Our Team

 

Staff & Board of Directors

Annika Sommer
Language School & Goethe Exams
Annika grew up in a small German town called Blankenstein which is known for its castle built in the 13th century. After majoring in German literature, German as a foreign and second language and theology, she worked at the University of Bonn as well as for the Goethe-Institut Bonn and other language schools in Germany and then full-time in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2015 Annika moved to Dallas and started working for the Dallas Goethe Center. Coordinating the German language program and administering the Goethe exams is fun, but teaching is her passion. She also enjoys reading, hiking, making music and traveling with her husband and her two sons. 

Beate Fehrenbach
Programs
Beate was raised and lived in Southern Germany (Black Forest), where she received her education and a degree in Business Management. Steps of her professional career in Germany included positions as Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator before she came to the US in August 2009. Beate joined the Dallas Goethe Center in January 2018. She also supports the German Community by working as an Assistant to the Honorary Consul of Germany, Dallas. Beate’s focus is the coordination of programs for the Dallas Goethe Center, managing the communication, and she is your day-to-day contact for any questions or suggestions you may have. You can reach her via email: programs@dallasgoethecenter.org; info@dallasgoethecenter.org

Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt
President
Dr. Eidt is an Associate Professor of German and Chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Dallas.  His father’s family immigrated to the United States from the German Rhineland and his mother is originally from Honduras.  He has degrees from the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Bavaria and the University of Texas at Austin.  He has published articles on Rilke, Wagner, Goethe, Nietzsche, and German Film. Dr. Eidt has always been in love with German culture, music and literature.  lives in Irving with his wife Laura, who is also a professor of German and Spanish and a native of Hamburg.  They have three bilingual children who also love everything German – including Goethe poems.

Dr. Christoph D. Weber
Vice President
Associate Professor of German -Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.  Dr. Weber received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He specializes in disaster narratives in modern German literature, memory studies, and aesthetic theory. Recent articles have focused on the representation of the bombing war against Nazi Germany. In 2015, he published a monograph on the literary representation of natural disasters in eighteenth-century German texts. Together with Dr. Ivan Eidt, he co-edited the Festschrift Goethe’s «Bildung»: Dialog Between Tradition and Innovation which collects the scholarly articles presented at the Goethe Symposium that was organized by the Dallas Goethe Center on April 22, 2016.

Dorothea (Didi) Wykes
Past President
Didi is a Critical Facility Manager. In her current role, Didi manages day to day operations of a Facebook Data Center building in Roanoke Texas for CitigroupFort Worth. Didi is an International Facility Management Association® CertifiedFacility Manager® and holds a Certified Data Center Design® certification from CNet Training. Didi was educated as a Reformhaus Fachverkäuferin and Apothekenhelferin while living in Berlin Germany. When not working, Didi volunteers with various organizations including the Dallas Goethe Center, MetrocrestSocial Services, and the North Texas Irish Festival. She loves to travel and is an avid scuba diver. Didi lives in Carrollton Texas.

Dr. Jonas Bunte
Secretary
Jonas moved to Texas in 2013. He is an Associate Professor of Political Economy, studying the Politics of Finance in Developing Countries. He is interested in Goethe not only as the poet, but also in his roles as finance minister to Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar or as a scholar of physics engaging in academic debates with Isaac Newton. Jonas received a B.S. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth in Germany; a M.Sc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, UK, and a M.A and Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Christoffer Koch
Treasurer
Christoffer Koch is a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is a native of Berlin-Pankow, Germany, and moved to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex in 2011 after brief stints are Lehman Brothers, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and received a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He lives with his wife Laura and their two dogs Teddy and Lou in Old Lake Highlands. He enjoys cycling the amazing network of Dallas biking trails and walking nearby White Rock Lake. 

Brad Standridge
Program Chair
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Brad first began to learn German as a sophomore in college, and he was hooked from that point on.  Over the next several years he dove deeper into the language and culture.  This included spending several weeks in Germany as a 20-year old, participating in multiple collegiate German drama productions, and finally serving as an exchange student at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum.

Robert Clark
Robert M. “Bob” Clark is a sixth generation Texan and fifth generation Dallas resident. His mother’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Wunsiedel, Bavaria (grandfather) and Königsberg, Prussia (great-grandmother) in the 1880s. Professionally, Bob is a Texas attorney who is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, and is a board certified civil trial attorney with Eddleman and Clark.  He is a past President of JHG Texas and the Dallas Goethe Center. Bob received a Juris Doctor-Law from Oklahoma City University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from Hillcrest High School in Dallas. Bob is an Episcopalian. His travels chiefly involve Johanniter events as well as  an annual fall trip to Italy, and a Christmas trip to New York City.

Linda McDonald
Linda McDonald is a life long Dallas area resident. She studied German at the University of Dallas and has worked in the automotive industry as an accounting manager and controller. After her daughter was grown, she returned to her interest in German language and culture, joined the Dallas Goethe Center, and began taking classes through the DGC language program. Linda joined the board in 2012 where she served as treasurer for four years. She currently coordinates der Salon. 

Maddalena De Nicola
Maddalena is a German and English instructor at Tarrant County Community College in Hurst, Texas.  She has been teaching German, ESOL, Developmental English and English Composition courses full-time as a full-time instructor for over 20 years. As of August 2020, Maddalena will be the Chair of the Academic Foundations department at TCC Northeast. Maddalena enjoys traveling, most of all throughout Europe, and she travels once or twice a year to Italy. Germany and Austria with her family and friends. She has also taken groups of students to those countries several times. Maddalena has a bachelor’s degree in German and French from UNT and a master’s degree in German Literature from UTA.

Tuula Westlake
Tuula is a strategic marketing professional and customer advocate with over 15 years of experience in driving strategic initiatives and resolving complex business problems in a matrix environment in Fortune 100 companies. Both at work and in her spare time, Tuula enjoys connecting with people and building relationships. As a passionate advocate for continuous learning Tuula enjoys German culture and language, plus Berlin is one of her favorite travel destinations. She has been a Member at Large in the DGC Board of Directors since 2018. She is a past president of MPI D/FW Chapter and volunteers with AASHA. Tuula has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA in Marketing Management. She also holds CASE and PMP certifications.

Michael Korrie
Michael Korrie  joined the Dallas Goethe Center about 5 years ago. He speaks Spanish and English, however,  he wanted to learn German. The DGC served as a good organization in order to facilitate his learning of German and to acquire knowledge of the German culture. The cultural programs, Stammtisch with meet-up, along with their school has served as a great resource and helped him become a good German Speaker.


Anushka Limaye
Anushka Limaye was raised in Dallas, Texas, and is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. She first developed her interest in German language and culture while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, and is now continuing her education through the DGC language and cultural programs. Professionally, Anushka works in management consulting at Bain & Company, and is hoping to attend law school in the future. In her spare time, Anushka enjoys rock climbing, traveling, and baking.


San-ky Kim
Korean born tenor San-ky Kim started his musical training after studying Economic at Korea University.  While studying voice at Australian National University, San-ky received Australia-New Zealand Foundation Award which enabled him to further his studies at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Following his debut with the Philadelphia Opera Company, tenor San-ky Kim’s career led to Europe, performing in Helsinki, Biel, Bern, Amsterdam, Brussels, Ghent, Lisbon, and Prague before settling in Germany.  San-ky has performed more than 40 major tenor operatic roles throughout the world.  San-ky has taught voice and opera at TCU since 2005 and his research focuses on modern European Art Song repertoire.  Recently, San-ky served as a Fulbright Scholar visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania, culminating with the publication of  “Anthology of Lithuanian Art Songs” in 2018.

 

Teachers

Edward Crafts
Edward Crafts holds a Master’s Degree from Indiana University and speaks German, English, Italian and French. He has been teaching Beginning to Intermediate German at DGC since 2014. He has also taught ESL for Richardson ISD, and currently teaches ESL for Texas Refugee Services. Edward is a retired opera soloist and university teacher, and has a bookstore on Ebay.


Alexandra Willmann
My name is Alexandra Willmann. I am an authentic Bavarian, born in Munich.  I moved to Dallas in 2018. Even though my degree is in economics/finance and I have worked as an executive assistant in several industries.  My new passion is teaching. I joined the Dallas Goethe Center in Winter 2018 and I love sharing the German language and culture with our students. I am passionate about cooking, gardening, traveling and my hometown’s Fußballclub, Bayern München.


Jutta Handte
Born and raised in Aurich, a small town in North Germany near the North Sea and bordering the Netherlands, Jutta received her Masters in Education in Germany and has been teaching children, young adults, and adult students ever since. She holds an additional MA degree from Lesley University, Cambridge. Jutta has been a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Boston since January 2007. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors in nature, doing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. Jutta just recently moved to Dallas.


Navid Bargrizan
It has been my pleasure to work with my colleagues at the Dallas Goethe Center since August 2019, to share with you my passion for the language and culture of the German-speaking countries. I’m also a musicologist, composer, and music professor specializing in Austro-German and US-American music from the late-18th century. If you are interested in the arts, please visit my website: www.navidbargrizan.com.


Ewelina Raszewska
Learning languages has always been my passion since elementary school. I can proudly say that I speak 5 languages: Polish (my native language), German, English, French and Spanish. I have also been interested in different cultures, psychology and travelling. That’s why I majored in Cultural studies, Linguistics and Social Science at the European University “Viadrina” in Frankfurt an der Oder. I also participated in several European programs (e.g. Au Pair, Erasmus, Leonardo) that allowed me to travel, live in different places, and get to know the languages and cultures of these countries (Germany, Belgium, France). After receiving my master’s degree, I completed post-graduate studies in “German Language Teaching” in Samuel Bogumil Linde College of Modern Languages, which gave me the required qualifications to teach German. 

Jenny Mannigel
“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It is a sign for bravery.” I love this quote from Amy Chua and appreciate all the students who are brave enough to learn the wonderful German language. My language. I am from Berlin Germany and came to the U.S. in 2019. I have always been interested in the German language, which led me to study German and German literature at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin. Here in the U.S. I found my passion to teach. I have been teaching German at the Dallas Goethe Center for one year, and it really fulfills me as a human being to see my students learn, laugh and make some great progress in learning German. Teaching for me is a giving and taking, an intercultural exchange and most of all fun! Let’s go on this journey together. Ich freue mich auf dich!

Celia von Falkenhausen
My name is Celia von Falkenhausen, I am an enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced native German speaker, Teacher and Tutor with a broad cultural background and a University degree. I am originally from Hamburg, a beautiful port City in the North of Germany. I am passionate about languages and their importance for intercultural understanding. My goal is to teach German in a way that is motivating and fun for learners. I enjoy passing on my knowledge of the German language and culture just as much as I enjoy learning about the languages and cultures of my students.


Keti Karukhnishvili
I was born in Georgia/Tbilisi. As a student, I first moved to Germany and later to Austria to study German linguistics and German as a second language. I have a Master’s degree in Linguistics and 15 years of experience in teaching German as a second language. I taught German in “Vorstudienlehrgang” at the University of Vienna, the State University of Georgia, and at the University of North Texas. Since 2014 I have been teaching German at the Dallas Goethe Center; In 2015  I started a job as a lecturer of German at the University of Texas at Arlington. I love and enjoy my job. I am the luckiest person because I am able to do for a living what I love and enjoy the most. My hobbies are reading,  hiking, and traveling with my family. While  living in Texas there are two things that I miss the most about Germany, German bakeries, and hiking in the forest.

Gabrielle Moser
I grew up in Vienna and Lower Austria, graduating with a bilingual International Baccalaureate as well as Austrian Matura equivalency. The daughter of an opera singer, I spent my childhood immersed in Austrian and German music, culture, and history. Having learned English and German simultaneously from birth on, I have a deep understanding of Germanic languages and enjoy studying them. I earned BAs in Linguistics, Critical Languages & International Studies: German, and the Certificate in Translation & Localization from the University of Texas at Arlington, continuing on to obtain my MA in Translation & Interpretation (German/English) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Having lived in the Dallas area since 2000, I work as a freelance translator and conference interpreter and teach German at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as the Dallas Goethe Center.

Beatrice Underwood
I was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, but grew up in the small town of Bad Soden in the Taunus mountains. I moved to the United States in 1981 and studied to become a Montessori teacher. I taught lower elementary students in private schools in the Metroplex area for 30 years. Following my passion for teaching, I started working with the children’s classes at the Dallas Goethe Center in 2013. I have also been a German language instructor for adult student classes and individual private lessons. When I am not actively involved in teaching,I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my two dogs.