Meet OUR Team

Phil Payne

President/CEO

Phil is the founder and program director. 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.

Ashleigh Dellos

Student Recruiter (US Team)

Ashleigh is on the US team. She recruits students at universities all around the country, walking them through the steps to spend a semester abroad. Ashleigh helps host our short term Study Tours.

Bryan Cole

In-Country Director, Director of Student Life & 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. Bryan also directs student life, assuring that holistic care is given to students while abroad.

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.

Erin Berlin-Burns

Assistant Director of Student Life, Homestay & Visit Coordinator

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

Jonny Vasquez

Admin Assistant

Jonny aids in day-to-day operations of L&LI, including aiding academics, logistics, and administrative duties and responsibilities.

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.

Justin Isaacson

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.

Katy Bennett

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.

Kendra McIlvain

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.