Summer Springboard was founded to give college-bound teens a supportive environment where they can explore their personal and academic passions. Our innovative pre-college summer programs, offered at some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, combines the benefits of an academically challenging summer experience with tools and frameworks for personal leadership development and self-discovery.
Leveraging the years of success enjoyed by our sister organizations, Global Leadership Adventures and Discover Corps. Summer Springboard aims to continue the tradition of providing unique and compelling summer experiences for college-bound teens as they look to grow, expand and impact their communities.
The Summer Springboard leadership team brings together diverse backgrounds spanning several decades. Our goal is to use our decades of experience in areas such as service learning, education, international travel, media, and program operations to create the most impactful domestic summer enrichment programs for college-bound teens.
We are proudly based in San Diego, California.
Andrew MotiwallaFounder & Executive Director
Andrew is the founder of Summer Springboard. After college, Andrew served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America. His overseas volunteer experience ignited a passion to share that experience with others, and he became vice president at a non-profit international volunteer organization where he set up volunteer operations in 14 countries around the world. Later, he did brief stints with a couple of tech start-up companies and also started two of his own ventures. He returned to his passion for experiential education by founding Terra Education and personally launched Global Leadership Adventures, Discover Corps, and Summer Springboard. Andrew is a graduate of Lawrence University and has done graduate studies in non-profit management at New School University in New York City. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Dianne NolanCampus Director, Yale Campus
Dianne Nolan is an accomplished leader, educator, coach and mentor with a passion for guiding high school students to achieve their goals. A former basketball coach for Yale University, Dianne graduated from Rowan University where she was a four-sport student-athlete. She earned her Masters degree in Political and Corporate Communications from Fairfield University. She has served as a college basketball coach at Lafayette College, Yale University, Fairfield University, and St. Francis College and holds a career record of 500+ victories, with 100% graduation rate of all her student-athletes. She has a proven ability to inspire young people to maximize their own potential while working within a team environment to reach a common goal.
Megan HsuCampus Director, Berkeley Campus
Megan is a passionate teacher, tutor and mentor. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Stanford University: BA in Communication, MA in Education. During the school year, Megan is a high school math teacher at a small private school for students with executive function challenges. Every year, Megan's goal is to add curriculum that helps students develop skills to make meaningful connections and be engaged community members. Her aim as a teacher is to foster curiosity, courage, empathy and self-reflection. In addition to teaching, Megan has served as Camp Director for educational camps in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her spare time, Megan particularly enjoys completing escape rooms.
Tracy EckardProgram Manager
Tracy manages the delivery of Summer Springboard's campus programs. She has extensive experience designing and managing leadership programs for youth and adults and has developed key partnerships at the international, national, and local levels. She has previously worked at the California Senate Office of International Relations, and most recently at World Learning in Washington, DC, where she managed and implemented leadership exchange programs for U.S. and international high school students. She is a product and proponent of experiential educational opportunities, and believes real learning happens outside the comfort zone. Tracy holds a Masters from Trinity College Dublin and BA from the University of California, Davis.
Ali BermanProgram Development Coordinator
Ali graduated from Tufts University with majors in Biology, Biotechnology, and Chinese. After college, Ali moved to China to work as the Director of US Relations and Development at an international college advising company. After attaining fluency in Mandarin, she then moved to Costa Rica to improve her Spanish and to advise students on volunteer abroad programs with Global Leadership Adventures. Ali is passionate about experiential education and focuses on ensuring the exceptional academic quality of Summer Springboard programs.
Kevin KhyAdmissions Officer
A California native, Kevin leads Admissions at Summer Springboard. Kevin has worked in the high school student education and travel industry for 10 years. He has worked with thousands of teens in international and university settings and is has a passion for experiential learning. Kevin holds a Bachelors degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Political Science, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. His experience with educational programs for teens, a passion for personal development and a desire to help young people succeed led him to joining the Summer Springboard team.
Tucker GinoAdmissions Officer
Tucker grew up on the coast of Massachusetts, and he has a passion for helping people unlock their potential. He received his Bachelors degree from Johnson & Wales University where he was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Tucker has worked with different companies in the field of travel and tourism. His hobbies include skateboarding, skiing, and playing upright bass, electric bass and ukulele.
Maria BalmasedaAdmissions Coordinator
Maria was born and raised in a small town in Toledo, Spain. Her passion for discovering new places brought her first to Madrid, where she earned a degree in chemical engineering. The allure of Madrid's big city vibe captured her attention and offered her the opportunity to volunteer which launched her passion for international travel and adventure. This love of travel sparked her to move to New York City to continue her studies. She since fell in love in the United States and moved to California. She is currently a MBA candidate at San Diego State University.
Renae PinkAdmissions Advisor
Born in Jamaica, moved to NY and then to Las Vegas. Renae started traveling before she could walk and has been addicted ever since. She has traveled to over 30 countries and is still counting. Renae loves learning about different cultures and immersing herself into different experiences. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from SUNY Brockport: B.S in Criminal Justice and an MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.
Fionna MaddenAdmissions Advisor
Fiona is native of Kansas City, Missouri and recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in International Studies and minors in Economics and Spanish. That education combined with her work and volunteer experience in adult literacy programs sparked her passion for helping others reach their full academic potential. In her spare time, Fiona loves hiking, reading, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Marianne LontocMarketing Manager
Marianne joined the Summer Springboard team to lead marketing initiatives. She has extensive experience in brand awareness and customer engagement. She is excited to work with college-bound teens and their families and fully believes in the importance of exploring personal and academic passions. In fact, in high school Marianne attended a pre-college summer program at UC San Diego, her dream school. Marianne holds a Bachelors degree in English from UC San Diego.
A California native, Judy is the Financial Controller, earning her degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA. She has held several finance, leadership, and IT positions during that time. She has traveled internationally to Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and Peru. She has volunteered in Peru, with Big Sisters and in youth sports. She loves reading, hiking, snow skiing and trying new adventures, and is proud to help broaden high school students' understanding of other cultures with GLA.
Our program staff are passionate about our student’s success; in college and beyond. They’ve been selected for their experience, deep passion for teaching, industry expertise, and student commitment. Many of our staff have intimate knowledge of our campus locations, adding to our ability to host students safely. All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid, and also trained in our 5-Point Safety System to ensure that issues are addressed efficiently and safely.
Every campus is run by a Campus Director. These are adult professionals with extensive experience working with teens, and they all hold a B.A. or M.A. degree.
Directors are selected for their expertise in the field of personal development and undergo background checks and rigorous training before the summer. The Campus Director oversees the team of Resident Advisors and also facilitates the delivery of the Springboard Leadership Personal Framework.
Our Resident Advisors are the heart and soul of our program; they bring energy and inspiration to every student experience. They are selected for their experience working with youth, understanding of leadership theory, and dynamic personalities. All RAs undergo background checks and training on the unique needs of teenagers. RAs live in single rooms on the same floor with students.