Emeritus Council members consist of those educational travel industry colleagues who have previously served on the Executive Advisory Council.
One of the things I enjoyed the most while serving on the council were the friendships with other travel colleagues. I got to know Travel Vendors, Destination Company Representatives and other Planners much better. At the end of the day we all have very similar goals and challenges, and this experience gave me a much broader perspective on the Educational Travel Community. Christel Pailet Aragon, Director, UCLA Alumni Travel
Fred Ackerman is the Chief Shepherding Officer of Black Sheep Adventures, the adventure travel business he founded in 2002. Ackerman is actively
Cary Allyn has served as the Director of the Vanderbilt University Travel Program since 2001. As a native Nashvillian,
Karen Kresal Anthony is the Director Emerita of Alumni Travel at the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association. She retired from
Christel Aragon is the Director of Travel at UCLA Alumni Travel. She joined UCLA Alumni Travel in 1994. Now in its 77th year, UCLA Alumni Travel
Tim Bennett is the Business Development Manager at Delta Bridge, Inc. Mr. Bennett began working with Delta Bridge in May, 2015. His Focus is providing
Jennifer Bohac has been Director of Travel for The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University since May 2001. Prior to that, Bohac worked
Margaret Mullaly Carnright is Assistant Director at Yale Educational Travel and has held this position since June, 2008. Her responsibilities include
Bobbi Collins is Manager, Special Projects with Orbridge. Previously she was the Director of Membership and Business Operations
Alea M. Cot, Assistant Provost for International Education at the University of New Orleans, brings over 20 years of administrative experience in
Regina Cross, is the Director of Alumni Travel for the Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Association. She has been a member of the MSU Alumni Association
Diana Lee Crew is currently a consultant to nonprofits and for profit educational organizations focusing on developing strategic relationships and consulting
Lynn Cutter is CEO, Expedition Ventures, and formerly served as Executive Vice President, Travel, at National Geographic responsible for National
Roberta “Bert” DeVries has been the Travel Planner at the Philadelphia Zoo for the past 19 years and its Program and Trips Coordinator for the past 15 years.
Rodrigo Esponda is Managing Director atLos Cabos Tourism Board and is the former North America Regional Director for the Mexico Tourism Board.
Stacy Fiorentinos is Founder and President of Classic Escapes, and has provided nature and cultural travel around the world since 1975. She has traveled
Deborah W. Fowlkes is the Senior Director of Alumni Relations at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a national organization
James Friedlander is the President of Academic Arrangements Abroad, which he joined 14 years ago to direct and manage all facets of the company.
Rob Fure is Director of Lifelong Learning at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. While teaching American literature and modern poetry
Scott Gerloff is president and CEO of Heritage Travel, LLC. Gerloff is responsible for establishing and implementing the operational strategy of
Melissa Gresh is the Director of the MIT Alumni Travel Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been on staff at MIT
Maria Gross is an experienced business leader with a strong background in successful leisure travel sales, strategic planning, program development,
Elisabeth Hakim is an accomplished marketing executive with 30 years in the travel and tourism industry. Hakim is currently the North American
Linda Ho is the Marketing Manager for the Eastern USA at the Hong Kong Tourism Board. She is a native of Hong Kong, fluent in English and Chinese,
Ida Kahn-Subin is the United States Programs Director for Project Interchange. After working for El Al as Director of Marketing and Sales and as
Amy Kotkin served as Director of Smithsonian Journeys, the Institution’s educational travel program from 1994 through 2013. She is now
Karen Kuttner-Dimitry is Vice President of Affinity and Charter Sales at Lindblad Expeditions. Kuttner-Dimitry has been in the adventure travel/luxury
Susan Lethbridge is Business Development Director, U.S. & Canada, with Albion Journeys. Her keen personal interest in educational travel
Philip Lovejoy has been working at Harvard since 1998. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, serving over 330,000
Martin Ludwig serves as the Director of Travel for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, where he manages a travel program of more than 35 tours a year. His professional
Ivan Martinez-Vega was formerly the Director for Florida and the Caribbean for the Mexico Tourism Board. Based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale
Aleksandra Matic is the Associate Director of the Member Travel for the Art Institute of Chicago. She joined the staff of the Member Travel Department
Lynn Meehan is responsible for North America market development within the Group and FIT leisure travel sectors for the Department of Tourism and Parks,
Janet Moore is President of Distant Horizons, which, in an attempt to combine her love of travel with a real job, she began more than 30 years ago. With a graduate degree
Roberta Moore has dedicated a significant part of her career to educational travel and this industry has delivered more travel and professional adventures
James Moses is the President and CEO of Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), the not-for-profit leader in educational travel and learning adventures for adults.
Todd Nielsen is a founding member of the Educational Travel Community and a pioneer in the planning and administration of non-profit, educational tour programs. Todd has been directing
Kerstin Nordin handles Marketing North America for Iceland Travel. She has 40 years’ experience in travel and tourism, including association, travel agency,
Jessica O’Keefe, CTC, is Director of Sales, USA, for EgyptAir, the national airline of Egypt. O’Keefe is an airline executive with broad experience in all aspects of
Dennis Pinto is the Managing Director of Micato Safaris. A Graduate of Stanford University, he spent several years in Asia as a Vice President with
Pauline Ranieri has been in the travel industry for more than 25 years. She began her career as a Travel Director with Contiki Holidays -a leader in the
Steve Ridgway is Owner and President of Criterion Travel, a tour operator specializing in educational travel. He has been a professional tour operator
Ben Sander works with Black Sheep Adventures designing small group biking and hiking adventure trips. He previously was the
Michael Sanders, President and Founder of the Environmental Adventure Company, offers a vast collection of expertise and experiences in wildlife and natural resource management.
Jim Sano is the World Wildlife Fund’s Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation. He serves as its senior advisor on sustainable tourism programs
Carolyn Sheaff is retired director of the BEAR TREKS Travel Program, California Alumni Association in Berkeley, Calif., and an ETC Emeritus Council member. From 1983 to 2005.
Joseph Small is President of AHI Travel located in Chicago, IL. AHI specializes in educational travel for university, college and other nonprofit organizations. Small has worked for AHI
Alicia Stevens is the former Director of Global Programs at Columbia University in New York City and is presently a PhD candidate, University of Cambridge, Heritage and Museums.She was formerly,
Lauren Summers is Senior Director of Lifelong Learning & Travel, Association of Yale Alumni. She has over 20 years of experience including marketing,
Gaby Whitehouse started the natural history travel program at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in 1975 with a whale-watching trip to Baja, California,
Judi Wineland has been a pioneer and leader in sustainable adventure travel for more than 30 years. Currently the co-owner of Thomson Safaris, Thomson Family Adventures,
Irene B. Ziegler is Program Director for Study Abroad Programs in the Division of International Education at the University of New Orleans. Since 1992.