Global Glimpse Team: 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.
Global Glimpse Team: 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.
Brent Nichols – Senior Director of U.S. Programs
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.
Janice Sousa – Director of Partnerships & Growth
Janice Sousa is an experienced, results-driven sales and operations leader with over 15 years experience. She has a specialization in the travel, tourism and education sectors. Janice has held various senior positions over her career most notably with the social enterprise We with responsibility for the initial development of Me to We Tours over a decade ago, more recently as Director of Canadian Sales for EF and as Vice President, Business Development for Merit Travel Group. In addition to advising a number of start-ups and social impact groups in Canada and the US, Janice is proud to be an active member of her local community helping to support newcomer programs and Dress for Success. Janice holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, at the University of Toronto.
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 Regional Director. 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!
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.
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 the role and recognition of international education and relational diplomacy on the foreign policy landscape. She was the first in her family to attend college and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from UC Davis, and a certificate in Social Impact Leadership from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 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 work in corporate and community engagement.
Taylor Nelson – Senior Communications Manager
Taylor has proudly served a diversity of local and international nonprofits over the last decade and brings a range of communications and PR expertise to Global Glimpse. She is committed to elevating nonprofit brands through storytelling, design, and digital marketing. In her role, Taylor collaborates across program and fundraising teams to grow and position the Global Glimpse brand externally. Prior to joining Global Glimpse, Taylor led communications for Partners of the Americas, an international development nonprofit based in Washington, DC and directed arts and education programming for the Boys & Girls Club. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Taylor is deeply committed to the transformative power of travel having lived, studied, or worked in over 20 countries. Taylor studied at the Fuji Art School in Italy, El Mundo en Español in Guatemala, graduated with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.
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.
Amy Ly – Finance and Operations Manager
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.
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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.
Miguel A. Caraballo – Interim Cibao Region Program Manager
Miguel Angel Caraballo has had a 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 through frequent visits. 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. He joined our Global Glimpse Team in 2016 as a Program Coordinator in Bonao and although he has lived in the DR for the last five years, he experienced how unique exposure to such a grand culture for even a short amount of time can change the way we think about our daily lives back in the USA and our global impact. Miguel will continue to offer a dynamic combination of two years of experience as a Program Coordinator, education and skills as our Interim Program Manager in the Cibao Region to ensure continued growth and excellent experiences for future Glimpsers.
Leonel De Jesús Terrero Montilla – South Region Program Manager & Youth Ambassador Coordinator
Leonel de Jesus Terrero Montilla was born and raised in San Juan De La Maguana, Dominican Republic. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Universidad Central del Este, and enjoys volunteering in his community with youth initiatives in his free time. He started his career in international development working for Peace Corps in 2009, as a Regional Coordinator for a sexual health program in vulnerable communities. He got involved in Global Glimpse in 2014 as a Youth Ambassador teaching English classes, and identified so much with its mission for empowering both foreign and local youth that he became a Program Coordinator for San Juan in 2015. After that summer, he began working with Plan International, educating local communities on their rights and supporting community development initiatives. He is excited to return to the GG family and continue contributing to youth development in his new role.
Maria Cristina Núñez Santos – Dominican Republic Financial Manager
Maria Cristina was born and raised in Bonao, Dominican Republic. She has a university degree in Accounting from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, is a certified accountant and has her Masters in Financial Management. She brings nine years of experience in nonprofit organizations; supporting community development and financial management for organizations including Kolping and Oxfam, where she gained experience managing teams. Maria has participated in national and international seminars and conferences in her field in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, Peru and Costa Rica. Maria joined Global Glimpse in 2016 as a administrative and tax consultant. She is thrilled to join our full time staff because she believes action is needed to create positive change in the world and she is passionate about working with youth and communities towards mutual growth.
Nacelí Rosario – Bonao Program Coordinator
Nacelí was born and raised in Santo Domingo, where she has been very involved in the Salesian order and supporting their mission to develop and empower young leaders. She found inspiration in working with youth in vulnerable situations to develop leadership skills through retreats, summer camps and community service. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in business in the Dominican Republic, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom where she gained a deeper understanding of management techniques for development projects. Nacelí is very passionate about community-driven development and how education and cultural awareness can give all parties involved the opportunity to grow and work better together. As an active member of the Presencing Institute developed by MIT, she collaborates with global leaders to shift mentalities and behaviors for a more sustainable future. Through her work with Global Glimpse, she hopes to better understand the current reality in rural communities and be a positive force of change in the emerging future.
Zoe Tatarsky – Bonao Program Coordinator
Zoe Tatarsky is from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She recently graduated from Kenyon College with a major in psychology and an interest in spreading humanistic principles and fostering change on an individual level. During her college years, learning Spanish reconnected her to her Latin American heritage and opened doors for her to engage in different cultures abroad. Eventually, this interest led her to find a home-away-from-home in the Dominican Republic, while working there as a Project Supervisor for Amigos de las Americas in 2017. She can’t be more thrilled to return to this country for new and important work with Global Glimpse! From a young age, service learning and cultural exchange helped Zoe enrich her worldview. She is excited to pass along what she has learned from her experiences abroad and share her genuine enthusiasm for the beautiful Dominican Republic with Glimpsers while continuing to learn from it alongside others who are just as passionate as she.
John Presimé – Constanza 1 Program Coordinator
John Presimé is a social entrepreneur who has focused on training youth in IT and gender equality locally and internationally. In order to complete his studies in 2005, John moved from his home in Haiti to the Dominican Republic. Since then, he has been inspiring vision and leadership in his community Sabaneta de Yásica, Cabarete on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. With a multicultural education and strong values, he has established himself personally and professionally in the Dominican Republic. He is a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Alumni, a program run by the U.S Department of State, where the 250 brightest young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean participate every year developing projects in favor of social and economic sustainability of the region. John is also founding a company aimed to make affordable, high quality Internet access available in low-income housing and other underserved areas of the Dominican Republic. John’s expertise in project management and leadership makes him the ideal Program Coordinator for the Global Glimpse mission.
Carissa Villafaña – Constanza 1 Program Coordinator
Hailing from Southern California, Carissa is at home wherever there is sunshine and happiness. While working towards her Bachelor’s in ethnic studies, Carissa has dedicated herself to serving youth around literacy in English and Spanish, both in the U.S. high school setting and in rural Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer. Cafecitos at noon, light hearts and indescribable views are only some of the reasons she has made the Hispaniola island her second home and she’s looking forward to her next learning adventure in the country she loves with Global Glimpse. She is confident that her formal education, experience in the field and her approachable, faith-driven, and versatile attitude will allow her the right foundation for an unforgettable year with Global Glimpse. With a hopeful heart, her goal is that our newest Glimpsers will aspire to be tomorrow’s greatest leaders.
Jomaria Cruz – Constanza 2 Program Coordinator
Jomaria Cruz is a proud native of Constanza, with extensive international experience. After finishing her high school education in Constanza, she moved to Santo Domingo with her family where she earned a degree in hotel management and gastronomy at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), which gave her the opportunity to have work experience in the area hotels like El Embajador and Crowne Square. Her work experience following her college graduation includes managing waiters at The Westin Snowmass in Colorado and joining the Olympic Games Committee in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Throughout her life, she has given back to a variety of nonprofit organizations as a volunteer such as Food For The Hungry, Maria’s Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and Aliança pela criança. She is thrilled to bring her bilingualism, international perspective and local pride to her role as Program Coordinator in her hometown of Constanza this year.
Catherine Acevedo – Constanza 2 Program Coordinator
Catherine is passionate about social work; her philosophy in life is “love what you do to do it with your heart.” Her passion for this field came from wanting a better quality of life for Nicaragua, along with other nations. Professionally, Catherine holds a degree in management and development of tourism, a career field that has allowed her to acquire reliable knowledge in sustainable development, environmental impact, project management and evaluation, and cost/risk assessment.
So far, Catherine’s most influential experience with non-governmental organizations has been in an entrepreneurial project in the community of Somoto, Madriz. This project conditioned her to build excellent interpersonal relationships with people from different cultures and philosophies. Armed with a spirit of cooperation and a positive attitude, she is willing to contribute to the success of this 2018 program. She hopes that this project will be an enriching exchange that will generate a positive impact for the communities, Global Glimpse team, and the students.
Francis García – Constanza 3 Program Coordinator
Francis García was raised in Constanza and is studying modern languages and tourism. He was a member of the inaugural Global Glimpse Youth Ambassador Program in 2015 and was so transformed by the program that he became a Program Coordinator in 2017. He loves the way Global Glimpse helps students understand different cultures and have experiences that they never would be able to get otherwise. When he’s not working for Global Glimpse, he works as a tour guide and translator in Constanza to help his community and develop his leadership skills. He is looking forward to meeting his Glimpsers for the second time this summer and helping them to discover the wonders that the Dominican Republic has to offer!
Cynthia Rodriguez Parajón – Constanza 3 Program Coordinator
Cynthia was born and raised in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She studied Applied Economics with a focus on Territorial Development in the Universidad Centroamericana, Managua. She likes to travel and learn about other cultures through service. She has served as a volunteer for different organizations including TECHO, where she was a community coordinator in Barrio Sor Maria Romero in Matagalpa, where she worked alongside community members and other volunteers. This experienced helped her grow personally and in achieving her professional goal to create a society committed to their own development. She is excited to join our staff for the second time this year and to be part of a group of change-makers.
Andrea Deleo – San Juan 1 Program Coordinator
Andrea is originally from Managua, Nicaragua and is a psychologist passionate about mental health. She is co-founder of Movimiento Ventana, a social movement that promotes mental health and works to decrease the stigma that surrounds mental illness. She also loves to volunteer in a wide array of social projects and work with diverse groups of people. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of Global Glimpse and to be able to live and work in San Juan de la Maguana.
Kimberly Peña – San Juan 1 Program Coordinator
Kimberly was born into a family with strong Mexican roots in Colorado. 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 to join the Global Glimpse team for her second year and is looking forward to continue sharing her experiences as she learns from the Glimpsers and the Global Glimpse team!
Sixto Cabral Contreras – San Juan 2 Program Coordinator
Sixto Cabral Contreras is a native of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. He is studying Modern Languages (English) at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. His passion for participating in social and educational programs inspired him to join Global Glimpse in the summer of 2016 as a local Youth Ambassadors program in his hometown of San Juan. Thanks to all the leadership lessons he gained from that volunteer experience, in 2017 he became a Program Coordinator. He is very happy and proud to continue inspiring young people who want to do positive things for themselves and be more responsible and valuable citizens. He is looking forward to using his experience as an Ambassador and an experienced coordinator to demonstrate to all youth that passion, perseverance, and hard work are important to achieve their goals and to be an example to follow in their communities as well as for the rest of the world.
Vania Michellini – San Juan 2 Program Coordinator
Vania is 28 years old and was born in Mexico but grew up in the United States. Her educational background focused on political science and African American Studies. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree, she decided to focus on working, volunteering and traveling around the world. Once, she found the opportunity to travel and study with the help of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship; Vania pursued her Masters in lifelong learning in the UK and Spain. These experiences allowed her to visit 33 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. She has always had a passion for education as a tool to empower communities through intercultural dialogue. Hence, she knew that she wanted an opportunity to put into practice her worldview, experiences, knowledge and skills to help build bridges. She thinks Global Glimpse is a perfect opportunity to connect youth from the developed world to the rest of our global village. She holds true our responsibility to uplift one another, in order to build a more just and equal society. While the Internet and social media provide platforms to communicate with one another, experiencing different ways of living has a bigger impact on our thinking. When we know better, we can do better.
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.
Sebastian Gallardo – Ecuador Program Manager
Born and raised in Ecuador, Sebastian is deeply committed to international education. As a scholar of the United World College movement, he was chosen to represent Ecuador among 200 young students from 93 countries for a pre-college program. As result of this multicultural experience, he aspires to foster intercultural sensitivity and global awareness among youth in the position of Program Manager in Riobamba. With a focus on Latin America and the Middle East, he majored in International Relations with a minor in Economics at Wheaton College (MA). He went onto pursued graduate studies in Latin American Studies (Anthropology/Human Rights) and Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. After having studied for nearly a decade in the US, he returned to Ecuador to join the 2016 earthquake relief efforts with the United Nations. In 2017, he was involved in development cooperation with the International Labour Organization in Switzerland. Considering himself the successful result of international education, he hopes to pass it forward by enabling Glimpsers to unfold their full potential through an enriching educational experience in Ecuador.
Ana María Villagómez – Riobamba 1 Program Coordinator
Ana María was born in Riobamba, Ecuador, where she was born and raised. She developed a genuine passion for volunteering, traveling, and cultural immersion. She was granted the amazing opportunity to travel to the US as a Youth Ambassador, representing Ecuador in the US-based study exchange program along with other 8 young leaders in 2011.
Her travel experience inspired her determination to go to college in the US, so she applied to the Opportunity Funding Program, a scholarship program funded by the Department of State. With this sponsorship, Ana María was able to finish her undergraduate studies in international business and computer information systems at West Texas A&M University. During her college years she volunteered in the local “Youth Detention Center” and was a peer mentor for the government-sponsored program “Upward Bound,” which provides fundamental college readiness support to disadvantaged high school students. After graduating from college Ana María moved to New York City to work for a technology company. She is now back in her hometown of Riobamba and she is beyond excited to show her magical city to her GGLs and Glimpsers.
Jerry Nathan Aguilar Suazo – Riobamba 1 Program Coordinator
Jerry was born in Managua and after finishing high school he went to the Atlantic coast to understand the native cultures of this particular area of Nicaragua. He has worked as a tour guide with other foreign people that live in Nicaragua and this gave him an idea of how to be a good host and coordinator. His favorite subjects are geography and history, which helps him to understand his guests and to set up a nice atmosphere during their stay. He also likes to talk about social matters that affect his people and how we can learn from the examples of other countries. He loves to communicate with people because he believes that communication is one of the most important skills as he would like to help people improve their lifestyle by learning from others.
Paco Romero – Riobamba 2 Program Coordinator
Paco was born in Riobamba, Ecuador. Early in his life, his family had the opportunity to host foreigners from the U.S. and Europe through AFS International Exchange Program. With every new exchange student, he gained new perspective about the world and Ecuador changed with every new brother and sister that arrived from the program.
Paco received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and joined ILE, an English teaching institution, first as a student and eventually as a teacher. After he worked as an interpreter for a Korean Agency KOICA and as a teacher for the local University ESPOCH. Working with KOICA opened a door to Asian culture he had never explored in his life, especially working on a rural development project. Getting involved with Global Glimpse is the natural next step for Paco as he enjoys sharing and helping Glimpsers and Ecuadorians understand one another.
Cristiana Sandigo – Riobamba 2 Program Coordinator
Cristiana was born in Masaya, Nicaragua. Since a young age she has been exposed to cultures from all over the world having lived in Mexico and the United States. She got her bachelors degree in business management and a minor in environmental studies from The University of Kansas. Currently, she is with Global Glimpse, where she hopes she can be a great asset to her team and the students. She knows that this experience will transform everyone’s lives into something positive.
Emily Stuyvers – Riobamba 3 Program Coordinator
Emily was born in a small town in the east of France. She moved from city to city for her studies. After a Master’s in project management, geopolitics and languages, she decided to travel the world. She has always loved meeting people, expanding her knowledge on global issues, and deepening her own perspective with enriching experiences. Her deep appreciation of the world’s indigenous people gives her a unique and powerful perspective on issues affecting many different populations around the world.
Emily has held many different positions and recalls teaching French as a foreign language (FLE) in the French Alliance of Zacatecas, Mexico as one of her most rewarding opportunities. After a year and a half working and living in Cochabamba (Bolivia), Emily decided that it was time to get to know Ecuador and she is really excited to be a part of Global Glimpse.
Ignacio Peralta – Riobamba 3 Program Coordinator
Ignacio is 25 years old and studied social work in the National Public University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Leon. He worked as a program coordinator with Global Glimpse in the historical Granada last year, and it was so impactful that he decided to apply to be a program coordinator again this year. As a social worker he had worked on many social projects in his country and participated in Latin American programs focused on education within a variety of topics such as health, environment, education, and agriculture with different volunteers from the United States, Germany, and England. I like to do outdoor activities, go to the mountains, go on adventures, read books, and have really good conversations.
Joshua Holmes – Guaranda 1 Program Coordinator
For the last 12 years, Joshua has been working alongside diverse groups of young people in the UK to develop their skills, confidence and self-awareness. He began by facilitating music workshops, putting youth on festival stages and running a record studio/label as a way to develop the music careers of disadvantaged young people.
After traveling to Ecuador and Colombia in 2013, he returned to broaden his creative approaches by studying Creative Arts Therapies at Plymouth University. He came back to Ecuador in mid-2017, creating direct impact in indigenous communities with Camps International. His desire to find a sustainable way to address issues such as inequality has led him towards the educational approach of Global Glimpse and he is excited to use the opportunity to co-create transformational programs for the students and the communities they encounter.
Alex Herrera – Guaranda 1 Program Coordinator
This will be Alex’s fourth year working as a program coordinator with Global Glimpse! A graduate in Social Work from UNAN-Matagalpa, Alex is passionate about introducing local culture and lifestyle 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 through full immersion in other countries. As an English teacher, Alex has gained a wealth of experience in the field and is really excited to share this with his students. He loves to spend time with friends, family, and getting to know new people. He is very passionate about his home country and is looking forward to sharing a similar love for Ecuador with the new generation of leaders.
Camilo Maldonado – Guaranda 2 Program Coordinator
This will be Camilo’s third year with Global Glimpse! He started with GG in 2016 as a program coordinator in Constanza, Dominican Republic. 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 through 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 and Haiti. Camilo is not only excited to be a part of a leadership team for the Glimpsers but is also looking forward to another year of being inspired by every Glimpser.
Stephanie Kridlo – Guaranda 2 Program Coordinator
Stephanie grew up in a small town in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania. While she loved her home, she had a burning desire to travel and create positive social change in the world. She moved to Washington D.C. where she attended American University’s School of International Service to find her place in the international development community. She found her calling after participating in a radical Fair Trade, de-colonial study abroad program in Ecuador run by the Pachaysana Institute. Following this experience, she knew she wanted to work in exchange programs to help achieve social justice objectives, create equitable relationships, and foster new generations of creative global thinkers. Last summer, Stephanie dove head-first into her career as the international program coordinator in Bolivia with the Foundation for Sustainable Development; there, she helped facilitate their summer internship program. Now Stephanie is excited to continue her career in international education with Global Glimpse and return to the place where it was inspired.
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.
To Sharon, servant leadership is a way of life. Prior to joining the community affairs team at United Airlines she served as vice president of customer contact centers for the airline. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of the contact centers, customer care and refunds for United. She oversees 5,000 global team members comprised in 15 centers in ten countries and remotely in over 35 states. Sharon has 20 years of accounting and auditing experience. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bradley University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Sharon was a 2016 Fellow of Leadership in Greater Chicago and recognized as a Chicago United 2015 Business Leader of Color. A native Chicagoan, Sharon joined the Global Glimpse board in 2018.
Kristen is a communications and public affairs expert with extensive experience in media relations. She is a Communications Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of programs, including the Chicago Commitment and 100&Change, a global competition for a $100 million grant to solve a critical problem. Prior to joining MacArthur, Kristen served as Director of Corporate Communications at the global public relations agency Golin, where her clients included Dow, Humana, YMCA of the USA and Hyatt and she developed communications campaigns that enhanced brand reputation and relevance. Previously, Kristen worked as Director of Media Relations for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System and Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Cook County’s Board President. Kristen is a journalist by training and she was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle. Storytelling is at the center of all of her work and she is committed to helping Global Glimpse identify compelling narratives that amplify individual and collective voices. Kristen received her B.A. from Emory University and her Master’s in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Usman Nabi grew up between South Asia and the US and he is deeply passionate about inspiring international service in the next generation of leaders. Usman is a Director at H Partners, a New York based investment firm. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School, an AB from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy. As a Senior Advisor, Usman supports Global Glimpse’s strategic growth.
Khori Whittaker began his career as an educator at Teach for America teaching fifth grade in the Long Beach Unified School District. There, he became engaged with issues of access and equity and degree completion. Khori is CEO of Lighthouse Academies, a national charter school network. Previously he served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford, Director of Recruiting at InsideTrack, and as a Training and Sales Executive for Decker Communications. Khori received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University with certificates in Political Economy and Spanish Language and Culture. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach specializing in Political Theory and American Government and Law. As a Senior Advisor, Khori supports school partnership development.
Noah Yosha comes from a family of educators including a father who led a US-French youth exchange program. This background has grounded Noah in the need for future US leaders to engage with developing countries. Noah is the founder of Center Pond Management, a healthcare-focused investment partnership based in New York City. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. As a Senior Advisor, Noah is focused on development and ensuring the organization is financially sound for continued growth and impact.
Kendra Commander is a Senior Business Development Principal within the Access team at Google with a particular focus on connecting the next billion to the internet, primarily in emerging markets. Kendra previously worked at Nokia where she was the business lead on the launch and expansion of its mobile application store worldwide – eventually leading a global team focused on driving adoption of the entire portfolio of mobile services in key markets. Prior to joining Nokia, Kendra worked on special projects and business development efforts for the CFO and CEO at Sony Music. Kendra started her career at Credit Suisse where she worked as an analyst in Private Finance. She is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School. As a Senior Advisor, she works to support Global Glimpse’s international program expansion.
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