Staff & Board
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 is growing and we are looking for outstanding people to join our team! Check out our Careers page for the latest openings.
Leadership & Operations Team
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 Operations & Growth 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 and young daughter in Oakland, Ca where he travels vicariously through the amazing students in Global Glimpse.
Marcela Berrios – Vice President 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.
Madai Baltodano – International Health & Safety Manager
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 – Director of International Finance
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.
Ali Philbrick – Senior International Operations 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!
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAEMS – Medical Director
Dr. Will, as known to his colleagues, joined Global Glimpse as Medical Director in 2019. He works very closely with the International Health and Safety Team ensuring the wellbeing and medical readiness of all the staff and students around the world. He is board certified in pre-hospital EMS and Emergency Medicine and has trained and traveled extensively around the world to over 20 countries. He lives and practices primarily in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is an Associate Clinical Professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also wears numerous other hats as Medical Director for the National Park Service as well as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve. COL Smith (Dr. Will) has practiced medicine around the world on 6 continents, from the ‘Baghdad ER’ to Easter Island. He has founded and runs Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Consulting (WEMC), LLC.
Taylor Nelson – Director of Marketing & Communications
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.
Felicia Ong – Senior Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
Felicia is inspired by the power of travel as a catalyst for relationship building 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 pursue a career that brings people together and builds bridges across sectors. 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 PR and strategic communications at the intersection of the non-profit, private, and public sectors, Felicia brings a diverse array of experiences to her work with Global Glimpse’s incredible corporate and community partners.
Maddie Vilhauer – Community Engagement Coordinator
Born and raised in San Francisco, Maddie is a proud Global Glimpse alumna who truly believes in the transformational power of travel and intercultural exchange. After traveling to León, Nicaragua with Global Glimpse in 2012, Maddie was inspired to study the themes of globalization, development, and international relations at the George Washington University. She received a B.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies and became passionate about sustainable international development through causes that exemplify responsibility when tackling regional challenges. Prior to joining Global Glimpse, Maddie worked at the headquarters of TECHO Chile, at America Solidaria in Washington D.C., and most recently served as a partner services fellow at GlobalGiving. Maddie is thrilled to work with Global Glimpse’s community members and corporate partners in service of making immersive travel accessible to all students and future leaders.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ally loved learning more about the diverse cultures and ethnicities that she grew up alongside within her community. Her passion for empowering youth leadership and global education sparked when she went on her Global Glimpse trip to Esteli, Nicaragua in 2015. Since then, Ally decided she wanted to create visuals to encourage more people-to-people interaction and deeper understanding of people’s stories through graphic design. She has had experience designing graphics and illustrations with local nonprofits in Oakla
Amy Ly – Finance & 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.
Jonathan Kramer-Roach – Special Projects Coordinator
Ever curious and ready for exploration, Jonathan is excited to bring a background in experiential education and travel-focused programs to his work with Global Glimpse. After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in philosophy, he helped lead growth and operations at Honor Flight Chicago, a nonprofit recognizing senior war veterans, and most recently Global Student Embassy, a high school travel program focused on environmental education. Having traveled to 5 continents and 20+ countries, Jonathan is passionate about bringing people together from different communities. He is deeply committed to the belief that every student deserves the opportunity to experience firsthand cultures outside their own and could not be more thrilled to be able to work with Global Glimpse toward this goal.
After a formative experience traveling internationally as a high school student, Marie was inspired to learn more about how cultures intersect with education and experiential learning. She went on to receive a B.A. in Anthropology with concentrations in Education and Spanish from Boston University. With her passion for people and culture, Marie has devoted her career to supporting exceptional talent in achieving exceptional results for students and communities. Marie has served in roles across the human resources & talent functions at a variety of growing education based nonprofit organizations such as College Track and Year Up. As the People Operations Manager, Marie believes our people are everything and is passionate to continue to make Global Glimpse an incredible place to work as we grow.
U.S. Program Team
Sarah Cadorette – Bay Area Programs Manager
Sarah is an educator with more than a decade of experience working with children and adults, including working as the Program Director of an immigrant community center, and as a professor of writing and rhetoric. After working as an organizer for food justice, immigrants’ rights and access to public space, she returned to college to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is currently working on finishing the manuscript for a book of essays relating to travel, religion, mental health, language, and relationships. Sarah most recently served as the U.S. Director of Education with Global Student Embassy, where she motivated a strong network of teachers, administrators, students, and families to provide immersive, experiential education opportunities for high school students. She is very excited to bring her experience to support Global Glimpse’s mission of providing transformative travel opportunities to students of all backgrounds.
Carissa Villafaña – Bay Area Programs Coordinator
A Southern California native, Carissa grew in a sunny beach town and later packed her book bags North to California State University, Sacramento, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. Shortly after graduating from college, she joined Peace Corps, where she served in the Dominican Republic as a Primary Literacy Promoter. It was there, along the Southern border, that she fell in love with traveling and good coffee. Not long after her service, Carissa embarked on a new journey with Global Glimpse. Her position in the Dominican Republic allowed her the chance to show others the world that she had so deeply fell in love with. After running three summer trips in the Dominican Republic, she wholeheartedly accepted the position of Bay Area Program Coordinator where she now hopes to serve as a bridge to different soils.
Melissa Kirschner – Chicago Programs Manager
A Midwestern native, Melissa studied abroad three times in Italy, England and Ghana as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. It was from these experiences that her love of travel, exploration and international education was born. After earning her B.A., Melissa began her career in fundraising and development working in art and higher education. In 2014 she left the world of development to pursue a career in international education working for international service learning and study abroad organizations before joining Global Glimpse. She is excited to be in the role of Chicago Programs Manager, working with youth and educators who are equally as passionate about making international experiences accessible for all students.
Alex Fogel – Senior Northeast Programs 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 of Northampton, 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.
Victoria was born and raised in Queens, New York as a first-generation American citizen born to Guyanese parents. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and a minor in Latin American and Iberian studies. Her passion for travel and global education started in high school when she had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a semester. A City Year and WorldTeach alumna, Victoria has dedicated her career to working with youth both nationally and abroad. Having spent almost a year working in Ecuador she is particularly excited about sending Global Glimpse students there. Victoria has lived in three different countries and has traveled to 16. She believes that her international experiences and stepping outside of her comfort zone has shaped her to be a more inspired, empowered and empathetic individual. Victoria is thrilled to be joining the Global Glimpse team and is driven to bring transformative global leadership development opportunities to our students in New York and Western Massachusetts.
Marissa McCormick – Colorado Programs Manager
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Marissa takes pride in her varied roots. Coming from a family with two sides of immigrant grandparents, Marissa enjoyed an upbringing rich in culture and heritage. From an early age, Marissa’s family instilled a sense of adventure and a fierce passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures, and understanding world perspectives. With her first visit to Europe at age 5, she has since traveled to 32 countries, 5 continents, and has spent a significant amount of time stepping out of her comfort zone and into new cultures and lifestyles. In high school, she had the great fortune to participate in an EF Education First tour with her teachers and peers, which powerfully informed her next steps in life. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Italian, and spent a semester in Granada, Spain. Her love for travel continued to grow as she pursued a career in educational travel with EF in Boston, post-graduation. After 4+ years of helping educators and their communities to see the world and shift their own perspectives, she realized that she wanted to be a part of leveling the playing field so students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to travel. She is honored to be a part of the Global Glimpse team and work with teachers and administrators to bring Global Glimpse to even more schools across the nation.
Jamelyn Lederhouse – Programs Specialist
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.
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.
Miguel A. Caraballo – Dominican Republic Country 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 experience as a Program Coordinator, education and skills to ensure continued growth and excellent experiences for future Glimpsers.
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 an 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.
Liliana Y. Morel Báez, Program Coordinator (Bonao 1)
Liliana is a native of Moca city and she was lucky to discover her vocation early in life. She
graduated from the School of Medicine at the Technological University of Santiago, D.R.
During her internship at the Tireo Primary Health Care Unit in Constanza, she realized the
the community had little understanding of the importance of exercise and adequate body mechanics in order to prevent health-related issues. She was moved by this situation and her passion for service convinced her to organize a Disability Awareness and Prevention Campaign, which helped to set a precedent that improved the quality of life of many patients and their families. She intends to continue with this project throughout the development of her professional career. Her experience and training are not only limited to the field of medicine, but she also likes to teach English to little kids. Therefore, she is very excited to be part of the extraordinary Global Glimpse family and to carry out a meaningful role that will impact our students and the communities of the Dominican Republic.
María Del Carmen Nouni Ros – DR Program Coordinator (B1)
Originally born in Spain, Maria Nouni Ros comes from a mixed-cultured background: Moroccan-Spanish. From a young age, Maria has been in touch with the cultural differences, which have awakened her curiosity and love for exploring new cultures and their people. After graduating with a Degree in English Studies (University of Murcia, Spain) and a Postgraduate Course in Education (University of Hull, UK) she started teaching languages in the UK and Switzerland. She also volunteered as a team leader in Nicaragua for projects that collaborate, develop, and empower people and their rural communities. Her experiences enabled her to learn about the power of diversity, and the importance of engaging people of all backgrounds with a common goal. Maria believes that a better world is possible, and hopes that her contribution to the program can positively impact the lives of students and local people.
Paola Maria Nicodemo – DR Program Coordinator (C1)
Paola is Dominican, and was born and raised in Santo Domingo where she graduated from the Acción Pro Educación Cultura University (APEC). Her love for traveling, within the D.R. and internationally, has exposed her to different traditions and places. These experiences guided her decision to pursue her bachelor degree in tourism and hospitality. While teaching English classes, she discovered that she truly loves learning something new everyday. In class, she appreciated the opportunities to discuss various topics from the students’ perspective. Working for Global Glimpse will give her the chance to share about her culture, and to learn more about the Glimpsers’ culture. She hopes to do this while creating unforgettable experiences for everyone involved in the Summer Program.
Francis Ismael Garcia Piña – DR Program Coordinator (C1)
Francis Garcia was born and raised in Constanza, D.R. and is currently studying modern language and tourism. He participated in the Global Glimpse youth ambassador program, and fell in love with the program. He appreciates the way Global Glimpse helps the students understand cultural differences while encouraging new experiences. Since then, he has been working as a translator in Constanza for various organizations. He works to help improve his community, and strives to be the best version of himself. He worked as a Global Glimpse Program Coordinator in 2017, and experienced the program in a new way. Interacting with the Glimpsers yet again helped him understand the importance of the program, and in 2018 he returned to work for the program. In his third year as a PC, he is looking forward helping the new Glimpsers discover the wonders that the D.R. has to offer them to help change the way they look at the world.
Silvana Andrea Navarrete – DR Program Coordinator (C2)
Silvana was born in Bogotá, Colombia and was raised in Amsterdam. She is always smiling, enthusiastic, and social. She loves traveling and learning about local cultures. Silvana, or Silvi (how she prefers to be called), is passionate about climate change issues and eco-friendly living habits. Her desire is to contribute to the empowerment of young leaders by positively impacting their lives. She is a community-driven person who values local knowledge, and believes that education empowers communities. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Sustainable Land Management, and a M.S. in Urban Environmental Management. In 2016, she moved back to Colombia and started working for the U.S. Peace Corps promoting peace and friendship. Silvana is excited to bring her skills and experience in the public sector mentoring youth, as well as her love for learning languages to Global Glimpse.
Fabiola Garcia – DR Program Coordinator (C2)
Fabiola graduated from the Autonomy University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in 2015 with a degree in Public Relations. She enjoys dancing and traveling. In 2016, she volunteered at TECHO, a non – profit organization that mobilizes youth volunteers to fight extreme poverty. Only six months later, she took over the role of Community Training coordinator. In 2018, she participated in the massive Latin American building Project, implementing the progressive housing model of TECHO Argentina, which allowed her to see the reality of the region: different contexts, similar situations. She could see poverty and inequality in many forms. It gave her a clearer vision of what can be achieved in the Dominican Republic if we all work together. She is eager to share her knowledge with the entire GG team but above all, to continue to inspire and learn from all the parties involved in the project.
Irene Soria López – DR Program Coordinator (SJ1)
Irene currently lives in the Dominican Republic, but is originally from Madrid, Spain. She is a traveler with an adventurous spirit. This has led her to work internationally throughout Europe, and most recently, in Bolivia for two years. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology, specializing in the social and educational sector. She additionally has a Master’s degree the focuses on intercultural mediation, children’s rights, and psycho-pedagogy. She has managed various projects for organizations in the social and educational sector at both the national and international level. She strongly believes that through education and the commitment of people, we can change the world to make it more egalitarian and fair. That is why she dedicates her work and life to raise awareness and empower people and communities. She is also passionate about the arts, especially circus, theatre, and music, which she views are powerful tools for her work. She also loves nature, photography, gastronomy and extreme sports.
Jorge Montero – DR Program Coordinator (SJ1)
Jorge was born and raised in San Juan de la Maguana, and has been working with sustainable community development for about 15 years. He spent the last 7 years representing Bridges to Community, a New York based organization dedicated to providing service-learning opportunities in the Dominican Republic. In his role, he held weekly meetings in three rural communities; educating, inspiring and guiding entire communities to unite and overcome extreme poverty and social challenges together. Jorge coordinated several construction projects, such as the installation of an aqueduct, the construction of three school expansions and a Youth Center, the largest of its kind in the Dominican Republic, made of more than 50,000 plastic bottles. He is excited to build on his experience with Global Glimpse as a Program Coordinator in his hometown!
Melina Vanni González – DR Program Coordinator (SJ2)
Melina is Venezuelan-American, born and raised in rural Ohio. She loves learning about the experiences of people all over the world and how all their stories inevitably connect. She also enjoys learning languages and is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Melina spent most of her adult life in Berlin, Germany where she received her BA in History and Human Rights. Afterwards she became Vice President of Berlin’s first ever Arabic multimedia news platform, which provided a space for the voices of Arabic speakers with refugee status.She additionally worked for other organizations in Berlin as a migration rights activist, community organizer and diversity trainer. She is excited to have the opportunity to connect all her experiences to the Dominican Republic as well as share her passion for the world with youth from various backgrounds.
Frangely Luciano Vargas – DR Program Coordinator (SJ2)
Frangely was born and raised on the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic. After graduating from high school, she was granted a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Video, and Media studies at Western Michigan University. While studying there, she was able to interact and connect with people from all over the world. She became involved with the International Program Council, where she discovered her love for other cultures and global impact. Her work experience includes being a production assistant in two different large scale films, as well as serving as a university ambassador. She is passionate about photography and currently runs a small photo and video production business with a friend.
John Presime – DR Program Coordinator (JA1)
John Presimé is a Social Entrepreneur who has worked with youth in the areas of IT and gender equity 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 an alumni of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), 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 the founder of a company aiming 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.
Julio comes to us as the current president and founding member of the non-profit young people’s organization, La Gente, which is dedicated to social work with youth, specifically in the areas of tourism, education, entrepreneurship, empowerment and social responsibility. He is trilingual (Spanish, English and Portuguese) and has studied advertising, filmmaking and cultural management (in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Julio is excited to learn all he can during his time with Global Glimpse in order to grow as a social entrepreneur and is eager to apply his skills to create a transformative travel experience for students as he has had through his experience in the United States and Brazil!
Tania was born in Estelí, Nicaragua, in Tisey-Estanzuela, a Natural Protected Area. From a young age, she believed that education was the only and unique tool to help develop society. She was lucky to get a scholarship to go to study Agribusiness Management with Emphasis on Export & Import at Iowa Western Community College, USA. Over the past years, she has been working in different organizations involved in health, education, and community development. One of the organizations is Casa Canadiense, where she has been working since 2008 until the present time as a group facilitator and translator for global education classes with diverse high school students from different parts of Canada. She loves working with people from different parts of the world, which is what led her to Global Glimpse in 2017, when she was a Program Coordinator for the first time in her hometown of Estelí. She had such a good experience that she returned in 2018 and now has the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic for the first time to be a Program Coordinator for her third consecutive Global Glimpse summer!
Karen Tiburcio is an Intercultural Studies student who was born and raised in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. She had the privilege of attending a bilingual international elementary and high school in Jarabacoa where she was able to become fluent in English. This has had a huge impact on her life because it has allowed her to build relationships and connect with people all over the world. Karen is passionate about people and loves meeting new people and learning about different cultures. She is excited to form part of Global Glimpse and is looking forward to connecting with the students and teaching them about her culture.
Nelson Luis Badía Garrido – DR Medical Fellow
Nelson Luis Badía Garrido was born and raised in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. He studied in two different American schools from 3rd grade throughout graduating high school and then went to the United States to attend college. There, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in biology, with a neuroscience concentration. Afterwards, he went to Taiwan where he obtained his degree as a doctor of medicine. He is married to a wonderful woman and currently lives in Jarabacoa with his parents and sister. He dreams of becoming a surgeon in the future, and is very excited to be a part of the Global Glimpse team.
Javier Moraga – Ecuador Country Director
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 and Program Manager in Nicaragua to his role as Country Director of all of our programs in Ecuador.
Alex Herrera – Ecuador Country Assistant Director
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 who 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.
Jonathan Grande – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB1)
Jonathan, originally from Masaya, Nicaragua, is a firm believer in the transformative nature of intercultural experiences. He graduated in 2016 from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Diplomacy. Jonathan began his career in the International Education sector in 2017, working with a British NGO in rural Nicaragua, leading a diverse and multicultural group of volunteers on a 3-month water and sanitation project. Afterwards, he worked as part of the organizing team at an international poetry festival. In July 2018 Jonathan moved to Ecuador, where he has been volunteering with a US NGO in Cuenca, supporting in the running of their Gap Year Program. Jonathan is thrilled to be joining the Global Glimpse team as a Program Coordinator in Riobamba. He is looking forward to guiding this summer’s cohort of Glimpsers as they immerse themselves in Latin American culture, step outside of their comfort zones, and become active global citizens.
Paco Romero – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB1)
Born and raised in Riobamba, Ecuador, Paco is returning for his second year as a Program Coordinator for Global Glimpse. Early in his life he had the opportunity to host foreigners from the USA and Europe, experiences that changed his perspective about the world and Ecuador with each new brother and sister. Paco began teaching with ILE, an English teaching institution and a branch of the University San Francisco de Quito in the city of Riobamba. In 2017 he had the opportunity to join the Cambridge branch of ESPOCH, the biggest university in the city of Riobamba. At the same time, he was working with KOICA, a Korean agency in conjunction with the provincial government of Chimborazo as an Interpreter, helping the two parties to communicate clearly to assure the success in the development of the projects in the Rural areas. Through his work with KOICA Paco met former GG staff, thus beginning his GG journey.
Juan Carlos Santovenia – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB2)
Juan Carlos was born in Matanzas, Cuba and raised in León, Nicaragua. He graduated with a Law Degree from UNAN-León, and has since worked in Tourism, Web Development, Law and as part of a Norwegian baking team. He is a former Global Glimpse Program Coordinator from 2018 in León, Nicaragua. Since that time Juan Carlos has been traveling and learning a lot around the world, improving his languages skills, and learning about new cultures and getting in touch with his roots in Cuba. He is always curious about new cultures and culinary techniques. Being part of the Global Glimpse team took Juan Carlos out of his comfort zone and gave him the opportunity spread his energy around the team, to expand his horizons and improve his own leadership skills. He is ready to take on the challenge in Ecuador and share his energy and supportive skills with the Ecuador team this year.
Karla Cristina Nieto – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB2)
Karla was born in Quito and since childhood has been passionate about animals and the environment, so it’s no surprise that she graduated with a degree in Geography in Environmental Management from Pontificia Universidad Católica Del Ecuador. Throughout her career she’s understood the importance of human capital as a managing entity to bring changes that will revolutionize the world, and she is dedicated to sewing in the new generations the desire to change the destiny of humanity and the planet. She has been blessed with the opportunities to travel to Argentina, Spain, Colombia and the United States, and knows that the experience of traveling and leaving one’s comfort zone shapes the character and opens the mind. Karla also finds it interesting to work with the community and engage with different cultures through social work and volunteering for humanitarian and environmental causes. Karla loves Ecuador, especially the highlands, and as hobbies enjoys staying active, taking care of her pets, and listening to music.
Andrea Tamara Campos – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB3)
Andrea graduated from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. She is passionate about poetry, loves reading books, and is planning to write one that describes her childhood stories. During her studies, as part of her scholarship, she was responsible as a teaching assistant for leading a small group of Law Students in the Human Rights specialization. She also volunteered in a local radio program where she reported on the most pressing needs of the population. She believes that culture and education are inseparable when talking about Global Glimpse and as a Program Coordinator in Ecuador she is very excited to share time with people from different cultures and she hopes to create an unforgettable experience for all of the participants.
Paul Cevallos – Ecuador Program Coordinator (RB3)
Paul was born in Riobamba, Ecuador where he graduated with a degree in Foreign Business and Incorporation. He is passionate about developing leaders with strong moral values. He has an extensive record as a student leader and working with several social impact programs as part of his commitment to the next generations. Furthermore, he has dedicated some time to writing, publishing a motivational novel for youth and authoring various articles for local newspapers talking about social problems. In this opportunity as a Program Coordinator, Paul comes to Global Glimpse motivated to contribute his passion and knowledge in order to provide the best and most transformational experience to our future global leaders.
Margaret Mae Arney – Ecuador Program Coordinator (GU1)
Margaret Arney (aka Margarita) was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She worked with Global Glimpse in Estelí, Nicaragua in 2016. For the last two years, she has worked as a 4th-grade homeroom teacher in Granada, Nicaragua at Granada International School. She currently lives in Granada teaching yoga classes. She first came to Nicaragua to study through an exchange with Xavier University and la UCA in Managua. Now after having lived in Nicaragua for nearly 5 years, she considers it her second home. For this reason, she is passionate about facilitating international experiences for young people from the United States.
Marco Rea – Ecuador Program Coordinator (GU1)
Marco is an Ecuadorian born lawyer who has had the chance to work with the less fortunate faction of society as a legal counselor, allowing him to develop awareness of his surrounding society. This work, combined to the opportunities he has had to travel abroad, has provided him with a different worldview on many topics, something he regards as a valuable asset and thus contributing to his enthusiasm for cultural exchanges. Marco has a strong interest in human rights and believes that they have a pivotal role in the quality of life for all people. The application of human rights is something which cannot be fully studied but rather learnt through experience, and in an interconnected world like ours, universal rights around the globe cannot continue to be ignored.
Heyssel Huete Udiell – Ecuador Program Coordinator (GU2)
Heyssel was born in Nicaragua and describes herself as a natural leader, and a lover of nature and travel. She discovered her passion for cultural diversity after becoming an Exchange student in Portland, Oregon. With experience in environmental technology and climate change, she has volunteered and worked with nonprofit organizations and private institutions motivated by environmental projects, international education, and community development in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Through her professional and personal experiences she has been able to expose herself to and learn from different cultures, all the while strengthening her leadership and communication skills. Heyssel has worked with Global Glimpse in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and is excited to lead meaningful itineraries in Ecuador this coming summer. She strongly believes in empowerment through intercultural experiences and is committed to youth development through purposeful education.
Diana Pauta – Ecuador Program Coordinator (GU2)
Diana, originally from Cuenca, Ecuador, is a dynamic young woman who enjoys group activities and field work. She is adventurous, proactive, and lover of challenges that allow her to get to know different types of people and constantly achieve new goals. Diana enjoyed representing her country on the national youth basketball team on several occasions, an activity that not only developed her sporting passion as a player and technical assistant, but also woke her interest in learning about different cultures and lifestyles. A Sustainable Development Engineer graduate from the Technical Monterrey University located in Puebla, Mexico, she provides professional services on environmental impact studies and citizen participation for civil and industrial projects. T issues of sustainability and community development are her professional inspiration.
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.
Cristina Osorio – Panama Programs Manager
Born and raised in the West Panama province, Cristina has been working as a volunteer for various projects and nonprofit organizations since the age of 16. She has been working closely with rural and indigenous communities and youth in Panama to develop sustainable projects on education, gender equality, environmental issues, and more. Cristina is happy to be part of Global Glimpse because she believes that connecting youth with different views and perspectives of the world, prepares them to be future leaders. Cristina’s passion for social justice led her to found two different projects and become an activist and speaker in Panama on women’s rights and education. Cristina holds a degree in Business Communications from the Technological University of Panama. She is an alumni of the prestigious Mashav Scholarship Program in Israel, where she participated in a course on Leadership and Activism for Civil Society.
Ignacio Peralta – Panama Program Coordinator (CH1)
Born on the small island of Corinto on the Pacific side of Nicaragua, Ignacio studied Social Work at the public university in Nicaragua where he developed his passion for social justice. Over the years he has taken the mission of learning from the world and its people, traveling through his country and others to expand his knowledge about social issues. His deep appreciation of the social context and social behavior led him to work in many organizations and in collaboration with a variety of people from all over the world. Ignacio first joined Global Glimpse in 2017 in Nicaragua where he enjoyed the adventure of being a Program Coordinator and working with more than 65 students from the USA. Ignacio returned as a PC again in 2018, but this time in Ecuador, where he had one of the most impactful experiences in his life. He loves to spend time with his family and friends having good conversations and doing outdoors activities.
Amira Chambers – Panama Program Coordinator (CH1)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Amira’s experience is grounded in a culturally-diverse and creative upbringing. Her Costa Rican and Trinidadian heritage drove her to engage with the global community, taking advantage of educational travel experiences offered to lower income students. While receiving her B.A. in American Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University, Amira also travelled to many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. She hopes to draw upon this immersive travel experience to create dynamic programs in her role as Program Coordinator with Global Glimpse. Between her experiences abroad, Amira has worked with youth both inside and outside of the classroom while at Ascend Charter School and Lana’s Gymnastics Camp. She is excited to work at the intersection of youth development, education, and travel and to share her uniquely artistic perspective with the Global Glimpse community.
Larry Gómez – Panama Program Coordinator (CH2)
Larry is a native of Siares, a rural community of San Ramón, Matagalpa, Nicaragua and has been involved with non-profit organizations for the last 10 years. His favorite part about working with nonprofits is working with youth because he wants them to have a better life and brighter future. He believes strongly that education is the way that youth will improve their lives, and that education creates opportunities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the National Engineering University (UNI) in the city of Managua. He attended the University of Northern Iowa for one semester, and participated in the Culture and Intensive English Program. In his community he is a member of the Board of Directors for Hands for Hope Inc. He enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, running, listening to music, and making new friends.
Crystal Martínez – Panama Program Coordinator (CH2)
Since age 8, Crystal was aware of the limitations that being from a working class community implies. However, she wanted to show people that, through hard work, anything is achievable, and to that end Crystal has been learning languages on her own. In 2014 she became part of the After School Program and took all the opportunities that were given to her. Since then she’s taken on every challenge by seeing it as a growth opportunity. Now a student in Industrial Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Panamá, Crystal is excited to take on the challenge of being a Program Coordinator with Global Glimpse. She’s eager to provide the growth opportunities that an organization such as Global Glimpse grants young people so that way they too can grow themselves and grow both the communities where they work and the communities where they live.
Nathan Wayne Ghiorso – Panama Program Coordinator (TA1)
Nathan was supposed to be an Exercise Science major before a gap year backpacking trip changed his life. He ended up graduating with a B.A. in International Communications in 2012 instead and left the United States to explore more. He directed English camps in Slovenia before moving to Canada to work for youth leadership groups. In 2015, Nathan moved to Colombia and worked for two years as a tutor, an English teacher, and a teacher-trainer. Nathan recently returned from a trip in the Middle East and West Africa where he volunteered with various non-profit organizations and in local communities. Nathan is in Panama to introduce students to the wonderful Latin culture and ensure they have the trip of a lifetime. In his spare time, Nathan practices salsa (he’s still not good), plays piano, and is trying to learn to “shuffle”. His goal: post a 2-minute video of his moves by September.
Arleen Coba – Panama Program Coordinator (TA1)
Arleen is a Panamanian woman who has grown up with the principles of educating, promoting mental health, and helping others throughout her life. She believes in the capabilities of individuals to make a positive change in their own lives. Arleen holds a degree in general psychology and has lots of experience in the areas of special needs, children, adolescents, and at-risk youth. She has been a volunteer for several foundations over the years, looking to give back to communities and to individuals. One of the most important goals for Arleen is to be able to educate and provide the tools to others to help them become their best selves.
Lucas Tatarsky – Panama Program Coordinator (TA2)
A native of New York City, Lucas holds a BA in Geography from Clark University. Catching the travel bug from his family at a young age, Lucas first fell in love with Latin America while studying and working with local communities in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. He returned to the region to teach English and has worked across Colombia in Barranquilla, Coveñas, Bogotá and the southwestern region while simultaneously failing to ever truly learn to dance salsa. Mesmerized by the varied landscapes of the world, it is the energy and kindness of the people he has met that motivates him and has led to an ever-growing interest in how to create more sustainable and equitable communities. Grateful for his own experiences abroad, Lucas is excited to help share this opportunity with high school students through Global Glimpse. In his spare time Lucas enjoys trading 3-pointers with basketball players on courts across the world while attempting to avoid getting too injured to run.
Erik Kimmell – Panama Program Coordinator (TA2)
Erik Kimmell is a Panamanian-American born in Nebraska but raised all over the place. He has lived in four different cities between the United States and Panama and traveled to ten more as a tourist. Erik is finishing his degree in Marketing and has received certified training in both tourism and customer service. Before joining Global Glimpse, Erik gained experience as an interpreter for English speakers seeking to live in Panama and as a liaison for international youth sporting events. He is passionate about social advocacy and bridging the cultural gap that is often found between people of different countries to help start sincere and nuanced conversations.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Ogden-Reese, Board Chair
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.
Michelle Patrick, Vice Chair
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.
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.
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.
SF Bay Area Regional Leadership Council
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SF Unified School District
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New York Regional Leadership Council
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The College Board
The Female Quotient
Anholt Services (USA), Inc.
Chicago Regional Leadership Council
American Medical Association
Capital Strategies Investment Group
Madison Dearborn Partners
Mayer Brown, LLC
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