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The Business Exploring Team


Travis SmithDirector of Exploring

Travis is a graduate from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he studied History and Cultural Anthropology. He joined the Exploring program in November and now handles all Business Exploring Industries. He was promoted to the Assistant Director of Exploring in January 2011. He has seen the merits of the program first hand and looks forward to expanding the Exploring footprint to serve more of New York City’s youth. During the winter he spends his spare time hiking around the Catskills. During the summer he spends his spare time trying to sail and catching clams and bluefish in the Great South Bay.

Sam Bell, Exploring Executive

Sam is originally from Virginia Beach and attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where he majored in Psychology and began his work teaching students with learning disabilities in the DC area. He joined the Peace Corps in 2011, and taught English in a small mountain town in the north of Albania. After his service he moved to New York and began working for the Exploring Program. He is thrilled to join the team and hopes to use his networking skills and experience in the classroom to benefit the youth of New York City. When he isn’t in the office, Sam enjoys playing the ukulele at the beach, or trying out a new curry recipe in his Ridgewood, Queens apartment.

Claretta is a graduate from Fairfield University where she studied Politics. She also minored in Environmental Studies, Black Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She joined the Exploring program in September after participating in two Exploring programs as a high school student in New York City. During her free time, Claretta enjoys watching the waves at the beach and practicing yoga.