Our Awesome Staff
Toby Sorrels | Executive Director
Toby Sorrels is a native Floridian who has visited a variety of cultures ranging from Beijing China to primitive villages in the Amazon Jungle. Toby is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and he earned two Masters degrees in Cultural Studies and Communication. He has done graduate study abroad and has served as Executive Director of International Friendship since 2000. He travels abroad several times a year to teach and lecture on education, communication, and language learning. He enjoys fishing, travel, and photography. Toby and his wife Linda, have been married for 34 years and have two adult children, Stephanie and David.
Ardith Bissinger | Administrative Coordinator
Ardith Bissinger has been Administrative Coordinator of International Friendship since 2006. Ardith is an important link with the community at large by coordinating activities and communications. She loves meeting people from different cultures and is a conversation partner to many internationals. Along with her multitude of responsibilities she is also the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director.
Kevin Kelsey | Campus Coordinator
Born and raised in Florida, Kevin Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has also earned a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and is currently working on a second Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Kevin has traveled to several countries and enjoys cultural exchange with international students and scholars. Kevin is a sports enthusiast and an avid Gator fan. He also likes to read, travel, listen to music and spend time with his wife and three children.
Lark Kelsey | Campus Staff
Lark Kelsey is a long-time resident of Florida and a graduate of the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has visited several different countries and enjoys traveling and trying new foods. Lark enjoys reading, listening to music, photography and digital scrapbooking. She and her husband Kevin have three energetic children.
Dr. Doug Halsne | Director of Education
Doug holds Masters and Doctoral degrees and has done graduate study abroad in Europe. He and his wife Karis, have traveled to 36 different countries and enjoy interacting with people from various cultures. Doug is an engaging teacher who enjoys reading, outdoor sports, and the Chicago Cubs. He has been married to his wife Karis for 39 years, and they have 2 adult children, Jordan and Jessica, and 2 grandchildren.
Gordon Greene | Associate Staff
Gordon is a native Floridian. He has traveled extensively outside the US and has lived abroad in England for two years working with an international team of linguistic scholars. He has also traveled to Latin American countries to serve the poor and underprivileged. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gordon was awarded his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1981. He has also earned two Masters degrees in Cultural Studies and Counseling. Gordon mentors graduate students and faculty in allied health, law, and business at the University of Florida. Gordon and his wife, Ruth (a British expatriate), have been married for 24 years and have four children: Hannah, Josh, Dan, and Elizabeth. Josh and Dan are undergrads at the University of Florida, and Dan is a volunteer at International Friendship (studying abroad this fall semester in Hong Kong).
Samuel Ewing | American Intern
Samuel Ewing is a student who has volunteered with IF for 5 years. He will be studying linguistics at the University of Florida. He enjoys interacting with people from different cultures and plans to do linguistic work abroad.
Shichang Liao | International Intern
Shichang Liao is a Chinese scholar from Quanzhou City, Fujian Province. He is a graduate of the University of Florida earning a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His expertise is in software development and video editing. Shichang has earned several of the IF English Class awards.