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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.


Hea Kyung Shoemaker

Hea Kyung Shoemaker

Administrative associate
Phone: 816-235-5435
E-mail

Originally from South Korea, Hea Kyung recruits international students and coordinates all internal administrative and financial functions of the ALI.


Lara Kindle

Lara Kindle

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.





ALI faculty

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 20 years of experience in international education, conducting teacher trainings and teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught ESOL, Spanish, French and cross-cultural and diversity studies.


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 has taught in a variety of settings, including English for beginning to advanced students and as a teacher trainer of English Foreign Language. She is fluent in Spanish and taught at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico for several years.


Samantha Sagastume

Samantha Sgastume

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 O'Shea

Janine O'Shea

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

Janine was an English Foreign Language Instructor in South Korea for a year. Prior to that she lived and worked in New Zealand for three years.


Josh Trued

Josh Trued

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

Josh graduated from UMKC in 2008 with a degree in English Literature. Josh has work experience in both South Korean and Japan. He speaks Japanese, English, and a little Korean.


Lisa Ash

Lisa Ash

Tutor
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Lisa Ash holds degrees Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Graceland University. She taught in English schools in New Zealand, Zambia, Africa, Kansas City and Independence, Missouri. While working for HealthEd Connect, Lisa wrote and piloted a Teacher Mentor Program for Zambian Community School Teachers.


Mustafa Almakrami

Mustafa Almakrami

Student Assistant
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Mustafa is a student at UMKC majoring in Accounting. He is from Saudi Arabia and has a scholarship from SACM. Mustafa speaks both Arabic and English and has traveled in Europe countries. He has been in the USA since 2007.


Malick Ba

Malick Ba

Student Assistant
Phone: 816-235-1233
E-mail

Malick is originally from Senegal, West Africa where he graduated from high school. He speaks both French and English. He is a UMKC student majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He works at the front desk helping fellow international students.


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