US Team

The US Team serves as the bridge between students, universities, and parents with our academic programs in Ecuador, Italy, Baltimore, and other locations. Each member is wide open to connecting and just on the other side of the line. Feel free to reach out and say hi.

Phil Payne

Founder and President

Phil started Living and Learning over twelve 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. Phil is based out of central Washington state but frequently travels to Ecuador.

Greg Belgum

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Greg is on the US team. He oversees our partnerships with universities and other organizations. Greg is based on the Central Coast of California.

Ashleigh Dellos

Director of Enrollment

Ashleigh is on the US team. She manages the enrollment process for students interested in any L&LI program. She'll help you from inital interest to getting on the plane! Ashleigh is based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Rachel Roskoski

Director of Study Tours

Rachel is responsible for the design and oversight of all custom programs and faculty-led study tours.  She works closely with the team in Ecuador but also designs programs for L&LI globally. Rachel is based out of Washington, D.C.

Diana Yepez-Hock

Virtual Programs Coordinator

Diana Yepez-Hock has served on the Living and Learning team for over 8 years both on the Ecuador side as well as on the US Team. She currently lives and works out of Indiana and coordinates all Virtual Programs.