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 nearly 25 years in the field of experiential education. Her guiding principle over that time has been: "be who you needed when you were younger."
Jane's first pivotal step began when she made a global circumnavigation (England, India, Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand and Colombia) during her junior year at Boston University. As an anthropology major, this journey was unparalleled, real-world exposure to Jane's previous textbook studies, but as a young adult this was an impressionable introduction to inspiring role models, hands-on learning, and newfound independence and confidence.
Jane returned from her trip around the world and promptly moved to California where she sought to weave together her interests in sustainability, community and storytelling. She started a nonprofit that employed homeless adults in organic gardens. She explored nonprofit management and documentary film-making. She guided high school student groups on service and travel programs. Amidst these pursuits, she returned to school more focused and driven than ever, and graduated Cum Laude in Anthropology from San Francisco State University.
Ultimately, Jane's passion for working with young adults became her sole focus, and she began a 15 year career with Global Routes, a leading community service and travel program provider for high school, gap year and college students. In her roles as field instructor and program manager she developed and guided student programs throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As the Director of Global Routes she: hired, trained, and supervised over 100 field and full-time staff; developed protocol for admissions, risk management, and sustainable project development; created custom programs for student and adult groups; and ultimately moved the organization back to the east coast in the spring of 2002.
Now as Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the industry's oldest and leading gap year counseling service, Jane continues to do what she loves most: support the aspirations of young adults, parents, and fellow professionals as they explore their own exciting next steps in life’s education. Jane has served on the Board of Directors of the Gap Year Association, and is one of the keynote speakers at the USA Gap Year Fairs. She travels the world to meet and vet quality programs and placements, speaks at conferences around the country on the topic of the gap year, advises new programs on best practices, and works closely with families to curate the gap year options that will best meet the needs, goals and budget of each courageous gap year student.
Not an armchair gap year counselor, Jane continues to pursue her own opportunities for growth, connection and adventure. She has summited peaks from 12,000 to 18,000 feet in Nepal, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. A facilitator at heart, she also works as a ski instructor, wedding officiant and birth doula. She is a passionate, 4-season New England resident and outdoor adventurer (skiing, SUP boarding and trail running), but her greatest joy is sharing her wonder (and wander) in the world with her husband Jason and their daughter Kaya. While their more recent family adventures and research trips include Costa Rica, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand, Jane's favorite place on earth remains her parent's home on Cape Cod.
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 on the Board of Advisors of the Gap Year Association, and is one of the keynote speakers at the USA Gap Year Fairs.
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.