Cindy joins GEEO with a decade of experience in international education and nonprofit management. A strong believer in the power of global education from the start, Cindy studied abroad in five different countries as an undergraduate student, earning her degree in Spanish education and English as a second language. After graduating, Cindy taught English in South America and Europe and also taught Spanish at her alma mater, Missouri State University. A few years later, Cindy transitioned from the classroom to the nonprofit world, working for educational travel organizations as well as for a local United Way. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nonprofit & Civic Leadership and has traveled to 20 countries (and counting!) on her own personal travels and with students and teachers. Outside of working for GEEO and attending grad school, Cindy loves to find adventure both at home in the Ozark mountains and around the world with her husband Josh and rescue dog Aspen.
Jesse founded GEEO in 2007 to share his passion for traveling with America’s teachers. Jesse discovered the wonders of travel during high school when he made two trips to Europe as a member of the US National Ultimate Frisbee team. Later Jesse studied film in Sydney and landed a three-month all expenses paid trip to Asia to shoot stills and video for an Australian tour company. From there Jesse was hooked on travel and has visited over 80 countries.
In 2003, Jesse started his own new business development consulting company for European advertising agencies. In 2006 he cut back his consulting hours to start GEEO. In September of 2010 GEEO received funding, hiring Jesse to work full time for a job he had been doing as an unpaid volunteer for the previous four years.
Zach is Asst. General Counsel & Associate Compliance Officer at Ansell, where he specializes in transactional and corporate work throughout the Americas. Prior to joining Ansell, he practiced law at a number of law firms and companies in New York and Sao Paulo. Zachary received his law degree from Duke University, where he was a Lead Editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law and spent a semester at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1999, where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and now lives in New Jersey with his wife and two rambunctious kids.
Aaron is President of Crazy Aaron Enterprises, a toy and promotional merchandise manufacturer based in Philadelphia, PA. Aaron helped found GEEO and is an essential part of the organization. As a successful entrepreneur, Muderick brings to GEEO his experience in managing all aspects of small organizations including marketing and advertising, organizational startup, outsourcing, and business finance.
Iain currently works as Deputy Managing Editor of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which has a mission to identify, expose, and explain disinformation and malign influence campaigns. He is a 2017 MBA graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he was also a part of the inaugural class of students to receive the Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy. Prior to Georgetown, he held a number of positions within the Obama Administration, including with the Office of Presidential Correspondence and in the National Security Council. A firm believer in the power of travel to open minds, Iain has extensive international experience, both personal and professional.
Joelle is currently Chief People Officer for Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing where she has responsibility for managing all aspects of HR globally. Joelle has broad experience across multiple industries where she has led teams from all regions of the world to transform and continuously improve their business. Her roles in small to large organizations have provided Joelle with vast exposure to global business, cultures and human resources. A champion of diversity, Joelle has witnessed firsthand how traveling beyond our own boarders can profoundly influence our empathy and understanding of other people and societies. Joelle holds a Master’s in Human Organization Science and a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University.
Matt Kempler has a wide range of business experience across multiple disciplines. He has over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy and M&A and in 2015 created Ansell Limited’s Digital Innovation Team. Matt started Baroudr late 2017 to help companies develop “breakaway” strategies, improve customer experience, and provide general transaction advisory. He also works with two startups: Iterate Labs and Mareana.
As GEEO Board Member, Matt provides guidance and supports improvements in our teachers (customers) experience from increasing awareness of GEEO, to improving the booking process and through post trip support and advocacy.
Lou is a recently retired teacher with a passionate educator who serves as an advocate for global education. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Wisconsin Global Educator of the Year, and Fellowships with Fulbright Studies, Teachers for Global Classrooms, The Korea Society, The Transatlantic Outreach Program, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, the Fund for Teachers and three international projects with UW-Madison. She has also worked on peer to peer projects supported by the U.S. Department of State in Indonesia and Russia. Lou actively promotes Global Education Achievement Certification programs that recognize and support global literacy. Lou has traveled on many GEEO programs.
Mateya holds a law degree from NYU and has spent her career thus far working for social good. She has served as a staffer for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, a field representative for a hotel workers union and was a legal intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan. She also worked in Mexico as a legal fellow for Centro de Los Derechos Del Migrante. Currently she is a federal judicial clerk in Baltimore.
Ed currently works for Brown University’s Bootstrap program that integrates Computer Science into Core Content areas like Math and Science. He was a software programmer in the Bay Area for 3 years before becoming a teacher. He has taught high school math and computer science for over 15 years in Central California. While in the classroom, Ed created an innovative math learning space that allowed his students to express themselves, present, and teach their peers in a multitude of ways.
Committed to eradicating math anxiety by bringing more visible thinking, creativity, and fun to math classrooms, Ed has made it his mission is to treat the math trauma that has plagued our educational system.
Ed has traveled with GEEO on four different trips and those experiences have had a large impact on his career in education. “I’ve been able to travel all over the world because of my education and encourage my students and colleagues to do the same. I try and use as much technology available to encourage my students to become better Global Digital Citizens. I know that getting students to think globally is a huge part of their vision for their future and I’m excited about the global nature and possibilities that current technology makes possible.”
Maddie Hunt teaches 4th grade at Northview Elementary School in Eagan, MN. She serves as one of the district’s Learning and Technology Framework leads and is on the district’s Digital Distraction Recommendation & Action Steps team. Maddie has participated in a Personalized Learning cohort and is a leader in differentiated instruction and flipped learning for K-5 environments. She has completed training in the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) program and serves on her district’s Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board. She has her BA from the University of St. Thomas in Business Communications. She also has her MA in Elementary Education from the University of St, Thomas. She is a Certified Digital Marketing Professional and has Executive Education certifications in Data Driven Decisions, Influential Communication, Strategic Social Media Marketing, Nonprofit Fundraising, and Strategic Negotiation. In addition, she is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator practitioner. When she is not in her classroom or with her family, you can find her traveling around the world. She has been traveling with GEEO since 2014 and has been everywhere from Egypt to Laos to Iceland. She looks forward to continuing her exploration of the globe and sharing her experiences with her students!