Kylie | CEO, Director of Operations

Kylie has spent numerous years living abroad leading tours across the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa. She studied Business Strategy and International Development at the Marriott School of Management. Further, she attended the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to study Social Innovation and Business Strategy and has lived in Portugal, India, and Malawi.  Her international experience and love for authentic travel led her to found Acanela Expeditions, allowing individuals the opportunity to immerse themselves in hands-on cultural experiences around the world. Follow Kylie's Adventures At:  www.wokingtheworld.com

Andrew | Director of Finance

Andrew grew up in the metropolitan city of Hong Kong, where he had the opportunity to learn about a variety of different cultures from a very young age.  He spent his childhood and teenage years volunteering for groups such as Habitat for Humanity in Thailand, Climbing mountains in Malaysia & Indonesia, and biking through the beautiful trails of Australia & New Zealand.  He studied Business Strategy, after which we chose a career in Management Consulting.  He has a passion for travel, rock climbing, and anything that has to do with  innovation.

Sherstin | Organization

Sherstin joins the Acanela team after spending nearly a decade working in universities within the field of international education. She has spent time both as a study abroad program manager and international relationship manager. Through her work at both Brigham Young University and Arizona State University she has managed more than 150 university faculty-led programs helping more than 3,000 students study abroad during her tenure. She is a passionate advocate for crossing borders and deeply believes that experiential learning abroad has the ability to change a person’s life trajectory forever – no matter that persons age. 

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Ashley | Director of Marketing & Partnerships

Ashley's deep desire for adventure and travel first sparked when she heard the song "I Lived" by One Republic.  One of her life goals includes visiting the 7 Wonders of the World with her family, and has already completed 2 of the 7.  She desires to help build unique experiences for individuals through travel and the creation of positive media content.  She is currently a Business Management major with an emphasis in Marketing at Brigham Young University. Her spirit animal is a koala bear, and her hobbies include basketball, magic tricks, Disney movies, and filming travel videos with her fiancé.


Alex | Editor & Content Creator

Alex has dreamed of traveling the world since she was a little girl. While enrolled in Boston University’s College of Communication, she spent a semester abroad in London, where she interned at a digital agency and had the opportunity to write for multiple travel sites. Since graduating with a degree in Public Relations, she’s decided to combine her passion for travel, writing, and PR and is thrilled to be generating content for Acanela! She hopes the future will bring more travel and new experiences her way. When she’s not working, she can be found attending concerts, exploring cities, and watching Borussia Dortmund, her favorite soccer club.

Elizabeth | Digital Marketing

Liz has been traveling since she was a little girl.  Coming from a 1st generation Chinese family - they have instilled a love of traveling, food and hospitality into Liz. She's been to every continent in the world except for Africa and Antarctica (But those are on her "upcoming trips" list!) Liz graduated from Brigham Young University's Advertising Program and found her passion in account management and client success with a mix of traveling through BYU's study abroad programs.  She worked at numerous advertising agencies on the east and west coast and is finally settling her roots down in Los Angeles with her husband. 

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Kaitana | Director of Sales

Kaitana grew up in a native Yup’ik Eskimo fishing village in Alaska, where she learned to cherish diversity of people and culture. She later relocated to Idaho, continuing to visit amazing parts of the world as frequently as possible. Kaitana played basketball at Dartmouth College, where she earned degrees in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. While an undergraduate student, Kaitana spent time living in Peru and Spain, which allowed her the opportunity to travel and experience various cultures in South America and Europe. Kaitana’s love for immersive cultural experiences continues today, which she hopes to instill in her growing family. 

Tanner | Digital Marketing & Content

Tanner is passionate about all things creative. He is from Laguna Niguel, California where we spent his days surfing, reading, and laughing with his friends.  He is currently pursuing a Marketing Degree in Business School and has spent the past several years with a camera in his hand capturing stunning photos & videos. He brings a lot of talent to the Acanela Team and looks forward to many great travel experiences in the near future!

Ashley | Sales & Client Relations

Ashley has always been passionate about traveling, after her first time abroad she was hooked on travel, going on backpacking trips across Europe, study abroad thru college and volunteering overseas.  In college she studied dance and culinary, after graduating she went on to work full time in a bakery for 3 years before she decided to follow her dream and volunteer in India for a summer. She is passionate about travel, culinary and people and is thrilled to be part of the Acanela team where she can work with her passion. Aside from traveling to 32+ countries she has lived in both India and Jerusalem and has spent the past 3 years working in the travel industry helping other people design their bucket list trips and travel.

Bheem | Acanela Northern India Director

Biju | Acanela Southern India Director

Chris | Acanela Southern Africa Director

Abdul | Acanela Eastern Africa Director

Chetana | Acanela Southeast Asia Director

Claudia | Acanela Central Europe Director

Javier | Acanela Southern Europe Director

Eleni | Acanela Eastern Europe Director

Rostom  | Acanela Northern Africa Director

Domingo  | Acanela South America Director

Yuting | Acanela Northern Asia Director