Core/Full-Time

  • Patricia Maloney
    Patricia MaloneyPresident

    Pat is an Occupational Therapist whose career path has embraced a number of businesses. She has cumulatively spent years in Europe, especially in Paris, much of which has been with teens. She knows the city like a native and continually searches for unique and authentic additions to our trips. She and husband, Frank, an astrophysicist and D-Day expert, have traveled extensively with teenagers throughout Europe. Pat is also a passionate animal rescuer and serves on the board of a large no kill rescue.

  • Ned Clark
    Ned ClarkVice President & Program Director

    Ned has a degree in Philosophy from Union College, speaks French and Greek, and holds the world record for leading the most TFT trips! He has been with TFT for 15 years and before joining the team, he spent 12 summers as a camper and counselor at an overnight sports camp in the Pocono Mountains. Ned got the travel bug during his college term abroad in Athens. A passionate photographer and avid scuba diver, he leads our Sales and Marketing Team and often travels to conduct program research. Ned is married to former Trip Director, Kate Clark, and is the proud father of Cooper, Kiera, and T.J.

  • Katie Zinkham
    Katie ZinkhamDirector of Operations

    Katie hails from Western Pennsylvania. With a degree in Accounting from Gannon University, Katie is responsible for the back room operations functions and all office logistics, as well as overseeing our website development. She is passionate about wilderness hiking, camping, running, and is an accomplished dancer.

  • Keith Richardson
    Keith RichardsonBusiness Development and Strategy Manager

    Keith grew up in Ireland and England before moving to the U.S. He earned a dual degree in Marketing and Management at Oklahoma State University. Keith has traveled extensively in Asia and Oceania and leads many of our programs in those regions. When he is not handling sales and marketing for TFT, you can find him hiking, snowboarding, or scuba diving.

  • Tori van Sambeck
    Tori van SambeckBusiness Development and Marketing Manager

    Tori handles much of our client contact, business development, and creative marketing when not leading trips. After studying in Rome and graduating from Stonehill College, she returned to Italy for two years leading college students on trips all over Europe.

  • Trish Baker
    Trish BakerFinance Director

    Trish handles the financial logistics for TFT. Interfacing with parents on many logistical issues to make the travel experience as smooth as possible, she can often also be found at the airport on departure days. She has traveled through Ireland, France, the UK, and Italy. Trish is also a ceramics artist and loves rescuing Jack Russell terriers and showing them in field trials.

  • Mandie Nech
    Mandie NechFinance Coordinator

    Mandie is a Kansas native but now calls Pennsylvania home. With a dual degree in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Kansas, she has lived and taught English in Mexico, Chile, and Spain. Mandie works full time at the office handling finances, staff gear, and summer employees’ HR needs. She is also a founding member of the TFT Fun Committee, helping to organize office social events and team building activities with her TFT family!

  • Seth Graham
    Seth GrahamInternational Logistics Coordinator

    Seth is a Philadelphia area native who has been privileged to travel the world since he was a teenager. A graduate of American University, he has traveled throughout Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Seth loves live music, hiking, camping, rafting, scuba diving, and, of course, the beach. Some of his most rewarding experiences in life have been on teen travel programs; from getting up close and personal with moose in Alaska and mantas in Mozambique, to watching incredible sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea. Seth is very excited to help every student have a unique and memorable experience with TFT.

  • Charlie Hayes
    Charlie HayesInternational Logistics Coordinator

    Charlie received his degree in International Studies from Baldwin Wallace College. Upon graduating, he served as an au pair in Gstaad, Switzerland, worked as a “manny” in his hometown of Cleveland, and managed travel logistics for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. Some of his many passions include health and wellness, musical theatre, and gardening.

  • Hunt Odom
    Hunt OdomSummer Experience Coordinator

    Hunt is originally from Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated with a degree in Financial Management from Clemson University and while at Clemson, he also studied abroad in London for a semester. Hunt was a mortgage consultant in Charlotte, NC before coming to work for Travel For Teens full-time. He has traveled with TFT since his sophomore year of high school as a camper and has since then been a CIT, Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, and Trip Director. Hunt has travelled extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

  • Samantha Roy
    Samantha RoySummer Experience Coordinator

    Sam is an adventure enthusiast who has spent time living in both New England and Colorado. She has road tripped extensively around the continent, from Canada to Central America, which has aided in her development of our North America programs. In addition to her home continent, Sam has traveled all over mainland Europe and Iceland, Oceania, and Latin America. After numerous summers leading trips with TFT, she became a member of our Sales and Marketing team!

  • Maggie Valz
    Maggie ValzSummer Experience Coordinator
    Maggie is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Education. She spent many years working as a camp counselor and enjoys tennis, reading, and dancing. Along with teaching abroad in Australia, South Korea, and Spain, she has backpacked extensively throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. One of her favorite things to do while traveling is to try the local food, and she is always excited about her next adventure with TFT!
  • Margaux Charpentier
    Margaux CharpentierChief Program Manager

    Margaux is a native of Rhode Island. A Wheaton College graduate with a dual major in Spanish and Anthropology, she also speaks some French too! Margaux was a teacher in Spain but now works for TFT full-time from Madrid, Spain. She researches trips, checks out hotels, interfaces with teachers, and leads our Spain programs. Margaux loves traveling, both with TFT and on her own, and has traveled all over Europe and has visited countries in Africa and Latin America.

  • Emma Uri
    Emma UriInternational Program Manager

    A native of Seattle, Washington​ and resident of Athens, Greece for the past five years, traveling is an everyday part of Emma’s life. Outside of leading trips in the summer, Emma manages programs in Europe and Asia for TFT, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Southeastern European Studies at the University of Athens, and still finds time for some urban walking, hiking, taking photos, baking sweet treats, swimming, and coffee dates.

  • Marco Naranjo
    Marco NaranjoLatin America Program Manager

    Marco, of Turrialba, Costa Rica, has spent more than ten years leading groups and teaching teenagers about the Pura Vida in his home country. When he is not overseeing TFT’s Latin America programs, you can find him mountain biking, running, and surfing.

  • Taylor (TK) Klinefelter
    Taylor (TK) KlinefelterContent Strategist and International Program Manager

    TK lives and breathes education and international travel. An Arizona native, she has been living abroad for over a decade, from Scotland and Hungary, to Colombia and Cameroon. TK received her BA from the University of Arizona and her MSc from the University of Edinburgh. She completed her Peace Corps service in the Education sector of Cameroon where she worked with high school students and teachers before moving to Cape Town, South Africa where she wears many hats on the TFT Team!

  • Kate Townsend
    Kate TownsendSocial Media Manager

    Kate is a New England Native who headed for the Coloradan hills upon graduating from UConn with a degree in Creative Writing. She is a passionate traveller, artist, and lover of the outdoors. Along with managing TFT’s social media, Kate is pursuing a career in Massage Therapy and Bodywork and intends to develop her own practice to support people with pain management.

  • Ryan Maloney
    Ryan MaloneyTrip Director

    Ryan is an Engineering Physics graduate from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and long-time TFT traveler.

    Trip Directors

    • Alejandro Solano
      Alejandro Solano

      Alejandro was born and raised in Turrialba, Costa Rica, and now lives in Heredia, one of the country’s central cities. He has multiple years of experience leading teens in Latin America with TFT. He loves traveling on his own and has traveled throughout Central and South America. When he is not leading trips with TFT, he plays basketball and loves outdoor activities, like zip lining, rafting, and rappelling.

      • Alex Peppard
        Alex Peppard

        Alex hails from a small tourist town in New Brunswick, Canada, where he grew up speed skating and generally cold in the snow! After receiving his Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick, Alex started traveling internationally and calls Australia home (for now). Some of his favorite travel memories are working with monkeys in Costa Rica and diving with sea turtles in Hawaii!

        • Alice Thomas
          Alice Thomas

          Alice hails from the Land Down Under, otherwise known as Australia! She studied Tourism Management and Business with year-long exchanges in both the USA and Bali. She has spent a number of years traveling throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Central America and Oceania, and has also called Germany home. Alice can usually be found at the beach, hiking, doing yoga, or enjoying delicious food wherever she goes!

          • Ally Vila
            Ally Vila

            Ally is a native of Paris, France with a degree in Spanish and French and a teaching certificate from West Chester University. She has traveled extensively between Europe, Central America, and Africa. A dual citizen of the USA and France, Ally brings her passion for travel and language to every one of the programs she leads for TFT.

            • Breisen Miller
              Breisen Miller

              Breisen lives to learn and explore! He teaches history and English in Houston, Texas, and spends his summers traveling around the world with TFT students. Breisen is interested in the breadth of culture, human experience, and natural wonders, and cares deeply for the earth and its wildlife. Other hobbies include playing and watching sports (Go Astros!), reading and writing, a wide range of arts, and historical research.

              • Danielle Page
                Danielle Page

                Danielle is from San Clemente, CA and now lives in Venice Beach, where she freelances as a TV Producer, florist, and yoga Instructor! She graduated from UCLA with a major in Communication Studies and Spanish Studies and loves taking TFT teens on adventures! On her personal travels, she has explored Europe, Canada and Hawaii for surf trips! She is excited to keep traveling and being a part of the experience for teens abroad!

                • Hadley Carr
                  Hadley Carr

                  Hadley is a New England native with a passion for exploration. She has a background in hospitality/hotel management and is a certified yoga teacher. Hadley has visited nine countries and, of course, plans to keep growing the list! In her free time she enjoys writing songs, playing piano, studying Spanish, and hiking.

                  • Jim Pesek
                    Jim Pesek

                    Jim graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a double major in Italian Studies and Classical Civilizations thanks to a year studying abroad in Bologna, Italy. He went on to graduate school to study Italian Literature at the University of Pittsburgh before eventually teaching Italian and math at a boarding school in St. Louis, MO. In addition to teaching, he recently completed an MA in Education for Global Sustainability at Webster University in St. Louis and devotes his free time to yoga and strategic board games.

                    • Karla Gonzalez
                      Karla Gonzalez

                      Karla is a Southern California native who now works in EdTech in the Bay Area. She has traveled throughout Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Karla led her first TFT trip in 2015 and she is always excited to return for more summer travels with TFT!

                      • Kylie Shryock
                        Kylie Shryock

                        Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Kylie fell in love with travel after visiting Romania and Greece. Since then, she has travelled every chance she can, including extensive travel throughout Europe and a semester abroad in Prague. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in German and Communications, she moved to South Korea to teach English where she still lives and also studies Korean full-time!

                        • Lukas Leitner
                          Lukas Leitner

                          Lukas was born and grew up in Carinthia, Austria. After working as a bricklayer and technical draftsman for six years, he moved to Graz, Austria to study History, Sports, and Geography to teach at the secondary school level. When it’s not summer, you can find him either in school, working for sporting events, or traveling. Lukas also enjoys sports like football, beach volleyball, ice hockey, climbing, and eating (yes, eating counts!). Bis bald in Europa! (See you in Europe!)

                          • Mónica Leblanc
                            Mónica Leblanc

                            Mónica is a Panamian native but grew up in Costa Rica on an international university’s campus. Her experience growing up surrounded by people from different cultures sparked an interest in exploring the world from a young age. She graduated from Lindenwood University in Missouri with a dual degree in Non-profit Management and International Relations. Mónica moved to Tanzania the year after she graduated to work with an American nonprofit where she became acquainted with TFT after helping organize a trip to the school where she worked. In her free time she loves to read!

                            • Nilson Valerio
                              Nilson Valerio

                              Nilson is an enthusiastic traveler and music addict. He is a sociologist and bass musician. Nilson has been to 13 different countries and loves to get in touch with cultural expressions and enjoys learning about the cultures around him when he travels.

                              • Rebecca Walsh
                                Rebecca Walsh

                                Rebecca’s love of travel began at birth. As the child of diplomats, she moved nine times and lived on four continents before college. After becoming a teacher, she spent her summer vacations traveling the world, first solo, and then with TFT. Rebecca wants to share her love of different cultures, languages, and people with everyone on her trips, so that her fellow TFT travelers will want to travel at every possible opportunity, just like her!

                                • Roy Bands
                                  Roy Bands

                                  Roy is a native of Annapolis, MD and a middle school teacher, soccer, and track coach in Baltimore, MD. Prior to teaching in Baltimore, he taught English as a Second Language in Bangkok, Thailand and has spent time traveling extensively in Asia. In his spare time, Roy enjoys spending time backing in the Appalachian Mountains, snowboarding, playing squash, and enjoying live music.

                                  • Ryan Sullivan
                                    Ryan Sullivan

                                    Ryan is originally from Scotland and now lives in Qatar, where he teaches Music and English at an international school where he is also part of the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Professional Development. Traveling, experiencing new cultures and working with young people are his passions, so being involved with TFT harnesses all of these things in perfect harmony. Ryan has also lived in Spain and worked on short-term projects in China and Thailand with the British Council. He speaks Spanish, some Catalan, and is attempting to learn Arabic.

                                    • Simon Bond
                                      Simon Bond

                                      Simon is originally from the UK but has been living in Asia for over a decade. He has a degree in Biochemistry from King’s College London and his love of travel has taken him on extensive journeys throughout Europe and Asia. Simon now works as a freelance photographer, with his work appearing in National Geographic and several in-flight magazines. He is also a published author of the book “Simple Scene, Sensational Shot,” which is a guide for new aspiring photographers. Simon sees himself as a traveler and loves to inspire teens to travel the world too!

                                      • Sophia Weiner-Light
                                        Sophia Weiner-Light

                                        Sophia was born and raised in California, where she graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. Since then, she has lived in Spain, Chile, and Costa Rica. She loves soccer, hiking, cooking, eating, reading, and of course traveling!

                                        • Stephanie Clarey
                                          Stephanie Clarey

                                          Stephanie, a California native, has spent many years traveling and living overseas while developing her professional skill set in the education field. With degrees in Anthropology and Social Science, Stephanie enjoys the nuances and challenges of living in a new place and feels that her academic background has been invaluable for getting her out of the library and into the field. All these years of seeing new and exotic places have taught her that there is more commonality than difference between cultures; a great lesson to share with others.

                                          • Steve Firth
                                            Steve Firth

                                            Steve graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Communication. He spends several months of the year traveling and has been to more then 60 countries and six continents! Steve is passionate about music and plays in a band that releases records and tours internationally.

                                            • Tom Shepard
                                              Tom Shepard

                                              Tom was raised in northern California and has also lived abroad for many years. Some of the places that have been home include Puerto Rico, South Africa, Costa Rica, Nicaragura, and Fiji. He studied Hospitality Management at Sacramento State with ambitions to explore the globe while experiencing new cultures and the wonders of nature. With years of experience working in luxury hotels and two different safari lodges in South Africa, he has continued to pursue his passion of travel through his work with TFT.

                                              Senior Counselors

                                              • Anastasia Mayhew
                                                Anastasia Mayhew

                                                Anastasia is from Ormond Beach, Florida, a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate, and currently living in New Zealand. Her passions include anthropology, sociology, and adventure! She has been volunteering and traveling all over the world for the past five years, and is looking forward to her summer with TFT!

                                                • Arturo Martin
                                                  Arturo Martin

                                                  Arturo, of Madrid, Spain, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from University College London. He has worked as a school teacher in Spain, led groups in Costa Rica, and has also volunteered and traveled extensively in the USA, Central America, and Southeast Asia. His passions are traveling, education, and soccer!

                                                  • Bri Konecke
                                                    Bri Konecke

                                                    Bri graduated from Elon University with a degree in History and Education. She first traveled with TFT as a camper and has been an avid traveler ever since. While traveling, Bri enjoys using her PADI certification, hiking, and eating as much food as possible. She has worked with TFT in Thailand, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand and is always excited for new summer adventures with us!

                                                    • Carly Rousseau
                                                      Carly Rousseau

                                                      Carly is from Massachusetts and holds a Psychology degree from Dartmouth. She has lived in Greece and has traveled Europe extensively. Carly has experience in both social work and education and loves being a mentor for TFT students!

                                                      • Casey Clifford
                                                        Casey Clifford

                                                        Casey lives in Salt Lake City, UT and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Humanities. She loves the outdoors, so you can usually find her hiking, camping, biking, skiing, trail running, and scuba diving. She is also a painter and has been singing in acapella groups since a young age. Casey has traveled around the world, including Southeast Asia, Europe, and South America.

                                                        • Courtney Johnson
                                                          Courtney Johnson

                                                          Courtney has been traveling the world since her first taste of life overseas when she studied abroad in Lyon, France. Her degree in Philosophy and Modern Language: French and Arabic gives her continued curiosity for assessing the differences in human nature. She’s tried her hand in everything, from animal rehab and scuba diving, to falconry and instructing snowboarding, all on the great quest to enjoy life, find adventure, and above all, get out of her own backyard!

                                                          • Elizabeth Hasier
                                                            Elizabeth Hasier

                                                            Elizabeth is a graduate of the George Washington University where she studied International Relations and Film. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in The Czech Republic and Ecuador. Currently, Elizabeth works as a photographer and she cannot wait to take lots of photos with TFT this summer!

                                                            • Emily Franzman
                                                              Emily Franzman

                                                              Emily grew up in Morro Bay, California loving all things outdoors and is now studying for her BA in Child Development while she travels and works abroad. Many of her travel and service trips to places like Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and Indonesia have taught her the importance of experiencing new cultures and seeing how other people around the world live.

                                                              • Emily LaGue
                                                                Emily LaGue

                                                                Emily is a Los Angeles native who holds degrees in Business Administration and Deaf Studies. She is a high school teacher for deaf students, teaching multiple subjects in American Sign Language. After traveling to Thailand on a volunteer trip, the travel bug bit her hard. Emily has since traveled across Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe, falling in love with the world every step of the way. Her passions are getting lost in new cities and good books, hiking, yoga, spicy food, and working with youth.

                                                                • Garrett Cottam
                                                                  Garrett Cottam

                                                                  Garrett is from Taos, New Mexico and is an avid skier, outdoor enthusiast, and world adventurer! After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, he spent over two years living in Shanghai, China working as a youth soccer coach, camp director, and English teacher. When not traveling with TFT, he manages seasonal lodges within Glacier National Park, the Grand Tetons, and Taos Ski Valley.

                                                                  • Hannah Kett
                                                                    Hannah Kett

                                                                    Hannah is from Devon, England and has a degree in Children’s Physical Education. After years of working at a summer camp in Pennsylvania and travelling during every possible break, she managed to combine both passions! As a Port Adventure Host and Lifeguard for Disney Cruise Line, she has had the opportunity to travel all of the Caribbean, Alaska, and everywhere in between!

                                                                    • Héloïse Monnier
                                                                      Héloïse Monnier

                                                                      A curious and full of life Frenchie, Héloïse grew up in the suburbs of Paris. After completing her master’s degree, she left France to work with children in the United States, a country that always fascinated her since she was a child. Learning both a new culture and language was very enriching and during those years she enjoyed exploring every part of the US. When she came back home, she kept traveling to find and explore lesser known cities in Europe. A traveler at heart, Héloïse has so much excitement for sharing all of the precious opportunities there are to discover culture, language, and hidden gems with our teens!

                                                                      • India Trummer
                                                                        India Trummer

                                                                        India grew up traveling throughout the US and abroad and has lived in a variety of different states. She graduated from the University of Mississippi is now attending Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. From a young age, her parents fostered a sense of adventure that has led her to study abroad in Russia, backpack through the Baltics, and continue to travel the world! She enjoys trying new foods, photography, speaking Russian, and dancing.

                                                                        • Jared Levin
                                                                          Jared Levin

                                                                          Jared is an American ex-pat living in Berlin! He teaches Music and English in a Montessori school and moonlights occasionally as an opera singer. Jared loves to teach students about other cultures and is known to give some pretty epic impromptu singing performances during his TFT trips!

                                                                          • Javier Stevens
                                                                            Javier Stevens

                                                                            Javier, of Long Island, New York, graduated from The University of New Haven with a double major in English and Music Performance and through the New York City Teaching Fellowship, he received a Master of Science in Education from Hunter College. He has worked as a secondary Special Education teacher and an English as a Second Language instructor for adults. He now teaches English in Doha, Qatar and has traveled to more than a dozen countries on three different continents since living abroad!

                                                                            • Jayden Korber
                                                                              Jayden Korber

                                                                              Jayden is from Pittsburgh, PA, and studies at Slippery Rock University where he is studying to become a high school English teacher. Jayden took some time off before attending college and traveled the world for a year while also taking part in volunteer work. After this experience, he followed his passion and taught English in Vietnam for a summer. He is beyond excited when it comes to leading trips with TFT!

                                                                              • Jenna Jahnke
                                                                                Jenna Jahnke

                                                                                Jenna is a Michigan native with a degree in Marketing from Northwood University. While interning abroad in Costa Rica during college, she fell in love with the “Pura Vida” lifestyle and stayed another year to work for a non-profit based there. Jenna loves being in the ocean, hiking, and skiing. She is passionate about exploring through travel and looks forward to checking many places off her bucket list!

                                                                                • Jess Verian
                                                                                  Jess Verian

                                                                                  Jess graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Spanish. She spent the past year living in Thailand teaching English, earning her Yoga Teacher Certification, and building a strong affinity for spicy food. She has also studied abroad in Spain and traveled throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. Jess loves sharing her passion for unique cultures, delicious food, and incredible places with teens!

                                                                                  • Joe Rivera
                                                                                    Joe Rivera

                                                                                    Joe is a native Angelino with a degree in Linguistics and Deaf Studies. He holds a master’s degree in Special Education and taught deaf students in Southern California for three years. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that he decided to make traveling a part of his career. Most recently, Joe spent several months living in Torre del Mar, Spain working as a language and culture ambassador at a local school. Joe aspires to continue his travels on his own accord and share his experiences with young travelers as a counselor with TFT.

                                                                                    • Joe Stewart
                                                                                      Joe Stewart

                                                                                      Joe has been working with teens and teen camps at the YMCA in Atlanta, GA for over a decade. During that time, he has lead two international excursions with the Y, taking teens to Brazil and Costa Rica, and seen first-hand the positive effects that travel than can have on youth. He has a passion for working with teens and loves bringing that passion to TFT!

                                                                                      • Matteo Rosina
                                                                                        Matteo Rosina

                                                                                        Matteo is a support teacher at a high school in Italy, coach of a soccer team, and a lover of all things sports and travel! When he has time, he jumps on his road bike for hours to be inspired by nature. Matteo also loves to organize trips all over the world, meeting people, and making experiences and memories to last a lifetime!

                                                                                        • Mike Deely
                                                                                          Mike Deely

                                                                                          Michael is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has lived in Ohio, Florida, California, Spain, and Hawaii. He graduated from Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, then went on to receive a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is now finishing his post-master’s certificate in School Psychology while working as an Intern for the Hawaiian Department of Education. Michael has worked as a travel camp counselor for many years and also served as a volunteer kindergarten teacher for an AmeriCorps affiliated program called Vincentian Corps West.

                                                                                          • Sarah Weber
                                                                                            Sarah Weber

                                                                                            A Georgia native, Sarah majored in Natural Resources, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Georgia. Since attaining her Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources, she has discovered her true passion and potential through volunteering abroad in developing countries. Throughout her travels and working in developing schools, Sarah has strengthened her teaching abilities and grown as an international educator. Her hope is to help influence positive change in the lives of teens through challenging them, helping them step out of their comfort zone, and encouraging them to learn and grow throughout this incredible experience!

                                                                                            • Sean Campbell-Hynes
                                                                                              Sean Campbell-Hynes

                                                                                              Sean is a born and bred Londoner with a degree in Music from Plymouth University. He has ample experience coaching soccer and swimming, as well as being a counselor for teenage summer camps in the UK. Sean loves immersing himself with different cultures and has spent several periods of time working in a number of countries around the world. Sean strongly identifies with the message of TFT and always encourages teens to discover places off the beaten track!

                                                                                              • Tomas Aponte
                                                                                                Tomas Aponte

                                                                                                Tomas is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts and is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Secondary English Education. While continuing to pursue his passion for dance and musical theater, Tomas furthered his education and obtained a Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change. Tomas has been dancing for 15 years and recently finished performing as “Scott – The Choreographer” in Theatre Tulsa’s production of “The Producers”!

                                                                                                • Tyler Dupuis
                                                                                                  Tyler Dupuis

                                                                                                  When Tyler isn’t doing seasonal work, he hangs his hat in Wisconsin. He graduated from UW, La Crosse with a degree in Recreation Management. Since then, Tyler has been working in experiential education, leading outdoor recreation, team building, and environmental education programs. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, puzzles, and stand-up comedy.

                                                                                                  • Will Hanna
                                                                                                    Will Hanna

                                                                                                    Will, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, has a degree in Marketing and Travel/Tourism from Ball State University. He has spent the last two years between Alaska and Virginia, leading guided kayaking trips in the summer and facilitating team building programs in the spring and fall. Will loves playing Ultimate Frisbee and finding the best local seafood when he is traveling.

                                                                                                    Junior Counselors

                                                                                                    • Elizabeth Jackson
                                                                                                      Elizabeth Jackson

                                                                                                      Elizabeth was born and raised in San Diego, California and is completing her degree in Art History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her love for traveling and for history brought her to Europe and she can’t see herself anywhere else!

                                                                                                      • George Elsbury
                                                                                                        George Elsbury

                                                                                                        George is from the San Francisco Bay Area and studies French and Political Science at the University of Denver. His first trip abroad was with TFT in 2013 and he has not missed a summer since! George has lived in France and speaks French and absolutely loves sharing his love of travel and languages with TFT travelers!

                                                                                                        • Katherine Fournier
                                                                                                          Katherine Fournier

                                                                                                          Katherine is both Canadian and American, but she currently calls home Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. She studies Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Katherine began travelling with TFT back in 2014 and has not been able to stop ever since! She also enjoys skiing, cycling, and playing guitar.

                                                                                                          • Madison Stimmel
                                                                                                            Madison Stimmel

                                                                                                            Madison is studying Special Education at High Point University in North Carolina. She has traveled to over 37 countries with both TFT and her family. Some of her favorite hobbies include playing golf, photography, traveling, and reading. Madison loves sharing her passion and love for traveling with others, especially the TFT travelers!

                                                                                                            • Marla Manes
                                                                                                              Marla Manes

                                                                                                              Marla now studies Sustainability at the University of Florida after a life-changing semester abroad in Copenhagen. She loves photography, music, and traveling, having traveled across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. She’s been traveling with TFT for over five years and is excited to return for more adventures!

                                                                                                              • Morgan Whitman
                                                                                                                Morgan Whitman

                                                                                                                Morgan, a Pennsylvania native, is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with an intended minor in Spanish and Biology at North Carolina State University. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, and is a member of the NCSU Equestrian Team. After spending many summers traveling the world with TFT, she is beyond excited to call herself a member of the TFT team!

                                                                                                                • Sasha Evans
                                                                                                                  Sasha Evans

                                                                                                                  Sasha, from New York City, attends the University of Arizona and studies Sustainable Built Environments in the School of Architecture. He has traveled as both camper and counselor with TFT and is extremely excited to travel with TFT for another summer!

                                                                                                                  Office Interns

                                                                                                                  • Caitlin Brune
                                                                                                                    Caitlin Brune

                                                                                                                    Caitlin attends the American University in Washington, D.C., where she is majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. She is on AU’s Women’s Club Soccer team and is also passionate about running, skiing, and of course, traveling! She is proud to be a long-standing member of the TFT Family!

                                                                                                                    • Celine Dugan
                                                                                                                      Celine Dugan

                                                                                                                      Celine studies Marketing with a minor in Advertising at the University of Delaware. She is a member of the UD Club Swimming team and is also on the executive committee for UDance which promotes a dance marathon for fighting pediatric cancer. When not in school, Celine enjoys coaching lacrosse and traveling around the world!

                                                                                                                      • Eleanor Barton
                                                                                                                        Eleanor Barton

                                                                                                                        Before working with Travel For Teens, Eleanor went to Sacred Heart Academy where she went on both Italy and Greece trips with TFT. She now attends the University of Scranton where she majors in Neuroscience and Psychology and minors in French and History. Eleanor is also a founding member of the University of Scranton’s D3 Women’s Golf team. When she’s not stuDYING, she enjoys sitting on the beach!

                                                                                                                        • Grace Mackel
                                                                                                                          Grace Mackel

                                                                                                                          Grace, who along with her older sister Kathryn, graduated from St. Basil Academy. She traveled to Greece and Italy with TFT through SBA and now really enjoys her time working in the office as a staff member. Grace is dual majoring in Early and Special Education and American Studies at LaSalle University. She is very passionate about traveling, finds TFT’s mission inspiring, and is proud to be apart of this team!

                                                                                                                          • Kathryn Mackel
                                                                                                                            Kathryn Mackel

                                                                                                                            Kathryn, a Saint Basil Academy alum, first caught the travel bug with TFT on a school trip to Greece. She was so inspired by TFT’s mission to teach teens to be travelers, not tourists, that she just had to become a part of the team! Kathryn loves working in the office and getting to see the behind-the-scenes action of TFT. When she’s not in the office, she is studying Nursing at Widener University, as well as participating on the Widener’s track and field team.

                                                                                                                            Support Staff

                                                                                                                            • Mary Anne Hawrylak
                                                                                                                              Mary Anne HawrylakTrip Director

                                                                                                                              Mary Anne Hawrylak (pronounced Har-lak), Trip Director, is an Occupational Therapist with extensive experience with teens. A skilled executive, she brings invaluable assets to our trips. She as led TFT trips to the UK, Spain, Italy and France where she owns a home.

                                                                                                                              • Brian Pierce
                                                                                                                                Brian PierceArtistic Director

                                                                                                                                Brian Pierce, a former student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, has been the Artistic Director with Travel For Teens for many years. He has studied graphic design and applied his knowledge in the professional world for more than a decade as owner of his own firm. Brian’s hard work shows in the beautiful brochure he makes for us every year!

                                                                                                                                • Pascal Zytomirski
                                                                                                                                  Pascal ZytomirskiParis Partner

                                                                                                                                  Pascal Zytomirski, our Paris partner since 2003, is a native Parisian with an MBA from Babson College in Boston (1992). His knowledge and understanding of Paris, French culture, and his native’s access to hidden Paris bring a unique dimension to the Travel for Teens program, allowing our participants access available ONLY on our trips. Pascal has deep connections to the fashion industry in Paris.