Dr. Candy Fresacher is the new Chair of TEA and has been on the Board for the last two years. In 2007 she became editor of the ELT News and organized the 15th TEA Summer School in August 2008. As an American living in Vienna for over 30 years and as someone versed in both business and teaching, she has over 20 years of experience in the vocational college classroom as well as the same amount of experience in offices, including the UN and working for an American tour operator. She conducts seminars in Emotional Intelligence, Time and Stress Management in Austria for the PH and the UN, in Europe for ECIS and in Asia for EARCOS among others. She also teaches at the Werbe Akademie in Vienna. For the past six years, together with an Austrian business partner, she manages her own company which assists commercial enterprises in various fields of communication and tourism.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree summa cum lauda and a Master’s Degree in English from California State University of Long Beach and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.
Dr. Otto Weihs has been with IMC FH Krems since 1998. He also was the owner/director of a language school in Vienna (International House Vienna) and university assistant at University of Vienna as well as lecturer at the WU Wien. He has worked in teacher training, has been a consultant for EC projects as well as conducted seminars for the VHS, BFI, WIFI, SPIDI. He has also been a speaker at IATEFL conferences as well as other venues. He has worked for FH Modul, ITM Semmering, Hueber Verlag, International House World Organisation, and BAZ. In 2001 he founded the company: Dr.Weihs-Bildungsberatung. At present he is also vice president of the Tourismus Akademie Österreich. He is the proud father of two daughters and has been married for more than 20 years.
Anne Storey’s career in the Vienna-based United Nations Industrial Development Organization focused on English language legislative reports and communications. Thirty years of improving texts written by non-native speakers, and recent teaching experience with Austrian businesspeople, inspired her to develop a focus on improving selected common mistakes of German speakers. A US national, Anne coordinates the native speaker English teaching assistant programme within TEA. She teaches in Vienna and Upper Austria, where she also conducts training seminars in English communication.
Silvia Jindra works in in-service training at the University of Education in Vienna where she is responsible for English teachers’ in-service training, programmes to promote the European and international dimension in schools and in-service training to develop intercultural competence for secondary teachers. She is also a trainer herself in the “Ausbildung” section of the institute. She runs courses for students who would like to become Secondary Modern teachers. In addition, she promotes European lifelong learning programmes (COMENIUS, eTwinning).