meet our travel crew

Meet our crew of travel experts. Big dot.com travel sites have armies of nameless workers in their call centers.  But you have questions; will ever talk with that person again?  Leisure Travel Enterprises lets you skip the surfing and find the travel specialist for your specific needs. Give us a call! Our family is here to give your family the perfect vacation.

Alexis Gillespi

Family Travel and Cruise Specialist

Growing up, I remember Travel more than I remember anything else. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the World, to include Europe, the Far East, Mexico and Central America. One of our favorite Family vacations is cruising and exploring new destinations. I would love to help you plan your next adventure!

Cindy Nichols

My love of travel started early in my life as my father was an airline pilot. I enjoyed multiple trips to Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, and to most of the USA before I graduated from High School.

To continue my love of travel I became a travel agent. From there I became a Travel Agent instructor, sharing my knowledge of travel to those wanting to get into the travel industry. I became the Director of Education at the school overseeing the instructors and developing curriculum.

My other positions in the travel industry include: Reservations Manager at a Clarion hotel, working for an airline consolidator booking international flights (Centrav), working for a major tour company in reservations (Globus), and for a smaller tour company putting together international group tours for churches wanting to do pilgrimages to Israel, Germany and other locations.

 My travels since high school have included: China, Kenya (on a safari), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, the Greek Islands, Croatia, Norway, and Turkey to name a few. I have been to a variety of Caribbean Islands and back to Mexico and Canada. My cruise experience includes not only taking 40 cruises but actually training students at the travel school for the role of a steward to work on American Cruise Lines and Norwegian.  

I am now enjoying my time with Leisure Travel Enterprises helping out in the office and assisting the agents.

 

Claire Modarelli

My first career as French/English secretary at the United Nations Hqs. In NYC inspired a life-long love of travel. Since 1998, I have planned vacations for clients east of the Mississippi. Fluent in French and Italian, Italy is a focus after 19 visits, and there’s still more to discover!

Having clocked 54 cruises on almost every line, some managing medical meetings at sea, I have sailed to Scandinavia, Australia/NZ, Iceland, Mexican Riviera, South America and multiple trips to Alaska, Europe, Greek Isles and the Caribbean. Other favorite destinations are Japan, China, and the UK – Britain, Ireland/Scotland. We experienced river cruising on the Danube, Mississippi and Columbia Rivers. South Africa and the safari experience are booked for August 2018.

It’s all about great memories, and my role is to help you make and share them with loved ones. Independent adventures, cruises, and group tours geared to your interests, needs and budget are my specialty.

Dan Scola
Diana Bernard

I have always had a passion for travel and love to cruise!  With over 30 cruises to Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada, New England, and many islands – land, air and sea – if it includes a new destination, it’s for me!  I enjoy planning trips for my Clients and handle the details with care.  If you dream of the destination, whether a cruise, All-inclusive or land tour – I’d enjoy helping you get there! 

Don Iorio
Gayle Bowman

My husband and I have always enjoyed cruising and traveling, but it was one trip to Europe that convinced me I needed to change careers.

We were celebrating our anniversary, and I loved planning out that entire trip. We spent time in London, Amsterdam, Bruges and Dover, and our transportation included cars, trains, plans and even a hovercraft. It was on the hovercraft that we met a couple from England, and we became fast friends. I discovered that through travel you not only get to see the world around you, but experience it.

Now, as a travel professional, I help other people make those same connections across the globe. I specialize in planning:

  • Cruise Vacations — For the last 10 years, I have been helping people enjoy unique and customized cruise vacations. I have significant experience with several different cruise lines, including Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian cruise lines. Whether you need help selecting the right stateroom for your family, or you want assistance in planning the right itinerary, I am here to help you plan an exciting, memorable and enjoyable vacation on the sea.
  • All-inclusive Resort Vacations — I have fallen in love with this style of travel. It's truly a relaxing escape from the realities of daily life! I take pride in the fact that I tour individual resorts in order to see what they have to offer my clients. My clients trust my recommendations because they know I have worked hard to match them with the right location and destination. I love to book resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
  • Escorted Vacations — Escorted tours are ideal for those who want assistance while they travel. These are available for land tours as well as river cruising.

When you start to plan any vacation, you are going to be faced with a lot of choices. This is why I am here to help. I work with each of my clients on a personal basis in order to help them make the right selections for their own vacation. Find out more about the options that are available for your next trip by contacting me today!

Joann Schmitt
Jordan Kinnally
Kelly Gunnels

As co-owner and office manager, I enjoy selling travel and working with my clients to help them find the right destination and itinerary that meets their expectations. Getting to know my clients helps me to appreciate their likes, dislikes and sense of adventure when it comes to travel. My husband and I enjoy traveling and visiting various UNESCO Heritage sights to learn and appreciate the history and culture of different areas.

Konachell Ellison
Lynette Fong

I have been selling travel since 1994. I have been fortunate to cruise to Alaska, Canada, New England, and the Caribbean. I am a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and have also attended to the On-Site Travel Agent training for Disney. My family and I travel to Disney often and am very familiar with Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise line. I prefer to book Disney products, but I also have experience in other destinations as well. I would love to help you plan your long awaited vacation to Walt Disney World.

Monica Mody

I have always had a love for travel and putting together my dream vacation itinerary.  I understand that the perfect vacation is personal and different for everyone.  I strive to connect and build relationships with each client to provide the absolute best experience every time. 

I have spent the last several years taking family vacations all over the world with my kids.  I believe that travel and cultural experiences are the best gift I can give to my children. 

I love to share my passion for culture, adventure, and relaxation with my clients.  I look forward to helping you build your dream vacation!

I am a Costa Rica Specialist, Sandals and Beaches Specialist, and Disney College of Knowledge graduate.

Pam Hegner

I love to travel so much that I made a career out of it!  In my 15 years as a Travel Consultant, the most rewarding part is building relationships with my clients and gaining trust as your professional advisor.

I promise to:
*eliminate the confusion of endless information on the Internet
*work hard to find a vacation that meets your needs and budget
*provide friendly and exceptional customer service before, during and after your trip
*travel to exciting destinations to gain first-hand knowledge of the places you want to go

With a focus on luxury, my personal travel includes multiple visits to the Caribbean, Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and Tahiti. However, I book every destination on your bucket list.

I am a Certified Hawaii Specialist, Sandals & Beaches Certified Specialist, “College of Disney Knowledge” graduate, and accredited with American Airlines Vacations, AM Resorts, Atlantis, Barbados, Jamaica, Marriott, Royal Caribbean and Starwood.

I look forward to helping you create memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.

 

Tabitha Wood
Tammy Bailes

I've had the great pleasure of being a Travel Consultant for the past eighteen years. While I specialize in cruises and all-inclusive travel, I also love selling Disney, Las Vegas, Hawaii and other destinations. I enjoy working with both groups and individuals to find the "perfect vacation fit" and help prepare them for their special trip. I get great enjoyment from "serving" my clients as much as I do from "selling". I've completed a number of supplier certification courses including but not limited to: Norwegian Specialist, Marriott Specialist, Disney Travel Agent Specialist, Royal Caribbean Specialist, and Carnival Specialist.

My personal travels include Bermuda, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, Disney World, and other US destinations. I cherish the special relationships that I've built with my clients/friends and very much appreciate all the referrals that they continue to send my way. That is very rewarding for me and the greatest compliment one can receive I believe. I look forward to continuing to grow my clientele and building more great relationships.