About Us

Ruth Powers’ heart for ministering to international students fueled her passion and drive to work with young people desiring education and cultural experiences in the U.S. This led to the founding of American Home Life International (AHLI) which has served more than 15,000 students over the past 30 years. Learn about the Ruth and Marvin Powers Fund.

How It All Began

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Freeman Chakara

Dr. Freeman Chakara

Governing Board Director

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David Young

Mr. David Young

Governing Board Director

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Mr. Mike Miller

Mr. Mike Miller

Chairman of the Board

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Bill Arnold

Mr. Bill Arnold

Vice Chairman of the Board

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Tomoko Shimo

Tomoko Shimo

Advisory Board Member

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Our Staff

Tiffanee Wright

Tiffanee Wright

Executive Director

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Andrea Jesson

Andrea Jesson

Finance Director

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Sharon Stephens

Sharon Stephens

Admissions Coordinator

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Stacy Kinsey

Stacy Kinsey

Program & Marketing Manager

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Becky Baughman

Becky Baughman

Data Quality Administrator

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Cheri Bowersox

Cheri Bowersox

Finance Assistant and Student Health Insurance Administrator

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Brittany Jesson

Brittany Jesson

Project Coordinator

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Our Team

Directors for Independent Student Programs

Gail Goolsby, IL, KS, MO, OH
Brian Kelley, CT, DE, MD, NJ, NY, SC
Rosanne Kelsall, KY, MA, NH, NJ, PA, VT
Barry Shaffer, FL, NC, TN, VA, WV

Directors for Group Programs

Lyn Carlson, PA
Linda Fisher, PA
Jodi Frey, PA
Rosanne Kelsall, PA
Debbie Mattai, FL
Sharon Ogilvie, PA
Joyce Zimmerman, PA

Coordinators

JoEllen Anklam, VA
Dolores Bergey, PA
Shannon Bernard, PA
Nicole Bianchi, PA
Marisol Bryant, MO
Maureen Challenger, PA
Sulan Ding, CT
Gary Fox, PA
Pam Greaves, MD
Karen Hutchins, IL
Kathi Johnson, SC
Kimberly Jones, PA
Laura Metzler, PA
Kirsten Moore, KS
Stephanie Moore, NC
Susan Palmer, CA
Susan Palmer, CA
Kristy Sherman, IN
Heather Shriver, PA
Ranay VanHolstyn, PA
Cheryl (Bodder) Vernelson, PA
Brenda Walker, VA
Christopher Zimmerman, IL

ELL Teachers

Valery Grab, PA
Krista Lee Greene, PA
Hannah Maynard, VA
Anne Modro, PA
Elizabeth Preston, PA