The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. has a staff of 33 dedicated professionals. The staff is as diverse in life experiences and cultural backgrounds as are the immigrants and refugees we serve. All teachers and most of the staff hold bachelors degrees or higher and eight are foreign-born.
Diane Portnoy, Founder and CEO
Diane founded The Immigrant Learning Center in 1992 after a distinguished career in education. She oversees all of the organization’s operations and partnerships. She is a Massachusetts certified teacher in adult basic education and in grades K-8. She has a BS in elementary education from Boston University and MA in curriculum and instruction from Cornell University. More …
Karen Glover, Director of Communications
Karen joined The Immigrant Learning Center in 2011 and is responsible for communications and media relations for all the ways we give immigrants a voice: English classes, public education and research. She brings 20 years of communications experience in both the corporate and non-profit arenas including The Greater Boston Food Bank and Exact Software. Karen has a BS in marketing/advertising from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Denzil Mohammed, Director, ILC Public Education Institute
Denzil joined The ILC in 2011 and directs the work of The ILC Public Education Institute including specialized online education, research initiatives with the Institute for Immigration Research, conference presentations and collaborative events that promote immigrants as assets to America. He has a decade of experience in journalism and previously worked for swissnex Boston/Consulate of Switzerland. Denzil has an MS in Global Communications from Northeastern University and a BA in Communication Studies/Literatures in English from University of the West Indies.
Karen Oakley, Director of English Language Programs
Karen joined The Immigrant Learning Center in 1996 and manages enrollment for all ILC classes, develops curriculum, oversees professional development for teaching staff and spearheads program improvement projects. Prior to joining The ILC, Karen taught at Bunker Hill Community College and several adult education learning centers in the Boston area. She has a BA in classical studies from University of Massachusetts Boston and an MA in ESL studies from University of Massachusetts Boston.
Kathy Smith, ILC Assistant Director and Director of Development
Kathy joined The ILC in 2002 and is responsible for raising an annual agency budget of more than $2 million from the private and public sectors and fundraising events. She brings more than 30 years of experience in public relations, fundraising, event planning, speech writing and program administration within the corporate, not-for-profit and political arenas in Greater Boston and in Washington, D.C. Kathy has a BS in business administration from Lincoln University