee. While working on his Master’s in ESL, he taught at Intensive English for Internationals at The University of Memphis. He has also taught overseas in France, the Czech Republic, and Japan for a total of six years. Drew speaks French, Japanese, and enjoys learning other languages. He also enjoys meeting people from other countries. He has traveled extensively around the world to more than 80 countries.
Drew Sanford
Amy Smith
M.A., Applied Linguistics/TESOL, University of Alabama
After earning her B.S. in English Education in 2003, Amy spent the next ten years crisscrossing the globe. She studied Russian language at Tver State University, served as a consultant lecturer at Kabul University, Afghanistan, and directed summer English camps for children in Beijing, China. She returned to her native Alabama to pursue a master’s in Applied Linguistics at UA. When she’s not traveling, Amy enjoys baking and spending time with family.
Amy Smith
David Taylor
M.A. TL – TESOL, The University of Southern Mississippi
David comes to the ELI after a year teaching at the Alabama Language Institute in Gadsden. He also taught ESL, Literature, Art and History for 3 years overseas in Ecuador, South America on the high school and college levels. He earned his master’s degree from USM in 2000. David is also an accomplished photographer. He has taught photography on the university level and has had numerous gallery shows of his images across the south. He enjoys the creative process, whether it is in the field of art or in the classroom.
David Taylor
Michael Townley
MA TESOL, University of Alabama
Michael earned his Bachelors in Linguistics and Legal Studies, and his Masters in TESOL from the University of Alabama. While studying in Japan, he discovered that he loved teaching English while doing so at Hiroshima University and privately. Michael has a particular interest in pronunciation training, critical thinking, academic writing methods, and the role of student attitude in the classroom. He has done research on the role of listening in pronunciation acquisition. Some of his other interests include studying racial and social interactions in the American South, listening to various kinds of music, and traveling.
Michael Townley

Office Staff

Jill Ander
Jill Ander
Accounting Assistant
Amanda Burroughs
Amanda Burroughs
Accounting Assistant
Barb Daugherty
Barb Daugherty
Office Assistant
Wendy Grof
Wendy Grof
Office Manager
Monica Hollie
Monica Hollie
Receptionist
Vicky Wyatt
Vicky Wyatt
Student Services Coordinator