Expedition leader, ecologist, photographer, and founder of WANT Expeditions, Jessica Pociask, has
already accomplished more in business and travel than most people dream about. She has been declared
"your tour guide for crazy destinations" by The Washington Post, and "the most adventurous women in travel"
by Yahoo, Inc. DC Modern Luxury profiled her as one of Washington DC’s "brightest entrepreneurs under 40,"
and she regular appears as a travel expert in multiple publications and shows including The Travel Channel,
The Jet Set, and Cheddar -a live post cable entrepreneurial network broadcasting from the floor of the New
York Stock Exchange. Her awards include National Geographic’s '50 Tours of a Lifetime,' Washington DC's Best
Travel Agent, and she has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for her work in women’s leadership
and international sustainable development. Jessica has led more than 100 expeditions in almost 80 countries,
and guided trips for notable organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, and
Michigan State University, and still loves finding new corners of the world to explore.
Laurel is the Founder of the Hong Kong Explorers Initiative and was previously
named a National Geographic Young Explorer and an ambassador for the Jane Goodall
Institute HK. Through her organisation, Laurel devotes her time to encouraging people
to explore the outdoors and raising awareness and appreciation of wildlife. In 2013,
Laurel was named a National Geographic Young Explorer. The following year, she was
appointed by Dr. Jane Goodall to be an ambassador for her institute in Hong Kong.
She is also on the board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation and a member of the Explorers
Club. In the past, she has worked on gorilla conservation in the Central African Republic,
dolphin research in Hong Kong, and a documentary on illegal ivory trade in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, where she posed as a buyer and filmed an ivory market.
A photographer and a writer, she is currently Associate Editor of Coconuts Hong Kong, a news
and lifestyle website. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington,
DC, with a BS in International Health and a certificate in International Development. She was
born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong.
Sharon is undoubtedly one of the top wildlife artists today in the United States, and her work has been featured
regularly by the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service among others.
In addition to a degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Sharon has a diversified
background with skills ranging from wildlife biologist, naturalist, photographer, writer,
painter and river guide. In an effort to combine her interest in art and natural science, Schafer opened
Skydance Studio in 1998. The studio is dedicated to the creation of
fine art images that promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
Schafer is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her paintings and photographs have
been displayed in museums across the country. Schafer’s sense of adventure and curiosity about the natural
world has led her to the ends of the earth, where she has worked extensively as an artist, photographer, and
videographer, including the Polar regions. With her incredible eye for art, Sharon adds a deeper context too
all tours she leads.
The Blue Sky Society Trust was founded by adventurer, eco-warrior, humanitarian, and 'Journeys With Purpose'
Expedition Leader, Carla Geyser in 2012. The Trust raises funds for various Humanitarian and Conservation Projects.
Carla is passionate about adventure and conservation, and her love for expeditions through Africa to impact change
has changed the lives of animals and humans alike. Those who tour with Carla cannot help but fall in love with
beautiful Africa as you get a hands-on experience in making a difference. Carla has been leading and organizing
expeditions in Africa since 2014, with her most recent "All Female" Elephant Ignite Expedition being a great
success and life-changing journey for her crew who travelled with her.
As Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, said "It's not just what we do, but how and
why we do it, that distinguishes us as Spartans." In true Spartan Spirit, our mission at WANT Expeditions
is to globally empower current and future generations, so we are very excited to introduce the newest member
of our staff Jasmine (Jazz) Overholt. From a young age, through camping, hiking, and snowboarding, Jazz
developed an early appreciation for Northern Michigan’s vast natural resources and the connection to conservation
and community. Her passion has led to many notable achievements, including early high school graduation, and a
study abroad in South Africa. While working to finish her BA in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
in Sustainable Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at Michigan State University, she is also completing a double minor
in Anthropology and Entrepreneurship. Jazz enjoys dedicating her free time to the MSU Outdoors club and has done
volunteer work with the MSU Greenpeace. She sees her entire life to be revolved around a career dedicated to travel,
wildlife, and culture.
Over the last 20 years, Hajnalka's life and work experience was closely linked to conserving both the natural
and cultural heritage of the Middle East. In Egypt, she ran eco-resort operations for divers and marine biology
students, acted as an independent diving instructor, trained volunteers in coral reef monitoring techniques while
leading regular coral reef surveys and Crown-of-thorns monitoring programs. In Jordan, she worked as an independent
marine and communication consultant for the IUCN and for the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. In Yemen,
she acted as an expert at Socotra Conservation and Development Project, Yemen responsible for scuba dive training
of the project's Marine Team and the protected areas' staff, she was a member of the marine monitoring team visiting
the Abdel Kuri, Semha and Dersa islands. Since she is fluent in Arabic, Hajnalka is leading the majority of the
Middle East destinations at WANT Expeditions. She knows and understands not only the natural beauties and wildlife
of these countries, but their culture and their complex traditions, so you can be sure that under her leadership,
you will get the best out of the Middle East.
Shortly after completed M.S. degree in economical and agricultural sciences, Rita decided to let her love of nature
and travelling rule her life. Combining passions, she has visited some of the most undeveloped and remote parts of
the world. Over the years she has been an eco-lodge manager and nature guide in the rainforests of Costa Rica, managed
safari camps in Kenya and Kwando camps in Botswana, and a beach resort in Fiji Islands. For several years, Rita also
directed the Hotel Department on an 1A Category ice-breaker cruising from Antarctica to the Arctic. After taking
some time out from work to raise a family in Hungary, she has now decided to venture back into the work force and
share her vast experience with others wants to enjoy adventure and wildlife and we’re excited to have her part of