Educational Travel Consortium
P.O. Box 159

Ronan, MT 59864

(T) 406-745-4800    (F) 406-745-3600

J. Mara DelliPriscoli

J. Mara DelliPriscoli, President, Travel Learning Connections, Inc., is the founder and architect of the Educational Travel Consortium (formerly Nonprofits in Travel Conference). Her vision from inception over 33 years ago was to facilitate the growth of a vibrant

community of like-minded colleagues to converge at an annual “happening”—a travel think tank—to deal with current challenges and future opportunities in affinity and educational travel. Once technology had sufficiently advanced in post 2000, she progressively launched the Educational Travel Community online. Within ETC’s annual conference and online platform, she has facilitated the growth of strategic business partnerships and business-to-business nonprofit-for profit networking of those in the field of alumni, museum, conservation and affinity group travel. With over 35 years of experience in the tourism industry, Mara has worked directly within most sectors of the travel industry, including tourism marketing, tour sales, development and management, hotel operations, transportation, and tourism research for diverse consulting firms. Mara lectures, writes, photographs and works with cultural, community and conservation tourism development projects in the US and abroad. She consults in the field of educational and special interest tourism development for a variety of US and international organizations authoring country specific reports. Mara has always had a passion for exploration, blue water sailing, languages, folk dance, photography and equestrian pursuits.  For the past decade she has pursued advanced technical training and field work in Photojournalism.  Mara holds an M. Ed in Tourism with a minor in marketing from the George Washington University, and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University with a major in European history and a minor in three languages with her freshman year conducted at the College Year in Athens, Greece. Having spent a great deal of her professional life in the Washington, D.C. area, she is a native New Englander which explains her love of the sea and adventure including three years of live aboard sailing and logging thousands of nautical miles to South America. Mara has been based in St. Ignatius, Montana for 25+ years. She still travels extensively globally and has visited 88+ countries.

Carole Erickson

Carole Erickson, Conference Director and Partner Liaison, has served the ETC Community since 2005.  She enjoyed a 40-year career as a healthcare administrator, professional market/development director, customer service consultant

and meeting planner. After retiring from full-time administration management in 2003, she now has her own consulting business providing internal organization assessments, customer service training and all aspects of conference development and management.  Appointed by three Montana Governors, Carole served on several medical licensing boards and was the recipient of a national award for outstanding service and leadership to the field of medical regulation from the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2017. Carole is a fifth-generation Montanan and enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Douma, Leading Member Service & Finances, has served as the ETC Community since 2003. If you have attended the ETC conference you have met and talked with Lisa as she handles all the registration

correspondence and payment questions pre/on site and post conference. At ETC 2013 the community paid tribute to Lisa’s ten-year run as the Registrar par excellence! She is also a mother of four who take up the rest of her time. Once in a while Lisa does find time for hiking in the beautiful Mission Mountains with trail-heads literally outside the back twenty of the TLC main offices. A native Montanan, Lisa lives in the beautiful Mission Valley Charlo, MT on the Flathead Reservation.

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Roxanne Shiels, Leading Program Planner for Alumni and Lifelong Learning, joined ETC in 2018.  Roxanne formerly directed the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Outreach (education) and a combined Alumni

Travel and Education units from 2002 to 2009. She continued her career at Penn State leading a large academic conferences unit where she often highlighted ETC’s signature conference as the community-type of environment that other conferences should aspire to.    In addition, she led strategic planning and special projects for the Vice President and Vice Provost of Penn State’s 600-person Outreach and Online Education unit.   Currently, she continues as Penn State World Campus’s alumni strategist, attracting new online learners.  Roxanne’s fond memories of ETC and love for everything travel prompted her return to the Consortium in a part-time, professional capacity.  As a U.S. “Army brat” she was born in Canada, moved frequently, and is thrilled to call Pennsylvania home after receiving two degrees from Penn State and never leaving, except as an enthusiastic traveler.   Roxanne lives on a non-producing farm with her husband, two daughters, pony, cat, and lots of wildlife.  Hobbies include: running, reading, kayaking, downhill skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and so much more! 

Abby Jansen Busdeker

Abby Jansen Busdeker, Leading Special Projects, joined ETC in 2013 as Program Planner. With extensive experience in the educational travel market, she was thrilled to return to the

educational travel community. Abby formerly managed the daily operations of the Northwestern University Alumni Travel Program for six years. During her tenure, she traveled to six continents and hosted more than 250 passengers. A highlight of her time at Northwestern was serving on the ETC advisory council. Prior to working at Northwestern University, Abby worked at CDW Incorporated as a sales account manager. She received an M.A. in liberal studies from Northwestern and a B.A. in history from Miami University. A native of Ohio, Abby currently resides in Cincinnati with her husband and three children.

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Jill Bernier, Leading Program Planner for Donor and Sustainability Initiatives, joined ETC in 2018 after a long and gratifying career at The Nature Conservancy.  Formerly the director of The Nature Conservancy's

Conservation Journeys Program, Jill focused on mission driven trips designed to engage members and support conservation priorities. Having started her career at The Nature Conservancy in 1995 as a Gift Planning Assistant, she worked within the travel program for 18 years with Conservancy staff, partners and travel companies to plan international and domestic trips that ensure standards of quality, low environmental impact and promote responsible travel practices that benefit local communities and support conservation initiatives.  Jill accompanied many trips with Conservancy supporters and staff, presented at philanthropy training seminars, The World Ecotourism Summit and has co-facilitated sessions at ETC in past years.

Jill earned a BA degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, majoring in Anthropology. She also holds a certificate in Travel Planning from Travel Careers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, which supported her early career work as a travel agent.  Jill has one son, who is currently living in Asheville, NC and working within the renewable energy field.  She has a passion for nature, adventures on land and water, cultural diversity, gastronomy, experiential learning and enjoys sharing her interests in some of the most stunning and threatened landscapes on Earth. 

Bethany Morris

Bethany Morris, Leading Member Engagement, Resources & Communication,  joined the team in 2014 with a broad professional background including association management, digital marketing, website content

management, membership support, and event planning. Bethany’s past roles include Proposal Coordinator for a nation-wide environmental remediation company, Director of Member Services for an international non-profit organization, and Communication Consultant for a variety of clients.  She volunteers extensively in her community and has served on the Boards of state and regional wildlife conservation organizations in the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President. Currently, she volunteers her labor at a local farm, assists at the neighborhood elementary school, and organizes a civil discourse round table.  Bethany enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and anything that allows her to be outside in her beautiful home state.

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​Chris Campbell, Leading IT Solutions, is a Software Engineer, Linux Enthusiast, and People Person. He joined the ETC team in 2016. He is a jack of all trades balancing many hobbies and creative pursuits with a variety

programming projects. He is currently focused on custom LAMP stack applications and mobile development, but ​also has a strong foundation in Java and Python.  In his free time Chris is passionate about soccer and techno. He also tries to balance his serious screen time with gardening and cooking. Each year he helps coordinate a Burning Man Theme Camp and is very active in the burner community beyond the plays. Based in Los Angeles and working remotely, Chris travels as much as his bank account will allow.

Barb Rempp

Barbara Rempp, Leading Faculty Coordination & Administration, is responsible for coordinating information and logistics of current speakers, research and development of speakers for future conferences

, trip listings and facilitating the Jumpstart webinars.  Rempp previously worked as an executive assistant and office manager for a Houston based corporation that represents a high net worth individual.  She has worn many hats, including horse trainer and breeder, bookkeeper and office manager for a CPA, transcription clerk for the Montana State University. Rempp also worked as a veterinary technician for 14 years.  She has a background in ranching and horseback guided trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and continues to manage her own expansive organic gardens.  A native Montanan, Barb and her husband live in the beautiful Mission Valley in St. Ignatius, MT located on the Flathead Reservation.

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Shilani Stipe, Special Projects Support, started working for ETC part-time in 2010 after graduating from high school.  She has become an essential and valuable part of  the

ETC Team. ETC is a great fit for Shilani as she loves to travel and learn.  She has visited 8 countries with plans to continue her travels throughout her life.  Shilani grew up in a ranching family and knows that working from dawn to dusk is a normal work day and often she can be found working on into the night in preparation for the annual conference. When not at a computer she is snowboarding, fishing, working on the farm or spending time with family and friends. She is a native Montanan and has lived most of her life beneath the shadow of the majestic Mission Mountains on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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Maria Gross-Kellomäki, Leading Destination Development, joined ETC in 2009 after a fulfilling career most recently as Director of international Markets for the Palm Beach County, FL CVB for 8 years.   Maria

began her career in the travel industry initiating tour operations in Easter Island and the Seychelles Islands for Lindblad Travel, Inc. Upon returning to the United States, Maria joined the University of Miami as Director of Development for the International Oceanographic Foundation (IOF), a 175,000-member organization, and led institutional development, sales, and marketing for its museum, Planet Ocean. During her 18 year tenure at IOF, Maria created IOF Sea Safaris, a special interest travel program for its members that emphasized education and conservation.