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Staff & Board


Kathy Stevens
Executive Director

Kathy Stevens is MCAEL’s Executive Director. Kathy joined MCAEL in 2012. She comes to MCAEL from Montgomery College, following career and volunteer experience in higher education and nonprofits, including work as a senior executive of an international, non-profit membership organization. Further, Kathy is a fundraiser, lawyer, community... more...
Rudi Jeung
Director of Programs

Rudi’s commitment to working on immigrant integration in Montgomery County brought her to MCAEL.  She has a background in nonprofit program development/management and grant making.  Rudi began her career in international development, designing and managing programs for The Asia Foundation for many years in the U.S. and in several countries in... more...
Halima Ahmed
Assistant Director of Programs

Halima is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she obtained a Master’s in African Studies specializing in Politics. She is also a proud alumna of Montgomery College and Mount Holyoke College – two schools she credits much of her academic success too. She is fluent in Somali, Hindi and Urdu.

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Tiffani Ross
Manager of Network Learning and Development

Tiffani Ross has been a part of the MCAEL coalition for many years as an ESOL instructor with CASA and an ESOL instructor at Prince George's Community College. She has also presented at some of our instructor trainings. Tiffani has over 12 years experience as an educator and nonprofit leader with skills in coaching, leadership development,... more...
Tom Colling
Manager of Administration and Grants

Tom joins MCAEL from the Nonprofit Village, where he spent several years building capacity among the region’s emerging nonprofits. Tom has a wealth of experience in the operational, programmatic, administrative, and financial workings of nonprofits, and is also a certified project manager. Having worked previously for a capacity building... more...
Monica Casañas
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Monica Casañas joined MCAEL in early 2015. After working with local non-profits on housing issues, she is excited about working with the Adult English Literacy network in Montgomery County and building capacity for adults looking to acquire English language skills. Monica has worked with the Latino Economic Development Center, Jubilee Housing... more...

Board of Directors

Stacy Parkinson Chair Attorney/Citizenship Instructor, Retired
Sean Klein Vice Chair Rosetta Stone
Venky Venkatesh Treasurer World Bank, Retired
Beth Myers Secretary SEIU Local 500
Gloria Haws Operations Advisor Professional Services
Tim Leiter Asbury Methodist Village
Gabriel Martinez Cabrera Literacy Council of Montgomery County
Rodney Redmond Montgomery College
Joan Schaffer Consultant

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