International Programs

Meet the ELI Staff

Kateryna Forynna, ELI Coordinator

I joined the Office of International Programs in 2016. I work with ELI instructors to develop and maintain program and course curricula, implement academic policies and procedures, and ensure quality of educational programming. In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I also teach the TOEFL Preparation course.

I earned a M.A. in World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics from West Virginia University and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Cherkasy State Technological University, Ukraine. I developed and taught a variety of ESL courses in intensive English programs both in the U.S. and Ukraine. In addition to ESL experience, I also worked in student support services as a Tutoring and Accessibility Services Coordinator at West Liberty University, and as an Academic Success Coach at West Virginia University. 

Having studied various foreign languages over the course of my career, I understand the challenges of mastering a new language. That is why creating an ESL program that meets the language and cultural needs of ESL learners is my number one priority. At the ELI, we are committed to making learning active, meaningful, experiential, and relevant to students’ interests and professional goals.


Nami Montgomery, ESL Specialist 

My name is Nami and I've been working at the UNC-Pembroke ELI since August 2014.  I'm originally from Tacoma, Washington (approx. 30 miles south of Seattle).  There are beautiful trees, mountains and ocean where I'm from, but it rains a lot!  For my undergradate degree, I majored in History at the University of Washington (UW)  in Seattle.  Shortly after graduating from college, I decided to move to Seoul, South Korea to teach English.  At first, I thought that I would stay for one year and come back home, but I ended up living there for 3 years.  It was in South Korea that I found my true calling for teaching English. 

After leaving Korea, I moved to NC and got my Master's degree right here at Pembroke.  As a student, I knew that Pembroke was special and different.  I love the small classrooms and the sense of community here at Pembroke.  Every student matters and the faculty and staff here are truly committed to serving the students and ensuring that they succeed.  I received my Master of Arts in English Education in May 2014 and shortly thereafter I began working in the International Programs office as an ESL Specialist.  This is my passion and my dream job.  I love meeting people from all over the world and sharing my love of language and culture with them. 

When I'm not at work, I like spending time with my family (which includes 2 dogs and 3 cats!), reading, crafting, cooking, listening to music, watching TV, and napping.