IEP Faculty and Staff

Learn from our experienced faculty who hold graduate degrees in linguistics and/or language teaching and are native English speakers. IEP students receive individual attention from a dedicated and caring faculty and staff.

If you have any questions, contact us at

Hilary Lindler, IEP Admissions Specialist - +1 828.227.4933

Hilary has lived in the local area for over a decade and attended Western Carolina University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. She holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art (Photography) and completed M.A. coursework in American History (Public History). As an undergraduate, Hilary studied art theory and the French language for a year in Rennes, France. In addition to admissions, Hilary is responsible for pre-arrival and post-arrival IEP student support. She maintains the program's social media accounts and does most of the IEP's photography/videography. Before joining the IEP in 2013, she volunteered with WCU International Programs and Services for over seven years. When not working in the IEP office, Hilary enjoys reading, calligraphy, and spending time in downtown Sylva.

Hilary Lindler, Admissions Specialist

Jennifer Gemma, IEP Interim Director and Instructor

Jenn has been an ESL instructor for over 15 years and a teacher trainer for over 10. She holds a BA in Communications and Masters in TESOL from St. Mary's College in California. Originally from the Bay Area, Jennifer moved to the beautiful mountains of Asheville. She has taught and trained in various countries such as Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Korea and in Africa. She has experience in Intensive English programs and has also worked at the community college level. When she is not teaching ESL, she is working with her two business partners on other projects related to curriculum design and training in the field of adult education.

Jenn Gemma IEP Instructor

Lisa Mingus, IEP Instructor

Lisa has been teaching English for over 25 years, with a focus on academic ESL instruction. She holds a B.A in English from Western Carolina University, an M.A. in English from Wake Forest University and has done Ph.D. course work in comparative literature and languages at USC-Columbia. During 1990-91, she was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wurzburg, Germany and returned to teach English at the University of Bamberg, Germany in 1998-99. Before moving back to western North Carolina in 2014, she was the senior instructor at ELS Language Center in Charlotte, NC, instructor of composition and German courses at Central Piedmont Community College, and business English/German instructor at The Language Academy of the Carolinas.

Lisa Mingus

Jordan Parsons, IEP Instructor

Jordan graduated with honors with a B.S. in Communication and B.A. in Spanish ('09) from Western Carolina University. During that time she spent a semester in Monterry, Mexico studying Spanish, through WCU’s International Program’s and Services Office (IPS), and spent her final semester interning at WLOS-News13 in Asheville, NC. She completed her M.A.T. in TESOL also at WCU ('11) and taught two years of private elementary school before joining the IEP upon graduation in January of 2012. When she is not teaching, she spends her time raising her two future Catamounts with her husband in Cullowhee. The Parsons are avid sports fans and are active members of the local community.

Jordan Parsons IEP Instructor


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