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Alliance Staff Biographies

Joy Kreeft Peyton (Ph.D., Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University, 1984) is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC. Her primary research focus is ways that teachers understand and implement educational innovations (particularly writing methodologies) and factors that influence their success. She is co-editor of Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource (with Donald A. Ranard and Scott McGinnis) and Language in Action: New Studies of Language in Society (with Peg Griffin, Walt Wolfram, and Ralph Fasold). She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Heritage Language Journal, Language Learning and Technology, and the Modern Language Journal.

Susan Gilson is the Director of Communications for the Center for Applied Linguistics, where she oversees all aspects of communication and marketing for the organization and for a wide range of projects, products, and services. She has a BS in Secondary Education majoring in World and American History and Political Science. Susan has over 30 years of communications, marketing, and advertising experience, including international management and marketing consulting and serving as the advertising director for a major financial institution in the midwest.

Na Liu is a Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), where she is involved in the work of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages and other projects in CAL’s Foreign Language Education Division and Language and Culture Resources Division. Na received her PhD from Arizona State University in May 2010 on language education and policy. Her research interests focus on heritage language education, second language teaching and learning, language policy, and teaching Chinese as a second language. She actively publishes journal articles and book chapters on heritage language education and Chinese as an immigrant language in the United States.

Huy Xuan Nguyen is the Software/Database Developer for the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC. He specializes in developing Web-based applications and databases using the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to development work, Huy assists CAL in determining hardware/software acquisitions as well as maintaining and improving CAL's IT network infrastructure.

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