EMERITUS COUNCIL

Emeritus Council Members attending ETC 2015 in Boston

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

involved in every aspect of his business and personally guides a select number of tours each year. Prior to starting BSA, he worked as a Trip Specialist for Backroads designing and leading bicycling and multisport trips around the US and Europe. Ackerman was formerly a strategy management consultant with Mars & Co. working mostly in Australia. After graduation, he worked for Schlumberger, a multinational oilfield services company, where he spent nine months on an offshore oil rig training to become an oil rig manager. His entrance into the travel industry was the result of a “quarter–life crisis” when he happily left the relative security of the corporate world to focus on travel. Ackerman holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. Ackerman joined the ETC Executive Advisory Council in 2014 and represents the interests of U.S. Tour Operators with a focus on domestic/active, adventure travel, moving to international. www.BlackSheepAdventures.com

Cary Allyn has served as the Director of the Vanderbilt University Travel Program since 2001. As a native Nashvillian,

she attended Vanderbilt University and earned a major in Art History. Prior to starting her position at Vanderbilt, Allyn worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years holding positions with travel companies in Boston, Atlanta, and Nashville. She has been fortunate to travel all over the world with groups and as an independent traveler enjoying every minute. Her husband of 25 years also attended Vanderbilt, where he earned his undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Law. They have two boys eighteen and twenty-two years old. Allyn currently serves on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of the Private University Alumni Travel Program constituents. vanderbilt.edu 

Karen Kresal Anthony is the Director Emerita of Alumni Travel at the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association.  She retired from

the Alumni Association after 27 years of dedicated service and led the Travel Program from 1985 to 2010. She has traveled extensively across the globe. When she started the travel program in 1982, Notre Dame was offering just two tours per year. She built the program to its current state of more than 35 programs a year. Her notable accomplishments include the creation of a Travel Advisory Committee composed of professors, priests, and administrators at the university; cultivation of travel programs hosted by Notre Dame faculty and priests; and served for five years as a member of the Educational Travel Conference advisory council to foster best practices in the education travel industry. Anthony was presented the prestigious honorary alumna award by the Alumni Board of Directors in 1998 and received the Notre Dame President’s Award for outstanding service in May 2000. Anthony and her husband, Tony, have three children and nine grandchildren.

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

offers 50 educational tours serving approximately 1,200 travelers annually. Christel strongly believes in lifelong learning through travel, and is persistently searching for ways to make the offerings more educational, unique and a good fit for UCLA’s more than 400,000 living alumni. Recommitting to the Association’s mission of continuing education, Aragon has been instrumental in establishing a strategic direction for the program by featuring UCLA faculty on tour offerings. Today, UCLA Alumni Travel tours feature UCLA faculty on more than 50 percent of the offerings. Christel was born in Stockholm, Sweden and she has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry. She has been attending the Educational Travel Conference for over 20 years has served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing ETC West Coast schools and is currently an Emeritus Council member. 

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

Communications and Information tools for frequent travelers such as: travel operators, the aviation industry and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s). These tools range from satellite phones, to encrypted cell phones and the ProtectTour app, which provides first responder information and embassy contacts for every country in the world. Prior to joining Delta Bridge, Mr. Bennett was the Director of Corporate Relationships at G3 Visas and Passports, Inc. (G3). It was during his tenure at G3 that he became a member of the ETC community. Prior to G3, Mr. Bennett served as a civil servant in the federal government for 10 years, working with The Department of Defense, Department of State, U.S. Information Agency and General Services Administration. Mr. Bennett holds a BS in Political Science from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Bennett is a former member of the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of the travel supplier constituency. deltabridge.com/

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

as an Academic Counselor in the Texas A&M Ag Economics Department from 1990 to 1994, then as Director and Developer of the Athletic Career Services Program in charge of student- athletes’ summer employment, jobs upon graduation and NCAA employment compliance. Bohac spent two years at the University of Minnesota as the Director of Student-Athlete Development. She was in charge of 700 student-athletes’ community service, career development, leadership programming and personal development. She authored a textbook with Prentice Hall publishers in 2000 entitled “Career Game Plan for Student- Athletes.” She has also taught numerous classes at Minnesota and Texas A&M. Bohac graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with a B.S. in animal science. She also received a B.A. in agricultural economics in 1988. While working full-time on campus, Bohac completed her master’s degree at A&M in Higher Education Administration in 1994, earning a Ph.D. in the same field in 1998. www.aggienetwork.com/travel 

Margaret Mullaly Carnright is Assistant Director at Yale Educational Travel and has held this position since June, 2008. Her responsibilities include

Customer Service and Program Officer duties ranging from travel brochure editing to faculty scheduling. At Yale, she might also be found working at spring reunions or Yale’s annual fall Assembly. From 1989-2008, Carnright held the position of Director of Travel Programs for National Audubon Society’s travel program, Audubon Nature Odysseys. In 1992 she won Audubon’s “President’s Award” for her many new initiatives on their natural history travel program. In 2006 Carnright was a State of Connecticut Director of Tourism qualifier. In 2001, she taught a course in Cruise Marketing at Norwalk Community College. She has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years working for airlines and for two years at Travel Dynamics International. In 1995 she was invited to participate in the White House Conference on Travel & Tourism. The goal was to work with diverse arms of the travel industry and compile a list of recommendations for the conference. Carnright has been quoted in “Fortune” magazine, “Travel & Leisure” magazine, “Audubon” magazine, and “Town & Country” magazine. Carnright first attended the Educational Travel Conference in 1990 and was an Executive Advisory Council member for two years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, John. yaleedtravel.org 

Bobbi Collins is Manager, Special Projects with Orbridge.  Previously she was the Director of Membership and Business Operations

 at the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association for more than 19 years , where she oversaw many of its  alumni programs and services, including the Navy travel program “Anchors Away,” and a multi-school  program, “Joint Academy Travel.”  Collins is a graduate of The George Washington University, with a degree in Marketing and Finance. Collins’ love of travel began as a Navy wife, while living overseas with her husband, and has led to a lifelong love of exploration. Collins served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council and as a head Jumpstart trainer. She is now an Emeritus Council member. orbridge.com 

Alea M. Cot, Assistant Provost for International Education at the University of New Orleans, brings over 20 years of administrative experience in

 in international education to her leadership of UNO international programs and services. Her extensive experience in international program design, fiscal and human resource management, and student recruitment has contributed to the steady growth and success of international programming at UNO. Currently, she is spearheading an exciting renovation of an existing campus building to become the new Center for International Education. Cooperation with international design partners to incorporate state-of-the-art sustainable, green technologies will quickly make it a model for energy-efficient renovation and construction projects. She attended her first ETC conference in 1992 and quickly recognized the importance of this conference to the field of non-profit travel programming. Her passion for international education began as an AFS high school exchange student in Thailand and continued with her junior year abroad at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Since then, she has assumed numerous leadership roles in professional associations that serve international education and has presented papers and presided over workshops, presentations, and conferences in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Additionally, she serves on advisory boards at the state and national level. She holds both an M.A. and B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. inst.uno.edu 

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

staff since 1988 and worked as a student intern while attending classes at MSU. In 1996, she hired on as a full-time employee and has served in a variety of different positions. In 2000, she assumed the responsibility of the MSU travel program and has continued to build the travel program to more than 30 tours. Her love for travel was inherited from her mother, who was an avid traveler. Cross received her undergraduate degree in education in 1991 and went on to fulfill her graduate coursework from MSU in kinesiology in 1995. Cross joined the Executive Advisory Council in 2012, representing state schools in the Mid-West and is currently serving as an Emeritus Council member. 

Diana Lee Crew is currently a consultant to nonprofits and for profit educational organizations focusing on developing strategic relationships and consulting

 in a variety of capacities. Some of her more recent work includes sales consulting with StudySync, an innovative reading and writing Educational Technology company;  photography and video work, including recent ETC conferences.  From September 2005 to January 2010 she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships with Immersion Learning in Mystic, CT, which was founded by oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard as a state-of-the-art communications and robotics technology program bringing yearly ocean-going research expeditions live to school kids, museums, science centers, aquariums, and participating Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Previously, she worked at the JASON Foundation of Education, where she spent over nine years as its Director of Sales for a leading science distance learning program. Prior to JASON, she was with the Denver Museum of Natural History for 18 years, where she developed and directed its museum travel and youth education programs, managed an active travel program, and was an institutional co-founding sponsor of the Nonprofits in Travel Conference, now evolved to ETC, and co-designer of the early Nonprofits in Travel Conference agendas. She also served as President of the Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association. She holds an M.A. in Public Information and Communication from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

Lynn Cutter is CEO, Expedition Ventures, and formerly served as Executive Vice President, Travel, at National Geographic responsible for National

Geographic’s travel businesses. Cutter has 30 years of general management experience, with a focus on strategic marketing, business development and online and direct marketing in travel and media companies. Since joining National Geographic in 1998 as Vice President, Travel, Cutter has overseen the launch of the successful National Geographic Expeditions program as well as many product line extensions including student, family, active adventures, private jet, and private/custom trips.  She also led the launch of a strategic alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, which includes six National Geographic-branded expedition ships, and more recently spearheaded the launch of a new line of more accessibly priced trips with G Adventures and a collection of lodges that define the gold standard in sustainability called National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.  Prior to joining National Geographic, Cutter operated her own consulting practice specializing in new business launches in travel and media, with clients including Discovery Communications and Hearst New Media. Prior to that, Cutter held senior positions in marketing and strategic planning at The Disney Channel, Bell Atlantic Video Services/Tele-TV, and Citicorp, and also served as Vice President of Marketing for Special Expeditions (now Lindblad Expeditions). Cutter received her B.A. in Marketing and B.S. in Journalism from Lehigh University, and a MBA from Harvard University. She lives in Chevy Chase, M.D., with her husband and their two sons.

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.

 She is credited with initiating the Zoo’s travel partnership program with other institutions and is responsible for offering to Zoo members 8-10 trips a year, and in addition offers 3 trips a year for AZAD that she plans both “in house,” as well as with the help of tour operators. Each trip has a direct connection to one of the Zoo’s conservation efforts. DeVries’ annual attendance at the ETC has been critical to the Zoo’s program success.  She also began and continues to run the travel program for the international Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents (AZAD). In 2013, Bert was formally included in membership as Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) for demonstrating excellence and dedication within her profession.DeVries is a graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in Child Development and Family Relationships. philadelphiazoo.org 

Rodrigo Esponda is Managing Director atLos Cabos Tourism Board and is the former North America Regional Director for the Mexico Tourism Board.

He has been working as a tourism official for the past 17 years: first, at the National Trust Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR) in Mexico City; and since 2000, at the Mexico Tourism Board where he has served as: Deputy Director in New York City, Director for the U.S. Midwest, and Director for Canada. Esponda was an adjunct faculty member of the Tisch Center for Hospitality at New York University, where he taught tourism planning and product development. He earned a degree in Architecture from the National University of Mexico and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University. Esponda served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of Destinations and is currently an ETC Emeritus Council Member. visitmexico.com 

Stacy Fiorentinos is Founder and President of Classic Escapes, and has provided nature and cultural travel around the world since 1975. She has traveled

 extensively throughout East and Southern Africa, South and Central America, the South Pacific and Asia. Her clients include Zoos, Alumni Associations, Audubon Societies and Nature Centers from all over America, as well as individuals. Stacy’s passion for conservation and research has brought her in contact with many renowned researchers—Tico McNutt and Lesley Boggs who work with wild dogs in Botswana; Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton of “Save the Elephants” in Kenya; and Laurie Marker of the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia—to name a few. She also supports philanthropic causes, with a percentage of the company’s profits allocated to the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund and its Bring-A-Book Foundation. Fiorentinos currently serves on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of the ETC U.S. Tour Operator constituents with a focus on zoo and nature based travel. www.classicescapes.com 

Deborah W. Fowlkes is the Senior Director of Alumni Relations at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a national organization

 currently on 125 campuses in the U.S. and abroad. She has worked in alumni relations for more than 25 years, including as executive director at the University of Denver Office of Alumni Relations, the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association and the Temple University Alumni Association, where she was responsible for university-wide alumni relations and oversaw educational travel programs at each school. Prior to her position at Temple University, she worked at Duke University in a variety of positions, including director of Alumni Education and Travel and director of Alumni Continuing Education. Fowlkes attended Duke University, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and French Literature and an M.A. in Liberal Studies. Whenever possible, Fowlkes and her husband, Stephen, enjoy spending time with their six grandchildren. They live in Boulder, Colorado, where they can explore the great outdoors. www.focus.org 

James Friedlander is the President of Academic Arrangements Abroad, which he joined 14 years ago to direct and manage all facets of the company.

 Jim discovered his love of travel at a young age and upon graduating from Wesleyan University began his career as the French Country Officer in the International Banking Group of the Irving Trust Company. After receiving his M.B.A. from Columbia University, he spent more than 10 years assisting companies that were experiencing significant financial or operational problems. This past year Jim has traveled widely to Cuba, Europe and the Middle-East either accompanying groups and/or researching new programs. Jim has served as one of the trainers in the annual ETC Jumpstart Seminar for many years as well as developed the programming for new DOS attendees. Jim currently serves on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of the U.S. Tour Operator constituents with a focus on art and culturally based travel.  arrangementsabroad.com 

Rob Fure is Director of Lifelong Learning at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. While teaching American literature and modern poetry

at Washington and Lee, Fure taught in the University’s Institute for Executives, a humanities program for corporate executives. Inspired by such opportunities for lifelong learning, Fure proposed a new department for the creation and management of continuing education programs for adults and pre-college youths. The office was reorganized as the Office of Lifelong Learning in 2018. He is irrepressibly enthusiastic on the subject of educational programming for adult learners. In 1982, he established the Washington and Lee Alumni College, which features educational programming for alumni and friends both on campus and abroad. Fure received his secondary and collegiate education in Illinois and Michigan, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as President of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors’ International. He also served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council. He is now a member of the ETC Emeritus Council and has frequently spoken at the annual conference.

Scott Gerloff is president and CEO of Heritage Travel, LLC. Gerloff is responsible for establishing and implementing the operational strategy of

Heritage Travel including its technology, sales, and marketing efforts. Most recently, he held the position of vice president for destinations and partner relations. Throughout his 35-year career, Gerloff has created, developed, and managed entrepreneurial market and mission businesses. Gerloff first joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the parent organization of Heritage Travel, LLC, in 1978. He provided leadership in several areas. He was the co-founder of the highly successful National Main Street Center and was its executive director for seven years. Gerloff served as the founder and first executive director of Historic Hotels of America. He also conceptualized and secured funding for a demonstration program that helped launch the National Trust’s initial Heritage Tourism program. In 1997, Gerloff left the National Trust for Historic Preservation to become the president of Historic Connections, a consulting company focused on cultural/heritage tourism, commercial revitalization, and the creation of earned income strategies for various clients. Upon his return to the National Trust in 2006, Gerloff directed the National Trust Tours program, where he successfully doubled net income in two years. He holds a B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a master’s degree in American History from the University of South Dakota. Gerloff serves on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of national Cultural Organization Member Travel Program constituents. heritagetravelinc.com 

Melissa Gresh is the Director of the MIT Alumni Travel Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been on staff at MIT

and has worked for the Travel Program for over 25 years. In 2013, under her leadership, the MIT Alumni Travel Program received MIT’s prestigious Leading the Way award. The Program has also earned recognition from the CASE Awards Program for its marketing and its innovative programming. Prior to working at MIT, Gresh worked at World Class Incentives, an incentive travel firm, where she helped to create tour programming. She also spent a year working as a travel agent. Gresh has two children and enjoys spending time with family, hiking in the White Mountains, yoga, and cooking. She received a BS in geography from Salem State University and spent part of her senior year studying abroad in Caen, France. She has attended the Educational Travel Conference for 24 years. www.alum.mit.edu/travel

Maria Gross is an experienced business leader with a strong background in successful leisure travel sales, strategic planning, program development,

 and marketing management across the start-up, corporate, and non-profit sectors. Her professional work has spanned upscale-educational travel, destination marketing, luxury vacation property acquisitions, expedition/adventure cruises lines, and public relations. She served as Director of Marketing for the International Oceanographic Foundation (IOF), in Miami, Florida, where she created and directed IOF Sea Safaris, a special interest travel program and Oceans Miami a three-day event and marine industry trade show. There she also handled international client relations, partnership alliances, advertising, organizational development, and management. Gross was later recruited to serve as Marketing Director for the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences IOF Foundation, and for eight years as the Director of Leisure Sales, Latin America, for the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Gross earned her B.A. at Pontifical Xavierian University, Colombia, Accounting for the Hospitality Industry at Florida International University and Destination Marketing, e-Marketing, and Management with Destination Marketing Association International-DMAI.  Gross serves as an Emeritus Council member for the Educational Travel Community and Conference and on the National Tour Association U.S. Hispanic Task Force.  Maria also manages various consulting projects in the travel industry.

Elisabeth Hakim is an accomplished marketing executive with 30 years in the travel and tourism industry. Hakim is currently the North American

Market Coordinator for PromPeru, Peru Tourism and Export Promotion Board, where she spearheads a five-person team dedicated to promoting Peru in the US, Canada and the UK. Before joining PromPeru nine years ago, she was the Marketing Manager of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for the Andean Countries for ten years. Currently her responsibilities are heavily focused on developing strategic marketing partnerships with influential travel organizations, building awareness about Peru through a variety of educational tools dedicated for the travel, and providing any other type of marketing support to the travel trade professionals in North American and U.K. Hakim earned her college degree in Modern Languages and post-graduate studies in Tourism Marketing. Passionate about her country, she enjoys traveling with her husband into the depths of Peru discovering new places and reconnecting with her Peruvian roots. Hakim has two daughters living in Switzerland and the U.S.  www.peru.travel/en/ 

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,

 and has worked with many sectors of the travel industry both in Hong Kong and in the U.S. She is a board member of The Hong Kong Association of New York and a founding member of Asia Now–a strategic partnership of Asian National Tourism Boards that provides education and promotion for the region. Ho is passionate about travel, meeting new people, reading and photography. Ho serves on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of the Asia Destination constituents.
discoverhongkong.com/usa 

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

an international tour operator, Kahn-Subin was the Director of Travel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, organizing and operating global educational journeys. Most recently, she was Missions Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, developing unique adventures in Israel and launching the Jewish Civilizations of the World programs. projectinterchange.org 

Amy Kotkin served as Director of Smithsonian Journeys, the Institution’s educational travel program from 1994 through 2013. She is now

co-chair of the Smithsonian Alumni organization and speaks frequently on art history topics to audiences nationwide for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s distance learning program, Artful Connections. Amy is on the National Board of The Transition Network, a women’s organization focused on supporting women through significant life changes. Currently, she is also co-chair of the Fund for Education Abroad’s annual gala, raising funds to provide under-represented college students with scholarships to study outside the US. She writes monthly drama reviews for DC Metro Theater Arts, highlighting Washington, DC’s lively theater scene, and is a member of ETC’s Emeritus Council.

Karen Kuttner-Dimitry is Vice President of Affinity and Charter Sales at Lindblad Expeditions. Kuttner-Dimitry has been in the adventure travel/luxury

 industry for nearly 30 years. She launched her career in the travel industry in 1987, where she spent five years on board cruise ships as a Social Director. In 1993, she became the Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic States for Lindblad Expeditions.  After three years of rapid growth in regional sales revenue, she focused on the development of affinity and travel agency accounts nationwide. Seeking new challenges, Kuttner-Dimitry left for Natural Habitat Adventures in Boulder, Colo., in 1997, to direct all sales, and marketing for affinity and incentive markets. In 2003, she became the Director of Sales at Grand Expeditions responsible for all affinity sales and marketing. She returned to Lindblad Expeditions in 2004 to expand the affinity and charter business nationwide. Kuttner-Dimitry holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and a M.A. in Personnel Administration, both from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and three children in New Jersey.  Kuttner-Dimitry represents the affinity cruise market. www.expeditions.com  

Susan Lethbridge is Business Development Director, U.S. & Canada, with Albion Journeys. Her keen personal interest in educational travel

led to specializing in this niche for the past 20+ years. She has broad experience in developing, marketing and selling an extensive range of group programs for university alumni and museum clients, together with various affinity organizations. Her background in the travel industry includes a strong focus on worldwide small ship cruises requiring specific itinerary content, customization of pre- and post-cruise land programs, shore excursions and exclusive events. Susan served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council and is now an ETC Emeritus Council member.

Philip Lovejoy has been working at Harvard since 1998.  Currently he is the Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, serving over 330,000

 alumni through a range of programs, including regional clubs, shared interest groups, travel and education programs, and online through Alumni.Harvard.edu and a variety of social media platforms. He also directs the College Alumni Programs office.  Prior to being named the Deputy Executive Director, he served as Director, University-wide Alumni Affairs at the HAA and was responsible for all aspects of HAA programming which serve the university-wide alumni.  Philip joined the HAA as Associate Director, Alumni Education in January 2004.  Prior to that he was Director of External Affairs at the Harvard Museum of Natural History from 1998-2004 where his responsibilities included directing their travel program and all fundraising efforts for the institution. He served on the Advisory Council of the Educational Travel Conference, and is an active member of the Harvard Travellers Club, having traveled to over 50 countries.  He also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center for the Arts, the Board of Directors of the Blue Hills Foundation, the Emeritus Board of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire and volunteers his time to raise money for a variety of worthy causes.

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

career spans more than 25 years of work in education. Before joining the Georgia Tech Alumni Association staff, Ludwig spent eight years as a high school teacher in New Orleans. It was there that he first started organizing student trips to destinations throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. In 1997, he moved to Atlanta and was in charge of volunteer management and class fundraising for the Georgia Tech Alumni Association’s Annual Fund. In 2001, he took the position of Director of Travel and has gradually increased the program from 10 to 35+ trips a year. A native of New Orleans, Ludwig has a B.S. in business administration from the University of New Orleans and attended graduate school for secondary education at Loyola University in New Orleans. Ludwig has attended the Educational Travel Community conference for most of the last 14 years. He served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council and is now a member of the ETC Emeritus Council. www.gtalumni.org 

Ivan Martinez-Vega was formerly the Director for Florida and the Caribbean for the Mexico Tourism Board. Based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale

area. In that role Martinez was responsible for Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations in support of the MTB Marketing Plan. He worked for the Mexico Tourism Board in various managerial capacities since 2007. He is an International Business and Event Management Expert and fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. He is certified in Event Management and a Professor of Strategic Negotiation 6 Lobbying at the Monterrey Tech, and has lectured on Event Management and contributed as a columnist for “MASEXPOS” magazine. Martinez has a PhD in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with concentration in International Negotiations from Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico. 

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

 in June, 2002, and has been the Associate Director since 2009. Recent projects include acting as liaison to the Art Institute’s curatorial and affiliate travel programs and leading tours of the Art Institute’s special exhibitions. Most recently she has led tours of Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings. Bringing together over 100 artworks from private and public collections in India and the United States,Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings is the first major U.S. exhibition to explore the unique visual culture of the Pushtimarg, a Hindu denomination from Western India.  Matic is a long-time volunteer for the Howard Brown Health Center and a member of the Arts Club of Chicago. Matic received her B.A. in Art History from Lake Forest College with a focus on American Modernist painting and the Chicago Imagists. Her current academic focus is on contemporary Indian visual art. She currently serves on the ETC Emeritus Council, and also represents the interests of museums with a focus on art, donor and cultural member travel program constituents. artic.edu/travel 

Lynn Meehan is responsible for North America market development within the Group and FIT leisure travel sectors for the Department of Tourism and Parks,

 Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Having returned to her home province of New Brunswick in 2000, after 15 years as a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Meehan knew she wanted to share her enthusiasm for New Brunswick and for Atlantic Canada with key travel influencers and, perhaps in doing so, contribute to the growth and prosperity of the New Brunswick tourism industry. With over 25 years’ experience in the private sector of the tourism/travel industry she began her career with New Brunswick Tourism and Parks in 2002 and attended her first ETC in 2004. Meehan currently serves on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of the North American Destination constituents. TourismNewBrunswick.ca 

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

in business from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Moore has traveled extensively, and is particularly interested in the challenge of opening up new destinations to travelers with sensitivity and respect to the host country. Over the years, Moore has been among the first to initiate cultural programs from the Americas to Asia. In 2004, she initiated programs for Americans to both Afghanistan and Libya. She is a contributor to NPR’s “The World” and is frequently interviewed by national newspapers–from “The New York Times” to “The Wall Street Journal”–on travel issues.  distant-horizons.com 

Roberta Moore has dedicated a significant part of her career to educational travel and this industry has delivered more travel and professional adventures

than she could have ever hoped for. After serving as travel director for two educational institutions, she moved to the private sector to lead affinity travel sales efforts for several US tour operators before taking a leap of faith to launch her own consulting business. Once again, the industry didn’t let her down. Among several projects, she supports sales and marketing of ViaTour Software and leads US and Canada business development for Italyscape. Her academic background includes a BA in Visual Arts and an MFA in Photography. She has been a Board Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, a member of the Women’s Travel Club of Boston, and served on the advisory board of ETC. She continues to give presentations and mentor travel professionals. She and her husband recently returned to their hometown of Philadelphia, where they are restoring a 130-year-old Victorian townhouse. In her new hometown, she is a board member of the Germantown neighborhood association, a member of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, and supports environmental, human rights and animal welfare organizations.

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.

 Since its founding in 1975, Road Scholar has fundamentally changed America’s perceptions of aging. Road Scholar learning adventures operate throughout the United States and in 90 countries. Mr. Moses joined the organization in 1979 and served as Registrar; Vice President of International Programs; Senior Vice President for Worldwide Programming, Marketing and Call Center Operations; and as Chief Operating Officer before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Mr. Moses is a graduate of Boston College; a Fellow of the World Demographic Society/World Ageing & Generations Congress; and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD); and as Board Vice Chair for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; the Board of Visitors of the Boston Center for the Arts; and the Executive Advisory Council for the Educational Travel Conference. roadscholar.org 

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

non-profit, educational tour programs for over 30 years. He is the President and Director of Eos Study Tours (www.studytours.org), a management organization that administers the travel programs of several non-profit institutions, including the Archaeological Institute of America and Carleton College. The Eos team excels at crafting distinctive trips for faculty and curators, and managing all marketing and operational processes. Todd has served as director of travel programs of ten non-profit organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History (14 years), Denver Museum of Nature and Science (six years), National Wildlife Federation (four years), the Explorers Club (18 years), and the American Geographical Society (12 years). He has managed over 175 study tours for The Field Museum (Chicago). Nielsen founded Eos Study Tours in 1993 to offer non-profit organizations the most comprehensive and risk-free management service for their travel programs. He has traveled to more than 70 countries, many of them multiple times. He has helped pioneer many new tours, including the first-ever, non-profit educational voyages throughout Indonesia, first circumnavigation of Antarctica, as well as the first nonprofit study tours using submersibles to take travelers to deep sea vents and sunken shipwrecks, including ancient Roman ships, the battleship Bismarck, and the Titanic.  studytours.org/    

Kerstin Nordin handles Marketing North America for Iceland Travel. She has 40 years’ experience in travel and tourism, including association, travel agency,

 tourist board, public relations, destination, marketing, and event management experience. She holds an M.B.A. in Tourism, Travel and Marketing Management, from New School University, has a degree in Business Management from the University of Aix-Marseilles, France, and earned a degree in French from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. She has lived and worked abroad in France and the United States for her entire professional career in travel. Nordin has attended the ETC Conference since 1995.  icelandtravel.is 

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

 sales, marketing, and advertising. She has travelled extensively and particularly enjoys working with the educational and special interest market. She serves on the Country Steering Council for the Star Alliance Group and is a marketing committee member of the American Tourism Society. egyptair.com 

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

 American Express Bank prior to joining the family trade. He expanded Micato into wide-ranging areas of special interest travel and co-founded Micato’s nonprofit arm, America Share, dedicated to the support of African orphanages. Pinto serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Adventure Collection, a group of travel companies dedicated to high caliber adventure travel. He serves on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of large tour operators. micato.com 

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

 18 to 35-year-old travel market–leading tours around the U.S. and Europe. She then moved into the position of Operations Manager for the U.S. market. Ranieri joined UW Alumni Tours in 1991 and tripled the size of the program by the end of the 90’s. It is now a leading alumni travel program offering a variety of affinity tours supported by more than 800 travelers. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Montana. Ranieri currently serves on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of the State University Alumni Travel Program constituents. Her interests include photography, hiking and beadwork. UWalum.com/tours 

Steve Ridgway is Owner and President of Criterion Travel, a tour operator specializing in educational travel. He has been a professional tour operator

 for over 40 years, focusing for the past 30 years on affinity travel. He held a variety of management positions during twelve years with Maupintour, a wholesale tour operator that for Ridgway’s last ten years was honored in the annual Travel/Holiday magazine reader poll as the best international tour operator in the U.S. At the AARP/NRTA Travel Service he was responsible for a staff of 120 providing travel programs for 40,000 travelers annually. Prior to becoming owner of Criterion Travel, for 17 years Ridgway helped lead High Country Passage, another tour operator specializing in high-quality educational travel programs for prestigious nonprofit organizations. He currently shuttles between Criterion’s administrative office in Palo Alto, California and his home in Beaverton, Oregon where he keeps an eye on his three young grandchildren. Ridgway is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a proud Jayhawk. He joined the ETC Executive Advisory Council in 2014 and represents the ETC U.S. Tour Operators constituents. www.criteriontravel.com  

Ben Sander works with Black Sheep Adventures designing small group biking and hiking adventure trips. He previously was the

 for National Parks Conservation Association, offering the best in educational travel to the National Parks. Sander has experienced and worked in ecotourism ventures in Costa Rica, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru and Pohnpei, Micronesia which have guided his vision for the travel program. He holds a masters degree in natural resources and sustainable development and conducted his master’s research in Costa Rica at one of the first eco-lodges in the world, Rara Avis, which has since been published and Sander has spoken at a number of ecotourism focused conferences on his research. His passion for ecotourism also led him to be a tour guide in Washington DC offering bike tours of the national memorials as well as being a nature guide in Costa Rica. He is a bike advocate and has participated in the Climate Ride the last four years riding over 300 miles on each ride to help raise awareness around climate change, bike advocacy, and national park protection. blacksheepadventures.com 

Michael Sanders, President and Founder of the Environmental Adventure Company, offers a vast collection of expertise and experiences in wildlife and natural resource management.

 He has worked as a wildlife biologist in Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Everglades, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks, and has become a foremost authority on human/mountain lion interactions. Sanders’ recently published biography, “The Beast in the Garden,” highlights his research into the human/lion confrontations along the Front Range of Colorado. His work has also brought him local, national, and international recognition. He has led trips throughout the Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to South America and organized wildlife ecology programs throughout the National Park system. In addition, Sanders has achieved an expertise in photography, being published in numerous magazines and newspapers nationwide. His special interest in photography and group dynamics, coupled with his master’s degree in Natural Resource Management provides an outstanding foundation for his guide experience and adventure travel. Environmental Adventure Company is a recognized leader in educational natural history travel worldwide. Recently, EAC began offering birding and nature tours to Cuba, working closely with the Cuban experts. Sanders and his daughter, Laine, live in Livingston, Montana.

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

 and develops new initiatives to engage its most committed supporters. Sano was formerly President of Geographic Expeditions, a San Francisco-based adventure travel company that offers educational travel, location management and sustainable travel consulting services. During his tenure the company received multiple awards and distinctions, including being named best adventure travel company in the world and one of the 50 best places to work in America. Prior to joining GeoEx, Sano served as a Ranger and Special Assistant to the Superintendent at Yosemite National Park in California. His responsibilities included overseeing park naturalist/interpretive programs; coordinating several key elements of the park’s General Management Plan; and serving as a member of its search and rescue team. Sano has served on WWF’s National Council for 10 years and was a board member of the Trust for Public Land for 23 years. Additionally, he was the Founding President of the Mono Lake Foundation; and Founding Director of the Natural Step and the Yosemite Restoration Trust. Sano is the recipient of five National Park Service Special Achievement awards. He also led the first American men and women’s expedition to Mt. Everest and co-led other groundbreaking expeditions around the world. worldwildlife.org/travel 

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.

 Sheaff was responsible for an educational travel program that annually enrolled approximately 1,300 travelers on 35+ domestic and international tours. Directing a program of this size was accomplished primarily by partnering with 14-16 professional wholesale educational group tour operators annually. Sheaff has attended ETC for 24 years. She served as an ETC Jumpstart moderator, co-facilitator of the Executive Forum and panelist for 10 years, was an ETC Advisory Council member for 13 years, and was a member of the ETC Coalition, which monitored IRS Tax Exempt Organization travel program guidelines and unrelated business income tax (UBIT) issues. She remains actively involved with ETC member affinity tour operators on a consultant basis. Sheaff received her Sheaff received her B.A. degree from University of California, Berkeley in political science and is currently engaged in educational group tour consulting, marketing research, tour managing and brochure editing for tour operators and nonprofit organizations.

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

for more than 35 years and served in a variety of capacities, including Travel Director, Operations, Promotion, Marketing and Sales. Small served as Founding President of the popular Alumni Campus Abroad division. He is a graduate of Columbia College and received an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. Small served on the ETC Executive Advisory Council and currently a member of the ETC Emeritus Council. ahitravel.com 

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,

  She was formerly the Director of AMNH Expeditions   and Senior Advisor for Global Business Development at the American Museum of Natural History for nearly 10 years; Director of Global Education for the Chief Executives Organization in Washington, DC; and International Seminar Coordinator for Smithsonian Journeys, the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution. She has worked in international affairs and outreach for some of the leading cultural institutions in the United States for nearly 20 years. Her tourism development work has taken her to more than 90 countries and includes tourism consulting for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Rainforest Alliance, The Today Show, and the countries of Myanmar, El Salvador, and Nepal. She has been a judge for both the Smithsonian’s and National Geographic’s sustainable tourism awards. She speaks widely on sustainable tourism, most recently at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s Partnership Day in Paris, the World Economic Forum’s annual conference at the Dead Sea, and the Beijing Forum. She is an invited observer of the UNESCO World Heritage convention. She has also worked extensively in global business development, from a documentary film in the Gobi desert to educational programming at the World Economic Forum at Davos to work on an $11 Billion mixed-use development in the Incheon Free Economic Zone in South Korea. She is a member of the boards of directors of the Explorers Club, the World Air League, the ETC Emeritus Council, and, formerly, the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

Lauren Summers  is Senior Director of Lifelong Learning & Travel, Association of Yale Alumni. She has over 20 years of experience including marketing,

public relations, event planning and business management.  At Visit Wales, she managed trade sales public relations and marketing as well as consumer campaigns for the U.S. and Canada. Summers was also the general manager of a small hotel in Cambridge, MA where she worked while completing her masters at Harvard Divinity School. At Harvard, she studied the healing traditions of indigenous world religions while playing host to the scholars, researchers, academics and activists from around the world who stayed in her hotel. As a result, she discovered her passion for the tourism and hospitality industries. Summers had previously founded and run her own communications agency based in New York City. Her clients included entertainment, corporate and non-profit organizations such as Levi’s, Disney, and the international Acapulco Film Festival, along with number of Grammy award winning artists, Oscar winning performers, bestselling authors and other celebrities. In addition to her master’s degree, Summers holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and marketing from Hampton University.   ivy.yale.edu/yet/ 

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,

 Baja, California, to see the then-endangered gray whales. Whale watching continued both in Baja and out of Provincetown, M.A. Galapagos Island trips followed, and in 1980 she led her first of dozens of Africa safaris. The program grew and prospered, and by the time she left Harvard at the end of 1995, the museum was offering an average of 20 departures a year accompanied by Harvard experts. After leaving Harvard, Whitehouse focused her attention on her own company, Custom African Travel Services (CATS), which was founded in 1992. At first, she ran several trips a year, primarily to Africa and Indonesia and also organized programs for the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Since 2005, she has been focusing on designing and leading unusual trips to Egypt and Jordan. Whitehouse was one of several travel planners involved with the formation of Non-Profits in Travel, the forerunner to ETC. With her colleagues she went on the early institutional familiarization tours that led to many of today’s popular itineraries for institutional travel.

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,

 and Gibb’s Farm, Wineland has launched innumerable successful travel ventures while always promoting the conservation of the environment and the empowerment of local communities. In 2009, Gibb’s Farm, an eco-lodge in Tanzania near the Ngorongoro Crater, received among the highest ratings for the “Condé Nast Traveler” World Savers Award. Thomson Safaris won the 2009 Tanzania Conservation Award from the Tanzania Tourist Board. Wineland is also a founder and board member of Focus on Tanzanian Communities, a non-profit that supports education, women’s empowerment, and other community initiatives in Tanzania. In 2007, the Adventure Travel Trade Association honored Wineland with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her “lasting influence and inspiration” in the international adventure travel community. Wineland currently serves as the Chair of the ETC Responsible Tourism Committee and is on the ETC Emeritus Council representing the interests of the ETC Adventure and Family Travel U.S. Tour Operator constituents. Wineland became one of the first women to start an adventure travel company when she established Overseas Adventure Travel in 1978.

Irene B. Ziegler is Program Director for Study Abroad Programs in the Division of International Education at the University of New Orleans. Since 1992.

 she has developed, marketed, and administered various international for-credit programs for students and adults and has taken groups to Europe, particularly Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy.  Most recently, she has been directing one of the largest and most renowned U.S. study abroad programs, the UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School, which enrolls approximately 250 American students every summer. In addition, her professional responsibilities include student advising, international event management, programming for international visitors, and assistance in the internationalization of campus.  Ziegler has also taught English, ESL, and German and has edited and published a number of academic articles and journals.  Born and raised in Austria, she attended the University of Innsbruck, where she majored in Foreign Languages and Education. Her M.A. in English is from the University of New Orleans and her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Graz (Austria). inst.uno.edu