The Team

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Connecting people from different nations and cultures around the world, using education as a tool for the next generation to understand the importance of the sustainable development, inspiring people to become part of a better and more giving society – this is really exciting and different and why I love working for this organization.

Emilian KerchevGeneral Manager

Stone & Compass was co-founded by husband and wife team Julie Kiernan & Rob Goodwin.  They created Stone & Compass as a platform to allow others to challenge their own perceived limitations and reach beyond their dreams. Everyone on the Stone & Compass team is here for one reason and one reason only…to create spaces for people to come together to have cross-cultural experiences that allow them to learn more about themselves and others; ultimately creating friendships and life altering experiences.

Rob Goodwin

Robert Goodwin


A teacher, businessman, and environmentalist, Rob has either lived or created business opportunities in London, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, and throughout the United States. His interests are human history, cultural preservation, natural resource governance, social harmony, and business development.

Some of his most unique work includes opening a school in Cambodia, creating a restaurant chain in California, national environmental mitigation, archaeological preservation, and landscape design on large estates.

Holding multiple degrees in various fields including Archaeology, geography, and history, Rob strives to bring together cultures from around the world to dialogue and collaborate on a host of issues.

Julie Kiernan

Julie Kiernan


As both an actress & educator, Julie has traveled and worked in a variety of places including Charleston SC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dominica, Bulgaria, and Monaco. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California. Her interests include education, cultural exchange, and creativity.

In 2016, Julie was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Salem State University where she is a professor of Theatre & Speech Communication and is coordinator of a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in Theatre Education. 

She brings a combination of curricular expertise and creativity to the programs at Stone & Compass where she creates and runs the youth programming.

Emilian Kerchev

General Manager

Emilian is the General Manager of Stone & Compass.

A native of Bulgaria, Emilian was born in Razgrad, Bulgaria and now lives in Veliko Tarnovo with his wife, daughter, and son. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. 

He has 15 years of management experience in the fields of hospitality, real estate, logistics, and human resources.

His interests include nature, culture, traveling, and photography.  He speaks fluent Bulgarian, English, and Russian.

Franco Zuccoli

Director of Outreach

Franco’s work with Stone & Compass currently includes supporting business development and strategic planning.

Franco Zuccoli is a holistic healer and health & wellness expert with 25 years experience helping people to recognize and realize their true potential. By focusing on the whole person from soul to cell, Franco is able to apply his skills as an intuitive healer and his proprietary Genetic Based Training Method™ in a way that transforms lives from the inside out.

Franco holds a B.S. in Exercise & Wellness from Arizona State University and has used his abilities extensively, working with everyone from high level executives to professional athletes. For decades, Franco has trained, consulted, and assessed the needs of NFL, NBA and NHL players.  While Franco is a sports fan, his goal is to bring health, wellness and healing regardless of background or ability.

Ali Mahon

Program Manager

Ali is thrilled to be working with Stone & Compass.  She began her journey back in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.  From there, she attended Emerson College receiving a B.A. for Theatre Education and later Lesley University where she received her M.Ed. for Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum.  For over ten years she has been the middle school drama teacher in Saugus, MA where she teaches sixth-eighth grade students during the day and runs the after school drama club, which regularly has more than 100 members. Ali has been the Senior Camp Director for the Chestnut Hill School Creative Arts & Sports Program.  Recently, Ali can be found at the Marblehead Little Theatre as the Youth Program Director.

Boris “Borko” Nachev

Assistant Manager Facilities

Borko was born in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria where he now lives happily with his daughter, son, and loving wife.

He graduated from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo with a Master’s degree of Management and Business Administration. As a master beekeeper, he has helped keep the Bulgarian tradition of beekeeping alive while sharing his passion (and honey) with guests.

Borko loves meeting people from all over the world and is excited to be part of the Stone & Compass team.

David Singleton

David Singleton recently relocated, with his family, from the United States back to his home country of England. He has worked in the industry of international travel for most of his career. He is happy to have a chance to work closer with Stone & Compass in Bulgaria.

Stoycho Dimitrov

Assistant Manager Operations

Stoycho was born in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. He is currently living in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, with his fiancée. He has graduated with master psychology with pedagogics diploma from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. He has experience in hospitality and public relations areas. He was living in the United States, /Vermont & Florida/ for more than 10 years. He met his fiancee in states and they decided to come back to their homeland and form a family. His interests include fishing, reading books and traveling and meeting people from all over the world. “The best thing about being part of Stone & compass team is the opportunity to meet many and different people from around the globe! It’s a great feeling and an awesome experience!”

Emily Trasher

Director of Internship Program

Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Rhode Island. She has a BS in Health Studies and a minor in Psychology. Emily has been involved with Stone & Compass since 2016 and recently became the Director of the Intern Program in 2019.

She has traveled to Bulgaria twice with Stone & Compass and looks forward to her future travels across the globe connecting youth to our stakeholders. Emily’s passions are public health and she hopes to make an impact on the lives of many.

Michael Ribar

Director of Social Media

Michael was born in Colorado and moved to Boston to complete a B.A. in Theater Education and New Media at Emerson College. He moved to Washington, DC to attend the Graduate School of Education & Human Development at The George Washington University where he received his M.A. Ed./H.D. in Education Policy Studies. For over ten years, Michael has worked in public policy at both the Federal and local level.

Chantel Burnett

Founders Assistant

Chantel is a graduate of Endicott College. She has a BS in Psychology and a minor in Hospitality. Chantel has been involved with Stone & Compass since 2020 doing an internship, and has recently became the Founders Assistant.

Chantel has traveled with Stone & Compass to London, Paris, and Amsterdam on a study abroad trip. She looks forward to her future travels with Stone & Compass and furthering individuals knowledge towards sustainable practices.

Dominic Donadio

Property Manager at S&C

Dominic has been with Rob Goodwin since the beginning of the company. He is always up to dig holes, paint, and tackle general construction projects. Dominic enjoys the challenge of learning new skills to make the properties shine. He has a background in technical theater, truck driving, basic masonry and carpentry work. He is proud to be representing the Stone in the States and to be traveling with the Compass abroad soon.

Jessy Boyer

Director of Cultural Affairs

Jessy Boyer is the current Director of Cultural Affairs for Stone and Compass. They are from Southern California and received their BA in Art History from CSULB in 2019. Jessy is passionate about merging art education with human rights, and is excited to help facilitate cross cultural exchanges with our guests. When Jessy isn’t helping to run tours and create programming, they are likely reading, attending drag shows, or listening to history podcasts.

Andy Trasher

Director of Logistics

Charlotte Plakans

Assistant Director of Intern Program

Charlotte is currently in her third and final year of studying Human Resources Management and Finance at Bentley University. She grew up in Marblehead MA where she graduated high school in 2019. She is the Assistant Director of the Intern Program and helps with other types of administrative tasks as well. Charlotte traveled with Stone and Compass on their very first service learning trip to Bulgaria in 2016 and is looking forward to exploring more opportunities within the organization. She is very inspired by all the work they have been able to do in the last several years and looks to help in every way she can.

Meagan Holguin

Director of Agriculture and Sustainability

Meagan became our Director of Agriculture and Sustainability in the Southern California branch in January 2021. She graduated with a BA in anthropology from California State University Long Beach. Meagan first visited Bulgaria in 2019 during a study abroad excursion to the center in. She has since returned a second time to learn beekeeping, organic farming, and sustainable farming. Her passion for food security drove her to work with the organizations Feeding America, Food Finders Inc, and various food banks and pantries across Long Beach and the Inland Empire. Some of Meagan’s hobbies are gardening, hiking, camping, and meeting like-minded people.