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Alberto Viliani Travel Consultant,
Lisa Cohen, New York

Joined VWT in 2005, coming from a totally different industry. Involved in Leisure Travel, particularly to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.

Interests include travel, classical music, visual arts and cooking.

Alicia C. Diez Leisure Manager,
Travel Consultant, New York

My career at Valerie Wilson Travel began when I decided that I should promote what I enjoy doing the most, traveling.

  • Specialist for Europe and have enjoyed traveling recently to Turkey, various Caribbean Islands, Bora Bora, India, Egypt, South Africa.
  • Look forward to new destinations as an opportunity to expand my knowledge and share with clients.
  • Have great worldwide network of professionals for private sightseeing arrangements.

    Interests beyond travel include, photography, shopping at local handicraft shops and food markets when traveling, gardening and reading. Virtuoso Award 2007 - 'Unsung Hero" and Virtuoso Award 2009 - "Most Admired Travel Agent"

Andrew Peden Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7067

I joined the VWT family in 2002, shortly after graduating from college. I have had a love of travel since I was very young, and could think of no better job than working in the travel industry. Over the past 8 years I have focused mostly on corporate travel.

Interests include skiing, traveling, football, and spending time with family and friends.

Angela Musso Leisure Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1221
Ann Buckley Associate Agent, Lake Forest 847-234-1340

I have been a travel consultant for 29 years and specialize in small groups with special interests, family vacations, and custom itineraries to Africa, Europe, Asia and South America.

Interests include cooking, sports, natural history, music and theater.

Former member of the Abercrombie & Kent Advisory Board, Member of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Club of Chicago.

Ann Lamberson Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 727-796-4896

I started in the travel business in 1970 working for United Airlines. I owned my own agency prior to coming to Valerie Wilson Travel. I love planning group travel and have done several group trips to Ireland, organized group trips for the Masters Swimmer's World Swim Meets all over the world and also trips for the Florida Yacht Club.

Interests include reading and spending time and working with my two special needs grandchildren. I also enjoy going to the beach.

Annette Charniak Associate Agent - Home-Based,


Barbara Matzoros Travel Consultant,
Nancy Polley, New York

I have been a Travel Consultant for 15 years. I work with various clients regarding their business and leisure trips.

Interests include traveling, reading and being with my family, as well as listening to music.

Barry Ward Associate Agent, Charlotte 704-377-5544

I became an Associate Agent of Valerie Wilson Travel in 2002. Specializing in individual tours and cruises, golf tours, particularly in Scotland and Ireland; group travel - sales incentive and special interest. I started at BOAC (British Airways) in 1966 in sales and marketing. I am a golf professional in England and USA. I currently belong to East Lake and Ansley Park Golf Clubs, Atlanta.

Interests include golf, sports cars, bicycling.

Benjamin Shubitz Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1372

With over a decade of travel management expertise for professional service firms, Benjamin Shubitz founded Professional Service Firm Travel, LLC (PSFT) to assist demanding business travelers in reducing travel expenditures without sacrificing outstanding personalized service. Ben joined Valerie Wilson Travel in July 2003.

Bob DeLorenz Associate Agent - Home-Based,
New York

I have 35 years as a practicing travel agent, including 17 years in airline sales and airport operations. I am also a Bermuda and group travel specialist.

I love to travel and I am a Professional Licensed Pilot who teaches student pilots. I am a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations and the National Business Aviation Association.

Bob Watson Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3215

I have been working in travel for 25 years. President and Owner of Watson & Watson, Ltd. and joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 2009. I specialize in luxury international travel.

Interests include travel and reading.

Elected to serve on the Virtuoso Member Advisory Board and liaison to Properties Committee. I have received recognition from Virtuoso and I am currently listed on Travel + Leisure Magazine A- List for 125 Best Travel Agents for the previous 6 years.

Bobbie O'Brien Owner, Creative Travel Service, Inc.
An Affiliate of Valerie Wilson Travel, Hilton Head

I began my travel career in the summer of 1959 when I organized and escorted a group of 93 members of my national Pan-Hellenic sorority on a two and a half month in depth tour of Western Europe while still a student at William & Mary. Following graduation, I worked for a number of years as an independent contractor for several of the leading travel agencies in Washington, DC.

In 1979, I opened Creative Travel Service on Hilton Head, and in January of 2001, we joined Valerie Wilson Travel.

I organize customized group travel throughout the world, specializing in upscale cruises, and loving every minute of it! My interests include world travel-especially by sea, gourmet cooking, wine, reading and "beaching it".

Camille Morancie - Edwards Travel Consultant,
Nuny Grey, New York

My foray into the travel industry began in 1988 at TWA as a Reservation Sales Agent and ended as an International Tariff Analyst when the company closed their Penn Plaza office. I decided to venture to the "other side" and have been a Travel Consultant at Valerie Wilson Travel since 1996.

Interests include reading great novels, watching drama movies, traveling, cooking and experiencing different cultures.

Carol Ann Miller CTC, MCC Associate Agent,
New Canaan

I have 28 years experience selling luxury leisure travel including hotels, packages and "FIT". I have specialist designations for cruises and Australia.

Carol Chase Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1281

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel 26 years ago as one of the first independent Associate Agents to join the company. My travel expertise is in sales and client management for both large and small corporate clients.

Carol Schwartz CMR & Associate Agent, New York 914-472-7676

I am one of the three owners of CMR Travel that has been in business for 24 years. We have been affiliated with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2000. We specialize in FIT travel around the world. We are 3 partners who have traveled extensively worldwide.

Interests include tennis, theater and dining.

Carole Anne Hughs Marketing and Leisure Coordinator
New York

Like many, my passion in life is absolutely travel! After graduating from a Global-MBA program with equal semesters in Cologne, Germany, Warsaw, Poland, Dalian, China and finally Jacksonville, Florida I was sure of two things… my heightened love of travel and my strong interest to pursue a career in marketing and business operations. Working for Valerie Wilson Travel has given me the opportunity to combine both and I couldn’t be more appreciative!


Carolyn Pollack Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1318

I have been in the travel industry for over 20 years and focus on the specific needs for my Corporate & Leisure travelers.

Interests include reading, theater and travel.

Catherine Sugrue Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-737-1706

I have been in the travel industry for 37 years. I have traveled extensively throughout the world.

I graduated with a Bachelors of Science and Bachelor of Art from Stephens College and University of Oregon. My interest include my family, art folklore, music, golf, spectator sports including football, basketball, soccer, and gardening.

Cheryl Hothorn Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-531-3245

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 2002. My industry focus is on meeting and group travel. Prior to joining Valerie Wilson Travel, I owned a Greenwich- based travel agency for seven years. I am a Greenwich resident for 36 years and an active member of St. Mary Parish.

I have a passion for writing, and working on my first novel.

Christine Kennedy Director & Travel Consultant,
New Canaan

I began my career in 1988 when my two young children went off for their first full days in school. I thought then that this would be an interesting and rewarding profession and it has not let me down.

I love the sun and sea so I am thrilled when I have the opportunity to snorkel, sail, kayak and take long walks on the beach, while walking and hiking keep me occupied in the winter months. I am a fan of good food and wine so you can convince me to join a cooking class or attend a wine tasting. My book club meets once a month and when not reading, I am listening to my satellite radio and struggling through the New York Times crossword puzzles.

I am a behind the scenes volunteer for many organizations.

Connie Sommer Travel Consultant, Greenwich 203-252-8672

I have been a travel consultant for forty years and I specialize in African Safaris. I have made over twenty trips to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawai. I served on the South African Travel Advisory Board from 2002-2003. I am the former owner of Putnam Travel 1995-2007 which affiliated with Valerie Wilson Travel in 2000.

I served as President of Old Greenwich Gables Board in Old Greenwich from 2002-2007 and as Vice President of Putnam Trust Company from 1979-1995. Interests include the world, traveling and being a Life Master in duplicate bridge.

Cookie Anspach Kohn Co-Director,
Highland Park

Since my parents opened a travel agency beforeI was born, I have been in the business all her life. I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout the world and as Co-Director at the Highland Park office, I like to help clients find a vacation that is right for them wherever in the world that may be. Cond Nast Traveler has continually recognized me as a Honeymoon Specialist.

I am a founding member of the board of a local day care center. I am a Duke University Trustee Emerita and a Member of the Duke University Library Advisory Board, the Executive Committee of the Board of the Highland Park Community Foundation, The North Shore Garden Club and also the AAUW.

Interests include family, gardens, public and private education (having served as President of both local elementary and secondary school districts).

Dana Jordan Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Dana M. Griffin Travel Consultant,
Director VWT HRG Leisure Fullfillment,

Thirty years experience in the travel industry; specializing in operational management, back office development, finance, sales and marketing. Received certificates of accomplishment for operational, business finance and telephony background.

A member of The Humane Society and supports St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

Interests include volunteering with elderly, as well as homeless pets, visiting my daughter Alexa at college, my beagle Jax and two cats Magic and Pepper.

Daphne Bransten Business Development Specialist,
Palo Alto

I come from a well rounded travel background.I worked from 1962-1966 at United Airlines and then at Commercial Travel from 1966-1976. I was the owner of an agency from 1976-1992 which was an API/Virtuoso member. I then went on to become Vice President of a travel company from 1991-2006 and then became a Client Services Manager from 2006 until this year when I joined Valerie Wilson Travel as a Business Development Specialist.

I am an avid bridge and tennis player and love to visit my grandchildren. As I speak Italian and French, I love to travel and plan trips to these destinations. I have made several trips to Thailand and Vietnam, another area of my expertise. Through my art collecting I have made numerous trips to the UK and have planned and led art groups.

I do volunteer work at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and UCSF - Women's Health New Generation Teen Clinic. I lecture and was a program volunteer at the Francisca Club in 2007, 2010 and 2011. I was a Four Seasons Hotel top producer for the Bay Area in 2010.

Darlene Roma Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Port Jefferson Station
Debbie Garcia Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Since 1977 my passion for travel has taken me from being a European tour guide to home based Associate Agent of Valerie Wilson Travel in Venice, FL. Group travel, South America, Western Europe and the Mediterranean are my specialties, but less traveled Caribbean islands like Grenada, Dominica, and St. Kitts are also favorites.

Enjoy travel, tennis, family and friend time, as well as lazy days on the beach with a good book.

Debbie Madeo Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3212

For over 30 years I have been a full service travel agent providing complete professional travel assistance to business, group and leisure clients in the community. Prior to joining Valerie Wilson Travel, I was the former owner of Larchmont Travel on Palmer Avenue in Larchmont, NY.

Interests include travel, especially cruising, and relaxing at a spa plus all types of music.

Deborah Grogins Metviner Associate Agent, New Canaan 203-966-2688

I am a seasoned corporate specialist and Associate Agent of Valerie Wilson Travel in New Canaan.

Interests include fitness.

Debra Fini Meetings, Incentives and Special Events - Purchase 914-701-3211

I have been in corporate meetings, incentives and special events planning for over 20 years. I spent 16 years as  the inside meeting planner for a Fortune 500 company that was, and still is, a client of Valerie Wilson Travel, so I know firsthand  the level of excellence and professionalism that VWT brings to its clients. I’m delighted to be a part of the VWT team today and bring that quality and creativity to the events that I plan. With a background as a Director of Marketing, and a degree in Finance from Fordham University, I’m able to look at meeting and event planning from many perspectives to ensure success at all levels.

Dena Conahan Travel Consultant, Purchase 914-701-3222

I have extensive firsthand knowledge of the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. I have been honored for the past seven years as one of the Top 75 US Sales Agent Award with Classic Vacations specializing in family travel as well as a Destination Honeymoon Specialist.

Interests include beautiful and quiet beaches.

Denise Alevy Luxury Travel Place, Associate Agent, New York City 212-592-1312

Denise Alevy is a travel advisor and associate agent of Valerie Wilson Travel. She combines her skills as an engineer with her passion for travel; creating and managing a diverse portfolio of custom journeys, cruises and safaris. 

She identifies unique, exclusive and cost-effective amenities to maximize her clients' experience.  By drawing upon her front-line knowledge and industry expertise she ensures her clients' satisfaction.  She locates the best partners and suppliers to be able to provide a superior customer experience.

Denise has visited all seven continents, 120+ countries and sailed the seven seas. She has gone scuba diving and snorkeling worldwide.  She inherited her love and knowledge of travel from her father who worked at Lindblad Travel.


Diane Crisman-Race Manager & Travel Consultant, Clinton 908-730-8800

I have been a travel consultant for over 30 years. During my travel career I have booked both corporate travel as well as leisure travel. I find that multi-generational and family travel is my passion.

My life has been filled with raising my children and being involved in all of their activities. I am active in my church and have served in local government, plus leadership positions in PTO and Sports Recreation programs.

Dominique Ashton Associate Agent, Palo Alto 650-485-4550

My love of travel and adventure brought me to California from my native France. I have been in the travel business for 20 years. I have climbed the pyramids of Egypt, hiked the rice fields of Bali, ridden elephants in Thailand and skied the Alps and the Rockies. My passion for Africa has taken me from sunrise on the Serengeti to sunset on the Zambezi River.

Sailing the Tahitian Islands, swimming with dolphins, eating gelatos in Italy and toasting the New Year under the Eiffel Tower, those adventures can be yours too. Let me assist you in making your travel dreams come true.

Don Vellek Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Joined VWT in 2004 with previous experience as an agency owner of Hallmark Travel since 1976. Especially focused on small ship cruising, passenger rail travel, Southern Africa, Europe, particularly France, and USA/Canada.

Served as Vice President of Public Safety and member of the board of Buckhead Business Association in Atlanta and currently serve on travel advisory board for Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead Atlanta. I have served for more than a decade as the neighborhood liaison for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society annual fundraiser.

Interests include being a licensed private pilot and I enjoy all things culinary.

Donna Ormond Travel Consultant,
VWT HRG Leisure Fulfillment,

With 20 years in the travel industry, specializing in high profile Corporate accounts with Leisure Travel Incentives. I have a vast knowledge of the Caribbean, Europe and North America.

I enjoy the time with family and friends. Actively involved in Curtain Call Theater in Connecticut, a group that caters to developing young adults throughout their theatrical studies and is based on the services of families.

Interests include travel courses to strengthen industry knowledge. I also am a volunteer of Angels for Alzheimer's in the Connecticut chapter.

Doris Schechter Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1314

I have been a travel agent for 40 years and have extensively enjoyed the sights and activities of the world, from the Galapagos to the pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu to Indochina, African safaris to hiking in Nepal, from the Grand Canyon to the Eiffel tower. I am fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. Have traveled by wagon train, plane, bus, horseback, camel, sailboat, train, ocean cruising, car, skis, and by foot. Have dined and danced in almost every culture.

Civic and charitable organizations I support include Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney, American Museum of Natural History and Alzheimer's Association.

I enjoy my big family, friends, reading, competitive tennis, museums, going to the beach, yoga and adventure.

Edith Franco Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3223

I have worked in the industry for 25 years handling both corporate and leisure travel. I am now concentrating on leisure travel, particularly in Latin America, where I lived for 14 years.

Elizabeth Lindstedt Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7055

I've been in the travel industry for over 30 years. Since I grew up in Europe and have spent many years in Asia, I share my first hand knowledge of these places with my clients. For instance, a nine month honeymoon around the world, family trip on a private yacht, French and Italian holidays, African Safari, or a Japanese experience staying at Ryokans and feeding the deer in Nara.

Interests include travel, reading and music.

Ellen Davidowitz Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3200
Ellen Reiss Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1315

I have been a Travel Consultant for over 30 years. I have served every type of travel audience ranging from businesses, cultural organizations, affinity groups as well as individual travelers and families. Cruise travel has been a particular specialty in recent years. I love to travel and explore. My husband writes on travel and culture, giving us many opportunities to regularly attend theater, museum exhibits, and other cultural events.

I am deeply involved in neighborhood activities and my local block association and have hosted meetings and worked on special events.

I look forward to and enjoy family activities. My hobby is making pottery for friends and family. I also enjoy walking and hiking.

Emily Prentiss Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1229


Emily Short Travel Consultant,
VWT House Corporate NYC

I started in the travel business as in reservations agent with Delta Airlines in 1968. I joined Valerie Wilson Travel as a travel consultant in 1993.

I have worked as a volunteer with the National Park Service since 1985. And I cook like an angel.

Emily Trione Associate Agent - Home-Based,

I was a travel counselor in Montgomery, AL from 2006- 2008, where I specialized in honeymoons and family travel. I now work with Rosalyn Manowitz in the Purchase office. We specialize in designing highly personalized itineraries to destinations around the world.

I enjoy traveling, reading, playing tennis, and cooking.

Franca Di Spigna Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1377

A 15-year background in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry led me to pursue my passion for travel. I focus on customized, leisure travel experiences to various international and domestic destinations. My specialty is Italy. I coordinated a women's educational travel program and assisted a luxury villa company specializing in long-term European holidays.

I have a Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Management, Cum Laude from NYC Technical College and I am certified by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.

Aside from my main interest of travel, I enjoy cultural sightseeing, history, art, music, museums, theater, film, nightlife and sports.


Frank Hoak Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Fountain Hills


Gale Ward Associate Agent, Charlotte 704-377-5544

I have been an Associate Agent with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2002. I have 42 years in the travel industry as leisure and group travel agent who specializes in international custom FIT, special interest tours, luxury cruises, sales incentive.

I enjoy art and antiques.

Gene Dunham Associate Agent, New York 212-532-6282

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel 21 years ago and specialize in corporate travel for the cost-conscious business executive. I am highly regarded in the industry for my meticulous, personalized service and ability to manage demanding travel arrangements. Prior to becoming a travel consultant, for twenty years I was a sales account manager for Pan Am.

A lifelong traveler, I have visited more than 50 countries on all 7 continents. Wherever you're planning to go, I have probably been there.

Glenna Grogan Maas Travel Consultant,
VWT HRG Leisure Fulfillment,

I have been in the travel industry for 25 years and specialize in "high touch" concierge leisure travel, as well as Executive business travel. I have traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean as well as North America, giving me the knowledge and expertise I needed to remain at the top of my game.

I have has participated in many seminars as a continuing process to develop my leisure travel skills and achieve excellence to benefit my client base.

I am an avid gardener who enjoys pressing flowers and photography. My husband and I have a special project of renovating our beautiful Victorian home in upstate Connecticut.

Grace VanBrunt Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8911

I have 25 years of luxury travel planning experience, including having been an agency owner on Hilton Head Island. My specialties include arranging travel to exotic destinations - Egypt, Southern Africa & Asia.

Interests include reading, and keeping up with world events as they relate to travel. I enjoy spending time with my family and gardening.

Hannah Reinmuth Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-363-5045

Heather Tait Travel Consultant,
Keith Desa, New York

Heather Thornhill- Braxton Travel Consultant,
Karen Thornhill, New York

Henry Kohn Co-Director, Highland Park 847-432-1211

I am Co-Director at the Highland Park office with over 30 years of experience in the travel industry. I specialize in travel to France, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries. In addition, I have extensive knowledge of South America, Canada, the U.S. and the cruising industry.

Prior to joining VWT, I worked with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association as past Chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Affiliate. Previously I was a member of the Highland Park Public Library Board and served as Treasurer and Vice-President. I am a member and former President of the Highland Park Rotary Club.

Inge Verstandig Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1259

I have been a Travel Consultant for 30 years. I work with various clients regarding their business and leisure trips. Also arrange Groups and Meetings.

My interests are traveling, reading and researching alternate healing subjects. I also do Reikei. I love Music and Opera, and I volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Irene Nezhinski Associate Agent, New York 212-629-9555

I have been a corporate travel consultant for 15 years. I am one of the owners of J and I Travel. We joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 2005.

Irene Pelled Associate Agent,
New York

I have been a travel agent in business for over 30 years. I have graduated from selling tickets and package tours to exploring worldwide and writing my own itineraries to meet my client's needs. I love helping people and enjoy hearing how much they loved the trip planned especially for them.

I have always contributed to charitable organizations. The accolades are the smiles of the poor and hungry.

Irvin Rosenberg Travel Consultant - Saul Zuker,
New York

I have been a travel consultant since 1983 and I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 2003 handling both corporate and leisure travel for Saul Zuker's clients.

I love to travel, cruise, and have recently gotten into photography. In addition, I collect animation art.

Jacqueline Dash Travel Consultant,
Judy Gutow, New York

I have worked in the travel industry from 1974 to present. I started out working with a Tour Operator for many years handling the operations for group travel to China with side tours to various neighboring areas. I have worked for a leisure agency, but my love is corporate travel, which I handle at Valerie Wilson Travel. I have traveled to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Bejing, Shanghai, Athens, Paris and Caribbean Islands.

Jane Bambrick Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7057

Interests include traveling, history, gardening, archeology, art and especially my grandchildren.

Janet Javich Travel Agent, New York 516-829-0290

I began in the travel business 15 years ago. I specialize in corporate travel. I service a variety of clients around the world. I am one of the owners of J & I Travel and we have been with VWT since 2005.

My number one interest is my two daughters and I enjoy spending my free time with my girls. I was one of the founding members who started a Young Leadership Division that is flourishing today, a charitable organization named UJA.

Jean Buck Associate Agent, Winnetka 847-446-2990

I have been associated with the travel industry for more than 25 years. I enjoy every facet of travel. For the last 10 years I have escorted cooking groups to Europe. This includes shopping for the ingredients as well as preparing the meal. I am currently serving on the Travel Advisory Board of Savuer Magazine.

Interests include traveling and antiquing.

Jean Ellen Koski Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

My husband and I owned and managed Ponte Vedra Travel since 1980. I became an associate agent when we sold our travel agency to Valerie Wilson Travel in 2003. I have exceptional knowledge of luxury cruise lines, and I am a long time member of Virtuoso. One of my crowning achievements is that I chartered the "Concord", for its only visit to Jacksonville, Florida.

My interests include seeing the world.

Jenni Lipa Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1270

I have been the leading Spa Guru since 1985, having personally visited over 1200 spas worldwide. Born in South Africa, I have traveled extensively and constantly visit most of my favorite countries and spas. I speak 9 languages and have personal contacts in every part of the world to help facilitate memorable experiences for clients.

Interests include spas and wellness, cooking, wine, theater and of course travel, art and exploring various cultures. Being a leader in the Spa Industry, I advocate healthy eating, exercise and meditation.

I founded the Friends of Cambodia Child's Dream Organization (CCDO) to build water wells, sponsor education and support orphanages in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is my passion outside of travel and spas.

Jessica Flannery Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1303

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 1995. Specializing in International corporate travel, I also manage high end luxury travel for my corporate clients. My approach to travel is to provide myclients with a broader and more complete range of services that I have experienced during my years with Valerie Wilson Travel.

My interests include martial arts and tennis. My husband and I enjoy traveling, fine restaurants, and are avid theater goers.

I graduated from Queens College with a BA in Political Science.

Jim Wiedeman Travel Consultant, Palo Alto 650-485-4549

I specialize in luxury travel with emphasis on cruises, African safaris, exotic locations ( such as India, Bhutan and Turkey), and warm weather locals (such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Fiji).

I am a Tiare Tahiti Specialist and an Aussie Specialist and have been awarded the following: Travel Agent Magazines Top 25 Agents (2010); VAST Award First Prize (2005) Virtuoso-List Specialist (2004) -Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Joan Duran Associate Agent - Home-Based,

I established La Rochelle Travel in 1977 and began working as a travel consultant in 1970. I have extensive knowledge of the travel industry and first hand travel experience.

My number one interest is to Travel. I also enjoy golf, estate sales, theater, concerts and museums. I served as chairperson for the "Play for Pink" breast cancer fundraiser.

I have served on several travel industry advisory boards, and I have recognition by the travel industry from the following organizations: American Society of Travel Agents, Chairperson of ASTA's 64th World Travel Congress in Lisbon, Portugal, Awarded "Travel Agent of the Year" by Travel Trade and Awarded the Silver Medal of Tourism by the Government of Portugal.

Graduate of Hunter College.

Joan Werner Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1208

I am known as the "Make It Happen Lady" who always goes the extra mile for my clients. I book corporate, leisure, groups, sales meetings, spa vacations, dance cruises and more. With over 25 years in the travel industry, I take pride in delivering "The Perfect Trip".

My hobby is ballroom dancing-I make it a point to go Latin or swing dancing once a week.

I have been recognized by the travel industry as follow: Certified Spa Specialist-Spa Finders 2009, Advisory Board Spa Magazine 2009, Virtuoso Specialist, Argentina 2007, Member of The Under Fashion Club 2006 and Member of The Fashion Group 2003.

Jocelyn Sontag Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3260

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. after pursuing a new career in travel.  Previously, I practiced as an executive compensation and employee benefits attorney at a law firm in NYC.  I love to travel, whether it is with my husband alone, with my children or with my girlfriends.  I always want to make sure that my clients have a first class experience no matter where they are traveling.  


Jolanta Florkiewicz Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1359

I have devoted the last ten years to handling travel arrangements for business clients of Valerie Wilson Travel. With over sixteen years in the travel industry, I strive to surpass client expectations with special customer service.

Interests include reading, hiking and biking.

Jose Negron Travel Consultant - Carol Chase,
New York


Joseph Petruso Travel Consultant - Carol Chase,
New York

I have worked in the travel industry for over 21 years. My career with Pan Am and then Delta Airlines. Have been with VWT for over 15 years as a travel consultant.

I enjoy traveling.

Joseph Vos Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1311

I have more that 30 years as a travel consultant. I specialize in honeymoon and vacation travel world wide; group and tour travel; as well as corporate travel and meeting planning.

I have received the following recognition: The Intrepid New Yorker "Best Travel Agent", New York Magazine "The Travel Agent to See".

Joy Gazzoli Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1333

I have lived on every continent except Australia. Travel is a natural. I have years of experience in leisure and corporate travel.

Co-op Board Member for 20 years at Dwelling Place - A women's homeless shelter. I also volunteer for God's Love We Deliver.

I enjoy literature, museums, cultural activities, and volunteer work.

Judy Gutow Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1318

Judy Hughs Travel Consultant, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have been working as a cruise consultant for over 20 years, and joined the Ponte Vedra office in February 2010. My late husband and I led many group cruises abroad, and in Alaska, and have a passion for finding the perfect vacation fit for each client.

I spend summers at my house in Flat Rock, North Carolina and enjoy my fitness groups, hiking, canoeing, and cooking. Travel continues to rule in my world ?" have computer, will travel.

Judy Kurzban Associate Agent, New York 914-701-3204

Judy began her career at Bloomingdale's Trip and Tours in Stamford, CT in 1973. Then started The Travel Gallery, Inc. in New Rochelle, NY in 1978 before joining Valerie Wilson Travel in 1998. I love planning trips to Europe, especially France and Italy. I received my Certified Travel Certification in 1985.

I love to travel, meet new people and read mysteries.

Judy Stevens Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-4850

Judy Stevens has spent 35 years in the travel business and has owned her own business for 23 years. She is an international specialist and adventure traveler. Judy also has a degree in history. She has traveled to over 75 countries and arranged, booked trips all over the world.

Karen Fitzgerald Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 828-859-9424

Karen J. Thornhill Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1266

I have been in the travel industry for more than 30 years and have worked as an Associate Agent with Valerie Wilson Travel since 1987. I handle all aspects of travel corporate and leisure travel.

I was recognized in 2009 as Star Performing Agent for Classic Vacations.

Karen Lally Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3246

I specialize in domestic and international travel. I became a travel agent after my son was born in 1988. I graduated college 1979 then spent 9 years with Air France, working in automation sales, customer service dept, rate desk and tour department.

Interests include travel, cooking, baking, golf, beach, skiing, cruising, pet cats, my large family and lots of friends.

Karen McLane Travel Consultant,
VWT HRG Fulfillment,


Kate Keep Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8910

Katherine Caffentzis Travel Consultant,
Terry Bender, Purchase

I have spent 20 years in the travel industry, focusing on corporate and leisure travel.

Kathi Van Poeteren Travel Consultant, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have been in the business since graduating high school 1979. I went to the International Travel Training School in Washington, D.C. and completed second in my class. They say when you are doing something you really love, you really excel.

I love to travel and have done so extensively. In fact, I love travel so much I married a man from Holland. My second love is cooking and fine dining. So I am very knowledgeable on restaurants around the world.

Kathy Fazzalaro Travel Consultant, New York 914-472-7676

I have been a part of CMR Travel - A Valerie Wilson Travel Affiliate for the past 24 years as a travel consultant and I am currently the Manager.

Interests include traveling to different parts of the world.

Kathy Haensler Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1277

Kathy Mason Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8909

I have twenty years experience in the travel industry, particularly the leisure market. I specialize in European destinations, cruises and family travel. I am Virtuoso certified.

My interests include tennis, family and travel.

Kathy Meador Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Keith Desa Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1358

Kelli Williams Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have worked as a Travel Agent for 26 years. In that time I have spanned every destination possible. I have worked several years as a Honeymoon Specialist. My favorite destinations include the Caribbean, Greece, and the South Pacific. Being born and raised in Florida I love the warm temperatures, beautiful blue oceans and tropical island flavors.

My personal interests include traveling (of course), bicycling, and cooking, and entertaining. My most important interest is raising my teenage son and showing him as much of the world as possible.

Kerrin Coyle Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7062

I have been in travel almost 42 years. Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean are some of my specialties, but I love doing it all. I so enjoy helping people find the right place for them to spend their hard earned holiday time.

I volunteer with Adopt a Dog and Cats Too animal shelter, Special Olympics, United Way Allocation Committee and Toys for Tots, to name just a few.

My interests include traveling, making and selling Gem and glass bead jewelry as well as horseback riding.

Kiyoko Ikeda Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1238

I began my carreer in 1989 with Kawana Travel (estblished 1975), and have continueously served a business clientel, particularly helping Japanese speaking travelers being in the US.

Krystle Ang Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7066

As a former management consultant and hedge fund analyst, I bring an analytical approach to travel design that is unique in the industry. I believe in maximizing every moment as each happens only once in a lifetime. As such, I design travel with an emphasis on research and analysis so that my clients make the most of their time and experience a destination in the best way possible for them.

I believe in a life-long and holistic approach to travel planning. I design travel by taking into account that each client is unique with a different set of current interests, past experiences, and future plans. I believe in travel as a journey to experience a sense of place, and I design travel with an intricate balance in mind – from wonder to recognition, from imagination to reality, arriving in a sense of being in the moment – and leaving with no regrets.


Larry Robbins Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Laura A. Leavell Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1276

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in July of 1986. I have over 25 years experience in the travel industry. I received a Bachelors degree in Comparative Literature.

Interests include travel and photography.

Lee Cwirn Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1349

I have been in the travel industry for many decades - handling luxury travel.

My interests are reading, my family, the American Cancer Society and the UJA.

Leslie Wilde Director, Winnetka 847-446-2990

I launched my career in 1984. Prior to joining VWT, I was a Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for one of the original API (Virtuoso) agencies and was also a Prestigious deluxe tour operator start-up consultant. I also was the owner of Hubbard Woods Travel for 10 years - an affluent Chicago North Shore agency that has been in business for over 30 years.

My interests biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, sailing, spectator sports, theatre and music, from classic rock & roll to classical masterpieces. Lastly, she really loves luxury and adventure travel.

Lillian Pfaff Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I consider myself a Cruise Specialist. Upon retiring from CIGNA in 1991, one of my responsibilities was handling Corporate Travel for my region. I continue to enjoy working with people as an Outside Sales Rep for several local agencies.

My main interest at this time in my life is completely enjoying my five grandsons. I continue to enjoy making people happy by planning their vacations.

Most of my charitable affiliations are through my church activities. I serve on several committees: mission, preparing meals for the homeless and working with underprivileged local children.

Linda Zelisko Travel Consultant-Home-Based,
Hilton Head

I have been working as a Travel Consultant for 13 years specializing in Group Leisure Travel. I am a Spa Finder Certified Consultant.

When not taking care of my wonderful travel clients, I enjoy spending as much time with my family as possible, working out to stay fit which includes tennis, traveling the world, and giving my time/resources to others in need.

My interests are in volunteering for American Red Cross and the Unicorn Children's Foundation.

Lisa A. Bankson Associate Agent, New York 203-409-7068

I have over 26 years in the travel industry. I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 2004 as an Associate Agent with a focus on corporate travel management and memorable leisure vacations, whether it's the spectacular trip of a lifetime, or a much needed weekend getaway. I take great pride in the personalized service I provide my clients.

Lisa Cohen Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1268

I am a Luxury Leisure Specialist with 20 years of travel industry experience. I have been an Associate Agent with Valerie Wilson Travel fro 18 years. I specialize in luxury vacations, private tours, destination weddings, as well as all 5-star grand gatherings and small corporate meetings.

Exploring the world with my family and friends is one of my greatest passions. I love meeting people and making friends while traveling the globe. My interests include fundraising for various charities.

Lisa Cuomo Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1366

I have over 20 years experience in the travel industry with extensive knowledge of Sabre, Worldspan and Apollo. My areas of focus include, corporate travel including VIP travelers, servicing financial companies, meeting and road show coordination.

My interests include fashion, gardening, cooking, travel, tennis and most important spending time with family and friends. I teach catechism to grammar school children and I volunteered for the American Red Cross.

Lisa Quante Travel Consultant,
Judy Kurzban, Purchase

Lissette Melendez Travel Consultant,
Ben Shubitz, New York

I have been in the industry for 16 years and I love my job! I mainly do corporate but I also have a soft spot for leisure. I also enjoy doing corporate groups. I love the fact that these companies trust me to find the perfect meeting space for their meetings!

My interest is spending time with my new baby!

Liz Ludmar Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1391

Liza Fine Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1313

Lloyd M. Cole Associate Agent, New York 212-777-6430

My professional experience includes Amsag Travel Corporation, Overland Overseas Travel and The Cortell Group. I am involved in the Airline Sales Managers Association, Metropolitan Association Professional Travel Agents, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Bon Appetite Magazine travel agent advisory board, Caribbean Hotel Association and Small Hotel Advisory Committee.

Interests include swimming, saunas, good food, wine, tequila, computer technology, music- country to classic and traveling.

Lois Dudley Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8917

Being a travel consultant is my third and favorite career. My areas of specialty are cruises, tours, independent itineraries and adventure travel throughout the world. My goal is to provide clients a special journey with memories to last a lifetime.

I enjoy traveling throughout the world, food, wine, reading and shopping. I find hardware stores in other countries are very interesting.

Lois Nadel, CTC Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3220

I have been a travel consultant for over 30 years, having completed an advance course of study to earn my Certified Travel Consultant certification. I handle leisure and corporate travel, both domestic and international. I received the Bette Sweeny Friedheim scholarship for academic excellence during two-year Certified Travel Consultant study program in 1988.

Interests include expedition travel, working out, good food and wine, animals and important girlfriend time.

Lois Sarlo Travel Consultant, Purchase 914-701-3219

I have been a travel consultant for 25 years, with several management positions. My specialties include Cruises, the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and parts of Europe.

Of course, I love to travel and read to relax. Art has always interested me and am exploring all art forms (painting, drawing, etc.) My family and friends enrich my life.

Lorenzo J. Surianello Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1214

I am proud to be a Cruise Consultant Specialist. I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 1997. I have been in the travel industry for a little over 20 years now started out working with Liberty Travel. I have a love for the sea and ships. In addition I have worked for the Cunard Line.

My interests include traveling the world especially by ship. I also enjoy dancing, working out and just relaxing on a beach.

Lori A. Ean Travel Consultant,
Judy Gutow, New York

I have 30 years in the Travel Industry with concentration in corporate travel. I will be celebrating 17 years at Valerie Wilson Travel on May 17, 2010.

I enjoy teaching my 8th grade Confirmation class at Our Lady of the Assumption and I have been an active volunteer for the past 14 years.

Lyn Tyson McCall Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have 34 years in the travel industry including being a corporate agent and Admissions Director and Instructor for a Travel school. My specialty is upscale leisure travel, both individual and groups.

Interests include reading, volunteering with my Episcopal Church, the New York Times crossword puzzles and anything to do with animals!

Madelaine Caro Travel Consultant,
Jessica Flannery, New York

Manuel Beauregard Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Marcia F. Guichard Travel Consultant,
Takami Yao, New York

I have worked in the travel industry for over 25 years. My strength lies in corporate travel both domestic and international.

Interests include traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. I like reading, crafting and spending time with my family.

Margaret Sheppe CMR, Travel Consultant,

I am one of the three owners of CMR Travel that has been in business for 24 years and affiliated with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2000. We specialize in FIT travel around the world. We are 3 partners who have traveled extensively worldwide. We specialize in multi-generation family travel.

My interests include travel to exotic locations.
margaret- cmr@vwti.com

Maria Hernandez Travel Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

My travel career started 30 years ago in Newport Beach, California. I specialize in leisure travel but have also worked the corporate side as well. My travels have taken me on many cruises and have visited many Caribbean islands and European cities. I have also visited many US cities including several ski resorts. I can handle all aspects of travel, but specialize in the cruise market and vacation packages. I am fluent in Spanish.

Interests include family, cooking, church and after school sports. I enjoy pilates, spinning, walking and weight training at the gym.

Marie C. Quinn Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1374

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in 1992 and I specialize in arranging luxury leisure travel.

My interests include traveling, running, reading and sports.

Marilyn Emdebrandt Associate Agent - Home-Based,

Marilyn Montgomery Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-273-8835
Marilyn Solberg Associate Agent, Clinton 908-534-2673

Marilyn Trerotola Travel Consultant, Purchase 914-701-3200
Marjorie Kulp Associate Agent, Winnetka 847-910-9764

I have worked in the industry for over 25 years, traveled to over 15 countries and taken more than 20 cruises. I specialize in deluxe individual and family vacations and pride myself in offering only the best personal service to my limited number of clients.

Interests include golf and outdoor sports of all kinds. We winter in Rancho Mirage, California where we enjoy both the weather and the arts. I enjoy being a Board Member of Jewish Women's Foundation of Chicago; an Active Member of Betty Ford Center Associates, and sitting on the of the board of The Montgomery and Superior Homeowners Association.

Marjorie Schneiderman Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1512

Martha Langan Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8908

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel the summer of 2000 when we opened Valerie Wilson Travel - Hilton Head office. I specialize in corporate travel, but also enjoy arranging vacations for my clients.

I like to travel, go to the movies and dine out. I am a Hilton Head Palmetto Kiwanis Club member.

Mary Andry Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1332

I have over 25 years of experience, specializing in cruises and custom tours to Italy and other countries. I have been a Certified Travel Counselor since 1985.

Interests include travel that is both fun and educational. I enjoy taking pictures when traveling. I like reading and doing charity work.

Mary Bernard Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

Prior to joining Valerie Wilson Travel, I received the top producer award for 20 years at Ponte Vedra Travel. I have been in the travel business for over 30 years. I lived in Europe for 10 years and have traveled extensively.

France and Switzerland are my special interests, as I am an avid snow skier and have visited/skied in Zermatt, Switzerland for 25 years. I try to ski several times in the winter. My living in Florida affords me the chance to ride my bike on the beach, and take long walks with my dog.

I received an "honorable mention" award for one of my photographs entered in the "Travel Mart" photo contest in August 2009.

Mary Pace Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7056

My career in travel spans over 30 years including 8 years traveling around the world as a flight attendant with Pan American. I enjoy the challenge of matching the vast travel products and destinations with the traveler to exceed their expectations and give them uplifting, lifelong memories.

Interests include practicing and teaching yoga, tennis, golf, boating and traveling to my "favorite destination"- the place I have not been to yet!

Mary-Ellin Doolittle Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have been a travel consultant for 27 years. I have visited all continents, accumulating a worldwide network of contacts. I am an active traveler, doing the footwork necessary to find the best at each destination; enabling me to add the finest personal touches to my clients' vacations.

I especially enjoy destinations slightly off the beaten path because of the rich and interesting cultural histories and natural resources that have been reasonably protected, but with accommodations and amenities.

Maryann Randazzo Travel Consultant,
Lisa Cohen, New York

I have over 15 years experience in the travel industry including positions at two major airlines. I now work for Lisa Cohen an Associate Agent for Valerie Wilson Travel handling leisure travel for her clients. I have been at Valerie Wilson Travel for the past 11 years.

Matthew Gill Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1328

I have lived in the Virgin Islands and Vietnam. My travels have taken me from Red Square and the Taj Mahal, to the glaciers of Patagonia and the volcanoes of Rwanda where I visited the endangered mountain gorilla. I encourage the inclusion of a philanthropic element to my client leisure trips because of my long and satisfying involvement with an orphanage in Central Africa.

Mimi Schatzberg Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1331

I have been a travel consultant for 35 years. I specialize in worldwide travel for corporations and individuals. I help my clients design any trip from a deluxe cruise to a luxury 2-month honeymoon around the world. No detail is too small to include in your travel arrangements.

I am committed to ensuring trips are meticulously planned. My vast experience in the travel industry guarantees my clients an unsurpassed level of service.

Mimi Weisbach Travel Consultant, Winnetka 847-446-2990

I have been in the travel industry for 15 years. 10 of those years were working with an airline and five exciting years as a travel consultant. I enjoy planning wonderful vacations experiences.

Interests include traveling, reading and gourmet dining.

Moshe Gabbay Associate Agent, New York 212-629-9555

I became a Certified Travel Agent in 1996, then I joined J&I Travel Inc in 1998 In 2005 we became associate agents of Valerie Wilson Travel. I am an Accredited Space Agent of Virgin Galactic NE.

My interests include flying, diving, reading, movies and cycling.

Myra Freeman Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Boynton Beach

I have been a travel consultant since 1990. My expertise in cruising is based on the more than 50 cruises I have experienced. My husband and I are proud to be Virtuoso Cruise Hosts. My home office is currently located in New York's Adirondack mountains.

Interests include Mah jongg, snow shoeing, and collecting cruise memorabilia as well as volunteering for Warren County Meal on Wheels.

Nancy Alba Home-Based Associate Agent, Clinton 908-730-8800


Nancy Gelardi CMR, Travel Consultant,
Purchase, New York

I have 25 years experience all in aspects of travel.

My interests are swimming, gardening, biking, and I am an animal advocate for ASPCA, Humane Society and a Defenders of Wildlife.

Nancy Lee Honey-Marsh Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8906

I have 20 years, experience in the travel industry. Cruising has been a favorite way to see the world on Regent, SilverSea, Crystal and Princess Cruises. Greece, France, England and Croatia are among my most frequently visited countries but I have been to many other European countries. Italy, with its beauty and hospitality remains a delightful specialty. Travel offers wisdom and soulful experiences! I am an outdoor gal who loves to explore new venues through travel.

Interests include playing tennis, golf, writing for local magazine, reading, research and playing the piano. I have been the PR Director with the March of Dimes; I have received awards from Cancer Society as Public Relations/Communications Director and I was given Reader's Digest Award for submitted in 2000.

Nancy Nelson Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-2222

I have been in travel for 25 years and I am Certified Travel Counselor, Master Cruise Counselor and Destination Specialist in many areas.

I enjoy selling travel as much as I enjoy traveling. I spend lots of time with my grandsons.

Nancy Polley Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1320

I began my career in travel industry in the late 1970's, after coming from a totally different career as a Senior Editor in a NY publishing house. The travel industry was very attractive to me so I translated my skills into planning deluxe trips from honeymoons, family travel and small groups to incentive planning.

My interests include spending time in Vermont hiking, snowshoeing, and antiquing and collecting folk-art. I also love the arts in New York City, such as theater, music, and exhibits.

Natasha Zloccowick Travel Consultant,
Nazneen Joseph Travel Consultant,
Judy Gutow, New York

I provide travel expertise to individuals, corporations and affinity groups for domestic and international travel. No service is too small whether obtaining visa and passport, documentation, scheduling and seating change. I develop profiles for individual and corporate clients to ensure entitlement to various programs, special fares, seating and special accommodations. I was certified in Sabre Reservation Systems in 2000.

Interests include travel and family time.

Nicole Sebag-Spivak Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1346

I have 30 years assisting individuals, families and groups in planning vacations, reunions, adventure and business travel in all areas of the world. I have extensive experience within the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Also extensive experience with cruises. I have a well-developed network of contacts in the travel industry throughout the world. My goal is for each of my clients to be completely satisfied in every respect.

Travel is a principal personal interest; experiencing new cultures and cuisines, meeting new people, seeing new vistas; as well as reading, cooking, tennis and family.

I work with The Stony Brook Foundation, I am a contributor to various environmental organizations and a Member of my local neighborhood association.

Nuny Grey Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1334

In my 25 years in the travel industry I have learned that the words "not available" only means a greater challenge. This is what makes me work harder to achieve what my deluxe clients want and what I am most often able to accomplish.

I travel extensively to learn and observe. This has become a personal interest to me. I also enjoy sports as an observer, especially football.

Some of my recognitions include: Island Destinations Mega Agent Award for Largest Eastern Region booking, Island Destination Ultimate Agent Award, the Ritz-Carlton Special Recognition Award and a full-page article in Resort Agent Magazine.

Pam Dove Associate Agent, Charlotte 704-338-1010

As a 1995 graduate of Lucas Travel School in Charlotte, I have focused on delivering quality service to professional clients as well as planning exotic getaways for my leisure clientele. My credentials include being a Certified Travel Agent and a Destination Specialist, in addition to being a Celebrity Cruises 5-star Agent and a Disney Specialist.

My personal interests include cruising and reading.

Pam Ross Associate Agent, Winnetka 847-446-2990

I have worked at the Winnetka location since 1992. I have sent several groups to India. From the very beginning I have loved working with trips that are a little off the beaten path.

Interests include finding markets (food markets and flea/antique markets) both locally and internationally. I enjoy gardening, gourmet cooking and fair weather biking. I am committed to fundraising and community service in Winnetka that benefit local charities.

Pat Ferguson Director, Purchase 914-701-3218

I have been a Travel Consultant with over 30 years experience and have an advanced degree as a Certified Travel Counselor, specializing in Great Britain (especially Scotland), Ireland, Switzerland and Alaska. I am a small ship cruise expert and arrange group travel and small independent foreign tours. Prior to joining Valerie Wilson Travel I owned an agency for 14 years.

Pat's personal interests include singing in a church choir and playing handbells, plus, doing volunteer work, church activities and spending time with her children. Pat also loves animals and is a member of the Bedford Chowder and Marching Club and the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Paul Corin Associate Agent - Home-Based,
New York

Paula Murphy Travel Consultant, New Canaan 203-966-2688

I have twenty years experience in various aspects of the travel industry, my favorite being leisure travel. I am a Spain Specialist with Virtuoso.

Interests include membership of J/30 sailing team, which races in Long Island Sound from May to October.

Peggy Sweet Travel Consultant, Clinton 908-730-8800

I have been a travel consultant for 27 years, with a degree in Travel and Tourism, beginning my career in Upstate New York. I continued my career in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami and New Jersey. I have enjoyed traveling to Italy and have become an Italian specialist, as well as a honeymoon specialist.

I enjoy traveling, playing golf and spending time with my family. I received the diamond award with Karisma Hotels and I was noted for outstanding Sales Recognition with Classic Vacations 2006-2008.

I enjoy volunteer work. I became a Hospice Volunteer several years ago.

Petra Holberg Calvaruso Travel Consultant, Ponte Vedra 904-280-5432

I have been a travel agent since 1980. I have traveled to every continent except Antarctica. I specialize in cruises, tours, family, groups and incentive travel. I am fluent in German and Swedish.

I enjoy gourmet cooking, art, painting, running, socializing and volunteering for non-profit organizations.

Phoebe Rothkopf Associate Agent - Home-Based Purchase,
Bedford Hills

I am an Associate Agent with Valerie Wilson Travel with a focus in leisure travel and cruises.

Interests include museums, cooking, fine dining and exploring the world.

Renee Jordan Associate Agent - Home-Based,
New York


Rita Andry Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1353
Robert Abrams Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1274

I became a travel agent over 30 years ago and I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in September 1999. My specialty is arranging domestic and international cruises.

Interests include travel, golf and cooking.

Robert Tennyson Travel Consultant, Palo Alto 650-485-4548
Robin Jacobs Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1324

I have over 30 years of experience as a travel agent and I have been an Associate Agent with Valerie Wilson Travel since 1993. I specialize in arranging customized corporate & leisure itineraries, cruises and travel arrangements for group meetings. I graduated from Pace University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

My favorite personal trips include ballooning over Austria, helicopter hiking in Western Canada and zip lining in Jamaica. I enjoy travel that involves viewing wildlife.

My interests include my family, my local community and synagogue. I have served on the Board of Directors for Sisterhood and as the President of the Religious School Parents' Association.

Roko (Suzuki) DeLorenz Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1278

I have 35 years as a practicing travel agent, specializing unusual special interest FIT arrangements. I am a Bermuda and Japan specialist. I am fluent in both English and Japanese. I am also an editor for an airline publication.

My interests include a love for travel.

Rosalie DeLeo Associate Agent - Home-Based,

I have been in the travel industry since 1984 and with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2002. My specialty is corporate travel, however, I have many upscale leisure clients. My husband and I moved to Florida, so I am a home- based travel consultant and continue to be closely connected to the Greenwich Office.

My personal interests are travel, golf, art and theater.

Rosalyn Manoqwitz Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3202

I am a leisure travel agent specializing in creating and organizing unique itineraries for renowned art museum groups traveling to such places as China, India, Southeast Asia, South America, Sicily and Italy as well as other destinations throughout the world. In addition, I have done extensive travel work for special Jewish interest groups traveling throughout Eastern Europe, Israel, the former Soviet Union Republics, Spain, France, Morocco and Turkey.

I am a graduate of Barnard College and have a Masters from Columbia University.

Rosanne Cooper Associate Agent - Home-Based,
New York

I have been in the Travel industry for 17 years. I have traveled extensively in the United States, as well as to over 60 countries. I specialize in luxury travel, whether it is touring, cruising or relaxing vacations. I take pride in planning with great attention to details, and getting the right fit for the client.

I enjoy going to the theatre, movies, museums, taking classes, going to lectures, trying new restaurants, but most of all, I love to travel.

I volunteer for the Council of Senior Centers and Services. I am a member of the Metropolitan Association of Professional Travel Agents.

Roz Komaroff CMR Owner,
Valerie Wilson Travel Affiliate, New York

CMR Travel has been in business for 24 years - affiliated with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2000. We specialize in FIT travel around the world. We are 3 partners who have traveled extensively worldwide.

Interests include outdoor activities including hiking, biking and skiing.
roz- cmr@vwti.com

Sandra D. Cash Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1305

I have been a travel agent with Valerie Wilson Travel since 1993. My focus is on all areas of travel from business travel to leisure travel worldwide with a specialty in the arts.

Sandra Schecklhoff Administrative Assistant, Winnetka 847-446-2990

Sandy Bohan Associate Agent, New York 203-488-8833

I have over 30 years experience with leisure and corporate travel, with 17 years as an agency manager working with rates. I enjoy the challenge of getting the best value for my clients. As a home-based agent, it allows me to work beyond the 9 to 5 environment.

I enjoy off time with my children and trying to keep up with all their activities. We also enjoy traveling whenever we have an opportunity.

Sarah Hughes Travel Consultant, Lake Forest 847-234-1340

I have worked as a travel consultant for 20 years. I have received my Certified Travel Counselor from the Travel Institute. I attended Echols Travel School in Chicago.

I like to travel and learn about the destination I am in. My favorite places are Hawaii, Canadian Rockies and Ireland. I would rather be exploring than sitting on the beach.

I am very involved with the alumnae group of my sorority Alpha Gamma Delta which is involved with Diabetes. I am also involved with my church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Deerfield, IL serving on the council and singing in the choir.

Saul Zuker Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1360

Scott Lynch Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-540-1671

I am a Travel Advisor and I have been an Agency owner, since 1981. I have trained many travel agents in cruise sales. My specialties include in Bermuda, French Riviera and Monte Carlo, small ship cruising, French Polynesia and destination weddings.

My life long passion is for passenger ships and my first "cruise" was on the S/S France in 1966. I enjoy the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers and Duke basketball.

I have been recognized by "National Cruise Marketer of the Year" awarded by Travel Trade Magazine. I previously served as President of the Springfield, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Rotary Club. In addition, served as Chair of Retail Travel Agents Cruise Committee.

Shakira Diaz-Padilla Travel Consultant,
Nuny Grey, New York

I started working for Nuny Grey at Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. in 1997. At the time I knew nothing about the travel industry, but in the last 12 years I have been able to broaden my travel knowledge and have grown to love it.

I love to bake, help plan parties, read books, and, of course, travel.

Shannon Mason Kline Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-2000

Shannon will be working in the Hilton Head office alongside her mother, Kathy Mason, who has been working in travel for 22 years, the last 12 at VWT. Shannon grew up on Hilton Head and has traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. She also studied in Australia for a year on a Rotary scholarship. Shannon toured the United States as a theatrical stage manager and worked in television in New York City and Los Angeles. Shannon and her husband, Jeff have twin 5- year-old girls in Kindergarten. Shannon will handle all travel planning with a special emphasis on Family Travel.

Sharon Hyland Office Administrator, Greenwich 203-637-5436
Shiao-Han Geneva Travel Consultant, New York 212-592-1308


Sue Borland CTC Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-785-7124

I have been a travel consultant for 31 years. I owned a Virtuoso agency, Premier Travel Inc., prior to joining Valerie Wilson Travel 10 years ago. I specialize in International luxury travel and cruises.

Interests are music, theatre, animal welfare, medicine, antiques, literature.

Susan Baxter Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-285-9005

I joined Valerie Wilson Travel in Ponte Vedra 2 years ago. I specialize in western European travel and I also sell FIT's and Cruises worldwide.

Interests include travel, cooking, family, reading and quality time with friends.

Susan Mehl Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Susan O'Connell Associate Agent, Winnetka 847-446-2990

Susan Runtz Knoll Associate Agent, Winnetka 847-446-2990

I have worked in the travel industry for over 25 years, assisting both corporate and leisure travelers. I especially enjoy planning honeymoons and trips to exotic destinations.

I enjoy traveling, outside activities, including, hiking, and biking, sports, and volunteer work.

Susan Schiefferle Associate Agent, Greenwich 203-409-7054

Susan Stuart Travel Consultant, New York 212- 592-1304

I traveled the world with TWA as a flight attendant. Once my feet hit the ground I was the travel manager for the NY Zoological Society, planning exotic global trips. I joined VWT 17 years ago as a travel consultant. My expertise ranges from high-end corporate to a dream vacation. I am still enthralled.

Interests include traveling, the more exotic the better; reading; water skiing and my dogs.

Suzanne C. Perritt Associate Agent, Ponte Vedra 904-396-0487

My experience is as specialist in most European countries including Russia and other Baltic countries, Southern Africa countries, the United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, China and Japan. I am a Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent.

I enjoy book groups, philanthropic organizations, community civic groups and investment groups.

I am a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville; I sit on the Advisory Board for Women's Giving Alliance in Jacksonville and I am an executive Board member of the San Marco Preservation Society.

Sydney Pastarnack Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3216

Sylvie Eldridge Associate Agent - Home-Based,

My 15 years in the travel industry include 8 years as travel agent for Metro Travel in Greensboro and 7 years as Independent Travel Consultant affiliated with Valerie Wilson Travel. I was certified as a travel agent in 1999. Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Egypt, Australia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Thailand are my areas of specialty.

I am originally from Switzerland and have lived in Japan and Italy. I have traveled to many countries and have learned several languages.

My interests include other cultures, traveling, meeting new people and exploring new cultures. I am also very interested in photography, painting, reading, cooking and gardening.

Takami Yao Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1239

I left Kyoto, Japan for the United States as a young woman to pursue independence and a career since this was not available then in Japan. I have not been disappointed in that decision. I have been with Valerie Wilson Travel since the summer of 1986. I became an Associate Agent in 1992. I handle corporate and high-end leisure travel arrangements. I specialize in corporate accounts like Finance and Fashion. Marcia Guichard has been with me 12 years as my assistant.

Terry Bender Associate Agent, Purchase 914-701-3233

I have been in the travel industry for 40 years and with Valerie Wilson Travel since 2002. My focus is comprised of group and cruises primarily. I was a manager for a travel agency in Briarcliff Manor, NY prior to opening my own agency in Scarsdale, NY in 1983.

My greatest joy along with my husband Joel is being a grandmother. We enjoy our second home in Turks and Caicos, entertaining, reading, decorating, and of course, travel. I am active in fund raising for research in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer patients.

Theresa Bonavero Travel Consultant,
Lisa Cohen, New York

My love for travel began in the US Navy in the 1990's. I traveled to the South East and South West areas of Asia and the South Pacific. I have visited Thailand, Bali, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain, Okinawa, mainland Japan, and California.

Interests include motorcycle touring, roller-skating, home decorating, NHRA Supernationals, exploring, road trips and taking photographs. I have been recognized for the Female Rider for most miles ridden in 2003 and 2006, I am the Secretary and Member of Star Touring and Riding and I participate in the New York Chapter, Feed The Children, the Breast Cancer Run and Children's Toy Run.

Tim Reynolds Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-341-8903

I am a travel specialist in European music and cultural tours and events as well as a Hawaii specialist.

In addition to international travel I have a keen interest in classical music, opera/musical theatre, gourmet cooking and all things Hawaiian. I am the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Hilton Head Choral Society and as Director of Music at St. Andrew By- The-Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Island, SC.

Toni Glick Associate Agent, Hilton Head 843-681-4134

I took my first cruise in 1978 and have sailed the seas 25 times since then; visiting such locales as Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, the Baltics, Bermuda and the Caribbean. I am currently a Princess Cruise Line Commodore. I have also traveled through Iceland, Great Britain, Holland and Asia including Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Korea.

I serve as Palmetto Kiwanis Club, President. I enjoy traveling and exploring the world with my husband Paul and my two daughters. When not traveling, I enjoy the beach and spending leisure time on Hilton Head.

Trish Webberly Associate Agent - Home-Based,
New York

Vivian deLeon Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1261

I became an Associate with Valerie Wilson Travel in 1999. I started my career in the travel industry in 1980 at a small agency specializing in travel to Asia. In 1981 I moved to a midsized agency handling corporate and leisure travel. Today I handle both corporate and leisure travel arrangements for my personal clients.

My interests include travel, meeting new people from around the world and photography.

Wendy Rothkopf Associate Agent - Home-Based,
Bedford Hills
Will Jennings Associate Agent, New York 212-592-1307

I have been traveling with family since I was three and by the time I was a teenager, I was planning all our trips. Travel is my passion and I love creating fabulous travel experiences for my clients.

I graduated from George Washington University. My interests include travel, films, food and my friends.

William W. Allyn Travel Consultant, New York 212-532-3400

I began in the travel industry more than 30 years ago. I specialize in cruising and travel to Europe, especially Italy and France. I have developed a wealth of important contacts. As a travel consultant, my aim is to provide a personal touch to travel planning.

My interests include spectator sports, physical fitness, theater and following the financial markets.