Our Management Team
Jessica Rose Miller, Executive Director
Jessica has always had passion for leadership development and initiating personal change as she is proud to be a first generation college graduate. Her passion for international education and social entrepreneurship stems from various experiences studying, living and working abroad, as well as years of experience operating and managing international programs in developing countries for GLA. Jessica is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she studied history, anthropology and Spanish. She believes in the genuine inspiration and transformation of the next generation through authentic, international learning experiences abroad.
Judy Calkins, Financial Controller
A California native, Judy is the Financial Controller, earning her degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. She has held several finance, leadership, and IT positions during that time. She has traveled internationally to Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Peru. She has volunteered in Peru, with Big Sisters and in youth sports. She loves reading, hiking, snow skiing and trying new adventures, and is proud to help broaden high school students' understanding of other cultures with GLA.
Brett Scuiletti, Director of Marketing
Brett describes his job as connecting people from digital spaces to real-life places. He graduated as a Journalism and Communications Fellow from Elon University and has been incredibly fortunate to travel to five continents so far - Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas - on his journey to visit them all.
Carly Sullivan, Director of Program Operations
With a degree in Natural Resource Management and a deep admiration for the outdoors, Carly believes the world is our classroom and the most effective type of education is through experience. Carly started working with GLA in 2010 and spent 4 consecutive summers abroad directing GLA programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Carly has been deeply moved by the transformation that occurs when one extends themselves beyond their borders and she works every day to ignite that passion while increasing empathy for every student and staff member who passes on through our programs each year.
Korissa Zanrosso, Director of Admissions & Systems
As a Green Bay, Wisconsin native, Korissa is a proud All-American Cheesehead! However, she found her home as a global citizen and uncovered a deep passion and curiosity for the new cultures and experiences found though education abroad while studying abroad in Mexico and Spain. She has since worked tirelessly towards helping others grow through international education and travel. She has worked with travel, tourism and university study abroad programs in both the US and Ecuador. She has been working with the GLA Admissions team since 2011 at both the San Diego Headquarters and in Costa Rica. She has had the pleasure of visiting many of the GLA programs and loves to see the process and transformation from a student requesting a catalog to then coming home with a new-found perspective and curiosity for the world.
Bridget McTaggart, Admissions Manager
Bridget loves helping students find international experiences that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. During the past 8 years with GLA, Bridget has worked on programs in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ghana, and Tanzania. Bridget lives in San Diego with her husband and is always planning her next adventure.
Hannah Shepherd, Admissions Manager
A native Brit now living in San Diego, Hannah's curiosity for exploring other cultures and world wide travel was established at a young age. Having embarked on a service learning program to Costa Rica as teen and then traveling independently throughout Latin America, South Africa, Australia and many European countries Hannah is a strong believer in the personal growth and priceless global perspective obtained from educational, international travel. With a background in sales and having personally seen the passion GLA programs ignites in its students, Hannah is continuously inspired to help the next generation grow into compassionate, educated and innovative global citizens.
Jenica Pistone-Donahue, Admissions Manager
Jenica discovered her own passion for international travel while studying abroad in Mexico during college. Upon her graduation from the University of Oregon, she was determined to enable other young people in their own life-changing experiences abroad. Jenica is going into her fifth season helping families to prepare for their programs, and loves empowering students to travel with confidence. She has staffed GLA programs in Peru, Thailand, China, and Fiji.
Monica Vargas, Admissions Supervisor
Monica is from Costa Rica and she believes that there is no more enriching and rewarding experience than learning by helping others, that is why she loves being part of GLA and shares their mission. She wants to continue supporting programs that impact positively our teens' lives. She has traveled for a long time and loves learning and sharing with other cultures.
Sophie Rouhandeh, Assistant Admissions Manager
Sophie joined Global Leadership Adventures after working in and collaborating with schools as an educator and nonprofit professional. She is a strong believer in opportunities for learning outside the classroom, and is excited about connecting with students and families to encourage unique learning and personal growth opportunities abroad. Sophie has traveled internationally in Europe and Asia and is always eager for the next great adventure. A graduate of Carleton College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sophie is happiest outside in the company of great friends and good books.
Tim Easley, Enrollment Specialist
Tim's been in Experiential Ed for over a decade. He's lead trips for The Mountain Alliance, SAGE Program, YMCA of the Rockies, Corolla Outback Adventures and in 5 countries for GLA. Upon graduation from the Outdoor Ed Department at Appalachian State Universtiy, Tim was given the Outstanding Student Award for his work starting a new program for teens. He's also a two time National Outdoor Leadership School Alumni. In his free time, Tim skis, paddleboards, climbs mountains, and sits as Vice President of the Board for the Alpine Achievers Initiative. He's climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked the Annapurna range, and riden his bike across North Carolina. Anyone can change the world!
Heidi Bohn, Key Account Manager - GLA Group Travel
From a family that constantly spoke of their heritage and genealogy, Heidi grew up with a curiosity about the world. She studied Spanish in high school and college, leading her to study abroad in Ecuador. Fueled by a passion for understanding cultures, traveling, and experiential learning she eventually earned her MA in International Education from SIT.
Sarah Davidson, Global Travel Specialist
Sarah is passionate about culture, heritage, and sustainable tourism. She holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, with a focus in archaeology and sustainable preservation. From her extensive travels through Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, she has come to understand first-hand the value of experiences abroad. She is excited to help students prepare for experiences that will change their lives and their perspective on the world. Sarah has staffed GLA programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, Galapagos, and India.
Ros Galati, Regional Travel Specialist
Ros is consumed by travel. If she’s not at GLA HQ preparing students and their families for their own life changing experience, she’s busily planning somebody else's or off on her own! Originally from Australia, Ros has studied abroad in Japan and Italy, volunteered as an English teacher in Costa Rica and traveled to 42 countries over 6 continents. Naturally curious about foreign cultures and ways of life, Ros finds adventure travel to be the most valuable tool to becoming a global citizen and force for positive change. Ros’ credo; one should never pass up an opportunity to travel; they may just discover their calling along the way.
Jackie Eash, Regional Travel Specialist
Jackie's passion for travel, adventure, different cultures, and learning languages began during her time studying and living abroad in Madrid, Spain. After doing some travel in Europe she was eager to see more of the world and help others do the same. When she arrived back in California she had a rewarding experience working as a Program Coordinator and Cultural Teacher for a group of Spanish high school students who were doing an English program abroad. After graduating with her BA in Business Management from San Diego State University she spent several years as a travel expert visiting new countries and helping students, young adults, and families plan their trips around the world. Most recently she lived abroad in Costa Rica, teaching English and diving into the local culture. She's excited to share her knowledge, experience, love, and the importance of travel with others!
Brittany Raab, Regional Travel Coordinator
Brittany developed a passion for youth leadership early on as a high school mentor. She decided to pursue her interest in leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. In addition to earning her Bachelors in Managerial and Organizational Communication, she studied abroad twice in college. Her first semester abroad took place on a ship that sailed to 15 countries through a program called Semester At Sea. She also spent four months living abroad in Thailand. Since then, Brittany has worked for GLA in our Costa Rica office, served as a GLA Mentor, and is eager to continue work that allows her to lead, serve, and inspire students around the world. She is excited to work with Global Leadership Adventures to offer life-changing programs for students.
Nadine Hamilton, Regional Travel Coordinator
Nadine's passion for international travel grew strong after spending a semester abroad in Barcelona. She believes there is no better education than learning while traveling, and has now been working in GLA's Costa Rican office for over a year. The best part of her job is helping students and families prepare for their life-changing adventures to come. Nadine graduated from The College of New Jersey in May 2016 after studying Public and Mass Communication and Women's and Gender Studies. She loves being outdoors, immersing herself in new cultures, and going anywhere with live music.
Sydney Baumeister, Regional Travel Coordinator
Sydney experienced the transformative power of cross-cultural education when she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain in 2015. This experience ignited her passion to empower others to travel, grow, and realize their potential. She currently works for GLA in Costa Rica and loves every minute of it!
Karen Drazba, Enrollment Specialist & Events Strategist
Commonly referred to as Miss World Traveler among her friends, Karen has been jetsetting across the blue pebble sharing the passion for student volunteering and adventure travel to students for years, and motivating sales teams to do the same. Sharing the mindset of traveling with a purpose is a genuine passion of hers as personal involvement in experiencing these programs has helped shape her worldview. Born and bred in Chicago, but between graduating with a BS in Marketing in sunny California and living and working abroad Down Under in Australia, the beach has won her heart...so if she's not in the office, you can bet she's enjoying the San Diego coast!
Sydney Miller, Enrollment Specialist
Sydney believes that the future depends upon people being thoughtful, dedicated global citizens, and that traveling abroad is one of the best ways to achieve this. She earned her BA from Oregon State University and has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America, and Tanzania.
Vinny Zanrosso, Enrollment Specialist
Vinny is a firm believer in the power that international experiences have to transform lives. His passion for adventure travel has led him on journeys abroad in 17 countries and counting! Vinny is enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation to #bethechange, see the world and grow into educated, cultured and caring global citizens.
Chenoa King, Enrollment Specialist
Chenoa grew up in the mountains of Colorado where her adventurist spirit took flight at a very young age. She began traveling internationally when she was five, which feed into her desire to see and learn more about the world we live in. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Dance. Chenoa has been honored to be apart of Global Leadership Adventure's team since 2013, and has worked our programs in Tanzania and Thailand, as well as visited one of our programs in the Dominican Republic.
Joseph Jezak, Enrollment Specialist
Joseph Graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. He fell in love with travel and everything that it has to offer when he studied abroad his senior year of college in Thailand. Joseph is passionate about people and how they can use their skills to change the world. This is Joseph's second season with Global Leadership Adventures, and he is excited to see how our students continue to grow to become the next generation of leaders.
Mary Gannon, Enrollment Specialist
Mary Gannon is a native San Diegan. Growing up she loved explore and has now been more than 20 countries (and counting). Mary believes that educational travel gives people a unique confidence to achieve their dreams!
Ali Zimmerman, Enrollment Specialist
Ali received her BS in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA. During college, she studied abroad in Costa Rica and fell in love with travelling. She has since travelled around Central and South America and is currently back in Costa Rica working for GLA. She is passionate and excited about helping teenagers find their own life changing experiences abroad.
Aaron Nichols, Enrollment Advisor
Aaron is from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, and he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology. Since graduation, Aaron has worked in various fields including 9 months as an Au Pair in Spain! He is beyond excited to join the Global Leadership Adventures team, and to help inspire teens to make this work a better place. .
Ali Berman, Enrollment Advisor
Ali graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biology, Biotechnology, and Chinese. She fell in love with traveling after studying abroad in Beijing, China during her sophomore year and has since explored 40 different countries. Ali is excited to join Global Leadership Adventures to share her passion for cultural immersion and international education.
Ashley Wallace, Enrollment Advisor
Ashley graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Sociology focused on education. She has a strong passion for both travel and education and believes that we learn the most about ourselves and the world around us through travel. There is nothing more eye-opening than to be completely immersed in a foreign land and culture. Ashley fell in love with travel when she participated in GLA as a high school junior, making her first trip to Costa Rica, and has since explored 10 more countries. She is delighted to return to Costa Rica and support the next generation of student travelers.
Bridget Markham, Enrollment Advisor
Born and raised in New Jersey, Bridget caught the travel bug at a young age when she started competitive Irish step dancing, which allowed her to explore different countries and cities with her childhood friends. She attended Pennsylvania State University, double majoring in Journalism and Spanish, and double minoring in Art History and International Studies. After a life-changing semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain, she realized that travelling to new countries and speaking their language is what she wanted to somehow make a career out of. Thankfully, she found GLA! She is excited to join GLA because Bridget is eager to share this dream of educational travel with the next generation of students and leaders. She hopes that in the future she can continue her love of languages and education by pursuing a her Master's and entering the world of academia. Her goal in life is to visit as many Spanish- speaking countries as possible and taking others along for the ride with her!
Fehintola Abioye, Enrollment Advisor
Fehintola has had the passion for adventure since a young age. From the travel experiences she has had within Boston, MA, across the country and internationally, she understands the importance of travel and becoming a global citizen. As a recent graduate from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and Anthropology, traveling and learning about various cultures and their people are always at the forefront of her mind. Fehintola has recently studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and has been on a trip with GLA to Guatemala as a high school student. She is eager to share her experiences and inspire young people to have a passion for travel and an understanding for how much the world truly has to offer.
Hannah Stump, Enrollment Advisor
Originally from San Diego, Hannah graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy. She has been traveling internationally since age 15, which has given her an incredible passion for learning about new cultures.
Jamie Javelona, Enrollment Advisor
Jamie was born in the Philippines, grew up in Hong Kong, and moved to San Diego, California at 18 years old. With his dad thriving as an experienced entrepreneur and his mom enjoying working as a flight attendant, Jamie naturally formed a passion for business and travel. He found a perfect combination of the two through the EduTerra Global Internship, and hopes to inspire the love of adventure and the drive to succeed in others as it had been inspired in him.
Jenny Hamilton, Enrollment Advisor
Jenny graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literaure with minors in International Business and Latin American Studies. During college she studied abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, and Brazil where she was able to travel and learn languages, the beauty of different cultures, and the importance of global learning. She worked in the Study Abroad office as a Peer Adviser and is thrilled to pursue a career in international education encouraging others to learn through educational travel and adventure - and to be back in Costa Rica! She loves trying and cooking new foods, days at the beach, slack-lining, and the outdoors.
Jess Bolton, Enrollment Advisor
Jess graduated from Miami University with a BS in Kinesiology and Health, however she realized her passion for becoming a globally conscious citizen while studying Social Justice in Fiji. She believes in immersing herself fully in different cultures and is always trying to find the next big adventure. As a High School student, Jess participated in GLA programs in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. She's excited to be back in Costa Rica and immersing herself once again in the Tica lifestyle.
Libby Edgar, Enrollment Advisor
Libby recently graduated from Miami University with degrees in Public Administration and Spanish. During her time at school, she studied abroad in both Spain and Thailand, which sparked her love of travel and interest in the global community. Libby is a first year GLA intern, looking forward to getting the opportunity to live in another country and help other students experience the world.
Mary Beattie, Enrollment Advisor
Mary is a coffee-loving Chicago native with passion for adventure, service, and travel. She is excited to be working in Costa Rica and helping students have life-changing experiences like she did as a student on GLA's Guatemala and Tanzania programs.
Miguel Santa Maria, Enrollment Advisor
Miguel is a member of the 2017-2018 EduTerra Global Internship Program cohort. He grew up in Los Angeles California and graduated with a degree in Economics from Fordham University in New York City. He went on a service mission to Costa Rica through Global Leadership Adventures in high school and absolutely loved the experience, so he is very excited to return as a staff member.
Shannon Conway, Enrollment Advisor
Shannon is from Boston, MA and graduated from High Point University with a BA in Human Relations. Her love for traveling sparked when she went on a business trip with her mom to Amsterdam in high school, and continued through studying abroad in South Africa her senior year of college. She is passionate about empowering students to travel and realize their leadership potential, and she is excited to have the opportunity to do this with GLA!
Tyler Folsom, Enrollment Advisor
A southern California native, Tyler was born and raised in Oceanside and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Environmental and Global Studies. Traveling is his passion, and by the time he graduated from university he had visited 24 different countries on 4 different continents, as well as studied abroad in Italy. He is excited to help others discover and develop their love for travel as well as their love for the world!
Ariel Moritz, Regional Director of International Programs
Ariel oversees the student experience and manages the multinational staff across Africa and Europe. Originally from Philadelphia, Ariel earned her BA in sociology and politics from New York University. Ariel is certified in Wilderness First Response and proficient in Spanish. A passion for global travel, community development, and cross-cultural understanding led her to pursue a career with the nonprofit, non-governmental, and political sectors, advocating for social justice and youth empowerment through immersive international experiences. Ariel worked in Turkey for a year and her work has since taken her to India, Mexico, Spain and throughout South America and Africa.
Rudy Becker, Regional Director of International Programs
Rudy is a proud returned Peace Corps Volunteer who has earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's in International Education from George Washington University. He has worked for over 10 years in the fields of experiential program design, international project management, social justice/diversity education and leadership development. His greatest passion and life's work is centered on empowering young adults to become effective and responsible leaders through culturally immersive and responsible travel. He has traveled to 37 countries over 5 continents, has completed 2 marathons and is an avid foodie!
Lisa Brancheau, Regional Director of International Programs
Originally from Ohio, and proud of her Midwestern roots, Lisa is passionate about the transformative power of study abroad to break down barriers and foster cross-cultural understanding. She earned a Bachelors degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in International Education from George Washington University. Lisa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and has over a decade of experience designing and implementing international programs around the world. She enjoys yoga and hiking to offset her sweet tooth.
John Strand, Regional Director of International Programs
John’s passion for education is evident from his own academic background; he has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in International Relations, and a TESOL Certificate. John was a teacher in Thailand for over a decade, working in all kinds of educational institutions from kindergarten to university. He has also worked in UNESCO and owned a successful restaurant in Bangkok. John is a well-traveled citizen of the world with over 15 years’ experience living and working abroad, the last 14 of these in Thailand. He recommends one travel must-do: “Stay away from touristy areas. Take your time to experience the real local culture and the daily life. This can be done anywhere.
Madison Moore, Hiring and Logistics Manager
A South Carolina native, Madison had her first international experience at the age of 17 -- when she traveled to Italy as a high school senior -- which sparked her interest in international education and inspired her subsequent world travels. Madison studied abroad in Australia during university and upon graduation from the University of South Carolina, she moved to South Korea to teach English. She traveled throughout Southeast Asia before moving to South America to teach in Chile. She's since traveled through South and Central America and served as a GLA program mentor in the Dominican Republic. Madison brings her enthusiasm for international education to GLA and is eager to help teens discover the world and become international leaders and ambassadors.
Shan Sethna, Senior Program Manager
Shan is a seasoned educator with an overriding passion for community building, volunteer work and non-profit causes. He has been mentoring young adults and teaching leadership since 1993. Shan led GLA programs in Ghana and Tanzania prior to joining the Headquarters Team in 2016.
Daniel Herrera, Field Manager - Costa Rica
Daniel grew up in San Carlos, Costa Rica, a part of the country that is famous for its cattle ranching and production of dairy products. During college, he studied Business Management and English, which led him to working with Global Leadership Adventures. Daniel says Ticos (as Costa Ricans refer to themselves) really enjoy welcoming people to their country, and as the person managing our program directors at multiple sites in the region, he looks forward to meeting all the new students who arrive for a life-changing experience each summer.
Jose Pablo Ávila Arias, Field Manager - Costa Rica
Jose Pablo was born and raised in Costa Rica. He has worked as a mentor for GLA programs in Costa Rica and Argentina and currently works on New Program Development, supporting and overseeing operations for existing programs in Costa Rica. On top of that, he is the International Internship Coordinator at our office based in this country. As every human being wants to live incredible experiences, Jose Pablo believes that GLA Programs are unique opportunities for students to build up their life's personal journey.
Juan Carlos Soriano, Regional Programs Manager - South America
Juan is a strong advocate for youth empowerment and believes in the power of experiential education to foster personal growth, leadership, peace and international understanding. Born and raised in Peru, he attended the United World College in Canada and later majored in Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic. After living in 5 countries and 4 continents, he is back living in Peru where he is the happiest. In his spare time, Juan loves to climb mountains along the Andes range, play soccer and go from point A to B on his folding bike.
Gustav Bernhardt, Field Manager - Asia
Gustav is particularly passionate about traveling in the East. He loves spending time getting to know the inhabitants of every country he visits and has run various youth groups, including Scout programs, for 20 years. Gustav left the corporate world to pursue his passion and teach in Thailand.
Megan McKinley, Field Manager - Costa Rica
Originally from a small town in Ohio, Megan has always longed for what is “out there.” After stumbling upon LIU Global, Megan was fortunate enough to spend her entire undergraduate career traveling, studying, and eating her way through ten different countries. She graduated with a degree in Global Studies and wrote her senior thesis about cross-cultural education as a form of empowerment for girls. As a product of educational travel herself, Megan feels passionately about the transformative power of educational travel. Megan currently works as the Field Coordinator in Costa Rica managing and developing programs.
Shawna Sanders, Field Manager - Peru
Shawna grew up in beautiful British Columbia, Canada and spent the snowy winters scanning the pages of National Geographic and dreaming of exploring tropical destinations. While attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington she had the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico and thus began her fascination with Latin American culture. After backpacking Europe and completing an internship in South Africa, she jumped at the chance to improve her Spanish and headed to the Peruvian Amazon, spending the next 6 years working and traveling with various volunteer and tourism organizations around the country. Now based in Cusco, Peru she loves exploring the weekend markets and cooking Peruvian food which she considers the best in the world!
Yente Oosthuysen, Field Manager - Africa
Yente is proudly South African! She has a deep passion for youth empowerment and community development, which can be seen from her work with a locally based NGO, the Olympic Studies Centre as well as UNICEF in South Africa. She recently obtained her masters degree in Sport Management, where she specialized in creating "Safe Spaces" for development programmes in Africa. As an avid explorer and adventurer, when she’s not busy trying to make the world a better place, she’s out climbing mountains around the world and hiking the beautiful mountain ranges South Africa has on offer. Yente is currently the field manager in Africa, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ashley Welter, Inbound Marketing Specialist
Ashley was born and raised in San Diego, and she graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication & Behavioral Psychology. She discovered her love for international travel after visiting the Caribbean, and this passion was reignited during a recent GLA staff celebration trip to Guatemala. She looks forward to marketing GLA’s diverse programs and service-driven mission.
Amanda Figueroa, Marketing Operations Specialist
A Southern California native, Amanda joined GLA after she was drawn to its mission-driven purpose. She had the opportunity to explore two countries shortly after coming onboard, and looks forward to bringing the same life-changing opportunities to students through her savvy marketing skills.
Anna Graham, Accounting Specialist
Anna grew up in San Diego and obtained her Bachelors in Accounting at Lynchburg College in Virginia. She enjoys working for Terra Education because it aligns her love of numbers with her passions for traveling and helping people and animals. At a young age she developed an adventurous spirit from listening intently to her parent’s experiences living and working in Antarctica. Anna’s global travels began close to home volunteering at a school in Tijuana, Mexico as a teen. She has since traveled to many places and hopes to visit Antarctica soon.