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I was raised in Sherrill, NY with two brothers and am a graduate of V.V.S High school. When it came time for college, I decided I wanted to be close to home, so I chose Herkimer County Community College with no real direction as to which career path I wanted. While standing in the registration line (remember, this was 1985!), I turned to my friend who was also registering and told her I still hadn’t really decided. She said “just go with Travel and Tourism”. So, I did and am so glad! I earned my Associates in Applied Science – Travel and Tourism degree and after completing an internship for the then known as Sherrill Auto Club (AAA)/ Midstate Travel, I was hired as a Travel Agent in October of 1987. I have been with AAA ever since with various positions as Travel Agent, Branch Manager, Team Leader and now Travel Consultant once again since 2017. So, I have been with AAA for 33 years as of October 2020.
Whether you are well traveled or traveling for the first time, it excites me to create travel experiences which exceed all dreams and expectations our travelers may have. With my 33 years of experience in the travel industry and assisting many different types of people, by listening empathetically and placing myself in your idea of a vacation, thereby truly feeling what you want to feel, I am able to create that experience with and for you. When my travelers return and I can HEAR their excitement, happiness and sense of the fulfillment their vacation has given them in their voices, I too am then filled with the same feelings! One of my very favorite parts of this career is thoroughly enjoying meeting my future travelers, getting to really know them and creating long lasting relationships with them. Together, I hope we can make your travel dreams come true!
My passion is Alaska which I have earned a Destination Specialist certification in and have visited 3 times. I will go back again! Ireland, several Caribbean islands, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Disneyworld and Universal Studios are some of the other destinations I’ve visited over the years. I have also sailed the ocean on some of the great ocean cruises out there.
My favorite destination is Alaska. I love the pristine wilderness, vastness and diversity of this state. I have had the privilege of visiting 3 times and do plan to go back many more! Some of my other favorite vacations have been cruising to Bermuda, visiting Disneyworld and the whirlwind Ireland trip I took with 3 friends. Ireland would probably be right up there with Alaska. The friendliness of the people and the beautiful scenery is the reason I will also return there one day!
My dream vacation is to visit Italy…specifically, my ancestral island of Sicily, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Venice. I would also like to take a River Cruise on Germany’s Danube River. I love castles and romantic places!