While at St. Lawrence, John served as president of the Outing Club and studied on the Kenya Semester Program. He returned to East Africa after graduation to study Swahili on the Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad.  While a master’s student in International Relations, John was awarded a graduate assistantship and earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution for his study of conflict in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has also completed graduate coursework at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. John’s work in education includes time as a high school teacher, dorm parent, leader of outdoor programs, and safety coordinator for The School for Field Studies — a field-based, undergraduate study abroad program. While there, John oversaw day-to-day safety and student life at field stations in Bhutan, Australia, East Africa, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. An EMT since 2000, John is trained in and teaches wilderness emergency medicine. He works full time for Putney Student Travel, where he directs programs in India, South Africa, and Tanzania. John has been leading programs with Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions for 10 years including Community Service Tanzania and Cultural Exploration Kilimanjaro. He has also led student groups in Portugal, Ghana, Canada, and throughout the United States. John is fluent in Swahili.

  • Education: St. Lawrence University, B.A., Government (minors in History and African Studies); Maxwell School of Syracuse University, M.A., International Relations