Director of the learning center

Executive Director, Julie Feeny

  • Started as a volunteer teacher at English Learning Center
  • Has over 20 years experience in business and non-profit management.
  • Creates a welcoming environment
  • Life-long focus on building cross-cultural communities
  • Volunteered with Peace Corps in Albania 
  • Taught yoga and community classes throughout her career
  • Enjoys hiking, camping and gardening 
  • Mother of 2 girls
  • Has a passion for learning about all cultures 
  • Loves cooking and tasting international foods (attend our potlucks)
  • She has traveled to: China, India, South Korea, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, and Denmark.


Program Manager, Tyler Gonzalez

Tyler comes from an extensive background in the non-profit field serving animal welfare, youth development, and adult professional services organizations. His passion is to help anyone in need, no matter if that is teaching English, tutoring K-12 students, supporting shelters (animal/human), or building a strong BIPOC community that will provide generations of strength.

He received his B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Education. As a forever learner, Tyler has committed himself to grow his knowledge in traditional and non-traditional education settings.


Our Teachers

Volunteers are the backbone of the ELC. From teaching to administration the ELC has primarily run all school functions through a volunteer network over the past 40+ years.  All teachers are volunteers, drawing experience from medicine, law, engineering, education and business, and many are certified ESL educators. These varied backgrounds and experiences help our students learn the language skills necessary to function in our complex society.  Visit our Volunteer page for teacher spotlights and information about opportunities available.

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Board of Directors

Bud Demko,  President. Bud has been associated with the English Learning Center for over 20 years, beginning as a teacher. He and several others started the organization that became ELC in 2006.   He has served as teacher, administrator and Board President. In 2014 Bud was responsible for the incorporation of the school and obtaining federal tax-exempt status.  His background is in Information Technology with the State of Colorado, but his passion has always been teaching.

Jo Ann Soker, Treasurer.  Jo Ann has taught at ELC occasionally and has been a member of the Board since its incorporation.  Now retired, she practiced law representing private clients before moving into management positions in Colorado state government.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors.

Becky Flax.  Becky has taught at ELC for 7 years and has been a member of the Board since its creation.  She has an MA in Germanic Languages and taught high school ESL for 20 years.

Gail Andersen.  Gail is the most recent addition to the Board, joining in 2019.  She has been volunteering since 2018 in areas such as staff recruitment, operations reviews, registration and communication efforts.  Gail had a career in business, holding a number of leadership positions in operational areas of transportation, hi-tech and  HR services.

Carol Balkcom.  Carol is a community volunteer and joined the Board in 2023. She heads a
small funds development committee of the Board. Carol retired in 2014 from the software and
IT industries where she was in product management.

Ron Lamberson. Ron has been teaching at ELC for three years and joined the Board in
2024. He retired in 2019 after spending nearly 30 years in every facet of human resources.
Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and an MBA. He has published four novels.