meet eeabroad's experienced and passionate global educators
Founder and Director
Claire’s parents met on a year-long expedition around the world, so she often says that her travel bug is genetic. Since graduating from Gettysburg College, she has independently traveled to over 30 countries. In Argentina, she worked for a local television production company and in Spain, she completed her M.A. in Spanish linguistics (Middlebury College). Over the past four years, Claire has coordinated the cultural travel of more than 1,600 participants to Cuba. When she isn’t in the office or on the road attending to present and designing future programs, she’s out on the water in her kayak or hiking in the hills of western Massachusetts.
Gisella's passion for study abroad began when she spent a year in Italy while earning her B.A. in Italian and Art History. She attended graduate school at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Embassy of Italy before entering the field of International Education. Over the last decade, Gisella has worked at universities in Florida, New York and Washington, as well for study abroad program providers. In her free time you will find Gisella outside exploring and enjoying the nature of New England.
Cuba Country Director
Alejandro grew up listening to both his father’s travel tales of sleeping in the vineyards of Southern France and his mother’s 1970’s Salsa LP records - its no wonder he cultivated a passion for travel and music early on. After backpacking extensively internationally, Alejandro first visited Cuba in 2010 and has since spent a combined three years working, studying, and living in Cuba. In 2014, he studied as a vocalist at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba and also holds a degree in Ethnomusicology from Goddard College. Alejandro has a particular interest in the island’s African heritage and is known to frequent establishments featuring Havana’s most talented musicians and dancers.
Cuba Program Manager
Berit grew up traveling to remote areas of the world because of her father's work as a geologist. During these travels, she became particularly interested in Latin America and the Caribbean. She spent a semester studying abroad in Havana and another semester studying on the US/Mexico border. She completed a Master's degree focusing on immigration and refugee studies in Europe, living in the Netherlands, Spain, and Latvia. She loves animals and has a dog named Wati. When she is not working or traveling, she loves being in the outdoors, especially canoeing and camping in northern Minnesota and Canada.
Academic Advisory Board
The EEAbroad Academic Advisory Board members provide guidance and contribute to the development and academic quality of EEAbroad programming. Members of the Board have experience in developing and organizing study abroad programming.
Associate Professor, Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Mercedes Fernández Isla
Middlebury College, School in Spain
Michael W. dean
Associate Director, Office of Study Abroad
Old Dominion University