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.

Jim Hall Our Team Bio

Jim Hall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim joined WorldStrides in 1982 and continues to be inspired by the transformative power of educational travel. Jim has dedicated his career to helping WorldStrides take students at every level to destinations around the world. Over the past 30 years, Jim has served in a variety of roles, including positions in marketing, finance, and operations.

Richard Lin Our Team Bio

Richard Lin

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

As Managing Director, Richard focuses on expanding students’ exposure to Asia Pacific culture at the same time his group promotes U.S. travel to students from that part of the world.

WorldStrides General Manager Dan Kellerd

Dan Kellerd

Senior Vice President & 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…

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Dan Horton

Director of Operations

Originally from the UK, Dan has over 20 years industry experience in Corporate, Leisure & Entertainment Group travel. Since moving to Australia, Dan has been the Operations Manager and General Manager for a global Travel Management Company, before moving to WorldStrides. Dan has a passion for travel, music and sports as well as spending quality…

Louise Campbell Our Team Bio

Louise Campbell

Sales Manager

Louise joined in 2009 and has been instrumental in developing the international offering.  Louise has seen first hand the profound benefit WorldStrides tours have on students and prides herself on delivering the best educational experiences for Australian students. She strongly believes every student should have the opportunity to learn and grow through travel. Born and bred in Melbourne, Louise has over 17…

David Hannon Our Team Bio

David Hannan

Sales Manager

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…

Karene Phillips

Karene Phillips

Sales Manager

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…

Jenny McKay Our Team Bio

Jenny McKay

Business Development

Having started her career with the company in 2005, Jenny has provided thousands of students with the opportunity to learn, grow and create life long memories through the unique experience of travel. Through her own experiences Jenny believes that international study tours allow students to open their minds and truly become global citizens of our…

Jason Johnston Our Team Bio

Jason Johnston

Business Development

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….

Clare Wood Our Team Bio

Clare Wood

Business Development

Clare has been with the company for two years and enjoys offering students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom with the unique tours WorldStrides have to offer. The feedback that she receives from teachers and students who go on tours is really rewarding and shows the value in bringing learning to life. Having…

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Gerry Birmingham

Business Development

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…

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Katarina Oliveri

Business Development

Katarina is a travel professional with over 14 years’ experience in the tourism industry. With a background in front line management and wholesale tourism, Katarina took part in an exchange program as a student and found that the experience, memories and lessons she learned helped make her into the person she is today. She enjoys…

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Alan Williams

Business Development

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…

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Daniela Bazdaric

Business Development

Daniela joined the WorldStrides team in 2015 and has 14 years of travel industry experience in the areas of Customers Service, Sales and Airline Operations. Daniela believes and is committed to providing her customers with the benefits of education travel which focus on sharpening students’ self-awareness, strengthening leadership skills, fostering independence and overall enhancing one’s…

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Julian Hill

Business Development, Snow & Sports Division

Julian Hill has recently joined our snow and sports team. He is a passionate outdoor educator with a history in snowsports from both a competitive and leisure base. Along with outdoor ed teaching Julian has also worked in Australia, Japan and Canada and is an expert on all things Alpine. Julian is motivated by the…