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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.