Summerfuel BCN staff cannot wait to meet you! Here is a little bit of information about ourselves:
Director: Alyssa Holan
Originally from Chicago, Alyssa now calls Sevilla, Spain her home. She has been working with Summerfuel Barcelona since 2008, and is always thrilled to return to the Mediterranean city in which she, as a university student at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, first fell in love with Spain. During the academic year, Alyssa teaches Spanish language, cultures and literatures at the university level. In her free time, she enjoys long walks along the Guadalquivir River, visiting art museums, and exploring Andalusian countryside. Alyssa earned her Masters degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Michigan State University.
Assistant Director: Will Burress
Hailing from Mason, Ohio, Will Burress is a graduate of The Ohio State University from and holds a B.A. in Spanish language and literature and a B.S. in biology. He has six years of teaching experience at the high school level, having taught in both public and private schools in Madrid, Spain and Quito, Ecuador. This past year, Will taught 8th grade science at a junior high school in Lebanon, Ohio. In the fall, he will be pursuing a Masters degree in international education at Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. A long-time fan of game shows, Will appeared on Family Feud’s College Tournament and has hosted trivia nights at restaurants in Cincinnati, Madrid and Quito. He is delighted to be returning to Summerfuel for his fourth summer, and looks forward to working with what he is sure will be a great group of students for Summerfuel BCN 2017.
Assistant Director: Annie Gillingham
My name is Annie Gillingham and I am from San Diego, CA. I went to college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where I studied Latin American Studies and Spanish. After graduating, I lived in Madrid, Spain for three years teaching English as a second language. Now, I am a first grade, Spanish-immersion teacher in San Diego. This is my fourth year with Summerfuel, working previously in the Barcelona, Florence and Georgetown programs. I am looking forward to a great summer!
Resident Advisor: Eugenio Hernandez
Eugenio, also known as Chito, graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Environmental Studies. While at the University of New England, Chito studied abroad in Tangier, Morocco as a Resident Advisor. While in Morocco Chito led an excursion to Seville for everyone studying abroad in Morocco. Chito worked as a resident advisor in an undergraduate residence hall at UNE for two and a half years. Chito is currently working in Residence Life at Bard College at Simon’s Rock as a Residence Director. In the Fall, Chito will begin his Masters program in International Higher Education through Loyola University Chicago. In his free time, Chito enjoys listening to EDM music, exploring old cities, hiking, learning Arabic, nature photography and trying new cuisines.
Resident Advisor: Robert Mayak
Robert is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with majors in Spanish Language and Culture and Pre-medicine. While at Notre Dame, Robert studied abroad in Spain and México, and he also returned to Spain to research for his senior thesis. Furthermore, he completed a service immersion in Guatemala. He also has taught English and citizenship classes and worked at a local hospital. Robert worked as a resident assistant in an undergraduate residence hall at ND. In the Fall, Robert is returning to Notre Dame to complete his M.A in Iberian and Latin American Studies and to work as a teaching fellow. In his free time, Robert enjoys listening to NPR, finding local coffee shops, reading Spanish literature, visiting art museums, learning languages, and playing with his three dogs.
Resident Advisor: Lily Rodríguez
Hi my name is Lily, I am from Los Angeles but I’ve been living in Madrid for the past 2 years teaching English in a Spanish high school. I graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a degree in psychology. This will be my second year as an RA with Summerfuel Barcelona, and I’m excited to conclude my life in Spain with Summerfuel. After summer I am moving back to Los Angeles to prepare for graduate school and a degree in developmental psychology.
Resident Advisor: Elizabeth Stallard
Elizabeth (Liz) Stallard is a returning Summerfuel RA from Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in political science, communications, and Spanish, and currently teaches English in Spain. As an alumni of Summerfuel in Spain and a former study abroad student in Barcelona, Elizabeth is passionate about planning cultural activities for our students and sharing her restaurant recommendations. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys baking, traveling, and talking politics.