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.
In 2005, Anneke founded Language Lizard to make creative, effective, and fun language products available to promote language learning and support immigrant communities.

A first generation American, Anneke has worked in Japan and the US in various marketing and international business development positions. She studied children's writing and has experience teaching English to non-native speakers. Anneke
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 children's books Happy After All, Who Are We?, and With Flying Colors: Color Idioms, and the teacher's resource 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.

In March 2021, Anneke was selected as part of the Pledge 1% Women Who Lead series. Read about it here.


Diane Costa - Marketing & Content Development

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.

Carol Felicio - Content & Social Media

Carol holds a Master of the Arts in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College Columbia University and joined Language Lizard to continue her passion for early childhood and bilingual education. Previously, she has taught as an ESL instructor in both Spain and South Korea. At Language Lizard, she manages the blog, newsletter, and social media accounts.


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.

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.

Shailley Sinha - Operations

Shailley Sinha is a global product and customer engagement executive with work experience spanning Asia, Europe, and America. She has worked with Accenture, Nokia Networks and others. Shailley majored in History with minors in English Literature and Philosophy. She holds multiple technical certifications and is fluent in four languages.

Nicole Smith - Customer Outreach

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. Nicole has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has held audit, training, and sales positions in large corporations.

Katelyn Sullivan - Finance