Program Faculty & Staff
Lisa vonReichbauer

WMiELI Chair
Lisa vonReichbauer
LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu
(231) 591-2838

Lisa vonReichbauer is the Chair for the WMiELI program at Ferris. In her undergraduate studies, she majored in Spanish and minored in Latin American studies. In 2002, she earned her master's degree at Central Michigan University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Lisa taught English for eleven years at CMU before coming to Ferris in the summer of 2011. She has experience teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar from beginning to high advanced levels. In addition to teaching classes in the IEP, Lisa coordinates the IEP curriculum, the Conversation Partners Program, and the Education Abroad Miles Program to help international students improve their English language skills and share their cultures with native-English-speaking students on campus.  She also serves on the curriculum committee for the Office of International Education.  Lisa lives with her husband and teenage son and daughter in Mt. Pleasant.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.  Their favorite activities are skiing in the winter and boating in the summer.

WMiELI Department Chair
Louis Arokiasamy
LouisArokiasamy@ferris.edu
(231) 591-2450

Louis Arokiasamy has two bachelor’s degrees from Union College in Nebraska—one in English and the other in Education.  He also has a master’s degree in TESOL from Arizona State University.  Louis started his teaching career teaching high school English to Native Americans in Arizona.  After several years of teaching high school in various schools, he transitioned to teaching ESL at the college level for Mesa Community College.  Since coming to Michigan, Louis has taught a variety of classes in English for Lake Michigan Community College and Western Michigan University.  Louis is very interested in vocabulary acquisition as it pertains to language development in second language learners.  He enjoys cooking, reading, movies, and gardening in his spare time.

Faculty
Bijaya Acharya
BijayaAcharya@ferris.edu
(231) 591-2838

Bijaya Acharya became a member of the IEP teaching team at Ferris in the fall of 2011. He got his first master's degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan University in Nepal.  He also has a second master's degree in TESOL from Winona State University in Minnesota. He taught at Little Angels' High School in Nepal for four years. Then, he taught for three years at the College of Business Management in Nepal. While working on his second master's degree, Bijaya was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and taught English as a second language.  He was a member of the Nepal English Language Teachers' Association (NELTA) and has done research on "Teaching Literature in a Language Classroom." He was awarded The Best Teacher of the year award in 2007 by the College of Business Management in Nepal.   Bijaya's hobbies include traveling, watching movies, meeting new people, and getting to know new cultures.

Faculty
Vickie Craig
VickieCraig@ferris.edu
(231) 591-5290
Vickie Craig is an Adjunct IEP Faculty. She has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia and has taught English to immigrants, refugees, and students of all ages. She wants to encourage international students and their families to experience and understand everyday life in the U.S. Vickie has also volunteered in many places. She served in the Peace Corps, and also used to volunteer at a clothing bank to help poor children get the clothes they need for school. She enjoys traveling in the U.S. and abroad, and in the summer, she likes to go sailing with her family.

Faculty
Daniel Goldner
DanielGoldner@ferris.edu
(231) 591-2838

Dan Goldner is an English as a Second Language (ESL) Faculty at Ferris. He got a bachelor's degree in English Education from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in ESL from the University of Hawaii. Before he came to Ferris State, he taught English for 5 years in Hawaii and for 3 years in Korea. He also taught English and world history in a junior high school in California for a year. Before Dan became an English teacher, he was a United States Marine. He is especially interested in ESL writing. Dan enjoys ice hockey, and he sometimes spends his time watching hockey games. He also used to play ice hockey when he was in graduate school and still enjoys skating.
Ghada Mahdi

Faculty
Ghada Mahdi
GhadaMahdi@ferris.edu
(231) 591-2450

Ghada has completed her doctoral degree in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education with a focus on language and culture learning from the University of South Dakota. She has also earned a English Language and Linguistics Master of Arts, as well as a English Language and Literature Bachelor of Arts from the University of Baghdad. She has been a published scholar and has participated in many professional presentations in the United States. Her most recent publications have focused on the global need for an inclusive philosophy, engaging learning communities for adults, and making people from all walks of life welcome and included. Ghada brings bicultural insights to teaching, having served as a professor of English as a foreign language in Iraq and Arabic language in the United States. Besides her teaching of English and linguistics courses, she has worked as an academic program coordinator.