As Associate Professor of Spanish at College of DuPage, Professor Mares holds a B.A. in French, B.A. in Spanish with Honors, and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Mares served as the co-director for the Costa Rica Program seven times. She has also studied abroad in Paris, France and Guadalajara, Mexico. Mares is currently the co-chair of the Latin American Studies Committee and the co-advisor of the award-winning Spanish Club, Casa de Amigos. In addition to her academic interests, Professor Mares enjoys international cinema and tennis. She looks forward to experiencing the rich culture of Costa Rica with her students this summer.
John Paris, Associate Professor of History, has been teaching History courses at COD for the last 22 years. During that time he has developed and or taught various courses on Latin American History, U.S. History and Western Civilization. He also served as Co-Director of the 2012 and 2016 Costa Rica Study Abroad Programs. John has served as Chair of the Carter Carrol Excellence in History Award Committee, Native American Studies Committee, Latin American Studies Committee, Coordinator of the Global Hot Spots faculty presentation series 2016-17 and has also taught and worked in the COD Honors Program. He has presented frequently for the COD History Department including the 2015 Carter Carroll Excellence in History keynote presentation, "Gender Equality in Nicaragua"", in various History Department panel discussions 2009-17 and at the 2009 CCHA National Conference. John was recently awarded the 2017 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for Humanities and Speech Communication Subdivision of Liberal Arts.
Vanesa Roimicher is a native of Chicago with Cuban, Argentinean, Spanish and Romanian heritage. Vanesa joined COD's faculty in the summer of 2012 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Spanish. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Cultures and Literatures from Northeastern Illinois University, and a B.A. in Spanish with a dance minor in Spanish Dance from the same university. Currently the Co-Advisor for Casa de Amigos Spanish Club at College of DuPage. In 2015, she served as Assistant Director of Spain Study Abroad through College of DuPage. Before coming to COD, she taught Flamenco to kids at the Chicago Park District under the direction of Azucena Vega. She was also a soloist in the dance company, Soul and Duende Spanish American Dance Theatre. In addition to her academic background, she enjoys dancing Flamenco professionally, playing the cajón (a Peruvian percussion instrument), listening to all different genres of music, and enjoys seeing different flamenco concerts and reading.
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