JN ARMSTONG, MD FRCPC
Expedition Physician

Dr. JN Armstrong is a consultant anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia, Calgary Health Region, an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Calgary, where he teaches in the Faculty of Medicine, and is currently the Regional Clinical Department Head, Department of Anesthesia, Calgary Health Region and Academic Head, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

He received a BSc in Physiology from the University of Calgary in 1980, and an MD from the same institution in 1981. He completed an internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1981-82, and attained his CCFP (Family Practice) from the University of Calgary in 1982-1983. Following this, with training in GP Anesthesia from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, he practiced as a GP Anesthetist and Family Practitioner in Yellowknife Northwest Territories until 1988. He returned to an anesthesia residency at the University of Calgary. He earned his FRCP in 1991 and since then has been on staff at the Calgary General Hospital and in the Calgary Health Region. He assumed the role of Department Head in Anesthesia for the Calgary Health Region and the Faculty of Medicine in 2005.

JN also has a strong interest in aviation and has been flying since 1973. He is a licensed commercial helicopter and fixed wing pilot. He currently holds active Airline Transport Licenses for both Fixed Wing and Helicopters. He presently flies as a Captain for a provincial helicopter medevac program, flying a twin engined BK117 helicopter and also flies his own Cessna T210 privately. He is the past Vice-President of Medicine and Aviation for the provincial helicopter medevac program, where he has been active in aviation and medical operations for the organization, including the development of a safety management system (SMS) for the program.

He was the physician for the Students on Ice Antarctic Youth Expedition 2009 with his oldest son and is looking forward to sharing the experience with his youngest son this year.

OLLE CARLSSON

Polar Naturalist & Historian

Born and raised in Sweden, Olle was formerly a school teacher and professional jazz musician before embarking on a life of polar adventure, writing, photography, and education. For over twenty years Olle has been sharing the migration route of the Arctic tern - Arctic adventures in the summer, and Antarctic adventures in the winter.

His fascination in the Polar world is grounded on the integrity and beauty of these remote places, as well as the astounding adaptations for survival under harsh conditions that the wildlife has suffered. Our need for places largely unaffected by humans will not decrease, and it goes without saying that they promote a deep engagement in environmental questions.

With his colleague, Stefan Lungren, Olle has co-authored several books about the Poles, including the award-winning Antarctica - In the Interest of All Mankind and the popular Antarctica - A Souvenir Book for the 7th Continent. Olle lives in Sweden and still practices Jazz!.

JF CARREY
Guide

Ever since Jean-François Carrey was a young boy he wanted to climb Mount Everest. On May 18th, 2006, not only did he fulfill his dreams, he also became the youngest Canadian to have climbed to the top of the world at 24 years old while obtaining his Commerce degree. JF’s passion for the arctic, mountains and rivers extends back to his youth when he was a member of Scouts Canada. As a Scout, he developed some of the skills necessary to achieve his dream. These skills proved useful when, at the age of 17, JF was a apprentice guide for a wilderness adventure company, and guided one of Canada’s most extraordinairy river, the Nahanni in the Northwest Territories.

All the while his job as a guide enabled him to acquire many unique experiences. He led a number of expeditions down the Mountain and Snake river in the Northwest Territories / Yukon, and also journeyed to Ellesmere Island and Baffin Island in Nunavut to trek and sea kayak.

JF guides leaders and youth to think like a adventurer. He inspires people from all over the world to embrace change. He speaks internationally on leadership and unveiling the perspective gained by leading expeditions in these immense and uncontrolable environments.

ANNE CHAPUIS

Geologist & Glaciologist

Anne is a young French glaciologist, passionate about the world, nature and people. She is currently writing her PhD in Norway in glaciology about iceberg formation. Her PhD has taken her to Svalbard where she has planned several field campaigns both in winter and summer. Her interests are very broad and, besides her background in Natural Sciences, she has a passion for music and has been playing the piano for the last 20 years, also enjoying singing and playing the guitar. Anne lives an active outdoor life, on her skis all winter long, her bike in the summer and for her, every mountain is an invitation to hike and climb. She loves to plan long trips across mountains and continents.

Her main interest now lies in nature conservation and working towards a sustainable world.

Traveling to Antarctica is for her a unique opportunity to experience one of the last wild places on Earth. Her aim in joining the Students on Ice Antarctic Youth Expedition 2010 is to convey her love and respect for nature to the young participants. She also expects fruitful discussions and debates about how to reach a sustainable world.

BRYN DHIR

Leadership Director, Educator
Student Services & Programs Officer

Bryn holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, where she coordinated graduate student services and programs in architecture, landscape and urban design. Bryn has extensive experience as a Camp Director, Assistant Director, Leadership Director, Activity & Planning Coordinator, Producer and has organized major events for many not for profit charities. She has been a captain, coach, president, leader, editor, ambassador and has organized numerous sporting and extra-curricular teams and has received numerous awards for outstanding volunteer service for over 4,000 hours of service and has been invited as a guest speaker to a variety of events.

Bryn has extensive experience with leadership development for youth and young adults and strongly believes that all youth around the world have the power to create a positive and sustainable future. She is a strong advocate of youth learning, leadership skills and development. Bryn’s passion for leadership development also includes travelling off the beaten path all around the world to remote locations and large metropolises including Easter Island, Canada’s far North, Patagonia and Tibet, and believes in the major importance of environmental awareness. This is her second trip with SOI. Bryn also has experience in graphic design, fashion, photography, languages with strong interests in architecture and medical community health care. It is the importance of education and the understanding of the environment and the need to work together to create a sustainable, habitable, healthy place on a large geographic scale as well as on a smaller human biological scale, that Bryn is passionate about.

When not in the office, Bryn lives a very active life style with her huskies either travelling, competitive ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, singing, hiking, dog sledding and camping. Bryn has completed numerous tournaments, has represented Toronto in sport and has been an athlete at the Canadian Nationals. She is an artist, teaches mixed media classes, and enjoys reading about polar history. Adventure travel, the environment at the Earth's poles, stepping outside comfort zones and taking positive risks are Bryn’s passions. Bryn strongly believes in life long – hands on, outdoor learning and believes in trying everything – at least once!

GARRY DONALDSON
Migratory Birds Conservation Biologist

Garry lives near the Gatineau River in Chelsea, Quebec, and works for the Canadian Wildlife Service, where he manages the national and international migratory birds program and the process for listing species at risk.

After a brief career in biotechnology, Garry began his life with wildlife when he came across an opportunity to travel to the Arctic for a month to assist on a project at the remote Coats Island seabird colony. That summer inspired many years of study, eventually earning him a Master’s degree studying the population dynamics of the Thick-billed Murre (the Arctic’s penguin), and subsequent work in the north with the Canadian Wildlife Service.

Because migratory birds go, literally, everywhere, much of Garry’s work time is currently devoted to figuring out how to achieve conservation for species that roam across Canada then fly throughout the Americas or across the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.

This will be Garry’s fourth SOI expedition and his first to Antarctica. He’s looking forward to meeting old friends, making new ones, spying a few far-flung migrant birds from Canada and learning to identify southern species with the help of Santiago.

DAVID FLETCHER
Base Commander
& Polar Historian

David has spent the last 38 years in the polar regions, including 4 winters and 35 summers. He spent fifteen years with the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S.) as a dog driver, Base Commander and Field Operations Manager.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and was awarded the prestigious Polar Medal. He has also received the Fuchs medal from the British Antarctic Survey. David has participated on several Students on Ice expeditions as a polar educator.

COLLEEN GAINEY
Event Coordinator


Colleen is a trustee of the Gainey Foundation and the youngest of the Gainey family. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and now lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her two dogs Emma and Rosie.

Colleen loves being creative through all types of art and will bring her camera along to Antarctica. She is outgoing, social and spunky. She loves change, adventure and learning new things everyday.

Colleen is passionate about the environment and trying to find the bridge between life in and out of the city.

The Montreal Canadiens are Colleen favorite hockey team. She loves playing shinny on the lake at her cottage in Peterborough during the winter. In the summer, she loves to canoe and hike with her dogs.

Colleen loves music and going to concerts. She can sing along to almost any song but probably won't be able to tell you who sang it or or the song's name.
PABLO GAMENARA
Artist


Pablo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but spent most of his childhood in the south of his country in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. He has always been interested in nature, the nature of the things and how people feel when immersed in natural environments.

Pablo has developed his craft studying under the tutelage of Eduardo Nicolai, a Fuegian water colour artist, and in Buenos Aires with Guillermo Roux, an important Argentine artist. While exploring his interest in the human condition and our relationship with the environment, Pablo continued his studies in architecture, achieving his Architect designation in 2009. Today he practices architecture in Ushuaia.

Pablo has travelled to Antarctica on seven occasions, first in 2002, as a student with Student on Ice. He continues to be fascinated and inspired by the wildness of the white continent, its icescapes, enormous icebergs, the fog on its mountains, clear colours, huge scale and breathtaking beauty. Pablo’s identity is intricately connected to the environment he inhabits. He continues to look to the environment as teacher and guide as it offers him awe inspired perspective on life.

JEN HOMAN
Educator


Jen Hohman is a middle school science and social studies teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate from the University of Georgia and a very proud Bulldog and mom of 3 cats. In her free time, she volunteers for local theaters as an usher, reads, watches movies, or spends time planning her next adventure. Most of her summers are spent traveling and Jen hopes to reach all 7 continents by the summer of 2012. She is very passionate about the environment and wants to learn as much as she can to bring back to both her students and coworkers. She is very excited about this opportunity and is honoured she was selected to be a leader and travel with such great young adults from around the world. .
SANTIAGO IMBERTI
Ornithologist

 

Santiago Imberti was born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina, which meant that wilderness was only a short step from his front door. A long lasting love for nature was the logical consequence of the years he lived there.

Santiago obtained a degree in tourism and ornithology, which allowed him to combine his love for nature and the outdoors with his work as a bird-watching and fly-fishing mountain guide. During the off-season Santiago continues his ornithology research focusing his attention on the birds of Patagonia and Bolivia. He also uses this time as an opportunity to travel around the world bush walking and birding, studying different bird communities and their surrounding environments. Santiago photographs and writes about the places he visits and his experiences as a guide, trying to convey in words and pictures some sense of the magic of nature. He has traveled to Antarctica many times. His articles and stories have been published in scientific journals and popular travel magazines.

WAYNE LOVSTROM
Small Business Owner & Manager


Wayne Lovstrom was introduced to Students on Ice by his daughter and participated in the Arctic 2008 expedition as a chaperone. He had such an incredible experience that he decided to chaperone once again in 2009. Wayne is from Three Hills, Alberta, and enjoys photography, camping, nature and listening to music of all kinds. He has also just begun to learn fencing, the sword kind, not the post and picket kind. After the expedition Wayne plans on using the experience to help him communicate more effectively about the importance of taking care of this world, the only home we have.
SHIRLEY MANH
Tour Leader


Shirley is thrilled to be a part of this year's expedition to the Antarctic as this was a dream that started ten years ago when she was in high school (and when SOI took their inaugural student voyage south in 2000!). During the years that Antarctica has been on her mind, Shirley kept busy earning a degree, working as an event planner, going to a variety of conferences, hosting workshops, doing community theatre and hopping around the world.

Since 2005, she has been travelling and working as a Tour Leader with an educational student travel company based in Toronto, Ontario. She has led innumerable trips with groups of students ranging from 11 to 18 years old to various cities within Canada and the United States. On the road, Shirley tells stories, teaches history, is good with a map, shares fun facts and tells bad jokes. When she is at work in the office, she recruits, hires, trains, and manages a team of about 40 Tour Leaders and really enjoys facilitating the growth of a new team of dynamic individuals every year. Shirley also volunteers as the "Sustainability Champion" or "Green Girl" for the company, and has happily implemented an on-the-road Travel Green program for use with the Tour Leaders and students. In her spare moments she encourages her colleagues to compost their organic food waste and to use both sides of the paper before recycling it.

Shirley recently volunteered as a Tour Liaison with The Otesha Project and rode her bicycle around the Maritimes for two months performing a play and hosting workshops about sustainability and social justice issues to youth (and anyone else who was interested in watching!). The two months she spent on a bike reinforced ideas that Shirley already felt strongly about: living simply and waste reduction, and empowering forms of education in outdoor classrooms. She is very grateful to have had (and hopes to continue to have) so many opportunities to combine her interests and work with youth in different settings around the world.

A goal a decade old is finally becoming a reality this winter and Shirley can't wait to celebrate 2011 by kissing a penguin, an iceberg, or both!
INGA MAY
Remote Sensing Expert


Since her early childhood Inga has been fascinated about nature and has spent every free minute outside to exploring the environment. Her interest for cold regions emerged while she played in and looked at snow during winter months.

After she finished grade school in 2003, she studied physical Geography at the University of Munich with a strong focus on environmental monitoring. In 2008, Inga started her PhD about the possibility to detect permafrost affected areas by satellite imaging and its dynamics in the context of climate change. She is still based in Munich, but works together with scientists from Canada. She has also travelled many times to the Canadian Arctic and discovered, besides her research, the beauty of Polar Regions and the fascinating culture and traditions of the indigenous people living there.

During her free time, Inga participates in many outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking and skiing, but her main passion is running. As she is captivated of the heterogeneity of this planet, she travels as much as she can and participates in volunteer projects to learn more about individual advantages and disadvantages of different places of the world.

JEANNETTE MENZIES
Foreign Service Officer


A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeannette Menzies has had a long-standing personal interest in Arctic and Antarctic issues. One of her first assignments at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs was to ratify the Madrid Protocol on Environmental Protection – which establishes principals for the conduct of all activities in the Antarctic. Other assignments at Foreign Affairs include negotiating a Search and Rescue Agreement for the Arctic, expanding the Department's consular services and emergency management branch and providing policy advice on humanitarian affairs. Jeannette has represented the Canadian Government on assignments in Turkey (with accreditation to Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan), Norway, Alaska and Australia.

Prior to joining the Canadian Government, she worked as an environmental educator in Alaska, a park guide in Moab, Utah and a cycle-touring guide in France.

Jeannette's interests outside of work include cross-country skiing, cycling, basketball, playing the piano and spending time with family and friends at her home in Chelsea, Quebec.

ALANNA MITCHELL
Journalist & Author

Alanna Mitchell is an author and journalist who writes about science. She was a reporter for 14 years at Canada's National Newspaper The Globe and Mail and was a reporter at The Financial Post for three years before that. Now, she is independent and mainly makes her living writing popular science books and giving public talks. Her latest book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller and won the 2010 Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. 

LEE NARRAWAY
Adventure Photographer


Lee Narraway spent her childhood exploring the wetlands, forests and lakes of Eastern Canada with her father, an outstanding naturalist and environmentalist. This ignited a passion and curiosity for the outdoors that continues to this day.

Lee received her first camera at ten years of age and soon discovered the joy of sharing her view of the world with others. She uses natural light and her ability to communicate with people to create unique environmental portraits. Her professional career is now focused on travel and adventure photography.

In her quest for outstanding images, Lee has skied, hiked, canoed, backpacked, and traveled by dog team, horseback, snow machine, helicopter, hot air balloon and icebreaker to remote and isolated parts of the world.

When she visited Canada's High Arctic, Lee became fascinated with its diversity and haunting beauty. Now, she strives to capture its mystery and magic on film by documenting the dramatic scenery, the wildlife and the evolving lifestyle and culture of the Inuit.

Based in White Lake, Ontario, this professional adventure photographer continues to travel the world, discovering wildlife, landscapes and characters through the lens of her camera. Her popular photography workshops have been taught in such diverse areas as Australia, Canada, Chile and the Arctic.

PASCALE OTIS
Biologist

Pascale Otis first started working in the polar regions in 2000 when she was a student at Laval University studying cold adaptations in Greater Snow Geese (that’s when she was nicknamed Mother Goose!). After graduating with a Masters in Biology, she continued her research on polar species at McMurdo station in Antarctica before coming back to Canada to study the physiological response of humans exposed to extreme environments. Pascale has always loved traveling and discovering new places. Her passion for adventure led her to spend 15 months on a sailboat that wintered on the Antarctic Peninsula (Antarctic Mission – Sedna IV). Upon returning from the Ice, she then crossed the South Pacific Ocean on a smaller sailboat where she filmed and documented the impacts of environmental changes on many tropical islands. Her goal as a biologist is to share knowledge by making science accessible to the general public.

CORINNE POMERLEAU
Biological Oceanographer

Corinne started to conduct research in the Arctic in 2005, after the completion of her BSc in Marine Biology. She completed her MSc in Environment at the University of Manitoba and she is currently in her third year of a PhD in Oceanography at the University of Quebec in Rimouski (Ismer). She has had many fieldwork experiences all over the Arctic. She has been part of six oceanographic missions in the north onboard four different icebreakers from coast to coast to coast, including two 6-week missions on board the CCGS Amundsen (2005-06), two 4-weeks missions onboard the Louis S. St-Laurent (2007, 2010) 5 weeks onboard the CCGS Laurier (2008) and 3 weeks onboard the CCGS DesGroseilliers (2009). She also spent 3 weeks in a remote camp near Arctic Bay in Admiralty Inlet to participate in a marine mammals tagging camp to deploy satellite-linked time-depth recorders on bowhead whales and to obtain skin biopsies. Her PhD research is on the determination of bowhead whales feeding grounds in the eastern Arctic and the comprehension of their habitat use in the context of their foraging ecology. Her research interest also focuses on polar marine zooplankton and she is part of a multidisciplinary international Arctic research group, Canada Three Oceans (C3O). She is also one of the 2010-2011 PhD candidate recipients of a prestigious Canadian Scholarship, the W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research.

SCOBIE PYE
Polar Scientist & Historian


“Scobie” Pye is a research scientist with a Master of Science degree awarded by the University of Tasmania, Australia. Over the past 30 years much of his life has been spent in southern latitudes working with the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S.), the Australian Antarctic Division and the University of Tasmania. He has spent four winters and seven summers on the island of South Georgia, two summers on the floating ice shelf station of Halley Bay in the Weddell Sea and two winters and nine summers on Australia's Macquarie Island. Scobie's main scientific interests are focused on the conservation and management of Polar Regions. He has worked and traveled extensively in the northern latitudes. In 1978, Scobie was awarded the Fuchs Medal for outstanding service to B.A.S.
GRANT REDVERS
Environmental Scientist & Sailor

Prior to taking to a life at sea in the high latitudes, Grant Redvers worked as a scientist in New Zealand and at Scott Base in Antarctica. He has a master’s degree in environmental science, and is a qualified yacht skipper and dive master.

In the early 2000s he sailed from New Zealand to Antarctica and South Georgia Island on a 45ft yacht for mixed climbing and glaciology research expeditions. After sailing back to NZ through the Pacific Islands he then joined Tara Expeditions. Aboard Tara he completed a number of expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and Patagonia, supporting a diverse range of research, natural history and adventure projects, before setting a course for the Arctic.

The last project on Tara took Grant to the Arctic Ocean for almost 2 years, from 2006 – 2008, as the leader of an expedition to study climate change as part of the International Polar Year. He then sailed to the west coast of Greenland to support glaciology research projects, and has just published a book about the Tara Arctic mission.

REMY RODDEN
Environmental Educator, Musician & Storyteller

Remy Rodden is first and foremost an environmental educator—a biologist, interpreter and teacher—who just happens to have a natural talent for singing and song-writing. As Manager of Environmental Education and Youth Programs for the Government of Yukon Territory, Canada, Remy leads and oversees popular wilderness-based experiential youth programs and supports environmental literacy in schools. He is also a well-known "eco-singer" whose performances and recordings have garnered international attention. (The song “What’s That Habitat?” from the album Think About the Planet is part of compilation celebrating the UN Earth Charter).

Rodden often tells his audiences "We all have gifts to share, to help make the world a better place." Assisting people recognize and utilize their true gifts, and supporting them in moving from awareness to action are primary targets for Remy. Certification in leadership development and executive coaching supplement his Queen’s University degrees in biology and outdoor/experiential education.

Rodden's life and music is influenced by his daily contact with the relatively pristine natural Yukon environment. Over two decades in the North has included building an off-grid home, running a dog-sled operation, and raising a bilingual family of three boys.

www.thinkabout.ca

www.environmentyukon.gov.yk.ca/educationyouth

SHELLEY SCHEIBEL
Educator

Shelley is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. This prairie girl likes traveling and enjoys being active and experiencing the outdoors. She has participated in wilderness camping, canoeing and kayaking. Shelley has played various sports including hockey, soccer, softball and swimming. She loves to read and learn new things. Shelley’s dream, for as long as she can remember, has been to experience Antarctica.

Shelley is a teacher with a Master of Education degree who is presently seconded to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. Shelley hopes to use her experiences in Antarctica to inspire her grade one students to become environmental leaders.

ALEX TAYLOR
Polar Guide & Educator

Alex Taylor’s Antarctic career kicked off in 1992 when he was hired by the British Antarctic Survey as a polar guide for a glaciology project in the shadow of Mt. Vinson. This led to dozens of other expeditions and soon to leading expeditions in the High Canadian Arctic. A love of the polar region’s incredible landscapes, wildlife, history and other-worldly experiences keeps him coming back to these remote locations year after year.

More than 10 seasons south in Antarctica have afforded Alex the privilege of visiting many parts of the continent working in support of science projects for the British Antarctic Survey and the United States Antarctic Program. He has also provided technical and safety support for television and films down south. Most notable were the two ship-based expeditions to film the award-winning feature Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.

Alex has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, specializing in Outdoor Pursuits and Geography. He has climbed and traveled all over the world but the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Arctic remain his favourite places on the planet.

Alex’s home base is in Canmore, Alberta. He has been working in the Rocky Mountain National Parks for over 23 years. His eclectic work life has always been focused on the wild outdoors and has included jobs as a wildland fire fighter, wildlife technician, weather station specialist, still photographer and videographer, to name a few. When not in Antarctica, Alex works as a backcountry project manager for Parks Canada in Lake Louise.

TREVOR TAYLOR
Fisherman & Former Minister of Fisheries

Over the past twenty-five years Trevor has worked extensively in many aspects of the fishery.

Prior to the moratorium on Northern Cod in 1992 he worked as a crew member on fishing boats involved in the cod, turbot and crab fisheries off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an instructor in fishery related courses for the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, was a fisheries observer and has worked in international fisheries development with Oxfam in Nicaragua.

During the 1990s he served on the executive board of the fishermen’s union in Newfoundland (FFAW) and spent six years as a staff member of the FFAW.  He served six years as a member of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council and was chair of its Gear Technology Sub Committee.

From 1998 to 2000 he was captain of a 55’ fishing vessel, fishing shrimp and crab off Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2001 he was elected, for the first of three terms, as a Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. As a member of cabinet he served as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Minister of Transportation and Works, Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Rural Secretariat. He also served on government’s Economic Policy Committee, Social Policy Committee, and the Planning and Priorities Committee of Cabinet.

On October 2, 2009, he stepped down from politics to assume his current position with Oceans North Canada. Oceans North Canada is a fisheries and marine conservation organization, dedicated to advancing conservation goals in Canada’s Arctic marine areas. It is led by the PEW Environment Group in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

MELAINE TIMKO
Educator

The first half of Melaine’s life was spent living the “life of the mind,” engrossed in books, intensely studying history, learning languages, attending a women’s college, a larger university, and earning five teaching credentials. Then came the “life of adventure” for the second half. Priorities included marrying and raising two sons, traveling to 45 states and 50+ countries around the world, partnering with People to People, attending concerts and theater productions, teaching, becoming a Principal, managing Principals and serving as a school district administrator in charge of assessment and staff development. And making a whole lot of music.

Colleagues and friends describe Melaine as very creative person, an art, theater and music aficionado, a leader who can turn around tough times into humorous and fun times, and a person who truly enjoys being around teenagers. She’s a people-person who both cares about others, and acts on their behalf. And the music is always “on.” Melanie even thinks in melody and verse.

What’s fun? Rappelling, bobsledding, listening to teen stories, watching animal antics, writing, singing, and making a lot of music on a variety of instruments. Melanie moves from house to house… in the mountains in the summer, and in the warm desert in the winter. Hotels feel like home to Melanie too. Anywhere.

What’s ahead? More traveling adventures and sharing of travel adventures with People to People delegates. Melaine is a PTP Area Director, charged with selecting and training leaders in an area of Southern California the size of eight eastern American states. She plans to make a lot of music on our adventure in Antarctica.

ARNOLD ZAGERIS
Large Format Photographer

Arnold Zageris, a retired biology teacher, specializes in large format photography to capture the wondrous geological formations and landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador by using a 4x5 view camera. His crisp and colourful rock portraits are completely unaltered, which he attributes to waiting for the right light and finding the best angle to complete his vision. His photographs explore the magnificent contrast between the grandeurs of nature’s open spaces and the delicate form and texture of isolated rock formations. His work is in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, a branch of the National Gallery of Canada and he has exhibited his photographs across Canada..

JENNIFER ZINN
Educator

Jennifer Zinn is a lifelong learner and a world traveler. Jenn started teaching math in San Antonio, Texas and traveled with students to Mexico and across the United States. She also taught math and worked as a school leader at the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies and traveled to China, Tanzania, Italy, Costa Rica, and India with students and colleagues. Jenn has a Masters in the Art of Teaching and a Masters in Education and continues to learn through independent study and programs like the Fulbright Scholarship. Jenn’s passion for international studies, for helping students feel comfortable in their learning environment, and for thinking outside the box in school design have led her to her current work as the Founding Principal at the Global Learning Collaborative in New York City.

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