Continuing and Professional Education Staff

Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center

Susan Wirt
Executive Director 

Susan is responsible for directing, supervising, and overseeing the entire Continuing & Professional Education Program. After living in New York City to attend Juilliard and living in Europe, Susan finally settled in Columbus, Georgia to build her career. 

wirt_susan@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8463 

 

 

 

Samantha Gurski
Assistant Director

Sam as we love to call her, is responsible for supervising and overseeing Continuing & Professional Education’s programming, camps, daily operations and more. Sam loves dogs & rescued is her favorite breed

gurski_samantha@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8365 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Daniel
Operations Manager

Brooke is responsible for directing, supervising, and overseeing the operational, administrative, and fiscal functions of Continuing & Professional Education. She loves the color black and wears it daily.

daniel_brooke@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8054 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Jarrett
Marketing Coordinator 

Alexis is responsible for overseeing the synergistic marketing efforts of the Continuing & Professional Education department. She loves marketing, spell check, naps and long walks to get tacos.

jarrett_alexis1@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8328 

 

 

 

Monae Thomas
Operations Coordinator

Monae is our customer service guru. She provides operational and administrative support for Continuing & Professional Education. She is the point of contact for facility management which includes inspecting and ensuring all classroom, meeting, and lobby/hallway spaces are prepared as specified and are operationally ready. SHE LOVES PURPLE!

thomas_monae@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8070 

 

 

 

Madeline Pieper-Wolff
Program Director, Empowered Youth of Columbus 

Madeline plans, observes, and implements program and fiscal responsibilities for the EYC 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program + staff. We believe she is secretly wonder woman but have yet to find her changing station or outfit.

 

Pieperwolff_madeline@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8737 

 

 

Dominique Davis
Event Manager
Rankin Gardens & Atrium, Turner Center, and University Hall 

If you want an exceptional event, call Dom. Dom is responsible for overseeing the sales and event efforts of the Continuing & Professional Education department. He’s your guy if you’re looking to get married at The Rankin Gardens and Atrium and beyond. Dom enjoys food although we’ve only ever seen him eat once.

davis_dominique@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8329 

 

 

 

Kenny Gray
Photography Program Coordinator 

Kenny oversees our Digital Photography Program + more located in the Historic Rankin Arts Building in Uptown Columbus. He is our version of Gandolf the White – gentle and sweet. 

gray_kenny@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8366 

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE STAFF AND INSTRUCTORS

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Ryan Todt

English Language Institute Program Coordinator

Ryan has been in education for 12+ years and has been teaching for at least 7 of those years. Teaching at the ELI has given him the opportunity to meet new people and to learn about so many other cultures and to see the world from a more international perspective. He has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from Covenant College and a certificate in TESOL. He has been to several different countries including South Africa, Peru, Mexico, and a Native American reservation. Originally from Missouri, he has lived in The South for over 20 years now. He lives in the Columbus area with his wife and three children. Mr. Todt is an avid reader and enjoys studying philosophy, history, pop culture and science. 

 

 

 

 

Karenn Marin

ELI/Youth Coordinator

Karenn provides administrative and operational support at the ELI. She speaks fluent spanish, and enjoys communicating necessary information with students who are enthusiastic to learn a new language. She is also the coordinator for the Immersion Excursion and Activate Programs. She likes to try new food and enjoys the outdoors.

 

INSTRUCTORS

 

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Paige has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Reading, Language, Literacy, ESOL) degree from Georgia State University. She has been teaching ESL in community and academic settings for four years to students from a variety of backgrounds. Paige is currently teaching the Level 4 class, helping our students prepare for the TOEFL exam and future educational experiences and careers. In addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, solving puzzles, and camping and hiking with her husband and three sons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacey Broom

Stacey has a Bachelor of Education degree in Communicative Disorders and a Master of Education degree in Speech Pathology from Columbus College (now Columbus State University), and has received TESOL certification. She has taught English as a Second Language privately for over 13 years, and she taught several short-term classes at the English Language Institute before joining the staff as a part-time instructor. She is now teaching the beginning level Reading & Vocabulary, Writing, and Grammar classes. Stacey enjoys reading, teaching and serving in her church, and spending time with her family.