Staff & Board of Directors
Language School & Goethe Exams
Born and raised in Munich, languages have been part of my life from the beginning. Early on I learned Latin, French and English, have been exposed to Telugu and Sanskrit, and am currently learning Spanish. Certified by the Goethe Institute to teach German as a foreign language, I have found a real passion in sharing my native language and culture. When I’m not teaching, I’m training to become a Master Gardener.
I was raised in Southern Germany (Black Forest), where I received a degree in Business Management. Steps of my professional career in Germany included positions as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator before I came to the US in August 2009. I joined the Dallas Goethe Center in January 2018. I also support the German Community by working as an Assistant to the Honorary Consul of Germany in Dallas. At DGC my focus is the coordination of programs, managing the communication, and I am your day-to-day contact. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jacob-Ivan Eidt
I am an Associate Professor of German and director of the German program at the University of Dallas. I have degrees from the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Bavaria and the University of Texas at Austin. I have published articles on Goethe, Rilke, Wagner, Nietzsche, and German Film. I have been with the DGC for over ten years.
Dr. Christoph D. Weber
I am an Associate Professor of German -Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of North Texas. I received a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I specialize in disaster narratives in modern German literature, memory studies, and aesthetic theory. Together with Dr. Ivan Eidt, I co-edited the Festschrift Goethe’s «Bildung»: Dialog Between Tradition and Innovation which collects the scholarly articles presented at the Goethe Symposium that was organized by the DGC in April, 2016.
Dorothea (Didi) Wykes
Treasurer and Past President
While living in Berlin, I was educated as a Reformhaus Fachverkäuferin and Apothekenhelferin. I am a Critical Facility Manager and I am an International Facility Management Association® Certified Facility Manager® and hold a Certified Data Center Design® certification. When not working, I love to travel and I am an avid scuba diver.
I first developed an interest in German language and culture while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. Now, I am continuing my education through the DGC language and cultural programs. I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, and I hope to attend law school in the future.
I first began to learn German as a sophomore in college, and I was hooked from that point on. Over the years I dove deeper into the language and culture including travel to Germany, participating in collegiate German drama productions, and as an exchange student at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum.
I am a sixth generation Texan and fifth generation Dallas resident. Professionally, I am an attorney and a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and a board certified civil trial attorney with Eddleman and Clark. I am also a past President of JHG Texas and the Dallas Goethe Center.
Dr. Christoffer Koch
I am a native of Berlin-Pankow and moved to Dallas in 2011. After a decade at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, I am now back at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. I served as Treasurer of the Dallas Goethe Center for five years. My undergraduate degree is from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and I received a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University where I was a Rhodes Scholar.
Maddalena De Nicola
I am a German and English instructor at Tarrant County Community College, where I am the Chair of the Academic Foundations department at TCC Northeast. I have been teaching German, ESOL, Developmental English and English Composition courses for over 20 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in German and French from UNT and a master’s degree in German Literature from UTA.
I am originally from Finland and I am a passionate advocate for continuous learning. I enjoy German culture and language. I have been a part of DGC Board of Directors since 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA in Marketing Management.
Originally from Korea, I studied voice at Australian National University and at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I have taught voice and opera at TCU since 2005 and my research focuses on modern European Art Song repertoire. I served as a Fulbright Scholar visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania, culminating with the publication of “Anthology of Lithuanian Art Songs” in 2018.
Dr. John Douglas Macready
I am a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College, where I teach introductory courses in philosophy, ethics, logic, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a certificate in intermediate German (B1) from the Goethe Institute in Göttingen, Germany. I specialize in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, and I am the author of Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Human Dignity (Lexington, 2018) and A Continental Guide to Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).
I received degrees from Louisiana Tech University (B.S. Economics) and Munich Business School (M.A. International Business) and currently work as a Mergers & Acquisitions consulting manager at Baker Tilly in Plano. Prior to moving to Texas, I worked in M&A at KPMG in Hamburg, Germany, where I also attained level C1 on the German language placement exam (DaF). I enjoy remaining connected with the German language and culture and am excited to have been able to join the Goethe Center in 2021.
I was raised in Bavaria, but Wanderlust got the best of me in 1984. I lived in Greece and Israel for a while before ending up in the US. I have passion for travel, languages and different cultures. To stay connected to my roots, the language and the traditions of Germany, I am excited to be part of the dallas Goethe Center Board.
Dr. Stephen Grollman
Since 2016, I’ve been at Southern Methodist University, where I serve as Senior Lecturer of German and German area chair. From 2002-2016 I was Associate Professor of German at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to that, I received my doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis and studied abroad at the Universität Heidelberg. My teaching interests range from language and literature to business German. Along with undergraduate teaching, I actively work with high school German teachers on the Board of the AATG and as a German AP exam grader.
I have been with DGC since 2014. I taught ESL for Richardson ISD, and currently teach ESL for Texas Refugee Services. I have a Master’s Degree from Indiana University and I speak German, English, Italian and French. I am a retired opera soloist and university teacher, and I have a bookstore on Ebay.
I was born and raised in Aurich, a small town in North Germany near the North Sea and bordering the Netherlands, I completed a Master’s in Education in Germany and have been teaching ever since. I enjoy being outdoors in nature, doing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Since August 2019 I have been sharing my passion for the language and culture of the German-speaking countries at DGC. I’m also a musicologist, composer, and music professor specialized in Austro-German and US-American art music. Visit my website at www.navidbargrizan.com
“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It is a sign for bravery.” I love this quote from Amy Chua and appreciate all the students who are brave enough to learn the wonderful German language. I am from Berlin Germany and came to the U.S. in 2019. I studied German and German literature at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin. At the DGC I love to see my students learn, laugh while learning German. Let’s go on this journey together. Ich freue mich auf dich!
Celia von Falkenhausen
I am originally from Hamburg, a beautiful port City in the North of Germany. I am passionate about languages and their importance for intercultural understanding. My goal is to teach German in a way that is motivating and fun for learners. I enjoy passing on my knowledge of the German language and culture just as much as I enjoy learning about the languages and cultures of my students.
I was born in Georgia/Tbilisi. As a student, I first moved to Germany and later to Austria to study German linguistics and German as a second language. I have a Master’s degree and since 2014 I have been teaching at the DGC. I am also a lecturer of German at the University of Texas at Arlington. The two things that I miss the most about Germany are German bakeries, and hiking in the forest.
I grew up in Vienna and Lower Austria. I graduated with a bilingual International Baccalaureate and Austrian Matura equivalency. I earned BAs in Linguistics, Critical Languages & International Studies: German, and the Certificate in Translation & Localization from the University of Texas at Arlington. I work as a freelance translator, conference interpreter and teach German at the University of Texas at Arlington.
I was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, but grew up in the small town of Bad Soden in the Taunus mountains. I moved to the United States in 1981 and studied to become a Montessori teacher. I taught lower elementary students in private schools in the Metroplex area for 30 years. Following my passion for teaching, I started working with the children’s classes at the Dallas Goethe Center in 2013. I have also been a German language instructor for adult student classes and individual private lessons.