Meet the team

Leave the world a better place than how you found it

Christian Alyea

Owner, Cofounder, & Business Developer

Christian is a lover of the world and passionate about sharing cultures as much as possible. He has spent the majority of his life studying abroad, traveling the globe and leading study abroad groups. Christian has worked with over 200 institutions since SAA’s inception to support and launch academically rigorous and culturally engaging faculty-led programs. His mission is to make study abroad more accessible and to share the same experiences with as many as possible.

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Alessio Mazzolini

Chief Operating Officer

Alessio is an enthusiastic person that loves to travel and discover new frontiers.  His passion for travel started at a young age, where he had the chance to discover new places, cultures, and meet incredible people that changed his life. Now, his mission is to share his international knowledge by providing the best possible experiences to young travelers, hoping that he can enrich lives through travel. He is highly experienced in program logistics and works to ensure institutional partners’ needs are met to give students the most unforgettable experience abroad while helping faculty achieve their ideal academic program.

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PJ Shoulders

Director of Institutional Partnerships and Marketing

Studying abroad for a year in Germany during high school changed PJ’s life. She went on to complete an internship with a Fortune 500 company in Germany and earn her degree in International Studies. Since then, she has held positions at both study abroad providers and U.S. universities. A 1st gen college student, she wants to help all students have access to similar opportunities. She especially enjoys helping faculty develop their own study abroad programs since these create more access for more students. At SAA, PJ works closely with institutions to achieve academic and internationalization goals. She also presents at international education conferences, such as Forum and CCID, on critical topics in international education.


Federico Orpello

On-Ground Operations Manager

Federico has a passionate and optimistic outlook on life and a curiosity to explore the world. He continually strives to expand his knowledge and understanding of different environments and cultures. He enjoys being challenged by new opportunities and continually strives for excellence in all endeavors. At SAA, Federico works closely with US institutions as well as with on-ground teams to ensure the delivery of successful faculty-led programs. Traveling has changed his perspective on life and he wants to share the same passion with as many students as possible.

Tamara Animobono

Head of Partnerships

Tamara is a passionate and enthusiastic girl who firmly believes in traveling for personal growth. Born in Italy, she chose solo travel and soon understood the saying: “the only limit in life is your own mind”. Throughout these years and experiences, she also began to see how much beauty surrounds us and how important it is to respect and protect our planet in every way possible. At SAA, Tamara works with new and existing international faculty, business leaders, and cultural guides to create immersive virtual program modules that bring global experiences directly to partners.

Philip Gouliaris

Program Coordinator

Philip comes from Greece, did his degree abroad and was fascinated by different people and cultures. Focused his studies in understanding and working with cultural differences with a Master’s in International Management. He is a very passionate team member who loves travelling and exploring new places. He believes that travelling is the best way to expand yourself and create a better understanding about the world around us.

Alessandra Bernacchia

Graphic Designer

Alessandra is a graphic designer and a passionate traveler. She is always looking for inspiration, landscapes to admire and cultures to discover. She travels whenever she has the chance because she believes that the world is too big for one life and we shouldn’t miss any opportunity to see another hidden corner of it.

Antonio Cacciapuoti

Program Coordinator

Antonio’s life changed after a journey of six months without a break in Southeast Asia and his travel experience grows considerably. He has a passion to travel the world and he wants to encourage people to immerse themselves in new cultures and adventures, show how travel has the ability to teach people to mature their personality and give them a broader view of the planet, thus learning to respect ourselves, others and our nature.

Jstyn Strain

Editor & Videographer

Jstyn was born and raised in the Sacramento California area and traveled much of the U.S. growing up. Jstyn traveled to London with the Study Abroad Association and fell in love with traveling abroad, then began working with them in 2015.
His goals are to help create a more globally connected and understanding world through videography and photography and show off the beauty of land and cultures.