About

Home Office Staff

Our highly responsive, passionate, and mission-focused team believes in the educational mission of Semester at Sea and quality education abroad.

About Us

Semester at Sea employs a staff dedicated to global education.

Many of our staff sailed on Semester at Sea during their college years or as voyage faculty or staff. While many of our staff are local to our Fort Collins, CO office, we also have several staff members working remotely across the U.S. Meet our team below!

Semester at Sea’s headquarters in Fort Collins, CO

Senior Leadership Team

Scott Marshall
President and CEO

Scott, his wife, and their two kids sailed on the Spring 2017 voyage. During that time he learned about a position at ISE. With good fortune smiling, he joined ISE in October 2017. In January 2022, Scott became the President and CEO. Before joining ISE, Scott was a Professor of Management at Portland State University. While at PSU, Scott held numerous leadership roles, led study abroad programs to Asia and the Middle East and taught short-courses in a wide range of countries, such as Cambodia, Colombia, Russia and Serbia. His life-long commitment to global education and travel was born out of a study abroad program in Japan as an undergraduate. Outside of work, Scott is happiest hanging out with his family and friends, spending time in the outdoors and planning the next grand adventure.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Scott has a Ph.D. in International Business from the University of Oregon, earned a Master of International Management from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from Willamette University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Remaining bucket list items include hiking Kilimanjaro, Patagonia and the Incan Trail and exploring the Cenotes of Pre-Aztec culture, Moorish ruins in Spain and Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka.
Bobby Barber
Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Finance
Bobby Barber
Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Finance

Bobby Barber (he/him) started at ISE in September, 2008. He has served in various roles within the accounting and finance team before becoming CFO. He grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia (Go Beavers!). Due to growing up in small town Appalachia, he has learned the value in traveling the world and exposure to different cultures. He seeks to promote experiential learning any opportunity he gets. Outside of work, he likes to remain physical through various activities such as weightlifting, hiking, paddle boarding, biking, participating in obstacle races, and running in local races. He uses this physical activity to compensate for his other pastime-craft beer! He is an avid College Basketball fan and also never turns down a good lazy day watching his favorite movies or TV shows.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Bobby earned his Masters in Business Administration from Colorado State University and his BS in in Business (emphasis in accounting) from Concord University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Central America
Michelle Dietz
Vice President of Human Resources

Michelle Dietz started her adventure with Semester at Sea in 2015. She was hired as one of the first employees based in the Fort Collins office during the transition from the University of Virginia to Colorado State University. Prior to joining ISE, Michelle had over ten years of previous HR-related experience. She was an elementary school teacher for a period of 8 years. Michelle and her partner, Tim, live in Fort Collins, CO. Michelle has two adult children, Nick and Lauren. She loves spending time with family, hiking, and cooking.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Michelle earned her BA in Industrial Psychology from Metro State College of Denver.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Santorini, Greece
Jason Hughes
Vice President of Marketing & Recruiting
Jason Hughes
Vice President of Marketing & Recruiting

Jason oversees marketing, communications and recruiting for Semester at Sea, working alongside Kelly Wilkinson and the Regional Directors to build strong relationships with study abroad offices, universities, and prospective students and parents. Prior to joining ISE in July, Hughes was the Chief Marketing Officer at Colorado School of Mines and has held similar roles at the University of Northern Colorado and Beloit College. In 2008, Hughes sailed aboard our previous ship, the MV Explorer, while serving Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
Laura Strohminger
Vice President of Student Affairs
Laura Strohminger
Vice President of Student Affairs

Laura Strohminger has been connected to the Semester at Sea program for over 20 years, sailing as a Resident Director on the Fall 2001 Voyage. The experience transformed her life and led her on a path of exploring the world and the role she plays in it as an educator. Laura served in the Peace Corps in Mongolia and lived in northern India for a year. She returned to sail as the Assistant Dean of Student Life on the Spring 2010 Voyage and the Dean of Student Life on the Fall 2016 Voyage. She joined the ISE team in June of 2016.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Laura earned a MA College Student Personnel.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    India
Mary Vogl
Chief Academic Officer
Mary Vogl
Chief Academic Officer

Prior to joining Semester at Sea, in August 2022, Dr. Vogl served as a Professor of French in the College of Liberal Arts at CSU. Her research focused on North, Central, and West African relations between literature and the arts, photography and representation, and minority cultures in France. She has published extensively including books, journal articles, and book chapters. Dr. Vogl also served as the Academic Dean for Semester at Sea on the Fall 2018 voyage and served as an Interport Lecturer aboard the ship in 2016. Dr. Vogl is responsible for leading the ISE Academic Affairs department in hiring voyage faculty and academic staff, developing robust approaches to assessment of learning & continuing to drive the improvement of the overall academic quality of the Semester at Sea program.

  • Home Base
    Colorado

Home Office Team

Sanjay Advani
IT Manager
Sanjay Advani
IT Manager

Sanjay started his professional life as a scientist, studying ecology in the framework of global change. After seeing what a mess professional scientists were making of their data, he shifted focus to data systems management. Through a career in consulting, the federal government, and now Semester at Sea, Sanjay has tried to to connect the data within an organization to the story the users are trying to tell. In his spare time, Sanjay is often just trying to keep up with the comings and goings of his two sons and wife, fitting in some biking, soccer and being outside in any way shape or form along the way.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Sanjay earned his MSc in Ecology from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Mountains anywhere
Kaley Anderson
Manager of Operations and Logistics
Kaley Anderson
Manager of Operations and Logistics
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Kaley earned her MA in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver and her BA in English from the University of Mississippi.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Central and South America
Sara Karen Arlin
Senior Director of Academic Programs
Sara Karen Arlin
Senior Director of Academic Programs
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Sara attended Boston University & Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Japan
JonEll Ashbrook
Controller

JonEll Ashbrook started working at ISE in December 2019 and moved to Fort Collins from the Denver area in the summer of 2020. She has worked in finance for over sixteen years with experience that spans for-profit, government, and non-profit accounting. She leads ISE’s exceptional finance team in a fun, challenging environment to ensure accuracy and timeliness of financial information. JonEll loves to read, write, listen to music, and travel in her spare time when she’s not enjoying Fort Collins’ various breweries and restaurants while spending time with her family. She has two daughters that currently go to Colorado State University and three cats and a husband at home that keep her happily busy and inspired!

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    JonEll earned her BA in Accounting from Regis University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Paris, France and all of Ireland
Danielle Basile
Director of Financial Aid

Danielle joined the ISE team in November of 2020. She is a dedicated Financial Aid Professional with 18 plus years of experience delivering outstanding service to students. Thrives in fast-paced and ever-changing business environments. She has extensive experience working with and technical knowledge of student financial aid programs. Danielle is a current member of NASFAA and continues to keep up on all federal regulation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, gardening and coaching baseball.

  • Home Base
    Oregon
  • Education
    Danielle earned her BS in Business and BA in Sociology from Southern New Hampshire University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    While traveling in Spain, I discovered one of my favorite places so far, Sitges. It is a little coastal town with beautiful Mediterranean beaches and cool local shops.
Melissa Bingler
Director of Philanthropy
Melissa Bingler
Director of Philanthropy

Melissa Bingler began her career at ISE in February 2013. She never sailed a full voyage, but has been on numerous partial voyages. Her daughter, Annie, sailed as a student in Fall 2014 and is trying to figure out how to get on another! Melissa truly enjoys meeting alumni of SAS and hearing their stories. It is the best part of her job. She lives on a small farm in Virginia with horses, chickens, dogs and cats. Her day starts early!

  • Home Base
    Virginia
  • Education
    Melissa earned her BS in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Safari or Cape Town, South Africa
Karen Browne
Senior Accountant
Karen Browne
Senior Accountant
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Karen has a BS of Accountancy.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Anywhere, anytime!
Brooke Buchan
Multimedia Coordinator

Brooke Buchan (she/her) manages the multimedia content and strategy behind Semester at Sea’s branding and video storytelling. She sailed as the shipboard videographer in Spring 2022, and previously worked in multimedia strategy and videography roles for different departments at Colorado State University. She is passionate about the experience Semester at Sea offers and crafting content to drive global brand awareness. You can most often find her traveling, cooking with friends, or photographing and filming creative projects in her free time.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Brooke earned a BA in Journalism and Media Communications from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Croatia and Scotland
Lisa Chesson
Student Support Services Advisor
Lisa Chesson
Student Support Services Advisor

Lisa has been with ISE for almost five years. Prior to working here she had not heard of Semester at Sea before. She sailed on the Fall 2016 voyage and was excited to join the team after sailing. Being part of a team that creates these life changing voyages is inspiring. Lisa works with students to help them prepare for a journey of a lifetime. She knows what it takes to prepare for one of these voyages. There are always a lot of questions that come up and that’s where she can help. When not working with students she spends her time daydreaming about her next travel adventure.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Lisa has a degree in Hotel and Resort Management.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Any place that has a warm sandy beach!
Whitney Cohen
Regional Director of Enrollment (Midwest & International)
Whitney Cohen
Regional Director of Enrollment (Midwest & International)

Admissions Region: International Students + Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Whitney Cohen joined ISE in Fall 2021 after working in international student admissions for 7 years. Originally from California, she studied abroad in the UK and Tanzania during college and loves helping students achieve their own study abroad goals. While she’s no stranger to living out of a suitcase (or backpack!) she loves coming home to the Midwest and the fur-filled house she shares with her dog and 2 cats.

  • Home Base
    Michigan
  • Education
    Whitney earned a MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in International Studies from University of Evansville.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Kigali, Rwanda
Lianne Dauplaise
Executive Support Coordinator
Lianne Dauplaise
Executive Support Coordinator

Lianne Dauplaise has been with ISE since November 2021. She moved to Colorado from Massachusetts after falling in love with the Front Range during a summer road trip. Prior to joining the ISE team, she spent her summers working at the Colorado State University Mountain Campus. Between the Mountain Campus and ISE she has found a love and passion for supporting hands-on and experiential learning opportunities. Lianne is so happy to work with ISE and to support its mission! While in her free time she will take any opportunity to head into the mountains, whether it’s snowboarding, hiking, climbing or just putting up a hammock by the river, her favorite activity is spending time with the dogs in her life.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Lianne earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Barcelona, Spain
Phillip DuVentre
Student Affairs Program Manager

Phillip DuVentre (he/him/his) began his career at ISE last year, 2021. He sailed as Assistant Dean of Students on Spring ’22 voyage after having sailed as a Resident Director on Spring ’17 and Spring ’20 voyages respectively. He has worked in Student Life in a variety of roles including residential life, traditional study abroad, international education, and served as a Posse Mentor. He does diversity consulting and presented at several conferences including Diversity Abroad, ACPA(American College Personnel Association), and ACSD(Association of Christians in Student Development). Phillip enjoys watching and playing athletic competitions, riding his vintage tandem bike, driving, and pranking incoming telemarketing cold calls.

  • Home Base
    California
  • Education
    Phillip eared his MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University and his BA in Business Administration from Murray State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Miami, Florida
Koty Erdmann
Manager of International Field Programs
Koty Erdmann
Manager of International Field Programs

Koty Erdmann started at ISE in late 2015. After serving three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia and attending graduate school in Vermont, Koty merged a love of geography, cultures, and spreadsheets(!) into a position with the Field Programs department. When not making arrangements with tour operators, building out Field Programs in the registration portal, or chatting with prospective voyagers to help them decide what to see and do in country, Koty bounces between a variety of different hobbies. These have included experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, volunteering doing trail work or eco restoration activities, authentic relating, archery, ‘trying’ to read for pleasure, and learning to play the mandolin.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Koty earned her MA in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT), her BA in Anthropology from CU Boulder, and her AA from Front Range Community College.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Chile – The Atacama Desert is one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever been!
Whitney Grist
Director of Participant Success
Whitney Grist
Director of Participant Success

Whitney (she/her) is a two-time alumna of Semester at Sea, having sailed on the Spring 2006 Voyage as a student & the Spring 2015 Voyage in a staff role as the Advancement Coordinator. Following the Spring 2015 Voyage, Whitney began working for the organization as the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement and then transitioned in 2018 to be the Director of Lifelong Learning. Whitney is passionate about the mission of the program and believes that Lifelong Learners are a critical part of the inter-generational shipboard community. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband, son, and two dogs.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Whitney earned her BA in Sociology from the University of San Diego.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Tokyo, Japan
Tracey Hammond
Administrative Assistant, Student Services
Tracey Hammond
Administrative Assistant, Student Services

Tracey Hammond has been with ISE since September 2021. She enjoys chatting with students, parents, and anyone who needs a live advisor through the SAS Chat on our website as well as helping out wherever needed. Tracey has a passion for creating and editing training documents and loves to help others navigate through new systems. Outside of the office, Tracey enjoys reading, playing games on her phone and has read and watched “Lord of the Rings” multiple times. She has two kids in college and a “Covid” puppy, Kaya, who was adopted through a rescue organization in Colorado. Kaya helped her family by keeping them entertained with her puppy antics during the pandemic and they can’t imagine their lives life without her.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Metropolitan State University – BA
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Any place warm!
Nadine Johnston
Accounting Associate
Nadine Johnston
Accounting Associate
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Nadine earned her Master of Accountancy from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Scotland
Brenda Legard
Senior Accountant
Brenda Legard
Senior Accountant

Brenda Legard has been with ISE since March 2007 fulfilling various roles in the finance department through her 15 year ISE career. Brenda is a nerdy accountant that loves to dive deep into data research to solve a difficult reconciliation. Brenda enjoys the great outdoors and her hobbies include hiking, gardening, home improvement projects, spending time with her grown children and of course traveling!

  • Home Base
    Virginia
Amy Lepp
Regional Director of Enrollment (West)
Amy Lepp
Regional Director of Enrollment (West)

Admissions Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Amy embarked on her journey with SAS in 2018, sailing on the Spring and Fall 2019 voyages as the Assistant Director of Field Programs. Having had the best experience on the ship, she returned to ISE in 2021 to join the Enrollment team. Amy’s love for international adventures and experiential learning has taken her around the world, from facilitating service-learning programs in Tanzania, England, the Galapagos, and Alaska; working at international events like the World’s Fair and U.S. Open; leading wine tours on the California Central Coast; and making magic at the Walt Disney World resort. While not working, Amy enjoys hiking, singing, tennis, line dancing, spending time in nature, and snuggling cats. And traveling of course!

  • Home Base
    California
  • Education
    Amy earned her MS in Counseling from California State University, Fresno and her BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Montafon, Austria
Kate Lilly
Director of Student Support Services
Kate Lilly
Director of Student Support Services

Kate Lilly has been a part of the Semester at Sea team since 2019. Her connection and love for the program started back on the Spring 2007 voyage. Her experience as a student sparked her career in international education and she returned as a staff member in the Field Office on the Spring 2018 voyage. Kate is passionate about helping students access transformative experiences through travel, and enjoys photography, and hiking with her dog Dax in Colorado!

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Kate earned her BA in Psychology from University of San Diego.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Urubamba, Peru
Jesse McCauley
Junior Systems Administrator
Jesse McCauley
Junior Systems Administrator
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
  • Favorite Travel Destination
Gretta Mincer
Field Programs Coordinator
Gretta Mincer
Field Programs Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her

Gretta Mincer (she/her) recently joined the ISE team after working in higher education student engagement and teaching Leadership & Social Change courses for nearly two decades. She enjoys working with students and colleagues to advance and support learning happening inside, alongside, and outside the classroom and is looking forward to expanding this knowledge to consider a global and floating campus. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on the water–on a raft, on a river, with family, friends, and often, her dog Molly.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Gretta earned a Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration with a Minor in Business from Oregon State University and a BS in Social Science from the University of Wyoming.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Playa Avellana, Costa Rica
Jennie Lee Montgomery
Social Media Manager/Copy Editor
Jennie Lee Montgomery
Social Media Manager/Copy Editor

Jennie Lee Montgomery joined the ISE in October 2022. With a background in marketing for colleges and student living communities, she is excited to continue working in higher education with a one-of-a-kind experience like Semester at Sea! Professionally, Jennie has a passion for capturing meaningful experiences and sharing these stories through creative content on social media. When she’s not creating behind the screen, she’s cheering on the Clemson Tigers, traveling to NYC to catch a Broadway musical, or finding the best matcha latte in a new city. She also enjoys playing competitive tennis, slowly learning new instruments, and spending time with her mini-golden doodle named Bear!

  • Home Base
    South Carolina
  • Education
    Jennie earned her B.A. in English and minors in Education and Leadership from Winthrop University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    New York City
Candace Patrick
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Candace Patrick
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Candace Patrick (she/her) began her career at ISE in summer 2010. After having sailed as a student on the Spring 2007 Voyage, coming to work for Semester at Sea has been a full-circle experience! She has presented at several conferences including NAFSA regional conferences and Diversity Abroad. Candace also founded and served as 4-year chair for ISE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is HubSpot certified in Email Marketing, Marketing Software, and Sales Software. Outside of the office, Candace enjoys binging her favorite TV shows, writing, producing indie films, and fighting with her cat for the most comfortable seat in her apartment. The cat usually wins.

  • Home Base
    California
  • Education
    Candace earned her BA in Screenwriting with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    It’s a tie between Ghana, Brazil, Vietnam, and India!
Jodi Reesman
Human Resources Manager

Jodi Reesman is a 17-year study abroad professional. She has advised students, managed study programs, developed international relationships, and directed scholarship monies. In 2016, she joined ISE as Director of Academic Administration. Now, she serves colleagues across the organization from within the HR team. Motivated by efficiency and driven by data, Jodi builds systems. Fulfilled by connection, she is people minded. Together, the two comprise her profession and passion. As an undergraduate – inspired by her German exchange experience in high school – Jodi studied abroad at the University of South Australia. She has independently backpacked overseas and served as a volunteer abroad. Jodi remains an avid traveler and continues to be equally terrible at packing and unpacking her bags.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Jodi earned her MS in Corporate & Organizational Communication (Leadership) and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Iceland
Alex Ryan
Junior Systems Administrator

Alex Ryan ( He/Him/His) served as Treasurer for Colorado State University’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery his senior year. He also helped his team make it to the national semi-finals in the Winward Artificial Intelligence competition the same year. After graduating from CSU in 2016, Alex dabbled in various tech and alternative energy roles. Alex started his career at ISE in the summer of 2022 and is excited to be working in higher education. He maintains multiple side projects for free Computer Science education and White Hat global security efforts. He is an avid snowboarder, hacky sack enthusiast, and Minecrafter. When he’s not talking to machines he’s trying to keep up with his two little kiddos (also future White Hat Computer Scientists).

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Alex earned a BS in Applied Computing Technology with a minor in Business Administration and a Certificate in Cyber Security from Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Monte Verde, Costa Rica
Vance Sherwood
Senior Graphic Designer

Vance came to ISE in spring 2019 after working for Colorado State University for 12 years. CSU is Semester at Sea’s Academic Partner. He has rebranded the visuals of Semester at Sea to the current state and has enjoyed the process and outcomes of that. “I feel thankful to be able to do something creative every day.” You can find Vance in the mountains on his free time, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, trail running, boating, and stand up paddleboarding. He has three kids and an Aussie Collie mix dog who enjoy many outdoor activities together.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Vance attended Colorado State University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Various state and national parks
Grace Schneider
Health Services Coordinator
  • Home Base
    Missouri
  • Education
    Grace earned a Masters in Education and a BA in French from the University of Rochester.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Italy
Susan Sigman
Director of Philanthropy
Susan Sigman
Director of Philanthropy
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Susan attended the University of Kentucky.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Barcelona, Spain
Olivia Stumpe
Advancement Assistant
Olivia Stumpe
Advancement Assistant
  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
  • Favorite Travel Destination
Holly Tawil
Senior Regional Director of Enrollment (Northeast & Texas)
Holly Tawil
Senior Regional Director of Enrollment (Northeast & Texas)

Admissions Region: Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia

Holly (she/her) fell in love with the program after sailing in 2010 and she still stays in touch with many of her shipmates to this day! Prior to joining ISE, Holly worked in a variety of university roles including on-campus housing, student conduct, and undergraduate admissions. She enjoys visiting universities to talk about Semester at Sea and is always on the lookout for local restaurants in college towns – suggestions welcome! In addition to working with prospective students and universities, Holly also works with the Diversity Peer Mentor program to connect prospective students with SAS alumni of similar backgrounds, identities, and experiences. In her free time, Holly enjoys flying kites, cycling, and live music.

  • Home Base
    Virginia
  • Education
    Holly earned her M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University and a BA in Sociology from St. Edward’s University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Colombia
Carlos Vazquez
Student Support Services Advisor
Carlos Vazquez
Student Support Services Advisor

Carlos sailed with Semester at Sea during the Fall 2019 voyage and current advisor with the Student Support Service department. During his voyage, Carlos was selected as an Inclusive Engagement Scholar and member of the Impact Cohort. It is with this experience and his extensive experience working with undergraduate students, Carlos is passionate to ensure students can receive the opportunity to participate in Semester at Sea. Outside of work, you can find Carlos actively following the NBA, taking a hike, or hanging out with his cat.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Carlos attended the University of Idaho.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Mexico!
Al Walker
Assistant Director of Philanthropy
Al Walker
Assistant Director of Philanthropy

Al was a long-time college basketball coach and scout in the NBA. In between stints he served as a major gift officer at Colorado College. Al is super excited to join the SAS team, raise funds for the organization, and gratefully connect with our alumni and friends who support Semester at Sea

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Al attended UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    The Beach
Kelly Wilkinson
Director of Enrollment and University Relations
Kelly Wilkinson
Director of Enrollment and University Relations

Kelly Wilkinson has been working in the field of Education Abroad since 2004. He has worked for ISE previously and has made his triumphant return in 2022 and could not be happier to be back. After sailing as a student in Fall 1999, Kelly was inspired to live abroad. He realized this by spending 2.5 years in Chile, Bolivia, Honduras, and Mexico. Kelly is passionate about building strong relationships with institutional partners. So if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact him. Outside of work, Kelly is enjoying life with his wife and son. He plays the guitar and will often just sing whatever random lyrics come to him. He’s always planning his next adventure, and is currently eyeing the Azores, so once he visits, perhaps he will be updating his bio.

  • Home Base
    Texas
  • Education
    Kelly earned a MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    The next one.
Jessica Zaksek
HR Generalist
Jessica Zaksek
HR Generalist

Jessica’s (she/her) love for Semester at Sea began while sailing as a student on the Fall 2013 50th Anniversary Voyage. Following the voyage, she knew she wanted to work for ISE and provide life-changing experiences for voyagers. Jessica started her career with ISE in April 2016 as an Administrative Assistant and transitioned into HR in October 2016. She has been working as the primary contact for faculty and staff in their voyage preparations ever since. Though she is a Southern California native, she loves the mountains and all the outdoor activity options Colorado has to offer. In her free time, Jessica enjoys trying new restaurants, reading, traveling, hiking, watching cooking shows, boxing/kickboxing and relaxing at one of the many breweries in Fort Collins.

  • Home Base
    Colorado
  • Education
    Jessica earned a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University and a AS in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    Costa Rica or Anywhere in Europe
Hannah Zimmerer
Regional Director of Enrollment (Southeast)
Hannah Zimmerer
Regional Director of Enrollment (Southeast)

Admissions Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee

Hannah Zimmerer sailed as a student on the Fall 2017 Semester at Sea Voyage. After graduating college, she started her career in higher education by working in undergraduate admissions and helping students find their path after high school. She joined the ISE team in the summer of 2021, which was a dream come true for her! In Hannah’s role, she works with students from the Southeastern area of the US to help them find their home in the Semester at Sea community. When she is not working, Hannah enjoys exploring new places and trying new foods. She is also always on the lookout for new dog-friendly places to bring her NewfyPoo, Willett.

  • Home Base
    Kentucky
  • Education
    Hannah earned a BA in Communication and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas and she is currently working on a MBA at the University of South Carolina – Aiken.
  • Favorite Travel Destination
    My favorite travel destinations are Japan, Finland, and the Czech Republic!