Mission, Resources & Faculty

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Our Mission

The mission of the Embry-Riddle Language Institute is:

  • To provide high-quality English language instruction that prepares international students to enter and succeed in a U.S. university.

Our Resources

The Embry-Riddle Language Institute is a dynamic program with a strong academic focus:

  • We have a stable and effective intensive English for academic purposes program with an experienced core faculty, a strong social/cultural education program, and an academically strong curriculum.

Our strengths are:

  • ERLI English as a second language faculty and administrative staff are very experienced and highly trained (All instructors have master's degrees in TESOL or Linguistics).
  • The ERLI team has high morale.
  • ERLI is attached to a prestigious university, well-known in the international aviation industry.
  • ERLI has access to the full range of university resources.
  • ERLI is located in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida; a wonderful, warm place to live.

Our Faculty/Staff


Hannaliisa Savolainen – ERLI Director

Hannaliisa Savolainen earned her M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to working as an administrator in international education, Hannaliisa taught ESL in Chicago, Santa Monica, and Flagstaff in both intensive English and credit programs. Her professional areas of interests include student support, faculty development, and reading research. Hannaliisa first arrived to the United States as a flight student, and she is a private pilot. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Florida with her family and reading murder mysteries.


Isabella Pichardo – Administrative Assistant & Student Support Specialist

Isabella has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia (UVA). She is the Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI) Administrative Assistant and Student Advisor. Prior to ERAU, Isabella worked for various research laboratories in the Psychology Department at UVA. She also advised new students and planned student trips abroad. In addition to working at ERLI, she is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Embry-Riddle. In her spare time, she likes to cook, watch movies, and go to the beach.


Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams – Instructor

Douglas has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in TESL from the University of Florida and has taught English as a second language at the university level both in the U.S. and overseas for more than 20 years, and is currently on faculty at the Embry-Riddle Language Institute at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In addition to teaching at the institute, he has also served as an academic advisor for first year students at the university and taught Embry-Riddle's developmental English classes for international students for more than ten years.


Aliona Buresh

Aliona Buresh – Instructor

Aliona has her M.A. in Educational Leadership/Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Central Florida. She started her teaching career as a University EFL Professor at the Institute of Parliamentarism and Enterprise in Minsk, Belarus. She worked from 2012-2014 at Daytona State College teaching ESOL to students from various educational and cultural backgrounds. She started to work at ERLI as a TESL Instructor in 2013. In ERLI, she teaches academic English classes and Human Factors in Aviation. She is fluent in Russian and Italian. Aliona enjoys travelling, experiencing new foods and cultures, and meeting people from different countries.


Jena Lynch  

Jena Lynch – Instructor

Jena has her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University. She teaches both academic and aviation-related English courses at ERLI. In addition, Jena is leading the development of an English proficiency test for flight students. Jena grew up in Nebraska, USA, but she has also lived in Cambodia, Thailand, Turkey, and Austria. In Austria, she took university classes in German, so she understands some of the challenges of studying in your second (or third or fourth) language. Her hobbies are playing volleyball, making crafts and jewelry, and listening to podcasts.


Tyler Heath  

Tyler Heath – Instructor

Tyler Heath holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to Embry-Riddle, he taught English for community outreach centers in Nashville and Atlanta, at private organizations in Gwangju, South Korea, and in Georgia State University’s Intensive English Program. Tyler also has experience in ESL teacher training for educators at refugee and immigration centers in Atlanta, and assisted in the implementation of an English for Specific Purposes curriculum for international law students at Georgia State University. In his free time, Tyler enjoys watching movies, fishing, and exploring Florida.


Andrea Cuchetti – Adjunct Instructor

Andrea has an M.A. in TESOL from the Graduate Institute at SIT (School for International Training). She is a Central Florida native, but lived in Mexico from 2012-2017, where she started her teaching career at a private language school. While in Mexico, she also learned Spanish and she tries to keep up her skills by practicing often. Since moving back to the States, she has taught in a variety of settings, including online. Most recently, she taught ESOL at Daytona State College. In her free time, Andrea enjoys fishing with her husband, cooking, hanging out with her dog, Tank, reading and watching The Office.


Julie Richard – Adjunct Instructor

Julie has her M.A. in International Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She began her career in education in South Korea where she spent 2 years teaching English to elementary and high school students. Realizing that teaching (and specifically ESL) was her passion, Julie returned to school and graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelors of Education from the University of Ottawa in 2012. Prior to starting at Embry Riddle in 2015, Julie taught ESL for 2 years at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Julie is an avid traveler who has visited over 17 countries. In her free time she enjoys running, eating, podcasts, Bravo shows, and spending time with her husband and young children.


Robert Wheeler – Adjunct Instructor

Robert holds an MA in TESOL from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico- San German and a BA in Spanish from the University of Central Florida. Robert began teaching ESL so he could travel and experience other languages and cultures. He has taught English at the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, American University of Iraq-Sulaimania, and Korea Christian University (Seoul). In addition, he has taught for short-term programs in Mérida, Venezuela and Amman, Jordan. In his free time, he enjoys exploring biking trails around Florida and going to the beach.