Chief Executive Officer
Sharon joins Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments from Cambridge English, where she started in 2003 as development manager for Latin America, promoting the Cambridge exams across the continent. Her most recent position was director of Cambridge Exams Publishing, a joint venture with Cambridge University Press, where she managed the production and marketing of the official preparation and practice materials for the Cambridge English exams. She has a BA (Hons) in Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Southampton, an MA from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from the University of Nottingham. Sharon has a strong track record in business and market development.
Professional Partnerships Director
Barbara leads CaMLA’s work in the area of stakeholder relations and global recognition, developing new partnerships and supporting existing ones. As a member of the senior management team, she contributes to the development of strategies and projects to promote CaMLA and its products and services. She has published in the areas of language testing and English for academic purposes, presented her assessment-related research at various international conferences, and served on executive boards of ILTA and MwALT. While always principally a language tester, she has also taught writing to both native and nonnative English speakers at the university level. She is an author of the ESL reading textbooks Choice Readings and Reader’s Choice (now in its 5th edition).
Stakeholder Relationships Lead
Alexis is responsible for human resources and business development tasks and oversees the customer service and test administration team at CaMLA. She earned her BS in psychology, MBA in management, and a graduate certificate in human resources management. Alexis is currently studying marketing. Prior to working CaMLA, Alexis spent ten years in the newspaper industry with roles in customer service, editorial, advertising, accounting, and human resources.
Ed develops and reviews test items for all CaMLA tests, provides feedback to freelance consultants, and assists in compiling assessments. He holds a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University, where he taught in the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines for five years. At Cornell, Ed designed a seminar that helps native and nonnative speakers improve their written English skills by applying basic linguistic analysis to develop their own authorial style. Ed is also an alumnus of the University of Michigan, where he earned a BA in linguistics and classical languages & literatures.
Susan supports test development by scoring, reviewing, and compiling tests. Before coming to CaMLA, Susan taught in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and freelanced for local, state, and national assessments.
Nic’s role focuses on quality assurance measures for the writing portions of our test programs. This includes, among other things, reviewing scoring procedures, making sure rater training materials closely follow scoring specifications, and using statistics to monitor test task performance and rater performance, all of which is necessary for reliable scoring of test takers’ writing. Nic received a BA in Italian at Indiana University and an applied linguistics MA at University of Illinois–Chicago. Before working with CaMLA, Nic did a summer internship at CaMLA, but spent the academic year working as an assessment coordinator at an intensive English program at public university in the American Southwest.
Patrick collects, analyzes, and interprets a wide variety of data for CaMLA. He is responsible for the administration reports and technical reports for each test program. He also helps conduct research investigations and statistical data analyses to support claims about CaMLA products. Patrick has a BA in mathematics from Mercyhurst University in Erie Pennsylvania and an MS in mathematics, focusing on statistics, from the University of Toledo. His current research activities include DIF and SEM investigations of CaMLA tests.
Brent reviews test items, compiles tests, and coordinates freelance activities. Before joining CaMLA, he spent four years as part of the Balance Massage Therapy team where he served as lead trainer and project manager. Brent holds a BA in English from Kent State University and an MA in linguistics from Eastern Michigan University, where he focused his studies on narrative analysis.
Stephen contributes to the content development for all CaMLA tests and helps manage CaMLA’s quality assurance and test development processes and procedures. His experience includes teaching EFL in South Korea and ESL in New York. He has worked as a test developer of high-stakes standardized tests for more than ten years, including work on K–12 assessments for English language learners and three years at the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute. Stephen holds a BA from Providence College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a PhD candidate in the second language acquisition program at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Sharon is responsible for coordinating constructed-response quality assurance activities, compiling test forms, and reviewing test items. She is active in both speaking test development and speaking examiner training and also serves as a senior evaluator for the GSI OET at the University of Michigan. She holds a BA in Spanish from Western Michigan University and an MA in linguistics from Oakland University. Prior to working for CaMLA, Sharon taught ESL for several years to adults from a variety of language backgrounds. She was also an administrator in an intensive English program and an EFL instructor in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Renée reviews test items, compiles exams, scores constructed responses, and works with the social media team. She is also a junior evaluator for the GSI OET at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies and cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, and she holds MAs in Arabic for professional purposes and TESOL. She worked for CaMLA in 2010–2011 before moving to Oman to teach English. Prior to returning to CaMLA in 2015, she taught ESL at the University of Michigan Dearborn and Washtenaw Community College.
Rachele manages the development of content for all testing programs. She also trains freelance item writers, and participates in the development of new assessments. She spent twelve years working in universities and educational publishing companies in Japan and South Korea, including six years as a Visiting Associate Professor at Hokkaido University. In the United States, she has experience running ESL programs for adults and has been involved in graduate business school admissions. Rachele holds a BA from the University of Missouri and an EdM from Harvard University.
Kate creates multimedia and graphical assets used in CaMLA assessments, marketing, and training materials. She manages CaMLA’s Social Media outlets and digital advertising initiatives. She is interested in computer-based testing and use of multimedia in training, testing, and product promotion. Prior to joining CaMLA in 2005, she spent ten years working in tech, finance, and higher education as a web designer and content specialist. Outside of work she has many interests, but some favorites are science fiction, gardening, watercolor painting, gourmet cooking, and lapidary.
Customer Service Associate
Maria works with test orders, incoming test papers and scan files, test results, certificate distribution, payments, and inquiries. She also schedules Graduate Student Instructor Oral English Tests (GSI OETs) at the University of Michigan and issues score reports for the oral English test. Prior to working at CaMLA, Maria served for ten years as MELAB coordinator and for seven years as ECPE coordinator.
Customer Service Associate
Eric oversees the day to day functions of Operations at CaMLA. He’s been with CaMLA going on ten years now. Prior to working with CaMLA, Eric was a freelance writer and editor. He received his master’s degree in American and British literature from Kansas State University and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University.
Amanda oversees test administration, finance, multimedia, human resources, and facilities for CaMLA. She has a masters in accounting and is an associate CPA member. During her career she has had expanding responsibilities in human resources and operations. Prior to working for CaMLA, Amanda’s experience included primarily accounting and financial roles in both private and public hospitals as well as academic institutions.
JP oversees many of the final production stages of CaMLA’s products, such as the printing of booklets and marketing materials and the creation of test CDs. He wears several other hats as well, helping to design marketing, editing test audio, managing mass email communications (MailChimp!), and creating production schedules. Every winter, he wishes there was a steep mountain in Ann Arbor.