Aaron Marshall, Executive Director
As an educator, entrepreneur, and now cofounder of IMPACT EDVentures, Aaron continues to seek creative ways to challenge students toward deeper personal and social development. Aaron received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at George Fox University and his MA in Philosophy at Biola University. Aaron is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh where he is studying character development through experiential approaches to education. He has led students on numerous backpacking excursions in the Sierra Nevadas and Coastal Range of California, and international service learning trips in the Bahamas, Ecuador and Mexico. He has worked with third-culture students in Hungary and has spent summers in Fiji, Ireland, and Scotland.
Aaron’s travels and studies abroad are paired with over a decade in secondary education. Aaron believes experiential education trips not only deeply impact students, but when designed appropriately, can also foster sustainable development and leave a lasting impact on the community abroad.
Jeff Brown, Director of Advancement, Training, & Culture
As a Cofounder of IMPACT EDVentures, Jeff brings his passion for experiential learning, travel, and group development. Jeff graduated from Multnomah Bible College with a BS in Youth Ministry. He received his MA in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University. He has had numerous opportunities leading short and long-term trips across the globe.
Most recently Jeff has been involved with leading trips to India and sailing in the Bahamas. He has also been honored with the John Muir award and granted membership into the British Schools Explorers Society for his role in leading students on a six-week expedition to Greenland. His background in active learning and outdoor education pairs nicely with his work in meaningful community development around the globe. Jeff is committed to fostering student growth as they make a lasting impact on the communities that we serve.
Lance Finkbeiner, Director of Programming and Enrollment
Lance is one of the co-founders of IMPACT EDVentures. Lance has a passion for international experiences that stems from his studying, living, and teaching abroad. Lance graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS in Geography and History. He received his MA in International Studies from the University of Denver. Lance has taught High School Social Studies for the past 15 years, 10 of which were at Aspen High School. He has taught one year at an international school in El Salvador and another year at a private school in Hong Kong where he developed curriculum for monthly excursions throughout SE Asia. Lance has participated in a number of mission trips including Guatemala and Ukraine and has ventured to all corners of the major 5 continents. He has led domestic experiential education trips including rafting in Cataract Canyon, hiking and climbing in the Black Hills, and snowboard and mountain biking in the depths of the Rocky Mountains.
Most recently Lance has led an annual service trip to Uganda with Action in Africa, an NPO focused on empowering and educating the youth of Uganda. He serves AIA as the co-founder and acting president. Lance is passionate about serving, teaching, and sharing across the globe.
Nicole Mahobian, Director of Public & Client Relationships
Nicole’s passion for students is impossible to miss. She has poured herself into the lives of young people as an educator, soccer coach, and trip leader. She served for several years as a member of the Americorps program “Teach for America” and has taught English at Valor Christian School for the last several years. Nicole has taken her passion for youth and soccer to Ethopia, Brazil, Columbia, and Chile using the international language of sport to speak into and serve those in need.
Nicole loves to invest in people’s lives and desires to provide young people with an example of how to live life to the fullest. To her, life is an opportunity to craft a collection of stories. These stories spring from our lives – our pivotal life events, the places we visit, the relationships we build with others, the diverse cultures we experience all translate into opportunities to write and re-write our stories. These experiences force us to reflect on a bigger purpose in life. Nicole’s passion lies in pursuing this full life with young people: a full life of loving, serving, and playing alongside others in community.