Our People

When you choose Quark Expeditions, you’ll be taken care of by the best travel advisers, hospitality and expedition teams in the world, period. From your first email or phone call to your last goodbye, we are delighted to share everything we know and love about these unique and beautiful regions.

Management Team

Andrew White


To paraphrase Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound:

Thomas Lennartz

Vice President, Sales

I am a Canadian, born in Toronto, and a graduate of the Honors Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. I continued my life education by traveling the world, and became hooked on the Polar Regions.

Malcolm Ellis

Senior Vice President, Operations

Almost a true Manxman, having been brought up on the Isle of Man, a small island in the Irish Sea, I have spent much of my time in, on and around the sea.

Expedition Leaders

Laurie Di Vincenzo

Expedition Leader

Laurie has spent part of her career in marine logistics and operations management. She has also worked for a tall ship sail-training organization in her home base of Toronto. Laurie has guided 70 trips in the polar regions and feels most at home on a Zodiac, searching for wildlife, or hiking on the tundra. Laurie works with the ship’s captain to read the weather and ice, determining distances to be traveled and, ultimately, to ensure guests have the trip of a lifetime.

Shane Evoy

Expedition Leader

Born and raised on Georgian Bay, Ontario, Shane was destined to work on the water. He has been exploring Antarctica since the 1990s, semi-circumnavigating it numerous times, leading trips that have taken guests to some of the most remote areas of the continent. He truly wears his passion for the environment on his sleeve.

Solan Jensen

Expedition Leader

Born and raised in coastal Alaska, Solan has worked as a wilderness ranger, expedition leader, kayak guide, boat builder and marine mammal emergency responder. A passionate expedition guide, Solan has explored the polar regions since 2002, leading trips throughout the Arctic, including Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Norway and Russia. Solan is committed to facilitating expeditions that help people “experience something extraordinary.”

Alison Gordon

Expedition Leader

Ali, who has traveled widely since childhood, has developed her skills in leadership, management, communications and logistics. She studied international relations at the postgraduate level and speaks Mandarin. Ali has multiple seasons of polar experience in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Ali revels in the opportunity to share her passion for conservation and sustainability with Quark Expeditions’ guests.

David "Woody" Wood

Expedition Leader

Woody, who hails from Australia, has an unquenchable passion for sharing the marvels of the polar regions. He holds degrees in political science and law, and previously worked in a pediatrics hospital before joining Quark Expeditions. Woody has spent a decade at sea, in the Arctic and Antarctica. He spends as much time as possible on board ships heading into the ice. His passion for landscapes, ice, wildlife and polar history.

Christian Geissler

Expedition Leader

Christian’s ocean-focused career has included positions as a biologist, skipper, environmental consultant and adventure guide. He has a degree in marine biology and a diploma in environmental technology. Christian has worked with Quark Expeditions since 2004. He has completed about 130 expeditions (as guide and lecturer of marine biology) in the Canadian Arctic, the North Pole, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, Antarctic, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Christian believes in seizing every polar opportunity. His credo: “Explore, welcome the unknown and discover.”

Niki Trudeau

Expedition Leader

Niki’s love and passion for the outdoors was born from adventures in Canadian lakes and forests as a child. Fresh from university, she took on a role with the Canadian non-profit organization Students on Ice, coordinating and guiding educational expeditions for youth in the Arctic and Antarctica. She also organized and presented youth forums and a workshop on polar education for educators. Students and Elders from the Arctic inspired in her an interest in and deep respect for Inuit culture and traditional knowledge. As a result, Niki has also worked with Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a special college program for Inuit students from Nunavut.


Meg Murgatroyd

Global Partnership Director

I was born and raised in Toronto and completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at McMaster University. I started traveling at a young age, and decided to turn my passion for travel into a full-time career.

Lina Tao

Lina Tao

General Manager, China

Lina Tao has been a champion of polar travel since 1986 when she began working with the Antarctic scientific research and management team at the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration.

Aimee Tian

Aimee Tian

Director, China

Aimee Tian graduated from Dalian University of Foreign Languages and joined Quark Expeditiions shortly thereafter, embarking on what will most definitely be a lifelong career in polar adventure.

Expedition Team Members

Naomi Box

Guest Services Manager

Naomi has been a part of the Quark Expeditions sales department since 2011 and recently moved into a role in operations.

RedRocks Chen

Mandarin Expedition Guide
RedRocks is from Denver, Colorado. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical physics and worked as a professor and scientist in cancer and other medical related research. His passion for nature, photography and travel eventually led to a complete career change.

Nathaniel Goldstein

Mandarin Linguist
From the USA Rocky Mountain city of Bozeman, Montana, Nat has always been a lover of the outdoors. Whether he is fly-fishing, skiing, hiking or even sitting in the sun, you are sure to see a smile on his face.

Alexander Golikov

Expedition Guide

Alexander, better known as Sasha, was born in Vladivostok, Russia where the Trans-Siberian Railway meets the Pacific Ocean. He received his degree in Mandarin Chinese and East Asian History from the Far Eastern University.

Amalia (Amy) Goodall

Expedition Coordinator
Amy was born in Ushuaia, Argentina, and grew up on a traditional Patagonian estancia (ranch). From a young age, she developed a strong passion for wilderness and outdoor activities.

Sylvia Hsueh

Mandarin Expedition Guide
Born and educated in Taiwan, Sylvia majored in marine resources and biology. Her master’s research focused on fish acoustics and the systematics of the Terapontidae family of fish.

Ben Hutchinson

Guest Services

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, Ben has spent his whole life surrounded by water and nature.

Jill Lei

Expedition Guide
Jill is an award nominated screenwriter and director from Beijing, China. Her career prior to joining Quark was in the Chinese film industry specializing in cross border co-production.

Zhuofu Li

Mandarin Linguist
Born in Southern China, Zhuofu is a professional and full-time translator and interpreter based in London with a Master’s degree in Interpreting and Translating from the UK’s University of Bath.

Ryan McDevitt

Guest Services
Immersed in the high latitudes and surrounded by icebergs or tundra is not the first place you’d expect to find a native Floridian.

Gillian Millett

Guest Services
Gillian studied anthropology, religion, science and technology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. After graduation, she began traveling and hasn’t stopped since. Her adventures have taken her to over 65 countries and every continent.

Alice Wang

Expedition Coordinator
Alice (Erqing is her Mandarin name) is passionate about the wilderness and creating transformational experiences for people. She hopes to inspire others to discover more about the planet and themselves through unique experiences in the Polar Regions.  

Neil Williams

Guest Services
Fascinated from a young age in social and natural sciences, Neil studied geography and anthropology at university and soon developed an interest in understanding the importance of preservation of culture in modern society.

Chen Zhao

Mandarin Linguist
Bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English, Chen grew up in Henan, China, and lived in Australia for six years. Chen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science working as part of the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership.

Jiayi Zhao

Mandarin Linguist
After completing her studies in the U.K. and France, Jiayi now lives in Beijing with her dog, Liuyi, where she enjoys going to the theater as well as looking for diverse ways to explore the world.