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Meet Our Staff

Rose Honegger, Ph.D.
Director
 
Phone: 337.482.6819
 
Responsibilities:

• F-1 and J-1 immigration advising (PDSO, RO)
• OPT and CPT authorization
• Intensive English Program administration

Rose Honegger has been the Director of the Office of International Affairs and the Intensive English Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since 2004. Prior to joining UL Lafayette, Rose taught at the Intensive English Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Linguistics Department at the National University of Malaysia. She works closely with all international students to facilitate graduation and a successful transition to graduate programs or pursuit of careers.


Megan Lachaussee Miller
Assistant Director

Phone: 337.482.6819
 
Responsibilities:
• F-1 and J-1 immigration advising (DSO, ARO)
• SEVIS I-20 and DS-2019 document management
• Intensive English Program administration
 
 
Megan Lachaussee Miller is a 2002 graduate of UL Lafayette's College of Education with a B.S. in English Secondary Education and a 2011 graduate of the M.S. Communication program. Her thesis research was dedicated to post-secondary recruitment of international students. She has worked at the University since 2008 and enjoys assisting Ragin' Cajuns from all over the world.
 

Katie Louviere
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 337.482.6819
 
Responsibilities:

• SEVIS I-20 travel endorsement (DSO, ARO)
• Full-time letter requests
• OPT & CPT processing

 

A native of Lafayette, Katie Louviere graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Political Science from UL Lafayette. During her time at the University, she enjoyed working in the Department of Facilities Management, as well as, other departments on campus. She loves the spirited atmosphere throughout campus and enjoys interacting with students, faculty and staff.


Sara Beth Ferguson, Ph.D. - Acting Coordinator (Fall I 2017)
ESL Specialist

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
Responsibilities:

• Coffee Talk
• IEP newsletter
• Curriculum Development (Grammar and LSP)

 

Sara Beth grew up in the farmlands of Georgia, and has lived, studied, and worked in many regions of the United States, including the frozen North, the deserts of the Southwest, and now the Louisiana swamp. She first became interested in ESL while taking a course in comparative linguistics and creative translation at the University of Michigan. She earned her PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016. When she isn’t teaching, Sara Beth enjoys reading in hammocks, hiking, looking at things through microscopes and telescopes, and studying the integration of creative writing practices in ESL instruction.


Erin Holden
ESL Specialist

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
Responsibilities:

• IEP newsletter
• Math vocabulary class
• Curriculum Development (Reading)

Erin Holden graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a M.A. in English in 2011 and has a B.A. in Mass Communications. She has taught at UL Lafayette, LSU Eunice, and the South Louisiana Community College Adult Education program where she helped students pass the HiSET exam. Erin loves learning about the rich and varied cultures of her students at the IEP, and she enjoys traveling, reading, and writing short stories in her spare time.


Brandt Snook
ESL Specialist

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
Responsibilities:

• Social Media
• Extracurricular Programming
• Curriculum Development (Writing)

Originally from Michigan, Brandt moved to Louisiana in 2011 to pursue a Master’s degree in Rhetoric & Composition. While working in the English Department’s Writing Center, he discovered an interest in ESL studies by working with international students. Brandt enjoys road trips and local festivals, and can usually be found at UL’s pool swimming laps.


Tara Branch
Teacher

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
 
 
 
 

Tara Branch is originally from Lafayette and has a background in Marketing and Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and is currently working on her TEFL certification.  After working for 3 years, she decided to teach abroad in Italy and Spain during the summers of 2016 and 2017.  She has traveled to countries in Western Europe, Costa Rica and islands in the Caribbean.


Jacqueline Hebert
Teacher

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jacqueline E. Hebert holds a B.S. in Psychology and is currently finishing an M.A. in TESOL from UL Lafayette. In addition to teaching private and online ESL classes as the Co-Director of the Learning Center at Lafayette Speech and Learning Center, she has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for ESOL 101 (English for Speakers of Other Language) at UL Lafayette and as a North American Language and Cultural Assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education in Madrid and Andújar, Spain. She also conducts research in cognitive linguistics and is a member of UL’s Language and Cognition Lab.


Matthew Sackmann
Teacher

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Sackmann was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and is a proud, displaced Yankee. He received his B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, his M.A. from the University of Toledo, and is almost done with his Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has taught English in multiple high schools and universities. He has been to 49 of the 50 states in the U.S. and has traveled throughout Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. He speaks un peu French and uno poco Spanish. Matt joined the IEP in Fall 2016 and loves the diverse perspectives and cultures in the IEP. He enjoys learning from his students just as much as teaching them.
 

Howard Varnado
Teacher

Phone: 337.482.9028
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Howard Varnado graduated from Louisiana College in 1968 with a degree in social studies and English education. While in college, he worked as a grader in the English department. Following college, he became involved in working with international students. He has taught English in several states including Louisiana, Kentucky, and New York. For over 25 years, he has traveled extensively to Central America, Europe, and India doing missionary work. He has taught at the Intensive English Program for the past five years. His goal is to see every student become proficient in the English language.
 

Oludamilola Adesiyun
Graduate Assistant

Olu Adesiyun is currently pursuing her Master’s in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Geology and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is from Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria. She chose UL Lafayette because of the scholarship opportunities and the wonderful people and food.

 
 
 
 

Fumy Rita
Graduate Assistant

Fumy Rita is currently pursuing her Master’s in Communication. She holds a B.A. in Modern Languages with a minor in Microbiology and an M.A. in French and Spanish from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is from Lisbon, Portugal and Sao Tomé and Principe. Fumy chose UL Lafayette because she was the recipient of an international scholarship and liked the affordable cost of living. She has remained in Lafayette because of the people and the culture.

 

 

 
 

Charliese West
Graduate Assistant

Charliese West is currently pursuing her Master’s in Communication. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned an International Baccalaureate from the American International School of Lusaka in Zambia. Charliese chose to attend UL Lafayette to be close to her siblings who told her great things about the University and the city of Lafayette.

 
 
 
 

 


Anuoluwatobi Osibo
Student Assistant

Anu Osibo is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is from Lagos State, Nigeria. Her fascination with the Cajun culture and the scholarship opportunities at the University influenced her decision to choose UL.

 

 

 


Adriana Sanchez
Student Assistant

Adriana Sanchez is an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. She is from Quito, Ecuador. She believes that Lafayette is a city full of people with different backgrounds and cultures and that diversity was one of the main characteristics that attracted her to UL. She describes UL Lafayette as ‘one big Cajun family!’