Xperitas Staff

Our Dedicated Staff

Working to make Xperitas the best student immersion travel programs possible

Xperitas is a leader in cross-cultural programs that embody authentic language and cultural immersion. Our staff strives to embody our mission of transforming lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning. Through our language immersion and community partnership programs we work to provide travel experiences abroad that inspire students to make personal and cultural connections with communities worldwide.

Please visit our Careers and Internships page to learn about opportunities to join us.

Meet The Team
Amy Litman
Director of Advancement, Marketing & Communications



Amy comes to Xperitas with more than 14 years of experience in community and donor relations and a passion for making the world a better place. She is excited about working with under-resourced students and schools to ensure that Xperitas’ cultural and language immersion experiences are accessible to all.

Claire Edgell
Customer Experience Manager



After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire with a degree in Education and Spanish, and many adventures around the globe, Claire taught in a Dual Immersion school in St. Paul, MN and spent a year teaching English in Costa Rica. She has worked with youth in a variety of different settings, is passionate about experiential education, and is excited to assist both customers and participants in the process of transforming lives through authentic immersion experiences. In her spare time, you will find Claire rollerblading marathons, salsa dancing the night away, hiking in the mountains and exploring new countries!

Courtney Faragher
Accounting Manager



Courtney has a passion for international travel and learning about world cultures and is pleased to work for an organization that provides these opportunities for others. After spending time in France while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, she understands the immeasurable value of being in the foreign country while learning the language.

Debby Bluem
Air Manager



Debby has worked in the travel industry for over 35 years. While growing up, her family hosted an exchange student from Israel and she has replicated this experience for her children by hosting a student from France. In her free time, Debby likes to travel and hike in the mountains.

Emma Rojas
Director of Language Programs



Emma was born in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Family Social Science and Spanish. She spent five years in Costa Rica teaching English and serving as an Admissions Counselor. Emma speaks Spanish fluently, loves taking pictures and enjoys road trips!

Jenny Behrens
Director of Language Programs



After graduating from the University of La Crosse Wisconsin with a degree in Spanish and Geography, Jenny spent one year volunteering in Ecuador. She spent eight years in Spain where she taught English and opened her own English Academy. Jenny speaks Spanish fluently and loves travelling, spending time with friends and being active.

Hanna Edwards
Program Manager, German



Hanna is a German native, who moved to the United States full-time in 2015. She graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany with a Bachelor’s degree in Multilingual Communication and earned her Master’s degree in North American Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany.  The German word “Fernweh” (a strong urge to travel and get to know the unknown) has been an important part of Hanna’s life. As a high school and university student she took part in several student exchanges and language immersion programs. This is why Hanna understands from first-hand experience why language immersion travel is so valuable to any student learning a foreign language.  She has more than 10 years of professional experience in Germany and the US managing different cultural exchange, language immersion travel and education programs. Hanna also has experience teaching German and ESL. In her free time, Hanna loves to go on nature hikes with her husband and children. She feels happiest outdoors and loves to be on the water.

Leslie Gale
Executive Director



Leslie has 25+ years of experience in the global education space as a language teacher, curriculum designer and in K-12 school operations. She first experienced the life-changing impact of cultural exchange as a college student on a 10-week homestay program in Morelia, Mexico. Leslie sees Xperitas’ mission as an extension of her own passion for bridging the divisions between people through the development of cultural competency and understanding.

Linda Whitteaker-Hanson
Marketing & Communications Manager

Linda is a believer in life-long education and has most recently completed Cornell's Integrated Marketing 360 program. She has a Masters of Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas. While Linda has a passion for building strategic marketing communications that influence and inspire change, she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, traveling, boating and relaxing at the lake. You might also find her out in the garden with her flowers or tending the herbs and veggies that make their way into her kitchen and onto your plate! 

Virginie Donzo
Senior Program Manager, French



A French teacher for 10 years, Virginie earned her Masters in English Literature. Fluent in both languages, she taught at universities in the U.S., France, Japan, and the U.K. She is happy to work for Xperitas, which will allow her to combine her passion for travel, the French language, and education.