Monday, June 1, 2009

Meet the Expedition Leaders

2009 Peru B Expedition Leaders, Jordan Gantz and Lindsay Mackenzie

Jordan Gantz. University of Wisconsin, B.A. Jordan is an accomplished photographer, filmmaker, and strategic communications specialist. He majored in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin and spent his junior year in Seville, Spain. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Jordan spent two and half years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador where he worked with local communities on health, environment, and information technology projects. Jordan currently works for Chemonics International, a Washington, D.C.-based international development organization, where he uses photography and film to promote the work of the company throughout the developing world. With Chemonics he has led numerous photography, film, and communications assignments in Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, the West Bank, and numerous countries in Latin America. Jordan co-led a Putney Student Travel community service program to the Dominican Republic in 2005, and a National Geographic Student Expedition to India in 2008.

Archaeology & Ancient Culture
Lindsay Mackenzie. Colgate University, B.A. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Colgate, where she majored in Geography and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. She received the Peter Gould Award in her major discipline, was a member of the Konosioni Senior Honor Society, and earned Distinction in the Liberal Arts core curriculum. Lindsay worked as a reporter for the Pique newsmagazine in Whistler, British Columbia, served as the Kosovo logistics coordinator for the Balkans Peace Park project, and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for International Relations (CIR) at the University of British Columbia. In 2005 and 2006 she was awarded a year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to explore transboundary conservation and development issues in Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central America. For the past two years Lindsay has worked as a Tour Leader for Adventures Abroad Worldwide Travel Ltd. In this capacity she has led groups of adventurous travelers on cultural tours in locations around the world, including Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, and Brazil. She has explored some of the world’s richest archaeological zones, including Rome, Sicily, Petra, Persepolis and Chichen Itzá. Lindsay is a talented photographer. She is proficient in Spanish.


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