Holly Bull, President
After two years of college, Holly took a second gap year to travel in India and Nepal, attend a semester program in Athens, and engage in service work in Appalachia. Following her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Virginia, she joined her father in his work at Interim and began counseling students through their own gap-year experiences. For two years, she also directed the U.S. office for her original program in Greece.
In 1994, Holly completed her Masters in Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and continued her counseling work at Interim. Since then she has interspersed her counseling with travel to visit programs in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Europe, and Turkey. She has also attended a number of 2-4 week programs: a wilderness survival skills school, a humpback whale research project, dude ranch work, and a yoga teacher training course.
To date, Holly has placed over a thousand individuals in programs in the 20+ years that she has been counseling students (and adults) through the gap-year process.
Holly is based in the Princeton, NJ office.
Jane Sarouhan, Vice President
Jane Sarouhan has worked for over 20 years in the field of international and experiential education. Her journey began with a global circumnavigation (England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia) with 18 other students during her junior year at Boston University, which brought previously unimaginable passion and purpose to her many years of traditional academic learning.
Determined to deepen her hands-on education and commitment to social service, Jane promptly moved to California where she started a nonprofit that employed homeless adults in organic gardens in San Francisco. Her platforms for change expanded to include nonprofit management and documentary film-making. Amidst these pursuits, she also graduated Cum Laude in Anthropology from San Francisco State University.
For the next 15 years Jane worked for Global Routes, an international community service and travel program for high school, gap year, and college students. In her roles as group instructor and program manager she developed and guided student programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Later, as Director of Global Routes, she: hired, trained, and supervised over 100 field and full-time staff; developed protocol for admissions, risk management, and sustainable international development; and created custom programs for student and adult groups.
Jane is now Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the industry's oldest and leading gap year counseling service, and is on the Board of Directors for the American Gap Association, a standards-setting organization for gap years. Jane travels the world to meet and vet new programs, speaks around the country on the topic of the gap year, and counsels hundreds of families. For 20 years all of these roles have allowed her to do what she loves most: to support the needs and interests of young adults, parents, and fellow professionals as they explore their own exciting next steps in life’s education.
Jane not only advises others, but continues to pursue opportunities for personal growth, connection and adventure. She has summited peaks from 12,000 to 18,000 feet in Nepal, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. She is a ski instructor, wedding officiant, birth doula, yoga practitioner and craftswoman. Jane loves exploring the culture and terrain of western Massachusetts in all of its seasons, but her greatest joy is sharing her wonder in the world with her husband and daughter. Recent adventures and research trips have brought them to Bali, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, and Italy.
Jane is based in the Northampton, MA office.
Jason Sarouhan, Vice President
Jason was deeply imprinted by the diversity-focused curriculum of UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College and his major studies of physical anthropology and primate behavior. Outside of class, he supported incoming first year students as a Resident Advisor and captained the school’s ultimate disc team. A serious shoulder injury sidelined him during his junior year and it derailed much more than his athletic pursuits.
Exhausted by fifteen years of academic study without application, Jason took a semester off from school (much to his parents’ chagrin) and spent five months participating in a conservation and wildlife field program in Tanzania and traveling in Uganda and Madagascar. During this gap time, a month-long independent study project with one of the last known tribes of hunter-gatherers rekindled his love of learning and he returned to college with a renewed sense of focus and academic confidence.
Following his graduation, Jason participated in archaeological digs in Kenya and South Africa, developed an on-campus paleo-archaeology field school, and taught introductory anthropology and West African dance classes. He and his brother also co-founded an Improv comedy troupe that facilitated leadership conferences for high school students. A fifty-five day Outward Bound Instructor’s course solidified Jason’s commitment to experiential education and he spent the next several years teaching, developing, and leading kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing, and natural history programs for youth and adults in California and Mexico.
Jason's years of guiding wilderness expeditions merged with his passion for global exploration when he began leading community service programs for teens and gap year students in Ghana, Thailand, and Tanzania. He later served as the Africa & Asia program manager and then Director of the same well-respected service learning organization. As an administrator, Jason had the opportunity to further embrace facets of leadership as he hired, trained, and supported field staff preparing to embark on cross-cultural immersion experiences.
Jason has dedicated his career to being an inspiring role model for his students and staff. He continues to explore his ‘stretch zone’ through ultra-marathon running, his yoga practice, and travels to Central America, Europe, and Indonesia. As a committed husband, father, and educator, he is devoted to supporting individuals in clarifying their interests and taking continued steps towards self-discovery, the essence of his work as a gap year counselor with the Center for Interim Programs.
Jason is based in the Northampton, MA office.
Kate Warren, Director of Research
Kate Warren has complemented her professional life with many civic volunteer positions and her passion for music. She is a life member of both the NJ State Firemen Ladies Auxiliary and the Mercer County Firemen Ladies Auxiliary and currently serves as President of her local auxiliary and Vice President of the County auxiliary.
Kate is politically active, having run for public office on several occasions. And, in addition to being a member of several choral groups, she has fulfilled a lifelong ambition to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Since joining Interim, Kate has engaged in a number of program site visits to learn, first-hand, what Interim students encounter during a gap year. In the US, she visited a room-and-board political internship as well as an experimental community focused on alternative methods of urban development. She spent a day as a blacksmith student, and observed students attending a gunsmith course. Internationally, she visited an outdoor education program in Ireland, witnessed a range of options in Israel from dance centers to eco-villages, and experienced a wildlife conservation program in Canada.
Kate's colleagues have dubbed her a "super sleuth" in recognition of her steadfast quest to locate new gap year opportunities worldwide. Her willingness to let no stone go unturned has resulted in the addition of many new options for Interim students to consider. She genuinely delights in matching students' interest with just the right programs as they embark upon their journey of self-exploration and personal growth.
Kate is based in the Princeton, NJ office.