Faculty

Director

Donna Gillespie
Donna Gillespie joined the COD faculty in 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish. She holds a M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from University of Florida. She has lived abroad in Greece, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, and has enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and Latin America. Before coming to COD, she taught Spanish for three years as a Graduate Assistant Teacher at the University of Florida and was chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Cooperative Leadership in Teaching by the UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. She studied abroad in her undergraduate and graduate career, and in 2011 was selected to teach for the UF Summer Study Abroad program in Santander, Spain. In the summer of 2013, she was Co-Director for COD's summer study abroad program in Costa Rica. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys a variety of music and film, traveling, exploring different cultures and the great outdoors.

 

Co-Director
Vanesa Roimicher

Vanesa Roimicher is a native of Chicago with Cuban, Argentinian, Spanish, and Romanian heritage. She joined the faculty at COD in 2012, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Spanish. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Cultures and Literature from Northeastern Illinois University, and a B.A. in Spanish with a Dance Minor in Spanish Dance from the same university. 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, enjoys seeing different flamenco concerts, and reading.

 

Contact Information


Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356