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.
Cara Ferragamo Murray
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
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.
Nick was the first ever Field Advisor hired at Winterline and has helped grow the student experience as a direct mentor, curriculum specialist, regional director, and passionate supporter of everyone on the Winterline team.
Nick Manning’s life path has mirrored Winterline’s gap year in more ways than one. Born and raised in southwest Colorado, Nick choose a winding road that lead consistently back to the outdoors, mentorship, and personal challenge. His path has led him into the wilderness as an outdoor guide, firefighter, emergency medical technician, conservation specialist, and logger.
Nick has interspersed this path of a hands-on approach to life, including building houses and running a cattle ranch, with a rich intellectual and creative life. Nick’s path in to education came after a trip to Bangladesh and India, where he made an award-winning documentary film on an emerging environmental refugee crisis in the Ganges river delta.
Upon returning home to Colorado, the call came to support a new hometown charter school in the form of a long-term substitute teacher for 6th-grade math and science. Never backing down from a challenge, Nick said yes and fell in love with empowering young people. As a classroom teacher in 6th, 10th grade, and special education, to policy work with the Gates Foundation, Nick went head first into his passion and came out the other side as a member of the foundational team at Winterline.
Nick was the first ever Field Advisor hired at Winterline and has helped grow the student experience as a direct mentor, curriculum specialist, regional director, and passionate supporter of everyone on the Winterline team. Nick’s true passion is now hiring and mentoring the amazing field staff that mentor young adults into passionate and inspired human beings.
Chief Risk Officer
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 is based in South East Asia and has worked with several organizations facilitating programs in the region. He has also worked for National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) leading courses for university students and mountain guides in India.
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 the region, 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.
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 is a 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 the city.
Director of Student Services
Ashley is a strong believer in the power of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone whether that be international travel or a wilderness environment in pursuit of personal growth.
Ashley has been working closely with young adults and families since 2010. After earning her BA in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College, she has dedicated her career to mentoring young people in identifying their passions and pursuing their goals. She has a strong ability to connect with others and to build relationships that balance fun and depth. She is confident managing student groups in diverse environments from remote backcountry settings to international travel.
Having worked as a Senior Field Guide and staff mentor in wilderness therapy she worked closely with adolescents and young adults in overcoming their challenges and guiding them to live a more authentic and successful life. Ashley was a Field Advisor for Winterline in 2016-2017 and knows our program well having lived alongside our students for the full duration of the program. She understands the challenges that students often go through and appreciates the value of a skills-based program that balances community support and independence.
Living in Durango Colorado in the four corners region of the US, Ashley is often exploring the diverse landscapes of the southwest. When not in the office she is likely to be whitewater rafting, skiing, or backpacking through various mountain and desert settings.
She appreciates the saying, “Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” This speaks to her value of enjoying the present moment, as it is. Having studied yoga and meditation, mindfulness and gratitude are values she holds highly, and loves to help others to live life to the fullest.
One of her greatest strengths is in fostering meaningful relationships with young adults that balance leadership and accountability with gentle support. She is a strong believer in the power of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone whether that be international travel or a wilderness environment in pursuit of personal growth.
Director of Outreach and Recruitment
Erica’s love for travel started in high school after her first time leaving America for Europe. Since then, she's spent time in another country at least once a year!
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! It has been nonstop adventure ever since.
Erica completed a 9 month season of Field Advising for Winterline (2017-18) and brings our internal team a wealth of knowledge as the Director of Outreach and Recruitment. She will be spending her time traveling throughout the states and talking with students, faculty, and other interested individuals about what Winterline has to offer. If you have any questions about the gap year program itself, she is a great resource!
Director of Programs
Eileen believes that learning happens more easily & naturally when not in a classroom, and she is committed to changing how young adults pursue life after high school.
Eileen is an educator, engineer and creative, with an endless desire to see the world from new perspectives. Her first true travel experiences in Peru & Kenya made a lasting impression that revealed the value of leaving home. After working on a number of international water systems, she felt drawn towards using technology and education rather than engineered systems to empower people.
She finished her BS in environmental engineering and went on to get her MS in Library & Information Systems. Along the way, she discovered her love for designing and leading education experiences. The first course she taught was a creativity and design thinking course in the college of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Since then she has been seeking out, and creating, unique learning experiences for students.
She led a design thinking course for a gap year program in the Panamanian rainforest, taught engineering and physics to high school students, designed team dynamics training programs, and led a trip on social innovation in Ecuador. She believes learning happens more easily and naturally when not in a classroom and is committed to changing how young adults pursue life after high school.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she has made her home in Colorado. She loves the access to far reaching wilderness, unconventional friends, and the slot canyons in Utah. She also likes to dance, climb, swim, read, handstand, host elaborate dinner parties, and most recently code.
Allison's studies in Advertising and love for travel led her to Winterline as an intern in college, but the company's work and people are what brought her back as the Marketing Coordinator after graduation.
Allison graduated from Boston University with a BS in Communication Specializing in Advertising and a minor in Women’s Studies. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she’s eager for the chance to travel as much as her colleagues have. Allison did a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, where she got to see koalas and kangaroos, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, and attempt to learn how to surf. Most recently, Allison returned from a post-graduation trip to Cuba!
Allison loves writing, and admits she sometimes wishes she had been an English major. Outside of work, Allison volunteers at an animal shelter and spends plenty of time with her own dog, Murphy. Using social media is one of her favorite pastimes, and travel is one of her biggest aspirations, meaning she fits in well on the Winterline marketing team.
Country Director for Panama
Gabriela believes in providing meaningful travel experiences that allow students to learn about other cultures and places while they encounter the process of learning more about themselves.
Gabriela is based in Panama City, Panama where she works as a management consultant for different organizations that want to implement programming within the region. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Panama and a Master’s degree from Ball State University, Indiana, studies she was able to conduct by earning a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. While studying her Masters, Gabriela became primarily interested in the implementation of socially responsible architecture projects within the poorest dwellers.
In her research project, From Rural to Urban: Studying Informal Settlements in Panama, she aims to investigate how the large percentage of the population that can´t afford the services of architects and building professionals manage to formally/informally build their living spaces, and in consequence shape their cities.
This passion for understanding the ways of non-conventional architecture design led her to search for opportunities in the nonprofit sector and finding her true passion for sustainable development.
She holds a certificate degree in Nonprofit Management and recently earned accreditation to teach Architecture Design at the University of Panama. Through the years, she has had the opportunity of managing the travel experience of over 3,000 student visitors and believes in providing meaningful travel experiences that allow students to learn about other cultures and places while they encounter the process of learning more about themselves. When she is not busy preparing and setting up programming she enjoys travelling with her family, going to the beach and swimming.
Jeff is a Wilderness First Responder, Rescue SCUBA diver, Red Cross Lifeguard, and has a diversity of experience and professional training in the field of experiential education.
Jeff got his first taste of international travel while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. While there, he found himself consistently impressed with the program staff and wondered how he might one day facilitate similarly eye-opening experiences for young adults. Jeff’s desire to be an adventurer and educator led him first to life on a small island off the coast of California where he instructed marine science to middle and high school students.
Since California Jeff has led life-changing student programs from remote pacific island villages, to cobblestoned European streets, Caribbean reefs, the vast and varied landscapes of central and south America, and most recently to the streams and towns of ancient Asia.
Steeped in the belief that global citizenship is a young person’s ticket to the future, Jeff is looking forward to inspiring passion, building community, and supporting the Winterline squad on their path to self-discovery through the journey of a lifetime.
James, a returning FA, has devoted the past few years to working in experiential education, with a passion for introducing others to the same transformative nature of adventure, travel and the great outdoors that shaped who he is today.
From a young age, James was instilled with a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world when his parents began regularly inviting foreign exchange students to live with them each year. Despite only first leaving the US when he was 16, growing up at his home in rural Maryland was its own daily travel experience, hearing stories about being raised in the Soviet Union, the smells of Indian food being cooked from the kitchen, and practicing phrases in Thai around the dinner table. Those first introductions into the power of expanding and challenging one’s worldview and the beauty of the Earth’s cultural diversity, would shape his passions and career choices for the rest of his life.
At Salisbury University, James pursued a dual degree in journalism and international studies. He studied abroad for a semester in Tanzania at the University of Dar es Salaam majoring in African studies, learning Swahili, and living with a local family. He later studied abroad in India.
After graduation, James went on to work in Washington, D.C., for an advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease by raising public awareness and lobbying political representatives to support lifesaving and sustainable foreign aid programs in Africa, and the developing world. While working there, he was sent on assignment to South Africa and Zambia as a part of a listening-and-learning convoy to report on U.S.-funded foreign aid projects in the field.
For nearly a decade now, James has worked in experiential education, with a passion for introducing others to the transformative nature of adventure, travel and the great outdoors, which shaped who he is today. He has lead trips on four continents, at home and abroad, from character building and leadership-focused outdoor programs for schools in Southern California, service trips with the National Parks Service, safari adventures and cultural explorations in East Africa, and educational journeys for companies like The New York Times and National Geographic. James is returning this spring for his second year with Winterline.
Dr. Ivor Garlick
Dr. Garlick's experiences with primary care, administration and leadership skills make us proud to call him the Medical Director for IGE.
Dr. Ivor Garlick is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He has run his private practice since 1981. Dr. Garlick has served as Medical Director of Impact Global Education (legacy ThinkImpact) since 2007.
For the past 25 years, he has worked as a physician and administrator while Medical Director for a health care company that provides comprehensive health care to jails and prisons across the United States. In these roles, he has, directly and indirectly, provided primary care services to thousands of inmates and he has played an integral part in developing policies and protocols for correctional health services nationwide. He has been a leader and mentor to physicians, mid-level providers, and nurses throughout his career.
Dr. Garlick graduated medical school in South Africa where he worked as a doctor for several years, including training at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto Township, the third largest hospital in the world. Before he immigrated to the United States where he completed his studies, he worked at hospitals in Amsterdam and London. His experiences in Africa, Europe, and the United States have given him the opportunity to understand how medicine is practiced in different parts of the world.
Dr. Garlick’s commitment as a physician is to the continuous improvement in quality care, prevention and safety in medicine. His experiences with primary care, administration, and leadership of complex health care systems provide innumerable insights as medical director for IGE in our efforts to provide safe health care services to our students.
Nathan Kumar Scott
Founding 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).
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.