The Australian Odyssey Leadership Team

Our leaders help bring to life President Eisenhower’s vision of creating a better world through direct exchange among people of different countries and cultures.

We are proud to introduce you to the Leadership Team for Australian Odyssey from June 25-July 10, 2019.

PTP Leadership Team

Meet The Leaders

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Terry F.

Terry is from Friendswood, Texas and has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Texas State University. He taught high school history and coached girls basketball for 33 years.  Terry has been traveling with People to People since 2001. He loves to read and travel with his wife, Tina. Some of his favorite destinations are Africa, Israel, Panama Canal, Japan, and South America.

“This will be my fifth trip to OZ and I’m looking forward to sharing the countries uniqueness with our students.”



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Tina F.

Tina is from Friendswood, TX and has a Bachelor of Art from University of Texas and Doctorate of Education from University of Houston Clear Lake. She retired as the Assistant Superintendent for Clear Creek ISD and is currently a professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Tina has been a leader with People to People since 2011. She has traveled with students to many countries in Europe and to China to visit public and private schools.  She also loves to travel with her husband, Terry (co-leader on this program). Tina is an artist and a writer. She loves to paint and create, especially if it involves her grandchildren. She also loves tropical plants and landscaping. She recently finished writing a novel of her father’s exceptional life as a WWII American POW.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our student delegates and their parents.  I can’t wait to check “snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef” off my bucket list.”

Teacher Leader

Steve W.

Steve is from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, and now lives in Altoona, a historical railroad city. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. He has spent his professional career teaching middle-school students in history, literature, English, religion, and spelling.  He currently teaches at St. Patrick’s School in Newry, PA. Steve had his first taste of international travel when he was selected by Penn State University to student-teach in the Panama Canal Zone. Since 2004, he has proudly led 12 programs with People to People International Travel Programs. He has visited England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Malta, Italy, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and Australia.  His favorite is Australia; this will be his 5th journey there!

“For me, I enjoy problem-solving. When the unexpected happens, I am ready. Along the way, I’ve met lots of dedicated people who love the spirit of People to People, as I do.  The adventure aspect pumps me up, especially the opportunity to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef! The wildlife in Australia really fascinates me, whether it’s a koala, a kangaroo, a jabiru, or a saltwater crocodile. I am committed to helping our student-travelers get the most out of their experience.”

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