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.

Matt Wertz

Matt Wertz

Executive Vice President and General Manager, High School

Matt Wertz brings extensive industry knowledge and leadership to WorldStrides. Having held several pivotal roles at Explorica, including CEO, he has had 15 years of experience and hands-on involvement with every facet of educational travel. He has led numerous technical and service-based innovations that have transformed the entire industry. Matt shares WorldStrides’ passion for changing…

WorldStrides General Manager 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…

Bernadine Juretich

Bernadine Juretich

Director of Sales and Marketing

As the Director of Sales and Marketing, Bernadine is responsible for developing and building the organisation’s brand in Australia to increase awareness and recognition. Bernadine works with the senior management team to set the strategic direction for the company and works closely with our international divisions to leverage brand initiatives. Bernadine has lead numerous marketing…

Daniella Camplone

Contracting and Operations Manager

Daniella oversees the operations function of WorldStrides Australia, working closely with all departments as well as being responsible for supplier and partner relationships. Daniella has over 10 years’ experience in the leisure, travel and tourism industry. She has lived in Canada and the US and travelled the Middle East extensively. Daniella is passionate about building…

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…

Louise Campbell

Manager, International Division

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…

Karene Phillips

Account Manager & 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…

Jenny McKay

Account Manager

With over 10 years experience in the educational travel industry, 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…

Clare-Wood

Clare Wood

Account Manager

Clare has been with the company for four 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…

Gerry Birmingham

Account Manager

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…

Julian Hill

Account Manager, 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…

Alan Williams

Account Manager

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…

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….

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall

Program Consultant

Stephen joined the WorldStrides snow team in February 2018 as a program consultant. 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 in the UK where he gained valuable knowledge and insight…

James Brown

James Brown

Program Consultant

James has held education-based roles for over five years, including first-hand teaching experience in South East Asia. Having travelled extensively, and lived in Asia, South America and the Pacific, he understands the power of personal and academic development in new environments, and the value of linking curriculum to exciting new experiences for young people. James…

Katerina Dzvezdakoska

Program Associate Supervisor

Katerina developed her love and enthusiasm for travel while living in Europe and this led her to work for one of the most reputable Travel Agencies in the world. Due to the close proximity between major European cities, she has visited countless tourist hotspots and landmarks but also some of the most overlooked gems off…

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…

Jessica Grech

Jessica Grech

Program Associate

Jessica joined WorldStrides in March 2018. In her early months, she attended the Canberra Famil where she was able to gain a greater knowledge of WorldStrides’ Educational Tours. Jessica has since been involved in the Sydney Honours Performance Tour, assisting and taking part in coordinating the program for the families and students who travel from…