About Us

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help students increase their self-awareness so they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and careers that reflect their personal vision for success.

OUR STORY

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. We ensure student well-being using our 5-Point Safety System and top tier university partners.

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.

Leadership Team

Andrew Motiwalla

Founder

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.

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Eva Strausberg

Director of Programs and Risk Management

Eva manages all Summer Springboard programs. After college, she spent many years in Italy which led to a career designing and managing academic programs in both the U.S. and abroad. Her previous work at Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence, and various ESL programs for international students reflects her belief in the value of cross-cultural understanding and hands-on learning experiences. Eva holds a Masters in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelors in Sociology, from Brandeis University.

Kevin Khy - Admissions Manager

Kevin Khy

Director of Admissions and Marketing

A California native, Kevin is the Director of Admissions at Summer Springboard. Kevin has worked in the high school student education and travel industry for 15 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.

Maria Balmaseda

Director of Online Programs and Registrar

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. Maria completed her MBA at San Diego State University.

Layni Pistone

Administrative Manager

Raised on the west coast, Layni went to college in the east coast and graduated with a major in Psychology from Bay Path University. She has spent the past eight years working with students in a variety of settings, ranging from leading student programs in Costa Rica to working in Admissions and Student Success while helping families plan for college abroad semesters. These experiences have solidified her passion for helping students identify their goals and next steps in education. Layni recently moved to Colorado, where she spends her time hiking, climbing and trying her hand at various arts and crafts.

Ryan Farrell

Administrative Manager

A New England native, Ryan grew up in Avon, CT and earned his B.S. in Accounting with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Connecticut State University. After graduating, he worked in Student Affairs at various higher education institutions as a Residence Hall Director, supporting high-school seniors transition and adjust to campus living and college life as a whole. Ryan brings to Summer Springboard his valuable experience guiding students along their path to college. Outside of Summer Springboard, Ryan is an avid aviation enthusiast, recently earning his Private Pilot Certificate and working towards advancing his ratings further.

Anna Graham - Staff Accountant - Summer Springboard

Anna Graham-Meyer

Staff Accountant

Anna grew up in San Diego, California. She attended San Diego Mesa Community College and took classes in multiple fields trying to find a career she enjoyed. Due to her love of numbers she followed her passion into the field of Accounting. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from the University of Lynchburg with a degree in Accounting. She wishes she had found a program such as Summer Springboard when she was in high school to have given her direction earlier in life. In her free time she enjoys traveling, the beach, soccer, Gaelic football, learning Spanish, and tutoring youth in mathematics.

Dianne Nolan

Campus Director, Yale

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.

Program Staff

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.

Campus Director


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.

Resident Advisors


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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