Christina Thomas

Divisional Vice President, Youth Exchange

Christina has been working in the field of educational management and international education for over 15 years, teaching, designing, and managing transformational and educational exchange programs for youth and adults. Christina has helped to develop, grow, and maintain the youth exchange portfolio for World Learning’s inbound and outbound youth exchange programs since 2006, managing both State Department–funded youth programs first with Serbia then later for Brazil and Iraq, on themes such as civic education, civil society, multicultural diversity, conflict resolution, and volunteerism and more recently, on private tuition based programs for The Experiment. Currently, Christina is the director of operations for The Experiment in International Living based in Washington, DC,. Before joining World Learning in 2003, Christina taught English to junior and senior high school students and designed teacher training programs for Japanese English teachers on the Japan Teaching and Exchange Program (JET) for three years. Christina received her MA in international communications from the School of International Service with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication and international education from American University in Washington, DC.

Heather Beard

Director of Admissions and Outreach, Youth Exchanges.

Heather Beard is an international education professional with 15 years of admissions and development experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Heather joined World Learning in 2010 as an admissions officer for the School for International Training. In 2013, Heather began her role of associate director of Admissions for The Experiment and was promoted to director of admissions in 2015. Before coming to World Learning, Heather worked in admissions for The Putney School and as membership coordinator for Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts. She has an MFA in studio art and critical theory from the Maine College of Art, and a BA in English from Emerson College.

Kirstin French-Kray

Director of Operations and Youth Programming

Kirstin is a youth program professional who specializes in program logistics, staff training, and risk management. Kirstin has been managing international youth programs at World Learning since December 2011 and joined The Experiment in 2015. Prior to World Learning, Kirstin worked as a Program Manager for US-based youth programs focusing on service learning and social justice in the Central Appalachian Region. Kirstin earned a B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and an M.A. in Conflict Transformation & Youth Program Leadership from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Kimberly James

Global Admissions Manager

Kimberly James comes to The Experiment in International Living with more than 10 years of admissions and youth development experience, having worked in independent schools and nonprofits. Prior to joining the Experiment staff, she was a Group Leader in 2016 and 2017 on the Germany: Contemporary Politics and the European Union, and Ireland: Irish Culture and Youth Empowerment programs. Kimberly first discovered her love for travel during a month-long exchange and homestay program to Germany while in high school. She then spent three and a half years of her undergraduate studies living abroad in Germany, England, Italy, India, Thailand, China, and Japan. Kimberly has a B.A. in Intercultural Education from Global College, Long Island University.

Kristen Dowling

Operations Manager

Kristen Dowling joined The Experiment in 2016 as the Logistics and Systems Coordinator. She has a background in non-profit communication, travel and special events. She received her BS in Mass Communication with a minor concentration in Spanish Language from Boston University in 2007. Kristen is an alum of SIT’s International Honors Program’s Cities in the 21st Century program, and spent a year of her time as an undergraduate studying abroad in Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Peru.
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Mackenzie Territo

Program Associate

Mackenzie Territo joined The Experiment Digital as a Program Associate in 2019. Although she grew up in a family of educators, Mackenzie first discovered her own passion for global education and exchange while volunteering in Mexico City, Mexico while in high school. She received her B.A. in International Studies, specializing in Global Inequality and Development from American University in Washington, D.C. Mackenzie spent a semester of her time as an undergraduate studying abroad in Scotland.

Chelsea Johnson

Leader Hiring Coordinator

Chelsea has been involved with the Experiment team since 2017 as Admissions assistant, Programs assistant, Operations Associate, and Group Leader to Nicaragua and Cuba. She has also led several World Learning Youth Programs with students from Brazil and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the World Learning community, Chelsea spent several years living in Nicaragua and Ecuador and working with U.S. youth after completing her BA in Spanish and BS in marketing at Colorado State University, where she studied abroad in Spain and Chile. Her professional passions weave youth education with experiential learning, the Spanish language, Latin America, indigenous ways of knowing, and environmental sustainability. She is currently working toward her MA in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.

Jeremy Sinensky

Budgets & Contracts Coordinator

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Katherine Hanson

Digital Program Officer

Katherine Hanson joined World Learning in March of 2020 as the Digital Program Officer to implement The Experiment Digital, an 8-week virtual exchange program connecting thousands of youths across the US, Middle East and North Africa. Katherine specializes in the development and implementation of online distance learning programs: including technological training and program curricula design. Katherine Hanson currently serves on the board of the Virtual Exchange Coalition with the goal to grow the field and make international exchange opportunities more accessible across borders and boundaries.