With a degree in Natural Resource Management and a deep admiration for the outdoors, Carly believes the world is our classroom and the most effective type of education is through experience. Carly started working with GLA in 2010 and spent 4 consecutive summers abroad directing GLA programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Carly has been deeply moved by the transformation that occurs when one extends themselves beyond their borders and she works every day to ignite that passion while increasing empathy for every student and staff member who passes on through our programs each year.
Chris holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. Chris previously worked in brand management at The Procter and Gamble Company and as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He has also consulted to the Broad Foundation, one of the leading educational foundations in the United States, and taught economics and physics at Oundle School, one of the leading coeducational boarding schools in England. Most recently, Chris co-founded the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a high school based in Johannesburg, South Africa that seeks to transform Africa by developing a network of ethical leaders and outstanding scholars.
Jessica has always had passion for leadership development and initiating personal change as she is proud to be a first generation college graduate. Her passion for international education and social entrepreneurship stems from various experiences studying, living and working abroad, as well as years of experience operating and managing international programs in developing countries for GLA. Jessica is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she studied history, anthropology and Spanish. She believes in the genuine inspiration and transformation of the next generation through authentic, international learning experiences abroad.
Rika Ayotte holds a BA in History and American Indian Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in Museum Administration along with an MBA in non-profit management from John F. Kennedy University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Discover Your Forest, an Oregon based non-profit who partners with US Forest Service to connect people to their Public Lands. Rika has previously worked in marketing and programs for GLA. In her free time she enjoys camping, travelling and spending time with her family outdoors.
Debra grew up in Kenya and is passionate about connecting people across borders. For the past 18 years, she has designed and facilitated domestic and global service-learning programs focused on sustainable communities, wellness, food and agriculture, nutrition education and youth leadership. Debra is an international development consultant and has collaborated with a wide range of nonprofits and schools working to enhance their capacity, management, and outreach. She has a love for the outdoors and passion for adventure. She has served GLA as an International Director in both Ghana & Tanzania.