Our Staff

These are the dedicated individuals who work together to make Xperitas programs possible.

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@xperitas.org

612-436-8290

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.

Angela Shevchuk
Office and Technology Manager

Angela@xperitas.org

612-436-8274

Degreed in International Communications and Human Resources, Angel has spent her life working for many large organizations within the Twin Cities in various customer-facing and software development roles. Her hobbies include working on classic cars, snowmobiling and many other outdoor activities. She is also active in many volunteer organizations in the community.

Ashley Utz
Customer Care Specialist

Ashley@xperitas.org

612-436-8283

Ashley earned her Bachelors degree in Spanish and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and studied abroad in Vallodolid, Spain. She has worked with the Spanish-speaking community for five years and is able to speak Spanish fluently. She has a passion for travel and giving back to the community. Through Rotary International she has been able to combine both passions, including a service trip to Guatemala in 2016. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Brooke Marchewka
Associate Director, Community Partnership Programs

Brooke@xperitas.org

612-436-8273

Brooke studied International Affairs at The George Washington University while working in the Office of Innovation at Peace Corps headquarters. From 2016 to 2018, she served in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Paraguay. In her small town, Brooke taught computers, professional development, and entrepreneurship to students of all ages. Among the many things she brought home from Paraguay were fluency in Spanish and a beloved street cat named Birdy.

Casey DW Jones
Marketing & Communications Manager

Casey@xperitas.org

612-436-8261

Casey graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English Literature, and then began traveling and working in the tourism industry. He recently earned his Masters in Creative Writing from Hamline University. He writes short fiction in his spare time and also enjoys reading, pop culture, video games, and exploring the world with his family.

Courtney Faragher
Accounting Manager

Courtney@xperitas.org

612-436-8281

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@xperitas.org

612-436-8282

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.

Emily Hansel
Program Manager, Spain

Emily@xperitas.org

612-436-8260

Emily earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Ethnic and Racial studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Masters degree in International Education from the Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Spain. Emily has spent a total of six years living abroad, five in Spain and one in Colombia, where she taught English, continued her studies, and became fluent in Spanish. A traveling fanatic, she has been to over 23 countries and counting. In her spare time, she loves cooking (and eating), photography, spending time with family and friends, and exploring. 

Emma Rojas
Program Manager, Spanish

Emma@xperitas.org

612-436-8297

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
Program Manager, Spanish

Jenny@xperitas.org

612-436-8267

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.

Jenny Timm
Program Manager, Asia

Jennyt@xperitas.org

612-436-8275

Jenny graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Global Studies and can speak Mandarin Chinese, Chaozhou (a dialect of Chinese), Vietnamese and English. She is passionate about engaging people to learn world cultures and become global citizens. Jenny enjoys traveling, eating seafood, and camping.

Leslie Gale
Executive Director

Leslie@xperitas.org

612-436-8295

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.

Katharina McCawley
Program Manager, German

katharina@xperitas.org

612-436-8268

Katharina is a German native, who moved to the United States full-time in 2016. She graduated from the University of Kassel, Germany with a degree in business economics and romance linguistics. Her professional background is primarily in the marketing space, particularly digital and destination marketing. Her language skills include German, English, Spanish and French. She has lived abroad in the United States, Spain and Mexico and loves to gain firsthand intercultural experiences in the world.

Michelle Mullowney
Assistant Program Manager, French

Michelle@xperitas.org

612-213-1353

Originally from Montana, Michelle studied French, Communications, and Philosophy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She spent a semester abroad in Rennes, France during college, followed by a year of teaching English in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. A yen for other cultures, live music, and trying new foods has led her everywhere from India to Scandinavia.

Virginie Donzo
Senior Program Manager, French

Virginie@xperitas.org

612-436-8293

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.