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Daniel Ward believes that everyone deserves the opportunities that languages offer – be they immigrants building a new life, business people closing a deal, ex-enemies en route to reconciliation, strangers breaking cultural boundaries, or teenagers making new friends. He was educated in the UK, Canada, Spain, and France, and received an Honors Degree in Modern Languages with International Studies specializing in European Integration. After teaching English in Spain, he joined the EL (English Language) Gazette in London, UK, where he became executive editor, and was behind the launch of Language Travel Magazine and the ELT Guide.In addition to his work in language publishing, Daniel has lectured and written training programs on financial regulation, and was press officer for the World Chess Championships 2000 between Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, where he supervised the live, online streaming of the event to more than a million simultaneous users – a record at the time.
Book Reviews Editor: Karen Russikoff, Ph.D.
Karen is the Coordinator of the undergraduate credit ESL program as well as the graduate TESL Program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She holds two Master’s degrees, in English and in TESL, and a PH.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of Southern California. She is currently the College/University level chair on the CATESOL State Board. She has worked and taught abroad in Asia and Europe, and her research interests include issues related to ESL composition, including plagiarism as a cross-cultural phenomenon, assessment, and oral proficiency.
Last Laugh: Richard Lederer
With more than a million of his books in print, Richard Lederer (aka the Wizard of Idiom, Attila the Pun, and Conan the Grammarian) is America’s “Super-duper Blooper Snooper.” Richard’s weekly radio show “A Way With Words,” celebrates “that tremendous, stupendous, end-over-endous adventure we call language.”
Advertising Director: Emma Sutton
Having worked at one of Milan’s top fashion houses, Emma decided to use her fluent Italian in toursim and joined British Airways flight crew. Over the next few years, she had the opportunity to literally travel the world before she decided that southern California was the place for her.
Far from the rainy skies of London, Emma relishes the outdoor life of her new home. She rides horses and enjoys the Topanga Canyon or Malibu areas in her spare time.
Advertising Executive: Vera Wanes
Vera was born in Lebanon and came to the U.S when she was a year old and lived in California ever since. She provides Language Magazine with an expertise in Arabic, Armenian, Spanish and Syriac. Her passion for languages and her enthusiasm in being a people person has brought her to the sales field. She enjoys the outdoors and dancing to salsa music.
Assistant Editor: Kristal Bivona
Kristal Bivona received her B.A. from San Diego State University and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. A former EFL instructor, Kristal has lived in Tijuana, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and La Plata, Argentina, where she ran a bilingual creative writing workshop as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She speaks Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and is learning French. Kristal enjoys traveling, live music, literary translation and cooking with family and friends.
Contributing Editor: Kate Sommers-Dawes
Kate studied Communications at Northwestern University, where she was involved in the theater community and a tutoring program for elementary students living in transitional housing, but mostly just tried to survive Chicago’s subzero temperatures. Prior to her current position, she worked as a foreign language educator and at a globally recognized research center. Kate provides Langage Magazine with an expertise in French, is learning Spanish, and unabashedly worships the novels of William Faulkner.
Contributing Editor: Christine Tsai
Christine graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in both English and dance and a M.A. in teaching. Like any writer/editor should, she has an insane passion for books and reading. She also loves to travel and recently completed a 3-month internship in Beijing, China, writing and editing for a travel company before joining the staff of Language Magazine.
Creative Director: Gregory van Zuyen
Gregory is an award-winning art director and idiot savant who believes appliances have souls. While gifted in computers, he has limited language skills and is not allowed to answer the phones.
He is said to teach digital publishing at Santa Monica College, but we have our doubts as to the authenticity of his actual whereabouts most of the time. We’re pretty sure he is harmless.