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Our Program Leaders get to know everyone in your group and stay engaged with you throughout your stay. You’ll always have a go-to person to help with whatever you need. We never rely on local tour operators. We do this to ensure the safety of our students – and the level of personal attention of this valuable experience.

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At CIEE we have an experienced and dedicated team, committed to ensuring your success on our programs through a consultative approach. Click here to contact any of our staff members.

Meet Our Team

Matt Redman

Vice President, Global High School & Teach Abroad Programs

Matt’s passion to bridge global cultures began with a trip to China just after high school on a trip led by one of his teachers. The trip provided lifelong friendships with both fellow students and Chinese cultural partners.

Since that experience, Matt has lived, studied, and worked in Spain, Chile, France, and the United States of America. Matt’s three host family experiences and numerous global friendships are an irreplaceable part of his life. Matt is excited to provide experiences that expand students’ horizons and open their minds to new possibilities. Matt dreams about helping future students overcome cultural barriers to create a more understanding, friendly, peaceful, and productive world.

Matt Redman

Laragh Kavanaugh

Director, Program Management

Laragh’s passion for learning about other cultures started after participating in an exchange program in High School living on a Native American reservation in Wyoming. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Prescott College in Arizona, Laragh traveled extensively around the world including leading high school and gap year programs in Ghana and India. During her time abroad, Laragh gained valuable insights about other cultures and about her own cultural identity. Laragh returned to her hometown, Portland, Maine, and accepted a position at CIEE supporting exchange student while they studied and worked abroad. After becoming a CIEE intercultural trainer and working for 8 years as the Manager and Director of the CIEE Support Department, Laragh is excited to share her leadership skills, her intercultural knowledge and her communication skills with the Global Navigator High School Abroad team. In her free time Laragh enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, playing with their dog Lucy, gardening and practicing yoga.

Laragh Kavanaugh

Peter Robbins

Operations Manager

Peter’s life was changed forever when he discovered the Dao De Jing, a book of ancient Chinese philosophy, in his high school library. It inspired him to study Chinese philosophy and history in college which in turn led him to study Mandarin in China. After graduating with a BA in Chinese language studies, Peter returned to China several times to lead educational travel programs for high school students and later to serve as the resident director of a college study abroad program in the city of Kunming. Before joining the CIEE Global Navigator team, Peter traveled 6,000 miles along the ancient Silk Road from China to Italy by bicycle. Peter is thrilled to be able to share his passion for learning, travel, and exploration to help more students achieve transformative experiences through study abroad.

Peter Robbins

Rachel Coffin

Senior Operations Coordinator

Rachel’s passion for travel began in high school, when she spent a month on the south island of New Zealand. The experience allowed her to gain a stronger sense of independence and an understanding of different lifestyles and cultures.

She has travelled internationally and has spent many hours in the car exploring the United States and Canada. Rachel is excited to help high school students have similar life changing and culturally enriching experiences while abroad.

Rachel, a native Mainer, returned to her home state after living in Colorado for a few years and attending college in New York. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, exploring the Maine coast, and spending time with her husband and their golden retriever.

Rachel Coffin

Anna Swoboda

Enrollment Coordinator

Anna worked in multiple departments at CIEE before participating on the Teach Abroad program in Thailand, where she taught English in a Thai high school. Though she misses her lovable students and the tropical climate, Anna was excited to join the High School & Gap Year Abroad Programs team in 2014.

Anna is passionate about helping students have meaningful international experiences and relishes every chance to explore new places and make connections around the world. Her favorite part of every day is hearing stories and seeing photos from students through their life-changing adventures.

Anna Swoboda

Hannah Pratt

Enrollment Coordinator

Hannah joined the Global Navigator team after participating on the CIEE Teach Abroad program in Thailand. While in Thailand she taught ESL to high school students in a small farming community. Hannah is excited to share her experiences and to help facilitate similar life-changing moments for high school students. Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, Hannah is an ultimate Frisbee superstar who just completed her first triathlon. She also enjoys metalsmithing, making jewelry, playing the guitar and spending time with her big, fluffy dog

Hannah Pratt

Anne Rothacker

Enrollment Coordinator

Anne helps high school students explore the world and bring new understandings back to their communities because she has seen the value of having international perspectives in the classroom firsthand as a student and as a high school teacher.

A graduate of the Bowdoin Teacher Scholars program, Anne was an advisor and teacher at a boarding school in Maine before joining the CIEE Global Navigator Team in 2016. When she is not planning her next travel or outdoor adventure, Anne enjoys writing, reading, and theater.

Anne Rothacker

Kerry Palleschi

International Studies Director

From an early age, Kerry – fittingly named for a county in Ireland – has been inspired by her travels across Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Her passion for cultural exchange, combined with a background in higher education and communication, positioned her well to listen to, and work with, families as they choose just the right study-abroad program and prepare their high school students for the experience.

Originally from Vermont, Kerry spent the early years of her career in the admissions office of St. Joseph's College, and now calls Maine home. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, reading, and visiting family around the country. She also looks for any opportunity to enjoy her favorite food: mofongo. (That’s a Puerto Rican fried plantain-based dish!)

Kerry Palleschi

Nicole Sprague

International Studies Director

Nicole lived off and on in Cairo, Egypt for 13 years. There, she worked for international non-profit organizations including: Amideast, Ford Foundation, Institute on International Education (IIE), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nicole grew up in Bath, Maine and returned to her home state after living in the Middle East. Finding CIEE in Portland landed her back in an organization that promotes international education and cultural understanding. Helping students and professionals through cultural exchanges has been a focus in all of her past positions and is something she will always find important.

Like a true Mainer, Nicole loves the great outdoors and took up snowboarding and skiing again. She hopes to get both her daughters, Seba Rose and Lily Mae, out on the slopes with her to embrace the beautiful winters.

Nicole Sprague

Natalie Elizondo

International Studies Director

Natalie Elizondo is an International Studies Director at CIEE. Her love of international education began with traveling to Europe where she studied for a semester in Madrid, Spain and as summer in London, England in College.

From then on she was hooked on traveling. She has traveled to over 17 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Natalie is also an alumni of the CIEE Teach Abroad program where she taught in Spain for two years. After two amazing years in Spain she decided it was time for a new adventure and headed to China to teach English. She is very passionate about helping students create their own experiences and adventures through studying abroad. Having worked previously with High School students and guiding them to an educational journey is what inspired her to start a career with CIEE. One of her favorite parts about being an International Studies Director is the chance to talk to students about international study opportunities and helping them begin their own journey abroad.

Natalie Elizondo

Kelly Britt

International Studies Director

Kelly’s curiosity for cultural exchange began at an early age, as her best friends growing up were from China, France and former Yugoslavia. From those international experiences, Kelly was inspired to study, live, volunteer and work in France, Mauritania, Italy, Malta, Australia and Ireland, as well as Hawaii and California. Kelly thrives on immersing herself in intercultural situations, learning and teaching languages (she has studied, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Farsi, Ancient Greek and Serbian and has taught English and Italian), and mentoring refugee populations in transitioning to new cultures (she volunteers as an Intercultural Trainer with Upwardly Global). Kelly is most at home when she is mixing languages, cultures, countries, cuisines and experiences daily bringing people together in support of understanding, awareness and collaboration across the globe.

Kelly Britt

Tim Rogers

International Studies Director

Tim’s curiosity for traveling abroad developed when he visited a friend studying abroad in Italy and visited another friend who was playing professional basketball in Portugal. He has seen firsthand how studying internationally has helped friends and family members grow academically, socially and in maturity. As a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, Tim wants to help students make the trip abroad to help develop a global citizen with an open minded perspective. As an International Studies Director working in Chicago, he has a passion for helping students think bigger and see beyond the Chicago landscape.

Tim Rogers

Megan McInturff

International Studies Director

After graduating from Old Dominion University with a degree in Health Education, Megan spend time teaching in rural villages outside of Lilongwe, Malawi. After leaving Africa, she volunteered in Chiang Mai, Thailand with women and children. Her experiences abroad cultivated a passion for international exchange and development. She returned home in 2010 and began working for CIEE on the J1 Work and Travel Program and has since transitioned to the High School Summer Abroad Program.

Megan is dedicated to encouraging and supporting students to study abroad to gain independence and global awareness. She is confident that studying abroad is one of the most inspiring and empowering experiences available to students.

Megan McInturff

Kelly Perry

International Studies Coordinator

Kelly's love for international education began with her own high school abroad experience. She returned from a six-week program in the United Kingdom with a new global perspective and could not wait for her next journey overseas.

She has since visited 17 countries for work and for fun, and she is always looking to add new stamps to her passport.

The relationships Kelly has built by living, working, and studying abroad have been some of the strongest in her life. Her favorite thing about working for CIEE is that it provides her the opportunity to help others foster similar connections and create lasting friendships and memories across cultures.

Kelly Perry

Grady Hogan

International Studies Coordinator

Grady joined CIEE’s High School and Gap team in 2015 after working in Youth Development roles in the U.S. and Vietnam. Grady’s love of international education and travel began while living abroad as child in England and was later solidified by studying abroad in Nepal and Bhutan in college.

In his travels Grady has cherished making human connections across seemingly incompatible cultures. Grady’s understanding of the world and his place in it has been hugely shaped by his time spent outside of the U.S. and he is excited that with CIEE he can help others have similar experiences.

Grady Hogan

Alexandra Nichols

International Studies Coordinator

After working for two years in CIEE’s Study Abroad department working with college students, Alex joined the High School & Gap Year Abroad team in 2016.

Her love of travelling, learning foreign languages, and immersing herself in new cultures started in high school when she participated in two exchange trips—the first to France and the second to Costa Rica. With a strong desire to improve her French, Alex spent a month during her freshman year of college studying in Paris, France and during her junior year she spent a semester studying and interning in Geneva, Switzerland. During her senior year of college, Alex decided to take a gap semester to return to France to teach English, living with a host family and tutoring three young children.

Alex is excited to be working with high school students, as she is eager to foster their passion and desire for studying abroad and immersing themselves in new languages and cultures.

Alexandra Nichols

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