The leadership of the English Language Testing Society (ELTSociety) is made up of members from all walks of life — from teachers and directors, to research analysts and more. Our Board of Trustees is here to support the community, ignite insightful conversation and are always committed to responsible governance in the fulfillment of the ELTSociety mission.
Dr. A. Clive Roberts
Princeton Global Education Consulting
Dr. Eddy White
University of Arizona - CESL
and English Programs
University of California, Davis
Toshin High School
Dr. Amy D. Yamashiro
U.S. Department of Education
In-Times-In Co. Ltd. in Seoul Korea
Dr. Parandeh Kia
Defense Language Institute
Dr. Michael Burri
University of Wollongong - Australia
Dr. Christine Coombe
Dubai Men's College
Perry Akins is chairman and co-founder of iTEP International, headquartered in Canoga Park, California. iTEP International, LLC develops and markets internet-based English language assessments catering to high schools, colleges, Intensive English Programs and businesses. Prior to iTEP, Perry was president of ELS Language Centers for 30 years and retired from that position when the company was sold to Berlitz. In addition to serving on several corporate and advisory boards, Perry is also an active member of Rotary International and a an active advocate within the ESL and International Education fields.
Dr. A. Clive Roberts is President of Princeton Global Education Consulting, and Advisor with H2 Performance Consulting. In the recent past, he oversaw Oral Test Rater training for the Federal Court Interpreter Examination for English/Spanish- Spanish/English. He served as Director and Vice President of Assessment, Analysis & Research at ELS Educational Services. He was also Executive Director of Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI) in Princeton, NJ and Rockville, MD, where he led the design, development, and implementation of a broad spectrum of second language tests, including a high-stakes computer-adaptive English test.
Dr. Michael Burri is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL in the School of Education at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia. He has taught and conducted research in a variety of contexts in Australia, Japan, and Canada. His professional interests include pronunciation teaching, second language teacher education, teacher-based assessment, context-sensitive and innovative pedagogy, and non-native English-speaking teacher (NNEST) issues. Michael served as TESOL’s Speech Pronunciation Listening Interest Section Chair (2012-13); in 2015 he was the recipient of the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues; and in 2019 he was awarded the MAK Halliday Prize for Outstanding Research in Applied Linguistics.
Dr Sahbi Hidri is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia. Recently, he joined the Higher College of Technology, Abu Dhabi, Women’s College, Faculty of Education, the UAE, where he serves as Senior Specialist-Assessment. Previously, he worked for four years in KSA at the English Language Institute, University of Jeddah, as head of assessment, two years and a half in Oman (Colleges of Applied Sciences & the Humanities Research Centre at Sultan Qaboos University). Dr Hidri is the local chair of LTRC Conference, Tunisia, 2020. He is also the founder of Tunisia TESOL and the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics. His research interests include language assessment, testing and evaluation, assessment literacy, item analysis, test-taking strategies, statistics, measurement, specs validation of the language skills, SLA and dynamic assessment. His work has appeared in some TESOL publications such as TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Multilingual Research, Language Testing in Asia, where he served as editor along with other journals. Along with these articles, Dr Hidri has edited some books on assessment, evaluation, ELT research practices published by TESOL Arabia Publications, Springer and Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. Kia holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master of International Administration from the School for International Training. She is an alumni of Univeristy of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dan Lesho is the Senior Director of International Pathway and English Programs at the University of California, Davis, Continuing and Professional Education – International. Previous to his position at UC Davis, Dan was the Executive Vice President at iTEP International, where he was responsible for the oversight of daily operations, new test development, and research. Prior to joining iTEP, Dan was the director of the Cal Poly English Language Institution (CPELI) on the campus of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). During his eight years as CPELI director, Dan and his team secured the school’s initial accreditation with the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and instituted Cal Poly Pomona’s visiting international student program. Prior to joining CPELI, Dan was an adjunct professor in the Modern Languages, Literature & Culture Department at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and an instructor in the International Fellows Program at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dan earned a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Simmons College in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in history from Providence College in Rhode Island. Dan has overseas English language instruction experience in Korea and Japan , including positions at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and Tokai University in Nagoya, Japan.
Eddy has been a teacher trainer since 2009, which has included publishing, presenting, and teaching courses about assessment, and promoting assessment literacy in the profession. His most recent publications include co-editing the following books: Handbook of Research on Assessment Literacy and Teacher-made Testing in the Language Classroom (2019), and Classroom Assessment: Challenges, Choices and Consequences (2020).
Tetsuya Yasukochi has worked as an English teacher for 30 years at Toshin High School, which is one of the biggest online education networks in Japan. He is also the representative director at the Practical English Promotion Systems Foundation, which he established. Tetsuya worked as a government advisory panel member for English education reform. He has published over 100 books about learning English, some of which have been translated and published in other Asian countries.
Tetsuya Yasukochi graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo and has worked as an English teacher for 30 years at Toshin High School, which is one of the biggest online education networks in Japan.
Amy D. Yamashiro, EdD, is an Education Research Analyst within the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD), Office of the Chief Data Officer (OCDO) which serves the Office of the Secretary. Prior to this role, she was a Statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), serving as Special Assistant to the Acting Commissioner and the Associate Commissioner of the Assessment Division at NCES. Dr. Yamashiro’s key responsibilities included serving as the point-person for the achievement levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Prior to this, as Data Coordinator for the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families (APCYF), Dr. Yamashiro collected, analyzed, and reported data on the status of children, youth, and families, including health behaviors, attitudes, and needs. Similarly, as Accountability Analyst for Alexandria City Public Schools, she assessed programs and curriculum as applied within the school division.
Other prior roles include working as a Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to support NCES and NAEP, as a Research Director at Pearson Clinical Assessments conducting research to develop assessments and intervention curricula specifically designed for special needs students, and as the Lead Researcher at the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute overseeing research and development of two large-scale international Certificate Test Programs designed to assess English language proficiency. She began her educational career teaching English at the Osaka YMCA International High School and then at undergraduate and graduate level at the Keio University’s Shonan-Fujisawa Campus in Japan. Dr. Yamashiro earned her doctoral degree in education at Temple University, an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training, and a BA in Psychology from Yale. Dr. Yamashiro has published numerous articles and edited several volumes on English language learners and language assessment, and has presented at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences.
Yong-Hoon Lee is Chairman and Founder of In-Times-In Co. Ltd. in Seoul Korea. The business divisions include (1) One-Stop Prep, (2) SPA, (3) SPEP) and (4) 100 Classics. These divisions prepare students to take standardized tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, iTEP and their own tests for evaluating English language proficiency. They also test businessmen from top Korean Corporations including Hyundai, Kia, Mobis, DAELIM and LS, developing courses which evaluate the English language skills of employees. They offer a wide range of courses for preparing Korean high school students and university students to take standardized tests required to apply to U.S. high schools and universities. For 18 years he was CEO of The Princeton Review of Korea.
He is a Director of many Korean organizations including, The Foreign Language Education Council of Korea, The Korean Special Olympic Association, The Foreign Language Education Council of the Korean Association of Hakwan, The Vice-Chairman of,’The Korea University’ Alumni Association.
Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of General Studies at Dubai Men’s College. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of various publications including; Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); and co-editor in, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP), among many more.
Christine has lived and worked in the Gulf for the past 27 years. In this capacity, she has served as the President and Conference Chair of one of the largest TESOL affiliates in the world and is the founder and co-chair of its Testing Special Interest Group.
During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. She served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013). Dr Coombe is the 2018 recipient of the James E. Alatis Award which recognizes exemplary service to TESOL.
Moroni Flake is CEO of English3, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. English3’s mission is to increase access to higher education around the world through accurate, affordable, and convenient online English proficiency instruction and assessment. English3 began in 2006, emphasizing quality in ESL instruction for businesses, universities, secondary education, and non-profit organizations. Today, English3 focuses on provided online English tests for J-1 exchange visitors and international students. Prior to English3, Moroni worked as a consultant for EdTech companies throughout the United States.