A.C.E. Senior Advisors

A.C.E. Senior Advisors provide consultancy services and advice on global markets in their regional areas of expertise. They advise the marketing team on agency relationships, group program proposals, international conferences, and other areas of interest to A.C.E.

Mark Cleland Senior Advisor, Middle East

Regional Expertise: Middle East

Mark has worked in international education and training since 1980 when he joined the US Peace Corps and served in Thailand. He moved to the UK for 2 years, and then to Mexico City where he acquired his TEFL Certificate and began his ESL career. Upon returning to the US in 1985 Mark taught ESL at WESL Institute, Western Illinois University, for 13 years, and earned his MBA at WIU. In 1997 he became the Center Director at ELS Language Centers in Houston. In 2005 he became an ELS District Director and supervised 13 Centers throughout the US. Mark was instrumental in building the relationship between IELTS and ELS. In 2010 Mark moved to the UAE where he worked in a start-up ESL program, and then as the Test Center Manager for IDP IELTS Middle East. He oversaw the expansion of IDP’s Middle East test center network from 1 to 12 centers, including personally opening the centers in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Muscat. After four years he left to become a consultant based in Dubai, and has since been instrumental in developing training programs for IDP ME, for the Sharjah Education Council, and the Dubai Police Academy. In addition, he regularly conducts seminars and training programs in UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Oman on a variety of business and education topics.

Anthony L. Fantham Senior Advisor

Anthony Fantham joined A.C.E. in 2009 and provides leadership toward fulfillment of A.C.E.'s passion for community building within and without our organization. Tony grew up in England where he graduated from high school; he then received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Illinois, Springfield, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication. He has 42 years of professional international experience, much of it in the telecom industry in the U.K. and the U.S. Tony has 20 years of experience in senior management roles, in international business management, and corporate technical and administrative programs and services involving clients from all business sectors. Tony has also been a head soccer coach for Seattle Public Schools from 2000 to 2010 and continues to referee when he can fit it into his schedule. Tony is passionate about working with kids from all ethnic and national backgrounds to strengthen communities locally and globally.

Thomas Goetsch Senior Advisor, Central Asia

Regional Expertise: Kazakhstan, Central Asia

Tom is co-founder and president of E2 Educational Services. Over the past 37 years he has lived and worked in Japan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan catalyzing and developing educational programs and for-profit as well as not-for-profit businesses. He has a BA in ESL and English from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA in Intercultural Communication from Wheaton College. From 1994-1996, he positions at both the A.C.E. Japan summer institutes and Korean business programs. In 1997, Tom was part of a group invited by Kazakhstan's Minister of Education to help universities develop American business and law education. In 1999, E2 was formed as a collaborative partnership to develop leaders renewing nations. E2 graduates are already leading renewal in Kazakhstan's business, education, and government sectors.

Dr. William Harshbarger Senior Advisor, ESOL Program Design

Dr. William Harshbarger has taught in and directed English language programs for over 40 years. He has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the School for International Training, (SIT) and a Ph. D. in Intercultural Communication from Penn State University. Dr. Harshbarger has directed programs at the University of Washington, Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, and International Christian University (ICU) in Japan. He has also lived and worked in England, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and India. Dr. Harshbarger is a past president of the Washington state TESOL affiliate (WAESOL), as well as past president of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) in which capacity he helped establish the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). He is a recipient of the ATESL Certificate for Dedication and Service from NAFSA Association of International Educators. Dr. Harshbarger has taught graduate courses for the University of Washington and International Christian University, including courses on language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, intercultural communication, writing for researchers, and language program administration.

Howard Kwon Senior Advisor, Korea

Regional Expertise: Korea

Howard graduated from Meijigakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, with his BA degree and from California State University, Fullerton with his MS degree. Since then, he has served as teacher, administrator and school board member for ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California, before joining A.C.E. Howard has been instrumental in organizing study programs with the Ministry of Education in the Kyung Ki Province and with groups of nursing and nutrition students. Click here for Howard's agent page.

Colette Mercier Senior Advisor

Colette Mercier has over 30 years of experience, primarily in nonprofit accounting, as finance director, controller, CFO, and consultant, in organizations of varying size and mission. Her work has included nonprofit administration, human resources, coordination between development and finance departments, and restoring fiscal order in troubled organizations.

Colette worked with A.C.E. as a finance consultant starting in March 2003, joining our staff in September 2009. She also served as Finance Director of The Collins Group, Inc., a Seattle firm providing fundraising management consultation to Northwest nonprofits.

Colette received her B.A. Degree in Social Studies Field Major from U.C. Berkeley, and completed Ph.D. coursework in Sociology and Anthropology at the City University of New York. She is a licensed minister within Centers for Spiritual Living, and Co-Founding Minister of Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, meeting in Seattle's South Lake Union District.

Her personal mission is to promote fiscal/administrative integrity and transparency as the bedrock upon which an organization's mission can be securely grounded.

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