About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Our Mission
WorldStrides’ mission is to ignite personal growth for students through travel at every stage of development.

Our Vision
To be the superior choice in educational travel for teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Meet Our Leaders

Our team of professionals are passionately and personally committed to providing safe, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. From educational specialists to logistical and destination specialists, our knowledgeable and dedicated staff deliver a quality experience every step of the way.

 

Organization
Programs & Regions
Traveler Support

Organization

Jim Hall

Jim Hall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim joined WorldStrides in 1982 and continues to be inspired by the transformative power of educational travel. Jim has dedicated his career to helping WorldStrides take students at every level to destinations around the world. Over the past 30 years, Jim has served in a variety of roles, including positions in marketing, finance, and operations.

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Adam Hall

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Adam joined WorldStrides in 2015 as CFO with responsibility for all financial and legal activities of the company. Adam came to WorldStrides from SNL Financial (now a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill Financial), where he was CFO, and prior to that as head of the product management…

Terri Morgoglione

Terri Morgoglione

Executive Vice President

Prior to joining WorldStrides in 1985, Terri was a classroom teacher. She views her work at WorldStrides as an extension of her passion for education, and enjoys the fact that her work empowers students at all levels to experience learning in a way that’s both engaging and meaningful.

Anish Rajparia

Anish Rajparia

Chief Operating Officer

Anish brings over 20 years of experience to his role of Chief Operating Officer at WorldStrides, including responsibility for the P&LS of large and entrepreneurial organizations, and leadership experience in general management, strategy, product, marketing, business and technology. He recently held pivotal roles at Automated…

Matt Wertz - Executive Vice President and General Manager for WorldStrides K-12 Programs

Matt Wertz

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Matt Wertz brings extensive industry knowledge and leadership to WordStrides. Having held several pivotal roles at Explorica, including CEO, he has 15 years of experience and hands-on involvement with every facet of educational travel.

Fred O'Connor

Fred O’Connor

Executive Vice President

Fred joined WorldStrides in 2001 with the desire to contribute his time and energy to an organization with a meaningful mission. As the son of two educators, Fred appreciates how WorldStrides’ travel programs not only enrich the lives of students, but also benefit teachers.

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Earl Grossman

Executive Vice President

In nearly 25 years with WorldStrides, Earl Grossman has served in multiple capacities including finance, operations, and sales force development. His passion for expanding the company’s global footprint has grown into his current position as leader of our efforts to enter new markets and bring…

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Leandra Jenkins

Vice President of Process Improvement

Leandra brings a well-honed eye to her executive oversight of WorldStrides’ technology infrastructure and business processes. In addition to continually refining cross-functional processes to improve quality and reduce costs, her long-term goal is to transform the company’s global processes to complement and support WorldStrides’ focus…

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Tim Walkup

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Tim provides oversight to all of WorldStrides’ human resources functions, including supporting working environments for a large and growing staff in our global offices. He brings 20 years of seasoned HR experience to the position—both as a practitioner and a consultant for a range of…

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Julia Given

Vice President of Marketing

As VP of Marketing since 2013, Julia oversees the WorldStrides brand, educator outreach, customer communications, and public relations programs. She also plays an instrumental role in transitioning newly-acquired travel and education brands into the WorldStrides master brand, and coordinating the company’s marketing efforts into a…

Programs and Regions

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Capstone Programs

Michael oversees all aspects of business for the Capstone division, including new program development, account management, contract management, and compliance for international suppliers. During his tenure at WorldStrides, Michael has developed reporting and forecasting models integral to guiding the business and has led the organization’s continuous improvement initiatives.

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Jake Mitchell

Senior Vice President, Discoveries Programs

Jake joined WorldStrides in 2009, leading efforts in business analysis and operations. In 2012, he brought his skills to the account management team, providing program planning and executive oversight for all customer relationship management for Discoveries programs. Prior to joining WorldStrides, Jake began his career…

Francois Martin

Francois Martin

Senior Vice President & General Manager, OnStage Programs

As General Manager of the WorldStrides performing arts travel division, Francois has a rich, 20-year history with the company, including prior roles as Vice President, Marketing, and Senior Vice President, Account Management.

Justin Sockett

Justin Sockett

Senior Vice President, Perspectives Programs

As Vice President of sales for the high school and international travel division, Justin oversees the sales process and travel offerings for this growing division. Raised in Cambridge, England, he grew up surrounded by European history and culture.

Eric McAleer

Eric McAleer

Vice President, Excel Programs

Since 1998, Eric has been the Managing Director of Excel International Sports, and he continues to oversee Excel programming in sports and active pursuits since the company’s acquisition by WorldStrides in January 2015.

Richard Lin

Richard Lin

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

As Managing Director, Richard focuses on expanding students’ exposure to Asia Pacific culture at the same time his group promotes U.S. travel to students from that part of the world.

Amanda Stuart

Amanda Stuart

General Manager, WorldStrides U.K.

Based in Yeovil/London, Amanda oversees worldwide travel experiences for U.K. students. She is passionate about growing this division of the company by expanding U.K. schools’ exposure to WorldStrides global travel portfolio and our unique, educational approach to field-based learning adventures.

Dave Conklin

David Conklin

General Manager, WorldStrides Canada

Dave joined WorldStrides in October 2015 to oversee the company’s sales and operations for the Canadian territory. He was drawn to WorldStrides’ mission to use travel as a means of bringing live, experiential learning into students’ overall educational exposure.

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Jim Creighton

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jim credits his own high school travel and early-career assignments overseas as the catalysts for his enduring love for travel – and its ability to change the lives of learners of all ages. It was this WorldStrides mission that drew him to the company in…

Traveler Support

Wendy Amato, Ph.D.

Wendy Amato, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum & Academics

As WorldStrides’ Director of Curriculum & Academics, Wendy stewards the instructional content of our travel programs and manages our accreditation as a school. She is committed to enriching students’ lives through experiential travel with her careful attention to curriculum and her understanding of youth development.

Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney

Senior Vice President of Operations

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Tim Sweeney oversees all operational aspects of our middle and high school travel, both domestically and overseas.

Elizabeth ​Follansbee

Elizabeth ​Follansbee

Vice President of Product Delivery

Since 2007, Elizabeth has been the Vice President of Operations, overseeing the critical operation of our 24/7 Tour Central offices. Her team also oversees the on-tour experience for the majority of WorldStrides travelers. In this key role, she is the force behind ensuring that students’ accommodations are comfortable during their travel programs, and that parents and teachers always have a reliable source to turn to, for issues large and small.

Rick Rosenfeld

Rick Rosenfeld

Vice President of Risk Management & Client Services

Rick’s passion for travel and his global perspective has guided his career. Prior to founding TravelMBA, now part of WorldStrides, he held a senior role within Rotary International. In his nearly two decades devoted to global business management, he has visited more than 50 countries across six continents.

Dr. Christopher Lang

Dr. Christopher Lang

Medical Director

Dr. Lang serves as WorldStrides’ Medical Director in addition to his role as co-chief of the Innovative Practice Section and assistant professor at the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine. As Medical Director, he heads WorldStrides’ Doctors on Call program.