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About Us

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Student Exchange began in 2013 blending the cultural and academic exchange experience into one well-rounded opportunity for middle and high-school-aged international students.  Combining the cultural experience typically associated with J-1 programs and the traditional academic expectations of the F-1 program, Student Exchange gives the broadest possible experience to international exchange students.

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Mrs. Jennifer Annes

Vice President, Culture & Community

Mrs. Jennifer Annes is the Vice President of Culture & Community at Student Exchange, bringing over 20 years of valuable experience in children and family services. With a background as a foster parent, care provider for teens in a group home setting, crisis line director, non-profit executive, and Regional Director who has placed hundreds of exchange students, Jennifer has developed a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by students and families in the international education industry. Her dedication, positive attitude, and commitment to excellence make her a valuable asset to our team, and we are proud to have her leadership and expertise driving our organization forward.

"The stories I hear and the connections I have made with local coordinators, students, and host families even years later are one of the motivations for continuing to do this work. Sometimes we don't even know the impact we have made on someone's life. Sometimes we do get a little glimpse, and that is a priceless gift."

 - Jennifer 

Mr. Gaylen Tracy

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Tracy has a passion for international student exchange! With decades of experience in the international student exchange industry, Mr. Tracy brings unparalleled knowledge and expertise to our organization. He has a proven track record of success in all aspects of the industry, including student recruitment, program development, and operations. As a seasoned professional, Gaylen is committed to providing outstanding service to our host families, students, and partners, and ensuring that every exchange is a success.

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Vera Corrales

Support Administrator

Meet Vera Corrales, a passionate and dedicated member of the Student Exchange team since 2019, from Southern California. Vera brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to her role in supporting our corporate office and management team in various areas. Her tireless work ethic, exceptional organizational skills, and commitment to excellence make her an invaluable asset to our organization. With a natural ability to solve problems and find creative solutions, Vera is always eager to go above and beyond to help our students achieve their goals. Above all, her positive attitude and friendly demeanor make her a joy to work with, and we are proud to have her as a part of our team.

Jake Narey

Student Exchange CEO

Introducing Mr. Narey, the CEO of Student Exchange. A native of San Clemente, California, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role, having worked with a variety of J-1 and F-1 exchange programs since 2011. Mr. Narey's diverse background includes working with public and private high schools, summer work and travel, college, trainee, intern, au pair, and OPT programs. With his extensive knowledge of the industry and his commitment to excellence, Mr. Narey is dedicated to providing the highest level of support to our students and partners. He is a visionary leader who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people, and we are proud to have him at the helm of Student Exchange.

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Acky Guo

VP Sales & Marketing – China

Meet Acky Guo, an accomplished business development and sales professional with extensive experience in the international student exchange industry. Originally from Guangdong, China, Acky is excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to our team at Student Exchange in California. With a proven track record of success since 2016, her exceptional interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, and commitment to excellence make her a valuable asset to our organization as we strive to provide the highest quality of support to our students and partners.

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