International Advisory Committee



Dr Philip R Brown is a leader, administrator and educator with extensive experience in providing independent advice to governments, school systems and other educational entities within the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Ambassador (Ret) Janice L. Jacobs

Asst. secretary of consular


Janice Lee Jacobs was a United States career Senior Foreign Service Officer and the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, June 2008 to April 2014. She was United States Ambassador to Senegal accredited to Guinea-Bissau from April 2006 to June 2007.

John Katzman

Founder & ceo

John Katzman is best known as an educationalist. He has established a number of companies which assist students with their studies and career choices. He has also authored a number of books on the subject.

Denise Kinsella

associate dean

Denise Kinsella provides leadership and support to student services employees and students from over 100 countries during their stay at Santa Monica College. She supervises the international admissions team, immigration team, special programs and activities team, and study abroad.

Dr. Hui Wu


Department Chair

Dr. Hui Wu serves as Chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at the University of Texas at Tyler overseeing academic programs in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Philosophy, Religion, Asian Studies, as well as the University’s Writing Center. Dr. Wu is an eminent scholar holding a Ph.D. in English from Texas Christian University.



Roger Riske was president of ERDT for 30 years, retiring from that position in 2007.  Roger was an English teacher with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1964-1967.  He obtained his Ph.D. In International Relations from UCLA in 1979 and taught courses in the Department of Political Science and Graduate School of Education from 1979-1989. 

Thomas Shandorf


Thomas Shandorf is the owner and director of the American Language Center (Istituto Americano) in Florence, Italy, and Via Lingua International and has held various management positions with ELS Language Centers.

Perry Solomon

President & CEO

Perry Solomon is a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Executive Program. He is successful serial entrepreneur and advisory board member with consumer, computer electronics and Internet technology sales & marketing, engineering, product planning and alliances experience.