Our Team

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Sydney Head Office

Stephen Pattillo

Founder & CEO

Stephen has over 20 years of experience in the field of international programming, working with both academic programs for universities and executive trade and economic development missions. A Duke University graduate, Stephen regularly attends NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Global Internships Conference and the AACSB Deans' Conference.


Natasha Ager


Natasha has 10 years of experience with outbound US university international programs to Asia Pacfic and Europe with GAV. Natasha now focuses on global risk management, insurance, compliance and internal company development and growth.

Caitlin O'Connor

Head of Academic Programs

Caitlin heads our university outreach and program awareness activities in the US, and also manages our Asia-Pacific programs. Caitlin has a Masters in Cross-Cultural and International Education from Bowling Green State University and was Assistant Site Lead on the Northeastern University London Program. 


Andrew Robertson

In-House Legal Counsel

Andrew’s legal experience has included roles as General Counsel of Carnival Australia and as Head of Business Affairs for a “Big Four” accounting firm in Australia. Andrew manages all GAV contracts with universities, international academic consultants and multinational companies hosting interns in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.


Tim Kelly

Head of Student Services

Tim has worked with cultural immersion programs for around 20 years, and oversees program enhancement, student services and cultural development. Tim also travels to the US to run pre-departure and interest sessions for GAV programs.


Kristie Holmes

Manager, Customized Programs

Kristie manages all January Asia Pacific, faculty led programs and maymester short courses,covering a diverse range of study topics, from business management to biology, service learning to environmental science, and Australian history to accounting. Kristie has managed all aspects of faculty led and short courses for US universities with GAV for 5 years.


Conor Byrne

International Programs Assistant Coordinator

Conor is a Rhodes College alumn and a recipient of the Theodore William Eckels International Internship Award 2016. Conor has travelled extensively and worked in Memphis, Washington DC, South Africa and now Australia. Conor is one of the Residential Advisors for our Australia programs, coordinates our student services activities and still finds time to teach basketball to Australian school kids in the evenings.


Allison Hill

International Programs Coordinator & Australia Programs RA

Allison is a Univeristy of Pittsburgh alumn with experience travelling overseas on univesity programs including a semester in Heidelberg. Allison is coordinating our program logistics for our summer and semester programs and acting as an RA for our Sydney semester program. Allison is a keen ultimate frisbee player and is a source of useful local information for students visiting Australia.


Carmen Ortiz

Programs & Marketing Outreach Coordinator

Carmen is a University of Kansas alumn and joined GAV from the University of Kansas Study Abroad team. Carmen is a huge advocate for study abroad, and participated in programs in Europe extensively as a student. She has a wealth of experience assisting students with choosing their ideal study abroad program and has now joined the GAV team to cooridnate student experiences in country in Australia. Carmen is also an RA for our Sydney programs.





US Office

Jenny Liechti

Director of US Office and Campus Relations

Jenny manages campus relations across the US for all GAV clients and is the main point of contact in the US for all university enquiries. Jenny has worked with US international student programs for 6 years with GAV and previously at the Study Abroad department of Illinois State University. Jenny has also worked in GAV's Australia office and Hong Kong office before relocating to the US after significant time managing our local programs in her country of residence and training local staff.


Stephanie Kliber

Assistant Director, Campus Relations

Stephanie oversees GAV's campus relations needs in the mid-west and GAV's Chicago internship program. Stephanie started in GAV's Australia office and was instrumental in setting up the internship procedures GAV uses today in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. After 4 years at GAV, Stephanie has assisted on a number of student programs including faculty led programs, semester programs, ISSAP programs and maymester programs.

Jessica Hoag

Programs & Internships Coordinator

Jessica coordinates GAV's campus relations activities and student services. Joining GAV from the University of South Carolina's Study Abroad team, Jessica also has a degree from USC. She is a study abroad participant veteran having attended many overseas programs as a student across Europe and is one of GAV's Residential Advisors.


Madalyn Roque

Programs & Internships Coordinator

Madalyn coordinates GAV's internship programs and is also one of the US Residential Advisors. Madalyn joins GAV with a degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and first heard about GAV when she participated on one of our Asia Pacific programs as a student.


Hong Kong Office

Mengxi Liu

Manager, Hong Kong/Greater China

Mengxi manages company relations in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Peoples’ Republic of China, including program outreach, internships, corporate project based programs and marketing. Mengxi has a Masters of Education in International Education Program Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA of Education with Honors, from The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Mengxi has worked with interns in Beijing at Peking University; with the London School of Economics and Political Science summer school in Beijing; and within NAFSA Education Abroad.


Harmony Lai

International Program Coordinator

A University of Hong Kong graduate, Harmony supports all activities of the Hong Kong office. Harmony has worked as a Program Mentor at Teach Unlimited in Hong Kong; at Samart School in Cambodia; as a Program and Event Coordinator at the International Humanity Foundation in Thailand; as well as various other NGO positions in Japan and Taiwan.


New Zealand Office

Amanda Iavarone

New Zealand Residential Director

Amanda is GAV's New Zealand Residential Advisor and has coordinated many university groups with GAV in the last 10 years. Amanda is a registered nurse, and is also a huge advocate for study abroad.


Karolina Wolnicki

New Zealand Residential Advisor and Program Coordinator

Karolina coordinates GAV's New Zealand programs. During her time at Villanova University, Karolina was a great advocate for study abroad and completed semesters overseas across Latin America, Europe and North Africa. Karolina has been a resident advisor on GAV's German internship program and has also worked in our campus relations team.


Singapore Office

Dr Feng Zhou, PhD

Singapore Program Administrator

Dr Feng Zhou oversees GAV's STEM programs and any programs focusing on the medical, biotechnology and cutting edge technology industry sectors. Dr Zhou has a BA from Cornell University and a PhD from Yale University. Dr Zhou has a wealth of knowledge and an extensive network of contacts in his field in Asia Pacific, and also held a position as a teaching assistant at Yale University while completing his PhD.