Staff

Deliberate Detour draws from the vast expertise present in the worldschooling community for its staffing, and strives to place people native to each country into positions of leadership as it grows. Meet our crack start-up team below!

Administration

Stephanie Tolk

Founder

Stephanie, a serial worldschooler, has been abroad three times with her family for anywhere from five to 11 months. Inspired to create the type of worldschooling hub her family sought, she founded Deliberate Detour in 2023. Not only has she spent nearly five years of her life abroad as an exchange student, Peace Corps Volunteer, backpacker, and worldschooler, but Stephanie has a professional background as a nonprofit founder and executive director.

Jessica Figliolini

Program Associate

Jessica’s love for immersive travel began in her mid-20s with four years in Japan, Spain, and the UK, and later, she completed a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Human Resource Management. A mother of two girls, Jessica and her family have joined worldschooling hubs in French Polynesia, Egypt, and Peru. In Peru, Jessica served as Program Designer in support of traveling families with a program much like Deliberate Detour.

Misa Bacon

Bookkeeper

Misa Bacon, CEO of Perfectly Kept Books, helps women leaders become empowered to make better business decisions. From Dallas, Texas, Misa brings classic southern hospitality into her work, providing a calm, anxiety-free experience. She’s also a single mom to an amazingly creative daughter, and it’s important to Misa that she grows up in a world surrounded by empowered women.

Guatemala

Jennifer Brewer

Hub Developer

Jen has been living in Antigua, Guatemala for over 6 years. She and her husband and daughter traveled to many Latin American countries before settling in Antigua. Her career in Human Resources spanned 20 years in various industries, throughout several states in the U.S. A devoted mom, Jen enjoys the perfect climate, beautiful culture, and gracious people of Guatemala,  every day.

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Hub Manager

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Hub Associate

Peru

Melisa Abadie

Hub Developer

Melisa is from Argentina, but she has lived in Cusco, Peru for almost 8 years. Through her career in hotel management, she has had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures in various locations. Melisa is currently the general manager of Mundo Antiguo Spanish School in Cusco. Even though she has visited more than 25 countries, her favorite place is Argentina.

Carina Dometri Berrío Anaya

Hub Developer

Carina is an elementary school teacher, with a master’s degree in bilingual intercultural education. She has worked as a Spanish teacher since 2008 and now directs the Mundo Antiguo Spanish school in Cusco, integrating Spanish teaching with cultural immersion. Carina loves Peru for the immense diversity of cultures and landscapes that make those who visit it fall in love.

 

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Hub Manager

Mexico

Linda Kenyon

Hub Developer

Linda completed her graduate studies in Sociology and Linguistics in Australia over 7 years ago and began traveling in Latin America soon after. For more than 6 years, she has lived in Oaxaca, Mexico, which holds a special place in her heart. A certified instructor of English as a second language, Linda has worked as a teacher and curriculum developer for children and adults of all ages within schools, non-profits, and private institutions within Mexico and internationally.

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Hub Associate