Eric Wirth, President
Assistant Dean for Admissions, SIT Graduate Institute
Eric joined the ILI Board in 2012. In his position as Assistant Dean for Admissions at the SIT Graduate Institute, he provides leadership and oversight of the admissions policies, procedures, records and strategic communications practices for prospective students, applicants and enrolling students for SIT’s Study Abroad and the International Honors Programs of World Learning. Eric supervises the admissions team responsible for application review, pre-departure preparation, and visa procurement for new students, while also overseeing outreach to prospective applicants.
Having worked in the field of education abroad for the last decade, Eric has held roles as an admissions counselor, program manager, resident director, Spanish and English language instructor, and associate director at various study abroad and university programs. A graduate of UMass-Amherst, Eric holds a M.A. in applied Hispanic linguistics, a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in hotel, restaurant and travel administration. He has lived and worked extensively in Spain, with travel experience in Canada, Czech Republic, Cuba, England, France, Greece, Morocco, Serbia, Vietnam and Singapore.
When not basking in the great satisfaction that comes from working at a mission-driven institution like World Learning, Eric enjoys languages, technology, traveling and spending time at his home in Easthampton.
Amelia Mosley, Treasurer
Owner of Mii.Inc
Amelia has served on the Board since May 2014. She is the owner and Senior Consultant for Mii.Inc, a personal branding agency she started in 2009 to help students and young professionals develop their personal brand by gaining knowledge of multicultural competency, business etiquette and marketing strategies. Amelia holds a degree from Smith College, where she began exploring the use of international business etiquette practices along with key concepts of marketing and branding for diverse groups of professionals. She has traveled to western Africa, Europe, Canada, and all over the United States to gain and help offer a broader perspective on ways to achieve leverage in the global economy.
In her spare time, Amelia enjoys writing children’s books, giving atypical protagonists a powerful voice. She also serves on the board of directors for the YWCA of Greater Springfield. She lives in Northampton
Michele Spring-Moore, Clerk
Solidago Foundation, Northampton
Michele joined the ILI Board in 2015, after studying Spanish in the evening World Languages Program since 2011, occasionally guest lecturing in Spanish classes at Hampshire College, and tutoring several students in ILI’s Intensive English and Free English programs. Since 2006, she has worked in grants management at Solidago Foundation, a small family philanthropy supporting grassroots social and political justice organizing by and for immigrant, low-income and people-of-color communities across the United States.
Michele holds a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in creative writing. She has edited and written for magazines and newspapers and taught expository and creative writing at the undergraduate level. She has traveled in Canada, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay and Ireland.
Michele lives in Northampton.
Director of Global Education, Hampshire College
Katie joined the ILI Board in 2012. She received her B.A. in French from Dickinson College, her M.A. in teaching from Fairfield University, and her M.A. in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro.
Katie came to Hampshire College in 2007, as Assistant Director of Campus Internationalization in the Global Education Office. In 2011, she became director of the Global Education Office, overseeing the international initiatives and daily operations of the Office.
Prior to her work at Hampshire College, Katie was a French/Spanish language teacher and worked, studied, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, specifically in France and Italy. She speaks French, Italian and Spanish.
Katie makes her home in Northampton
Philanthropy Officer, Baystate Health Foundation
Markus joined the ILI Board in February 2017. Over the past decade, he has worked in the fundraising and foundation world, including four years with the United Way of South Mississippi (Gulfport, MS), two years with the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation (Hattiesburg, MS), and three years with the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation (Lexington, VA). In 2016, he accepted the position of Philanthropy Officer at Baystate Health Foundation in Springfield, MA, where he manages corporate and individual donor relationships.
Markus has significant experience in identifying and recruiting individual and business donors, training development personnel, and developing and carrying out major fundraising campaigns – including events and community outreach. His commitment to community building is exemplified by his work with United Way of South Mississippi where he led United Way projects to rehab/rebuild homes and local nonprofit offices throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and provided United Way volunteer management support along the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Markus holds a BA in advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife live in Northampton.
Deanne joined the Board in 2014. She is a former high school teacher (B.A.–history and English; M.A.–history and English, emphasis on linguistics) turned communications professional, who held research and management positions with local non-profit groups and the state public utilities commission in Idaho, a national environmental organization in Washington, DC, and a public water district in California. She launched her own business in Washington, DC and Vermont as a consultant for several national environmental non-profit groups and governmental entities, including Smithsonian Institution’s Biological Diversity Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. She also consulted with two Presidential commissions focused on environmental issues.
Deanne became an instant supporter of ILI’s mission and work after attending her first ILI “Giving Voice” event in 2013, and she enjoys giving back to ILI students, staff and Pioneer Valley communities through service on ILI’s Board. She resides in Northampton.
Community Development Specialist, Easthampton Bank
Harry joined the ILI Board in 2016. His long-time experience in the private sector includes work in his home country of Puerto Rico and in the eastern United States, primarily western Massachusetts. His many responsibilities have included management positions with emphasis on human resources, safety, and business development.
A true entrepreneur, Harry owned and managed a café in Puerto Rico and his own counseling firm, specializing in business expansion and business start-ups. He also founded the Western Massachusetts Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Harry earned a B.A. in business administration (minor in computer programming) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. He is certified in a number of fields, including readiness training, credit counseling, computer operations, and anti-terrorism planning. He lives in Westfield.
Penny has served on the ILI Board since 2013. She retired as Director of Educator Licensure Programs at the Collaborative for Educational Services, which provides graduate level courses, practical supervision, and a Master’s program in collaboration with Fitchburg State University for teachers and administrators seeking state certification. In that role, she provided leadership and oversight for the financial, programmatic, and administrative aspects of the program.
Prior to her tenure at the Collaborative, Penny served as Director of Human Resources at several large organizations, including MassMutual and Wellpoint Health Services. She also held the position of Assistant Professor of Public Health at UMass-Amherst and worked in the field of community mental health for many years.
Over the years, Penny and her husband have hosted many international students, and she continues in her role as mentor for foreign students attending UMass. Penny received her B.S. degree in psychology from Simmons College, her M.S. in psychology from Connecticut State University, and her Ed.D. in organization development from UMass-Amherst. In her retirement, she enjoys yoga, walking, reading and exercise classes, as well as time with family and especially grandchildren. She lives in Amherst
In her retirement, Penny enjoys yoga, walking, reading and exercise classes, as well as time with family and especially grandchildren.
Aimee Furaha Salmon
Student at Greenfield Community College (Health Sciences)
Aimee joined the Board in 2016. She is the former Administrator of CAMME DRC, a non-profit organization that helps youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) live a future free of exploitation. She holds a three-year degree in development management from Institut Superieur d’Informatique de Gestion in the DRC. Her high school education at Bangu Institute (City of Bukavu, DRC) emphasized administration and accounting.
Aimee is currently enrolled in the health science program at Greenfield Community College (GCC), where she is working on an Associate Degree. Her goal is to eventually earn a degree in medicine and work directly with non-profit organizations focused on access to health care for impoverished people around the world.
A student in ILI Intensive English Program during 2014, Aimee is now the volunteer leader of the school’s Intercultural Club., which meets once a week and is open to the public. She resides in Northampton with her husband Chris Salmon and their two-year-old son C.J.