Senior Director of Executive and Custom Language Programs
Alicia draws from a diverse and international background in the field of language and intercultural communications. After earning a B.A. in International Studies in 1991, she went on to study French Language and Civilization at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she remained for several years teaching professional English for a Swiss government institution and the banking sector. Upon returning to the United States, Alicia received an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2003, a degree that took her to Beijing to work on international education for the University of California-Riverside. She returned to the Monterey Institute in 2006 to teach advanced-level English to MA students in the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, where she also taught professional English to diplomats and executives and acted as program coordinator for the English for Diplomats professional program. In 2007, she became the Director of Executive and Custom Language Programs at the Monterey Institute, a position which she holds today. As the Monterey Institute has transitioned and changed its name to the Middlebury Institute, Alicia has continued to play a key role in the development and strategic planning of the Institute’s executive language and cross-cultural programs.
For Alicia, there is deep gratification in seeing students hone their language skills and make meaningful contributions in the world. Learning a language, she believes, is one of the most dedicated ways of showing one’s true commitment to cross-cultural understanding and social tolerance.