Leadership Team

Duncan Young, CEO
Duncan has had an interesting career, including stints as a naval meteorology officer, a business consultant, and an executive at Scholastic, Inc., where he led a national team focused on teacher professional development and school improvement. In high school, Duncan had the chance to attend two different leadership forums, and also visited Appalachia twice as part of a service project. Each of these experiences helped him form a vision of his future of wanting to lead while also making an impact. Duncan has a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Potter, Chief Academic Officer
As our most degreed senior executive team member, Andrew directs Envision’s academic strategy and oversees the development of our faculty, curriculum, and teaching methods, so we can provide learning experiences that help our students get ready for college and a career. Andrew is widely recognized as a thought leader on education, and he holds a delegate position with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Andrew has worked to develop state-level advocacy platforms in the U.S. in support of college, career, and civic readiness while also designing programming to support U.S. K-12 college and career readiness mandates. Andrew taught at the university and high school levels for over a decade. He holds a BA in History, an MA in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations with a minor in Modern Europe from Cal State University, and an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University while completing additional work in Semitic Languages at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.

Matt Castrina, Vice President, Education Experience
Matt oversees the international and collegiate programs of Envision, including the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). Since 2003 he has developed and implemented programs for high-achieving middle school, high school, college, university, and continuing education students in Australia, Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. Prior to joining Envision, Matt worked for two years in the Czech Republic as an English teacher, a transformative experience which ignited his passion for international education. He is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Melissa McElwee, International Program Manager
Melissa has been studying and working with international education programs for over six years. She has worked with students and scholars from all over the world and from a variety perspectives: participant, recruiter, facilitator, and evaluator. After teaching English in Japan for two years, Melissa earned her MA in International Education from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Since then she has worked with scholars from China, Brazil, Tajikistan, Peru, and Turkey, to name a few. In addition, she has travelled to China, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, and a few countries in Latin America.

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