Our Management Team

Jessica Miller, Executive Director

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

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.

Vanessa Allen, Director of Marketing

Vanessa Allen, Director of Marketing

Vanessa was in high school when she first traveled abroad with her language teachers on a bicycle tour through France and Germany. Then, officially hooked on travel, she set her sights on a junior year abroad in Germany while studying at Occidental College. Since then, she’s returned to Europe several times, but travels most often to Haiti, where she supports an NGO working in a rural community on education and development. She’s enjoyed leading marketing teams at companies both large and small, but nothing yet compares to the rewards of introducing thousands of teenagers to GLA programs around the world.

Admissions Manager

Korissa Zanrosso, Director of 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!

Admissions Manager

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.

Admissions Manager

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.

Tim Easley, Senior Enrollment Advisor

Tim Easley, Group Travel Manager

Tim has worked with GLA in Tanzania and Thailand and he's excited by how many young people are interested in not just traveling the world, but changing it! Tim comes from a family of traveling people and hopes to inspire the people he meets.

Sydney Miller, Enrollment Advisor

Sydney Miller, Enrollment Advisor

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..

Kevin Khy, Enrollment Advisor

Kevin Khy, Enrollment Advisor

A native of Oceanside, California, Kevin worked in the travel industry for 7 years prior to joining the GLA team. He has worked as a member of international teams in many capacities and is excited to help teenagers create life-changing experiences abroad with GLA.

Kumbi Murinda, Enrollment Advisor

Kumbi Murinda, Enrollment Advisor

Kumbi was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States at a young age. Growing up, he lived in several states and traveled to many more, and early on grew a love for traveling to see new places and meet new people. This passion led him to study International Business at San Diego State University, where he had the opportunity to study in Ecuador and travel extensively. As someone who wants to use business as a way to do good, Kumbi found a great opportunity with Global Leadership Adventures. With GLA he has traveled to the Dominican Republic and taken his first steps in a career of building cultural bridges and helping others.

Layni Pistone, Enrollment Advisor

Sophie Rouhandeh, Enrollment Advisor

Sophie joins 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.

Vinny Zanrosso, Enrollment Advisor

Karen Drazba, Enrollment Advisor

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!

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Joseph Jezak, Enrollment Advisor

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.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Nadine Hamilton, Enrollment Advisor

Nadine's passion for international travel grew strong after spending a semester abroad in Barcelona. She's explored Israel, Morocco, and much of Europe, and is now working in GLA's Costa Rican office. The best part of her job is helping students decide which life-changing experience is best for them. 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, learning about new cultures, and going anywhere with live music.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Mary Gannon, Enrollment Advisor

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.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Michael DeHoff, Enrollment Advisor

Michael DeHoff is from Murfreesboro, TN and has a BS in Organizational Communication. She's traveled to 12 different countries and taught English in China prior to working with GLA. She's excited to continue learning about new cultures and help others find their passion.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Dejonae Collins, Enrollment Advisor

Dejonae first traveled out of the country at the age of 15 while participating in a study abroad program. She describes her experience as "amazing" and would advise every young person to study abroad.This life-altering experience sparked her interest in travel, cultural exploration and influenced decisions that she made from then on. She was inspired to move away from her hometown of Pasadena, California to Northern California for college where she studied Public Relations and Marketing at San Jose State University. Aside from travel, Dejonae is passionate about mentoring and empowering young women and encouraging them to go to college. Throughout her childhood she has had great mentors that have encouraged her to pursue her dreams and she continues to give back to her community hoping to do the same.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Sydney Baumeister, Enrollment Advisor

Sydney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and Spanish. She found her passion for travel, languages, and culture when she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain in 2015. She's currently working from Costa Rica and is excited to explore all the country has to offer and help students travel and discover their passions.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Leila Barth, Enrollment Advisor

Originally from Los Angeles, Leila comes from an international family, visiting her extended family in France every summer from a young age, which sparked her love of travel. After graduating from college, Leila lived in Spain for three years teaching English to the local youth. She is so excited to combine her love of travel and helping teenagers reach their potential as a member of the EGI team!

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Ali Zimmerman, Enrollment Advisor

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.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Brittany Raab, Enrollment Advisor

Brittany was born and raised in Seattle, WA and spent her high school years mentoring a group of twenty-five young girls. She developed a passion for leadership early on and decided to pursued this interest of hers academically at Point Loma Nazarene University, in sunny, 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 pursued work that allows her to lead, serve, and inspire students around the world. She is excited to join Global Leadership Adventures and offer life-changing programs for students.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Megan McKinley, Enrollment Advisor

Originally from a small town in Ohio, Megan has always longed for what is “out there.” After serendipitously 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 is now living in Costa Rica as a part of the EduTerra Global Internship and could not be happier! Megan hopes this is the beginning of a long career in educational travel and hopes to attain a Master’s Degree someday.

Fred Swaniker, co-Founder

Jose Pablo Ávila Arias, Field Specialist

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.

Jenica Pistone, Student Coordinator

Jenica Pistone, Regional Travel Specialist

Jenica discovered her own passion for international travel while studying in Mexico. 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 fourth season helping families to prepare for their programs, and loves empowering students to travel with confidence. She has staffed GLA programs in Peru, Thailand, and China. 

Sarah Davidson, Student Coordinator

Sarah Davidson, Regional Travel Specialist

Sarah is passionate about culture, heritage, and sustainable tourism. She received a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, with a focus in archaeology and ethnography of the Americas. From her extensive travels through Latin America, Europe, India, 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, and the Galapagos.

Ros Galati, Enrollment Advisor

Ros Galati, Student Coordinator

Ros caught the travel bug early in high school when she participated in a student exchange program to Japan. She received her BA from La Trobe University in Australia, studied abroad in Italy and has volunteered as an English teacher in Costa Rica. Ros has traveled to over 35 countries and believes that adventure and passion are necessary tools for being a global citizen and making a difference in this world. Originally from Australia, she now calls San Diego home!

Vinny Zanrosso, Enrollment Advisor

Jackie Eash, Student Coordinator

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!

Carly Sullivan, Program Specialist

Carly Sullivan, Regional Director of International Programs

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.

Reyna Ayala, Program Coordinator

Reyna Ayala, Regional Director of International Programs

A Southern California native, Reyna’s childhood, summer-long camping trips to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula spurred a lifelong love of travel, environmental conservation, and the outdoors. Her subsequent extensive travels across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia prompted a deep appreciation for the diversity of people, cultures, and languages in the world. Reyna actively works to promote solidarity among all people she encounters, and is committed to helping them realize their full potential. In her current role as Regional Director of International Programs, she is eager to inspire and support in-country staff and students on their exciting adventures. Reyna has a BA in Outdoor Recreation, is a native Spanish speaker, and conversant in Italian.

Ariel Moritz, Program Coordinator

Ariel Moritz, Regional Director of International Programs

Ariel Moritz oversees the student experience and manages the multinational staff across the Africa region and programs in Peru. Originally from Philadelphia, Ariel earned her BA in sociology and politics from New York University, is certified in Wilderness First Response and proficient in Spanish. Her participation in an international conference in the Pan Americas as a high school student ignited a passion for global travel, community development, and cross-cultural understanding. She has since partnered with the nonprofit, non-governmental, and political sectors, always advocating for social justice and youth empowerment through immersive international experiences. Her work has taken her to Turkey, India, Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina.

Ariel Moritz, Program Coordinator

Rudy Becker, Director of Special Projects

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!

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

Lisa Brancheau, Program Manager

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.

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

Matt Dawson, Program Manager

Matt is from northern Utah and enjoys all that this area has to offer: skiing in feather-light powder, fly fishing on remote mountain streams, camping in high alpine deserts, and climbing through redrock canyons. Matt has 15 years experience in education, most recently as a high school principal in Suzhou, China. While working on a B.S. at Utah State University, Matt studied at the Universidad Nacional de Heredia in Costa Rica.  He has also completed a M.E. in Education Administration with an emphasis in experiential education. Matt has lived and worked in eight countries and has visited 85+ countries, including leading several educational and service trips throughout Europe and North and South America. He is excited to work with GLA students and staff to share his curiosity and love of learning.

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

Shan Sethna, Program Specialist

Shan is a seasoned educator with an overriding passion for community building, volunteer work and nonprofit causes. The son of a United Nations diplomat, Shan grew up around the globe and considers himself a citizen of the world. He was born in the United Kingdom, has visited or lived in more than 45 countries and now calls Colorado home. Shan has been mentoring young adults and teaching leadership since 1993. He was our International Director in Ghana and Tanzania for three summers prior to joining the Headquarters Team in 2016. Shan brings a unique worldview and an exuberant spirit to everything he does.

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

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.

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

John Strand, Field Manager - Asia

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.”

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

Pepe Rojas-Moscoso, Field Manager - Peru

Pepe Rojas was born and raised in Lima, Peru and has always been attracted to nature. As a result, he moved to the rainforest to study the biological and reproductive behavior of macaws for ten years. Besides his work with birds, Pepe began has worked as a guide and facilitated many workshops with students from elementary school to college students in the Peruvian Amazon. Pepe holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.  Prior to joining GLA, Pepe has worked as a field ornithologist and professional birding guide leading tours in the Americas from Alaska all the way to Tierra del Fuego. Besides English and Spanish, he is also fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. Pepe believes in the power of education and travel as powerful experiences to change lives.

Amy Lepp, Programs Team Fellow

Juan Carlos Soriano, Field Manager - Peru

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.

Brett Scuiletti, Content Marketing Strategist

Brett Scuiletti, Content Marketing Strategist

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 traveled to four continents so far - Europe, Africa and the Americas. Brett hopes to step foot on them all.

Mariana Torrescasana, Marketing Operations Specialist

Meghan Sullivan, Community Development Specialist

Meghan has traveled extensively in Latin America, Africa, and Europe and is passionate about service learning and cultural exchange.  She is excited to draw from the many years she spent working in the nonprofit and event planning world to grow GLA's community networks and to support GLA alumni.

Mariana Torrescasana, Marketing Operations Specialist

Margaret Chiu, Content Writer & Social Media Specialist

An avid reader and writer since childhood, Margaret has always sought to enter distant worlds and make adventurous tales a reality. She has traveled through Europe, Asia and all over the United States to pursue her passion for outdoor adventure, cultural immersion and above all, translating experiences into words and media. As Content Writer & Social Media Specialist, Margaret is eager to uncover the amazing stories of GLA alumni and the communities that GLA travels to around the world, and inspire others to look to travel for the best educational and transformational experiences.

Mariana Torrescasana, Marketing Operations Specialist

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.