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Global Adrenaline

Senior Management

Nancy Schumacher
Nancy was working in the finance sector when a trip to the Himalayas inspired her to envision another way to support local businesses and developing economies. It was a passion for bringing curious people to remote areas of the world, an interest in world cultures, and a philosophy of giving back to communities through culturally sensitive tourism that inspired Nancy to create Global Adrenaline in 2001 and this philosophy remains at the core of the business today. Nancy studied economics at Princeton, received a master in development economics from Oxford, and went to Harvard Business School. She spent years working in international finance for J.P. Morgan, the World Bank and Altgate Capital. She is an avid hiker, scuba diver, and skier, and is an active board member of several non-profits.

Meredith Mason 
With more than 14 years in the travel industry, Meredith has led over 2,000 travelers to more than 50 countries on six continents. She believes that travel is one of the most powerful forms of education and has a passion for providing others with memorable experiences abroad. Some of her most memorable travel moments include hunting with pygmies in the Central African Republic, tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and delivering medical supplies to a hospital in Burma. Meredith is originally from California where she studied psychology at Stanford University and later worked as the Deputy Director for the Stanford Alumni Association’s Travel Study program. Meredith received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. In her free time, Meredith enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving, photography and volunteering at a local animal shelter. She is currently dreaming of her first trip to Antarctica.

Trip Specialists

Based in Chicago, our Trip Specialists are incredibly knowledgeable, accessible, and eager to help create a customized trip that will meet your expectations. At Global Adrenaline our clients have one Trip Specialist that they work with from start to finish. Trip Specialists work closely with our clients to create custom itineraries, help clients prepare for their trip, and answer any questions.

Alison Carey
Alison developed her love of travel during college, after having the opportunity to study in Europe and South America. Since then, Alison has traveled to over 30 countries on six continents. Her most memorable travel experiences include eating a tarantula in Cambodia, taking a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti in Tanzania, and camping on the beach in India. Sailing since childhood, Alison has logged over 5,000 nautical miles and has completed several international voyages including a 3 month sail from French Polynesia to New Zealand. Alison’s dream destinations include Antarctica and Papua New Guinea.

Nicole Granacki 
A love of learning about different cultures led Nicole to Global Adrenaline after six years of working for political and environmental non-profits. Nicole has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents, many of which she visited as an independent traveler. Some of Nicole’s most memorable travel experiences include taking Swahili classes in Zanzibar, volunteering on conservation projects in Costa Rica’s rain forest, and exploring Chinese religions in Beijing. Nicole studied African Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and received a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. Nicole’s next dream travel destination is Bhutan to experience their “gross national happiness".

Michael Kote
Born in Atlanta and raised in southern California, Michael has never lived far from a large body of water. He studied at the University of California Santa Barbara earning a bachelor’s degree in Art Studio. Michael’s most memorable travel experience was an 11-month and 15,000 mile adventure in a bio-fueled VW van across 8 countries in South America. With a background in art and design, Michael extended his time in South America to paint murals at three different locations in Colombia. Michael comes to Global Adrenaline from a socially conscious backpack company that provided school supplies for underserved students in the Los Angeles area. His next dream trip is to the Pushkar Camel Fair in India.

Chrissy Malamis
Spending summers with family in Greece sparked Chrissy’s curiosity for other countries, cultures, and languages. Her most memorable travel experience so far has been a volunteer trip to Honduras where she worked on homes and absorbed the culture in the beautiful state of El Paraiso. Chrissy is fluent in Greek, French, and Spanish, and hopes to continue learning more languages so that she can converse with locals wherever she travels. Chrissy has a bachelor’s degree in French from DePaul University and studied abroad in Paris where she took the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. Her current dream destinations are Australia and New Zealand.

Jill Schmidt
With over eight years in the travel industry Jill has taken on a variety of roles from travel consultant to trip leader. As a biking and hiking trip leader, Jill led groups of travelers to unique destinations all over the world, including Croatia, Italy, and Thailand. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been sailing with dolphin researchers in the Fiordlands of New Zealand and biking across Northern Thailand. Jill also spent a year traveling independently in Australia and New Zealand. Jill is originally from Wisconsin and has a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. Her next dream trip is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Erin Whaley
Erin came to Global Adrenaline from the yachting industry, where she coordinated large-scale yacht racing events, including the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and various national and world championships. Before her career in the sailing world, Erin worked as a professional modern dancer, touring through Mexico and the United States. Erin studied dance at the International Education of Students (IES) in Paris, and has a bachelors in Dance Performance and Choreography and French from Hope College. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, as well as anything that keeps her on or near the water such as boating, swimming, and water-skiing. Erin is fluent in French and is a certified U.S. Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling and Safety and Rescue Instructor. Erin's dream travel destination is the Brazilian Amazon and Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.