Meet our Team
We are passionate about global education and developing global citizenship, and committed to delivering world-class programs.
In 2000, Jeet established the non-profit organization Winterline Foundation to promote the education of "global citizens."
Jeet is a serial entrepreneur, musician and philanthropist based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has co-founded businesses in e-commerce software, marketing services, digital media, and financial services, including the NASDAQ-listed software firm ATG (recently acquired by Oracle Corp). He is currently also the co-founder and Managing Director at Redstar Ventures, a new business “foundry”, and President of Redstar Media, a digital media content and software startup. He has extensive experience in creating and growing organizations, including product development, marketing strategy, staffing, marketing, and fund-raising.
In 2000, Jeet established the non-profit organization Winterline Foundation to promote the education of “global citizens”. The Winterline Global Skills Program is now an extension of the work carried out by the Winterline Foundation and its team.
Born in Sweden, Jeet has lived in Spain, The Soviet Union, South Vietnam, Colombia, Uganda, Finland, India, the Caribbean, and France. He is an avid scuba diver and tennis player and speaks English, Spanish, French and Hindi. He also sings and plays with the Boston-based band The Singhs.
Managing Director/Co-Founder, Redstar Ventures
Joseph is a Managing Director and co-founder of Redstar Ventures where he works with Jeet founding a stream of new companies.
Joe is Jeet’s partner in multiple businesses and also spent his career as a serial entrepreneur. He is a Managing Director and co-founder of Redstar Ventures where he works with Jeet founding a stream of new companies. Prior to Redstar he was co-founder and Chairman of Allurent and co-founder, Chairman and CTO of Art Technology Group. He holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from MIT. Joe is a Director of Eastern Bank, a member of the MIT Corporation Media Lab Visiting Committee, and a Trustee of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School.
Before co-founding ATG, Joe was a graduate student and research assistant at the MIT Media Lab, where he co-founded the Hyperinstruments project with acclaimed professor and composer, Tod Machover. He directed the technology team for several hyperinstrument systems including Yo-Yo Ma’s Hypercello, created for Machover’s composition, “Begin Again Again…” His technical production credits include Centre Pompidou, Boston Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Het Concertgebouw, Suntory Hall, Bunkamura Hall, and the Barbican Centre.
Nathan Kumar Scott
President & Executive Director
Nathan spent 12 years directing an organization whose mission was to provide transformational educational experiences for students.
Nathan has been working in the field of international education for the past 20 years, first as an educator working one-on-one with students and subsequently as the Executive Director of the global educational non-profit SAGE, or ‘Studies Abroad for Global Education’.
As SAGE’s founding Director, Nathan spent the past 12 years of his career creating and directing a successful and sustainable international organization whose mission is to provide challenging and transformational educational experiences for students outside of their home countries.
Nathan oversaw the growth of SAGE from a small non-profit to an organization serving the global educational needs of hundreds of schools and thousands of students around the world. Nathan has had the opportunity to create new and innovative experiential programs, pushing students outside their comfort zones and challenging them to become truly global citizens.
Born and raised in India, Nathan speaks fluent Hindi, and studied at Woodstock School in the Himalayas. He holds an M.A. from the University of Washington in International Studies and a B.A. from Oberlin College in anthropology. Nathan has been a Watson Fellow, studying non-formal education in South and Southeast Asia, as well as a Fulbright Fellow in India, studying Indian performing arts.
Besides his many years and extensive experience in India, Nathan has travelled and worked throughout the developing world: in both East and West Africa, (learning important skills from Kenyan tribal youth and Ghanaian elders); Central and South America (teaching college courses in Spanish at Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, volunteering in the Ecuadorian rainforests, living with his family in the mountains of Costa Rica); and East and Southeast Asia (studying Bahasa Indonesia while doing research in Indonesia, living and working in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines).
Cara Ferragamo Murray
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Cara is committed to providing students with the opportunity to gain real-world skills to help them be successful adults.
Cara is a senior sales, marketing and communications strategist with over 25 years of experience in brand management, relationship marketing, sales, and partnership alliances. As the parent of two “almost teenagers,” she is committed to providing students with the opportunity to gain the real-world experience and hands-on skills that will help make them successful and fulfilled adults.
Most recently Cara was a member of the leadership team at Fullbridge, a leading career accelerator that developed innovative ways to address the growing global job skills gap for recent college graduates and early career professionals.
Previous to Fullbridge, Cara led the branding, sales growth and digital strategy as VP of Marketing & Communications at Teenlife, a curated guide for students grades 7-12, and was Director of Integrated Marketing at Harvard Magazine, the alumni publication for Harvard University. Before working in youth/education, she held a variety of positions in publishing in both New York City and Boston, including at the Ivy League Magazine Network, Boston Magazine, Gourmet magazine and Conde Nast Traveler. Cara studied at La Sorbonne, and holds a BA from Boston College.
When not working to make sure that all students have the opportunity for global enrichment and real-world experiences, Cara loves to spend time outdoors with her family, especially on the beaches of Cape Cod.
Vice President of Finance & Planning
Kevin Brennan earned his PhD in education from the University of North Carolina, where he taught in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.
Kevin Brennan earned his PhD in education from the University of North Carolina, where he taught in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and served as managing editor of The High School Journal, a publication of UNC Press. He has worked with both SIT Study Abroad and the SIT Graduate Institute (Brattleboro, VT) engaging with international programs for more than a two decade period. Kevin has served as a consultant to the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, the African-American Institute, SIT’s Center for Intercultural Programs, and other organizations and institutions.
Kevin has also worked with a variety of local organizations in southeastern Vermont, focusing on economic development, program planning, and budget mapping activities. Prior to joining Winterline, he served as the Director of Education Abroad at the University of Connecticut (UConn), where he developed and managed study abroad programs for students enrolled in the various UConn branch campuses.
Vice President of Programs
Kim truly believes in the invaluable impact that an education and exposure to the world can have on an individual’s future.
Kim has worked in the education space for the majority of her career in varying roles from teaching, to coaching, to senior leadership. Most recently, Kim served on the senior leadership team at Fullbridge, an organization that provides professional readiness to young adults. During her time there as Head of Project Execution, she helped drive the organization through a time of expansion, growing the customer base, supporting international markets and increasing program offerings.
Prior to Fullbridge, Kim was Director of Admissions at Bay State College. While there, she increased student retention and graduation rates during a key time of transition for the College. She also supported several new degree programs and NEASC approvals.
Prior to Bay State College, Kim’s work spanned across K-12 institutions where she spent time in enrollment and teaching, as well as consulting to environmentally-focused companies.
Having grown up in a rural area where education was not forefront to the community and sharing a house with seven siblings, she now looks back on her college education and travels around the world with immense gratitude. Kim truly believes in the invaluable impact that an education and exposure to the world can have on an individual’s future.
In her spare time, Kim is always moving and can be found playing ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, gardening, or just about any activity that involves movement and fresh air.
Director of Admissions and Dean of Students
Susie has spent three decades in residential schools, most recently as Dean of Students at the United World College in New Mexico.
Susie Childs joins Winterline as the Dean of Students and Director of Admissions. She has spent three decades in residential schools, most recently as Dean of Students at the United World College in New Mexico. During her time at UWC-USA, she developed residential and academic processes that improved student welfare and performance while also handling discipline, travel, wellness, and crisis management. Prior to UWC-USA, Susie worked at the Dunn School in CA where as the Director of Leadership, she oversaw the Outdoor Education program, developed service projects and created international service trips for the school. She has also worked at The Governor’s Academy in MA and Westminster School in CT.
Susie stays active in both her professional and personal life. She completed the NOLS Outdoor Educators course, took an Outward Bound white water rafting course, and rode her bike across the country in 61 days. She has traveled to every state in the U.S. and to Europe and the Caribbean.
Susie earned her BS from the University of New Hampshire with an emphasis on Athletic training and Physical Education teaching. She earned an MA in Educational Administration from California Polytechnic Institute and is currently working on an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Associate Vice President of New Business Development
Ben is an alum of a self-designed gap year, during which he hiked the Appalachian Trail, worked in a variety of industries, and taught English in Peru.
Ben joins Winterline as an alum of a self-designed gap year, during which he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, worked in a variety of industries, taught English in rural Peru, and led outdoor education programs in New Hampshire and Maine. He then earned his degree in international relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Prior to joining Winterline, Ben led outreach efforts in New England for Rustic Pathways and managed programs for them in the Dominican Republic.
Ben is fluent in Spanish, and before joining the field of experiential education, taught at a primarily Dominican-American school outside of Boston.
When not talking with students about the benefits of global learning, Ben heads to the ocean or the mountains to hike, swim, ski, and camp as much as possible.
US & European Regional Director
Nick's passion for working with young adults grew out of teaching humanities, special education, math, science, and outdoor education.
Nick hails from Southwest Colorado where his passion for working with young adults grew out of teaching humanities, special education, math, science, and outdoor education at high performing, college-prep charter schools. His greatest strength as an educational mentor is his capacity to connect with individual students to uncover and empower the unique character abilities they already possess in order to make them successful as academics, leaders, and life-long learners.
Before coming to education, Nick’s own path through life was one of experiential learning, with time spent as an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, wildland firefighter, cattle rancher, and extensive world traveler.
Nick’s philosophy of personalized learning combined with compassionate, yet rigorous outcomes makes him an enthusiastic addition to the global educational scene. He recently finished a Masters in Educational Leadership and is interested in creating education for impact wherever he goes.
Nick has relocated himself to the Boston area as an anthropological experiment to learn better ways to build community, facilitate mind-blowing educational opportunities, and seek salvation through exercise and mindful living. He is deeply grateful to his parents, family and friends, for making life amazing.
Human Resources & Office Manager
Amy brings to Winterline her extraordinarily diplomatic skills for dealing elegantly with people of all walks of life.
Amy LeBlanc joins Winterline as our Human Resources & Office Manager. She has spent the past 20 years as the Personal Assistant to Jeet Singh, supporting him in wide variety of roles. She began working at Art Technology Group (ATG), a global Internet infrastructure company of over 1500 employees in 1996 as the Executive Assistant to the Co-Founders. After two years in this position, Amy was promoted to Head of Investor Relations during the busiest time in the firm’s history, while preparing for their IPO. Amy brings her extraordinary diplomatic skills for dealing elegantly with people of all walks of life, and her common sense approach to business dealings.
In 2005, she rejoined Jeet as the Operations Manager for Redstar Entertainment, a boutique music and entertainment business based in Boston, MA. Amy worked alongside the President, executing world music concert tours, CD release parties, and the daily schedule of the Singhs band.
Amy is raising her two teenage boys. She volunteers once a month at My Brothers Table and has assisted in the creative direction of their annual fundraiser. She has also been part of Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger for the past 5 years, a 22-mile walk to help provide people of all ages and cultures with reliable, sustainable access to nutritious food in the places they live, work, and learn.
Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator
Nora's experience living and studying in Granada, Spain created in her a belief in the power of international travel, and the importance of experiential education.
Nora joins Winterline as a recent graduate of the Honors College at the College of Charleston where she studied Spanish and Linguistics. During college, she lived and studied in Granada, Spain for five months. The experience was the highlight of her college career and created in her a belief in the power of international travel and the importance of experiential education.
After her semester abroad, Nora worked and volunteered in the Center for International Education on campus.
Nora also spent ten summers at summer camp, five of those as a counselor. For two of those summers she worked as the Ceramics Director on camp. In her spare time, Nora can be found in a pottery studio or exploring her new city.
Jess loves having the opportunity to watch students grow through outdoor education and experiential learning programs.
Jess recently graduated with her MA in Emerging Media Studies from Boston University. Prior to moving north she attended the University of Central Florida where she studied Human Communication and Marketing. Through her time at BU, Jess worked as Research Assistant where she managed digital content and social media for both the Division of Emerging Media Studies and the department’s Making Social Media Matter workshops.
This prior experience with emerging media, social media, and strategic communication, along with her love for new technology and communication, provided Jess with a great background to build upon at Winterline. She’s clearly passionate about her work, citing the learned importance of communication in creating healthy and successful relationships.
For the past nine years Jess has volunteered with teens and college students through programs with the YMCA. She loves having the opportunity to watch students grow through outdoor education and experiential learning programs. Career aside, Jess boasts herself as a full-time dog mom, and her pup Sven may be called an honorary member of the Winterline team, as well.
Regional Director for Latin America
Susu enjoys working on the nitty gritty logistical and administrative details that help students have wonderful, unforgettable experiences when traveling overseas.
Susu Gray is a US/Costa Rica dual citizen. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, USA, Susu made Monteverde, Costa Rica her home in 2001. She has worked in educational tourism for many years and enjoys working on the nitty gritty logistical and administrative details that help folks have wonderful, unforgettable experiences when traveling overseas.
When she’s not doing this, you’re likely to find Susu with her husband and two daughters doing something fun. Susu also loves dancing and salsa music. She holds a BFA from University of Arizona along with a Certificate in International Business.
Regional Director, Asia/ Director of Risk Management
Matt is passionate about student growth and believes that international experiences are ideal for developing the competency and initiative necessary to lead fulfilling lives.
Matt lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and has worked with several organizations facilitating in Cambodia, Vietnam, and India. Since moving to Cambodia, he has worked for National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) leading courses for university students and mountain guides in India, for SAGE leading cultural immersion trips in Cambodia and Vietnam, and as a Senior Facilitator for The Capacity Specialists in Phnom Penh facilitating workshops for Khmer business people in leadership, communication, and conflict management. He is conversational in Khmer and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia.
Before moving to Cambodia Matt worked for five years as director of the Experiential Education program at Johns Hopkins University. This program provided transformative experiences for students outside of the traditional classroom and gave student instructors the ability to develop skills in judgment, decision-making, interpersonal connection and facilitation.
Matt loves to explore. Since moving to Southeast Asia he has cycled more than 7,000 kilometers on roads in Cambodia and Vietnam, wandered paths through the Himalayas in Nepal and India, and has helped students learn new skills of self sufficiency in travel and exploration as they navigate the intricacies of bus and train travel in India.
Matt holds a master’s degree in Adventure Education with an emphasis on program management. He is passionate about student growth and believes that international experiences are ideal for developing the competency and initiative necessary to lead effective and fulfilling lives.
Ed is just as comfortable holding a hammer as he is a computer.
After meandering his way through the college landscape and ultimately stumbling on a philosophy degree, Ed eventually found his calling in New Hampshire at a small non-profit where he worked as a professional mentor for disadvantaged boys. There, he honed his skills as an outdoor educator, mentor, and manager during 15 years of service before being infected by the travel bug. He’s most recently pursued short-term jobs in faraway places, typically with a focus on youth or community development. He’s taught outdoor education in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. He’s organized and led service-learning trips in Nicaragua and Peru.
He’s served as a 5th grade teacher at an American school in Kuwait, and he’s managed the construction of a school building in rural Haiti. In his free time he likes to ride his bike, hike, swim, and canoe/kayak. When he’s feeling a bit less active, he enjoys playing his guitar or reading (ideally while lounging in a hammock in a faraway tropical locale). He’s just as comfortable holding a hammer as he is a computer, and he comes to Winterline excited for the opportunity to work with young people in their quest to develop a similarly wide-ranging set of real world life skills.
Patrick is happiest when his backpack is on and he is out exploring. He found his love of working with young adults during his travels by leading programs in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
Growing up in Truckee, California with the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain range right outside his back door sparked Patrick’s love for nature and being outside. He grew up chasing his two older brothers around the hiking trails and ski mountains, competing against them in everything from sports to who had to do the dishes that night. Patrick’s childhood, in the loving mountain community, shaped him into the person he is today.
After growing up in the mountains and snow Patrick decided to attend university in San Diego to enjoy sunshine and beaches. He graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Construction Engineering and countless leadership positions under his belt. Patrick took his leadership to the next level as Project Engineer and Manager on large construction projects in San Francisco for four years, but eventually succumbed to the travel bug and left his job to explore different cultures and the unknown.
Patrick is happiest when his backpack is on and he is out exploring…and we can’t blame him! He found his love of working with young adults during his travels leading programs in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Patrick is excited to join the Winterline family to combine his passions of travel, mentorship, and the love of life through the gap year program. With about a dozen student trips under his belt, Patrick is stoked to spend the next nine months traveling the globe with our gap year program and leading our students on amazing journey of self discovery.
The quote Patrick lives by is “the more you put into living, the more you get out of life.”
Not only does Sarah love traveling, but she loves working with young people and watching students grow into self-discovery along their journey.
Sarah can’t seem to sit still for long, as seen by her wealth of outdoors experience. Since 1996, Sarah’s been an equestrian instructor, and throughout her adventures thus far, she’s traveled and worked with both people and animals in a variety of ways. Sarah has trained as a dog handler in K-9 wilderness rescue techniques, worked as an advocate for victims of domestic and sexual assault, supported homeless and runaway youth, and joined the Peace Corps as a Healthcare promotion specialist in Kyrgyzstan.
Her work has brought her from leading vertical, kayaking, surfing, hiking, rafting, and caving activities in China and Vietnam, to instructing basecamp and hiking courses in California. She continued basecamp and kayak instruction in South Korea, and facilitated week-long trips in rural China.
Sarah has instructed backpacking expeditions and front country climbing trips in Seattle, and led both urban and canoe voyages for Outward Bound. She’s even spent time guiding trips of international school children in Indonesia and Australia!
Through these adventures, Sarah has become a Certified Wilderness First Responder, a PCGI Certified Single Pitch Climbing Guide, a RYS Yoga Instructor Certification, and a PADI Certified SCUBA Divers. Despite this impressive resume, there are still even more places Sarah is eager to discover, and experiences she’s excited to have, as a Field Advisor. Not only does Sarah love traveling, but she loves working with young people and watching the students grow into self-discovery along their journey, making her a perfect fit for the Winterline family.
Erica’s love for travel started after her first time leaving America for Europe. From then on, there was no stopping!
Since 2013, Erica has dedicated her time and talents to leading experiential education student groups through travel in the countries of Costa Rica, Ghana, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Between a few-month stint with Peace Corps in Cambodia and her degree in Spanish Writing and Literature, Erica is passionate about creating strong connections with cultures via their languages.
Erica’s love for travel started after her first time leaving America for Europe. From then on, there was no stopping! Throughout college she volunteered on medical missions in Peru, acting as a translator in the clinics and surgery rooms. She went to Uganda and helped in fundraising for the creation of an orphanage dedicated to bringing orphaned children off the streets of Kampala. She studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain in 2010, where she was able to take weekend trips to many neighboring countries.
After graduating from college, Erica went to live with her sister in Italy for 6 weeks before returning and taking a job as the assistant basketball coach at her university. Once the following summer hit and she found out that there were really jobs out there that paid you to travel with students (but really, this is a JOB?!), there was no turning back to normal routine!
In the rare times she’s back to her roots of Southern Oregon, Erica is definitely happiest when on constant adventures. Some of her other hobbies include photography, professionally eating any and all foods, basketball, bouldering, wine tasting, and being the “cool” auntie to her niece and nephews. Erica is beyond stoked to bring the stoke to Winterline’s Gap Year!
(One of her favorite places in the world is going to Crater Lake National Park, an hour or so from where she lives. Google it if you don’t know!)
Curriculum Design & Development
Sharon believes that both experiential education and international education are powerful tools to transform people.
Sharon has worked in education for over 25 years in a wide variety of capacities. Since 2006, she has had a variety of roles in the experiential education program at the United World College (UWC-USA), including Dean of Co-curricular Programs, IB CAS Coordinator, and Director of Community Engagement. She also teaches IB Geography, organizes annual school-wide extended field trip programs and advises students on summer and gap year placements.
Prior to going to UWC-USA, she worked at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, one of India’s top English-language private schools as a teacher, residential staff, and as development director. During her tenure, the school successfully initiated its largest ever capital campaign. She help fund the Hanifl Environmental and Outdoor Education Center at which the school’s experiential and service learning programs are based. She also taught social science, geography and computer science and led several service trips and treks in the Himalayas.
Sharon was born in Lebanon, grew up in Iran and India and has traveled extensively, most recently to Costa Rica as a Fulbright Global Study Abroad scholar to study sustainability in the context of the UN Millennium Development Goals. She believes that both experiential education and international education are powerful tools to transform people and equip them to work at both a local and global scale.
Sharon currently serves on several boards, including the Samaritan House (a poverty and homelessness agency), a local community center that she helped to found, and SAGE, Inc. (which runs international travel programs for students). She holds B.A.s in Geography and Economics from San Francisco State University and an MBA from University of New Mexico.
Dr. Sarah Rich
Sarah has volunteered as a doctor with World Medical Mission in Aswan, Egypt.
As Winterline’s Medical Director, Dr. Sarah Rich provides guidance and advises Winterline Global Education about student and field staff medical needs.
Dr. Sarah Rich got her medical degree in Buffalo, NY where she also spent several years specializing in emergency medicine with practice in several hospitals where she was able to tailor her clinical focus; trauma, rural, cardiovascular, and pediatric emergency medicine. Dr. Rich is board certified in emergency medicine and a member of the American Medical Association as well as the American College of Emergency physicians.
Currently Sarah is an attending physician at the Rutland Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, and actively volunteers at the free clinic in Rutland, VT. She had been director of a free clinic in Buffalo and a frequent volunteer at several Buffalo area free clinics. Additionally, Sarah has volunteered as a doctor with World Medical Mission in Aswan, Egypt, and has participated in a medicine-based academic program in Denmark, which included visits to hospitals in Poland and Germany.
Gary has dedicated himself for over 30 years to helping students overcome barriers to learning and growth in college/university counseling center settings
Gary has dedicated himself for over 30 years to helping students overcome barriers to learning and growth in college/university counseling center settings. His clinical specialties have included stress management, mood and anxiety disorders and life coaching/mentoring. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the State University of New York.
Gary was a staff member on Semester at Sea, an around-the-world voyage of discovery. He serves on the International Committee for the American Counseling Association (ACA). Recently, he teamed up with 2 other licensed mental health professionals to form P3 Mental Health Advisors, LLC. P3 serves in a training and consulting role to several Gap Year, Experiential Education and Service Learning programs.
Shealy is 2017 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology
Dr. Shealy works with the IBAVI’s Executive and Advisory Boards to lead and coordinate a wide range of scholarly, educational, and service projects and partnerships with individuals and organizations in the United States and internationally, including Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self, a multi-year, multi-institution research-to-practice summit series hosted by James Madison University, which will be featured in a forthcoming book edited by Dr. Shealy for Oxford University Press.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Shealy is 2017 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology, a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at James Madison University, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.