Conversa has been serving the Midwest as well as the entire United States and international markets for over 20 years in language services. We provide English as a Second Language instruction in a small, friendly environment. Conversa is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is five hours south of Chicago by car or bus, and 12 hours west of New York City by car. Conversa is “Helping the World Communicate”.

Gerry Thiemann, Company Director

Gerry Thiemann Gerry founded Conversa in 1989, with his wife, Carmen. He has an M.S. in Economics from Oregon State University and served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He is completely accessible to all employees, clients, students and customers, and encourages open communication. He is in charge of the administration of Conversa and helps students with housing, whether it is to help them find an apartment to rent or a room in an international student house. Feel free to contact him directly at, or 513-651-5679.

Stacy Buschhaus, Lead English Instructor

Stacy BuschhausStacy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College. She was a Fulbright English Teacher working in Germany instructing students in vocational and high schools. She brings energy to the classroom and makes her students relax with her warm, friendly personality. See how quickly you’ll learn English at Conversa with Stacy as your teacher.

Amy McIntosh, Director of Student Affairs

Amy McIntosh Amy has taught art and science for over 15 years, as well as having served in the AmeriCorps literacy program and as the Executive Director of Richmond Area Arts Council. She has a Master’s degrees in Botany and Printmaking. She loves to garden, cook, draw, and spend time with her son. Contact Amy if you want to apply at

Brian Snowden, Academic Coordinator

BrianBrian taught at Conversa for over six years. Once he got his PhD he moved on to teach business at Wilmington College and now has come back to Conversa to provide guidance on curriculum and supervising teachers. His voluminous vocabulary is only exceeded by his dedication and love of working with staff and students.

Todd Tipton, English Instructor

Todd Tipton Dr. Todd Tipton has been teaching more than 20 years, and has taught English for over 4 years.  He has studied with numerous world renowned educators and earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Before Conversa, he taught privately, and also at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Minnesota. The idea of moving students towards conscious change rather than merely getting them to do certain things is axial to his teaching philosophy.  This change is the essence of improvement and the foundation of learning to effectively speak and write with security and confidence.  

Linda Geisselbrecht, English Instructor

Linda GeisselbrechtLinda has a wealth of experience in teaching, including teaching German to Americans at Northern Kentucky University. After getting her BS at Northeastern University in Boston, she worked for international companies and is an active political volunteer. She was a magistrate and has performed many weddings in Northern Kentucky. She would love to teach you at Conversa.

Lauren Carver, Accountant

Lauren Carver Lauren has a B.S. in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She is responsible for accounting and payroll for Conversa. Lauren’s presence brings sunshine to our office. You can contact her at 513-651-5679, or

Jim Karwisch, English Instructor

Jim KARWISHJim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. He taught English as Second language in Chinese high schools for five years. Jim brings his sense of humor to the classroom and keeps the class interesting with his warm, friendly personality. You’ll learn English and get a unique perspective on American culture at Conversa with Jim as your teacher.

Lisa White, English Instructor

LisaLisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester. She has been tutoring Korean students in English since 2010 and was a TOEFL instructor for Kaplan for 6 years. Lisa brings a high level of energy and a wealth of experience to her classroom. You’ll learn English quickly with Lisa’s personal, friendly teaching style guiding you.

Amanda Fineberg

LisaAmanda is on Conversa’s Board of Advisors. She is the Regional Development Specialist for the University of Phoenix. In her role, she presents Professional Development solutions to groups of 5-150 people. She also has experience with advising students in their enrollment at the university and has held executive positions in the fields of marketing and banking. She brings a lot of excitement and possibilities to Conversa.

George Sehi

LisaGeorge was a founding member of Conversa’s Board of Advisors. He came from Iran to study English in the United States and went on to earn a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, M.S. in Thermal & Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Academic Administration. His experience includes being a professor and Dean at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and he founded Women Walking West, a foundation dedicated to assisting women form other countries in the United States further their educational and professional careers. George is both a valuable resource to Conversa and to the Greater Cincinnati community.

Iten Elyassaki

ItenIten is a member of Conversa’s Board of Advisors. She is the International Coordinator at Children’s Hospital. She helps international patients and their families have a comfortable and successful stay at the hospital by providing them with orientation, collaborates with doctors and nurses working with the patients. She also attends to patients’ cultural, religious and personal needs while at the hospital. Her board membership helps Conversa better serve the local international population.

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