Our Staff

Staff for summer study abroad programs and experiential education adventures

Making it look easy takes a lot of work.

The successful development of our guiding principles requires expert leadership. We conduct extensive instructor training every year to ensure our leaders have a deep understanding of group dynamics and teamwork plus a firm grasp on safety procedures. Among our leaders you’ll find experiential education professionals, PhDs, college professors, high school teachers, PADI professional scuba instructors, marine biologists, Coast Guard licensed sailing masters and graduate students. Through our rigorous selection process and training, they are well prepared to make every Broadreach trip a positive, growth-filled experience.

Facts about Broadreach trip leaders:

  • They are chosen from 1000+ applicants.
  • They’re seriously smart! Our trips with academic accreditation are led by college professors or instructors with PhDs or master’s degrees in the field of study. You will also find professional scuba instructors, Royal Yachtmasters, experiential education professionals and graduate students.
  • Every team has at least one instructor certified in emergency medicine as either a Wilderness First Responder or EMT with a minimum 80 hrs of training. (In contrast to a simple Wilderness First Aid certification.)
  • They can be a great resource to pinpoint colleges in your area of interest, or even professional opportunities.
  • They are experienced world travelers and participate in extensive annual training.
Carlton Goldthwaite

Carlton Goldthwaite

Carlton grew up with a passion for the outdoors, the ocean and adventure. He became a PADI Master Diver Instructor at the young age of 19 and earned his U.S. Coast Guard Masters license at 23. After years of exploring the corners of the world and time spent working on Wall Street, he decided to create Broadreach. At a time when summer opportunities for teenagers were primarily outdoor programs and summer camps in the United States or teen tours in the U.S. or Europe, Carlton’s focus was on education through worldwide travel and experiential learning. He designed courses that took students to the far corners of the world from Egypt to Ecuador that engaged students in learning about themselves, their passions and our planet’s remarkable people and places. Although the day-to-day operations at Broadreach are now in the capable hands of our Directors and year-round team, Carlton still provides guidance and vision on a weekly basis. His current pursuits outside of Broadreach include non-profit endeavors in the realm of education and experiential learning. Carlton lives in Raleigh with his wife Gina and daughters Peyton, Baylor and Phoebe.
Nate Trappe

Nate Trappe

Not only is Nathan the director of Global Initiatives and School Partnerships at Broadreach, but when he is finished leading the training and development of our instructors you can often find him out on one of our international programs. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and his master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Measurement, Evaluation from UNC-Chapel Hill. Nathan came to Broadreach in 2006 from Florida with loads of experience teaching outdoor education and environmental studies in North and South Carolina, Michigan, California, and Australia. He has designed many of Broadreach’s programs and has traveled extensively to over 40 different countries. When he isn’t working in the office or in the field leading courses, Nathan loves to be outside playing with his puppy, surfing, climbing, biking, fishing, hiking, and sailing. Nathan has led Broadreach diving programs in the Caribbean, Belize wilderness emergency medicine, the Caribbean sailing voyage, Costa Rica and Panama primate studies, South Africa wildlife studies, Panama photography, British Columbia marine mammal studies and the Costa Rica field biology course. Broadreach is proud to have him as part of our team and the office misses him while he’s off on all of his adventures!
Carson Phillips

Carson Phillips

Carson Phillips is a PH.D candidate at the University of Florida focusing on disease ecology and epidemiology research, and teaches our Primate Behavior and Conservation program in Panama and Costa Rica. She currently examines the impact of land use on the small mammal community and parasite community in a Neotropical ecosystem. Recently, she participated in an assistantship with the National Science Foundation and was a guest lecturer at the University of Arizona. Carson feels it is important to work with students because their involvement “in science and conservation is a vital component to preserving our Earth and the important resources it provides”.
Lindsay Graff

Lindsay Graff

With a master’s degree in marine biology from Northeastern University, Lindsay has focused her attention on helping students develop a love of one specific marine animal — the shark. This leader of our Fiji Shark Studies program has worked with Project Great White Shark in South Africa, assisting in the tagging and genetic sampling of great whites, and setting a world record of 106 continuous hours of manual tracking of an individual white shark. Her passion for sharks is contagious, and students often remark how inspired they are by her knowledge and field experience.
Kate Farthing

Kate Farthing

Not all those who wander are lost. Kate was born in Heidelberg, Germany but grew up in Boone, North Carolina where she discovered her love for the outdoors through hiking, kayaking and mountain biking the Blue Ridge Mountains. She also moonlighted as a guide for the Outing Club at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while earning degrees in Anthropology and Spanish, using any excuse to get away from the hustle of the city and into fresh open air. Interrupting her post graduate purposeful wanderings throughout the Americas and the world beyond, Kate began leading trips for Broadreach in 2007 starting with Ecuador Spanish Immersion, a fantastic journey full of laughter, discovery, and one particularly memorable morning of waking up to 4 inches of snow outside the tent — strange even for the Andes! Shortly after, she joined the year round staff at Broadreach and has led several other programs since including Dominica Service and Caribbean Culture, Peru Spanish and Service, and British Columbia Marine Mammal Adventure. Along the way she has taught skills as varied as sailing, hiking at 15,000 feet, and how to sea kayak just 30 meters from a humpback whale! Kate is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. While contemplating the next big adventure she takes time to sew purses, ride her bicycle everywhere she can, take in a good music show and read books at warp speed.
Dr. Imogen Hoyle

Dr. Imogen Hoyle

Imogen Hoyle works for Broadreach year-round as our College Programs Director, and she can be found out on the ocean during the summer leading trips. Since joining our team in 2008, Dr. Hoyle has led our Caribbean Marine Biology Voyage and more recently our newest college programs, Tropical Marine Biology, Shark Behavior and Conservation and Ultimate Predators. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marine biology from the University of Plymouth, and her PhD from the University of Bristol in England. Imogen started sailing at the age of 12 and began teaching sailing at the age of 16. She learned to dive at 14 and immediately knew it would be a lifelong affair and profession! Originally from the UK, she has now made her home in the U.S.A.
Motts Mueller

Motts Mueller

If you’re going on a Caribbean adventure, Motts will be one of your main contacts at Broadreach. He works full-time in the office during the year and in the Caribbean as a Course Director all summer. Originally from Switzerland, he grew up in New York and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and another in math from Grinnell. He recently earned his MBA at NC State in Raleigh. Motts has been sailing since he was four years old and has been a dive instructor since 1995. He has a long history with Broadreach, as he was a participant on the very first Broadreach trip called Umiak Voyage, and he interned on the same program the following year. Motts joined our summer staff a few years later in 1997 and has been instructing with us every summer since. Over the years, Motts has taught diving and sailing on the Underwater Discoveries, Underwater Discoveries Advanced, Grenadines Voyage, Adventures Down Under, Sinai Experience and the Fiji Vanuatu Quest programs.
Alex Bolton

Alex Bolton

Alex grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and fell in love with diving before she was even a teenager. Since joining the Broadreach team in 2005, Alex has led five different Broadreach trips including Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage, Caribbean Grenadines Island Scuba Voyage, Belize Dolphin Studies, Fiji and South Pacific Advanced Scuba and Egypt Red Sea Advanced Scuba. Her love for diving and the underwater world led her to pursue a degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Alex is always eager to share her passion for the environment with her students and introduce them to new ways of living and learning. When not at Broadreach, Alex loves to spend time outside, running, hiking, swimming or sailing. Alex is also an avid photographer and never leaves home without her camera!
Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Rob has been teaching marine, earth and environmental science for more than 10 years in both classrooms and outdoor environments. He has worked for a variety of field education programs including the Ocean Institute, Catalina Island Marine Institute, Longacre Expeditions, Astrocamp and Broadreach/Academic Treks College. Rob has led our Caribbean Marine Conservation, Belize Dolphin Studies, Fiji Shark Behavior & Conservation, Bahamas Marine Biology, Caribbean Sailing & Leadership, British Columbia Marine Mammal Studies and Costa Rica Sea Turtle Studies program. He returns year after year because of the students, and because “working for Broadreach allows me to do more in-depth field work on specific topics that I cannot spend as much time on in normal classrooms. It allows me to focus in on a different sub-discipline of marine science each year and work with a variety of researchers, organizations, agencies and local populations to convey the importance of their marine resources to students from all around the world. I find that students that get a chance to explore the real world applications of what we discuss in classrooms understand the content on a higher level and are inspired to get involved in the field once they get back.” When Rob is not working for Broadreach, he is an adjunct professor of oceanography at Fullerton College, Orange Coast College, Long Beach City College and Irvine Valley College in Southern California.
Craig Ryburn

Craig Ryburn

When not working with Broadreach, Craig works in New Zealand teaching school children and adults to sail in keelboats and dinghies. He has always had a passion for sailing, and he began sailing competitively when he was just eight years old. Since then Craig has competed in sailing both nationally and internationally. Craig has also cruised around New Zealand and the Caribbean, and he sailed to Antarctica where he spent a month exploring the Antarctic peninsula by boat, on foot and on skis. In addition to sailing, Craig has taught a variety of wilderness adventure activities including rock climbing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, archery and high ropes courses. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking and scuba diving. Craig earned a bachelor’s of commerce and administration in marketing and management from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. His ultimate goal is to travel more and see as much of the world as possible, particularly Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, South America and Africa.  Each year he looks forward to a great summer teaching sailing to Broadreach participants in the Caribbean!
Mark Gossage

Mark Gossage

Having grown up on the Cocos Islands in Australia, Mark has always had a natural interest in outdoor education and outdoor activities. He attended Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia where he received a bachelor’s in social science and a post-graduate degree in education. He plans to return to graduate school in 2012 to earn a degree in global health development. Over the years, Mark has had the opportunity to work with teens in a wide variety of settings — in homeless shelters, as a high school teacher, as a surfing instructor and on Broadreach trips. He has led adventure camps, multi-day hikes, surf camps and community development projects, all involving young people from across the globe. For the past few years he has been working with small NGO’s worldwide, doing everything from leading volunteers in the jungles of Nicaragua to coordinating development projects on the islands of Vanuatu. Most recently, he volunteered in Indonesia working as a community development officer in education. Mark is a passionate surfer who also enjoys camping, playing guitar, scuba diving and reading. He has led trips for us in Central America since 2008 and considers Broadreach to be a dream come true, combining his passion for working with teenagers with his passion for getting outdoors and engaging in the world. His advice to his students: “Broadreach is an amazing opportunity to open your eyes to the incredible diversity of the world around you. Approach the trip with an open mind and open heart and you’ll be in for a life-changing experience you will never forget!”
Chelsea Onik

Chelsea Onik

Chelsea has a long history with Broadreach. As a participant, she did our Caribbean Grenadines Islands Scuba Voyage, Fiji & South Pacific Advanced Scuba, Egypt Red Sea Advanced Scuba, Fiji Shark Studies and Caribbean PADI Divemaster Programs, as well as our PADI instructor course. She now spends her summers teaching teens how to dive on our Caribbean voyages. When not with Broadreach, Chelsea works as dive instructor in Orlando, Florida. She also loves skiing and previously worked as a downhill instructor for many years. In her free time, she enjoys cave diving, exploring the large cave system of Northern Florida. She is currently on the path to becoming an environmental lawyer and will always have a special place in her heart for the beauty of the Caribbean islands. Chelsea wants her students to know, “Working for Broadreach is the best job I could ever ask for! I love the Caribbean, I love diving, and I love to teach. Together we can make this one of the most enjoyable and rewarding summers you can experience!”
Jennifer Waldrup

Jennifer Waldrup

Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degrees in medieval history and French, as well as a master’s in French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has plans to someday pursue a PhD in ancient history. She currently teaches French in North Carolina at a magnet middle school and also coaches Ultimate Frisbee. Outside of school, Jennifer helps run a youth organization called the Triangle Youth Ultimate League to promote Ultimate Frisbee in the ACC region. She loves everything about the outdoors and has a passion for travel, so Broadreach felt like a perfect fit. Her message to her students: “Take in every second of your trip and hold onto to the memory because you will remember it for the rest of your life. Be prepared to reach for high expectations and exceed them.”
Khadene Harris

Khadene Harris

Khadene is from Spanish Town, Jamaica. She earned her degree in history and archaeology at the University of the West Indies, as well as a master’s in heritage studies. When not with Broadreach, Khadene is pursuing a PhD in anthropology at Northwestern University, with the goal of teaching Caribbean anthropology. Before summer 2011, Khadene worked for five years full-time teaching high school history in Jamaica. She also worked on several archaeological excavations in Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. When Khadene isn’t busy with school, she enjoys reading and traveling. Her philosophy is summarized by a Ghanaian proverb, “Do good because of tomorrow.” She wants her students to know that their Broadreach experiences will stay with them forever. “You will have fun, make friends and make such special memories. Get excited!” Khadene has led our Dominica Service & Caribbean Culture program since 2008.
Philip Gravinese

Philip Gravinese

Philip Gravinese is a PhD in marine biology at Florida Institute of Technology where he will be researching crustacean behavior and larval biology. He received his master’s degree from Florida Tech as well where he researched depth regulation in the commercially important Florida stone crab. While he was completing his master’s research, he participated as an InSTEP resident scientist in various high schools around the county. During his master’s degree he led diving trips for a tropical marine science course in college; volunteered for coral disease research in the US Virgin Islands; supervised students on local snorkeling trips; spent a summer backpacking through 25 national parks; and spent a summer hiking, diving and snorkeling throughout Australia.

Upon graduation he accepted a teaching position for Brevard Public schools and taught at Bayside High for three years and Heritage High for two years. During his time with Brevard Public Schools he was awarded as exemplary science teacher in 2010 and was also recognized by Florida Marine Science Educator Association (FMSEA) as their Marine Science Educator of the Year for 2011. While teaching high school he taught courses such as environmental science, biology, integrated science, and science research. Philip was appointed as director of Heritage High’s environmental science academy in 2010. He also served as an adjunct professor at Brevard Community College teaching oceanography for two years. His favorite part of his teaching experience was relating his research to what high school students were learning. In his spare tim he coaches girl’s soccer, rowing, surfs, kayaks, dives, and takes his dog to frisbee competitions. This past summer, Philip led Broadreach’s Costa Rica sea turtle studies program and is looking forward to working with Broadreach again in the future.
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