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Monica Mingucci

Monica Mingucci, Ph.D.

Program Director
Phone: 816-235-5399
E-mail

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Mingucci has been working with language teaching and acquisition for more than 30 years. Dr. Mingucci oversees all administrative and academic functions of the ALI.

Adam Shoemaker

Adam Shoemaker

Assistant Director / Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5436
E-mail

Adam has studied in Brazil, Chile and Germany. He was a guest professor/teacher-trainer at Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China.

Lara Kindle

Lara Tenbarge

Academic Advisor
Phone: 816-235-5405
E-mail

Lara has lived and worked throughout the U.S. and in London, UK and Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining ALI, she has over 10 years of experience working in international education and communications. She holds a Master’s in Education in Intercultural Communications and Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Fran Golden

Fran Golden

ESL specialist
Phone: 816-235-2594
E-mail

Before joining the ALI in 1995, Fran lived, studied and worked in 7 different countries. Fran is an ESL specialist and coordinates all of the housing, social activities and special programs for the ALI.

Gina Campbell

Gina Campbell

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 816-235-1149
E-mail

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Gina holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in English Writing from UMKC. As the International Student Liaison with the ALI, she is the contact for all applications, questions or concerns. She also holds a Master's in Education with a focus on TESOL from Avila University and has experience as an ESL instructor at the college level.

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Phil Ruggiero

Phil Ruggiero

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5433
E-mail

Phil has worked abroad for 20 years as Director of Courses for a chain of language schools, and has taught English for business purposes internationally.

Stephen Holland-Wempe

Stephen Holland-Wempe

ESL specialist
Phone: 816-235-5438
E-mail

Steve has 25 years of experience in international education in Latin America, Asia and the United States, conducting teacher trainings, and teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His specialty area is Cross-Cultural and Diversity Studies, included as well in interdisciplinary Discourse. In addition, he has taught ESOL, Spanish, and French. Of his publications, he is an award winning translator. His Ph.D. studies research focus is Intercultural Transitions between Latin America and the United States.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5138
E-mail

Michael Turner graduated from Truman State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in English and from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon with a Master’s degree in Linguistics in 1999. Michael’s interests include interlanguage phonology and computer assisted language learning.

Tammy Adams

Tammy Adams

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-1186
E-mail

Before joining the ALI in 2005, Tammy completed her ESL Certification at the University of Texas, Arlington, and she worked with international and immigrant students through non-profit organizations, high schools, and community colleges.

Clint Hughes

Clint Hughes

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5136
E-mail

Clint has lived and worked abroad in China and Taiwan for two years, and directed Intrax International Institute for six years before joining the ALI.

Kate DeBenedetti

Kate DeBenedetti

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5139
E-mail

Kate holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent, England and an ICELT Certificate (In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching) from the British Council. She has been teaching at the ALI for many years and has taught basic to advanced students. Prior to teaching at the ALI, Kate taught at the Language School of the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. While there she taught in a variety of university settings, including to English language students and as a teacher trainer in the BA TESOL program. She is also fluent in Spanish and has traveled to several Spanish speaking countries.

Samantha Sagastume

Samantha Sagastume

Lecturer
Phone: 816-235-5137
E-mail

Sam taught at the Orlando Language School for 3 years, where she educated students from all over the world, including South America and Asia.

Janine OShea

Janine OShea

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5138
E-mail

Janine has her B.A in Human Resources from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Missouri. She completed her Masters in TESOL at UMKC in 2012. Janine has been with UMKCs ALI for four years. She taught in South Korea for one year and has taught in Brazil through the State Departments Partners in Americas program. Prior to working at UMKC, Janine worked for Fortune 100 companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and Lucent Technologies, where she was responsible for developing technology solutions for businesses and managing multi-discipline teams.

Talyn Good

Talyn Good

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-1186
E-mail

Talyn has worked with the refugee and immigrant populations in both the US and Kenya for over 20 years teaching ESL and providing immigration and social services. She is co-founder and served as co-Executive Director of Heshima Kenya based in Nairobi, Kenya until 2012. She holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on TESOL from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Chelsey Butts

Chelsey Butts

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5137
E-mail

Chelsey Butts graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in TESOL and a minor in Linguistics. Before joining the ALI, she taught English as a second language at the University of Kansas’ Applied English Center.

Patrick Mitchell

Patrick Mitchell

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5433
E-mail

Nicoya Helm

Nicoya Helm

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5406
E-mail

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Nicoya has also lived and studied abroad in the Philippines and Costa Rica. She holds a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-TESOL from the University of Kansas and is an active member of the TESOL International and MIDTESOL professional organizations. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, she was a computer systems engineer.

Christina Hunt

Christina Hunt

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Christina has studied in Spain and Costa Rica and taught English in Japan and Guatemala. She has a Masters in Education and over 9 years of English teaching experience.

Michael Meeder

Michael Meeder

Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 816-235-5139
E-mail

Michael has previously taught English languages classes at the University of Mexico in Chicago. He holds a Masters of Arts in English Composition and Rhetoric from Arizona State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. Michael’s teaching credentials began with a CELTA certification from Cambridge University in 2008.

ALI staff:

The ALI teaching and administrative members are highly qualified individuals who have lived and worked abroad, and who enjoy working with international students.

ALI Instructors:

Are trained in the field of teaching English as a second language

Hold master’s degrees or higher

Are professionals who often speak at national and international conferences

Are innovative and up to date in teaching methods and technology

Contact Info

Applied Language Institute
5301 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816.235.1233
Fax: 816.235.5437
E-Mail: ali@umkc.edu
Hours: Monday – Friday,
8 am – 4 pm