Meet The Language Lizard Team

Language Lizard is a woman-owned business. Our team is happy to help you meet the needs of the language learners that you support. Please feel free to reach out to us using the Contact Form on our site. Your email will be directed to the correct person.

Anneke Vanmarcke Forzani - Owner & Founder

Anneke has been a language enthusiast since birth as a result of chatting with her Belgian grandma while feeding the chickens; munching on sushi and edamame with her Japanese colleagues; and searching out the best chocolate croissants in Paris with her French friends.

In 2005, Anneke founded Language Lizard to make creative, effective and fun language products available to promote the joys and benefits of early language learning. Products that expose children not only to other languages, but also to other cultures and traditions, and can benefit bilingual families, world language teachers, and educators who work with English Language Learners.

A first generation American, Anneke worked in Japan and the US in consulting, ethnic marketing and international business development positions. She has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University 's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and an MBA-MA in International Business from the Wharton School and Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Anneke has studied children's writing and has experience teaching English to non-native speakers. She is a member of the National Network for Early Language Learning and the New Jersey Bilingual Educators/Teachers of English as a Second Language Association. She has written articles related to early language and culture learning which have appeared in numerous blogs and online magazines, and has been featured on Public Radio International's The World in Words. Anneke is the author of the forthcoming book, Building Bridges with Bilingual Books and Multicultural Resources.

Diane Costa - Marketing

Diane has worked in a variety of industries, including banking, education, and libraries. In her spare time, she does research for a local historic site, searches the tristate area for the best pizza, and reads one hundred books a year. Her work for Language Lizard lets her express her lifelong passion for books and literacy.

Ximena Garcia-Noriega - Customer Relations

Ximena moved from Mexico to the United States fifteen years ago to complete her education. She has a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Kean University. She is passionate about other cultures and traditions. Language Lizard allows her to communicate with people from different backgrounds, helping to meet their needs by providing outstanding customer service.

Sue Kwon - Content & Social Media

Sue has been managing the blog, newsletter, and social media accounts for Language Lizard since 2013. She is a graduate of University of California, Irvine. In her free time, she is a Girl Scouts USA volunteer.

Katelyn LoBue - Finance

Karen Riley - Operations

Prior to joining Language Lizard, Karen had managed Operations and IT Organizations at various Fortune 500 companies (in the Financial Services, Multinational Conglomerate, and Luxury Retail industries). When not on the job, Karen enjoys travelling with her family, volunteering for local non-profit organizations, and cooking for family and friends.