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Bill Hellriegel

Office: Faner 3238
Phone: 618-453-2265

Bill Hellriegel received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona, where he also completed his master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. He has worked in the field of language education for 25 years, in both teaching and administrative capacities, and has experience in both the public and private sectors.

Bill spent the first eight years of his career outside the U.S, working two years in Spain and six years in Japan. After returning to the U.S, he spent a number of years at the University of California and then at the University of Minnesota. He has published and presented extensively. Bill is fluent in Spanish and in Japanese, and he also has proficiency in both German and Portuguese.

His research interests include teacher effectiveness, student success, and student choice of school. Bill loves spending time with his family, exercising, reading, and traveling. He became CESL's Director in January 2017.


Assistant Director

Elisa Hunt

Office: Faner 3240
Phone: 618-453-2265
Fax: 618-453-6527

Elisa Hummer received her bachelor’s degree in speech language pathology from Indiana University and her master’s degree in applied linguistics from Ohio University. She has 17 years of teaching and administrative experience in programs within the U.S. and overseas. From the tropics to the desert to the tundra, she has worked at a variety of institutions, including North Dakota State University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Dubai Women’s College and Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute in Ukraine.

Elisa served as an English Language Fellow on a grant from the U.S. Department State in eastern Ukraine. She has presented at multiple international conferences, including TESOL, TESOL-Ukraine, and numerous conferences in the United Arab Emirates. Her professional interests focus mainly on second language literacy issues: spelling, miscue analysis, and writing transfer. In the classroom, she enjoys developing games and activities. Her hobbies include traveling (28 countries so far) and spending time with her family.


Education Coordinator

Lilia A. Angel-Post

Office: Faner 3241
Phone: 618-453-6470

Lilia Angel-Post joined the CESL team in fall 2014. Lili serves as the adviser, admissions officer, and immigration specialist at CESL. She is a native of Colombia but has called the United States home since her undergraduate years. Lili first came to SIU to pursue a degree in architecture, but her experience as a student worker for the International Students and Scholars office instilled in her a love for International Education. Since then, she has worked with international populations in many capacities, from medical interpretation, to migrant education, to teaching English/Spanish to speakers of other languages. Lilia now holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She continues to grow as a professional by helping with recruiting trips, serving as the adviser for the Latin American Students Association, and participating in the many professional workshops offered by the National Association of Foreign Students Advisors (NAFSA), as a speaker or as a learner. Lilia loves SIU and Carbondale, and she continues to work hard to help the university advance its mission to “shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.”


Accounting Staff

Rhonda Radcli

Office: Faner 3243

Rhonda Radford Joined the CESL family as part of the Accounting Staff in April 2018. Rhonda earned her Associate degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from John A. Logan College in 1993. After graduation, she started her accounting career at Crab Orchard Gold Club and worked there for 15 years as the office manager. She became a part of Southern Illinois University in July 2006 after her two children Jamie and Jimmie graduated from high school and went on to College and the military. In 2012 Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s Degree at SIU in Information Systems graduating cum laude specializing in computer programming but her true work passion is her accounting career. Her current interest includes preparing for retirement and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.


Front Desk Graduate Assistant

Milena is from Chicago suburb, Des Plaines. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she obtained her Bachelor's of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science. Milena is currently pursuing her Master's of Science degree at SIU in Communication Disorders and Sciences with the goal of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her free time, Milena enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and getting to know the Carbondale area.


Special Groups Coordinator

Alex Nagy

Office: Faner 3242
Phone: 618-453-2265

Alexander Nagy received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from SIU and is now a Master of Science Education candidate in the Higher Education Program at SIU. In the summer of 2017, Alex spent eight weeks doing archaeology at the historic French Fort Kaskaskia in Chester, Illinois, where the archaeology team disproved what historians previously thought about the fort. In his free time, he loves to explore the many historically rich sites and nature in Southern Illinois.


Front Desk Graduate Assistant
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Erin grew up on a farm in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Now, Erin is a graduate student pursuing her Master's in Communication Disorders and Sciences at SIU. Her interests include traveling, trying new things, snowboarding, and spending time with family friends.