Meet Our Staff

Salvatore Muffoletto - Assistant Director

smuffoletto3SALVATORE MUFFOLETTO joined the NSE team in 2012 and works in the product development and marketing departments. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Education from Indiana University. Sal has studied and traveled throughout Spain and is one of the instructors in the NSE Junior Study Abroad Program . He grew up in a bilingual household speaking both Italian and English, and attributes his desire to learn and work with the Spanish language and culture to his high school Spanish teacher and his Argentine Godparents. He currently teaches in the IB/AP Spanish program at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 2011, the Indiana Chapter of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese recognized Sal as being a Rising Star Teacher.


Kara Majchrowicz - Director of Financial Services

KaraKARA MAJCHROWICZ joined the NSE staff in October 2009 and serves as the Director of Financial Services for both the National Spanish Examinations and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Purdue University.  Prior to joining the NSE, she spent 10 years as a homemaker raising her two children.  Kara has held business positions for Arch Communications and Welsh Oil, and her business background has provided an excellent base for her various responsibilities with the NSE.


Lesli Mikenas - Public Relations Specialist / Liaison for Student Services

mikenasLESLI MIKENAS joined the NSE staff in October 2011 and is the Public Relations Specialist, Liaison for Student Services, coordinator for several NSE chapters throughout the United States.  Lesli is a graduate of Purdue University Northwest with a degree in Public Relations. Prior to joining NSE, she was employed by Porter County Government, ran a local franchise pizza company, and was self-employed in the residential/commercial cleaning services business. When not in the office, Lesli enjoys spending time with with her family, training her two dogs in nosework and agility classes, preparing healthy meals, hiking in nature and listening to music.


Melanie Flick- Financial Services and Marketing Specialist

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MELANIE FLICK joined the NSE staff in December 2015 and serves in the Financial Services and Marketing Departments.  She graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in Finance. After graduation, Melanie worked in the banking industry for 7 years and was also employed as the office manager for a locally owned company before taking time off to raise her family.


Patricia Kalvaitis - Member Outreach

PATRICIA KALVAITIS joined the NSE staff in January 2018 and serves as Member Outreach for both AATSP and National Spanish Examinations.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Certification in Secondary Education from Indiana University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University.  Prior to joining the NSE, she taught Spanish at Lowell High School, then taught Social Studies at the middle school level.   Before retiring in 2017, Patty also taught AP Psychology, General Psychology and US History.  She has been a member of MENSA for 35 years and enjoys reading almost everything except technical manuals, traveling throughout the US, visiting National Parks and historical sites, and taking in the vast and varied culture of our country.  Most of all, she enjoys spending time with family, especially her 7 grandchildren.


Kevin Cessna-Buscemi - Director Emeritus

cessna2011KEVIN CESSNA-BUSCEMI, Director Emeritus of the National Spanish Examinations, retired on December 31, 2020. Growing up in an Italian-American family in culturally and linguistically diverse Gary, Indiana, he attributes his early interest in modern languages and cultures to his Sicilian grandfather who inspired him to learn Italian and his Uruguayan godmother who motivated him to learn Spanish. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master's Degree from Purdue University with Spanish coursework from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has authored several articles and conducted many seminars of language teaching, learning and testing. Kevin spent 31 year teaching high school Spanish and serving as Director for Curriculum Development and Assessment. He currently works as a consultant for school districts throughout the United States and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Purdue University Northwest.


Bob Campuzano


BOB CAMPUZANO serves the NSE as Board Member, Director of the Global Citizen Scholarships and NSE Coordinator for the State of Maryland. Additionally, he has served the AATSP as past president of the Maryland Chapter. A graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Spanish and Religious Education, Bob has over 39 years of Spanish teaching experience. Presently Bob has retired from the classroom.   He has worked in the Washington and Baltimore area and has established exchange programs in Europe, China, Australia, and Japan.  In 1998, he received the University of Maryland Certificate of Teaching Excellence and was awarded the Faculty Chair in 2007. In 2019,  the Severn School class of 2019 awarded him the Faculty Appreciation Award for all of his work at Severn. Bob  believes that “when one educates the mind and enlightens the spirit, one has truly given life to the future.”


Robert Céspedes

ROBERT CÉSPEDES has served as a writer for the NSE and has been a language teacher for many years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Spanish from Indiana University. He has created and taught a Latin American cultural studies class designed for the middle school level. He has taught at both La Universidad de Piura and El Instituto Cultural Peruano-Norteamericano in Piura, Peru. Currently, he is a Spanish teacher in the International Baccalaureate program and department chair of the World Languages Department at Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, IN.


Teresa Corgan Henry

2015 TerriTERRI HENRY serves the NSE as Board Member and as a writer for the National Spanish Examinations. Terri holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Spanish from Indiana State University. In 2016, she retired from teaching Spanish at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.


Patricia Donahue

2017 PatPATRICIA DONAHUE has been the coordinator of the National Spanish Exam in Massachusetts for 30+ years and currently serves as a member of the NSE Board. She holds degrees from Regis College, Salem State University and Harvard with additional studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In addition to having taught at both the secondary and university levels, Patricia has developed curricular units and taught many workshops after having been awarded numerous scholarships and grants to study in Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Pat has a particular interest in the indigenous cultures of Mexico and Peru and Jewish and Moslem Influence in Spain Before and After 1492. Presently she teaches Medical Spanish as an adjunct faculty member at Regis College and at several regional family health clinics.

María Luisa García-Verdugo

Marisa1MARIA LUISA GARCIA-VERDUGO (MARISA) is a native of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. She has been a Spanish-language reviewer of the National Spanish Examinations since 2010. Marisa holds a B.A. in education from the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres, Spain; a M.A. from Michigan State University at East Lansing in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics; and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. Marisa currently serves as the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University Northwest.


Jamise Kafoure

Jamise 2016JAMISE KAFOURE serves the NSE as Board Member and Director of the Junior Study Abroad and Senior Scholarship Programs. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana. Jamise holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and French and a Master's Degree in Education from Indiana State University and a Master's Degree in Counseling Education from Butler University. She taught Spanish and French for several years in the Indianapolis Public Schools and was a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Butler University where she initiated and directed the Guadalajara Study Tour in Mexico for Spanish students. Retired from public teaching in 2012, Jamise currently works as a bilingual counselor and is an Anger Management facilitator for Families First in Indianapolis. Her duties include counseling clients, couples, families, and victims of domestic violence.


Javier Serrano Aviles


JAVIER SERRANO AVILÉS joined the writing team of the National Spanish Exam in 2017.  He was born in Málaga, Andalucía (España) and studied Philosophy, Literature and Spanish in several Universities in Madrid, Granada and Barcelona. He has taught at secondary schools in Seville and Granada and, after having spent a year in Dublin, he moved to Kampala, Uganda where he was the first Spanish lecturer at the prestigious Makerere University.  From 2010 - 2018, he was Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya. He also served as the Language Program Coordinator of the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON).  Javier served as the Vice-President of the Association of Teachers of Spanish-Kenya (ATS-K).  From 2016-2018, Javier served as the President of the Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español (FIAPE), an umbrella organization comprising 20 associations of teachers of Spanish scattered among four continents, including AATSP. He is the editor of La enseñanza del español en África Subsahariana published by Instituto Cervantes in 2014 and currently is head of the Instituto Cervantes in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Maritza Sloan

lzinke1 MARITZA SLOAN has been teaching Spanish since 1993 with a major focus on AP Spanish Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture. She currently teaches at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to that, she taught for 15 years at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas where she developed the AP Spanish language and AP Spanish Literature Curriculum for the Plano ISD district. Maritza has a B.A. degree in Spanish from Oklahoma State University and a M.A. degree in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to her degrees, she has studied Spanish literature at the University of Salamanca and University of Santiago de Compostela. Maritza is an AP Language and Culture and AP Spanish Literature and Culture consultant for College Board and has presented many AP Language and AP Literature workshops and sessions at a variety of state, regional and national conferences. In 2012 Maritza was named Texas Foreign Language of the year. Maritza currently lives in Saint Louis, MO with her husband and daughter and travels to Costa Rica, her home country, as often as she can to visit her family and friends.


Ken Stewart

KEN STEWART has served as a writer for the National Spanish Examinations and is a retired Spanish teacher from Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Having studied in Seville and Salamanca, Spain, he is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. In addition to his work for NSE, Ken was the Spanish content editor for AP Central, an AP reader, table leader, and a College Board national consultant. He is the author of The Golden Age Art of Spain, Spanish Flip-O-Matic Vocabulary and Lazarillo de Tormes: A Kaplan Spanish Language Vocabulary-building novel. Ken has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Latin America. He has received many awards for his contribution to the profession: Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of the AATSP, the Central North Carolina Teacher of the Year by the State of NC, Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by FLANC, Regional Teacher of the Year by SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching), and ACTFL National Foreign Language Teacher of Year.


Mirtha Toledo

In Memoriam

MIRTHA TOLEDO (1936 – 2018) served as the primary reviewer and editor of the National Spanish Examinations from 2001 - 2018. She was born in Cuba, and came to the U.S. in 1960. In Cuba, Mirtha studied at Villanova University where she obtained her doctorate degree of Law. In the States, she obtained her B.A. and Master's degrees from Indiana State University. She worked on her PhD at Indiana University with a major in Peninsular Literature and a minor in Latin American History. In 1964, she started teaching at Valparaiso University in Indiana. After 36 years of teaching, she retired in 2000 with the title Professor Emerita. She was very active in AATSP, serving as a member of the Executive Council from 1988-1990 and participating on many committees. All those who knew Mirtha will remember her perfectionism, thoroughness, and demanding exactitude, especially on points of Spanish grammar and Cuban politics.