Paula Schriefer joined Spring Institute for Intercultural learning as President & CEO on October 20, 2014. She came to Spring Institute from the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, where she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian affairs. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Schriefer was vice president for global programs at Freedom House, where she oversaw Freedom House’s global activities on freedom of expression, internet freedom, religious freedom, and advocacy efforts at the United Nations.From 2006-2011, Ms. Schriefer was Director of Advocacy for Freedom House, overseeing all of its outreach and communications activities, including foreign policy advocacy, press relations, and coordination with international organizations. From 2001 to 2006 she served as its Director of Programs, overseeing nearly two dozen major program initiatives and thirteen overseas offices established to support independent media, open and transparent governance, civil society development, justice sector reform, and the defense of human rights.
In addition to Freedom House, Ms. Schriefer has worked at the National Forum Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Russian Area Studies from the University of Denver and completed coursework for an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies at George Washington University.
Mark comes to Spring Institute with 30 years of experience in accounting and finance and over 14 years of experience overseeing the financial management of nonprofits. Most recently, Mark served as the Finance Manager for the Forest Guild, a nonprofit involved in collaborative efforts to impact governmental forest policy and as Finance Manager for Southwestern College, a nonprofit graduate school in psychological counseling and art therapy. Mark relocated to Denver from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tiffany earned a Master’s in English with an emphasis in TESOL from San Francisco State University in 2009. Before coming to Spring, Tiffany taught ESL at Contra Costa College and Chabot College in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was also previously the Education Director for LCI at Park University, an intensive English program for international students. Before that, Tiffany taught academic English at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and at San Francisco State University’s American Language Institute. Additionally, she has an extensive background in teacher and volunteer training, tutoring, and curriculum and assessment development.
Alexandra Soto is the Outreach & Adult Education Coordinator at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. She manages the daily operations of the Adult Education program, including providing quality support services to learners and staff and maintaining strong partnerships in the community. She also offers communication and outreach support to the organization.
Alexandra started as a volunteer teaching assistant with Spring Institute in fall 2014 and was hired in spring 2015 as Site Liaison for the evening classes. She has since held several positions in the program, including Student Services Coordinator and Program Coordinator. Alexandra earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Denver Colorado. She has six years experience in administration and a solid knowledge base of state and federal Adult Education funding.
Ms. Hyland has devoted her career to meeting the learning needs of English language students. She spent six years as an English Language Acquisition teacher in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and New York, teaching students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, from university to elementary students. Ms. Hyland holds a Master of Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages from the University at Buffalo, NY and a Colorado Professional Teaching Certificate in K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education.
Colorado Welcome Back
Prior to joining Spring Institute in 2015, Ms. Miller was the Work Skills Instructor for Goodwill’s Career Connection Center at Place Bridge Academy, a hub for refugees and immigrants. Ms. Miller also worked with the African Community Center, a refugee resettlement agency, where she served as a Job Skills Trainer for the Safari Thrift Training Program and assisted their Job Development team. Ms. Miller holds a M.A. in International & Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Intercultural Training & Consulting
Maria was born and raised in Salamanca, Spain. She has a BA in Business Administration and she is a Certified Cultural Competency Trainer by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership at Fielding University.
Ms. Kramer earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC, and spent four years teaching ESL abroad to medical providers and contracted with companies that were relocating employees to the United States. After returning to the United States, she taught at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins prior to beginning at Spring Institute in 1997.
She has a special interest in health and literacy and has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences.
Prior to joining Spring Institute, Mr. Hutabarat worked as a project manager in another non-profit in San Bernardino, California, creating connections between various non-profits, businesses, school districts, and government agencies to support the local community there.
Mr. Hutabarat holds an M.A. in Management from University of Redlands and a B.S. in psychobiology from La Sierra University.
The Interpreter Network
Born in Budapest Hungary, Tamas moved to the United States in 1999. He attended university at Metropolitan State University of Denver, spending one year abroad in Fribourg, Switzerland studying at the University of Fribourg. After graduating with a B.A. in German and French, he spent a year in San Juan, Puerto Rico learning Spanish.
At Spring Institute, Tamas is excited to do everything he can to help everyone have access to the public services they deserve.
Abby holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies from the University of Denver.
She is enthusiastic about being an advocate for refugee and immigrant communities. As a first generation immigrant from Uganda as well as having experiences in research and work related to these communities, she seeks to support these communities by connecting them with different resources and opportunities in their community. She is looking forward to contributing to bridge the gap in these communities at Spring Institute.
The Spring Café & Learning Center
Some of Dustin’s hobbies include white water rafting, camping, cars and being close in his church and faith. He is a family man and always finds time to visit his family and spend time at the beach in Southern California. Dustin’s favorite color is blue, he has a dog named Desi, and he occasionally eats birthday cake flavored ice cream for breakfast.
Drop by to say hello to Dustin during your next visit! When he is not out doing marketing and outreach in the community, he is in the café meeting with guests.