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Developing Leaders through Purposeful Travel


Expeditions to Planet Earth is dedicated to developing leaders through purposeful travel. We believe that travel and the experiences gained through it enable our clients to gain new perspectives that enhance their leadership abilities. We provide opportunities for cultural immersion, visitations with international businesses, volunteering and service projects, personal strengths training, and team building all while touring various world destinations.



Expeditions to Planet Earth (EPE) is a private venture founded by Ted Kromer in 2012. It is an extension of his former 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, California Kids to Kids (CKK), which operated from 2004-2012 and focused on educational development. CKK and EPE have taken 130 clients on leadership expeditions.



Ted Kromer



  • MBA, University of Oregon

  • BA, Stanford University




Ted is the founder of Expeditions to Planet Earth, a private venture; preiviously, he founded California Kids to Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational development corporation which operated for 10 years and facilitated around 100 students' travels to world destinations.  


Ted taught several courses in the College of Business at CSU, Chico from 2002 to 2014 including Survey of Management, International Management, Leadership, and Assessing New Business Opportunities.  He has also advised several hundred students on careers after college.


Prior to teaching, Ted amassed extensive corporate and consulting experience—primarily in the areas of pharmaceutical, biotech, and high-tech. His experience includes eight years of offshore operations in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. 




  • MS, University of Lugano- Switzerland

  • MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • BA, California State Unviersity, Chico




Reka has been a part of EPE since its inception; she is responsible for designing and implementing the program with each expedition.  She recruits students, networks with businesses, curates cultural activities, and prepares the professional development curriculum. 


She has been a part of the CSU, Chico business faculty since 2012. She teaches Business Communication and researches optimal health in the workplace. Outside of CSU, Chico, Reka coaches speakers and helps organize TEDxChico and she works with individual clients and small businesses on professional development (SEE


Before joining the business faculty at CSU, Chico, Reka lived in Europe for several years and had the opportunity to also travel extensively. Reka completed her graduate education in Switzerland and speaks Italian as well as Hungarian. She loves helping othes develop their strengths.


Reka Anna Lassu





Rachelle Holloway




  • MA, Point Loma Nazarine University (in progress)

  • BA, California State Unviersity, Chico

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential




Rachelle is in charge of character-building and leadership skill training for EPE.


She's a US Marine and served as an Adjutant in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing for three years.  During this time, she supervised Marines within the administration office focusing on a wide range of issues such as travel and legal procedures.


Before joing the Marines, Rachelle was a teacher in southern California teaching a range of students from kindergarden to 6th grade with a focus on character development and engagement.  She's worked with diverse students including those at a Title 1 school.


Rachelle is a graduate of California State University, Chico where she was an All-American polevaulter. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters degree in Education at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and upon completion, will be returing to teaching.

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