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 corners of the Earth, and left a corporate job on Wall Street to pursue his passion. At 28, he created Broadreach with a vision to educate teens through travel and experiential learning. At the time, summer opportunities for teenagers were primarily confined to summer camps or outdoor day programs, and Carlton wanted to design courses that took students out of their comfort zones and into the world. He launched trips from Egypt to Ecuador that engaged students to learn about themselves, their passions and our planet’s remarkable cultures.
Although the day-to-day operations are now in the capable hands of our Directors and year-round team, Carlton still provides guidance toward his vision on a weekly basis. Currently, Carlton lives in Durham with his wife Gina and daughters Peyton, Baylor and Phoebe.
Motts is the cornerstone of our operations at Broadreach, overseeing our day-to-day office operations, summer operations and vision for the future. He’s passionate about what we do and how we change the world: one student at a time. Motts was of the inaugural members of the Broadreach family who participated in the company’s very first trip—a Umiak Voyage in 1993. He began as an intern and has been furthering our organization’s mission since that day. He fell in love with sailing at the age of four, and has been a dive instructor since 1995. Born in Switzerland, Motts moved to New York at an early age and attended Grinnell to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and math before attending North Carolina State University to earn an M.B.A.
Kate has been a member of the Broadreach family since 2007. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, she grew up in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where she hiked, kayaked and mountain biked any chance she could find. Kate holds degrees in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Broadreach, Kate oversees the direction of our Caribbean and International programs, ensuring that each student and family who finds Broadreach has an excellent experience from start to finish. From designing programs in far flung destinations, to leading several Broadreach programs over the years, Kate is passionate about teaching students and facilitating adventure through experiential learning. She’s also a Wilderness First Responder, and in her free time, she volunteers with her certified therapy dogs at local schools, trains for triathlons and explores the North Carolina coast.
Nate has been with Broadreach since 2006. He currently oversees Broadreach Partnerships, custom programs for schools, groups and faculty-led courses. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation from UNC Chapel Hill and uses his past experiences as an educator to lead Broadreach’s annual teacher training and create incredible student experiences abroad. His love of the outdoors and travel has taken him on adventures to over 40 different countries and six continents.
Sara has been a steadfast contributor to Broadreach since 2011. Most often, you’ll find her leading our customer service and human resources teams, and she’s also led programs in Belize, The Bahamas and Curacao. Sara came to Broadreach from the Girl Scouts, where she was a Camp Director and Program Manager in upstate New York. Having worked at summer camps in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Maine as a cabin counselor, activity instructor and program director, she comes from a background of leadership in the outdoors. Sara also completed one year of Americorps in Rhode Island, where she ran an after-school service-learning program for at-risk middle school students. Armed with an Bachelor’s degree in English from The College of William and Mary and a Master’s degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Sara is an invaluable asset to our team. This certified Wilderness First Responder got bit by the travel bug on a high school trip to Australia and has sought out new, exciting travel experiences ever since. When she’s not at Broadreach, Sara is probably cooking, running a half marathon or visiting beaches she hasn’t been to yet.
Everything from the website and brochure to our social media and emails is her handiwork. Ladye Jane (yes, that’s her real name) hails from Atlanta and has a marketing and design background as varied as her interests. She began her branding career designing apparel and graphics for Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister, and has since been the curator of a museum and started her own freelance graphic design company. Before joining Broadreach, she was with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Africa that works to develop local leaders and alleviate poverty in one of Kenya’s largest slums, Kibera. When not at Broadreach, you can find Ladye Jane off galavanting somewhere around the globe taking photos. In the past few years alone, she’s been to Antarctica, Nepal, Ireland, Costa Rica, Thailand, Kenya, England, Iceland, Ecuador, Peru, Sweden, Denmark and Fiji, to name a few. Ask her which place is her favorite and she’ll tell you all of them are, but a sunrise hot air balloon ride across the Masai Mara while watching the wildebeest migration from the Serengeti may be her favorite moment in life so far. Jumping in the Southern Ocean when she was in Antarctica is a close second. She’s also the loving owner of a retired racing greyhound named Shug, one of the resident Broadreach office dogs.
Carley is an avid traveler and adventurer who has visited over 40 countries and 6 continents during her lifetime. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English and Corporate Communications from Elon University, where she studied abroad in Australia, Carley jetted off to the Netherlands. During her year-long stint as an au pair to a Dutch family, Carley developed a deep love for Stroopwafels and Gouda. When she headed back to the states, Carley lived in San Francisco and worked as a travel agent with our travel partner, STA Travel for six years. Eventually, she put down roots in Raleigh, North Carolina and began her adventure with Broadreach. When she’s not traveling, Carley is outdoors as much as possible with her golden retriever, Bonnie. A super enthusiastic foodie, Carley will try anything once, including tree ants and fried tarantula in Cambodia. If she could travel to one region of the world for the rest of her life, it would be Southeast Asia, and her happy place is Sonoma on a sunny September day.
Emily came to Broadreach from the Study Abroad Office of N.C. State University where she completed a Master’s degree in International Studies with a concentration in International Program Administration. Before that, while pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Business and Spanish, Emily spent a semester in Madrid, Spain. Upon graduation, Emily was seeking more of the Spanish culture and lifestyle, so she returned to Adalucia, Spain to teach English for a year. Last summer, Emily adventured to Santiago, Chile to work at a non-profit fair trade organization where she was able to ski the Andes and sand board down dunes of the Atacama Desert. With a fluency in Spanish and skills working as a recruiter and account manager for a staffing agency handling strategic accounts, Emily’s perspective for Broadreach is unique. Emily has led programs in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Peru and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, cycling and exploring new places.
As a kid, Quinn could not be kept indoors. She’s backpacked all over the United States, and her two favorite National Parks are Glacier and Canyonlands. In addition to hiking, Quinn loves kayaking, rock climbing and ballet. She first came to Broadreach as an intern and has now been an international education coordinator for the past several years. She first fell in love with overseas travel while touring Germany and Austria with her high school orchestra, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in program management from NC State. During college, Quinn studied sustainable tourism through a study abroad program in Australia and drove across Ireland for a summer, exploring the country in depth.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, April loves her hometown but equally enjoys visiting new places and trying new things. She discovered the joy of traveling while backpacking solo across Europe during her college gap year. April spent the majority of her time hiking through Ireland and studying Italian—and eating all the great food—in Italy. After her trip abroad, April returned to the states to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Cultural Studies. Throughout college, she worked at REI, outfitting people for their own adventures. She now works full-time at Broadreach in Admissions, and helps onboard summer staff and students. As a certified Wilderness First Responder who has led Broadreach programs in Puerto Rico, Sweden and Denmark, April has a passion for international travel and leadership. She believes traveling builds self-reliance and confidence and gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself in a way that isn’t possible in the comfort zone of home. Outside of her work with us, April enjoys mountain biking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Lindsay’s passion to travel the globe and experience new cultures led her to spend six years working in outdoor-oriented jobs. She spent time as a sea-kayaking guide, backpacking instructor, wilderness therapy guide and English teacher in various places like Central America, the Virgin Islands, South Korea, California and Colorado. With a degree in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University, Lindsay returned to North Carolina after her travels and has been working with Broadreach since 2012. She has led trips to Latin America, Asia, and Australia, and supports our field staff and parents during the summer, as well as trains on-boarding office employees during the off-season. When Lindsay isn’t in the Broadreach office, you’ll find her on the beach, attending concerts, hiking or dreaming up her next big adventure.
Patrick comes to Broadreach with a unique slew of outdoor jobs. He worked on a remote marine conservation base situated along Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, captained boats in the Virgin Islands, and managed a dive shop on Hawaii’s Big Island. Now, he oversees our Advanced Scuba and Marine Biology programs across the world. He’s putting his Business and Marketing degree from the University of Richmond to use in an unconventional way as he plans, scouts, and organizes trips for us alongside leading trips to Bali, the Bahamas and Curacao.
Hailing from North Carolina, Tricia has been studying Spanish since kindergarten. She honed her passion for the language by attending an immersion school in her hometown of Greensboro, and later moved to the mountains where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and a Master’s degree in Romance Language focusing on Spanish higher education—both from Appalachian State University. During college, Tricia taught English to young adults in Medellin, Colombia and studied abroad in Madrid and Sevilla, Spain. Combining her passion for teaching with athletics, Tricia also coached a youth sports camp for three years. In 2017, Tricia returned to Spain to lead a group of students on their own study abroad experience. She moved to Raleigh that same year, and began a job at Broadreach on our programming team. When not at work, Tricia attempts to discover Raleigh through running and Spanish clubs, crafts home decorations, and seeks adventure and inspiration for new Broadreach programs.
A Colorado native who recently transplanted to North Carolina, Jordan is a new full-time member of our team who brings invaluable experience to the table. Since receiving his Master’s in International Education Management in Monterey, California, and working for the World Affairs Council Board in Portland, Oregon as volunteer coordinator, Jordan has been working in the outdoor industry for over ten years. Jordan has taught rock climbing, backpacking, rafting and kayaking, and worked with an outdoor leadership school in Colorado to mentor younger children through the Parks and Recreation Department. Having led five Broadreach programs in India, South Africa, Costa Rica, Dominica and Peru, Jordan is passionate about our mission and wants to continue to inspire students to gain a better understanding of the world and what it means to be a global citizen.
Virginia grew up in the small coastal town of Madison, Connecticut. She moved to North Carolina for her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University. At WFU she studied abroad in Nepal, and conducted independent research on the value of education in isolated mountain regions. After graduating college with a degree in education, Virginia moved to rural Thailand where she taught elementary English and math. Virginia later returned to the U.S and worked as a teacher in Charleston, SC. Virginia has led many international programs and works full-time as a Broadreach International Education Coordinator.
Yesenia is a professional photographer who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She earned a BA in communications from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, an M.A. in graphic design from Atlantic University College in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, and an M.F.A in photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her professional specialties include portrait, fashion, commercial and lifestyle photography, and she has a personal passion for travel photography. In 2013, Yesenia started teaching photography and digital film courses at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham as well as private workshops through her own photography business. In addition to teaching, she has worked for renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador, Tamara Lackey, providing photographic services to commercial and private clients, filming promotional material for Tamara’s non-profit organization, Beautiful Together, and coordinating all of the production aspects of her online web show reDefine. Yesenia is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian, and enjoys traveling because it allows her to learn about other cultures, meet new friends, experience new foods and be more understanding. In 2017, Yesenia joined Broadreach HQ full-time as an International Education Coordinator after leading the Panama Photography Adventure and Iceland Advanced Photography programs in previous summers. She is excited to share her travel experiences with her students while teaching them what she loves most, photography.
Claire hails from across the pond and works for Broadreach remotely from Great Britain. It was her travels while attending the University of Glasgow in Scotland that ignited her passion for teaching, and led her to spend her summers working at a summer camp for teens in the U.S. After school, she traveled around the world (twice), and discovered her passion for scuba diving and the underwater world. Claire has been leading Caribbean dive programs for Broadreach for over 8 years and directs our Divemaster & Intern programs to foster the next generation of dive professionals. When she’s not diving, you can find Claire outdoors running, hiking, camping or exploring new places.