A.C.E. Welcomes New Staff

A.C.E. is happy to welcome our new staff members at the central office in Seattle and at our language institutes.  Sam Shepherd, is now the Senior Advisor for Asian Initiatives and EIKEN North America Liaison.  Robert K. Doebler, PhD became the new Director at the A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU this summer, and Suzanne Tierney joined A.C.E. Language Institute at SPU in January as Group Programs Coordinator. Also, Lori Maxfield recently joined A.C.E. as the Director of Marketing, and Brenna Reid is the new Administrative Assistant at A.C.E. central office. Read on to learn about them in their bios.

Sam Shepherd is Managing Director of Shepherd & Associates, Seattle, Washington, and serves as Senior Advisor, Asian Initiatives for the Associates in Cultural Exchange (Seattle); as such he is North American Liaison for Tokyo based STEP-EIKEN. From 2004-2009, he was President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies based in Washington, DC. From 1994 to early 2004 Shepherd was Executive Director/CEO of the Tokyo-based Japan-United States Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan). In November 2010, His Majesty the Emperor of Japan decorated Shepherd with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of his “contribution to strengthening of the relations between Japan and the United States through educational exchanges and internationalization of education in Japan.”

Robert K. Doebler, PhD joined A.C.E. this January and is now the new Director at the A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University. He’s just come from Iraq where he was teaching and doing administrative work in an English-speaking university. He’s also taught English for several years in China, and taught anthropology in two universities in the States. He’s very excited to be in Bozeman and looks forward to teaching and working there.

Lori Maxfield joins A.C.E. as the Director of Marketing after serving as Director of Marketing & Communications at ISEP: International Student Exchange Programs in Washington, D.C. While there, she was responsible for developing the annual marketing strategic plan for student exchanges among a non-profit network of 300 universities in 45 countries. Lori is passionate about creating opportunities for students to have life transformative intercultural experiences and is excited about joining A.C.E.

Suzanne Tierney joined A.C.E. Language Institute at SPU in January 2011 as Group Programs Coordinator. She has lived most of her life on the East Coast, but has also lived in Spain as a student, and in Panama as a Fulbright Scholar (2008-09.) Suzanne holds a BA in Languages & Linguistics, and a MA in Spanish Studies & Applied Linguistics (Foreign Language Pedagogy.) She worked for the University of Delaware for twenty years, where she taught Spanish and Latin American Studies, supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants, and designed and directed study abroad programs. She has been teaching ESL since 1989, and has an adjunct position at SPU teaching Spanish.

Brenna Reid is the new Administrative Assistant at A.C.E. central office. She was born and raised in Seattle, WA and attended the University of Oregon where she graduated with a major in Spanish and a minor in Business. During college, she studied abroad in Morelia, Mexico, where she fell in love with traveling and gained a passion for learning about other cultures. A few months before joining A.C.E., she spent 3 months traveling through Argentina, Peru and Brazil. She participated in a volunteer project in Peru where she taught English and provided homework help to 7-11 year olds. She hopes to volunteer abroad again in the future and is very excited about her new position with A.C.E.

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