2018-2019 EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Members of the current EAC as well as Emeritus Council (colleagues that have served as former Council members) are available to share behind-the-scenes insights on what is involved with conference planning, session choices and events, venue choices, and ETC’s evolving community engagement.

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Bill Bennett has served as director of alumni travel at the Indiana University Alumni Association since December 2014. Branded as IU Travels

, the travel program at the IUAA aims to bring alumni, faculty, and students together to continue their educational experience through international and domestic travel. Prior to his current role he was an Assistant Vice President and program manager of the Prime Time bank loyalty travel program for Monroe Bank where he oversaw the bank’s affinity travel program and served as a product manager and development officer for the over 55 market.  Bill serves on a multi-university advisory council for Go Next and Oceania Cruises. He is also a professional photographer and enjoys sharing his travel photography and experiences with local service organizations and retirement communities.  He enjoys time with his two children, cycling, hiking, and cooking. Bill is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and has his MBA from Sage Graduate School in Albany, NY.  This is Bennett’s first year on the Executive Advisory Council representing Travel Planner colleagues from Midwest State Schools.  www.alumni.indiana.edu

Jean Bouffard

Jean Bouffard left Tourisme Québec after 35 years of service, and five years ago joined Adventure Canada, a Toronto-based tour operator specializing

in cultural and natural history, namely small ship expedition cruises. Active in the industry since college, he covered most aspects of tourism development and promotion. Starting as a tour director in Western Europe, he spent several years in New York City as director of tourism for the Government of Québec. He also taught at the Management School of Université du Québec à Montréal and at LaSalle College. In his later years at Tourisme Québec, he acted as their senior advisor for market strategy for the US and Canadian markets, and coordinated the operations of their field offices in both countries. Bouffard was recognized by the Educational Travel Consortium for his contribution to the advancement of learning and enrichment travel within the US travel trade and the Canadian tourism industry. He also acted as the meeting chairman for the National Tour Association yearly operators meeting in Quebec City in 2016.  He is a member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites, the National Trust for Canada, Héritage Montreal and Action Patrimoine. Mid-career fellow at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University (Washington DC), he is particularly interested in cultural history and global issues. www.adventurecanada.com 

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Kevin Conley is the Director of the Alumni & Parent Travel program for the University of Virginia. Conley began his career with the University over

15 years ago administrating academic travel seminars. Previously, Conley has worked in the computer industry in a company that produced encryption software and hardware, has helped create the Internet’s first emailed newspaper, “The Daily Brief,” and has served as a Military Intelligence Analyst and Russian Linguist with the U.S. Army. He has also, on occasion, been a ski bum and a beach bum, on separate occasions, of course. Conley earned his bachelor’s at Harvard and has done graduate coursework at the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia. www.alumni.virginia.edu/travel

Shannon Fuller

Shannon Fuller is the Assistant Director of Conservation Travel at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. She oversees the development

and implementation of the Shedd Adventures Travel Program working collaboratively with internal partners in Development, Marketing, PR, Conservation, as well as external travel operators to create and market mission-driven trips to the Shedd’s current and prospective donor audiences. She also manages the aquarium’s citizen science travel opportunities aboard their research vessel located in the Bahamas. Shannon started at Shedd six years ago and prior to her role in the Conservation department, worked in Marketing as Brand Manager. Shannon’s passion for aquatic life and experience as a SCUBA instructor led her to Shedd. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. www.sheddaquarium.org 

Andrea Holbrook

Andrea Holbrook is President of Holbrook Travel, Inc. Her start in the travel industry began at a young age, accompanying her parents on

expeditions such as hiking the Inca Trail and butterfly-collecting with lepidopterists in rainforests around the world. After graduating from Columbia University with a major in English literature in 1991, she spent almost two years working in Costa Rica at Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve—a nature sanctuary in the Sarapiqui region, founded by her family in 1985. Andrea stewards Holbrook and Selva Verde Lodge and is President of the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center, an organization that strives to connect communities and sustainable development through educational programs and rural tourism in Costa Rica. She also serves on the Board of Climb for Cancer and recently joined the Board of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), an organization dedicated to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism.  Andrea feels fortunate to play an active role in connecting cultures, supporting knowledge and appreciation for biodiversity, and finding innovative ways to foster responsible travel. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and high-school-aged daughter.  www.holbrooktravel.com

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Mary Ann Hunt is the Director of the Travel-Learn program at Tufts University. Prior to her arrival at Tufts in September, 2017, she worked at Dartmouth

College in the Alumni Travel program for ten years. She also worked at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College from 2000-2007, where she managed public events and oversaw exhibition logistics. She has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Art History, with specializations in ancient art, archeology, and classical civilizations, and she is currently working on a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with a concentration on travel and memoir writing. www.alumniandfriends.tufts.edu/explore-education-travel/travel-learn-program

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Michel LaRivière is the International Marketing Specialist for Travel Manitoba in the Business Development department with a focus on the United States

and Canadian market.  Michel is responsible for assisting with the delivery of domestic, national and international sales initiatives aimed at building relationships with tour operators, travel agents, incentive buyers and tourism partners. He possesses 13 years of experience working in the tourism industry and has as worked for Travel Manitoba as the partnership and visitor experience specialist. Michel possesses a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba with a double major in Marketing and Management.  He is also fully bilingual in French and English and has completed the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Leadership Winnipeg program.  He is an avid photographer and cyclist and volunteers his time coaching youth soccer.  LaRivière is a new member of the Executive Advisory Council and represents ETC Destination constituents.  www.travelmanitoba.com 

Emilie LaRosa

Emilie LaRosa is the Assistant Director for Penn Alumni Travel and Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) where she is responsible for all alumni

tour marketing, development customer service, and operations. Since she began at Penn in 2012, the program has expanded to serve more than 400 travelers on 25 trips annually with robust educational offerings. Penn Alumni Travel is committed to collaborative and engaging tours and works closely with the University’s 12 schools and centers, including the Wharton Business School and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Prior to her work at Penn, LaRosa was a development officer at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and a museum educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D. C., and the Cloisters in New York City. In addition to her travel expertise, LaRosa has interests in: art and architecture, medieval history, photography, and the perfect latte. LaRosa earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Notre Dame and the George Washington University, respectively. www.alumni.upenn.edu

Andrew Lockwood is President/CEO of Pacific Islands Institute (PII) based in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His mother started the company in 1989 with his assurance

that he would join her after his Air Force commitment.  He returned home to Hawaii and for over 25 years, has led the organization in its mission of providing positive cultural interactions, protecting and sustaining indigenous cultures and environments, and giving back to local communities.  Expanding PII’s client base from affinity and school organizations to associations, boardroom and donor groups, Andrew enjoys matching the rich cultural and eco-resources of a destination with the needs of each client.  Having traveled extensively throughout the islands of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia, he has built lasting relationships with industry suppliers to village chiefs through his authenticity and ethics.  An Amherst College graduate with an MBA from Chapman University, Andrew also has his CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) and believes travel should have a multiplier-effect benefitting not only the traveler but also the people, local communities and environments of the place.  He and his wife are passionate about travel, learning, and sustainability and have passed the appreciation for these interests on to their three children. www.ExplorethePacific.com 

Tony Rango has been a staff member of the Sierra Club since 1992 and currently serves as the Director of National Outings and Program Safety.

The National Outings program offers more than 300 domestic and international trips annually, led exclusively by volunteers. In 2000, Tony created and developed the Sierra Club’s first national training program for outing leaders. Since then, the program has trained and fielded thousands of leaders and volunteers. He initially got involved with the Sierra Club because of his job, but he soon began leading for the program and training future leaders. He has led numerous Sierra Club trips including backpacking, rafting, biking, kayaking and trekking trips. Tony currently serves on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing national non-profit organizations and advising on the Risk Management sessions. www.sierraclub.org/outings/adventure-travel

Beth Ray-Schroeder, Director, Duke Alumni Travels, Duke Alumni Affairs

Beth Ray-Schroeder is Director of Duke Alumni Travels in the Office of Alumni Affairs at Duke University. At Duke since 2005, Ray-Schroeder has also directed

alumni education initiatives and priorities of the alumni travel program. She now organizes more than 40 educational travel programs annually, which comprise vendor itineraries and in-house customized programs showcasing unique Duke entities and are led by Duke faculty. Prior to coming to Duke, Ray-Schroeder lived and worked in Spain and Germany for 17 years. She held positions as a software developer in Madrid, as international systems project manager at Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt am Main, and as an organizational consultant in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and the equivalent degree in Psychology from Duke University, and a M.S. in Organizational Psychology from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Ray-Schroeder is currently serving on the ETC Executive Advisory Council representing the interests of alumni association travel planners in the southeastern United States.  https://alumni.duke.edu/programs/duke-travels 

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Kate Sanders Kate Sanders is the Director for Alumni Programs and Alumni Group Travel at Oregon State University, where she is responsible for

the association’s signature events and the travel program. Kate manages over 30 tours a year in addition to planning and operations for signature events and various alumni relations programs. She joined the Alumni Association in 2013 after planning presidential and university-level events at Oregon State University. Sanders was previously an event planner with Class Act Events, Inc. and a project manager and writer for Sea Reach Ltd. – a design and manufacturing firm of visitor centers, wayside exhibits and signage. Sanders also has a background in environmental education. Travel and tourism has always been part of her life, from family trips when young, living abroad, to work and personal travel today. Life stays adventurous and fun when she with her husband and two kids, trail running, touring, or being absorbed in art and photography projects. Sanders is a graduate of Colorado State University. www.osualum.com

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Dan Stypa is the Associate Director of Alumni Programs at Rice University (Houston, TX).  Stypa is responsible for managing the Rice Alumni Traveling

Owls program, as well as all other lifelong learning and international engagement initiatives.  In his time at Rice, the Traveling Owls has doubled the number of trips offered and program participation has grown over 100%.  He has led groups to places such as Tanzania, China, Cuba, Italy, the Baltic Sea, and more.  Additionally, he manages affinity groups to help engage alumni in meaningful programs and activities that connect alumni and friends back to Rice University.  Prior to his current role, Stypa worked at the University of South Florida and coordinated faculty engagement programming for on-campus residential students.  Stypa has presented at regional and statewide CASE Conferences and serves on the Greater Houston Partnership Commission.  He is passionate about dogs; he has two of his own – Frieda and Knightro – and is an active volunteer with K-9 Rescue Angels – a nonprofit dog rescue committed to rescuing and rehoming dogs in the greater Houston area.  Stypa is originally from Ohio and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University (OH) and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. Stypa became a member of the Executive Advisory Council in 2016 and he represents Southern region private schools.  http://alumni.rice.edu/travelingowls

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Lauren Summers is the Senior Director of Lifelong Learning and Travel at the Yale Alumni Association. Prior to that she was the Director of Marketing

for Visit Wales in North America, the official government sponsored tourism board for Wales. She has more than 18 years of experience including marketing, public relations, event planning and business management. At Visit Wales, she manages trade sales and marketing, as well as PR and consumer campaigns for the United States and Canada. Prior to this position, Summers was the general manager of a small hotel in Cambridge, Mass., where she worked while completing her master’s 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 nonprofit organizations such as Levi’s, Disney and the international Acapulco Film Festival, along with a number of Grammy Award winning artists, Oscar winning performers, bestselling authors and other celebrities. In addition to her M.A., Summers holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Hampton University. Summers currently serves her last year on the Executive Advisory Council.  www.ivy.yale.edu/yet/

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Barbara Tucker is the Director, Travel Program and Senior Advancement Officer at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Barbara has been organizing trips

for CMP since February of 2001. She has designed and tailored trips for CMP to many domestic and international venues and has worked extensively with CMP curators and experts from other institutions. Prior to joining CMP, Barbara had a career in the hotel industry. She graduated from the Hotel School of Lausanne, Switzerland and worked in hotels in Europe and New York before joining CMP first as Travel Program Manager, and then as Director of Individual Giving. Barbara speaks French fluently and serves as the President of the Alliance Française of Pittsburgh and President of the French Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Executive Advisory Council in 2019 and represents museum travel programs. www.carnegiemuseums.org

Enrique Velasco 2019

Enrique Velasco, Jr. is COLTUR Peru´s Director of Sales for North America. COLTUR is a third generation family-owned-and-run-since-inception

inbound Tour Company based in Peru. He devoted the first fifteen years of his professional life to the financial industry. Because of the nature of his work, he did extensive traveling both domestic and abroad. Enrique has worked with his family’s company, COLTUR, for the past twelve years and absolutely loves traveling, meeting new people, developing relationships with clients (many of which turn into long lasting friendships) and being able to show his country to fellow travelers.  Velasco represents the interests of foreign-based, in-country tour operators.  www.colturperu.com