Our Management Team

Jerry Patton, Founding Partner / CEO

Jerry oversees strategy and policy for the company, managing international operations and insurance programs for LanguageCorps Teachers. He is a former senior executive in Human Resources for major multi-national companies in the high tech marketplace, including Compaq and Nortel. Jerry earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Northern Illinois University.

Linda Smith, Operations Director

Linda manages Teacher support services. She is a former executive whose 20+ years of professional experience include specializations in client satisfaction programs and international funds transfers. Linda has traveled throughout Europe and the Pacific, and has guided her eldest child's service projects in Latin America. She holds a bachelors degree in Foreign Languages from California State University.

Virginia Layton-Leal, Admissions Director

Virginia manages the admissions process for LanguageCorps. Her professional experience spans a range of roles from French and Spanish translation to international pharmaceutical marketing to environmental project management. She has studied and traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America, and holds a bachelor's degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College.

Jan Wright, Programs Director

Jan manages the program development for LanguageCorps. She has a background in Social Work, as well as Human Resources Management, including over ten years experience in recruiting and college relations. Jan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed a Master's Degree in Social Work at Boston University.

Michael Patton, Director of Marketing and Technology

Michael graduated with a B.S. in Economics-Finance from Bentley University in 2006. He has worked as a Financial Analyst for high tech and med-tech companies, including EMC² and ACMI, as well as volunteering to help manage the finances of the Aspergers Association of New England. Michael has also lived in Costa Rica, where he co-founded and ran the real estate firm CR Communities. In addition to living in Costa Rica, he has traveled throughout much of Latin America, Europe and Asia.


Jed Willard

Jed is a founding partner of LanguageCorps. He currently directs the Public Diplomacy Collaborative, a new multi-sector initiative to foster ideological exchange and promote democratic governance and values through effective international communication. Jed also serves on the Editorial Board of Abroad View magazine and the Advisory Board of Boston World Partnerships. Jed received his Bachelors in History from Harvard College and his Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a native of New Orleans.

David Egan

David is a founding partner of LanguageCorps. A former publisher and media company senior executive, and a successful entrepreneur, David was most recently a co-founder of THINQ Learning Solutions, a leading maker of learning management software.

Purvi Patwari

Purvi was the first Operations Director for LanguageCorps. She is a former Human Resources manager with extensive experience in international recruiting, cultural assimilation programs, and immigration administration.

Hemang Dave

Hemang helped clarify ideas during the founding of LanguageCorps, and continues to advise the company. He was a co-founder and Chairman of THINQ Learning Solutions. His career in high technology has spanned 20+ years. He was a senior strategy executive at Lotus Development Corporation, and at Internet incubator CMGi, where he helped build five successful start-up companies. Currently, he is an independent investor, with specific interest in the Asia market.

Lorna Stern

Lorna advises in areas of program development. She is the founder of Lorna Stern Associates, an educational consulting firm that advises international education programs in areas of marketing, development, publication and strategic development. Lorna has over 20 years of experience in study abroad and international student exchange. She was Deputy Director of the Center for Education Abroad at Arcadia University and administrator of the International Living Center at Cornell University.