Nancy was working in the finance sector when a trip to the Himalayas inspired her to envision another way to support local businesses and developing economies. It was a passion for bringing curious people to remote areas of the world, an interest in world cultures, and a philosophy of giving back to communities through culturally sensitive tourism that inspired Nancy to create Global Adrenaline in 2001 and this philosophy remains at the core of the business today. Nancy studied economics at Princeton, received a master in development economics from Oxford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spent years working in international finance for J.P. Morgan, the World Bank and Altgate Capital. She is an avid hiker, scuba diver, and skier, and is an active board member of several non-profits.
With more than 17 years in the travel industry, Meredith has led over 2,000 travelers to more than 60 countries on six continents. She believes that travel is one of the most powerful forms of education and has a passion for providing others with memorable experiences abroad. Some of her most memorable travel moments include hunting with pygmies in the Central African Republic, tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and delivering medical supplies to a hospital in Myanmar. Meredith is originally from California where she studied psychology at Stanford University and later worked as the Deputy Director for the Stanford Alumni Association’s Travel Study program. Meredith received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. In her free time, Meredith enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving, photography and volunteering at a local animal shelter. She is currently dreaming of her first trip to Antarctica.
After working for 7 years as a civil rights attorney and in other legal roles, Carol decided that the legal world was not for her. When considering what her dream job would be if she won the lottery, her mind went immediately to travel, and she has not looked back since. With nearly 20 years in the group travel industry, Carol has held a variety of roles, and sees the world as a classroom with unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Carol has ventured across all 50 states and around the globe through 40 countries on six continents. Some her fondest travel memories are getting lost in the Fes medina, watching penguins return from a day at sea on the rocky shores of New Zealand’s South Island, and circumambulating a Nepalese stupa with amber-robed monks.
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Alexis first hit the road bundled in the back of her parents turquoise station wagon. Since then she has traversed over 60 countries on six continents in every conveyance imaginable, from dhows and tuk-tuk’s, to zip-lines and camels. Before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, her college studies took her to England for a year where she lived in an Oxford convent. After a career in the equity and futures industry, Alexis embraced sharing her passions for animals, indigenous cultures and exploration full time. Some of her favorite travel memories include scouting for birds-of-paradise in West Papua, Indonesia with Dani tribesmen, shopping for yams in the lively west African markets, bathing a Kenyan rhino in mud, and descending Ecuador’s Devil’s Nose atop a train. Her passport is eager for stamps from Antarctica, Iran, and Papua New Guinea.
A passion for different cultures led Whitney to earn her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and African Studies at Michigan State University. She has since traveled to 20 different countries on 5 different continents, including taking several research trips to India, working for three months in Kenya and spending two years working with the Peace Corps in rural Zambia where she became proficient in the African language of Bemba. During this time Whitney also traveled through East and Southern Africa and explored Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Whitney’s most memorable travel experiences include witnessing the lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls in Zambia, and exploring the ruins of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram (otherwise known as “The Beatles Ashram”) in India. Whitney recently earned her Masters of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University; and one of her dream trips is to go horseback riding through Mongolia.
Prior to joining Global Adrenaline, Alessandro spent seven years working for an international human rights organization in their educational travel department. There, he designed programs to a range of global destinations that educated participants about domestic and international issues through the lens of socially responsible travel. He has led numerous groups, including Citizen Diplomacy delegations to North Korea and delegations that focused on studying the rehabilitation process of former child soldiers in Uganda. Alessandro has traveled extensively around the world and besides his native country, Italy, his favorite place to travel is Latin America. His most memorable travel experiences include hiking and sleeping on the Great Wall of China and attending the Mass Games in Pyongyang.
Road trips across the United States as a child, and seeing how travel can change lives as an adult, led Bernadette to Global Adrenaline. She joins the team after more than six years of planning and operating continuing professional education programs in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Bernadette has an undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies from Kent State University and recently completed a Masters in Public Service Management through DePaul University. Some of her favorite travel experiences include a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, visiting local community groups in Bogotá, Colombia, and exploring castles in Ireland. Her dream destinations include Iceland, Australia, and the Galapagos Islands.
As an International Economics and Cultural Affairs graduate of Valparaiso University, Gloria has always had a passion for traveling and learning more about other countries. Some of her most memorable moments abroad have been snorkeling in the clear blue waters of Coron Islands in the Philippines, enjoying tapas in Madrid, and having several articles published for an English language magazine in Hangzhou, China. In her spare time Gloria enjoys cooking, reading books about social justice, exercising, and watching travel and food documentaries. For her next trips, Gloria dreams of lounging in the infinity pool in Singapore, visiting the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, and going on a food tour in Sicily.
During the past 10 years, Joanna has dedicated her career to the educational travel industry, working in a variety of roles. Most recently, Joanna built global travel programs for high school students, and previously, she managed alumni travel programs spanning several continents. Some of her most memorable travel moments include sampling local food stands in Ghana, harvesting black eyed peas with local farmers on the banks of Peru’s Ucayali River, and facilitating a leadership conference with Chinese and American high school students in Shanghai. Having traveled to 30 countries on six continents, her dream trip lies close to her Italian roots. As an avid home chef, Joanna hopes to one day cook alongside nonnas (grandmas) in Italy.
Thomas grew up in Southern Africa and spent his summer and holidays traveling with his family. He played semi-pro soccer for many years and had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Asia, which ignited his passion for travel at an early age. He has been to more than 30 countries, but his true love is Africa, as there is something unique and beautiful about the African wilderness. Thomas has a degree in Administration from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an avid sports and music fan, loves going on cruises with his family, and is an active board member for several non-profits.
It was Keighty’s passion for foreign language that jump started her travel career. She has traveled to 9 countries including France, where she has extensively traveled for leisure and has studied abroad 4 times. Keighty received her Bachelor’s Degree in French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Linguistics from the College of Charleston and received her DUEF (University Diploma of French Studies) Level B2 at L’Université de La Rochelle. She also has a background in Spanish and German. Keighty’s favorite memories from her time abroad are hiking to the French island of Mont Saint-Michel during low tide, viewing the Neuschwanstein Castle in the hills of Bavaria, and exploring the historic Marché de Noël in Brussels. In the future, Keighty would like to travel to South America for a chance to improve her Spanish language skills.
Amanda is the author of The Curiosity Family Travel Guide, a series of family travel guidebooks to major cities in the world. Raised in Connecticut, Amanda spent many childhood vacations exploring the U.S. and Europe with her parents and four siblings. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and studied abroad in Paris. Amanda has a passion for literature, history, and museums, and her current dream destinations include Cambodia and Iceland.
Alex first began to travel while in high school and fell in love with experiencing different cultures. While in college at DePaul University, Alex studied the Arabic language and culture as she worked toward her degree in Psychology. During her junior year, Alex circumnavigated the world by ship with Semester at Sea and knew that she had found her passion. She continues her education by working toward her MBA while she travels during her free time. Most recently, she completed the Tran-Siberian rail and attended Oktoberfest in Munich. Alex has visited over 40 countries to date and is always looking for a new adventure.
Carrie grew up spending her summers and holidays visiting family in her mother's native country, Mexico. This sparked her wanderlust which has seen her live and work in three foreign countries and travel to over 90 countries and all seven continents. Her favorite travel memories include a privately guided tour of Robben Island with Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki, glacier hiking in New Zealand, kayaking in Antarctica, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, ballooning in Myanmar, canoeing in Zambia, and camping in Mongolia. Carrie is also a trained chef so she's always eager to try local dishes and learn cooking techniques in any location she travels to. From Carrie's perspective, she’s only about halfway through potential countries to visit! Carrie has a Masters in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago and completed all the coursework and exams for a Masters in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Debbie’s passion for travel was ignited at a young age when she played her violin in an orchestra that performed in Europe and Australia. Inspired by her grandfather’s wanderlust and a love of foreign languages and cultures, she has visited more than 30 countries on six continents. She lived and studied in Madrid and Tel Aviv. Her favorite travel memories include eating dates in the Sahara desert of Morocco, zip-lining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, and coming face to face with a yawning hippopotamus in Tanzania. Debbie earned degrees in English and Spanish literature from the University of Michigan. She still plays the violin and dreams of skiing and hiking in Patagonia.
For Christina, an adoration of language and literature ignited her passion for travel as she loves being able to experience the places she reads about in books. Upon graduating from Loyola University Chicago with degrees in both English and Communication Studies, Christina spent time living in London while working for a local charity. Some of Christina’s favorite travel experiences include befriending kangaroos in Brisbane, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge moments before a storm, riding horseback through the shores of Jamaica, and dancing to Beatles cover bands in Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Christina has been to 9 different countries and is eager to add more stamps to her passport. Next, she’s hoping to visit Greece, Rwanda, and the Philippines.
Cristina’s passion for travel was ignited when she applied for Semester at Sea on a whim in college. To date, she has been to 28 countries and will readily take any opportunity to travel that is presented to her. Cristina received her Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Virginia in Psychology and Juvenile Social Justice. She also has extensively studied modern art, and has made a point of visiting museums and public art in all of her travels. Her most memorable travel experiences include climbing Soviet Era rooftops in St. Petersburg, watching the sunset over the dunes on the back of a camel in Morocco, and hiking a glacier in Iceland. She is excited to join the travel industry, and is hoping to eventually travel to Iran, Italy, and Croatia.