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Ann Oleson

CEO

As the CEO, Ann is responsible for the overall success of Via TRM, including the vision, mission, direction and overall strategy. In addition, fulfilling the idea of Global Citizenship and advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion. Previously, Ann was the CEO and Founder of Converge Consulting – the Digital Agency for Education. Her passion for Higher Education and “New and Next Thinking” placed Converge on the Inc 5000’s list of fastest growing companies four years in a row.  Ann’s true passion is empowering Universities with tools and technology that make their lives easier and significantly impacts student success and experience.

Lisa Stern, CFO and strategic advisor of Via TRM
Lisa Stern, CFO and strategic advisor of Via TRM

Lisa Stern

CFO & STRTEGIC ADVISOR

As the CFO & Strategic Advisor, Lisa’s mission is to ensure that Via TRM maintains financial integrity, stability and accountability. In addition, Lisa plays an integral role in creating company strategy and ensuring that client experience is a seamless, positive and productive relationship throughout each interaction with Via TRM. Previously, Lisa was the CEO and Founder of Big Communications – a pharmaceutical healthcare marketing agency for nearly 20 years. Her original inspiration for helping create global opportunities for young people stemmed from a junior year study abroad program in Paris in 1989 and a “family” year abroad in Paris in 2010.

Gary Strader

LEAD ENGINEER

Gary is the Lead Engineer at Via TRM. Gary has been developing applications for nearly 25 years. He’s worked for large corporations, such as General Motors, as well as several startups, delivering value to millions of customers. He’s a natural leader, going back to his days in the Army National Guard where he was recognized for his leadership skills. Gary’s deep experience and dedication to the team differentiates him from the herd.

Gary Strader, lead engineer of Via TRM
Bridgett Coyle, front end software engineer of Via TRM

Bridgett Coyle

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, FRONT END

Bridgett plays a vital role at Via TRM in building our user-friendly interfaces to be accessible and simple for every user. Previously, she worked as a client engagement specialist at Zillow and as a Data Analyst and E-commerce Operations Specialist at Sports Authority.

Alexander Mathieu

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, BACKEND

Alex designs and implements Via TRM’s software backend to be secure, efficient, and scalable. A self-described “jack of some trades”, his previous experiences include working as a professional chef and certified personal trainer.

Alexander Mathieu, backend software engineer of Via TRM
Micaela Mathre, director of marketing and client experience of Via TRM

Carrie Cohan

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Carrie is a Senior Account Manager at Via TRM based in Chicago, Illinois. Carrie works with academic institutions and educational providers to enhance and augment existing systems with Traveler Relationship Management software to help them meet strategic goals for student mobility and travel risk management. Prior to joining the Via TRM team, she worked in higher education sales for Barnes & Noble Education, RNL, and Wisr for more than two decades. Carrie has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. In her free time she likes to travel (of course!) and cook, with her favorite recipes being passed down from her Greek Yia-Yia (grandmother).

Mara Ohorodnik

MARKETING MANAGER

At Via Mara leads digital marketing and social media, working closely with the sales team. She has her masters in International Education, specializing in refugee education, from George Washington University and bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing from Michigan State University. Mara has also lived abroad in Thailand, where she spent a summer volunteering on an organic farm, combating deforestation and providing education on sustainable farming as well as teaching English as a Second Language to elementary students.

Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM
Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM

Scott Regenthal

TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER

Scott provides specialized product support for clients and contributes to the maintenance, design, and implementation of Via TRM‘s software. Prior to his shift to software development, Scott worked as an energy policy analyst. In his decade living and working abroad, first as an environmental educator with the Peace Corps in Ecuador, then in various support capacities at multiple U.S. foreign missions, Scott cultivated resourcefulness, flexibility, and resiliency – skills that contribute to his success in his current role.

Trevor Stiegelmar

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Trevor is the Operations Manager of Via TRM. Trevor works behind the scenes to support every aspect of Via TRM. His mission is to ensure that the client experience is a seamless, positive and productive relationship throughout each interaction with Via TRM. Previously, Trevor was the Director of Operations for Zoetic Solar, a residential solar installation and sales company.

Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM
Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM

Bob Specking

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Bob is an Account Executive at Via TRM based in St. Louis, Missouri. Bob works with academic institutions and educational providers to meet their specific needs around student mobility and travel risk management with Traveler Relationship Management software. Prior to Via TRM, he worked as Partnerships Director with Education First supporting faculty-led program development and strategic initiatives for nearly a decade. 

Chelsea Balderson

UX/UI DESIGNER

Chelsea is a UX/UI Designer at Via TRM based in West Melbourne, Florida. Chelsea researches and designs the User Interaction and Experience of Via TRM’s users so that every traveler can adventure on. Chelsea aims to create easy-to-use, intuitive, and accessible products for all aspects of the travel process. Previously, Chelsea was the Lead Usability & Product Designer and Director of Support Services for an InsurTech Company.

Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM
Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM

Dory Gurinsky

SALES AND MARKETING INTERN

Dory is a Sales and Marketing Intern based out of New York City. She is a current graduate student at New York University studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is passionate about international higher education and sees studying abroad as a positive and beneficial experience for students and universities. After graduation, she is hoping to work closely with universities and students in higher education administration or adjacent roles.

Eva Goldman

SALES AND MARKETING INTERN

Eva is a Sales and Marketing Intern based in Madison, Wisconsin. She builds client databases, creates content for Via TRM’s social media, and researches client and market intelligence. Eva is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is studying Strategic Communications.

Leslie Laguna, client success manager of Via TRM
Samantha Martin, CEO of Via TRM

Samantha Martin

FOUNDER & STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Samantha is the founder and a Strategic Advisor for Via TRM, supporting business strategy and innovation. She was formerly the CEO and in executive positions at the company from 2013-2021. Previously, she worked at public & private higher education institutions in international program management, development, & student engagement. Her semester study abroad program in Cyprus on a Gilman Scholarship kicked off her inspiration for international education & travel.

Ann Oleson

CEO

As the CEO, Ann is responsible for the overall success of Via TRM, including the vision, mission, direction and overall strategy. In addition, fulfilling the idea of Global Citizenship and advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion. Previously, Ann was the CEO and Founder of Converge Consulting – the Digital Agency for Education. Her passion for Higher Education and “New and Next Thinking” placed Converge on the Inc 5000’s list of fastest growing companies four years in a row.  Ann’s true passion is empowering Universities with tools and technology that make their lives easier and significantly impacts student success and experience.

Lisa Stern Headshot

Lisa Stern

CFO & STRATEGIC ADVISOR

As the CFO & Strategic Advisor, Lisa’s mission is to ensure that Via TRM maintains financial integrity, stability and accountability. In addition, Lisa plays an integral role in creating company strategy and ensuring that client experience is a seamless, positive and productive relationship throughout each interaction with Via TRM. Previously, Lisa was the CEO and Founder of Big Communications – a pharmaceutical healthcare marketing agency for nearly 20 years. Her original inspiration for helping create global opportunities for young people stemmed from a junior year study abroad program in Paris in 1989 and a ‘family’ year abroad in Paris in 2010.

Gary

Gary Strader

LEAD ENGINEER

Gary is the Lead Engineer at Via TRM. Gary has been developing applications for nearly 25 years. He’s worked for large corporations, such as General Motors, as well as several startups, delivering value to millions of customers. He’s a natural leader, going back to his days in the Army National Guard where he was recognized for his leadership skills. Gary’s deep experience and dedication to the team differentiates him from the herd.

Bridgett Coyle

TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER

Bridgett plays a vital role at Via TRM supporting clients and helping to build our next generation technology. Previously, she worked as a client engagement specialist at Zillow and a Data Analyst and Ecommerce Operations Specialist at Sports Authority.

Alexander Mathieu

SOFTWARE ENGINEER, BACKEND

As the Director of Marketing and Client Experience at Via TRM, Micaela leads efforts to reach colleges and universities with Via’s mission to engage every traveler in global opportunities, and oversees the Client Experience. Previously, Micaela worked with the Institute of International Education and helped lead the Generation Study Abroad campaign. Her background includes building and scaling marketing functions for education technology startups. The common thread throughout her background has been a curiosity about the potential of human-centered technology and a commitment to student success.

Carrie Cohan

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Carrie is a Senior Account Manager at Via TRM based in Chicago, Illinois. Carrie works with academic institutions and educational providers to enhance and augment existing systems with Traveler Relationship Management software to help them meet strategic goals for student mobility and travel risk management. Prior to joining the Via TRM team, she worked in higher education sales for Barnes & Noble Education, RNL, and Wisr for more than two decades. Carrie has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. In her free time she likes to travel (of course!) and cook, with her favorite recipes being passed down from her Greek Yia-Yia (grandmother).

Mara Ohorodnik

MARKETING MANAGER

At Via Mara leads digital marketing and social media, working closely with the sales team. She has her masters in International Education, specializing in refugee education, from George Washington University and bachelor’s in Communications and Marketing from Michigan State University. Mara has also lived abroad in Thailand, where she spent a summer volunteering on an organic farm, combating deforestation and providing education on sustainable farming as well as teaching English as a Second Language to elementary students.

Scott Regenthal

TECHNICAL SUPPORT ENGINEER

Scott provides specialized product support for clients and contributes to the maintenance, design, and implementation of Via TRM’s software. Prior to his shift to software development, Scott worked as an energy policy analyst. In his decade living and working abroad, first as an environmental educator with the Peace Corps in Ecuador, then in various support capacities at multiple U.S. foreign missions, Scott cultivated resourcefulness, flexibility, and resiliency – skills that contribute to his success in his current role.

Trevor Stiegelmar

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Trevor is the Operations Manager of Via TRM. Trevor works behind the scenes to support every aspect of Via TRM. His mission is to ensure that the client experience is a seamless, positive and productive relationship throughout each interaction with Via TRM. Previously, Trevor was the Director of Operations for Zoetic Solar, a residential solar installation and sales company.

Bob Specking

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Bob is an Account Executive at Via TRM based in St. Louis, Missouri. Bob works with academic institutions and educational providers to meet their specific needs around student mobility and travel risk management with Traveler Relationship Management software. Prior to Via TRM, he worked as Partnerships Director with Education First supporting faculty-led program development and strategic initiatives for nearly a decade.

Chelsea Balderson

UX/UI DESIGNER

Chelsea is a UX/UI Designer at Via TRM based in West Melbourne, Florida. Chelsea researches and designs the User Interaction and Experience of Via TRM’s users so that every traveler can adventure on. Chelsea aims to create easy-to-use, intuitive, and accessible products for all aspects of the travel process. Previously, Chelsea was the Lead Usability & Product Designer and Director of Support Services for an InsurTech Company.

Dory Gurinsky

SALES AND MARKETING INTERN

Dory is a Sales and Marketing Intern based out of New York City. She is a current graduate student at New York University studying Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is passionate about international higher education and sees studying abroad as a positive and beneficial experience for students and universities. After graduation, she is hoping to work closely with universities and students in higher education administration or adjacent roles.

Eva Goldman

SALES AND MARKETING INTERN

Eva is a Sales and Marketing Intern based in Madison, Wisconsin. She builds client databases, creates content for Via TRM’s social media, and researches client and market intelligence. Eva is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is studying Strategic Communications.

Samantha Martin

FOUNDER AND STRATEGIC ADVISOR

Samantha is the founder and a Strategic Advisor for Via TRM, supporting business strategy and innovation. She was formerly the CEO and in executive positions at the company from 2013-2021. Previously, she worked at public & private higher education institutions in international program management, development, & student engagement. Her semester study abroad program in Cyprus on a Gilman Scholarship kicked off her inspiration for international education & travel.