Meet Our Staff at El Lago del Bosque | Concordia Language Villages

Meet Our Staff at El Lago del Bosque

Meet the Deans

Kirsten Cristina Addison

Kirsten Addison smiling on-site at El Lago del Bosque.

Kirsten Addison is the dean of both Mar e Floresta, the Portuguese Language Village, and El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village at Cass Lake (first half). She goes by Salome at Mar e Floresta and Cristina at El Lago del Bosque. Kirsten has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages since 1987, serving as dean in various capacities since 1996. She has been dean of the Spanish Language Village for many summers, dean of the French Language Village for one summer, and she continues as dean of Year-Round Spanish programs (academic year programs). Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, she graduated an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Western Ontario and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Kirsten was a Rotary Exchange student to Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. Most recently, she graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University as a chiropractic physician.

Colette Nicoleta Feehan

Colette Feehan smiling on-site at El Lago del Bosque.

Colette Nicoleta Feehan is the dean of El Lago del Bosque-Cass Lake. Nicoleta started as a villager at El Lago del Bosque in 2003 and has demonstrated leadership since 2010 on the staff of both El Lago del Bosque and 森林湖・Sēn Lín Hú. Nicoleta recently completed her doctoral degree in linguistics, with a focus on the articulatory and acoustic phonetics of speech. Outside of the Language Villages, Nicoleta works as Audiobook Director with Hachette Audio Group.

Diane Diana Tess

Diane Tess, wearing glasses and smiling.

Diane Diana Tess is dean of El Lago del Bosque-Bemidji, the Spanish Language Village. Diana has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages since 1975, serving as dean since 1979. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied Italian.

Diana earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taken post-graduate classes at Cardinal Stritch and Viterbo College. Diana teaches Spanish at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis., and has traveled with students to Spain, Mexico and Argentina.