Board of Directors
Base Camp: Utah
Board Member since 2016
Faculty for Fall Semester, Southern Africa, 2008
Faculty for Spring Semester, Central America, 2009
Emily’s adventurous spirit and curiosity have led her to design and teach education and training programs for young people and adults in the U.S. and overseas. She has worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer, trained K-12 teachers to integrate digital media in the classroom, and explored social justice issues with middle school students. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Emily developed a passion for the outdoors because of family camping trips on the Mississippi River. Fly fishing, hiking, dancing, traveling, speaking Spanish, and being in wide open spaces nurture Emily’s soul.
Base Camp: Washington, DC
Board Member since 2019
Meghann is an enthusiastic proponent of The Traveling School and its mission to educate and empower young women. Meghann is an intellectual property attorney in Washington, DC. She has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in Immunology from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University. Meghann enjoys traveling to new places and always learning new things. Most of all, she loves hanging out with her husband and their two beloved doggos.
Base Camp: Washington
Board Member since 2020
Nicole has been a strong advocate and supporter of The Traveling School since her daughter’s semester to Southern Africa with TTS28. Nicole and her husband had the opportunity to spend a week with TTS in Namibia for friends and family week, and really appreciated watching the TTS teachers and students in action. That trip really cemented the passion and commitment that Nicole has for supporting TTS. Not having any opportunities to travel while growing up, Nicole is now a huge advocate for experiential and international education, and it is her dream that every young girl should have the opportunity to enhance their learning opportunities through travel. Nicole is a benefit compliance analyst for Weyerhaeuser and loves what she considers a “nerd” job. When she’s not working, Nicole can be found spending her spare time at her remote off-the-grid cabin in Western Montana.
Base Camp: New York
Board Member since 2020
Chris grew up in Western New York and spent summers on a lake in Muskoka, Canada where she learned it is possible to love a place almost as much as a person. Her first trip on an airplane wasn’t until she was 20 years old, when she flew from Buffalo to London to spend a semester studying abroad. Since then, she studied abroad again in Nice, France and has visited 19 countries. As the mother of three daughters (one a TTS alumna) she is deeply committed to empowering women and is a firm believer that travel fosters wisdom and compassion. She is currently the Director of Education and Development for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, a freelance legal author for Thomson Reuters, and a member of the Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation board of directors. She holds a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark and a master’s degree from Niagara University.
Base Camp: Minnesota
Board Member since 2015
Nancy is a strong supporter of the Traveling School and their mission in enriching the lives of young girls. Her daughter, Megan, was on TTS 20 to Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa, and attended college her freshman year in Italy. Her son also did an exchange in Japan his junior year of high school. She has a huge love and desire to travel, traveling to over 12 countries. Her driving interest stems for her college friend who grew up in Nicaragua. Nancy and her husband Wade have been a host parents to over 14 international high school students as well as a constant supporters of exchange opportunities. Nancy has a strong background in operations, planning, and project management. She currently works for Medtronic’s as a Program Manager in Supply Chain and held similar roles at both General Mills and Schwan’s. Nancy has seen the tremendous positive effect The Traveling School has on young women, opening the world to her daughter and other girls just like her. “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Base Camp: Montana
Board Member since 2017
Ellie grew up in the mountains of Colorado, where her passion for outdoor places began. While at Colorado College, she studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology to gain a greater understanding of the science within our ecological systems. Her continued curiosity about the outside world prompted Ellie to seek out opportunities to work with others in wilderness-based programs, including Deer Hill Expeditions, SUWS Wilderness Therapy and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Through observing the power of place-based learning and the capacity for healing that can occur in a natural environment, Ellie sought greater understanding of why people do what they do, as well as how people change, so she pursued a Master’s degree in Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ellie works as a mental health consultant at Routefinder Consulting, which focuses on leadership development and resilience building with individuals and organizations. She brings her passions for expeditionary learning and empowerment to her role on the Traveling School board. When it’s time to play, you can find Ellie hiking, skiing, biking, and otherwise adventuring with her husband, Jim, and their pup, Riva.
Base Camp: Oregon
Board Member since 2019
Jenae seeks out and employs experiences to shift perspective, engage deep inquiry and stoke human passion. Jenae’s life trajectory galvanized as a sixteen-year-old student traveling through southwest Africa on The Traveling School’s second semester. The meaning and impact the experience, teachers and organization created in Jenae’s life sparked a lifelong connection to intentional travel, global development and how different groups of people work together through challenges and celebrations. After years of leading international service and adventure programs for teens, and graduating in International Relations from San Francisco State University, Jenae was hired as a faculty member for The Traveling School’s 16th and 19th semesters. Since then Jenae has facilitated change management and team-building experiences for countless organizations, founded a social enterprise to support women and girls in Kenya and worked in independent schools to support development, advancement and experiential programming. Jenae holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Transformation and Leadership Development and currently lives in Bend, Oregon where she works at Cascades Academy as the Director of Auxiliary Programs. Jenae loves to adventure and camp in beautiful places with her partner Scott and their van “Beluga” as well as mountain bike, stand up paddle and spend time with family and community.
Base Camp: Virginia
Board Member since 2020
Paul’s introduction to TTS came by way of his daughter Sophie, an alumna of TTS31 South America. After witnessing the incredible talents of TTS faculty and leadership first-hand during the parents’ visit to Peru, and seeing the life-changing effects on Sophie, he desired to help make the TTS experience available to a broader range of young women. Paul has more than 30 years of non-profit and IT leadership experience, as well as a Masters in Technology Management from George Mason University. His volunteering experience includes Cub Scout Leader, high school STEM mentor, and student liaison for AFS-USA, one of the oldest and most respected international exchange student organizations. Paul and his wife Wendy have been hosts to 3 foreign exchange students, and enjoy traveling with Sophie and their son Beck to see their extended AFS families around the world. In his spare time, Paul enjoys tinkering with old BMWs and playing drums in a neighborhood dad band.
Base Camp: New Hampshire
Board Member since 2018
John has spent the better part of his career rethinking secondary education and the better part of his adult life traveling the world. He began teaching at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, later taught at the Eagle Rock School, co-founded the High Tech High Charter School, and has served as a high school principal in the US, India and Panama. He has led student trips in the US and abroad. He is currently the principal of Somersworth High School. John has traveled through all fifty United States and close to seventy countries (much of it on bicycle). He has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed in undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Home is Portsmouth, NH, where he lives with his wife, three daughters (one of whom is a Traveling School alumna), and two cocker spaniels. John’s avocations include hiking, kayaking, cycling, politics and writing. He is currently two thirds of the way through New Hampshire’s forty-eight 4000-footers.