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, CA.
Shayna SmithManaging Director & Co-Founder, Summer Springboard
Shayna leads the strategy, operations, and marketing for Summer Springboard. She brings years of executive management experience working for leading companies such as The Walt Disney Studios, CBS and Monitor Group. Her passion for learning and education brought her to join the founding team of Summer Springboard, in hopes of helping young people make fulfilling and impactful life choices. Shayna has degrees from MIT and Harvard Business School.
Andrew MotiwallaCo-Founder, Summer Springboard
Andrew is the founder of Terra Education, the organization that operates Summer Springboard and other experiential learning programs. His path to creating the organization involved many twists and turns. While at Lawrence University, he changed majors five times, and during his professional life he experimented with careers as a graphic designer, non-profit executive, and tech entrepreneur before finding his true calling running experiential education programs. These series of career and academic detours inspired Andrew to create an organization that helps young people discover their passion early in life.
Judy CalkinsController, Summer Springboard
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.
Vinny ZanrossoAdmissions Advisor, Summer Springboard
Vinny is an Admissions Advisor at Summer Springboard. He graduated with a degree in finance from Arizona State University. Previously, Vinny worked as an enrollment advisor with Global Leadership Adventures. 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. He is proud to inspire the next generation of college-bound teens who want to change the world.
Tracy EckardProgram Manager & Campus Director, Summer Springboard, Berkeley Campus
Tracy leads the coordination of Summer Springboard's campus programs. She manages a portfolio of programs and drives business forward through her operational and programmatic expertise. Tracy 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, SIT Study Abroad, and most recently at World Learning in Washington, DC, where as a founding member of the Youth Development Team, 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.
Dianne NolanCampus Director, Summer Springboard, Yale Campus
Dianne Nolan is an accomplished leader, educator, coach and mentor with a passion for guiding high school students to achieve their goals. After graduating from Rowan University where she was a four-sport student-athlete, Dianne continued her education at West Virginia University and later earned a second master’s degree in Political and Corporate Communications from Fairfield University.
As a College Basketball Coach at Lafayette,Yale, Fairfield and St. Francis College, Dianne holds a career record of 500+ victories, with 100% graduation rate of all her student-athletes. She directed the Hoop School at Fairfield and serves as a mentor in the Residential College. 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.
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.
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