Meet The Language Lizard Team
Language Lizard is a woman-owned small 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 - President & 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 studied children's writing and has experience teaching English to non-native speakers. Anneke is a member of the the New Jersey Bilingual Educators/Teachers of English as a Second Language Association and the National Network for Early Language Learning. 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 With Flying Colors: Color Idioms and Building Bridges with Bilingual Books and Multicultural Resources: A Practical Manual of Lesson Plans, Literacy Games, and Fun Activities from Around the World to Celebrate Diversity in the Classroom and at Home.
To hear an interview of Anneke Forzani on Hunterdon Chamber Radio, discussing the mission and founding of Language Lizard, click here.
To see the Facebook Live recording of the interview, click here.
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. Diane is the author of the multicultural children's idiom book, Fresh as a Daisy: Nature Idioms. 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.
Nicole Smith - Customer Outreach
Nicole has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She held audit, training, and sales positions in large corporations. Nicole has been the New Jersey Volunteer Chapter Leader for the global non profit Room to Read since 2011. She is enthralled with people, language, culture, and customs.