Christian Alyea

Owner, Cofounder, & Business Developer

Is an entrepreneur and motivated international higher education professional with over a decade of experience in International Education. He’s a lover of the world and passionate about learning, experiencing and sharing cultures as much as possible. He has spent the last seventeen years studying abroad, traveling the globe and leading diverse study abroad groups. His mission is to make study abroad more accessible to students and faculty. Study Abroad and International travel greatly enriched his life and he wants to share the same experiences with as many students as possible.

Leonardo Gubinelli

Owner, Cofounder, & Business Developer

Leonardo is a passionate entrepreneur, starting his career in travel more than a decade ago when he began working for Expedia after graduating from London Metropolitan University with a degree in International Business. Italian born, but world citizen at heart. He co-founded SAA, with the mission to show students how traveling and studying abroad can change their lives, just as it changed his.

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.

Stephanie Goad


Stephanie Goad has worked in international education and study abroad for nearly 20 years. She has extensive experience traveling internationally and handling study abroad programs and is regarded as an expert in the field.

Tamara Animobono

Program Development Assistant

Tamara is a passionate and enthusiastic girl who firmly believes in traveling for personal growth (along with reading mountains of books).
Born in Italy, since a young age she has felt the need to leave her comfort zone and put herself to the test: she chose solo travel and soon understood the meaning of the saying: “The only limit in life is your own mind”.
During the years and the experiences, she also began to see by how much beauty we are surrounded and how important it is to respect our planet and protect it in all the ways we can, every day.

James Adkins

Sales Advisor & Art Professor

James first experienced the wonders of study abroad during a semester in Italy. Holding a BFA and MFA in Sculpture, when not working in his studio he has been teaching Studio Art and Art History courses at the collegiate level since 2013. Inspired by his semester in Italy and subsequent time spent in France, he helped to establish new study abroad departments at two different colleges.

Paulo Tavares

Account & Product Manager

Paulo is a linguist and a firm believer in learning through travel. In 2013, he was awarded a BA Honors in French and Spanish, and it was during his Erasmus program in France and Spain, as part of a year abroad experience, that he understood the life-changing benefits of traveling. Studying abroad will help you develop personally, professionally, and academically in order to succeed in today’s world.

Federico Orpello

Account 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.

Dr. Francesco Restuccia

Account & Tour Leader Manager

Francesco is a PhD in Philosophy of Art and a professional Tour Leader. He grew up in Rome and Milan, but during his studies he lived in Paris, Berlin, and São Paulo, Brazil. Since 2014, Francesco has been leading programs for SAA to Italy.

Antonio Cacciapuoti

Program Coordinator

Antonio’s life changes after a journey of six months without a break in Southeast Asia and his travel experience grows considerably. He leaves with Leonardo for a few trips and he’s then hired as an employee for his passion to travel the world, that encourages people to immerse themselves in new cultures and adventures. He wants to 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.

Marco Basilissi

Chief Financial Officer

Marco grow up in Italy between vineyards. He has a degree in Economics and Business, and a master degree in Business Management. He is an accountant, a passionate wine producer, a chef and enthusiast for all cuisines, and is always ready for new challenges.

Marketing del Bueno Agency


Marketing del Bueno, “the good marketing” is a marketing agency based in Ecuador and led by a bilingual experienced and passionate team,  that conceptualizes marketing for benefits aimed at society. They are located in the innovate co-working space called Impaqto, in central Quito. Where they have access to additional resources such as top developer and other specialists.

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 very passionate team member who loves travelling and exploring new places. He believes that travelling is the best way to expand your self and create a better understanding about the world around us.

Board of Advisors

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke is a seasoned international education professional with over 25 years of experience in the field. During her tenure as Director of Education Abroad at Edge Hill University in the UK, Jane developed relationships with U.S. colleges and universities which resulted in increasing numbers of U.S. students having a study abroad experience on the Edge Hill campus in the north of England. Jane is active in NAFSA, having served as NAFSA’s Region III Chair in 2014, as a coach for NAFSA’s Academy Program, and a presenter with NAFSA’s Trainer Corp.


Tanith Fowler

Tanith brings over 20 years of work experience in the field of international higher education in the Washington, DC area at various universities, non-profit organizations and in international education companies. Tanith oversaw study abroad and global education at George Mason University and the Catholic University of America. She then worked at NAFSA: Association of International Educators in support of study abroad and diversity-leadership initiatives. Most recently,Tanith worked as Director of Membership & Outreach at the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS) before joining Virginia International University’s Academic Affairs where she was responsible for international partnerships and academic collaborations. She has travelled to most continents and is passionate about cross-cultural understanding.Tanith is currently working as Asst. Director at the Graduate School at Hood College, a small liberal arts college in MD.

Gregory Malveaux

Dr. Gregory F. Malveaux is a professor at Montgomery College, has been a study abroad coordinator and international education director in higher education for over a decade and a half, is co-Chairperson of the Maryland Community College International Education Consortium, and serves on the board for the College Consortium for International Studies. In addition, he is an accomplished writer; most recently, he edited, Study Abroad Opportunities for Community College Students and Strategies for Global Learning (IGI-Global, 2019). He has traversed more than sixty countries and has led student, faculty and community-based study abroad programs to Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and Europe. His passion to be a global citizen led him to pursue overseas studies in Africa, teach ESOL throughout Southeast Asia, Chair the English and U.S. Business Department at Nation University in Thailand, and serve as a study abroad specialist in American higher education. He is dedicated to cultivating strong program accountability among study abroad program leaders, as well as safe overseas opportunities for all.