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.
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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.”
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 Golf 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 to the military. In 2012 Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s Degree at SIU in Information Systems, graduating cum laude and 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.
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Alexander Nagy received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and his Master of Science and Education in Higher Education 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. He has a passion for working with international students and helping them succeed in U.S. higher education. In his free time, he loves to explore the many historically rich sites and nature in Southern Illinois, cook, and travel.
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Special Groups Graduate Assistant
Rachel has lived in Carbondale since 2000, when she came to SIU as a freshman. She has a B.S. Degree in Aviation Management and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA), and is now working towards her Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has always loved languages, cultures and meeting people from around the world, and she enjoys practicing her Spanish and Chinese with friends and family. For fun, Rachel and her husband like to go hiking and camping with their dog. She is also a huge Disney fan, and you will often find her wearing Disney-related outfits.
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Student Activities Coordinator Graduate Assistant
Megan Benitone is from Herrin, Illinois and graduated in 2018 from McKendree University with a degree in Educational Studies specializing in Social Sciences and History. She is now a graduate student at SIUC studying outdoor recreation. While she is pursuing her master's, she is a graduate assistant working as the Student Activities Coordinator for CESL. In her free time, Megan loves to hike and learn new things like longboarding and sewing.
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Conversation Partners Graduate Assistant
Alysh is from Kewanee, Illinois. She is a 2018 graduate from Eastern Illinois University where she received a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Alysh is pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences at SIU. She hopes to one day be a school speech-language pathologist in the Southern Illinois area. In her free time, Alysh enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with friends, and staying active.
Social Media Advertising Graduate Assistant
Soheil is from Tehran, capital city of Iran. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 2013 from the School of Media Studies at Tehran and then he moved to Turkey where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Journalism from Gazi University, Ankara. Now, Soheil is a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Arts at SIUC. Soheil has a dream of being a well-known researcher in communication studies with a focus on social media. In his free time, Soheil enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and meeting new people.
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Vlad moved to the Unites States from Burgas, Bulgaria on his 14th birthday. Before he attained his Associate in Science degree from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, he taught English and Early Childhood Development classes in Guangzhou, China. He’s currently pursuing two degrees at SIU – a B.S. in Fermentation Science and a B.A. in Languages, Cultures, and International Studies with a specialization in Classics. He is bridging the gap between these very different fields of study with the new Ancient Practices Minor. His interests include brewing, ancient languages, and board games. In his free time, Vlad likes to research new beers, write articles about burgers, play Dungeons & Dragons, and hang out with his two pet rabbits.