Leadership Team
Kris Holloway
President & CEO

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to make language mistakes. Some of my best laughs ever are from either making a language faux pas myself, or hearing others make them. Some things are universally funny and when laughed over together, can result in a humor bond that can last a lifetime.

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Scott Tayloe
Chief Strategy Officer

Travel Tip: Grab your favorite tunes, find a park or cafe, and just take it all in . . . and sign off of all social media devices.

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Joe Debiec
Vice President of International Operations

Travel Tip: Find water and jump right in. Literally. There is something about being in the water that helps me get my mind to slowdown, settle in and get ready for adventure. So remember to take it slow, you will see more and feel more , which will deepen your experience.

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Jessica Jones
Vice President of Partnerships

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected. Expect your plans to change. Stay flexible and laugh. Always laugh. Even when you cry, find the laughter.

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Kailee Moszynski
Assistant Vice President of Outreach & Advising

Travel Tip: Leave yourself lots of free time and don’t over-book your days. Whether it is a short vacation or a semester abroad, try to avoid the impulse to plan every free hour or weekend. Give yourself one goal per day and let the rest happen naturally because I can almost guarantee that your favorite memories are going to happen when you least expect them.

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Neal Bastek
Vice President of Marketing

Travel Tip: Get off the beaten path whenever you can and explore. Leave yourself some extra time to take the long way home. Be safe and all, but getting lost in a new place can be a great way to stumble into interesting experiences and people. Making your way back to your home base is a great way to build confidences in your new environs.

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Elayna Hebert
Assistant Vice President of People & Culture

Travel Tip: When I lost my phone when I landed in Spain for the first time, I thought it was the end of the world. I realized that the experiences I had without being distracted or taking photos was a gift. Remember to be present in your journeys!

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Tyler Lucas
Assistant Vice President of Finance

Travel Tip: Explore the local cuisine! I always tend to do a little research in advance about what foods are unique to the region and seek them out – it really helps me to feel more connected to the community that I’m visiting.

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Ginny Garzón
Assistant Vice President of Consulting Services

Travel Tip: Go where the locals go for a more authentic experience. Ask people where they go when they go when they want to dine out with friends, see a show, explore nature, etc.

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Emily Negard
Assistant Vice President of Partner Communications

Travel Tip: I always carry my travel journal along with colored pencils and a glue stick. When I have down time at the airport, train station, or a cafe, I’ll draw pictures, write notes, glue ticket stubs, postcards, receipts, and anything that will remind future me of the amazing trip I’m on!

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Executive Board
Kris Holloway
President & CEO

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to make language mistakes. Some of my best laughs ever are from either making a language faux pas myself, or hearing others make them. Some things are universally funny and when laughed over together, can result in a humor bond that can last a lifetime.

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Jeff Palm
Founder & Board Director

Travel Tip: I first learn about a new culture through food. I try to understand what truly “local” dishes are and then find a “typical” place (non-tourist) at which to eat them. This has led to some of my most memorable experiences abroad.

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Nick Bryngelson
Board Director

Travel Tip: Play a sport or game with the locals. Jumping into a pickup soccer game or any local game is a great way to connect regardless of what language everyone speaks. Everyone loves to play, join them!

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Rich Webb
Board Director & Senior Vice President of Innovation

Travel Tip: When ever I arrive in a new country or city I am sure to take a taxi to my first destination form the airport and while in the taxi I ask as many questions as I can of the taxi driver to get a feel for what’s going on in whatever city I have just arrived in.

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Scott Tayloe
Chief Strategy Officer

Travel Tip: Grab your favorite tunes, find a park or cafe, and just take it all in . . . and sign off of all social media devices.

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University Relations & Custom Programs
Jessica Jones
Vice President of Partnerships

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected. Expect your plans to change. Stay flexible and laugh. Always laugh. Even when you cry, find the laughter.

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Emily Negard
Assistant Vice President of Partner Communications

Travel Tip: I always carry my travel journal along with colored pencils and a glue stick. When I have down time at the airport, train station, or a cafe, I’ll draw pictures, write notes, glue ticket stubs, postcards, receipts, and anything that will remind future me of the amazing trip I’m on!

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Kent Moore
University Relations Director

Travel Tip: Taking photos is fun but try a week or just a day without using your camera. You might find that you have more unforgettable memories and fewer all-too-forgettable pictures. Great photos of the Taj Mahal are everywhere, but you only get one memory of seeing it for the first time.

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Beth Cahoon
Director of Custom Programs

Travel Tip: The unexpected will happen. Turn the stress into an adventure and a story!

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Ian Lim-Bonner
University Relations Director

Travel Tip: Have a plan, but embrace spontaneity. Having an itinerary gives you peace of mind and an idea of where you want to go and what you want to see. But the most memorable experiences end up being the unplanned ones. That hole in the wall restaurant you stumble upon or that festival you accidentally go to, will be the memories you cherish most.

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Kyle Cox
University Relations Director

Travel Tip: Solo travel can be so, so rewarding. It’s a great way to learn about yourself as you’re learning about a new place. It’s also a great way to make new friends!

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Mary Alice Haas
University Relations Director

Travel Tip: Start with a compliment! You might see someone that looks your age in a coffee shop, or stand next to someone with good energy on campus. One of my closest friendships started with, “I like your music.” Sometimes, you just need something to break the ice. Before you know it, you’re invited to a family dinner. In the blink of an eye, you’re planning a trip together 5 years later.

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Brianna Rice
University Relations Manager

Travel Tip: Don’t wait around for your friends to join you. Solo travel is one of the most exciting and empowering things you can do. You’ll learn so much about yourself and get the chance to meet new friends all across the globe!

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Jeniece Carter
Partner Success Manager

Travel Tip: When travelling, I like to have a balance between organization and spontaneity. Before landing in a new place, I create a flexible schedule to maximize my experience. This allows time to see attractions I’m interested in and plenty of time to live in the moment and explore!

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Academic Affairs
Ginger Sheridan
Internship and Microcredential Professor

Travel Tip: If you can, take the bus. You will see more of the city while you relax and enjoy the scenery. At the bus stop and on the bus, you will encounter locals who are not in a hurry and can help you find your destination. Just don’t forget to offer them your seat if you think they need it.

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Consulting Services
Scott Tayloe
Chief Strategy Officer

Travel Tip: Grab your favorite tunes, find a park or cafe, and just take it all in . . . and sign off of all social media devices.

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Ginny Garzón
Assistant Vice President of Consulting Services

Travel Tip: Go where the locals go for a more authentic experience. Ask people where they go when they go when they want to dine out with friends, see a show, explore nature, etc.

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Aurora Margarita-Goldkamp
Senior Campus Consultant

Travel Tip: Explore locally. Don’t overbook your trips to other countries while abroad – sometimes the most beautiful hidden gems and most meaningful connections are right around the corner from you in your host community! Take your first weekends to pretend you are a tourist in your new home, and your last weekends to walk around with the eyes of a new local citizen!

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Program Advising & Enrollment
Alexandra Woolner
Director of International Operations

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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Sydney O’Wesney
Program Enrollment Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland

Travel Tip: Make sure to explore the city that you’re in! Although the beauty of study abroad is you have the chance to travel all over the country and to other countries as well, sometimes people forget how many amazing things there are right there in the city they’re studying in! Make some local friends, participate in holidays and festivals, find that local beloved restaurant. Although I have many travel memories to talk about, some of my fondest or most nostalgic moments I have were the ‘in betweens’ so to speak – going grocery shopping with friends, hanging out in the school courtyard at night when the temperature outside was finally bearable, saying hello to the neighborhood cow (yes, there was in fact a neighborhood cow). Don’t neglect what you have right in front of you!

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Aimée Devitto
Program Enrollment Coordinator

Travel Tip: Studying abroad can seem slightly intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the language. However, force yourself to meet new people, take part in cultural activities, and practice the language regardless of the many errors you may end up making. You’ll find that you’ve discovered new things about yourself and others.

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Carrie Anderson
Program Enrollment Director

Travel Tip: My favorite thing to do when I travel to a new city is to do an airbnb or getyourguide food tour of some kind- it really helps you to see how the locals eat and drink and gives you insight into their culture.

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Amanda Murphy
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Australia & Hawai'i

Travel Tip: Don’t overplan. Have a place to stay, pick a few major things you want to do, and then just get lost in the beauty of it all. If you plan too many activities, you miss out on stumbling into the most wonderful things that you’ll never forget.

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Britni Purcell
Program Enrollment Coordinator - South Korea & Japan

Travel Tip: Find ways to connect with your host community – the language, everyday activities, common gathering places. You’ll discover that you can gain the most genuine and life-long friendships just by trying to immerse yourself into the culture. I highly recommend learning some of the language, even a few phrases, before going abroad for an extended amount of time. Don’t be afraid to mess up speaking – though you will likely say something wrong and hilarious (I’ve got too many instances in Korean to count), that’s part of the process and the locals will definitely appreciate the genuine effort!

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International Operations Management
Joe Debiec
Vice President of International Operations

Travel Tip: Find water and jump right in. Literally. There is something about being in the water that helps me get my mind to slowdown, settle in and get ready for adventure. So remember to take it slow, you will see more and feel more , which will deepen your experience.

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Alexandra Woolner
Director of International Operations

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

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Tiffany Ho
International Operations Assistant Director

Travel Tip: If there are free walking tours at your destination, take advantage on your first day! It helps to acclimate you to your new surroundings, gives you ideas on what to check out further, starts you making new friends, and beats the jetlag! Don’t forget to tip your guide well!

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Marina Weinstein
Site Director in Argentina

Travel Tip: Bring comfy shoes as Buenos Aires is very walkable. A great pastime is simply walking the city with no time restriction or plans. Also, get used to saying hi with a hug and a kiss.

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Lisa Pinheiro
Site Director in Costa Rica

Travel Tip: Dont limit yourself to the more popular tourist spots. There are tons of lesser known places that are beautiful and rich in culture where you can really experience what Costa Rica is all about!

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Leah Takata
Site Director in Czech Republic

Travel Tip: Whether ordering from an open air stall or a restaurant, always remember to say good day (dobrý den) and thank you (děkuji). Czechs will welcome your effort and will be more helpful and perhaps even give you a smile.

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Diana Balarezo
Site Director in Ecuador

Travel Tip: Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and home to 14 different indigenous nationalities. Be prepared to experience new landscapes, aromas, tastes, sounds and people. Respect the places and the people you will be with and never stop learning!

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Romina Marchionne
Site Director in Italy

Travel Tip: If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

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Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

Travel Tip: When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

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Jeanna Brady
Site Director in Scotland

Travel Tip: Plan ahead of your program! Do your research and reach out to our Alumni to make the most of your time in Scotland. There are so many free and affordable activities, including public galleries and museums, live music sessions, open-to-roam landscape, and a great range of clubs and societies on and off campus!

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Sonya Bell
Site Director in South Africa

Travel Tip: To really experience local culture, no matter where you are in the world, always watch where the locals go for lunch – they usually go for the best local cuisine at the most affordable prices. Also, always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut.

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Sehoon Jang
Korea Site Director

Travel Tip: Whenever I arrive in another country, I try to look for a very local restaurant where real residents of the town usually eat. Such spots may not have any distinguishable sign or decent interiors, but the reward is delicious food and welcoming locals. Just by going even slightly off the beaten path, you are oftentimes rewarded with a better value and cultural insights.

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Sara Hazzard
Site Director of Madrid, Spain

Travel Tip: Slow down! Before jet setting off to multiple countries, take time to get to know the place you decided to call home for the next few months. The best travel experiences occur when you meet locals and learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook.

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David Jackson
Site Director in Thailand

Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

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Chutinan “Chu” Klinmalai
Site Director in Bangkok, Thailand

Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.

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Loretta Chen
Site Director in Hawai'i

Travel Tip: To travel is to live, to learn, to love. To gain empathy, make connections and seek growth both within and without. So pack light, go with a full heart and leave with nothing but footprints, memories and kindness.

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Aryn Banas
Site Director in London

Travel Tip: Don’t be afraid to travel alone! Doing this can really challenge you, but you will learn so much not only about yourself and your interests but you’ll really immerse yourself in the culture you are in.

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Karina Tarrat Byrne
Site Director in Ireland

Travel Tip: Travel with an open heart and an open mind. Temporarily step away from your own culture to experience something new.

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Laura Hommema
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: I recommend that you try to learn a few basic phrases in any new country you go to. Things like saying hello, thank you, goodbye, or ordering a coffee in the local language make a big difference to locals and show them that you appreciate and respect their culture.

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Marisol Diaz Turkowsky
Assistant Italy Site Director

Travel Tip: Let the new world take you, not as an outsider, but as an insider! Small children adapt and learn basic human language by interacting with just about everything. Open your mind to new cultures by finding that curious child in you, and you can construct your own learning adventure!

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Seth Daily
Assistant Site Director in Newcastle, Australia

Travel Tip: Making friends is key. The first thing I do when I get to a new place is find events that are going on. Ask locals, join social media groups, pay attention to posters and signs. Then attend all of them.

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Grace Gutwein
Assistant Site Director - Gold Coast, Australia

Travel Tip: Once you get on that plane, let go of all expectations. Everyone will tell you how awesome and amazing your experience will be but be prepared to face challenges. This is your journey and it will be what you make it. So, make yourself a bucket list of all the things you want to achieve in the short time you are there and make sure you achieve them all!

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Marketing & Communication
Kailee Moszynski
Assistant Vice President of Outreach & Advising

Travel Tip: Leave yourself lots of free time and don’t over-book your days. Whether it is a short vacation or a semester abroad, try to avoid the impulse to plan every free hour or weekend. Give yourself one goal per day and let the rest happen naturally because I can almost guarantee that your favorite memories are going to happen when you least expect them.

Learn more about Kailee

Neal Bastek
Vice President of Marketing

Travel Tip: Get off the beaten path whenever you can and explore. Leave yourself some extra time to take the long way home. Be safe and all, but getting lost in a new place can be a great way to stumble into interesting experiences and people. Making your way back to your home base is a great way to build confidences in your new environs.

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Jessica Aragon
Student Outreach & Alumni Manager

Travel Tip: Find a good trail outdoors and don’t be afraid to try the local foods!

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Kaylee Klinger
Communications & Advising Assistant

Travel Tip: The best travel tip I always share is, if possible try to catch a redeye flight. That has helped me tremendously fight jet-lag and it allows you more time to explore the extraordinary unfamiliar place!

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Marina Weinstein
Marketing & Communications Manager

Travel Tip: Walk, walk, walk, whenever you can! And take your time. You might find the most special surprises on your way to destination.

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Keith Born
Product Manager

Travel Tip: Hoping to meet locals but you’re a bit shy? Oftentimes a simple conversation starter is all it takes! Just opening your mouth to help them realize that you speak their language or are curious about them can kickstart sustained conversation. Once you realize there is so much for you to learn from locals and vice-versa, your shyness can be overcome by curiosity.

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Ada Solario
Summer Marketing Assistant

Travel Tip: Whenever I explore a new country or city, my mode of transportation is always to walk! I recommend walking as you’re able to explore unique spots that you may have not seen otherwise!

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Leila Pathirana
Summer Marketing Assistant

Travel Tip: Go for a walk when you first arrive at your destination to get a feel of the location. There might be some hidden gems that you stumble across which you can write down on your phone and visit later!

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Finance and People & Culture
Elayna Hebert
Assistant Vice President of People & Culture

Travel Tip: When I lost my phone when I landed in Spain for the first time, I thought it was the end of the world. I realized that the experiences I had without being distracted or taking photos was a gift. Remember to be present in your journeys!

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Tyler Lucas
Assistant Vice President of Finance

Travel Tip: Explore the local cuisine! I always tend to do a little research in advance about what foods are unique to the region and seek them out – it really helps me to feel more connected to the community that I’m visiting.

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