Meet OUR Team

Phil Payne

Founder and President

Phil started Living and Learning over ten years ago while living in Quito, Ecuador. He oversees the academic semester program, summer internship program, and short term academic trips known as Study Tours.

Greg Belgum

University Relations (US Team)

Greg is on the US team. He oversees our partnerships with universities and facilitates new partnerships. Additionally, Greg coordinates our short term Study Tours.

Erin Burlin-Burns

Student Recruiter (US Team)

Erin is on the US team. She recruits students at universities all around the country, walking them through the steps to spend a semester abroad.

Bryan Cole

In-Country Director, Professor

Bryan manages day-to-day operations of both the in-country team and students studying with L&LI. He oversees all other directors, semester budgets, and is the first point of contact for crises in-country.

Janelle Groeneweg

Director of Education

Janelle assures academic rigor, achievement of learning outcomes, and success for students and faculty in-country. She approves all course syllabi, faculty hiring, and comes alongside all of our students academically.

Loren Groeneweg

Director of Spiritual Life & Professor

Loren provides spiritual development and guidance for both students and staff, specifically through coordinating and teaching in weekly chapels. Loren also teaches Christian Spiritual Formation & Transformation and the Worldview & Global Religions courses.

Mika Insuasti

Director of Community Impact

Mika coordinates and connects students to internship sites across the city, catering to multiple majors and student needs for the service-learning side of their academic experience abroad. Mika updates and runs L&LI’s social media accounts.

Kelley Jordan-Taube

Director of Student Life & Counselor

Kelley directs student life, assuring that holistic care is given to students while abroad. She has a background in clinical services and acts as the licensed counselor on staff for student support and crisis response.

Kendra McIlvain

Assistant Director of Student Life, Homestay & Visit Coordinator

Kendra assists in providing holistic care for students, and manages all facilities for L&LI. Kendra coordinates homestay placements and acts as the liaison for students during their time with Ecuadorian families. Kendra plans all student activities and L&LI’s visitor week each semester.

Christina (CK) Garibay

Resident Coordinator

RCs provide holistic care for students, specifically by living alongside students in apartments and setting up regular meetings with each of student. RCs are tasked with creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment by enforcing behavioral standards and managing living in community.

Raylin Cline

Resident Coordinator

RCs provide holistic care for students, specifically by living alongside students in apartments and setting up regular meetings with each of student. RCs are tasked with creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment by enforcing behavioral standards and managing living in community.

Oliver Davis

Resident Coordinator

RCs provide holistic care for students, specifically by living alongside students in apartments and setting up regular meetings with each of student. RCs are tasked with creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment by enforcing behavioral standards and managing living in community.

Lauren Barnett

Resident Coordinator

RCs provide holistic care for students, specifically by living alongside students in apartments and setting up regular meetings with each of student. RCs are tasked with creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment by enforcing behavioral standards and managing living in community.