Working Together to Change Lives

Stroll through any of our offices across the globe and we challenge you to find a member of our staff who has not been personally impacted by cultural exchange. Whether they have lived abroad or participated in one of our own programs, our staff knows the value of cross-cultural exchange and are excited to share it with others. We work tirelessly to change lives, build bridges of understanding, and share the world through person-to-person citizen diplomacy. Meet some of our staff below.

Marcie Schneider

President,
Intrax, San Francisco

Marcie Schneider joined Intrax in 2014 as President, reporting directly to the Founders. She is responsible for leading the strategic programming and day to day operations of all of Intrax’s esteemed programs - Ayusa, AuPairCare, WorkTravel, and Global Internships.

Marcie is a passionate senior executive with over 25 years of global experience in the international education, new business development and cultural exchange industries. Marcie has studied, worked, and lived overseas multiple times, has visited over 82 countries, and understands first-hand the importance of cross cultural exchange and its impact on communities globally. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exercising, spending time with her family, meeting new people, trying new foods, and traveling. 

Lola Jung

Senior VP/Corporate Controller,
Intrax, San Francisco

Lola has been with Intrax for almost 15 years, managing the Accounting department, Finance and Office Facilities.  When she was in college, she went on a summer study abroad program to Taiwan which enabled her to personally connect with Intrax’s mission.  She has over 25 years of Accounting and Finance experience and received her Bachelor degree at San Francisco State.

Sarah McNamara

Senior VP,
AuPairCare, San Francisco

Sarah joined Intrax in 2006 as the Director of Marketing and now runs AuPairCare, one of the largest international au pair childcare agencies. Her background is in lifestyle marketing, spanning online and offline strategic marketing initiatives for companies including Macys.com, Hewlett-Packard, Realtor.com and CareGuide. At AuPairCare, she utilized technology to overhaul the online matching process and led the conversion of a legacy system to Salesforce. The new enterprise platform markedly improved participant experience, program operations and financial management. Having studied a year abroad in Germany, Sarah knows the benefits of cultural exchange and is a host mom herself. Sarah and her husband have welcomed many au pairs into their family and are proof that AuPairCare is a great childcare solution for busy, working parents.

Hitesh Adesara

VP Engineering and Operations,
Intrax, San Francisco

Hitesh Adesara is the Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Intrax, Inc. Adesara provides leadership for the continued development of a reliable, secure, scalable and innovative information technology environment to maintain and grow Intrax’s technology capabilities. His primary responsibilities include engineering, technology operations, IT strategy, IT governance, technology resource allocation, product management, and IT organization. Intrax IT provides services to all business units, international offices and global stakeholders.  

Adesara has had over 20 years of experience in technology and leadership roles. His domain knowledge includes technology, finance/insurance, technical consulting, utility and education industries. Prior to Intrax, he held senior project/program management positions within PMO at PG&E. In addition, he held various technology management positions in technical consulting, software development, and finance/insurance industries. Adesara is a trained Lean Six Sigma professional and applies his technical expertise and business acumen to improve business results using effective use of technology.

Adesara holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India), ‘Business Analyst Certification’ (from UC Irvine, CA) and ‘Advanced Program Management Certification’ (from Stanford University, CA).

Adesara regularly volunteers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) related school activities in his local community. He is an avid reader. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and photography.

Su-Tsen Wu

Director of Human Resources,
Intrax, San Francisco

Su-Tsen Wu, Director of Human Resources, joined Intrax in May 2015.  Su-Tsen brought with her fifteen plus years of human resource experience in various industries including retail, technology and financial services.  In her role at Intrax, Su-Tsen oversees development and implementation of all human resources programs and services for the company, including legal compliance, benefits, employee relations and employee development, and best employment practices.

Su-Tsen received her B.S. and a MBA degree from San Francisco State University.  She is also a certified HR professional with PHR-CA and SHRM-CP designations.

Alison Gold

Executive Director,
Ayusa, San Francisco

Alison has nearly 15 years in the J-1 industry with experience in High School, Summer Work / Travel and Intern/ Trainee programs. She recently won the 2016 inaugural Alliance for International Exchange McCarry Leadership Award. Alison was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and has studied abroad in Spain and China. Alison’s educational background is in international economics with a master’s degree from University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies and an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two young children.

Marisa Lonic

Senior Director of Operations,
AuPairCare, San Francisco

BA in Italian and Spanish at Binghamton University, NY; M.Ed. in Didactics of Italian as a Second Language at University of Padua, Italy

Growing up in a bilingual, bicultural home was the foundation of my love of travel and languages. I have lived in Italy and the USA and have traveled to various parts of Europe, Asia, Central and North America.

I have worked in multicultural settings the majority of my career in both New York and San Francisco. It is truly amazing to work in an environment and with individuals who share your passion for cultural exchange and AuPairCare certainly encompasses that.

I manage the operations at AuPairCare and am also a host mom myself, having hosted 2 au pairs from Brazil. It has been a wonderful experience for our entire family!

Kaitlin Sinclair

Program Director,
Work Travel, San Francisco

As a communications major, I have always enjoyed working with diverse groups of people. Having been a part of the Intrax team for many years, I have had the opportunity to work for several of the cultural exchange programs that Intrax offers. However, I especially love my current position managing the Summer Work Travel program.  As the Program Director, I enjoy interacting with students and partners from around the globe. It is fulfilling to hear from our participants, host companies, and partners about how the Summer Work Travel program has enriched their lives in a plethora of ways.  Intrax has afforded me the ability to travel the world, which I am passionate about, and to meet people from unique and interesting cultures. I am fortunate to be a part of a company who promotes international relationships through educational and work programs that increase person-to-person citizen diplomacy uniting people through a common goal.

Emmanuel Diaz-Obregon

Operations Director,
Work Travel, San Francisco

Bachelors degree in French and International Relations San Francisco State University, United States

Emmanuel Diaz-Obregon joined Intrax in 2004 and has since worked with teams operating a variety of J-1 cultural exchange programs – Career Training, Internships, WEST (Work, English, Study, Travel), and Work Travel.

As the Operations Director for Intrax Work Travel, he leads a strong team that supports the program in a variety of functions, including partner management, admissions, placement screening, in-country participant support, and government relations. Emmanuel truly believes that our programs build peaceful bonds between the U.S. and future world leaders.

Born and raised in San Francisco to Guatemalan immigrants, Emmanuel has an interest in all things global. He seized the opportunity to spend his junior year of college as a student in France and earned his Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in International Relations and French. This interest extends into other foreign languages, continually improving his Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.

Employee Culture at Intrax

At Intrax, our passion for culture extends well beyond the office. Whether travel for personal enrichment or exciting team events, our employees grow and thrive in our global offices.

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