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New Executive Director at Presentation Lantern Center
Megan Ruiz is the new executive director of the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, Iowa.
Megan has a master’s degree in education and teaching English as a second or other language. She has completed graduate-level coursework in business, English, cultural and linguistic diversity and has experience in leadership roles, community service and grant writing. Previously, she served as an academic advisor and disability services coordinator, as well as an instructor for the University of Dubuque.
Her passion for working with immigrants started in college when she volunteered as a conversation partner for University of Northern Iowa’s Culture and Intensive English program. Her commitment grew through the years as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and special education teacher, as well as a tutor and resource coordinator for immigrants and refugees.
“Megan comes to us with a wealth of skills and a heart for our mission,” said Tim Moothart, the non-profit’s board president. “She will be a blessing for all of us at the Presentation Lantern Center.”
The Presentation Lantern Center offers hospitality, advocacy and education to adult immigrants, including tutoring in English language skills and citizenship test preparation. The center was founded 15 years ago by the Dubuque Sisters of the Presentation who continue to sponsor the organization. Megan is the third executive director in the organization’s history.
“I’m thrilled I’ll be working full-time with English language learners, immigrants, refugees and community members in need, in addition to growing community partnerships and much more,” states Megan.
The Presentation Lantern Center has helped more than 1,000 adult immigrants from 65 countries achieve their goals, including 78 permanent residents who successfully passed their citizenship interview and test.