About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Our Team

WorldStrides’ mission of enriching students’ lives through experiential travel is supported by a team of professionals who are passionately and personally committed to providing safe, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. From educational specialists to logistical and destination specialists, our knowledgeable and dedicated staff deliver a quality experience every step of the way.

Bob Gogel

Bob Gogel

Chief Executive Officer and President

Bob Gogel serves as CEO and President of WorldStrides. Prior to this, Bob has served as CEO of numerous multinational companies and has extensive experience in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the U.S. He is an educator himself, for the last 30 years serving as a teacher and coach for lifelong learners in corporate and graduate school programs.

Dan Kellerd

Dan Kellerd

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Australia

Devoted to educational travel for 20+ years, Dan has held executive roles in all facets of the business, including Sales, Marketing, Operations and Product Development. He has lived and worked in seven countries and has safeguarded the travel experiences of students and educators in over 100 countries across the globe. Beyond WorldStrides, Dan is a…

Wendy Amato

Wendy Amato

Chief Academic Officer

As WorldStrides’ Chief Academic Officer, Wendy Amato stewards the instructional content of our travel programs, informs the training of our field staff, and manages our accreditation as a school. She is committed to enriching students’ lives through experiential travel with her careful attention to curriculum and her understanding of youth development. She holds a Doctor…

Tanya Bloor

Contracting and Operations Manager

Tanya manages the operations function of WorldStrides Australia, working closely with all departments as well as being responsible for supplier and partner relationships.

Tanya has over 8 years’ experience in operations management within Australia and the UK, across multiple industries including education, financial services and healthcare.

Tanya is passionate about bringing learning to life through the benefits of travel and is committed to providing the best possible experiences for clients.

David Hannan

Manager, Domestic Division

For over 30 years Australian teachers have trusted David to develop programs to meet their educational needs.  Since 1986 he has delivered educational experiences to over 250,000 students.  His expertise and industry knowledge ensures teachers and students are comfortable and secure at all points of their educational journey. David has travelled extensively throughout Australia and…

Alana Hughes

Manager of Sales and Account Management

Alana comes to WorldStrides with over 6 years’ experience in the educational travel industry. Since starting in 2017 as an International Account Manager, she has worked closely with many schools across Australia to provide their students with a life changing educational tour overseas. Now responsible for Sales and Account Management across the organisation, Alana still…

Karene Phillips

Program Specialist & Manager of Rhapsody Rotorua

In her role as Sales Manager, Karene is very enthusiastic and passionate about providing opportunities for students to take their learning outdoors and experience life firsthand. She believes WorldStrides programs offer students the chance to grow while learning and having fun with their peers. Born and bred in Sydney, Karene is based in our Sydney office. Prior…

Julian Hill

Program Specialist, Snow Division

Julian is a passionate outdoor educator with a history in snowsports from both a competitive and leisure base. Along with outdoor ed teaching Julian has worked in Australia, Japan and Canada and is an expert on all things Alpine. Julian is motivated by the outdoor classroom and believes experiential learning is an essential part of…

Gerry Birmingham

Program Specialist

Having joined the WorldStrides team in 2007, Gerry brought with him a background in hotel and golf club management, and in later year’s sales. He enjoys nothing more than seeing students realise and enjoy the value in educational travel and the learning benefits associated with it. Gerry is passionate about improving and developing better educational experiences…

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall

Program Specialist

Stephen joined the WorldStrides snow team in February 2018 as a Program Consultant and is now an Account Manager for the domestic team. He has extensive experience working in alpine environments having spent two seasons as a resort representative in Austria. More recently, Stephen worked in a business development role for an educational tour company…

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis

Program Specialist

Rachel is a passionate travel educator with 10 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. Having travelled extensively, residing at Ayers Rock and living abroad in the US, Rachel understands the importance of students visiting and experiencing destinations firsthand. She is passionate about the benefits gained from travel and the enriched experiences students can…

Alan Williams

Program Specialist

Having worked in the educational travel industry for over 20 years, Alan enjoys passing on his vast knowledge and experience to assist teachers on planning incredible educational journeys, as he truly understands the effect an educational tour can have on students. Alan believes that an academic education goes far beyond the classroom and as such – it…

Katherine Schussler

Program Specialist

Katherine joins WorldStrides with extensive experience in the travel industry. She has spent a considerate amount of time abroad and has visited a variety of places around the world, all 7 continents – with some of her favourite destinations being Morocco, Thailand and Antarctica. While in school, Katherine went on a couple of tours and…

Melissa Greenberg

Program Specialist

Melissa commenced as a Program Specialist with WorldStrides in July 2019 after working under the greater WorldStrides umbrella with TEAN and ISA for 2 years as the Resident Director of Perth programs for international students and interns. Hailing from the United States, Melissa was lucky to travel on multiple educational trips while in school and…

Jason Johnston

Program Consultant

Jason joined WorldStrides in 2015 and brings a range of new ideas and enthusiasm to the team. He is passionate about educational travel and wants to create as many global citizens as possible. He aims to provide opportunities for students from all circumstances to learn through worldly experiences, by giving educators high quality, personalised service….

Steven Croft

Program Consultant

Steve has extensive experience working in the travel industry as a consultant, manager and trainer. His passion for travel has sent him to all states of Australia – his favourite trips include snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, four-wheel driving on Fraser Island, hiking Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and visiting Uluru at sunset and sunrise….

Shaun Van Amersfoot

Program Consultant

Shaun has worked in Sales and Account Management roles over the past 8 years across the education sector and fitness industry. With a strong passion for education and travel, Shaun aims to enrich students’ lives and experiences with our educational based travel programs. He believes educational based travel is an essential part of a student’s…

Cammie Warner

Program Consultant

Cammie joins the team from Boston USA where she worked for Explorica, another division of WorldStrides for three years. She’s passionate about getting students out of their comfort zones and exploring at a young age. Cammie understands the importance of experiential learning and values immersive activities while on tour—cooking classes, scavenger hunts, etc. Playing basketball…

Stuart McLeod

Program Consultant

Stuart commenced with WorldStrides in December 2018. Stuart has held consultative sales and account management roles for over twenty years, and has travelled extensively in all parts of Australia. He believes that much of our self-awareness and personal growth we take into adulthood is enriched by experiences attained in youth. Stuart believes that the relationships…

Damien Sherry

Program Consultant

Damien joined WorldStrides in 2019 and brings with him over ten years of experience in business development and account management roles. Having lived in Asia for two years and more recently three years in South and Central America, he has a true passion for travel and has a deep understanding of the value it can…

Jenny Mekaiel

Program Specialist

Jenny is passionate about travel and believes travel experiences play an influential role in shaping us as people. After completing a study abroad program in Texas and travelling around the USA & Europe, Jenny has experienced educational travel first-hand and knows how these experiences can really enrich the lives of students, paving their way for…

Jessica Daly

Jessica Daly

Program Specialist

Having joined the WorldStrides team in March 2019, Jessica values that her role as a Program Associate merges two of her main passions – travel and education! She holds degrees in Psychology and Project Management and brings with her 8 years of customer service experience. Jessica strongly believes in the notion of education through experience…

Fay Ellis

Program Associate

Fay has been with the company since the early 80’s and has acquired tremendous experience in organising unforgettable experiences for school groups. She has worked in multiple departments and is now focused on ensuring every domestic tour is a resounding success. Fay brings a friendly dedication to each and every school. During the weekends, Fay…

Brett Sampson

Brett Sampson

Program Associate

Brett joined WorldStrides in March 2018, and has 2 years experience working in the travel industry and 9 years in customer service. While in school he travelled on a WorldStrides tour to Italy with his school – how’s that for experience! He has a passion for travel and has visited 9 countries over 5 continents…

Shelby Dawson

Shelby Dawson

Program Associate

Shelby recently joined WorldStrides in October 2018 and has a passion and enthusiasm for education and travel and looks forward to making a difference in this role. She loves helping people wherever she can and has 10 years experience in customer service and has worked directly in schools as part of her study. In her…

Claire Youren

Program Associate

Claire joined WorldStrides in 2016, working in the domestic operations team. She is inspired every day by the profound impact WorldStrides programs have on young people. Having experienced a school tour to Tasmania as a student, Claire knows just how transformative learning beyond the classroom is. Claire loves working with teachers and being an important…