Our Travel Experts

While each of our travel advisors already has extensive experience and well developed areas of expertise, we continue to attend industry training sessions and travel worldwide so that we may share our passion and insights directly with you. Get to know us!

Leadership

Pamela Hurley-Moser, President and CEO of Hurley Travel Experts

Pam Hurley Moser

President & CEO

Favorite Travel Experience: I have traveled all over the world, but my most cherished travel experience and memory is of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia.

Interesting Personal Fact: I was my grandparents' 50th grandchild!

Favorite Quote: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney

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Kathryn Perry Akerman, Chief Operating Officer at Hurley Travel Experts

Kathryn Perry Akerman

Chief Operating Officer

Favorite Travel Experience: Tortuguero, Costa Rica is the most amazing place I have ever been to.

Interesting Personal Fact: I was born in San Diego, California. I think I will always be a San Diego resident at heart!

Favorite Quote: The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears or the sea — Isak Dinesen

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William Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Operations at Hurley Travel Experts

William (Mitch) N. Mitchell

Senior Vice President of Operations

Favorite Travel Experience: Sitting in The Kings Arms pub in Dorking, Surry, built in the 16th Century, sharing a pint of traditional brew with an elderly statesman sharing his views on the history of his homeland and always having him have a drink "in the hopper" in case I showed up.

Interesting Personal Fact: I was an executive by day and rock star by night playing my electric Ibanez guitar in the local music scene in Portland, Maine.

Favorite Quote: It's OK to fail if you do it quickly. 

Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Steve Horan Senior Vice President of Sales and Service at Hurley Travel Experts.

Steve Horan

Senior Vice President of Sales and Service

Favorite Travel Experience: Backpacking for 2 years throughout Africa and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341’)

Interesting Personal Fact: Met my wife Parvi 30 years ago while playing tennis. Proud to say, still playing and still a Love match!

Favorite Quote: If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space. —Anonymous

Jane Delson Director of Business Development at Hurley Travel Experts.

Jane Delson

Director of Business Development

Favorite Travel Experience: While a State Department-arranged tour of the People’s Republic of China (1981) was definitely the most “exotic” expedition, winding through the Yorkshire Dales in “lambing season” remains my personal favorite.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am “Mom” to three wonderful rescue dogs and a gorgeous Lipizzaner gelding with whom I do dressage and classical long-reining!

Favorite Quote: Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. —Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Christine Casella Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at Hurley Travel Experts.

Christine Casella

Senior Corporate Travel Consultant

Favorite Travel Experience: St Bart’s is the most beautiful island with the most pristine beaches I have ever seen!

Interesting Personal Fact: From the time I was very young, I dreamed of traveling the world.

Favorite Quote: You only live once, if you do it right, once is enough. —Mae West

Dasha Skripchenko, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Hurley Travel Experts.

Dasha Skripchenko

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Favorite Travel Experience: Flying around mountain Cook in New Zealand on a tiny airplane and landing on Tasman Glacier.

Interesting Personal Fact: I originally came to the United States as an exchange student in high school.

Favorite Quote: I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. —Susan Sontag

Corporate Travel Account Management

Denise Meiler, Corporate Client Relationship Manager at Hurley Travel Experts

Denise Meiler

Corporate Client Relationship Manager 

Favorite Travel Experience: The best trip I have ever taken was to Africa on a Safari.

Interesting Personal Fact: I love to sing, and have performed at many weddings and celebrations over the years.

Favorite Quote: For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. —Robert Louis Stevenson

Joan Burke, travel administration for Hurley Travel Experts

Joan Burke

Corporate Client Service Coordinator

Favorite Travel Experience: I was having dinner in a restaurant in Assisi, Italy set into the hillside, with a view overlooking the countryside and the sun slowly setting. At the bar two Franciscan Monks with full robes and Birkenstock sandals sat, drinking the same local wine we were enjoying. The view was breathtaking, the food was incredible and the people were very special. We stayed out late (10 PM) and the little pensíon that we were staying in locked its doors. The proprietor was sleeping in a chaise lounge awaiting our return. He let us in and gave us a drink and sent us off to bed!

Interesting Personal Fact: I am an excellent bowler!

Favorite Quote: If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. —Dalai Lama

Finance and Administration

Robin Lulsdorf, Director, Finance & Procurement at Hurley Travel Experts.

Robin Lulsdorf

Director, Finance & Procurement

Favorite Travel Experience: Skiing Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia. Sailing and snorkeling off the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia.

Interesting Personal Fact:I enjoy skiing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Favorite Quote: If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities; seize common, everyday ones and make them great. —Napoleon Hill

Lori Curole, travel administration for Hurley Travel Experts

Lori Curole

Finance Administrator  

Favorite Travel Experience: I love France; the only thing better than spending a quiet evening in the French Countryside is spending an entertaining evening in Paris!

Interesting Personal Fact: I'm a self-taught artist who paints to relax. I have my own art business, Wet Paint! Studios.

Favorite Quote: Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. —Pablo Picasso

Caroline Healy-Estes, office administration for Hurley Travel Experts

Caroline Healy-Estes

Office Administrator

Favorite Travel Experience: I loved Croatia especially Dubrovnik as a recently liberated European country that treasured their past and embraced their future.

Interesting Personal Fact: I was born in Dublin, Ireland, and spent a year backpacking around the USA where I met my husband in Colorado.

Favorite Quote: People don't take trips – trips take people. —John Steinbeck

Kathy Fries, office administration for Hurley Travel Experts

Kathy Fries

Office Administrator

Favorite Travel Experience: Attending the International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Breathtaking morning launches on the desert floor and romantic evening “moon glow” of tethered balloons!

Interesting Personal Fact: I started mountain biking at age 50!

Favorite Quote: Anything’s possible. Keep thinking. —Anonymous

Elizabeth Stanhope, office administration for Hurley Travel Experts

Elizabeth Stanhope

Director of First Impressions

Favorite Travel Experience: As a high school student I twice traveled to Mexico with The Experiment in International Living, where I lived with a host family for three weeks each time.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am a mother of 3, grandmother of 2 (and one on the way in March), I am a total Beatle-Maine-iac and Red Sox Fan, and my other hobbies include painting, bird watching and gardening.

Favorite Quote: You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. —John Lennon

Corporate Travel Agents

Julie Cunningham, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Julie Cunningham

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: It's a tossup between Slovenia and the Baltics. Can’t decide which I enjoyed more!

Interesting Personal Fact: I bought a horse when I was 11 for $150.00. Have had him for 36 years!

Favorite Quote: We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. —Immanuel Kant

Brenda Chaimowitz, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Brenda Chaimowitz

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: New Year's Eve in Switzerland is my favorite travel adventure yet!

Interesting Personal Fact: I lived in Los Angeles for twelve years.

Favorite Quote: I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. —E.B. White

Anne Mazer, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Anne Mazer

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: I loved going to Kenya on Safari, where I traveled in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Interesting Personal Fact: I eloped to Bermuda when I got married!

Favorite Quote: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. —Saint Augustine

Beth Partridge, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Beth Partridge

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: I love the Caribbean Island of Antigua because it has 365 beaches; one beach for each day of the year!

Interesting Personal Fact: I am planning to hike the complete Appalachian trail in the very near future.

Favorite Quote: Believe and you will receive. —Unknown

Joline Sullivan, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Joline Sullivan

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Hong Kong is my favorite place to travel to.

Interesting Personal Fact: I rode the Sky Screamer the morning before my wedding in Las Vegas!

Favorite Quote: There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness. —Helen Keller

Richard Timmons, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts.

Richard Timmons

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: My favorite place I ever lived was in North Miami Beach. I have traveled a lot, but my best trips were to Ireland, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, and Scotland!

Interesting Personal Fact: Years ago I studied to be a pastor in the ministry.

Ray Griggs, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts.

Ray Griggs

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Florence, Italy. Taking a cooking class, going to the Opera, hiking Cinque Terre, Michelangelo’s David. It was all wonderful.

Interesting Personal Fact: I provide music therapy on the Acoustic Guitar for the local Hospital, NCH, Avow Hospice and Hazelden-Addiction Treatment Center.

Favorite Quote: When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion. —Abraham Lincoln

Carol Jackson, Corporate Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts.

Carol Jackson

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Relaxing on the beach in Jamaica is my idea of paradise!

Interesting Personal Fact: I went to college to be an elementary school teacher.

Favorite Quote: Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have friends who make you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with them! —George Carlin

Doreen Kienia, Business Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Doreen Kienia

Corporate Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: I love cruising and the Boston Red Sox – we combined a family cruise to Bermuda and ended in Baltimore to take in a Red Sox game

Interesting Personal Fact: I love spending time with my family and weekend getaways to our cottage on Mirror Lake in West Newfield, ME

Favorite Quote: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou

Travel Assistance and Customer Service

Beatrice Kalinich, Customer Care Representative at Hurley Travel Experts.

Beatrice Kalinich

Customer Care Representative

Favorite Travel Experience: Australia is my favorite travel destination in the world!

Interesting Personal Fact: My great grandfather was General George S. Patton.

Favorite Quote: Tact is for those that aren't witty enough to be sarcastic. —Unknown

Jamie Thomits, Customer Care Representative at Hurley Travel Experts

Jamie Thomits

Customer Care Representative

Favorite Travel Experience: I lived with a Spanish family in Malanquilla, Spain.

Interesting Personal Fact: I have run two half marathons, and working towards running a full!

Favorite Quote: Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love. —Turkish Proverb

Jeanne Walton, Customer Care Representative at Hurley Travel Experts.

Jeanne Walton

Customer Care Representative

Favorite Travel Experience: My favorite travel memory is China. Not only is it a beautiful country with amazing people, but I adopted my daughter from China on that trip!

Interesting Personal Fact: I used to be a certified reserve police officer.

Favorite Quote: All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. —Walt Disney

Nicole Ruksznis,Customer Care Representative at Hurley Travel Experts.

Nicole Ruksznis

Customer Care Representative

Favorite Travel Experience: Enjoying the beaches in Jamaica and the breathtaking experience of climbing up a waterfall.

Interesting Personal Fact: I love learning new things and trying out new stuff!

Favorite Quote: “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.”— Anonymous

Meetings, Groups and Incentives

Chris Taylor, Group and Incentive Meeting Planner at Hurley Travel Experts

Chris Taylor

Group and Incentive Meeting Planner / Special Projects

Favorite Travel Experience: I fell in love with the land and the lore in Ireland. The people, the faces, and the pubs will have me enchanted for the rest of my life!

Interesting Personal Fact: I've traveled to Walt Disney World over 23 times.

Favorite Quote: It's not what you give, it's the way you give it.

Shari Elder, Group Travel Specialist at Hurley Travel Experts

Shari Elder

Group Travel Specialist

Favorite Travel Experience: On my recent trip to Jamaica, I had the opportunity to take my 13 year old daughters to The Success School in rural Hopewell, one and half hours inland in the hills of the island.  We delivered school supplies to this elementary school and spent the day with the students there.  This glimpse into the everyday life of the local school children was an excellent experience for all of us.

Interesting Personal Fact: Before my recent career change, I was involved in producing a world re-known Bluegrass Music Festival for over 20 years: The Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Music Festival.  In 2007, the festival was awarded the International Bluegrass Music Association Event of the year at the Annual Award show in Nashville, TN.

Favorite Quote: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity -Seneca

Kathy Walsh, Air Specialist at Hurley Travel Experts

Kathy Walsh

Air Specialist

Favorite Travel Experience: Italy was my favorite travel experience. I love the architectural history of Rome, Pompeii, and the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. I like how the Italian culture spends hours eating the great food and drinking wine, while socializing with family and friends.

Interesting Personal Fact: I enjoy spending time outdoors, walking, snowshoeing, and hiking. I love that I have a large close-knit family and spend most of my time with them. My greatest accomplishment are my two children and the wonderful people that they have become.

Favorite Quote: Age is just a number; you are only as old as you feel! —My grandmother

Luxury Vacation Travel

Michelle Ferris, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Michelle Ferris

Luxury Travel Agent, Certified Disney Travel Agent, Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Specialist

Favorite Travel Experience: Taking a submarine tour while in Grand Cayman was the best travel experience ever! There is something amazing about being 100 feet below the water-- gliding along peacefully while watching the beautiful sea creatures is a scene which stays with you forever.

Interesting Personal Fact: I love airports! No matter how many times I enter an airport, I still get butterflies in my stomach because I know that I am headed out on an adventure.

Favorite Quote: Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. -Seneca

Pat Kossuth Wilcock, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Pat Kossuth Wilcock

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Cruising. You have the opportunity to experience several new place and meet people from around the world in a matter of days. You can combine famous cities, enjoy beautiful scenery and be on the water all in the same day.

Interesting Personal Fact: I enjoy being creative, and started my career as a travel agent before computers!

Favorite Quote: View life as a continuous learning experience. —Denis Waitley

Beth Skypeck, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Beth Skypeck

Luxury Travel Agent, Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Specialist

Favorite Travel Experience: My first trip as a travel agent was to Jamaica with the Jamaican tourist board about 18 years ago. We toured over 20 hotels in three days. I fell in love with the island and its people and have been back there more than 20 times over the years. I cherish the time spent there with family and friends over the years.

Interesting Personal Fact: I have helped plan over 500 weddings in my career as a travel agent.

Favorite Quote: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

Christina De Marco Deetjen, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Christina De Marco Deetjen

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: I have two best travel memories: Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara, Nepal and The Ark in Aberdare National Park in Kenya.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am the only one in my family who was born in the USA. My father was born in Italy, my mother was born in the former Czechoslovakia and was a German baroness.

Favorite Quote: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness. —Mark Twain

Susan Kokx, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Susan Kokx

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Africa!

Interesting Personal Fact: I have traveled though six continents. Antarctica is on my bucket list!

Favorite Quote: A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. —George Moore

Brenda Cadman, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Brenda Cadman

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: “Collecting countries”, has been a passion of mine since I was old enough to fly alone and I continue to be inspired, challenged and blessed as I seek out new countries that I’ve yet to explore and other’s so welcoming and familiar, that I keep returning to, like a pair of old slippers. So far my favorite travels have included diving the Great Barrier Reef, hiking Abel Tasman in NZ, spotting the “Big Five” in Africa, swimming with baby sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, celebrating my birthday riding in a horse drawn buggy through the streets of Rome, watching Swan Lake in St Petersburg, totally enjoying gelato after hiking from village to village in Cinque Terre, Italy, savoring all the flavors of fresh seafood paella in Seville, Spain after taking a Flamenco Dance class. “So many countries, so little time”.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am a Flamenco Dancer!

Favorite Quote: What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? —Robert Schuller

Charles Wolfe, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts.

Charles Wolfe

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: On my last trip to South East Asia we visited the UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor, where the crown jewel is the beautiful temple called Angkor Wat. Being virtually alone to stroll around Banteay Srei was definitely an amazing experience, but the true highlight of my time in Siem Reap was a traditional Khmer breakfast at a Khmer Village House in the shadow of a temple.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am currently obsessed with Thai curries.

Favorite Quote: Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Babette Ladd O'Dwyer, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Babette Ladd O'Dwyer

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Of all the places I have traveled, Antarctica was the most interesting, followed closely by anywhere in Africa and India.

Interesting Personal Fact: I am fluent in several languages, which helps me in understanding the cultures and treasures of each country. I design and escort tours worldwide.

Favorite Quote: "How do you get to Neverland?" Wendy asked. "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning." —from Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

Renae Lovett, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Renae Lovett

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: While dining onboard the Radiance of the Seas, I saw three humpback whales frolic around the ship in the waters off of Alaska.

Interesting Personal Fact: I work part-time as a bartender for a musical instrumental museum.

Favorite Quote: Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it "The Present". -Eleanor Roosevelt

Lois Moran, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Lois Moran

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Although I have been fortunate to have traveled the world, approaching the Amber Fort outside of Jaipur perched atop an elephant was a truly royal experience.

Interesting Personal Fact: I love to read books about history. I particularly enjoy historical biographies.

Favorite Quote: Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. —Confucius

Betsy Patton, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Betsy Patton

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Several years ago my husband and I hosted a small group on a Silversea Cruise from Dubai to Singapore. We started our journey with 3 nights at the spectacular Burj al Arab in Dubai. The cruise then took us from Dubai to ports in the U.A.E., Muscat, Mumbai, Goa, Medan (Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur ending in Singapore with a stay at the historic Raffles Hotel. It was one of the most exciting and exotic cruises I’ve ever taken.

Interesting Personal Fact: I have been on Travel + Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors since 2003.

Favorite Quote: But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. —Robert Frost

Judith Stang, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts.

Judith Stang

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: I have had exciting trips to so many interesting places it is hard to choose a favorite! Western Europe, Botswana, Myanmar, China, Vancouver, and New Zealand all top my list (just to name a few!).

Interesting Personal Fact: Prior to becoming a travel agent, I was a tour guide at Shannon Airport Ireland, taking visitors to Mediaeval Castles. I love people, history and architecture.

Favorite Quote: The journey of a lifetime begins with the first step. The world is yours to explore — let’s take the first step. —Unknown

Beth Leonetti, Leisure Apprentice at Hurley Travel Experts

Beth Leonetti

Leisure Apprentice

Favorite Travel Experience: African Photo Safari with Big Five in 2000.

Interesting Personal Fact: Before I became a travel agent I was a long time client of Hurley Travel Experts.

Favorite Quote: Travel is about escaping-about trying and tasting things you normally never would. It’s about those spontaneous moments which you don’t know where you’ll end up-or who you’ll meet. These are the ones you’ll remember the rest of your life. —Unknown

Debbie Crockett-Rice, Luxury Travel Agent at Hurley Travel Experts

Debbie Crockett-Rice

Luxury Travel Agent

Favorite Travel Experience: Being surrounded by my dear friends outside of St Moritz Switzerland on my wedding day on top of the mountain holding a glass of fine champagne surrounded by the snow-covered Alps.

Interesting Personal Fact: I was the Artistic Director of the Court Rep Theatre in Boston and directed many Tennessee Williams plays, among my favorite being “Summer and Smoke”.

Favorite Quote: Whatever you can do –or dream you can do, begin it. For today has power, boldness, and magic in it. —Goethe

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