Our Story

Meet the Team

  • The Greenheart team is dynamic, mission-driven, and dedicated to expanding worldviews. Get to know our founders, board of directors, and staff.

  • Emanuel Kuntzelman

    Founder and President
  • Laura Rose

    Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
  • Chris Dews

    Founder of Greenheart symbol
  • Jack Blanks

    Board Member
  • Roy Curran

    Board Member
  • Dustin DiPerna

    Board Member
  • Shamini Jain, Ph.D.

    Board Secretary
  • Richard Zacaroli

    Board Treasurer

    Accounting, Human Resources

  • Claudia Curran

    Special Projects Director
  • Jamel Magee

    Human Resources Director
  • Christopher Kraft

    Senior Accountant
  • Paula Herrmann

    Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • Gary Freeland

    Accounting Supervisor
  • Felicia Moore

    Accounting Assistant

    IT & Systems

  • Kristy Boyer

    IT Director
  • Farihah Khandaker

    Systems Manager
  • Peter Cheng

    Database Coordinator
  • Arturo Contreras

    IT Help Desk Technician
  • Jon Overton

    Database Coordinator


  • Andrea Dennis

    Director, Development, Outreach, Visibility and Engagement
  • Katy Smithy

    Associate Visibility Director
  • Nicole McCarthy

    Service Learning and Outreach Manager
  • Rocio Ortega

    Communications and Engagement Coordinator
  • Zoey Wallace

    Associate Development Director
  • Alejandro Sanchez

  • Gaby Passman

    Creative Designer
  • Becca Sheehan

    Development Assistant
  • Benny Toth

    Web Developer
  • Olivia Havens

    Outreach and Communications Assistant

    International Partner Development

  • Jason Nusser

    Director, International Partner Development
  • Nicholas Cocorikis

    International Partner Development Coordinator

    External Relations

  • Marina Bekovic

    Executive Coordinator

    J-1 High School

  • Megan McGaughey

    Vice President, High School Programs
  • Mike Keefer

    Placement Services Director
  • Ellie Bucciarelli

    Student Counselor
  • Stephanie Nosek

    Director of Compliance and Operations
  • Maggie Dziubek

    Grants Program Manager
  • Jillian Sims

    Marketing and Operations Manager
  • Matt Simson

    Senior Program Manager
  • Sara Eden

    Program Manager
  • Jessica Vogel

    Program Manager
  • Cecilia Simon

    Program Assistant
  • Chelsea Wilcox

    Program Assistant
  • Karen Hilgefort

    Program Advisor
  • Moriah Meeks

    Placement Services Assistant

    F-1 High School

  • Juliet Jones

  • Hannah Becker

    Senior Program Manager
  • Kiersten Nickel

    Program Manager

    Short Term Programs

  • Nicole Cook

  • Katie Connelly

    Program Manager
  • Elisa Meggs

    Program Manager
  • Emily Colfer

    Program Coordinator
  • Elaine Kilgore

    Program Coordinator

    Field Network

  • Connie Dean

    Executive Regional Director: TX, FL, MO, and AL
  • Rob Douglas

    Executive Regional Director: NY, NJ, DE, SC, GA, and parts of VA and MD
  • Kristin Babby

    Executive Regional Director: OR, NM, NE, and KS
  • Lisa Brecht

    Regional Director: OK, AR, LA, and MS
  • Leah Frazier

    Regional Director: WA, ID, MT, NV, and AZ
  • Kathy Hansen

    Regional Director: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, and CT
  • Jennifer Joseph

    Regional Director: MI, IN, OH, and KY
  • Sally Thelen

    Regional Director: ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, IL, and TN
  • Pamela Abbodanza

    Regional Director: PA, WV, NC, and parts of VA and MD
  • Cindy Vance

    Regional Director: CA, UT, WY, and CO
  • Carole Arbush

    Regional Manager: AL and FL
  • Daphne Brigham

    Regional Manager: Northern and Western TX
  • Sarah Crippen

    Regional Manager: Eastern WA
  • Wilma Fast

    Regional Manager: KS
  • Jacqueline Medeiros

    Regional Manager: ME
  • Dave Schuchaskie

    Regional Manager: MI, Northern IN, and Northwest Ohio
  • Lasha Seaman

    Regional Manager: CO and WY
  • Deby Sorensen

    Regional Manager: GA and SC
  • Nancy Stubbs

    Regional Manager: IA, ND, SD, and MN
  • Jennifer Tausworthe

    Regional Manager: Southern TX
  • Lori Tibbett

    Executive Regional Director: Northern and Central CA
  • Julie Zehner

    Regional Manager: IL and WI
  • Tara Jasinski

    Regional Manager: NE
  • Stacy Eubanks

    Regional Manager: AR
  • Nancy Sanderson

    Regional Manager: NY, NJ, DE, and parts of PA

    Professional Exchange Program Staff

  • Daniel Ebert

    Chief Operating Officer
  • Marcelle Benedicta

    Vice President of Professional Exchange Program
  • Haldis Toppen

    Communications Director
  • Audrey Hutnick

    Marketing Manager
  • Julia Rabin

    Outreach Coordinator
  • Bonnie Washick

    External Relations Manager
  • Ellie Corbett

    Marketing Associate
  • Ana Mirzashvili

    Outreach Associate

    Work and Travel

  • Nancy Kenyon

    Work and Travel Program Director
  • Joseph Burns

    Services Director
  • Adriana Kusnirova

    Partner Relations Director
  • Malgorzata Tekgoz

    Operations Director
  • Fran Acevedo

    Operations Manager
  • Renee Clarke

    Senior Employer Relations Manager
  • Wioletta Olszowiec

    Senior Partner Relations Manager
  • Ariana Puentes Graham

    Senior Employer Services Manager
  • Shawna Pye

    Employer Relations Manager
  • Elissa Yonkers

    Program Services Manager
  • Brian Craig

    Partner Relations Coordinator
  • Rob DeLaney

    Employer Services Coordinator
  • May Ling Stella

    Employer Services Coordinator
  • Kaitlyn Peters

    Senior Employer Services Coordinator
  • Meegan Rehak

    Senior Employer Services Coordinator
  • Fernando Vazquez

    Housing and Compliance Coordinator
  • Kevin Campbell

    Operations Coordinator
  • Valeri Schwager

    Operations Associate
  • Lauren Antosz

    Program Services Coordinator
  • Megan Neubrand

    Partner Relations Coordinator
  • Elise Beck

    Partner Relations Program Assistant
  • Laura Stepnicka

    Services Program Assistant
  • Elizabeth O’Brien

    Services Program Assistant
  • Rachel Brown

    Operations Program Assistant
  • Kelly Williams

    Operations Program Assistant
  • Heather Voss

    Operations Program Assistant
  • Matt Hansen

    Operations Program Assistant

    Career Advancement Program

  • Maria Pakhomova

  • Cara Parenti

    Operations and Compliance Manager
  • Erica Maves

    Compliance Coordinator
  • Tom Nally

    Services Coordinator
  • Vanessa Asmussen

    Operations Associate
  • Jeffrey “Jeff” Dick

    Services Associate
  • Allyssa Golden

    Operations Associate

    Teach Program

  • Evan Jansen

    Director of Teach USA
  • Monica Mickel

    Teach USA Database Coordinator
  • Kyle Trebotich

  • Hope Pavich

    Director, High School and Short-Term Programs
  • Savannah McDermott

    Teach & Work Abroad Program Manager
  • Kara Menini

    Program Manager
  • Lauren Thacker

    Director, Teach & Work Programs
  • Sara Thacker

    Associate Director of Greenheart Travel Marketing
  • Jessica Wedge

    Program Advisor
  • Kate Powers

    Outreach Coordinator
  • Allison Yates

    High School and Short-Term Abroad Programs Coordinator
  • Zoe Coulter

    Work Abroad Program Manager
  • Nancy Mathyer

    Director, Greenheart Shop
  • Merideth Hallissey

    Assistant Director
  • Carly Visk

    Partner, Sponsor, & Event Coordinator
  • Ryan Bell

    Assistant to the President and Greenheart Transforms