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.
Since June 2018, the Board of Directors is led by Gregory M. Gershuny. He has been a senior executive and an entrepreneur in the metals commodity space for almost 30 years. He is an Army veteran specializing in Russian language and worked in Moscow for two years. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for two for-profit mining companies and a second non-profit that assists first-generation college graduates.
In addition to its founders, the Institute’s team is formed of dedicated interns and volunteers.