Our Story, Our Mission, & Our Team.

Get to Know Verto Education

Verto Education offers the onlyglobal, academic travel experiencethat partners with colleges—travel, earn college credit, and graduate in four years.

Our Mission

Verto prepares global leaders and transforms access to higher education through a coming-of-age first-year start to college abroad.

Our 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.

What Verto Education Offers

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An Affordable, Accredited, Global Academic Semester or Year

Verto is designed to give students the opportunity to explore new environments while graduating in four years affordably. Each semester’s programming is intentionally focused on global citizenship and personal development to help students build valuable college and life skills.

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Guaranteed Admission to a Verto Partner College

When students are accepted to Verto, they’re automatically accepted to at least one of Verto’s partner colleges. Upon application to Verto, students can simultaneously request their application also be sent to our partner colleges and universities. When accepted by the school of choice, students have reserved enrollment for the semester or year after Verto, depending on whether students participate in one semester or a full year.

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A Well-Rounded Cross-Cultural Experience Focused on Personal Growth

Semesters foster self-discovery through journaling, mindfulness training, mentorship, service learning programs, and—for some semesters—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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Meet Our Team

Executives & Leaders

Mitch Gordon

President & Co-Founder

Ben Welbourn

Chief Enrollment Officer & Co-Founder

Ahmad Refky

Vice President of Operations

Michael Kabbaz

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Chief of Staff

Oronde Baylor

Senior Director of Enrollment Services

Aline Parnagian

Director of Revenue Operations

Steve Jones

Senior Director of Marketing

Sara Troy

Director of Program Development

Jake Weissbourd

Director of Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

Kaycie Lawson, Ph.D.

Director of Academics

Sean Bridegam

Director of Health, Safety & Risk Management

Stephanie Espina

Director of Admissions—Recruitment

Michael Goldstein

Executive Director, Verto Fund

Lisa Leeke

Director of College Counseling

Emily Sauey

Head of People Operations

Nataly Huff

Vice President of Marketing

Faculty & Program Staff

Abby Gray

Academic Success Coordinator, Costa Rica

Adam Nadel

Faculty, Photography, Costa Rica

Amanda Cummings

Academic Success Coordinator, Spain

Ananda Casanova

Academic Success Coordinator, Costa Rica

Andrés “Fofo” Zúñiga

Program Director, Costa Rica

Andrea Bravo

Student Life Coordinator, Costa Rica