Staff and Board members
GEEO is run by a small staff and our board of directors, who tirelessly donate their time and talents to help educators travel. Each staff and board member is experienced in their own field, and brings a unique perspective to GEEO.
Jesse Weisz, Founder and Executive Director
Jesse founded GEEO in 2007 to share his passion for traveling with America's teachers. Jesse discovered the wonders of travel during high school when he made two trips to Europe as a member of the US National Ultimate Frisbee team. Later Jesse studied film in Sydney and landed a three month all expenses paid trip to Asia to shoot stills and video for an Australian tour company. From there Jesse was hooked on travel and has visited 75 countries.
In 2003, Jesse started his own new business development consulting company for European advertising agencies. In 2006 he cut back his consulting hours to start GEEO. In September of 2010 GEEO received funding, hiring Jesse to work full time for a job he had been doing as an unpaid volunteer for the previous four years.
Aaron Muderick, Board Member and Treasurer
Aaron is President of Crazy Aaron Enterprises, a toy and promotional merchandise manufacturer based in Philadelphia, PA. Aaron helped found GEEO and is an essential part of the organization. As a successful entrepreneur, Muderick brings to GEEO his experience in managing all aspects of small organizations including marketing and advertising, organizational startup, outsourcing, and business finance.
Zachary Klughaupt, Board Member and Secretary
Zach is an Senior Counsel & Associate Compliance Officer at Ansell, where he specializes in transactional and corporate work involving the U.S. and Latin America. Prior to joining Ansell, he practiced law at a number of law firms and companies in New York and Sao Paulo. Zachary received his law degree from Duke University, where he was a Lead Editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law and spent a semester at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1999, where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and now lives in New Jersey.
Laura Heikkila, Board Member
Laura is a special education teacher in Norman, Oklahoma. She works with 6-8th grade students in the resource and general education settings. She serves as the Special Education Department Chair and enjoys integrating her travel experiences into her classroom curriculum. Outside of teaching and traveling, her passion is serving with the organization, Remember Nhu, to prevent global child trafficking. After traveling to the Middle East and Southeast Asia with GEEO in the summers of 2011 and 2012, Laura became a board member in 2013 and continues to travel through GEEO programs.
Jeremy Baker, Board Member
Jeremy currently serves as the Grants/Budget Analyst for Palm Beach County, a position he has held for the last four years. He previously served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) and Shake-A-Leg Miami. He has worked in a variety of industries in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Ed Campos Jr., Board Member
Ed is a technology and math teacher in Visalia, California. He has traveled with GEEO on three different trips and those experiences have had a large impact on his teaching. "I've been able to travel all over the world because of my education and encourage my students to do the same. I try and use as much technology available to encourage my students to become better Global Digital Citizens. I know that getting students to think globally is a huge part of their vision for their future and I'm excited about the global nature and possibilities that current technology makes possible."
Mateya Kelley, Board Member
Mateya holds a law degree from NYU and has spent her career thus far working for social good. She has served as a staffer for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, a field representative for a hotel workers union and was a legal intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan. She also worked in Mexico as a legal fellow for Centro de Los Derechos Del Migrante. Currently she is a federal judicial clerk in Baltimore.
GEEO has had the help of many people over the years and we could not be where we are today without their hard work. John Warner, Ron Fenska, Lucas Bialecki, Lianna Martin, Janice Creighton, Leanne Greentree and Mia Travers-Hayward at G Adventures are instrumental in the day to day running of our operations. Bruce Poon Tip, the founder and owner of G Adventures had the vision to partner with GEEO and without him we would be able to serve a small fraction of the teachers we help travel today. Our website was designed by Shawn Burant and Attit Patel, who did an amazing job at an amazing price.
Special thanks also go out to our amazing artist Frank Fallon. Frank has designed our logo, promotional materials and much more and almost all of his work was donated out of the goodness of his own heart.
We would also like to thank former board members who helped build GEEO. They include David Easthope, Peggy Altoff, Dr. JD Bowers, Berenice Felix Diaz, Beth Begy, Mike Iacovella, Anna Nuzzo, Claire Sturm, Sarah Wesley and Dan Dominguez.