Staff

Meet the people behind the scenes on our High School Programs, Work & Intern Exchanges, and Short-term Cultural Exchange Programs.

  • Ellie Bucciarelli

    Student Counselor J-1 High School

    Ellie Bucciarelli

    Student Counselor J-1 High School
    Hometown Evanston, IL
    Languages English
    University DePaul University, MS, Human Services in Counseling; BS, Elementary Education
    Where I've Traveled France, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur
    What I like to do Enjoying my two darling little boys, being outside, reading and horses.
  • Peter Cheng

    Database Coordinator High School Programs

    Peter Cheng

    Database Coordinator High School Programs
    Hometown Taipei, Taiwan
    Languages English, some French, some Spanish, some Mandarin
    University Allegheny College, B.S. in Psychology, Minor in Dance and Movement Studies
    Where I've Traveled Taiwan, Some states in the U.S., Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico City
    What I like to do Shoot hoops, travel, watch TV/movies, play chess
  • Maggie Dziubek

    High School Programs Grants Program Manager High School Programs

    Maggie Dziubek

    High School Programs Grants Program Manager High School Programs
    Hometown Toledo, OH
    Languages French
    University DePaul University (B.A. International Studies) University of Fribourg (American College Program)
    Where I've Traveled Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Egypt
    What I like to do I love exploring Chicago, taking fiddle classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, organizing volunteer projects, and cheering on my favorite women’s soccer team, the Chicago Red Stars.
  • Juliet Jones

    Program Director F-1 High School

    Juliet Jones

    Program Director F-1 High School
    Hometown Champaign-Urbana, IL
    Languages French
    University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Arts, Applied Linguistics
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
    What I like to do Cooking (and eating), watching cooking shows, gardening, reading, traveling, hiking, dancing, yoga, running, and trying to keep up with my husband on weekend road biking trips
  • Mike Keefer

    Placement Services Director J-1 High School

    Mike Keefer

    Placement Services Director J-1 High School
    Hometown St. Charles, IL
    Languages Thai, Pig Latin
    University University of Illinois, Communication
    Where I've Traveled Australia, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Morocco, Spain, France, England, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Costa Rica
    What I like to do Reading, enjoying Chicago summers, Theater, Basketball and eating Thai food
  • Farihah Khandaker

    Database Project Manager High School Programs

    Farihah Khandaker

    Database Project Manager High School Programs
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages English, Bengali
    University BA in Economics, BA in Political Science
    Where I've Traveled Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Uruguay, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Southern Caribbean, and Spain
    What I like to do Read, Binge-watch Media Content, Travel, Cook, and Play Trivia
  • Kat Lipson

    Grant Programs Director FLEX and YES

    Kat Lipson

    Grant Programs Director FLEX and YES
    Hometown Shaker Heights, OH
    Languages A little Spanish
    University University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelors in Sociology; DePaul University, Masters in Nonprofit Management
    Where I've Traveled I’ve been lucky enough to visit all 6 inhabited continents, and over 30 countries
    What I like to do Take dance & fitness classes, cook, go to concerts & comedy shows, and learn Spanish
  • Megan McGaughey

    Vice President, High School Programs J-1 High School and Grant Programs

    Megan McGaughey

    Vice President, High School Programs J-1 High School and Grant Programs
    Hometown Rock Island, IL
    Languages English-native, Portuguese-beginner
    University University of Denver , M.A. International Administration; Northern Illinois University, B.A. Anthropology
    Where I've Traveled Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
    What I like to do Biking with my family along the lake, exploring Chicago with my kids, swimming, traveling, horseback riding, gardening
  • Stephanie Nosek

    Senior Program Manager J-1 High School

    Stephanie Nosek

    Senior Program Manager J-1 High School
    Hometown Lombard, IL
    Languages French
    University DePaul University/Bachelor of Arts in French
    Where I've Traveled France, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan, Thailand, traveled throughout Europe
    What I like to do I love to read, go to the beach, travel, watch movies, and hang out with my husband and dog
  • Cecilia Simon

    Program Assistant J-1 High School

    Cecilia Simon

    Program Assistant J-1 High School
    Hometown Winfield, IL
    Languages English
    University Miami of Ohio
    Where I've Traveled Italy, England, Spain, and France
    What I like to do I love going to the movies in my free time or exploring museums and historical landmarks.
  • Jillian Sims

    Marketing and Operations Manager High School Programs

    Jillian Sims

    Marketing and Operations Manager High School Programs
    Hometown Aiken, SC
    Languages English
    University Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance (Minor Creative Writing) Winthrop University – 1 year of Study Abroad at Kingston University in Southwest London
    Where I've Traveled England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Aruba, Spain (lived in many parts of the US)
    What I like to do Passionate about film, theater, writing, and performance – connecting people through story and mutual shared experience. And of course, to travel!
  • Matt Simson

    Program Manager J-1 High School

    Matt Simson

    Program Manager J-1 High School
    Hometown Woodland Park, CO
    Languages English, Spanish
    University Colorado State; International Studies and Political Sciences
    Where I've Traveled Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, England, Wales, Spain
    What I like to do Biking, exploring, eating and travelling
  • Gwen Vitzthum

    Director of Compliance and Operations High School Programs

    Gwen Vitzthum

    Director of Compliance and Operations High School Programs
    Hometown Geneva, IL
    Languages English
    University BS University of Iowa
    Where I've Traveled Born and raised in Japan, Argentina, Canada, Caribbean, United States
    What I like to do Spending time with family, cooking, knitting, crafts and reading
  • Chelsea Wilcox

    Program Assistant J-1 High School

    Chelsea Wilcox

    Program Assistant J-1 High School
    Hometown Winnetka, IL
    Languages English
    University University of Denver
    Where I've Traveled 6 out of 7 continents, 26 countries – Nepal, Thailand and South Africa being three of my favorites!
    What I like to do Travel, photography, yoga, cycling – anything that keeps me active and outdoors.
  • Field Staff

  • Carole Arbush

    Regional Manager: AL High School Programs

    Carole Arbush

    Regional Manager: AL High School Programs
    Hometown Montgomery, AL
    Languages English
    University BA, MA English
    Where I've Traveled Many countries in South America and Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada
    What I like to do Gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with young people.
  • Kristin Babby

    Regional Director: OR, NE, WY High School Programs

    Kristin Babby

    Regional Director: OR, NE, WY High School Programs
    Hometown Vancouver, WA
    Languages English, Spanish
    University University of California, Irvine/ BA in Spanish & Bilingual Education
    Where I've Traveled US, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina, Spain, France, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Scotland, England
    What I like to do Spending time with my 4 children and husband; Meeting people from all over the world ; Traveling; Making a difference in people’s lives; Baking & eating sweets.
  • Lisa K. Brecht

    Regional Manager: AR High School Programs

    Lisa K. Brecht

    Regional Manager: AR High School Programs
    Hometown Sheridan, AR
    Languages English
    University Associates of Applied Science
    Where I've Traveled Brazil, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Canada, Greece, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal
    What I like to do Spending time with family, especially my grandchildren! Outdoor activities, photography, travelling, exploring nature, and serving others.
  • Sarah Crippen

    Regional Manager: WA High School Programs

    Sarah Crippen

    Regional Manager: WA High School Programs
    Hometown Yakima, WA
    Languages English
    University Northwest University/Music
    Where I've Traveled Barcelona, Spain; New Delhi, India; Prague, Czech Republic
    What I like to do My husband and I love to sing together...
  • Connie Dean

    Executive Regional Director, Central Region High School Programs

    Connie Dean

    Executive Regional Director, Central Region High School Programs
    Hometown Haslet, TX
    Languages English
    University Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ – Nursing
    Where I've Traveled Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Argentina, and 32 states in the U.S.
    What I like to do Sports, softball, music, flower gardening, cooking, baking, crafts, spending time with family, and traveling
  • Rob Douglas

    Executive Regional Director, Eastern Region High School Programs

    Rob Douglas

    Executive Regional Director, Eastern Region High School Programs
    Hometown Syracuse, NY
    Languages Spanish, basic Korean
    University BA Spanish and BA English
    Where I've Traveled Many European countries, South Korea, Mexico, Argentina
    What I like to do Spending time with family, playing basketball, traveling, and rooting for the Syrause Orange and Buffalor Bills
  • Wilma Fast

    Regional Manager: KS High School Programs

    Wilma Fast

    Regional Manager: KS High School Programs
    Hometown Wichita, KS
    Languages English
    University University of Illinois, Chicago Circle/MA in English
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Bahamas, Aruba, Honduras, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Peru, England, Ireland, Wales, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Netherlands, Belguim, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, , Morocco, Liberia (West Africa), South Africa, China, Macau, Japan, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Falkland Islands, South Georgia in the Sandwich Islands, and Antarctica, so I have now visited all seven continents.
    What I like to do I love to travel and am always adding to my list of places to go. India, Egypt, Myanmar, and Vietnam are a few of the countries I hope to visit. I also love to read, especially the classics of literature.
  • Leah Frazier

    Regional Director: WA, ID, MT High School Programs

    Leah Frazier

    Regional Director: WA, ID, MT High School Programs
    Hometown Seattle, WA
    Languages English and know the essentials of 5 others
    University Business
    Where I've Traveled Spain, Africa, Czech Republic, Austria, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan
    What I like to do Rock Climb, Read, Travel, Volunteer, Exercise
  • Linda-Jo Germain

    Regional Director: MD, DE, WV, FL and parts of NY, PA, and VA High School Programs

    Linda-Jo Germain

    Regional Director: MD, DE, WV, FL and parts of NY, PA, and VA High School Programs
    Hometown Oswego, NY
    Languages English and some Spanish
    University Oswego State University/Public Justice
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Mexico, Aruba, Argentina, Germany, Greece and Greek Islands, Turkey, Italy, Spain
    What I like to do Spending time with family and grandchildren, reading, gardening, taking classes on naything, volunteering, listening to music, attending sporting events of any kinda, and traveling.
  • Kathy Hansen

    Regional Director: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT High School Programs

    Kathy Hansen

    Regional Director: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT High School Programs
    Hometown Portland, Maine
    Languages English, French
    University GTC Home Economics
    Where I've Traveled Lithuania, Denmark, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, England, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Aruba
    What I like to do Travel and read.
  • Karen Hilgefort

    Regional Manager: Southern CO High School Programs

    Karen Hilgefort

    Regional Manager: Southern CO High School Programs
    Hometown Denver, CO
    Languages English
    University Attended Metropolitan State College and Coaches Training Institute
    Where I've Traveled Puerto Rico, France, Costa Rica, Italy, Aruba, Argentina, Spain
    What I like to do Make memories with my family, experience live music, get lost in a good book, engage in heartfelt conversation
  • Lisa Jensen

    Regional Manager: MI High School Programs

    Lisa Jensen

    Regional Manager: MI High School Programs
    Hometown Lakeview, MI
    Languages English and Spanish
    University N/A
    Where I've Traveled Italy, Mexico, Argentina and Spain
    What I like to do Watching movies, crocheting, mosaic, wool art, and leading our 4H group in art projects and my garden.
  • Jennifer Joseph

    Regional Director: IN, OH, MI, WV, southwestern PA High School Programs

    Jennifer Joseph

    Regional Director: IN, OH, MI, WV, southwestern PA High School Programs
    Hometown Akron, OH
    Languages Spanish, French, some Italian, Arabic and Buluc
    University MA in International Higher Education Administration
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Aruba, St. Lucia, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Egypt, England, France, Spain, Italy
    What I like to do An around the world trip.
  • Ann Roe

    Regional Manager: Idaho High School Programs

    Ann Roe

    Regional Manager: Idaho High School Programs
    Hometown Idaho
    Where I've Traveled U.S.
    What I like to do Outdoors, traveling, golfing, and camping
  • Brie Rowley

    Regional Manager: Indiana High School Programs

    Brie Rowley

    Regional Manager: Indiana High School Programs
    Hometown Vancouver, Canada
    Languages English, French, and minimal Spanish
    University University of British Columbia - English and French
    Where I've Traveled Belgium, the Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, German, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Egypt, Jordan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, Monaco, Canada, and the U.S.
    What I like to do Spending time with my 3 kids and husband, visiting friends and family, crafts, cooking, baking, cycling, and reading.
  • Nancy Sanderson

    Regional Manager: Northern & eastern NY/NJ, eastern PA High School Programs

    Nancy Sanderson

    Regional Manager: Northern & eastern NY/NJ, eastern PA High School Programs
    Hometown N/A
    Where I've Traveled N/A
    What I like to do N/A
  • Lasha Seaman

    Regional Manager: Northern CO, WY High School Programs

    Lasha Seaman

    Regional Manager: Northern CO, WY High School Programs
    Hometown Greeley, CO
    Languages English
    University Bachelors of Science
    Where I've Traveled Europe
    What I like to do Spending time with my children, swimming, traveling, and learning.
  • Deby Sorensen

    Regional Manager: GA, SC, western NC High School Programs

    Deby Sorensen

    Regional Manager: GA, SC, western NC High School Programs
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French, English
    University Mulernes Legatskole, Odense, Denmark - Studied Languages & Pedagogy
    Where I've Traveled Most of Europe, South America, Africa and the Canadian Wilderness. Bucket List includes Greenland, Iceland & The Faroe Islands
    What I like to do Traveling, learning new languages, reading good books
  • Nancy Stubbs

    Regional Manager: IA and Northern MN High School Programs

    Nancy Stubbs

    Regional Manager: IA and Northern MN High School Programs
    Hometown New York, California and currently Iowa
    Languages A little Spanish
    University B.A. UCLA, M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)
    Where I've Traveled I have been to 42 States, 41 countries and 5 continents (and counting).
    What I like to do LOVE to travel. LOVE my husband of over 30 years, 3 adult kids (one kid in law) who are spread all over the US and 2 "Practically perfect in every way" grandchildren (they LOVE Mary Poppins). LOVE culture and my (over) 90 exchange students and all they have taught me. LOVE my church and God's Word. Also like to exercise, hike, read, socialize. Did I mention I LOVE to travel?
  • Jennifer Tausworthe

    Regional Manager: South TX High School Programs

    Jennifer Tausworthe

    Regional Manager: South TX High School Programs
    Hometown Pearland, TX
    Languages English, French and Spanish
    University University of Alabama, Business
    Where I've Traveled All over the USA, France, Argentina, Aruba, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Brazil, Bali Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland and many more in the future.
    What I like to do I love to travel and learn about new cultures, plan and organize events, crafts, anything outdoors and spending time with family.
  • Sally Thelen

    Regional Director: WI, IA, IL, SD, ND, MN High School Programs

    Sally Thelen

    Regional Director: WI, IA, IL, SD, ND, MN High School Programs
    Hometown Michigan
    University Michigan State University
    Where I've Traveled U.S.
    What I like to do travel, hosting exchange students, gardening, cooking and entertaining
  • Lori Tibbett

    Executive Regional Director, Western Region High School Programs

    Lori Tibbett

    Executive Regional Director, Western Region High School Programs
    Hometown Woodland Hills, CA
    Languages English, Italian
    University BS – Business (Sacramento State University), California Teaching Credential – Computer Studies; TESOL Certificate from Cambridge University – Rome, Italy
    Where I've Traveled Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, South Africa, Israel, Egypt
    What I like to do I enjoy time spent with my family, traveling, singing, swimming, hiking & biking, playing golf and baking.
  • Daniel Ebert

    Vice President, International Exchange Work Programs

    Daniel Ebert

    Vice President, International Exchange Work Programs
    Hometown Oak Park, IL
    Languages English, Spanish, and some Portuguese
    University University of Wisconsin – Madison, BA Spanish/certified in International Relations
    Where I've Traveled Many countries around the world with the exception of many places in SE Asia, Africa and Middle East
    What I like to do Travel, learn languages, eat, cook, hike, movies
  • Jon Overton

    Database Coordinator Work Programs

    Jon Overton

    Database Coordinator Work Programs
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages English and Latin
    University DePaul University/Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
    Where I've Traveled Austria, Greece, Mexico, Turkey
    What I like to do Camping, fishing, hiking, cooking, biking, and calligraphy
  • Work and Travel

  • Fran Acevedo

    Operations Manager Work and Travel

    Fran Acevedo

    Operations Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages English, Spanish
    University DePaul University, BA in Anthropology
    Where I've Traveled Chile, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cuba, Spain, and Mexico
    What I like to do Travel, try new recipes, dance, and organize Lunch and Learns!
  • Marcelle Benedicta

    General Director Work and Travel

    Marcelle Benedicta

    General Director Work and Travel
    Hometown Jakarta, Indonesia
    Languages Indonesian, Italian, French
    University Marquette University/BA in Communication Studies & Public Relations; Loyola University/MBA in Management & Entrepreneurship
    Where I've Traveled Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Jamaica, Mexico, England, Spain, Andorra, France, Monaco, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy
    What I like to do Learn Italian, serve in various ministries at the Holy Name Cathedral, go karaoke, practice swing dancing & Lindy Hop, and relearn how to play the piano.
  • Joseph Burns

    Services Director Work and Travel

    Joseph Burns

    Services Director Work and Travel
    Hometown Grand Haven, MI
    Languages German
    University B. A. International Relations/B. A. International Economics - Grand Valley State University
    Where I've Traveled Europe, Asia, Latin America
    What I like to do Cook, eat, swim, and make people laugh.
  • Kevin Campbell

    Operations Assistant Work and Travel

    Kevin Campbell

    Operations Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Barrington, IL
    Languages German and a tiny bit of Spanish
    University DePaul University
    Where I've Traveled Germany, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic
    What I like to do I like to try to keep active and busy. I am a coach for DePaul’s Dodgeball club that meets twice a week. When the weather is nice out I like to play Wiffleball and Frisbee, or I go for a bike ride on the Lakefront Trail. I watch a lot of movies and read books whenever I find one that interests me.
  • Renee Clarke

    Senior Employer Relations Manager Work and Travel

    Renee Clarke

    Senior Employer Relations Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages Conversational Japanese, once I studied German and Russian….I can order a few things in Dutch
    University Marycrest International University, BA in Global Studies and History
    Where I've Traveled Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Ireland, London, U.S.
    What I like to do Meeting new people, eating new foods, joying cultural events, listening to my husband’s band, and laughing with my family.
  • Brian Craig

    Partner Relations Coordinator Work and Travel

    Brian Craig

    Partner Relations Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Kalamazoo, MI
    Languages Spanish
    University Kalamazoo College/B.A. in English with an emphasis in Writing
    Where I've Traveled Ecuador on foreign exchange, Peru, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, England, France, and Canada
    What I like to do Play and watch tennis, sing, shop for vinyl records, try new foods, and jump in Lake Michigan
  • Sarah Davis

    Operations Coordinator Work and Travel

    Sarah Davis

    Operations Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Evansville, IN
    Languages French, Arabic, Spanish
    University Indiana University – Bloomington, BA in International Studies and French
    Where I've Traveled France (Corsica), England, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago.
    What I like to do Cultural tourism via food, ballroom dancing, reading, arts and crafts, cooking/baking, snuggling with my pup Lola.
  • Rob DeLaney

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel

    Rob DeLaney

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Nashville, TN
    Languages French, Arabic, Wolof
    University Northwestern University/B.A. in Political Science, Minor in Psychology
    Where I've Traveled Senegal, Jordan, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon
    What I like to do Learn about different cultures, try new foods, talk about movies, Improv, and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
  • Joe Graff

    Compliance Coordinator Work and Travel

    Joe Graff

    Compliance Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Skokie, Illinois
    Languages English and German
    University KU Leuven – Master of Arts in European Studies and DePaul University – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
    Where I've Traveled Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Thailand
    What I like to do Improv comedy, laugh, travel, hike, admire the view alongside Lake Michigan, volunteer, attend concerts, and engage in activities that revolve around food
  • Amber Hayes

    Cultural Outreach Manager Work and Travel

    Amber Hayes

    Cultural Outreach Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages English, French
    University Northeastern Illinois University/MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
    Where I've Traveled France, Italy, Germany, Slovakia, England , Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium
    What I like to do Books, cook, blog, study languages
  • Audrey Hutnick

    Marketing Coordinator Work and Travel

    Audrey Hutnick

    Marketing Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages Beginner Hebrew
    University Bradley University, B.S. in Communications (Public Relations). Minors in Marketing and Sociology
    Where I've Traveled Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, Israel, England
    What I like to do Play and coach soccer, swim, compete in triathlons, travel the world
  • Sloane Katleman

    Partner Relations Coordinator Work and Travel

    Sloane Katleman

    Partner Relations Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown San Antonio, Texas
    Languages English, some Spanish
    University Loyola University Chicago, B.A. in Sociology and International Relations
    Where I've Traveled United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Aruba, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium
    What I like to do Travel, read, hike, yoga sculpt, play with my cat (Frances), watch movies, drink tea and do puzzles
  • Adriana Kusnirova

    International Partner Relations Director Work and Travel

    Adriana Kusnirova

    International Partner Relations Director Work and Travel
    Hometown Brookfield, Wisconsin
    Languages Slovak, Spanish, Pig Latin, English
    University University of Wisconsin – Madison/B.A. In Spanish Linguistics; International Studies; Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies; Minor in Global Cultures
    Where I've Traveled Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, the Philippines, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Ukraine, and across the wild and wonderful U.S.A.
    What I like to do SCUBA dive, study the blending and evolution of languages, karaoke, throw parties, hike in the forest, declutter, make soup.
  • Lindsay McEachern

    Office Coordinator Work and Travel

    Lindsay McEachern

    Office Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Boston, MA
    Languages English and French
    University Northwestern University, BA in French and International Studies
    Where I've Traveled France, Spain, Germany, England, Belgium, Italy, Romania, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark and Mexico.
    What I like to do Cooking, baking, photography, drawing, watching movies, reading, playing guitar, yoga, skiing.
  • Wioletta Olszowiec

    Partner Relations Manager Work and Travel

    Wioletta Olszowiec

    Partner Relations Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Pionki, Poland
    Languages Polish –Native, Portuguese – Elementary proficiency
    University Master’s Degree in Economics, Specialization: Finance
    Where I've Traveled China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Philippines, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Turkey, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Chile
    What I like to do Playing tennis, learning Portuguese, and cooking.
  • Kaitlyn Peters

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel

    Kaitlyn Peters

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Mankato, MN
    Languages Mandarin, Spanish
    University Northwestern University/BA in Anthropology and International Studies
    Where I've Traveled China, South Korea
    What I like to do Training for and racing triathlons, reading (especially narrative nonfiction and ethnographies), hiking, studying languages, playing soccer.
  • Ariana Puentes

    Senior Employer Services Manager Work and Travel

    Ariana Puentes

    Senior Employer Services Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Oak Park, IL
    Languages Spanish and Portuguese
    University St. Lawrence University – BA in Performing & Communication Arts, DePaul – MA in Organizational & Multicultural Communication (Currently enrolle
    Where I've Traveled Mexico, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina
    What I like to do I enjoy exploring new places, trying new foods, and hanging with my family and friends
  • Shawna Pye

    Employer Relations Manager Work and Travel

    Shawna Pye

    Employer Relations Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Livingston, Montana
    Languages English
    University Utah State University/Major in Community Health Education, Minor in Nutrition
    Where I've Traveled Mexico, Canada and hoping for much more in the future!
    What I like to do I love baking sweet treats, spending time with my husband and kids, dining out, and watching movies.
  • Julia Rabin

    Cultural Outreach Assistant Work and Travel

    Julia Rabin

    Cultural Outreach Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Naperville, IL
    Languages English and Hebrew (super minimal….)
    University Bradley University
    Where I've Traveled Israel, Italy, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, London, Paris, Mexico, Croatia, Budapest, Vienna.
    What I like to do I love baking dairy-free treats, playing with puppies, traveling, reading, or catching up on my favorite Netflix shows!
  • Meegan Rehak

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel

    Meegan Rehak

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Buffalo, NY
    Languages English, Spanish, basic Portuguese
    University Michigan State University
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Chile, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
    What I like to do Traveling as much as possible, reading biographies, baking and eating sweets, studying maps, obsessing over my dog Palmer and whole heartedly advocating for all things Buffalo and Michigan State
  • Katy Smithy

    Marketing Consultant Work and Travel

    Katy Smithy

    Marketing Consultant Work and Travel
    Hometown Crest Hill, IL
    Languages English, Sign language (beginner)
    University Bradley University, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication; minors: Leadership Studies and Business Management
    Where I've Traveled All over the U.S., Canada, Netherlands, England, Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, China, and Thailand
    What I like to do Traveling the world, seeing musicals, surfing Pinterest, and taking road trips
  • May Ling Stella

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel

    May Ling Stella

    Employer Services Coordinator Work and Travel
    Hometown Nevada, Missouri
    Languages English, Mandarin and a little Spanish
    University University of Missouri, B.A. Communications, M.A. Anthropology (in progress)
    Where I've Traveled Taiwan, China, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama
    What I like to do Learn about culture & language, travel, cook and explore
  • Malgorzata Tekgoz

    Operations Director Work and Travel

    Malgorzata Tekgoz

    Operations Director Work and Travel
    Hometown Opatow, Poland
    Languages Polish, English, Turkish
    University Bahcesehir University/MBA
    Where I've Traveled Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Italy, France, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, United States.
    What I like to do Long walks; photography; traveling; reading books and travel, lifestyle & parenting blogs.
  • Haldis Toppen

    Marketing and Outreach Director Work and Travel

    Haldis Toppen

    Marketing and Outreach Director Work and Travel
    Hometown Oak Park, IL
    Languages Spanish and English
    University University of Illinois – Chicago, B.A. in Communication
    Where I've Traveled All over Europe (10 countries), China, Morocco, Mexico, and Canada.
    What I like to do Traveling, discussing and watching films, obsessing over President Lincoln and history, and hanging out with close friends and family with a glass of wine.
  • Fernando Vazquez

    Housing Assistant Work and Travel

    Fernando Vazquez

    Housing Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Chicago, Illinois
    Languages English and Spanish
    University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Where I've Traveled Mexico and throughout the United States
    What I like to do Spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sports - especially tennis - reading, attending concerts and watching movies
  • Elissa Yonkers

    Program Services Manager Work and Travel

    Elissa Yonkers

    Program Services Manager Work and Travel
    Hometown Royal Oak, MI
    Languages English, German
    University Bowling Green State University/ Bachelor of Science of Journalism
    Where I've Traveled Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, England, Canada
    What I like to do Write fiction, read, drive my car, travel
  • Work and Travel Seasonal

  • Ally Brandfass

    Program Assistant Work and Travel

    Ally Brandfass

    Program Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Morgantown, WV
    Languages English, a little Spanish
    University West Virginia University - BS in Television Journalism and a minor in Communication Studies
    Where I've Traveled Spain, Portugal, France, England, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Morocco, Netherlands, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Haiti, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic!
    What I like to do You will usually find me at the gym, Pure Barre, Barre Code or Orangetheory! I love to eat and I'm developing a new appreciation for cooking (new recipes always welcome). I have a slight obsession with fashion! I love finding new bloggers and influencers on social media. I catch myself watching endless tutorials and shopping their closets! I love exploring different cities and trying new cafes and restaurants. Skyscanner is my top visited site. I love researching new destinations and planning my next adventure around the world!
  • Sarah Eichhorn

    Program Assistant Work and Travel

    Sarah Eichhorn

    Program Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Yorkville, Illinois
    Languages English, French
    University North Central College
    Where I've Traveled France, Russia, most of the Midwest, Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina
    What I like to do Study languages; read literature, history books, and comics; travel; explore new towns and cities; explore outdoors; exercise and do yoga; cook and bake; try new foods and coffees; spend time with friends, family, and my cat; tutor high school students; appreciate life.
  • Grace Heiderman

    Program Assistant Work and Travel

    Grace Heiderman

    Program Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Inverness, IL
    Languages Arabic, Chinese and a little French
    University Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
    Where I've Traveled Egypt, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Turkey, Greece, Belize, China, Korea, France, and England
    What I like to do Explore new places, meet new people, try new food, spend time reading, visit, museums and hang out with friends and family
  • Jake Hume

    Program Assistant Work and Travel

    Jake Hume

    Program Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Glen Ellyn, IL
    Languages English
    University Northwestern University, BA in Political Science and International Studies
    Where I've Traveled Ireland (Kenmare, Galway), India (Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Agra)
    What I like to do Political engagement, playing trumpet and guitar, finding new music, exploring the different Chicago neighborhoods, and more!
  • Valeri Schwager

    Program Assistant Work and Travel

    Valeri Schwager

    Program Assistant Work and Travel
    Hometown Naperville, IL
    Languages English
    University Loyola University Chicago, BA in Political Science
    Where I've Traveled China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize
    What I like to do Take photos, watch rugby and hockey, and listen to plenty of podcasts!
  • Intern & Trainee

  • Ashley Blosch Harris

    Operations Coordinator Career Advancement Program

    Ashley Blosch Harris

    Operations Coordinator Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Peosta, IA
    Languages English, Spanish
    University Wartburg College B.A. International Relations and Spanish, University of Northern Iowa M.A. Spanish
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, UK, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Greece, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Armenia, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Namibia, South Africa
    What I like to do I love to travel, read, try new recipes and anything active outdoors!
  • Georgette (Gigi) Estilo

    Services Coordinator Career Advancement Program

    Georgette (Gigi) Estilo

    Services Coordinator Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Bolingbrook, Illinois
    Languages English, Intermediate-Korean, Spanish, and Tagalog
    University Loyola University Chicago, Brunel University
    Where I've Traveled Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, England, Amsterdam, and Spain.
    What I like to do Travel, try new foods, play sports (volleyball, American football), learn new languages, and dance.
  • Kate Green

    Compliance and Services Manager Career Advancement Program

    Kate Green

    Compliance and Services Manager Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Blaine, Minnesota
    Languages English, Thai
    University College of St. Benedict/Peace & Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies
    Where I've Traveled England, Australia, India, Burma (Myanmar), and Thailand
    What I like to do Hiking, canoeing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with my dobs.
  • Kirsten Iverson

    Program Assistant Career Advancement Program

    Kirsten Iverson

    Program Assistant Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Glen Ellyn, IL
    Languages Spanish, a little Thai, Japanese and Italian
    University University of Missouri
    Where I've Traveled Spain, UK, Germany, Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia
    What I like to do Travel, hike/spend time outside, fitness, cook, play with my dogs
  • Erica Maves

    Operations Assistant Career Advancement Program

    Erica Maves

    Operations Assistant Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Libertyville, IL
    Languages English, Spanish
    University DePaul University, BA in Communication Studies, minor in Psychology
    Where I've Traveled Italy, France, Switzerland, Greece, Tunisia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea
    What I like to do Explore new places, hike and go on bike rides, read, take photos, try new recipes
  • Tom Nally

    Services Assistant Career Advancement Program

    Tom Nally

    Services Assistant Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Glenview, IL
    Languages English, Spanish (basic)
    University Michigan State University, B.A. in International Relations
    Where I've Traveled Ireland (Dual-Citizen), Scotland, England, Spain, Poland, Canada
    What I like to do Travel, explore the Chicago restaurant/bar scene, attend sporting events (particularly Cubs games), read the News, Sing karaoke, watch Netflix, meet new people
  • Maria Pakhomova

    Director Career Advancement Program

    Maria Pakhomova

    Director Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Novosibirsk, Russia
    Languages English, Russian
    University Master of Arts in International Relations and Comparative Politics
    Where I've Traveled Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Orleans, California, Russia, Mexico
    What I like to do Explore Chicago
  • Lauren (Wren) Wilson

    Operations Manager Career Advancement Program

    Lauren (Wren) Wilson

    Operations Manager Career Advancement Program
    Hometown Loveland, Colorado
    Languages English and Spanish
    University Central Michigan University- BS Spanish Language; BS Anthropology
    Where I've Traveled Bolivia; Costa Rica; Spain; England; Scotland; Czech Republic
    What I like to do Travel, try new recipes, go to concerts, watch movies, read, and walk my dog
  • Emily Colfer

    Program Coordinator Short Term Programs

    Emily Colfer

    Program Coordinator Short Term Programs
    Hometown Manchester, Maine
    Languages Conversational German
    University University of Maine: BA International Affairs, BS Developmental Psychology. Northumbria University: MSc International Development
    Where I've Traveled United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic
    What I like to do Hiking, cooking, watch foreign films and Animal Planet, meeting new and interesting people, traveling to visit my friends around the world!
  • Katie Connelly

    Program Coordinator Short-Term ESL & American Culture

    Katie Connelly

    Program Coordinator Short-Term ESL & American Culture
    Hometown Chicago, IL
    Languages English
    University University of Illinois, Political Science and Social Work
    Where I've Traveled Ireland, Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Italy, England, Germany, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia, Mongolia, and China
    What I like to do Spend time with friends and family, read, go on adventures
  • Nicole Cook

    Program Director Short-Term ESL & American Culture

    Nicole Cook

    Program Director Short-Term ESL & American Culture
    Hometown Greenville, SC
    Languages Spanish
    University Bard College/BA in Literature
    Where I've Traveled Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, France, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy
    What I like to do Yoga, Reading the New Yorker, Eating, Movies, Dancing
  • Elle Lohn

    Program Manager Short-Term ESL & American Culture

    Elle Lohn

    Program Manager Short-Term ESL & American Culture
    Hometown Camas, WA
    Languages Spanish
    University Loyola Marymount University - BA in Economics, BA in Spanish
    Where I've Traveled Spain, Italy, Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada
    What I like to do Run, read, cook, bike, play piano and guitar, watch documentaries, root for the Portland Trailblazers
  • Elisa Meggs

    Program Manager Short-Term ESL & American Culture

    Elisa Meggs

    Program Manager Short-Term ESL & American Culture
    Hometown Skokie, IL
    Languages English, Spanish
    University Northwestern University, International Studies & Spanish
    Where I've Traveled Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, France, Holland, Cayman Islands, England, Morocco, and Portugal
    What I like to do Learn about people, places and things, read, make crafts, plan my next adventure