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President and Founder-Montana
Hailing from Polson, Montana, Taryn was bitten by the travel bug at an early age. At sixteen, she had the opportunity to participate in a summer study abroad program in Ireland. After graduating from college, Taryn served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. Before being evacuated after 9/11, she worked in a small Muslim village teaching English to 5-11 graders. Upon returning to the States, she decided she needed a change of pace and moved to Ireland for a year, where she immersed herself in the tiny town of Camlough, County Armagh. Since her return to the States, Taryn has traveled to 28 different countries and has been taking high school students to Ireland for over 23 years. She has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge and love for Ireland with young adults, combining education, travel, and fun. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends, hiking, running, singing, skiing, traveling, and cheering for Gonzaga basketball.
Program Director-Northern Ireland
Angie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the home where the famous ship that sank. She was educated at St. Dominic’s High School in Belfast and went to the University of College Dublin. She had high hopes of becoming a Charlie’s Angel when she was a child, but eventually became a teacher. While she has had many jobs over the years, her most favorite job has been working with the Irish Life Experience. She is very proud of the program and amazed by the students each and every year. Angie has been leading student groups to Ireland for over 25 years. She loves telling stories, chocolate popcorn, Percy Pigs, visiting Ballyhornan in County Down, and spending time with all of her family, friends, Stocaí, and “Her Ger.”
Gerardo began his journey in the travel industry 20 plus years ago when he joined as a Finance Director for StudentCity.com. He gradually became the Chief Financial Officer of the parent company, TUI Education North America whose portfolio includes Brightspark, Educatours, Educational Tours, Jumpstreet, New Horizons, and Travel Adventures. He is also the Co-Founder of Go Blue Tours, Juniper Tours, and Landmark Educational Tours. Gerardo lives in Boston with his wife and two sons and loves to travel and ski in his spare time.
History Teacher-Waterford, Ireland
Mark was born in Waterford Town, the home where the famous Waterford Crystal is made. He has been working with students the last 20 plus years in his job with education and his favorite pastime is the GAA. (Gaelic Athletic Association) He loves all sports. but in particular his native sports of football and hurling. Mark has been involved with the Irish Life Experience for over a decade coaching traditional Irish sports. He loves the program and loves how the students engage in all activities and their willingness to learn each and every year. Mark is an avid music and film buff and also enjoys his down time with family and friends with cups of coffee and chats.