Donna Kelsh has been an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) educator, trainer and director for 35 years. She is the Executive Director of the Institute for Immigrant Concerns, having led the Institute from its inception at Marymount Manhattan College, afterwards at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and now as an independent non-profit corporation. Additionally she overseas the Institute’s finances as Board Treasurer and its overall direction as a Board Member.
Mark Brik has been an ESOL educator and director since 1979. He was the Coordinator of the English Program at the Associated YMHA for 13 years. Mark also served as ESL Coordinator at Kingsborough Community College in New York City as well as the Director of Special Training at YMCA. During the Institute’s partnerships with Marymount Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Mark was Education Director, a member of the Institute’s Advisory Committee and, currently, an Institute Board member.
Beginning in January 2019, the Board of Directors is led by David Fobair. David started as a volunteer teacher with IIC in 2011 and became a board member in 2014. He is an advocate of education for all and is especially interested that the immigrant community has access to English language instruction and career readiness programs. David has worked in the entertainment industry, has taught in adult educations programs at the New York Public Library, Pace University, and has presented at a number of professional development workshops for educators. David speaks Spanish and he is a graduate of the MA TESOL program at The New School.
In addition to its founders, the Institute’s team is formed of dedicated interns and volunteers.