Meet Our Travel Crew

Our Travel Crew

Hi! We’re your crew of travel experts. Oftentime the big dot com travel sites have armies of nameless workers in their call centers. But you have questions, like will you 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 today! Our family is here to give your family the perfect vacation.

Alexis Gillespie
Family Travel and Cruise Advisor

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
Travel Advisor Support

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
European and Cruise Specialist

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
Training and Support
Diana Bernard
Cruise and Group Travel Advisor

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! 

A Wanderlust World
Don Iorio
President and CEO

Founder and current President and CEO, of Leisure Travel Enterprises.

I take a hands on approach to working with our travel advisors, office staff and clients.  I enjoy sales, for both domestic and international international travel.

Erin Martin
Romance and Wedding Advisor

Erin wants to live in a world where chocolate doesn’t have calories and everyone gets to wake up naturally.

As a globetrotter for the last 23 years, Erin creates a yearly bucket list of destinations and helps others fulfil theirs too.

When she’s not customizing destination weddings travel, vow renewals, anniversary and romantic trips, you can find her whipping up dinner for her family of 6, listening to True Crime podcasts/shows or planning her next own adventure where she can walk barefoot, sample yummy foods and drinks or diving down 40 metres.

Her first podcast, Romancing the Stone, is slated for release Spring 2021 that is full of travel tips, destination wedding FAQ and the best ways to make your next celebration trip stress free. 

Get quotes and doable (free) tips and on how to Grow Your next celebration Trip at @growmytrip on Facebook and Instagram


Gayle Bowman
Vacation Planning Advisor

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
Cruise and Group Specialist
Kelly Gunnels
Co-owner and Office Manager

As co-owner and office manager, my job is to support our travel advisors as well as manage our office.  As a former front line travel advisor, it is important to me that our advisors have the tools and information they need to support and service their clients.   

My husband and I enjoy domstic and international travel and visiting various UNESCO Heritage sights. My passion is to learn about the history, culture and people of different areas of the world.  

Lynette Fong
Disney Specialist

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
Family and Vacation Advisor

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.

Nelly Palacios
Vacation Planner and Travel Advisor

Good morning, 

I start each interaction with a "Good Morning" , you may be hours ahead of me, and I want to make sure you start your day positively. From my first trip to France at the young age of 6; I still remember the excitement of the train, the luxury of the air and the whole world too explore; this is what drives my passion. I love to research and explore the hidden gems of any city. I can walk for hours, or stay in and be treated to the finest foods and wine all day. Let me help you find your bliss. 

Pam Hegner
Luxury Travel Specialist

Raised by a multi-lingual mother who worked at the United Nations; the love of travel and different cultures started early in my life.

However I realized it was not just a hobby, but a life-long passion that should be nurtured in helping people see the world.   

I studied Journalism at Indiana University and then moved on to enjoy a decade-long career as a TV producer at the national level. I started part-time travel planning in 2004, thanks again to my mother who was working in the industry. Now it is my full-time focus and dedicated career. I use many of the same journalistic skills to uncover the perfect vacation.

The best part of my advisory role is establishing relationships with clients. I love learning their travel preferences inside out, and creating experiences that last a lifetime.

With a focus on luxury and all-inclusives, 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 numerous other hotels and destinations including Barbados, Jamaica, Fiji and Los Cabos.


Tabitha Wood
Corporate Travel
Tammy Bailes
Cruise and Group Travel Advisor

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.