Meet Our Staff at El Lago del Bosque

Meet the Deans

Kirsten Cristina Addison

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 for 26 years, 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.

Leslie Olivia Smith

Leslie Olivia Smith is the dean of the Spanish Language Village, El Lago del Bosque-Cass Lake. Olivia is an assistant professor at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where she teaches Spanish and Foreign Language Methods. She earned bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Psychology, a master's degree in Spanish, and she is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Literacy, Culture, and Language Eduaction in Indiana University Bloomington. As a student and faculty leader, she has participated in study abroad trips to Mexico, Venezuela and Spain. She has 12 years of experience working at a university-sponsored summer Spanish language immersion camp, the last three of which were spent as the camp director. 

Diane Diana Tess

Diane Diana Tess is dean of El Lago del Bosque-Bemidji, the Spanish Language Village. Diana has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages for 41 years. 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.