Stone & Compass was co-founded by husband and wife team Julie Kiernan & Rob Goodwin. They created Stone & Compass as a platform to allow others to challenge their own perceived limitations and reach beyond their dreams. Everyone on the Stone & Compass team is here for one reason and one reason only . . .to create spaces for people to come together to have cross-cultural experiences that allow them to learn more about themselves and others; ultimately creating friendships and life altering experiences.
Julie Kiernan, co-founder
As both an actress & educator, Julie has traveled and worked in a variety of places including Charleston SC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dominica, Bulgaria, and Monaco. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California. Her interests include education, cultural exchange, and creativity.
In 2016, Julie was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for Salem State University where she is a professor of Theatre & Speech Communication and is coordinator of a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in Theatre Education.
She brings a combination of curricular expertise and creativity to the programs at Stone & Compass where she creates and runs the youth programming.
Robert Goodwin, Co-founder
A teacher, businessman, and environmentalist, Rob has either lived or created business opportunities in London, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, Eastern Europe, and throughout the United States. His interests are human history, cultural preservation, natural resource governance, social harmony, and business development.
Some of his most unique work includes opening a school in Cambodia, creating a restaurant chain in California, national environmental mitigation, archaeological preservation, and landscape design on large estates.
Holding multiple degrees in various fields including Archaeology, geography, and history, Rob strives to bring together cultures from around the world to dialogue and collaborate on a host of issues.
Emilian is the General Manager of Stone & Compass.
A native of Bulgaria, Emilian was born in Razgrad, Bulgaria and now lives in Veliko Tarnovo with his wife, daughter, and son. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo.
He has 15 years of management experience in the fields of hospitality, real estate, logistics, and human resources.
His interests include nature, culture, traveling, and photography. He speaks fluent Bulgarian, English, and Russian.
Kari Pike partners with Stone & Compass on marketing, communications, and internal projects. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and has worked in a range of fields from management consulting to yoga. In her current work as a marketing consultant and freelance writer/editor, she coaches clients and community volunteer organizations to distill their message and streamline processes. Kari loves the energy of people connecting and collaborating, and is eager to share Stone & Compass’s message of human connection and hope for the future.
David Singleton recently relocated, with his family, from the United States back to his home country of England. He has worked in the industry of international travel for most of his career. He is happy to have a chance to work closer with Stone & Compass in Bulgaria.
Boris “Borko” Nachev
Borko was born in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria where he now lives happily with his daughter, son, and loving wife.
He graduated from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo with a Master’s degree of Management and Business Administration. As a master beekeeper, he has helped keep the Bulgarian tradition of beekeeping alive while sharing his passion (and honey) with guests.
Borko loves meeting people from all over the world and is excited to be part of the Stone & Compass team.
Ali is thrilled to be working with Stone & Compass. She began her journey back in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. From there, she attended Emerson College receiving a B.A. for Theatre Education and later Lesley University where she received her M.Ed. for Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum. For over ten years she has been the middle school drama teacher in Saugus, MA where she teaches sixth-eighth grade students during the day and runs the after school drama club, which regularly has more than 100 members. Ali has been the Senior Camp Director for the Chestnut Hill School Creative Arts & Sports Program. Recently, Ali can be found at the Marblehead Little Theatre as the Youth Program Director.
Mike serves as an advisor and collaborator at Stone & Compass helping to further develop and expand programs and operations. He is currently a Graduate Assistant and Master's Candidate in Conflict Resolution at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston.
Tammy graduated from Suffolk University with a BS in Broadcast Communications. She worked for CBS affiliate WKYT, and was an Emmy Award winning team member during her time at the station.
Whether snowboarding and snowskating the North East, surfing in Hawaii, or skateboarding wherever the road may lead, as three sport award winning athlete, Tammy is passionate about extreme adventure sports.
Tammy is excited about the opportunity to build, grow, and run adventure tours that connect and inspire others to live their best life.
Franco Zuccoli is a holistic healer and health & wellness expert with 25 years experience helping people to recognize and realize their true potential. By focusing on the whole person from soul to cell, Franco is able to apply his skills as an intuitive healer and his proprietary Genetic Based Training Method™ in a way that transforms lives from the inside out.
Franco holds a B.S. in Exercise & Wellness from Arizona State University and has used his abilities extensively, working with everyone from high level executives to professional athletes. For decades, Franco has trained, consulted, and assessed the needs of NFL, NBA and NHL players. While Franco is a sports fan, his goal is to bring health, wellness and healing regardless of background or ability.
Franco’s work with Stone & Compass currently includes supporting business development and strategic planning.