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 directors 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 the Broadreach Director of Dive and Sail Adventures. 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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Marketing + communications coordinator Kate Riley with elephant

Kate Riley

Marketing + Communications Coordinator

Kate joined Broadreach as the Marketing + Communications Coordinator. A native of North Carolina, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Elon University. She then spent nearly five years working in a communications role with international and local teachers, as well as many public schools in North Carolina. Kate became so inspired by the work of international educators that she decided to try it for herself in South Korea. Through this adventure, Kate’s dedication to cultural exchange and travel strengthened, and she is excited to continue working with students as they embark on their own global experiences. When she’s not thinking about the next place to explore, Kate is either drinking coffee, spending time outside or dancing at a concert.

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Hiring coordinator Emily Tysinger with her dog

Emily Tysinger

Hiring Coordinator

While she was born in Seattle, Emily grew up on a permaculture farm in North Carolina, where her family lived in a tipi. She attended a small community school that emphasized education through explorative outdoor learning, sparking her love of the natural world. Her love of the outdoors and dedication to the sport of swimming led her to a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Kenyon College. Professionally, she has pursued her passion for outdoor education and fitness, while still adventuring throughout the world – hiking the El Camino de Santiago, restoring hiking trails in Greece and teaching English in Spain. When she’s not working to hire summer instructors for Broadreach dive and sail programs, Emily trains for triathlons, does Crossfit, mountain bikes, and is up for anything outside with her dog Stella.

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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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