Our global staff, management team, board and advisors are made up of passionate, talented individuals with a breadth of experience that ranges from multinational corporations to leading nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
We have built a strong organizational foundation that combines business principles from the private sector with best practices and industry-leading research from the nonprofit sector.
Eliza Pesuit – Executive Director
Eliza leads the organization through her passion for international education, community action, and youth development. She believes that equality is born out of a strong sense of social responsibility that begins at home and reaches far beyond national borders. Eliza joined Global Glimpse as a program coordinator in Nicaragua in 2008 where she worked for a year prior to coming on as the first full-time staff in the US in 2009. She utilizes her extensive international and youth development experience to drive the organization’s growth strategy, lead fundraising initiatives, and ensure program quality. Eliza Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, she is bilingual in Spanish and English, and under her leadership, Global Glimpse has grown more than seven-fold over the past six years.
Ben Polansky – Chief Operating Officer
Ben, a native to the Bay Area, has dedicated his professional career to empowering youth to live and fight for a more just and equitable world. He has 10+ years of leadership experience in education based non-profits and internet start-ups. Ben has worked with hundreds of high school students and designed and delivered thousands of hours of experiential education. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been recognized for his work as an educator by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Giants. He is the founder of the Brave New Travelers Youth Scholarship fund and has traveled, lived, worked and learned on 5 continents and over 40 countries. He currently lives with his wife in Oakland, Ca where he travels vicariously through the amazing students in Global Glimpse.
Marcela Berrios – VP of International Programs
Growing up in Nicaragua, Marcela had a first-hand view of the effects of poverty on young people and quality education. Creating an opportunity for young people to break through barriers of poverty, access and discrimination have built Marcela’s life work. Marcela has devoted most of her career to Global Glimpse and the young people we serve. Her success in managing our partner programs is fueled by her experience in working with diverse groups of young people, her cross-cultural community development experience and passion for global education. She joined Global Glimpse in 2012 as a Program Coordinator in Nicaragua and moved to California to manage the Bay Area partner school program and national college prep partnerships in 2012. In 2015 she became VP of Strategic Partnerships, managing all US school programs and partnerships from Global Glimpse’s NY office. She is excited to be working in her new role as VP of International Programs. Marcela holds a BA in Psychology and Behavioral Social Science from Ave Maria University in Nicaragua.
Jocelyn Ma – International Safety & Risk Manager
Born in the Bay Area but raised in three different countries, Jocelyn learned the importance of multicultural understanding at an early age. The tricks she developed for navigating her new communities triggered a curiosity to learn more about cultural diversity and the stories behind our differences. That curiosity soon turned into her passion, which is now her career. Since graduating with a B.A. degree in Global Economics from UC Santa Cruz, Jocelyn has studied and worked in six different countries around the world, including participating in a Fulbright in South Korea and, most recently, receiving an M.Ed. in International Education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Jocelyn brings over ten years of advising and program management experience in the field of international education working specifically with secondary and university students. In the past five years, Jocelyn’s work has focused on the growing need for risk management programs to support the health, safety and security of students abroad. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Jocelyn is excited to continue to grow with Global Glimpse and support our future leaders as they step out into the world.
Brent Nichols – US Operations Director
Brent grew up in a diverse neighborhood in San Jose, California, which led to his interest in different cultures and international issues. He has a BA degree from the University of California, Davis and a Masters degree from San Francisco State University in International Relations and has spent his years since working with youth in the United States and abroad. Brent has worked in various roles in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and realizes that traveling abroad is one of the most inspirational things a person can do. He will bring his experience managing logistics with other educational exchange organizations to Global Glimpse where he is excited to help students enjoy the formative trips that lead to a lifetime of global learning and service.
Jamelyn Lederhouse – Chicago Regional Manager
Growing up in the Chicago area, Jamelyn always had a passion to learn more about the world. After earning her undergraduate degree in Spanish and secondary education, she spent a year working with at-risk youth in Costa Rica, followed by teaching high school Spanish upon her return to the Chicago area. In addition to working abroad and traveling to over 20 countries, Jamelyn has participated in immersion educational experiences in six countries, and knows firsthand how these experiences have enriched her education and global perspective. Building upon her 10+ years in the non-profit and education sectors, Jamelyn brings experience in program management, education and leadership development. She earned her Master’s in Public Service at DePaul University and Fundamentals of Leadership Certificate at Northwestern University. Jamelyn is fluent in Spanish and has spent much of her career and volunteer efforts investing in youth. She is driven by her passion to bring education and leadership opportunities to students and is very excited to be a part of the Global Glimpse team in Chicago.
Breanne Tcheng – Bay Area Regional Director
Breanne believes in the power of international understanding and cultural diversity, and to her, education can be used as a tool to transform and build communities across our array of similarities and differences. After serving as a Global Glimpse Leader in 2014, she witnessed first-hand how transformative this program can be, and truly fell in love with the compassion, humanity, and heart of the organization. Breanne holds a B.A. in Communications from UC San Diego, and a Masters of Education from the University of Southern California. She brings years of recruitment, admissions, and advising experience in the higher education setting to her role as the Bay Area Program Coordinator. She is thrilled to not only work towards making these opportunities accessible for all students but to inspire future generations of youth to be architects of change in their communities and abroad.
Ali Philbrick – Bay Area Programs Manager
Ali has dedicated 6+ years to her passion for international education. After attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, she challenged herself by accepting a position with WorldTeach in Panama. What was supposed to be a 6-month experience turned into 2 years and an even deeper love for education, youth development, and Latin America. She returned to the states fluent in Spanish and ready to pursue her masters in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. After completing her studies, she moved to Cusco, Peru and began working as a Project Manager for a small nonprofit focused on female empowerment. She returned to the states and spent the last year working with low-income youth at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. Her first-hand experiences with youth both abroad and stateside are what truly fuels her passion for creating the next generation of global leaders, and she is so excited to be a member of the Global Glimpse team!
Alex Fogel – New York Regional Manager
A passionate and experienced traveler, Alex has explored and learned in more than 30 countries. He knows that his experiences abroad have forever altered his perspective, teaching him the importance of pushing his comfort zone and staying positive no matter what life has in store. With a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Vermont, Alex has spent 5 years teaching English, Spanish, and Special Education in public schools in Spain and in his hometown in western Massachusetts. These different environments presented Alex the opportunity to work with diverse groups of young people, whose infectious personalities and ubiquitous brilliance fuel Alex to help make international travel opportunities accessible to all students, regardless of their financial realities. He is thrilled and honored to be able to combine his passion for education, travel, and youth development in his work with Global Glimpse.
Felicia Ong – Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
Felicia is inspired by the power of international education as a catalyst for relationship building and diplomacy in today’s world. Born and raised in the Bay Area by Burmese immigrant parents, she developed a strong cultural identity with the local Burmese-Chinese community. Having traveled to Matagalpa, Nicaragua with Global Glimpse in 2010, Felicia is a proud alumna of the program and has since been inspired to advance both the role and recognition of international education on the foreign policy landscape. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the University of California, Davis, and was the first in her family to attend college. With a background in strategic communications, at the intersection of the non-profit, private, and public sectors, Felicia brings a diverse array of experiences to her powerful work in community partnership development.
Amy Ly – Operations Assistant
Born and raised in the diverse and vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, Amy has always recognized the power of education, culture, and community. Having traveled internationally from a young age, she finds it to be one of the greatest joys in life. Inspired by the power of international and cultural education, Amy has worked with various international exchange programs to build sustainable, global relationships. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, with minors in Chinese and Economics. Amy is delighted to support the Global Glimpse team in making travel accessible to students of all backgrounds and developing future generations of leaders.
Laura Hones – Chicago Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Laura draws on her background in education and anthropology in her work at Global Glimpse. Laura moved to Chicago after attending college in central Illinois and growing up in Missouri and Tennessee. As a graduate student in anthropology and education, at Teachers College at Columbia University (NY), she now studies rural American high school teachers’ approaches to cultural diversity in curriculum. Laura believes in the benefits of teaching students to understand the meaning of culture, seek out cross-cultural connections, and think critically about global issues they encounter. Laura has taught anthropology to gifted youth, is a City Year alum, and has three years’ experience as a tutor and mentor to students in Chicago Public Schools.
Madai Baltodano – Nicaragua Country Director
Madai began working with Global Glimpse in 2009 as one of the very first coordinators. From Matagalpa, she is a passionate and dedicated leader, striving every year to improve and innovate summer delegations. Madai has worked in tourism and hospitality since 2006, and is excited to deepen her love and knowledge of Nicaragua as the country director this year. While not working for
Global Glimpse, Madai tends to her family’s coffee farm, where she often hosts tourists and visitors. Madai uses her creativity and humor, as well as her extensive leadership experience to guide and support the in-country coordinators in creating and leading seven programs in 4 cities in Nicaragua.
Yader Centeno – International Financial Manager
Yader has been working at the intersection of social justice and economics for five years. In his work at the Help in Action Foundation in Leon, he combined his passion for the pursuit of peace with his skills in accounting and working with local non-profits. Before that, he worked on strengthening the capacities of marginalized and vulnerable groups in society–including rural families, small business owners, and women–through coordinating trainings and developing projects with them. Yader is pursuing his combined interests and passions for social change and finance management in his work with Global Glimpse.
Javier, a native of Matagalpa, is passionate about cultural exchanges. Through his extensive translating experience, he has delved into the nuances that make Spanish and English unique, and through that has explored the differences and similarities among the different languages and cultures. Javier brings a strong sense of ethics and morals to every situation he encounters, and avidly believes in the power of clear communication to navigate any personal or professional challenge. He brings his experience as a Program Coordinator in Esteli to his new role as Program Manager of all of our programs in Nicaragua.
Miguel Cubas García – Program Manager
In finding a love for technology and valuing the importance of effective communication, integrity, social interaction, and new ideas, Miguel obtained a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He is passionate about working with youth and finds joy in teaching because it compels him to learn something new every day. He has over ten years of experience working with youth from all walks of life. What he has enjoyed the most about working with youth is seeing different cultures gathered together in one place for the same purpose of learning from each other and exploring new cultures together. This passion led Miguel to serve with many missionary groups in Nicaragua for the past five years. He is excited to join the Global Glimpse team and looks forward to using his passion and past experiences to impact the lives of our students and community partners. Miguel strongly believes that if we invest in the youth of today will be investing to change tomorrow.
Ena Rodriguez – Program Coordinator Support
This will be Ena’s third year with Global Glimpse! She began her journey with GG in the summer of 2015 as a Program Coordinator in Granada, then joined us last year as a Site Manager in Esteli, and now returns as a Program Coordinator Support for all of our sites in: Matagalpa, Leon, Esteli and Granada. A native to Somoto, Nicaragua, Ena has grown a curiosity in learning the different aspects of human behavior and the environment that surrounds us. Her curious nature led her to obtain a degree in Psychology from UNAN – Leon. In the past six years she has worked with intercultural exchange programs between Nicaragua, Honduras, Canada and the United States. These experiences have helped to changed her perspective on social situations and has given her a deeper understanding of various cultures and their differences. She has found that these cultural differences are opportunities for us to take in and see the richness of the world. She is very excited to return and be a part of a team that continues to inspire students to be responsible global citizens, make positive changes in their lives, families, and communities and work together to create a better world.
Erik Ouwerkerk – Esteli 2
Erik was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, which is known for its enriching student environment. While in school, he was very interested in stories about far away countries, and whenever he saw or heard something about ´different´ people, his attention was there. After holidays spent in European countries, Erik had his first experience in Latin America at the age of nineteen, visiting Peru. In college, he studied anthropology; and years later, while writing articles for educational journals, he became interested in Chinese medicine and psychology. Currently, with Global Glimpse, Erik is motivated by the opportunity to continue growing in, and teaching about, ´global understanding”. He is looking forward to be a part of an experience where he can help to plant the seed of global citizenship for young people, giving them the opportunity to broaden their world and gain new perspectives that they will carry with them wherever they go.
Tania Gutierrez – Esteli 2
Tanis was born in Esteli, Nicaragua and lives in Tisey-Estanzuela, which is a Natural Protected Area. At a young age, she began volunteering with different social change projects around her community. Tania has always believed that education is a powerful and unique tool to help develop societies. Tania was awarded a scholarship to study Agribusiness Management with Emphasis in Export & Import at Iowa Western Community College, USA. Post graduation, Tania has worked with different organizations, including Casa Canadiense, involved in health, education, and community development. I have been working there since 2008 until the present time. In her years of work experience, she has also supported as a group facilitator and translator for global education classes with diverse high school students from Canada. Tania loves working with people from different parts of the world and is very excited to be part of Global Glimpse this summer.
Athalia Markowitz – GRANADA 1
Athalia was born in Israel and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Master’s in International Relations from UC San Diego and a Bachelor’s in History and Spanish from UC Berkeley. Athalia has spent a few years living, studying, and working across Latin America – including two years in Quiche, Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Prior to joining Global Glimpse, Athalia managed experiential learning programs for college students at Net Impact. Athalia is bilingual in Spanish and English and is excited to spend this summer working with future leaders on trips full of cultural exchange and service.
Maria Noella Solis
Maria was born in Diriamba, Carazo, Nicaragua – a city full of culture and tradition – has a BA in Diplomacy and International Relations and speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese fluently. At the age of 18, Maria discovered her appreciation and passion that the power of international exchanges has on the lives of people who decide to get out of her comfort zone and understand their own inner world. She has traveled to the United States (California) and Brazil for international exchange opportunities. Shortly after these experiences, Maria further explored and embraced the opportunity to work with AIESEC in Nicaragua, managing and leading social projects based on global goals and focused on the development of organizations in Nicaragua in the Incoming Exchanges department. Maria is passionate about the Global Glimpse mission and is looking forward to meeting the Glimpsers this summer and addressing global goals for sustainable youth and leadership development through international and cultural immersion experiences.
Maryuleth Perez – Matagalpa 2
Maryuleth was born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua and has come to know many rural environments of her native country. Born and raised in a family that has deeply nurtured their roots and through her experience working as a veterinarian, Maryuleth has spent many years facilitating educational discussions focused on unity and rural development in various rural communities surrounding Matagalpa. Maryuleth has a clear vision for the future of her fellow Nicaraguans and is eager and enthusiastic to embrace new cultures and is committed and passionate to share Nicaragua’s culture and traditions with an inclusive approach to ignite inspiration between cultures.
Silvan Wiersma – Matagalpa 2
This will be Silvan’s second year with Global Glimpse! He started with Global Glimpse last year leading one of our programs in Matagalpa and we are excited to have him lead another in program in Matagalpa with us again this year. Silvan was born in Wieringen, Holland where he grew up and studied to be a Sociology Teacher. He has developed into a true global citizen through his various travels all over the world, from Lebanon to China to Syria to Japan! His love and connection for Nicaragua grew in the years he spent working with a human rights organization. Silvan genuinely understands the importance of interacting with other cultures as a means of developing a more comprehensive understanding of the world. He enjoys sharing his experiences with students, and as a teacher, he has developed inspiring ways to challenge and motivate youth to become all that they can be. One of Silvan’s favorite quotes is, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” – He is excited to be a part of the “lighting of the fire” that the Glimpsers will experience in Matagalpa this summer!
Camila Quintana – Leon 1
Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Camila has dedicated many years volunteer for Techo, a Latin American non-profit that works towards ending extreme poverty and promotes communal empowerment. Camila has also been deeply involved in social initiatives around Nicaragua such as working as a coordinating member at Observatorio contra el Acoso Callejero in the hopes of bringing attention to the issue of street harassment as a manifestation of sexist violence. She is now a Psychology major, loves to read and study about social issues and plans to pursue a master’s in a related field by the end of this year. Camila is looking forward to meeting our glimpsers this summer and sharing with them some of the empowering movements happening in Nicaragua.
Carolyn Pitzer – Leon 1
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Carolyn has spent that past few years living in Colombia and working in non-profit, public education, and technology sectors. At Central Michigan University she focused her studies on Spanish and Environmental Policy, and has since dedicated her career to international community development, service learning, and exchange through volunteerism, teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as having participated in and administered a national bilingualism fellowship program for the Colombian Ministry of National Education. Carolyn has a profound passion for music and appreciation of arts and culture, so she is excited to experience León and learn from its history and people. She fell into another world during her first experience abroad, and she is looking forward to encouraging new perspective and facilitating similar discoveries for this year’s Global Glimpsers.
Cynthia Rodríguez – Leon 2
Cynthia was born Matagalpa, Nicaragua and studied Applied Economics with a focus in Territorial Development at Centroamericana University in Managua, Nicaragua. Her passions include traveling, learning about new cultures and volunteering. Cynthia has volunteered in different organizations, such as TECHO, as a community coordinator in the neighborhood Sor María Romero – Matagalpa, focused on working alongside the local community members and other volunteers. Her various volunteer experiences have helped her to personally grow, especially in seeing the impact of helping communities become more committed to their own development. She is very excited to be part of the Global Glimpse team this season and is looking forward to continuing part of a group that is committed to the global development of this world.
Summer Sinsigalli – Leon 2
Summer was born in California, is an avid explorer, is passionate about soccer, and is lover of all spicy food! She earned a BA in Sociology at CU Boulder and had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil. While in Brazil, Summer started a soccer program for girls living in a favela, in hopes of promoting youth development and empowerment. After graduating, Summer pursued her thirst for global expansion, and has been traveling throughout South America for six months, working with locals to understand different cultures on a more intimate level. She is ecstatic to transition and settle in Nicaragua where she can express her passion for global consciousness to the youth of the United States. Summer hopes to delve into the culture of Nicaragua with her students, and help spark their passion to get out of their comfort zones and explore the unknown!
Juliana Gutierrez – MATAGALPA 1
Juliana was born in Manizales – a small city in Colombia’s coffee-growing region – where she spent most of her childhood, before moving to New York City. She studied Political Science and Educational Studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Juliana developed a strong passion for youth empowerment and educational access worldwide through her participation in social justice education programs in New York City, India, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Juliana deeply cherishes the many ways by which her own educational and cross-cultural experiences have contributed to her growth as a compassionate leader and cultural navigator. She is thrilled to bring her skills and perspectives to inspire more youth through Global Glimpse’s intentional learning model and different insights that she and the glimpsers will gain in Matagalpa this summer!
This will be Alex’s third year working as a Program Coordinator with Global Glimpse and this year he will be leading one of our programs in his own native city of Matagalpa! A graduate in Social Work from UNAN-Matagalpa, Alex is really passionate about introducing the local culture and lifestyle of Nicaragua to the glimpsers. Alex is also currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration. He is an enthusiastic, dynamic young man that believes in the power of inspiring young leaders throughout the full immersion in other countries. As an English teacher, Alex has gained a wealth of experience in the field and is really excited about sharing this with our students. He loves to spend time with friends, family and getting to know new people. He is very passionate about his country and is looking forward to sharing that love with the new generation of tomorrow’s leaders.
Rafael Peralta – GRANADA 2
Ignacio was born in Corinto, Nicaragua. Ignacio began to grow his commitment to social work as a teenager and pursued his passion by obtaining a BS in Social Work at UNAN-Leon. Since then, he has worked with various organizations in different areas such as a youth leader/mentor, family planning, human rights, and environmental awareness. Ignacio has had the opportunity to work with many international volunteers from various countries such as the United State, Germany, and many Latin Americans. Working alongside international volunteers has helped to shape and open the ways that Ignacio views the world around him and positive ways to approaching problem solving strategies . Ignacio is looking forward to meeting the glimpsers and sharing his knowledge of his country and experiences while also continuing to learn from others.
Kimberly was born into a family with strong Mexican roots in Colorado, USA. Being Mexican-American, she has always been interested in learning about various cultures and traveling abroad. She studied as a first-generation scholar and holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Social Work and one in Economics from Colorado State University. After graduation, Kimberly traveled to South America for a year, where she learned how important travel is for personal development and learning about global issues. She has worked with youth in various roles such as being a mentor to international students and as an advocate for youth. Kimberly is enthusiastic about being part of this journey to utilize her skills and share her experiences as she learns from the glimpsers and the Global Glimpse team!
Belkis Tatiana Rivas López – ESTELI 1
This will be Belkis’ second year with Global Glimpse! Her first year with Global Glimpse was in 2015 as a Program Coordinator leading one of our programs in Jinotega and we are excited to have her lead another in program with us this year in her own native city of Esteli! Belkis’ passion is meeting new people and sharing all of the beautiful and unique aspects of Nicaragua with them. In pursuing her passion for nature and the environment, Belkis studied Sustainable Tourism in UNAN-Managua and has since worked with many volunteers from different parts of the world in areas such as environmental education, formal education and tourism. She has also worked as a tour coordinator, hotel manager and Agricultural School teacher. With this being her second year with Global Glimpse, Belkis is excited and passionate about sharing her experiences with the glimpsers and discovering ways with them to improve our world.
Having grown up in Germany and Greece in addition to her passport country of the United States, Christa thrives in international environments and enjoys the nuances of intercultural communication. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, USA with a double major in International Affairs and Foreign Languages, she spent a year teaching English in Araguaina, Brazil, as a Fulbright scholar. Her passion for educational equality, teaching, social justice, and youth development led her to found a running club for girls in Araguaina and later join the NGO, buildOn, as a Trek Coordinator. In the last year working with buildOn, Christa has led trips to build schools to Senegal, Malawi, Haiti, Nepal, and Nicaragua, where she became acquainted with Global Glimpse! She looks forward to collaborating with staff to deliver transformative programming for Global Glimpse youth this summer!
Dominican Republic Staff
Carina Dengler – Dominican Republic Country Director
Molly Carina Dengler fell in love with the Dominican Republic while studying abroad in Santo Domingo in 2005. Since then, she has returned frequently to reconnect with the Dominican mens’ rugby team for which she played and discover the beauty and complexity of the country and culture. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Carina graduated from Wesleyan University with a major in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Between service-learning experiences abroad as a Volunteer, Supervisor and Project Director of Amigos de las Américas, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching special education in a dual language public school in NYC. She also co-founded and directed a nonprofit that uses rugby to positively impact the lives of high school students in NYC. Carina will bring her bilingualism, passion for the Dominican Republic and background as a progressive urban educator to her position as Country Director in the Dominican Republic.
Alyssa Torres – Cibao Region Program Manager
Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Alyssa found an “adopted home” in the Dominican Republic after studying and living there for two years. She has a deep affinity for the DR and is excited to see future Glimpsers discover the goodness and beauty of a new culture. For the past nine years, she has worked in the area of bilingual education and medical interpreting. She’s grateful for the excellent education she received at the University of Dayton based on service and love of neighbor, and that she had an initial “kick-start” immersion experience there that motivated her to become bilingual and a lifelong cultural learner. She can’t imagine what her life would be like if she hadn’t had that experience! She’s excited to be part of a team that provides such an impactful experience to young people, and hopes that it will ignite their hearts with a desire to learn more, to be curious, and to serve others.
Maribel Dionicio – Administrative Assistant & Accountant
Maribel Dionicio has a degree in Business Administration, specializing in International Economic Analysis. She has extensive experience in administrative and financial management within international cooperation projects, as well as training in economic, financial and market analysis. In addition to being a dynamic, proactive professional, Maribel has special interests in learning new languages, exploring new cultures and promoting diversity through student cultural immersion opportunities as a means of personal enrichment through the accumulation of new experiences. Maribel is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience to strengthen the Global Glimpse team as well as to help students explore a and understand what it means to be a global citizen.
Miguel A. Caraballo – Bonao
Miguel Angel Caraballo has had deep rooted love for the Dominican Republic since a very young age. A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx of first generation Puerto Rican migrants, he grew up with Dominican customs. After completing his B.A. in Human Services from Metropolitan College of NY and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, he continued working in the nonprofit arena focused on serving youth. Last summer, Miguel joined our Global Glimpse Team as a Program Coordinator in Bonao and, although he has lived in the DR for the last five years, learned how unique exposure to such a grand culture can change the way we think about our daily lives back in the USA and how much impact we have globally in such a short period of time. He continues to call the DR his home and is looking forward to another amazing adventure with the glimpsers this summer.
Leury Bàez was born in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Since the age of 12, he’s been working in the area of social responsibility with an association of Women in Development (MUDE). From that time on, he has been passionate about serving others, especially youth. His studies are oriented to technical areas (Electricity) and his university degree is in Industrial Engineering, yet has has gained experience working with young people in his church and the university, as well as experience working in the department of social responsibility of a multinational company all make him a dynamic combination for the job. Above all, he will bring his experience working with Global Glimpse as a Local Youth Ambassador last summer in Bonao to inform his vision and spark his passion this year as Program Coordinator. His favorite hobby is spending time with family and friends and playing pool.
Katherine Then – CONSTANZA 1
Katherine Then was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and migrated to the U.S. with her family at age 7. Over the years, she’s had the opportunity to work, travel, and study in several countries such as Italy, Morocco, Spain, Japan, Myanmar and Indonesia. In the U.S. and Thailand, Katherine worked with programs that supported the well-being of its migrant communities. She strongly advocated for migrant day laborers, led education and psychosocial projects for youth, and assisted in the improvement of people’s access to effective and responsive services during humanitarian emergencies. Her dedication to child protection has led her to become an international accredited trainer on understanding and responding to children at risk. Katherine has a bachelor’s in Psychology from The College of Mount Saint Vincent and a master’s in International Development from Concordia University. With the opportunity to return to her home country, Katherine is delighted to be part of the Global Glimpse Team and she looks forward to creating a fun, challenging, and inspirational experience focused on global citizenship, community development, intercultural diversity and inclusion.
Francis García was raised in Constanza and is studying modern languages and tourism. He was a member of the Global Glimpse Youth Ambassador Program and fell in love with the program and the way Global Glimpse helps students understand different cultures and have different experiences. Since then, he has been working as a tour guide and translator in Constanza, working to better help his community and develop his leadership skills. He is looking forward to meeting his Glimpsers and helping them to discover the wonders that the Dominican Republic has to offer them and to working with the Global Glimpse team.
Heyssel Udiell – CONSTANZA 2
Heyssel Udiell is a very passionate environmentalist born and raised in Nicaragua. She studied environmental technology and climate change in Portland, Oregon where she was a program coordinator for a summer camp at Zenger Farm. Heyssel has collaborated with several NGOs both locally and abroad to support multicultural and social programs. In 2016, Heyssel worked as a Program Coordinator for Global Glimpse in Estelí, Nicaragua and enjoyed seeing the impact and changing perspectives of the students through the experience. Heyssel is back to represent Global Glimpse in Constanza and looks forward to supporting students to see the world from a different perspective and inspiring them to become responsible global citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.
Felix Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and moved to Dayton, Ohio to earn a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Administration from Wright State University. He has been working with young adults transitioning out of secondary education as a Career Advisor at a local Community College in Dayton, Ohio. He strongly believes in the impact of transformational and cultural learning experiences, because they provide opportunities to become inspired and find a calling in life. His own transformational and cultural experiences have significantly impacted Felix career and personal goals. He is excited to join the Global Glimpse family as a PC, to help students enjoy their GG experience and to navigate the challenging decisions they have ahead.
Flora Maciel – SAN CRISTOBAL
Born in Michoacán, Mexico Flora Maciel immigrated to the state of Oregon at a young age. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from Linfield College. While studying at Linfield, Flora spent nearly eight months studying, volunteering and traveling throughout Ecuador. Flora spent her summer volunteering at a children’s hospital and at a refugee center in Quito, a very transformational experience for her. Her experiences in Ecuador sparked a curiosity to learn more about the diverse communities that inhabit this world. Flora has continued to explore other cultures while traveling to Spain, Morocco, Peru and Belize. Her experience as an immigrant and traveler allow her to understand the strong connection between studying abroad and becoming a global citizen. With a life purpose to assist, influence and encourage young learners to reach their life goals, Flora is thrilled to share her knowledge and help transform the lives her students in San Cristobal!
This will be Camilo’s second year with Global Glimpse! He started with GG last summer, 2016 as a Program Coordinator in Constanza, and this year will be helping to lead our program in San Cristobal. Camilo is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and has worked with youth from a variety of backgrounds across several countries. During his university years he served as Student Union President and contributed to the development of a series of workshops to promote literary and artistic expression. He has further developed his leadership skills among young people through his involvement in a range of programs that engage international volunteers and interns with local community development efforts. Since he was a teenager, he has been propelled forward by the intersection of filmography, photography and social justice. While he started this career path in his home country, his work brought him to Ecuador, and in 2015, to the Dominican Republic. Camilo is not only excited to be a part of a leadership team for his Glimpsers, but is also looking forward to another year of inspiring and being inspired by every glimpser.
Dámarit Pérez – SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA
Hailing from the from the Canary Islands, Spain, Dámarit has a degree in International Relations from the Complutense of Madrid University. Due to her experiences while living and studying in Italy and the United Kingdom, and her passion for development and international cooperation, Dámarit decided to return to Madrid to pursue a Master’s degree in International Solidarity Action and Social Inclusion. She also has experience coordinating and working with volunteer groups in both Egypt and South Africa. All of these international experiences opened her up to learning, sharing and appreciating other cultures. She also worked in youth leadership development helping young people connect with volunteering projects aimed at promoting awareness of social problems. All these experiences helped to solidify her desire to continue helping to create global citizens that can work to improve the world.
Sixto Cabral Contreras
Sixto Cabral Contreras is a native of San Juan de la Maguana and is studying Modern Languages with a major in English at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. His passion for being involved in social and educational programs inspired him to join the Global Glimpse Youth Ambassadors program last summer in San Juan where he gained experience and awareness through English Tutoring, Community Action Projects and raised awareness about local and global issues such as poverty, education and human rights. He considers education the key to changing the perspectives of young people and inspiring them to improve themselves and their families. Sixto looks forward to giving back to his community and to Global Glimpse by calling on his experience as former Youth Ambassador to demonstrate that compassion and hard work are important to achieve your goals and be an role model in your community.
Joselin Hernández – Ecuador Country Director
Joselin Hernández is from Nicaragua and first worked for Global Glimpse in 2009, as one of the very first program coordinators in her beloved hometown of León. Seeing first-hand how the transformational power of travelling can impact people and expose them to new perspectives and paths in life touched Joselin profoundly. After her experience with Global Glimpse, Joselin decided to commit her career to facilitate life-changing travel experiences to youth in various countries. Joselin holds a bachelor’s degree in Management of Tourist Enterprises from the National Autonomous University in Nicaragua, graduating as an honors student. She then continued her studies in Salzburg, Austria, where she graduated with a focus in Teacher´s Training and Tourism Management. Joselin speaks 4 languages fluently (French, German, English, Spaish) and has lived, worked and traveled to 17 countries. She has served as a program coordinator and manager for programs such as International Service Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education programs in Nicaragua and Ecuador; and in 2015/16, she managed an experiential environmental education program for young Ecuadorian and US students on the Ecuadorian Coast. Joselin is very excited to be back in Ecuador to help lead the Global Glimpse programs in Riobamba as she will bring her extensive background in youth education and management, as well as her deep love and knowledge of Ecuador to her role as our Ecuador Country Director.
Diego Soto – RIOBAMBA 1
Diego was born in Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Ecuador, where he lived throughout his primary and secondary school years. Pushing himself out of his comfort zone, Diego moved to Cuenca to attend the University of Azuay, where he studied Labor Psychology. With curiosity and passion to learn more about different people and cultures, Diego has lived in the US and the United Kingdom, where he continued his studies in Psychology and English. Through these experiences, Diego discovered his true passion for for social justice and social development especially within forgotten societies. Since then, Diego has worked with in the amazon of Ecuador leading different social projects in indigenous communities with groups of volunteers as well as tutoring and mentoring international volunteers from Europe. Diego’s experiences all around Ecuador has helped to shape his knowledge and understanding about the indigenous Cosmo vision in different areas such as: The amazon, coast or Andes region. Diego is excited to collaborate with Global Glimpse this season to share his knowledge of Ecuador with the glimpsers but also to learn from the experiences of others and the different perspectives of the world.
Evelyn Arce Chavarría
Evelyn was born in San José, Costa Rica and has developed a genuine passion for volunteering, traveling, cultural immersion and new opportunities to be challenged. After obtaining a degree in Psychology, Evelyn began working with the Costa Rican Red Cross as a psychologist, providing support to natural disaster victims and Red Cross Staff. Evelyn’s NGO work experience also includes coordinating development programs for rural communities in Central America (Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua) and supporting a Masai Culture Conservation program in Kenya. Throughout her years of experience in the field, Evelyn continued her education and received a Master’s degree in Humanities as well as a diploma on Social Innovation. Evelyn is looking forward to a new journey with Global Glimpse and meeting all of her glimpsers this summer.
Melissa Guadalupe – RIOBAMBA 2
Originally from the northern coast of Peru, Melissa has developed a career in education and community development that sparked in her a passion for traveling, cross-cultural understanding and global issues. After obtaining a degree in Languages Education, Melissa participated in a Professional Fellowship program hosted by the University of Connecticut where she learned about economic empowerment and youth involvement in social change. She’s also participated in the Ship for World Youth Leaders, an international exchange program hosted by the government of Japan, as a member of the Peruvian delegation, leading seminars on culture and project management for over 200 youths of 10 different countries while exploring some of Japan’s most important cities together. More recently, she spent a year and a half living in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, where she led educational programs for the Ngöbe indigenous community in the island of Bastimentos as part of a locally embedded non-profit. Melissa is excited for the opportunity to explore Riobamba with her fellow team members, and to support Glimpsers as they learn about the culture and history of Ecuador and discover their leadership potential.
Ana María Umaña
Ana was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and has since traveled to various countries (Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Italy, and Israel – just to name a few) in pursuit of her passion for education, development, and nature. Her passion for teaching developed in 2008 while she was still an English student at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), which led her to work as an English teacher in public and private schools in Costa Rica. While enrolled in a Masters program focused on Translation and a Bachelors’ in International Affairs at the National University (UNA), she made the decision to volunteer in Quijingue, Bahia (Brazil) as a community development volunteer for six month. After her experience in Brazil, Ana obtained her Master’s degree and began working with Peace Corps, Costa Rica overseeing the Language & Cultural Facilitation department before transitioning to work with the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Team, focused on Training Delivery, and Programming. Ana is super excited to live in Riobamba and to be part of the Global Glimpse family.
Board of Directors
Tressa Johnson, Chair
Tressa’s understanding of the important connections between local action and global impact was formed at a young age, when she was fortunate to live outside the US as a teenager. The desire to responsibly explore and question the world was cemented through Peace Corps Service in West Africa, and then work abroad in education, peace and security and partnership issues. With deep commitment to both improving formal education systems and promoting global citizenship through all possible means, Tressa greatly enjoys serving the Global Glimpse community. Tressa is a Director at ELMA Philanthropies Services, the philanthropic advisory arm of the ELMA Group of Foundations. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Abbas Hasan, Founder
Abbas deeply believes in the power of ‘seeing is believing’. With a Stanford MBA and a BS from UC Berkeley, he left years of management experience in Fortune 500 companies to follow his dream to change the world by inspiring its next generation of leaders. Abbas credits his passion for global education to his contrasting experiences in the US and abroad. To date he has lived and traveled to more than 40 countries around the world, a feat not commonly shared with his childhood peers in Ohio and Kansas.
Krishna has, over the years, lived, studied and worked in the US, UK and India and travels extensively for work and leisure. He believes that a rich understanding of peoples and cultures is important to embrace the opportunities and challenges in an increasingly interconnected world. Krishna is a Director at Sapient Corporation and is based in their New York City office. Krishna holds a BS/BE from Bangalore University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
Jennifer believes strongly in the both the power of increasing global awareness of America’s youth and the value of learning through experience. Her passion for these two ideas stems from her international study in college and from her life now, raising three boys in a diverse multi-cultural community. Jennifer is an accomplished marketing and operating executive with deep experience connecting and engaging people with brands in a multi-platform world. She has extensive background leading consumer strategy for some of the most iconic and successful media brands in the world including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Essence. She lends her content marketing expertise to help tell the Global Glimpse story to a growing audience of students, educators, and donors. Jennifer is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Like many of us, Michelle vividly remembers her first exposure to life in a developing economy as a teenager and the impact it had on her. She is passionate about Global Glimpse’s mission to bring that experience to today’s youth and develop a new generation of global thinkers. Since that first international trip Michelle has remained an avid traveler; she has visited more than 35 countries and lived abroad four times. After work in consulting and energy, Michelle now works in commercial real estate finance at Sunrise Mortgage & Investment Company. She holds in MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA in Economics/Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Aparna is a senior global human resources executive with 20 years of deep and broad HR/talent and leadership expertise across different businesses, industries, and cultures. She spent 14 years with GE in a succession of HR leadership roles across multiple businesses domestically and internationally. Following GE, Aparna joined Bridgewater Associates where she has spent the last five years as the Co-Head of Human Resources. Aparna is passionate about women and girls’ advancement and developing the next generation of leaders through education and other programs. In addition to serving on the board of Global Glimpse, Aparna is also an HR advisor to Trickle Up and Acumen and an Executive Council member of Ellevate Network. Aparna holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai, India), an MA in Sociology from the University of Mumbai (India), and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (Ann Arbor, MI).
Benjamin A. Schnakenberg, Treasurer
Ben is a Partner at High Road Capital Partners, a middle-market-focused private equity firm, where he helps develop and oversees the implementation of transformational growth strategies for companies in a variety of industries. Ben believes that perspective-widening travel experiences were key to his personal development and has been fortunate to experience cultures throughout Latin America and Europe. Ben holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA. in Political Science and English from Valparaiso University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Aisha Taylor, Secretary
Aisha is a Sr. Account Manager in the media & entertainment vertical at Google. She works with global publishers to reach and engage audiences across digital platforms. Aisha previously worked at GBCHealth as a membership advisor leveraging resources of the world’s leading companies to address global health and development challenges. She also organized the private sector delegation to the Global Fund Board. Because of the impact international exposure has had on her own life, Aisha is passionate about broadening the horizons of youth to ignite curiosity, empathy and a desire to make a difference, not just a living. Aisha holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Mr. Tamer, is an avid traveller and youth advocate whose daily work constantly reminds him of the need for American youth to be world savvy to remain competitive. As a Board member Mr. Tamer focuses on ensuring donor funds are used efficiently and effectively while maximizing program quality. Mr. Tamer is the Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and holds a BA in history from UC Berkeley.
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