Jessica Rose Miller
GLA 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.
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.
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 both of the Americas – on his journey to visit them all.
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.
Director of GLA Custom 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.
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.
Senior 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.
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.
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
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!