About Us

Our HQ Staff

Hey there! This is our HQ team. We are headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and are passionate about providing thoughtful, challenging and fun student adventures. We are made up of educators, program designers and veteran field guides who are all curious and love to learn. Helping students find new perspectives and build confidence is what we’ve been about for years, and we welcome chances to adapt and grow to foster better student outcomes.

We love what we do!

Founder of Broadreach Carlton Goldthwaithe on a boat in the Caribbean

Carlton Goldthwaite


Carlton grew up with a passion for the outdoors, the ocean and adventure. At the age of 19, he became a PADI Master Diver Instructor and by 23, he had earned his U.S. Coast Guard Masters license. From a young age, Carlton knew he wanted to explore the world, and left a corporate job on Wall Street to pursue his passion. In 1993, Carlton founded Broadreach with a desire to educate students through travel and experiential learning, wanting to design courses that took students out of their comfort zones and into the world.

Although the day-to-day operations are now in the capable hands of our director and HQ team, Carlton still provides regular guidance and insight. Currently, Carlton lives in Durham with his wife Gina and daughters Peyton, Baylor and Phoebe.

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Kate Charland

Kate Charland


Kate Charland has been with Broadreach since 2007, leading and organizing student programs around the world. Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, she developed an early curiosity for exploration and the outdoors, which continues to serve her well as our director. Kate is passionate about ensuring exceptional experiences for every student and family. She serves on the CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) Board, and her time working with Tompkins Conservation in Patagonia, Chile further developed her dedication to exploring the wild world. When she’s not spending her time volunteering with her therapy dogs, Penny and Peter, Kate is training for her next triathlon or spending as much time outside as possible!

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Study abroad coordinator Patrick Brydon on a boat

Patrick Brydon

Study Abroad Coordinator

Patrick is a Broadreach Study Abroad Coordinator and oversees many of our marine biology, biology and custom programs. Originally from New Jersey, after graduating from the University of Richmond with a business degree, he became a Certified Financial Planner. Inspired to explore more, he left his desk job and became a PADI scuba instructor and lived in Mexico, BVIs and Hawaii teaching educational programs and diving. Patrick has led many different Broadreach programs and loves a good knock-knock joke.

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Caribbean operations manager Claire Hughes on a boat

Claire Hughes

Caribbean Operations Manager

Claire hails from across the pond. It was her travels while attending the University of Glasgow in Scotland that ignited her passion for teaching, leading her to spend her summers at a camp for teens in the U.S. Following university, she traveled around the world (twice) and discovered her passion for scuba diving and the underwater world. Claire has been leading and directing Broadreach dive programs for more than 10 years and currently oversees the St. Martin-based Caribbean voyages. When she’s not diving, you can find Claire outdoors running, hiking, camping or exploring new places.

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Study abroad coordinator Virginia Pitler with her dog

Virginia Pitler

Study Abroad Coordinator

Virginia is a Broadreach Study Abroad Coordinator and oversees many of our veterinary medicine, biology and custom programs. Originally from Connecticut, after graduating from Wake Forest University with a teaching degree, she spent a year teaching English in Thailand. Back in the US, she worked as a teacher and instructional coach for many years before switching careers to join Broadreach. Virginia has led many different Broadreach programs and loves to spend time outdoors with her dog Neilly.

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