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Meet the GoAbroad Team

The GoAbroad team not only believes in cultural exchange, we experience it everyday. With offices in Fort Collins, Colorado as well as Tacloban City, Philippines, our team is comprised of two very different cultures, which together have evolved into one distinct corporate culture that propels GoAbroad’s mission forward. The wildly talented GoAbroad team works around the clock to innovate, create, and share the best meaningful travel resources and opportunities with travelers everywhere.

Learn more about each incredible GoAbroad team member below, and find out how they’ve made GoAbroad.com what it is today.

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Jonathan Miers

Jonathan Miers

CEO

Jonathan earned his MBA in International Business from North Central College. Inspired by his study abroad experience in London, he began working for GoAbroad after working in university admissions at his alma mater. Jonathan has become well-versed in online marketing, SEO, and international education during his time with GoAbroad. He currently spends his time overseeing general operations of GoAbroad’s Philippines office, as well as project management and product development for the company as a whole, all while fulfilling his lifelong dream of living abroad.

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Nikki Powers

Nikki Powers

Chief Commercial Officer

Nikki spends her time leading GoAbroad’s U.S. office, meeting with partners, and supporting many of GoAbroad’s innovative startup products. She has experience volunteering, teaching, working, and studying abroad. When she's not planning her next adventure, Nikki enjoys frequenting thrift stores, snowboarding, camping, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

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Kayla Patterson

Kayla Patterson

COO

Kayla is passionate about international travel, organizing (just about anything), and shopping. She is often referred to as the resident social media nerd at GoAbroad. With a degree in Business and Marketing from Colorado State University in hand, Kayla has worked with the GoAbroad team and dozens of other international educators to improve their online marketing since 2011.

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Czarisse Daphne Dolina

Czarisse Daphne Dolina

Chief Technology Officer

Daphne began working for GoAbroad as a beginner programmer almost immediately after completing her degree in Computer Science. After more than a decade of development, Daphne now serves as GoAbroad’s irreplaceable CTO. Leading a diverse team of developers at the office, she looks forward to every opportunity to promote international travel and education by attending international conferences. In her free time, Daphne enjoys exploring the beauty of the Philippines more than 7,000 islands, and beyond.

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Analiza Aranas

Analiza Aranas

Senior Vice President of Partner Relations

Analiza graduated with degree in Business Administration from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. Joining the team in 2006, she is responsible for maintaining and expanding GoAbroad’s partnerships. Analiza has travelled throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, and Canada, and she has become a familiar face on the International Education circuit, as she regularly attends the annual NAFSA conference. Outside of work, Analiza takes pride in being a devoted wife, sister, and daughter, and of course, mother of two beautiful children, whom remain her biggest source of inspiration.

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Clyde Alegro

Clyde Alegro

Vice President of Design

Clyde earned his Computer Science degree at the University of the Philippines - Tacloban. Shortly after he began working in computer programming, he realized his immense desire to integrate more creativity into his work and decided to slowly transition toward a more design-focused career, which ultimately brought him to GoAbroad. Clyde has become the cornerstone of the design team as VP of Design, spearheading GoAbroad’s visual aesthetics for nearly a decade.

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Jonas Apurillo

Jonas Apurillo

Vice President of Information Technology

Jonas worked as an I.T. consultant for a number of companies before joining the GoAbroad team in 2013. Over the past few years, he has grown fond of the laidback, productive nature of the office, which contrasts the technically complicated nature of his job, leaving him happy and content as the VP of Information Technology for GoAbroad.

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Carla Cinco

Carla Cinco

Content Management Director

Carla is a Computer Science graduate who happened upon the field of international education seemingly by chance. After discovering the world outside of computers through her work at GoAbroad, she has found many exciting ways to fulfill her passion for new experiences. As Content Management Director, Carla spends her days at the office serving GoAbroad’s partners and users in almost every way possible.

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Elsa Alingasa

Elsa Alingasa

SEM Director

Elsa began exploring the world for the first time in college through volunteering and interning abroad. After earning bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology, she contemplated graduate school multiple times before moving to the Philippines to work for GoAbroad. Elsa spends her time in the office developing new content strategies and managing GoAbroad's various SEO projects. She also serves as Director of GoAbroad's charitable nonprofit, the GoAbroad Foundation.

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Megan Lee

Megan Lee

Content & Branding Director

Megan considers herself an international educator, traveler, and writer. After graduating from Valparaiso University in Indiana, with degrees in Chinese and Economics, in 2010, she high-tailed it abroad and hasn't looked back since. When she isn’t working with GoAbroad’s talented group of writers or attempting to master SEO, Megan can be found enjoying the Colorado sunshine with friends.

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Dawn Noyes

Dawn Noyes

GoMedia Manager

Dawn is a Colorado native and born outdoor enthusiast. A semester abroad in France sparked her travel addiction and inspired her to pursue further international adventures post-graduation in the form of a year in Germany. A love of language learning and cultural immersion fuels Dawn’s dream of experiencing every hidden café, high mountain summit, and noisy outdoor market in every corner of the world.

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Troy Peden

Troy Peden

President & Founder

Troy earned his master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Colorado. He began design and research for GoAbroad.com while heading the study abroad office at CU Denver in the early 90s. In addition to his contributions to the field of international education, Troy has helped establish and direct several non-profit organizations across the globe. His extensive travel experience includes time studying, working, and volunteering throughout Europe and Russia, Latin America, and Asia.

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Meet the Rest of the Team

Aries Portia Junto

Aries Portia Junto

Content Administrator
Christopher Cinco

Christopher Cinco

Web Developer
Erin Oppenheim

Erin Oppenheim

Content Editor
John Morris Gicain

John Morris Gicain

Web Designer
John Temoty Roca

John Temoty Roca

Web Developer
Mercy Honor

Mercy Honor

Team Lead - Web Developer
Nherrisa Mae Celeste

Nherrisa Mae Celeste

Team Lead - Web Developer
Analou Igmen

Analou Igmen

Partner Relations Representative
Blessie Millos

Blessie Millos

Content Administrator
Chino Young

Chino Young

Web Designer
Crispina Reynera

Crispina Reynera

Partner Relations Lead & Newsletter Editor
Daisyrie Dumali

Daisyrie Dumali

Web Developer
Dana Marie Paler

Dana Marie Paler

Content Administrator
Elaine Medalla

Elaine Medalla

Content Administrator
Elie Bercero

Elie Bercero

Web Designer
Ian Delgado

Ian Delgado

Digital Media Editor
Jareinne Lagarto

Jareinne Lagarto

Web Developer
Jefanyl Alura

Jefanyl Alura

Finance & Accounting Director
Jennifer Alba

Jennifer Alba

Executive Assistant
Joel Tan

Joel Tan

Lead Content Editor
Joy Amor Moreno

Joy Amor Moreno

Social Media Community Manager
Joyce Tamayo

Joyce Tamayo

Partner Relations Lead
Kathy Aurelia

Kathy Aurelia

Partner Relations Lead
Kristel Rapada

Kristel Rapada

Customer Service Representative
Liezel Morante

Liezel Morante

Partner Relations Representative
Mabelle Lim

Mabelle Lim

Customer Service Manager
Maima Merin

Maima Merin

Partner Relations Representative
Mary Grace Avenido

Mary Grace Avenido

HR Officer
Michelle Tonido

Michelle Tonido

Lead Content Administrator
Peachy Nerja

Peachy Nerja

Partner Relations Lead
Pinky Joyce Nerja

Pinky Joyce Nerja

HR Director
Rachael VanDerWerff

Rachael VanDerWerff

Operations Manager - U.S.
Ritchie Moris Paler

Ritchie Moris Paler

Junior System Administrator
Rochelle Ibañez

Rochelle Ibañez

Partner Relations Representative
Thea Moraleta

Thea Moraleta

Customer Service Representative