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Meet Our Staff

Welcome to the English Language Institute faculty section. On this page, you can view some of our instructors’ biographies. The ELI has a highly experienced group of instructors to help you quickly master the English language. Our instructors are fun with lots of personality and are here to talk to when you need help with special situations.  


Gail Kellersberger

Gail KellerbergerGail Kellersberger is the Director of the ELI. She is a writer, a teacher and an administrator. Her early career was devoted to teaching writing and editing the work of others. Kellersberger’s most notable work was editing for the NASA Skylab project. She came to the University of Houston-Downtown in 1979 and has worked here for many years, as an instructor and in administrative positions. Kellersberger cares very deeply about the quality of the ELI program, and she is committed to making each student’s experience the very best possible. Students can visit her at any time– her door is always open.


Lynn Bunker

Lynn BunkerLynn Bunker is the Lab Coordinator of the ELI. Bunker is a farm boy from a wheat farm in Kansas, but has lived in big cities and have been a teacher most of his life. He loves his work because he’s able to meet people from all over the world. Bunker also enjoys all areas of English, but considers writing, grammar, and pronunciation to be his specialties. Traveling, rock music, and the Internet are his hobbies. Bunker speaks Spanish, and a little Greek and Arabic. 

Stephen Cook

Stephen CookStephen Cook is a native Houstonian with a strong background in education, communication, and international concerns. His business English teaching career began in Hamburg, Germany in 2005, where he built a strong foundation in teaching and language consulting throughout northern Germany. Cook also taught at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany, focusing on business English and communicative skills. After a second master’s degree, Cook joined the English Language Institute to develop, refine, and deliver an outstanding business English training program.



Marquette Dansby

Marquette DansbyMarquette Dansby is the Program Coordinator of the ELI. She oversees students, adjunct faculty, and curriculum for the intermediate levels. Dansby brings experience from the fields of journalism, marketing, public relations, non-profit management, and adult education. She began her career working for several of Houston’s premier companies. After earning a master’s degree, she taught writing and English language courses. Dansby has spent over six years working with international students with various levels of English fluency.


ELI Instructors and Staff

ELI Instructors and Staff

Meet some of our instructors and staff. A number of these instructors have been with the ELI for 10 years or more. They enjoy working with ELI students and supporting the programs offered in English language. Many of these instructors speak other languages, have lived and worked in other countries, and have devoted their lives to cross-cultural issues and situations. You will benefit from their rich experiences and interest in the ways that life is lived in other countries. Our ELI staff come from a variety of countries and love the stimulation of working with students from abroad. They help students settle in and feel at home.


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