Advisory board

Pillars in the global mobility space and forward thinking visionaries have come together to shape the future direction of the I Am A Triangle community. Our view of the world has long been guided by the experiences and knowledge of those who have gone before us. The reality that we need each other, to learn from each other, and cannot do it alone is a thread that runs strong with our Triangle members. It is for this reason that we created this Advisory Board. We wish to collaborate with the best and brightest minds operating in the global mobility space.

The I Am A Triangle Advisory Board is made up of individuals passionate about changing the way we move abroad. They are passionate about seeking opportunities to learn from our past, challenge our current existence and form our future. The unique perspective, experience and input each member brings to our larger community will be applied to our long-term vision, truly helping to shape the future of the Triangle community.

The advisory board meets remotely, at various locations around the world – virtually.

Amanda Bates

Amanda is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Black Expat. The Black Expat is a digital platform that explores the intersection of global mobility and black identity. She’s particularly interested in understanding the nuances of the expat experience from underrepresented voices.

Previously, Amanda counseled students, families and schools on issues related to university choice, affordability and persistence. In the public sector, she supported the transitional needs of low-income college going students. She also maintained a private practice that provided college counseling to third culture kids.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and an M.Ed in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda has been both a third culture kid and an expat. As is to be expected, she still wrestles with the concept of home.

Annie Griffiths

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career and has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic. Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, and Stern, among other publications.

In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world.  She’s the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document programs that empower women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Based in Washington, D.C., Ripple has produced 26 films and built a photo archive of over 20,000 images since 2010. Using these assets, Ripple’s aid beneficiaries have raised millions of dollars, expanded their programs to multiple countries, and proven that women and girls are the best investment the world can make in our shared future.

Annie is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers and has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Heifer International, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association.

Jerry Jones

Jerry lives with his wife and two children in Qingdao, China where he serves as a Transition Specialist for Leadership Development International.  He provides training/coaching and develops resources for people in cross-cultural transition.  He’s a culture geek who loves all of the data based research and makes it his goal to translate it into normal people talk.  He finds true joy in being a bumbling foreigner, saying wrong words and traveling with children for 36 hours straight.  He writes from his perspective at and currently has six books in his head including “It Helps if They Think You’re Stupid”.  Creative Abroad is a newly released global family project book offering 10 practical ways to strengthen your global family. 

Ellen Mahoney

Ellen Mahoney is an educator, entrepreneur, and international speaker. An alumna of international schools, she is the founder of Sea Change Mentoring. Sea Change Mentoring provides consulting, professional development, and program administration to international schools and organisations who are interested in building youth mentoring programming. Additionally, the organization matches international school students with mentors with the goal of supporting them through transitions.

She studied school counseling at George Washington University’s Graduate School for Education and Human Development and is certified in Mentoring Supervision by Big Brothers Big Sisters and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Work. In 2013, she was awarded the David Pollock Scholarship for her innovative work with Third Culture Kids. Alongside Dr. Doug Ota, she is a co-founding board member of Safe Passage Across Networks, which facilitates the establishment of programs that address the challenges of mobility across networks of schools.

Michael Pollock

Michael Pollock is an international educator, author, presenter, consultant, coach, , and TCK care advocate. His passion for cross cultural care and mentoring, fueled by his father Dr. David Pollock’s example, his own TCK childhood in the US and Kenya,  and 9 years as a trainer, presenter, administrator and father of TCKs in China, led him to found Daraja in 2012.  With a Masters in Education and certifications in experiential education and coaching, Michael enjoys developing curriculum, training practitioners, coaching, and running retreats and seminars focused on globally mobile families and TCKs.

Most recently, Michael co-labored with Ruth Van Reken to revise and update the seminal book, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds to be released September 2017.  Through this portal Michael hopes to advocate for and promote the care of TCKs and the cultivation of a thriving life for cross cultural people.

Angela Ressa

Angela was born and raised in Liverpool, England and began her expat journey at the age of 17. She has lived in a total of 11 different countries in just under 30 years.

UK | Germany | USA | S. Korea | Venezuela | Taiwan | India | Malaysia | Vietnam | Malaysia | Tahiti | Malaysia | Jordan | UK 

On her travels Angela came across her passion and purpose in education, particularly in understanding how we learn. She has an insatiable appetite for helping people of all ages unlock their unique potential. This passion led her to attain a number of diplomas and certificates in various nuero-developmental methods and healing techniques and ultimately in creating her passion project; Katie’s Readers – a community of volunteers whose aim is to “Scatter the love of learning around the world.”  She is also a certified life coach and works primarily with {expatriate} mothers, youth and clients who work directly with children.

Angela recently returned to Liverpool, coming full circle to finally lay down roots while continuing to follow her own passions and inspiring others to do the same!


Mona Stuart

Mona Stuart has dedicated her life to education and being present with people. As the Director of Admissions at Singapore American School, she helped welcome just under 1000 new students, annually.  Prior to this, she served as the Director of Communications at Jakarta Intercultural School and as a professional grant writer and communications consultant for educational non-profits. Her most satisfying move was to the Navajo Reservation for a four-year adventure. As a former English teacher, she began her career in the public school system in Canada and then taught in Germany and Switzerland. At one point she ran the Beau Site dorm in Leysin, Switzerland with a two year old, newborn twins, 134 high school girls, ten teachers in residence and a husband in admin who couldn’t stay off crutches. Mona and her husband, Tim, have three children in university. Their next move is to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where Mona’s husband will lead the International Community School. 

Marie Teather

Marie Teather is an author, editor and jet-setting journalist who held editorial positions at the BBC and South China Morning Post and has reported for The Telegraph, Daily Express, and CNN. She is the founder of Worldette, a daily newsletter that helps get women out in the world. Her book, Yes, Ma’am: Hopes of a better tomorrow in the 21st-century maid trade, will be published in 2018. She has repatriated 13 times in the last 14 years with her husband, two boys and well-traveled cat including moves to Japan, UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates is the founder of The Expat LifeLine, a training and production company that develops resources to help expats live smarter, stronger and more secure international lives.

She is the creator of the Moving With Kids Summit and The Global Girl’s Guide to Creating a Back Up Plan, and hosts regular live workshops featuring expert guests from the world of cross border living.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, the World Health Organization and Families in Global Transition.