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
Co-Founder & Principal
Paul's experience in the developing world began in college assisting a medical research study in the Nepal Himalaya. He has led hundreds of students, colleagues, and clients in immersive service learning ventures in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation. His travels have also taken him to Patagonia, the Scottish Highlands, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, India, and all but a few U.S. states. Along with Adam Baber, he co-founded the Companions / Compañeros program at Canisius High School.
A veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience coaching and teaching, Paul holds a BA in English from Canisius College, an MS in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University, and an M.Litt in Creative Writing & Literature from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He served for three years as an adjunct for the Jesuit Schools Network, leading the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, of which he is a graduate.
Paul is the author of four books and is represented by agent Sheryl Shade of Shade Global, Inc. His award-winning novels have been praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Writer's Digest, and ForeWord. His consulting company, PJC Editorial, provides editorial, writing, and training services for a top-tier client roster including some of the world's best known businesses, consultancies, educational institutions, and nonprofits, including Harvard University, McKinsey & Co., Boston Consulting Group, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Roche, Genentech, and the World Economic Forum.
In his 20's, Paul held certification as a 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. He's an avid reader, writer, and backpacker making pretty slow progress toward becoming an Adirondack 46er.
Co-Founder & Principal
Adam, a veteran leader in Jesuit secondary education, currently serves as Director of Service and Justice Programs at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. Prior to this, he was Principal of McQuaid from 2015-23. He began his career in education at Canisius High School in Buffalo as a history teacher, ultimately serving as Assistant Principal from 2012-15. While at Canisius, Adam co-founded the Companions/ Compañeros Program with Paul Cumbo, leading several groups of students on immersions in Texas, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Navajo Nation.
His travels have taken him throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Africa, India, and the Middle East. A graduate of Bowdoin College with an undergraduate degrees in History and Music, Adam later earned a Master's in Educational Leadership from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.
As Principal at McQuaid, Adam oversaw updates to the school's curriculum and educational technology, launched new efforts at inclusivity and diversity awareness, and steered the institution through the covid-19 pandemic. He lives along Conesus Lake outside Geneseo, where he spends his free time hiking, cycling, reading, and writing.
For the past 14 years, Jennifer Christopher, a native of the Pacific Northwest, has taught both English and Theology at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, WA. She assists Camino Institute as a facilitator, primarily of our Young Women's Online Seminars.
Before going back into the classroom full-time, Jen spent 8 years as an assistant Campus Minister where her heart for walking with young women as they navigate high school and beyond began to be realized. A desire to help young women realize their inherent self-worth, value, and beauty has become an integral part of her professional life.
Additionally, Jen serves as an adjunct instructor with the Jesuit Schools Network Seminars in Ignatian Leadership. In all these capacities, Jen works with creativity and zeal to transform people’s experiences of education, leadership, and faith.
Jen and her husband Jeff recently became empty nesters after sending the second of their two daughters off to college. In her free time, Jen is an avid reader, hiker, runner, camper, dog walker, and Gonzaga basketball fan. Having spent many summers at pristine Priest Lake in North Idaho, Jen continues to enjoy outdoor experiences and all of the paths they offer.
Building upon nearly a decade of experience teaching young men in Jesuit high schools, Will instructs courses in world history and American politics. Will has split his career teaching between Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY and Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, MD where is a current faculty member. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Xavier University and a master's degree in education from Canisius College. He is a graduate of the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership offered by the Jesuit Schools Network.
Will has developed a background leading service immersion trips through experiences in Los Angeles, CA, Cincinnati, OH, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. In wake of travel restrictions caused by Covid-19, Will extended his immersion leadership into providing virtual experiences for his students. His immersion experiences resonate with his effort in providing his students a global education of the world around them beyond the walls of their classroom.
Noah first traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2017 with the Companions / Compañeros program at Canisius High School. Inspired by the experience, he was eager at the opportunity to get involved with the Camino Institute in 2022 as a participant in our inaugural Young Men’s International Seminar.
Noah has also traveled to impoverished regions of southern Africa and Madagascar, gaining a profound reverence for disadvantaged communities and their resilience. His travels have not only deepened his gratitude for life’s blessings but also expanded his global perspective. This perspective, alongside his involvement in leading Jesuit retreats, has fostered his affinity for intentional service and reflection.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Noah holds degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy in Politics and Economics. During his tenure as a research scholar at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Noah made substantial contributions by authoring and co-authoring research related to Lymphoma that was subsequently published by the American Society of Hematology.
He currently lives in Buffalo and is a private tutor in subjects related to his undergraduate degrees. In his free time–when he isn’t rock climbing, skiing, or engaging in some form of exercise–Noah is usually watching sports or reading.