Global Works is owned and operated by a close-knit and dedicated group of trained educators and former Global Works leaders.As experienced professionals, who better to understand better the “ins and outs” of programming than those who have worked in the field for a combined 65 years. Global Works directors and staff are wholeheartedly involved in all aspects of programming and committed to running the highest quality, safety-conscious trips in the industry.
Sarah Schnall, Enrollment Intern
University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. Sociology, Ethnic Studies & Community Studies
Growing up 45 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border, Sarah has been inspired by Latin American culture and service work from a very early age. In college, her love grew even stronger as she spent six months studying and living with a host-family in Bolivia. At this time, the Spanish language and Latin culture wrapped their arms around Sarah and have not let go to this day. After she graduated, she spent six months exploring from Nicaragua to Peru. She worked on farms to learn about organic sustainable agriculture, met with inspiring organizations that are helping her pave the way in community organizing today, and gallivanted through mystical mountainsides, satiating her taste for adventure. Sarah works in the Global Works home office and will be leading her first SSA trip out in the field this summer. She is very excited to combine her love for travel with her Californian passion for the ocean on the Surf and Service Adventure in Fiji!
Meghan Sullivan, Director of Programs and Puerto Rico Director
Boston College, B.A. Political Science & Theatre Arts
Meghan first developed a love for Latin America after participating in an alternate spring break program while at Boston College. This experience took her to Nicaragua for an in-depth look at peace, justice, and human rights. Though the experience was challenging and pushed this Jersey Girl out of her comfort zone, it truly sparked her interest in international travel, service, and cultural immersion. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and Theatre Arts, Meghan spent six months traveling independently from Boliva to Guatemala. A year later she returned to Ecuador where she lived from 2003-2005 while working with street children and their families at El Centro del Muchacho Trabajador in Quito. Since then, her travel bug has taken her throughout Central and South America, Africa, India and Nepal. Meghan has worked as an adventure tour guide in the U.S., is currently the Director of Programs and the Puerto Rico Country Director for Global Works. She is super excited to continue leading trips to Puerto Rico this summer! Between trips you will probably find Meghan working out, feeding her coffee addiction, enjoying spicy food, and soaking up as much warm weather and sunshine as possible.
Luiz Bertolo, Enrollment Adviser and Trip Leader
University of Northern Colorado – M.A. Pedagogy & Outdoor Education
Towson University – B.A. Management, Minor Sports Business
Luiz is originally from the Baltimore-DC Area via Bogota, Colombia and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Towson University with a degree in Sports Management and moved to Fort Collins last year to pursue a Masters in Pedagogy-Outdoor Education. He loves adventure travel and has had amazing experiences in Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and New Zealand, to name a few. His favorite outdoor adventures include mountain biking, hiking and camping. Luiz also enjoys time spent playing soccer, supporting the local and global music/arts and spending time with friends, family, and his dog, Banksy.
Francisco Di Poi, Enrollment Adviser and Costa Rica Country Director
University of Connecticut, B.A. Psychology
Francisco (Paco) was born in Argentina and moved to the U.S. at the age of four. He has worked with younger students since turning 16 and started coaching futbol at the age of 18. He volunteered at the recreational level for several years and then spent six years coaching at the high school level in Connecticut. Along with his passion for futbol, he loves to travel, rock climb, cook, dance, garden, and enjoys basically anything that requires being outdoors. He recently moved to Boulder, CO where he works for Global Works full-time and coaches at an elementary school program twice a week. In the last year, he has led three trips in Panama and one in Costa Rica. He is excited to accept the new challenges as Costa Rica Country Director this summer.
Taylor Anderson, Enrollment Coordinator and France Trip Leader
University of Puget Sound, B.A. French Literature & Art History
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Taylor started learning French in middle school when her family moved to Brussels, Belgium for three years. Since then, she's been hooked on French and exploring new cultures. In college, she spent a semester in Paris visiting every room in the Louvre and another semester in Morocco wandering through medinas. Since then, she has taught rock climbing workshops in New Zealand and led backpacking and canoeing trips in Maine. She now lives in Boulder, Colorado and works in the Global Works home office. When not leading or planning trips, Taylor can be found hiking in Boulder's flatirons, biking or looking for new running routes (she just completed her first marathon!). Taylor is thrilled to be spending her summer in France on her third Global Works adventure!
Kaitlin Herlihy, Director of Marketing
Boston College, M.B.A. Finance
College of the Holy Cross, B.A. English
Kaitlin brings a wealth of experience to the Global Works team. She has traveled to 20 countries and five continents. She previously worked in marketing and project management for over ten years in Boston, Sydney, and New York and is an avid volunteer. Along with her Global Works responsibilities, she most recently volunteered for the Mountain Bike Haiti project, which has an ultimate goal to develop a sustainable adventure tourism industry in Haiti. In her spare time, Kaitlin runs marathons and trail races, most recently the Pikes Peak Ascent, Imogene Pass Run, and Big Sur Marathon.
Chris Federer – Country Director, Argentina
Kenyon College, B.A. International Relations & Environmental Studies
A travel enthusiast, Chris is entering his fifth year with Global Works and his fourth year as Argentina’s country director. Since graduating from Kenyon College in 2005, Chris has specialized in several industries including: ESL education (in Colombia), coaching, ski instruction, emergency medicine, community development (in Paraguay), architecture/planning, and microfinance (in Peru). Chris now resides in Salt Lake City where he remodels residential homes. While at Kenyon, Chris spent a semester abroad in Argentina, and he loves being able to return each summer with Global Works to share this unique South American culture with others. (In photo: Chris on right with co-leader, Jessy, on left.)
Marisa Mellizo - Trip Leader, Spain
University of Colorado, Denver, M.A. ESL
Marisa grew up in a Spanish-speaking household in Wyoming - quite a random mix! She has always loved the Spanish language and culture and developed a love for traveling at an early age. Because teaching runs in her blood, she moved to Colorado 12 years ago to be a Spanish teacher at Fairview High School. Marisa also studied at CU-Denver and received her Master's degree in ESL. Without a doubt, teaching is one of her passions, along with traveling to anywhere she can. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending free time in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.
David Jackson - Trip Leader, Ecuador
University of Wales, M.A. Zoology with Marine Zoology
Nelson and Colne College, B.S. Human Biology, Chemistry and Sport Science
A qualified zoologist from the UK that has lived and worked in South America for the past 7 years specializing in the conservation of Andean Spectacled Bears. He is involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and, where possible, release back to the wild of bears and numerous other animals. He runs educational projects in rural communities enabling underprivileged children to attend high school and has taught indigenous Amazon people to become community tour guides. He also speaks Quechua, the indigenous language of the Andean people. He loves being around nature and showing those around him the wonders of our world's wilderness. An expert with a machete, he has cleared hundreds of trails to the most remote regions of the Ecuadorian cloud forest and Amazon either in search of bears or other animals or just for the joy of exploration. David is a keen sportsman partaking in a wide range of sports. He has competed in the British Student Surf Championships on two different occasions and has summited a number of 10,000 plus foot mountains. He loves an adventure, thrives on adrenaline, and lives for the day!
Lyssa Haldeman - Program Director, New Zealand/ Fiji
University of Montana, B.A. History
Lyssa is polishing her gumboots and practicing the taki taki to get ready for another summer in New Zealand and Fiji. Lyssa is no stranger to the concept of working and volunteering to see the world. She has slung fish in a cannery in Alaska, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, worked in a fly-fishing shop in Missoula, Montana and traveled with students to Japan and to Washington D.C. for President Obama’s inauguration. She currently is working on her Master’s degree in linguistically diverse education and teaches middle school in Colorado. In her school’s outdoor education program she gets to take her students on rafting and backpacking trips in Colorado and Utah helping challenge them and to explore the possibilities that they possess. She is looking forward to getting her hands dirty but also the adventure that awaits in the southern hemisphere.
Daniel McDonnell - China Country Director
University of Wisconsin, B.S. Biology & B.A. Education
This is Daniel’s 12th season leading with Global Works and he continues to bring his energy and care to each detail of the trip and our participants. He’s traveled around the world, led Global Works programs in Costa Rica, China, and Ecuador, and is excited to be spending the spring and summer with our groups in countries around the world. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Daniel now calls San Francisco home. When not leading and planning Global Works programs, he teaches ESL, environmental science, and sustainable living practices to high school students. As an activist, traveler, and story teller, and avid rock-climber, Daniel brings a broad perspective to his programs.
Emily Havens - Trip Leader, Spain
Colorado College, B.A. Environmental Anthropology
A joyful explorer of international cities and high alpine peaks alike, Emily is committed to adventure and creating community worldwide. She has worked with youth teaching Environmental Education in Ecuador, helped create a community-based sustainable farming program in Belize, promoted pediatric AIDS education in Kenya, and studied globalization and its resistance in Bolivia and Peru. Emily is most comfortable in the mountains of Colorado where she has been working as a wilderness instructor for youth, facilitating growth and self discovery through challenge and adventure! In her free time, Emily loves doing yoga, attempting to play her ukulele, and baking bread. (In photo, Emily is on the left with co-leader, Katelyn, on the right.)
Monica Martinez - Trip Leader, Spain
Colorado College, B.A. Romance Language – Spanish, French, Italian
Raised in a bilingual and bicultural household Monica has always loved travel and cultural exchange. While a student at Colorado College she studied romance languages and economics. During this time Monica worked with youth through campus and community organizations. Currently she works at an elementary school as a community liaison (bilingual social worker) which allows her to speak Spanish and encourage community building.
Jake Stein Greenberg - Program Director, Spain & Costa Rica
Northeastern University, B.A. Political Science
Lewis and Clark College, M.A. Education
This will be Jake's sixth adventurous summer with Global Works He studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain in 2004 and is very excited to return to the land of tapas, flamenco and the World Cup champions! Jake recently earned his Master’s from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and he currently teaches history in Moorestown, NJ while living in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Always engaged in promoting community service, Jake also loves photography, hiking and going to see good live music.
Emily Dark - Trip Leader, Puerto Rico
Hartwick College, B.A. Anthropology, Minor Environmental Science and Policy
Emily has been living in Vieques, Puerto Rico for four and a half years and has fallen in love with Puerto Rico. She loves to explore the rainforests, snorkel and SCUBA dive in the coral reefs, and ride her horse on the beach. Emily has been doing volunteer work at the Humane Society and at the Conservation Trust in Vieques and enjoys working with children and sharing her love for the outdoors with them. Emily graduated from Hartwick College with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science and was just recently accepted to a graduate program in the fall for Tropical Conservation Biology. She hopes to travel the world as a scientist, writer, and photographer. She loves sports and played lacrosse in college. Emily has worked for Global Works for three years and feels extraordinarily lucky to be able to share her knowledge and passion for the environment, community service, and different cultures with children and wouldn't trade it for the world! It will be an exciting season of Global Works trips and she can't wait to get started!
Tyrone Moore - Country Director, Puerto Rico
Interamerican University, B.A. English Education
Tyrone is a native of Puerto Rico. He currently lives in Luquillo and is a high school ESL teacher and boat captain. This will be Tyrone’s sixth year with Global Works. He believes in the enlightenment of young minds by helping his own community while also helping GW participants understand his culture. Tyrone is a hard worker and a fun person to be around. Always excited for the adventures GW has in store, he is sure to make the trip interesting and fun! He is very knowledgeable of the sea – in the past he has worked on a catamaran and he is a SCUBA dive master. He recently started a position conducting team building activities for many companies from across the globe.
Jordan Bailey - Trip Leader, Peru/ Ecuador & Costa Rica
University of Redlands, B.A. Business
Jordan Bailey is originally from Redlands, California but now calls Boulder, Colorado his stomping grounds. He has been living off and on in foreign countries (especially Latin America) for the last six years. His first experience came when he studied abroad in Australia for one semester. From there he wanted to challenge himself with a two and half year stint with the Peace Corps in Ecuador where he worked with youth on a variety of projects: habitat conservation, English classes, trash management, sports teams, and many more projects. Apparently Jordan could not get enough of the Latin Culture because he decided to work for a non-profit, Philanthropiece, where he lived in a small, off the grid fishing camp in Baja, Mexico for one year. He currently works for Philanthropiece as the Field Coordinator and spends about three to four months out of the year working in Mexico and Guatemala in the field of international community development and empowerment. Jordan comes from a large family of five children and absolutely adores his nieces and nephew: Amira (9)-soccer studette, Tse(7)-flash lightning and soon to be on "Dancing with the Stars", and Sydney (1)-still blowing bubbles like her favorite uncle.
Molly Robbins - Trip Leader, Peru/ Ecuador
Swarthmore College, B.A. Political Science, Minor Sociology & Anthropology
An international relations junkie with a serious adventurous streak, Molly has experience with a variety of human rights and education nonprofits. She worked for a community development organization in Guatemala for a year and a half and led two Global Works trips while there. Maine-raised but a convert to the Mountain West she has led youth backpacking trips in Wyoming and is currently enjoying the slopes of Park City, UT. Molly graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and Sociology and Anthropology. She believes deeply in the combination of service cultural exchange and humor and is psyched to help students connect to communities.
Katie Morrow - Country Director, Peru/ Ecuador
San Jose State University, M.A. Pupil Personnel Service
University of California Santa Cruz, B. A. Communities Studies
Katie’s passion for other cultures and volunteer work, as well as her travel fever, have led her to live in Britain, France, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica as well as led her to travel in over 50 countries. Katie is from Santa Cruz, California, although she seldom finds herself there. She received her Bachelor’s in Communities Studies when she was 18 years old from UC Santa Cruz, and later earned a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State. Katie has led nine unforgettable years of Global Works trips in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala. When Katie is not working for Global Works she is fully committed as the Executive Director of Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI), a Guatemalan NGO she founded in 2004 to create sustainable development and provide educational opportunities to the highly impoverished Mayan town of Chajul. In free moments from work, Katie sneaks out to salsa dance herself dizzy in which ever country she happens to find herself. Katie looks forward to leading your group on a fun, adventurous and productive journey with Global Works!
Jay Lively - Trip Leader, New Zealand/ Fiji
Warren Wilson College, B.A. Human Studies, Global Issues Concentration
During his senior year in high school Jay got his first taste of adventure travel when he journeyed to Nicaragua and Guatemala to study Latin American history and experience the culture. Those adventures as a teenager changed his life and he never lost his love of exploring the world around him. When he's not teaching World History Jay is seeking out new adventures. His travels have taken him to four continents and more than 30 countries including extended visits to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Peru, Greece and Morocco just to name a few! Having double-majored in Journalism and Global Studies, Jay has also participated in three documentaries based in Spain and Mexico. You might even catch a glimpse of him on The National Geographic Channel hiking the Camino de Santiago on the Iberian Peninsula. Jay's other interests include playing basketball, finding waterfalls, and working with homeless youth in his community. This December, Jay will be happy to have finally completed his Master’s in Education from Western Carolina University.
Jessica McCormack- Trip Leader, France
Beloit College, B.A. French & Music
Jessica McCormack is a social, fun-loving and Francophone-adoring "animatrice". Since her return from teaching English in a French High School in Bretagne, Jessica is a resident of Brooklyn, NY where she teaches French at a Montessori School, volunteers with refugees at the International Rescue Committee, and enjoys the abundant multicultural and artistic aspects of NYC. Jessica completed a BA in French and Music at Beloit College where she had the fortune of studying abroad in Bretagne, France and Dakar, Senegal. She enjoys sports, yoga, any type of game, and is always open to new adventures - especially in France. She is enthusiastic about her interpersonal and cross-cultural relationships and is eager to return annually to her favorite culture with a team of interested American teens.
Stephanie Maltarich - Trip Leader, Peru, Ecuador, & Costa Rica
University of Colorado, B.A. Sociology
Stephanie is a native and proud Coloradoan. She went to college and studied Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. While at CU she discovered her love for international travel and community service during a semester abroad in South Africa. After graduating, she felt the need to wander the globe for a little while and found herself teaching English in the wonderful country of Ecuador. Her travels continued to Peru, Colombia and Argentina. Needless to say South America holds a special place in her heart! She balances her time working for outdoor education programs, teaching snowboarding, and leading Global Works trips! When not working, you may find Stephanie exhaling deeply in yoga, trying to perfect her telemark turns, or sleeping as many nights under the stars she possibly can.
Luiz Bertolo- Trip Leader, Costa Rica
University of Northern Colorado – M.A. Sports & Outdoor Education
Towson University – B.A. Management, Minor Sports Business
Luiz is originally from the Baltimore-DC Area via Bogota, Colombia and Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Towson University with a degree in Sports Management and moved to Fort Collins last year to pursue a Masters in Physical/Outdoor Education. He loves adventure travel and has had amazing experiences in Brazil, Colombia, Thailand and New Zealand, to name a few. His favorite outdoor adventures include mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and camping. Luiz thoroughly enjoys time spent teaching and playing soccer, supporting the local and global music/arts and being active in social and environmental movements. His two most prized possessions are his lab named Banksy and his growing collection of vinyl records.
Simon Bowden - Country Director, Australia
Aukland Institute of Technology, Exercise Science
Manukau Polytechnic, Recreation and Sports
A native “Kiwi,” Simon is an all-around sports enthusiast. He has been involved in a wide range of activities in New Zealand, including volunteering with the Onehunga Community and instructing with the Outdoor Education Camp of Motutapu Island. Simon loves diving into any outdoor pursuit, and enjoys the social interaction and personal growth that stems from sports and teamwork. He is always excited to introduce his country and culture to Global Works participants, while fostering a fun and challenging atmosphere. For the past nine years, Simon has been leading Global Works trips all over the South Pacific- in his home country of New Zealand, as well as Australia and the Fiji Islands.
Fritz Moriarty - Co-Owner, Director of Enrollment
Fritz spent his formative years at the Loomis Chaffee School (CT) and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he earned degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. After college, Fritz taught and lived in Costa Rica with a host family through World Teach. From there Fritz went on to teach Spanish and ESL at the Indian Mountain School while leading Global Works trips in the summer. Currently, Fritz directs Ecuador, Peru, and Spain programs, and heads up our Custom Group Travel department. Come wintertime, you'll find Fritz ripping it up on his tele skis in the Colorado back country.
Braden Wilson - Director of Programing & Central America Country Co-Director
University of Northern Colorado, M.A. Public Health
Fort Lewis College, B.A. Anthropology
Before joining our home office team full-time, Braden taught Spanish to middle school students in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His interests continually lead him to various countries throughout Latin America where he has worked in public health and community development projects in Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. He currently coordinates all programming for Global Works. In his free time, Braden enjoys kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and traveling.
Polly Moriarty - Co-Owner, Director of Human Resources
University of Colorado, M.A. Spanish and Education
Ohio Wesley University, B.A. Spanish and Psychology
Since 1998, Polly has worked with Global Works, first in the field and more recently in the home office. While teaching Spanish at the Westminster School (CT) and Summit Middle School (CO), she spent her summers leading Global Works trips in Costa Rica and Ecuador. Along with her HR duties, she now heads up the France and China programs. Polly enjoys running, hiking, and tele-skiing in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, Fritz, their daughters, Ellie and Hanna, and their dog, Pacha Mama.
Emily Werner - Owner, Financial Management
University of Washington, PhD Child Clinical Psychology
Washington University, B.S. Psychology
Emily is a liscensed psychologist who splits her time between Global Works and The Children’s Hospital of Denver. Whiler formal Global Works duties include financial management and serving as a board member, she also acts as our resident consultant on child and adolescent development. Emily spends any remaining time keeping up with her three children and training for marathons.
Erik Werner- Owner & Executive Director
University of Washington, M.A. Education
Carroll College, B.A. International Studies and Spanish
Erik brings nearly twenty years of experience working as a high school educator and travel program administrator to his tenure as Global Works Director. He is a former Peace Corp Volunteer in Bolivia who received undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Spanish and an M.A. in Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. Erik keeps his Spanish language skills fresh by coordinating our Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Panama programs. Outside of work, Erik is most likely found spending time with his wife Emily and three children Luke, Ava, and Julia.