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Gina Iannelli

Center Director, Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood)

Gina Iannelli is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood). She works closely with school staff to oversee all aspects of the Kings Education experience and works with students to give them the best possible educational and social outcomes while in sunny southern California.

"As I embark on my new journey as Center Director with Kings Education, I most look forward to interacting with the international students who call Hollywood home. I am amazed at the ability of these students to learn English and assimilate into American culture, and I hope our enthusiastic team can continue to make their transition positive and effortless. My goals are to propel the Hollywood location to the next level with my management experience and by learning from the center's dynamic group. Collaboration within the department will provide international students guidance to pursue their goals. As always, I continue to learn from not only my mentors and peers, but from the students I support."

"My love of literature led me to pursue a Bachelors in English, as well as a Masters in Marketing and Social Media. While working at California State University, Fullerton, I utilized my knowledge to foster meaningful relationships within the education system."

"Outside of work I fill my time with outdoor activities, the beach, my dogs and my family and friends. I am an avid traveler eager to learn more about cultures and traditions different from my own."

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Clay Barham

Student Services Coordinator

"As Student Services Coordinator, I take great joy in making sure Kings students have the best experience possible.

I have worked in education administration my entire career and am passionate about student service and success.

Away from work, I enjoy playing tennis and creating music with friends."

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Kayla Acosta

Student Services Coordinator

"Being the Student Services Coordinator means I am responsible for the out-of-class activities and outings. I encourage students to make friends, explore the city and take advantage of the many opportunities they're given to familiarize themselves with LA.

Prior to Kings, I was a student employee at Marymount California University working as the Marketing Director and Event Programmer for the Department of Student Life.

I was born and raised in LA so I love a lot about it. I think what I love most is there is always something to do at all hours of the day — which makes my job a lot easier!"

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Grace Zamora

Academic Affairs Manager

As Academic Affairs Manager at Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood), Grace supports students and teachers in pursuing their learning goals. She makes sure classes and textbooks are the right fit, and advises students seeking college acceptance. She also focuses on professional development for the teaching faculty, curriculum design and implementation, and assessment and reflective practices.

“A decade of experience in language teaching, teacher training, and curriculum development taught me that I care most about creating a community where people — students and teachers — feel excited to learn and comfortable enough to make mistakes, try new things, and share themselves with others.

If you ask my students who I am, they probably wouldn’t tell you about my undue amusement at puns, my obsession with motorhomes, nor my continual attempts to quit coffee, because they don’t have the vocabulary for that. Yet. But they can tell you how much fun they have communicating in English, how difficult but good the classes are, and how excited we all are to see one another every day at Kings.”

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Elizabeth Polanco

International Student Advisor

Elizabeth is the International Student Advisor at Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood). Her responsibilities include advising and helping students maintain lawful immigration status. She provides student services in areas such as student life, medical assistance, college counseling, personal counseling, and social activities.

“I was born in Los Angeles and know the ins and outs of Hollywood. I enjoy being part of Kings Education because I am able to meet and be part of an International Student's lifetime experience of studying abroad.

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts in and around LA, watching competitive sports, and trying different cuisines."

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Ross Victory

Assistant Director of Housing

"As a former Teacher and Marketing professional, I'm excited to join Kings and use diverse experiences to connect with students and show them a great time. I've traveled the world from Africa, Asia, Middle East, the Caribbean, Russia, Latin America, and the South Pacific Islands, so I have a strong sense of the international community and love learning about the best places to experience. As a 13-year-old boy, I went to Japan on a homestay exchange program and worked and lived in South Korea for a period of time, so I understand the dynamics of living and studying abroad."

"In my free time you can catch me at the gym, eating at the latest restaurants (or trying to cook!), enjoying holistic activities like massage or meditation, and creating music or binge watching Netflix. I look forward to meeting you!"

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Conley Patillo

Residential Advisor

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Edwin Manouchehri

Residential Advisor

"I am a graduate student working to get a Master's Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University. I graduated from UC Riverside with an Economics degree, hoping to use my knowledge to make an impact in Education. My love for education comes from wanting to develop and ensure a competent and prepared future generation of individuals. Using my international experience as well as more in person experience, I hope to help others get educated in the field of their desire.

On my own time I am a hiker with my dog, I play all sports including soccer, basketball, football, tennis and ping pong. I love to cook as a hobby and study the mysteries of the universe and life itself."