UCLA Extension

The ALC Academic Office

Meet the Staff

The Lindbrook Center (Classroom Site)
10920 Lindbrook Drive
Los Angeles, California 90024
Telephone: (310) 794-3251 | Fax: (310) 794-3259

Tara Neuwirth
Associate Director & Director of Intensive English Programs
Tara is the Academic Director of the Academic Intensive English and Intensive English Communication programs. From 1990 to 1997, she was an instructor in the academic program. Tara holds a BA from Stanford University, and an MA and MPhil from Yale University. She has directed English-language programs in New York City and Italy, and has lived in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Jelizabeth True

Jelizabeth “Jay” True
Program Manager
Jay has been the ALC’s Program Manager since June 2015 and has worked for the UC system for over 17 years. She and her staff handle all administrative matters related to Intensive English programs. Jay holds a BA in Art History and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master’s in Education from University of California, Los Angeles.



Lisa Caruso
Student Affairs Advisor
Lisa assists ALC students with academic/program inquiries and support, university and career plans beyond their intensive English studies here at ALC, adjusting to living in Los Angeles, and other personal questions or concerns they may have. Prior to ALC, she worked as an admissions counselor at UC Santa Barbara. Lisa has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling from University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and has studied abroad in China and Austria.

Michael White

Michael White
Program Representative
Mike has worked many years for UCLA Extension, previously in Marketing and Facilities departments. He holds a BA in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mike is part of the operations team helping run the Intensive ESL day-time programs.

June Kim

June Kim
Program Assistant
June joined the ALC in 2012. As a Program Assistant she is a part of the Lindbrook Center admin team that supports the Intensive English Programs. June graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in Linguistics and Global Studies. She speaks English, Korean, and Spanish.

Karina Meza
Administrative Assistant II
Karina joined UCLA Extension’s American Language Center as a Program Assistant in 2013. She became a part of the administrative team that supports the Intensive English Programs in 2016.
Karina holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Cristy Portlock
Administrative Assistant II
Has been an Administrative Assistant II for ALC since 2016. She graduated from Hofstra University in New York and has a B.A. in Linguistics.