Marilyn Guggenheim(Board President) - Marilyn grew up in southern California, where she wishes she had the chance at her K-5 school to learn Spanish WLI-style from her many classmates raised in bilingual families! She started studying Japanese in college, and learned some family history by living with her mother’s three sisters in their Tokyo childhood home. She taught Japanese language and literature at Montana State University for six years, and now enjoys sharing Japanese greetings and songs, memories of and trips to Tokyo, folk tales, anime, and origami with her two sons. Building true connection with people through interactive stories and ideas is one of her favorite pastimes.
Katie Wing (Vice President) - Katie Wing, is owner of The Loft Spa Downtown Bozeman. She brings a strong business sense, a commitment to mission-based endeavors, and a commitment and passion for language and cultural diversity to our community. We are so excited to have Katie on our board!
Bridget Kevane - Bridget is from Puerto Rico and a professor of Latino/a/x Studies at Montana State University. She teaches courses on the history, politics, and identities of Latinos in the United States and has published widely in the field. Bridget has long been active in Gallatin County working to create better services for the Latino population. She is a regular Humanities Montana speaker on Latinos in Montana and has partnered with non-profits in the valley address inequities present in the Latinx community.
Christina Clark - Christina is a Mandarin WLI-MT coach, and spent four years in Taiwan. She is passionate about early language and culture education. She brings her experiences in travel, communication and education learning to help support our WLI-MT mission of world language and culture k-5 access for all Bozeman Area students, including those in Belgrade and Gallatin County.
Drewry Hanes - “I am thrilled to be part of WLI-MT’s Board of Directors. After studying German and Spanish in school, I had the opportunity to use my skills working at a Lodge in Ecuador, and teaching Spanish to emergency personnel at a community college in North Carolina. My undergraduate degree was completed at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where I studied KiSwahili & Zulu as part of my African Studies and Social Anthropology degrees, leading me to work in health research in Africa. During my later work as a nurse in New York and a Nurse Practitioner in Montana, I relied on my language skills to provide quality care to patients. I am excited to help create an avenue for all Montanans to benefit from the opportunities languages bring into their lives."
Brigitte Morris - Brigitte was born and raised in France. She earned a Master’s in Sociology-Anthropology at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, just before moving to Bozeman. One year after her settling in Bozeman, she fulfilled a personal desire and a community demand to share her French culture and heritage. She shared her passion and dedicated her time to teaching the French Language and Culture through creative processes. She founded a chapter of the Alliance Française in 1990 and rented a room in the newly transformed Emerson Center where she taught French and offered many cultural activities. Few years later, she opened Alliance Française’s doors to the teaching of other foreign languages and run successfully AF- Bozeman International Language School, which offered French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese classes to hundreds of adults in the Bozeman community for about 30 years. It was an excellent way to respond to a multi-cultural and multi lingual niche in the Bozeman community and to use efficiently her space at the Emerson. Brigitte’s goals and AF mission have always been to promote communication in a variety of languages and foster friendly relations with people around the world. While making AF a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization as it is a worldwide non-profit organization, she was also implementing and teaching French in all the elementary schools in Bozeman and Belgrade with the support of school principals and an eager community to see children learn foreign languages at an earlier age. At the time, it was difficult to make it a mandatory discipline. She is pleased that the World Language Initiative has worked hard to make it possible and to offer many foreign languages in the Bozeman Schools. Her other professional experiences include teaching French language and theatre at MSU for over 25 years as well as seminars with the Honors College and the College of Letters and Science. She taught one school year in a rural high school in Newcastle, Maine (in 2015-2016). She also likes to sub occasionally in Bozeman High School. In June 2016, she received a Master’s in Education from MSU and continues teaching French at MSU and in the community, implementing communicative approaches, engaging learning, and best practices that she adapts according to her students’ ‘background’ and needs... She is pleased to see WLI continue what she has built in the Bozeman community and to support it wholeheartedly offering her expertise and energy to help it grow stronger and lending a hand or two where ever it is needed.