At-a-glance

VERTO OFFERS THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL, ACADEMIC TRAVEL EXPERIENCE THAT PARTNERS WITH COLLEGES TO GIVE FULL CLASS CREDIT SO STUDENTS GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS.

Meaningful Academics

Verto Education’s Mission:

Our mission is to provide an affordable and innovative way for students to incorporate travel into their four-year college experience. Spending a few months abroad before diving into the typical college grind allows students to show up on campus rejuvenated with a better understanding of themselves and what they want to do with their lives.

Do it correctly

Verto Education’s Values:

Verto Education was founded to make travel the path of least resistance to a college education (and degree). We believe in inclusion, transparency, access, equity and, above all, the power of travel to foster empathy and kindness across cultures.

How it works

What Verto Education Offers:

  • An Affordable, accredited, overseas academic program for a half or full year

    Verto was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less, than your typical semester of college. Our programs were intentionally designed to set students up for success at college.

  • Guaranteed admission to a top Verto partner college

    When students are accepted to Verto, they’re automatically accepted to at least one of Verto’s partner colleges. Students apply to the Verto program and partner colleges and universities simultaneously through a single common application. Accepted students are given a slot in the second semester freshman year or first semester sophomore year based on their preference.

  • A well-rounded international experience focused on personal growth

    Programs are designed to foster self-discovery through journaling, mindfulness training, mentorship, service learning programs, and a homestay experience. Weekly structured reflection gives students a sense of who they are and want they want from their university career.

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Get to Know Our Team

Our Team

VERTO WAS FOUNDED BY A TEAM OF PASSIONATE TRAVELERS AND EDUCATORS

Our team’s goal is to revolutionize higher education and make international experiences a core part of the college experience. With a collective 50+ years in international education, we understand how important and impactful traveling is to learning more about yourself and the world around you.

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Mitch Gordon

CEO & Co-founder

Mitch Gordon is the CEO/ Co-founder of Verto Education and the former Entrepreneur in Residence at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Mitch is an entrepreneur, starting a number of companies in the field of travel & education.

He believes passionately in Verto’s mission: To change the world of higher education and put students first. His previous company, Go Overseas, with 1 million+ monthly visitors, is the most trusted resource for researching international education programs around the world.

Mitch is a frequent presenter in the areas of entrepreneurship, travel and international education. Mitch previously lived in Taipei, Taiwan for 5 years and currently resides in San Francisco. He completed his BS at Binghamton University and his MBA at UC Berkeley. When he’s not working you can find Mitch on a run, hiking, traveling or reading.

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Ben Welbourn

COO & Co-founder

Ben is the COO/ Co-founder of Verto Education and an alum of a self-designed gap year, during which he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, worked in a variety of industries, taught English in rural Peru, and led outdoor education programs in New Hampshire and Maine.

Ben went on to earn his degree in international relations from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Before joining the field of experiential education, he taught at a primarily Dominican-American school outside of Boston. Ben has since overseen international program development, student outreach and recruitment, and business development for a number of student travel organizations including Rustic Pathways and Winterline Global Education.

Ben spends equal parts of his free time exploring New York City, and escaping to the woods with his wife and dog.

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Mallory Meiser

CPO & Co-founder

Mallory is the Chief Program Officer/Co-founder for Verto Education. She has a MA in Global Media and Transnational Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and has spent her entire professional career in the field of International Education.

Prior to joining Verto, Mallory worked at Go Overseas as Director of Strategy, collaborating with volunteer, intern, language, gap year and high school programs all over the world to help empower more people to spend meaningful time abroad.

Mallory has volunteered abroad with IVHQ and GVI, worked for Global Experiences, studied abroad in Leeds and worked with dozens of programs abroad including Maximo Nivel, Jakera, Tico Lingo, Rustic Pathways and Intercultura. She is an avid ultimate frisbee player and wanna be foodie who always has a book on her.

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Michael Kabbaz

Vice President for Institutional Partnerships

Michael Kabbaz is the Vice President for Institutional Partnerships at Verto Education. Prior to Verto, Michael has served in a number of senior higher education roles at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the University of Richmond. He has also worked for the College Board overseeing higher education services for the Midwest office in Chicago and was responsible for creating the higher education office within the Advanced Placement Program. In addition to consulting with dozens of institutions, Michael has also served in various admission roles at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his career in higher education, he served as a staff auditor at the accounting firm KPMG.

Michael believes passionately in Verto’s mission to provide transformational and life-changing experiences abroad to students regardless of their socioeconomic background before they enroll at a great partner institution.

Michael has given countless presentations at state, regional, and national meetings on various higher education, enrollment management, career development, and student success topics. He earned both an undergraduate degree in accountancy and his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in leadership in learning organizations at Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education. When he’s not wearing his fashionable bow ties for work, you can find Michael riding his Harley, traveling to new places, and reading for his doctoral classes.

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Steve Jones

Director of Marketing

Steve Jones is the Director of Marketing for Verto Education. Originally from Southwest Florida, he attended Florida Gulf Coast University where he earned a BS in Business Management.

Prior to Verto Education, Steve has held several leadership marketing roles, most recently as a senior marketing consultant in the veterinary industry. He has a background in print and digital marketing and specializes in paid media and SEO. Steve joins the Verto Education team as a strong believer in its mission and the importance and impact that travel can have in understanding other cultures.

Steve and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon in 2014 to start a family. In his free time, you can find him playing with his daughter Luna, running, playing guitar, or foraging for mushrooms in the forests of Oregon.

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Erin Murphy

Director of Programs

Erin Murphy is Director of Programs for Verto. She is new to the Verto team and brings 10 years experience in program operations, experiential learning, and international education. Originally from VA, Erin lived in Thailand for 3 years after college, made her way through a couple US cities, and just moved to North Carolina. Erin is passionate about helping students connect with each other and local culture while traveling. She holds a masters in International Education Policy from Harvard.

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Madeline Willett

Community Manager

Incorporating experience in the international education and tourism fields, Madeline joined the Verto team as Community Manager with a mission to help more students become global citizens through meaningful travel. Madeline has lived, worked and studied in Argentina, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam and continues to be an avid traveler. Originally from Ohio, Madeline earned her degree in Spanish at the University of South Carolina and now enjoys exploring her home base in Portland, Oregon. When not speaking with Verto students and parents, you’ll find her drinking too much green tea and listening to podcasts.

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Stephanie Collens

Financial Services Officer

Steph is the Financial Services Officer at Verto Education. Her journey at Verto started as an Admissions Representative in Texas & the Southwest. Steph brings about 10 years of experience in the international education field – a combination of student affairs in higher education, leading experiential education programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala , New Zealand, and several years working with students on-site for a large student travel organization.

Originally from New York, Steph likes to live in warm places such as Hawaii and Southern California and has spent several years living abroad in New Zealand, Israel, and Spain.

In her free time you are most likely to find Steph at the beach surfing or kitesurfing, or in the mountains hiking and rock climbing.

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Program Team & Faculty

Program Team & Faculty

OUR PROGRAM TEAM AND TEACHERS ARE THE HEART & SOUL OF VERTO EDUCATION.

They spend the entire semester with students facilitating daily activities and helping them to bridge their fieldwork to their coursework.

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Delia Steverson, Ph.D.

Course Director, Rhetoric & Composition

Delia Steverson is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at the University of Florida, where she frequently offers courses at the intersections of race, gender, class, and (dis)ability, as well as rhetoric and composition. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Delia completed both her MA and PhD in English Literature at the University of Alabama. Delia has taught middle school Language Arts in the Dominican Republic.

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Julia Coursey

Course Director, World Literature

Julia Coursey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where she taught a variety of college English classes. Before that, she lived in Spain for several years, during which time she became fluent in Spanish and a staunch defender of naps. When she’s not teaching or writing, you can find her reading in a hammock, trying new foods, or learning the folklore of the places she visits.

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Ashley LaBoda, Ph.D.

Course Director, Spanish

Ashley has over ten years of experience designing and teaching Spanish language and Linguistics courses at the university level. She takes a communicative, content-based approach to curriculum design and is committed to teaching Spanish language and fostering intercultural competency through experiential learning. Ashley earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University at Albany, SUNY.

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Kaycie Lawson, Ph.D.

Course Director, Environmental Science

Kaycie is an instructor and researcher with diverse experience in interdisciplinary environmental science. Kaycie has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. Her nearly 20 year career working in environmental science has taken her to places around the globe. Included in her field research expeditions, Kaycie has traveled throughout southern Africa and to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica to study interactions between biogeochemical nutrient cycling and climate.

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Maggie Musty

Field Instructor, Rhetoric and Composition

An enthusiastic traveler, Maggie loves exploring other cultures and learning languages. She has lived abroad in four countries, including Costa Rica this past summer. Maggie has a MA in International Education and is passionate about cross-cultural education and community development. She’s excited to embark on a new adventure with Verto Education this semester in Costa Rica!

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Beth Eanelli

Field Instructor, Cultural Anthropology; Identity, Politics & Equity

Beth’s interest in the intersection of health, policy, human rights, sustainable development, storytelling and cross cultural exchange have allowed her to explore the world in various roles in her early career. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Psychology degree in 2013 and jumped into global health work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia where she worked on community health interventions aimed at improving maternal and child health. These experiences inspired her to explore programmatic and leadership roles throughout South and Southeast Asia as well as domestically. She recently obtained her Masters degree at Duke University, where she focused on both Maternal and Child Health and International Development Policy as well as refugee health in Durham.

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Kelley Reardon

Field Instructor, Environmental Science

Kelley’s appreciation for nature first began in her small hometown in Maine. She now holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Stonehill College and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Duke University. Kelley’s primary field of study was wildlife conservation. She had the opportunity to spend extensive time traveling abroad in Europe and Asia as a student. Kelley is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and enjoys figure skating, hiking, baking, and learning new languages like Mandarin Chinese.

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Jodi Marcus

Contributing Writer

Originally from Los Angeles, Jodi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and a minor in Fine Arts. She has extensive experience in the field of education, working directly in a variety of classroom settings and also behind the scenes on curriculum development and issues of access. She recently returned from a year of teaching English in Chennai, India as a Fulbright Fellow. An avid traveler, Jodi currently works freelance out of Morocco.

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Jackie Broussard

Contributing Writer

Jackie has worked with Verto in various capacities. She has taught Identity, Politics & Equity and International Business & Corporate Ethics in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and China. In addition, she trains Verto staff in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and is a regular blog content writer. Jackie’s personal mission is to provide greater access to study abroad for underserved students. She believes that the most profound challenges of our times can be overcome by building cross-cultural bridges. She designs and facilitates experiential education professional development for teachers.

The Verto Admissions Team

Admissions

MEET OUR REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES WHO ARE TRAVELING THE U.S. WITH A MISSION TO CHANGE HIGHER EDUCATION.

They are here to make sure all your questions are answered, no matter how big or small.

Interested in meeting with an Admissions Team member or inviting them to your school? Email admissions@VertoEducation.org

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Layni Pistone

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

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Josh Sadagursky

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

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Daniel Marion

Admissions Representative, Pennsylvania

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Gabriela Granote

Admissions Representative
Midwest

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Olivia Rockwood

Admissions Coordinator

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Mary Atyemizian

Admissions Coordinator

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Torrin Rosegold

Admissions Coordinator

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Shaunene Edwards

Admissions Coordinator

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Dan McSweeney

Admissions Coordinator

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Isabella Paglianite

Admissions Coordinator

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Verto’s Advisory Board

Advisory Board

THE ADVISORY BOARD GUIDES VERTO ON ITS INITIATIVES FOR STUDENT SERVICES, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESS, CURRICULUM, PARTNERSHIPS, AND STUDENT RECRUITMENT.

Verto’s Advisory Board members were each selected for their demonstrated commitment to college access, their leadership in the field, and their expertise in educational advising.

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Nicole Cote-Crosskill

DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL COUNSELING
FRYEBURG ACADEMY

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Liz Le

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES & LEAD REGISTRAR, FUSION ACADEMY

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Kelli-Cannon

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Jeff McAdam

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING, KENTS HILL SCHOOL

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Debbie Rosen

FOUNDER
THE STUDYPRO

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Danielle Jakob

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING, UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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Blair Parker

UPPER SCHOOL DEAN & COLLEGE COUNSELOR, RIVERDALE COUNTRY SCHOOL

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arun ponnusamy

MANAGING PARTNER & CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER, COLLEGEWISE

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Alex Steinert-Evoy

INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

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Suzanne Crossman

DIRECTOR OF TRANSITION AND GUIDANCE, LANDMARK SCHOOL

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Beverly Low

DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE & COLLEGE COUNSELING, MANCHESTER ESSEX REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Sarah Persha

PARC DIRECTOR, PACIA ACADEMIC RESOURCE CONTINUUM

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Allison Matlack

DIRECTOR, MATLACK EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING

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Lucas Frankel

SHADY SIDE ACADEMY