our staff

Paul Cumbo
Co-Founder & Principal

Paul's experience working in the developing world began in college, when he assisted with a medical research study in the Nepal Himalaya. He has led hundreds of students and colleagues in immersive service learning ventures ranging from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua and the American Southwest. His travels have taken him to Patagonia, the Scottish Highlands, several parts of Latin America, India, and 47 of the 50 United States. Along with Adam Baber, he co-founded the Companions program at Canisius High School.


A veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience coaching and teaching, Paul holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Creative Writing. He served in the role of adjunct faculty for the nationwide Seminars in Ignatian Leadership offered by the Jesuit Schools Network


Paul is the independently published author of four books, which have earned industry praise from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and ForeWord Magazine. His consulting company, PJC Services, LLC, provides editorial, writing, and training services for a client roster ranging from individuals, small businesses, independent schools, and industry journals to Fortune 500 corporations and global nonprofits, including McKinsey & Co. and the World Economic Forum

In his 20's, Paul held certifications as a Divemaster (assistant SCUBA instructor) from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and Wilderness EMT through the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)


Paul lives in Amherst, N.Y. with his wife and three children. Portrait photo by Adelle Tucker, Focus Photography & Videography.

 t r a v e l   with purpose

 d i s c o n n e c t   to reconnect

 f o c u s   on what matters

 b e   of service

Adam Baber
Co-Founder & Principal

Adam, a veteran leader in Jesuit secondary education, currently serves as Principal of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. Prior to this, he was Assistant Principal of Canisius High School in Buffalo. Along with Paul Cumbo, Adam co-founded the Companions / Compañeros Program at Canisius, leading several groups of students on immersions in Texas, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Navajo Nation.


His travels have taken him to several parts of the United States and Europe, as well as India and Nepal. A graduate of Bowdoin College with an undergraduate degree in History, Adam taught for several years before earning a Master's in Educational Administration from Stanford University and beginning his career in school leadership. He is a skilled musician, adept at keyboard instruments of all kinds, and an amateur composer. Adam lives on the shore of Conesus Lake outside of Rochester.

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