Since 1993, Washington English Center, (formerly Language, Education, and Technology Center – Language ETC), a community-based program, has offered English and literacy training to low-income adult immigrants in the greater Washington area using volunteer teachers and tutors.


That all immigrants gain the education and support they need to build a better future for themselves and for their children.


Washington English Center’s mission is to provide excellent and affordable English classes and other educational programs to adult immigrants using volunteer teachers.


To provide high-quality educational services, access to technology, and life-skill programs to all low-income adult immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of ability to pay.



Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director   mlemp@washingtonenglish.org

Lee Griffith, Deputy Director   lgriffith@washingtonenglish.org

Emily Naber, Director of Curriculum and Instruction   enaber@washingtonenglish.org

Alyssa Jacobsen, Director of Volunteer Programs   ajacobsen@washingtonenglish.org

Dean Frutiger, Manager of Volunteers  dfrutiger@washingtonenglish.org

Claire Kevill, Employment Specialist   ckevill@washingtonenglish.org

Claudia Belloso, Weekend Office Manager   cbelloso@washingtonenglish.org

Clodoaldo Lopez, Weekday Office Manager   clopez@washingtonenglish.org

Flor Argueta, Assistant Office Manager  fargueta@washingtonenglish.org

Erin Ross, Program Assistant

Antonio Ricci, IT Coordinator   aricci@washingtonenglish.org

Karen Belloso, Computer Programs Manager   kbelloso@washingtonenglish.org



Amy F. Berger

Jennifer F. Browning, Treasurer

Mary Janice Dicello

Charles Dittrich

Susan Hattan, Secretary

Joseph Khoury

Stephanie G. Lawson, Vice-Chair

Bonnie Loeb

Carlos Martin

Thea Mason

Johanna Mendelson Forman

Diane Mooney

Karen Yudelson Sandler, Chair

Elizabeth Werner

Natalie Wexler


Aaron Garza, Chair
Katherine Rogers, Secretary
Laura Iglesias
Karen Feagin
Kate Maloney, Communications Committee Chair
Marie LeBlanc, Program Committee Chair
Bruce Hamilton
Jason McMahn
Emily Garvin, Development and Events Chair
Amanda Parker, Vice-Chair
Kelly Griffin
Alyssa Campagnoni
Jay Hoffman
Alex Lescroart
Patrick Urda
Caroline Renzulli
Milyeri Matthee



Pilar Laugel, Founding Director

Susanne K. Bennet

Ellen Bennet

Frances Butler

Karen DeSeve

Francis Dicello

Kathleen Hendrix

Robert Kanchuger, Esq.

Edward R.M. Kane

Alexia Kelley

Gerald Langan, Esq.

Phil Rizik

Fabian Rosado



Brock Brady – Chair, Education Programming and Training Specialist for the Peace Corps

MaryAnn Florez, Coordinator at Fairfax County Schools Adult ESOL

Nina Liakos, ESL Teacher at the International Language Institute at the University of Maryland

Donna Moss, Program Specialist, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP)

Sherry L. Steeley, Special Programs Instructor – Center for Language Education and Development, Georgetown University

Ashley Lipps, Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Linguistics



Our Lady Queen of the Americas

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

United Planning Organization


The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, www.ola.dc.gov

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, www.cafritzfoundation.org

The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, www.meyerfoundation.org

The Jovid Foundation, www.jovid.org

IDB-DC Solidarity Program of the Inter-American Development Bank, www.aidb.org

Clark Charitable Foundation, www.clarkenterprisesinc.com/community/charitable_foundation.com

The Acacia Foundation, www.acaciafoundation.org

The Corina Higginson Foundation

The Dana Foundation

The Herb Block Foundation, www.herbblockfoundation.org

Philip Graham Fund, plgrahamfund.org

El Tamarindo, eltamarindodc.com



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