Meet Our Team

  • Tyler Zajacz Photo

    Tyler Zajacz


    Growing up in a small, rural town, my passion for travel began at a young age. After graduating University, the road called and I never looked backed. After 15 years in the travel industry through various companies and successful roles, it was time to embark on a new adventure. Being the owner of a tour operator has always been a dream of mine and Tours of Distinction is my perfect fit. I love travel and am excited to be able to create innovative and wonderful tours with a passionate and professional team. My door is always open. Be in touch.
  • Cindy L. Landry Photo

    Cindy L. Landry

    Full-Charge Bookkeeper

    I have recently joined Tours of Distinction as a Full Charge Bookkeeper and manage look all aspects of the financials, including payroll and human resources. I have over 22 years of bookkeeping experience, including being a Notary Public in the State of Connecticut. When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband Norman, family, friends and my dog Snuggles. One of my favorite pastimes is driving with Norman and having new adventures depending on where the road takes us. So, bookkeeping and travel just seemed like the perfect match.
  • Elizabeth Craig Photo

    Elizabeth Craig

    Overnight Tour Manager

    Here at Tours of Distinction I manage both the Student and Overnight Tour Departments. I am a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, with an Associate and Bachelor Degree in Travel and Tourism Management. Having travelled extensively as a tour director and corporate travel agent before moving back into the group travel market. Suffice to say I have worked in all aspects of the tour and travel industry over the past 24 years.
  • Tracy Conery Photo

    Tracy Conery

    Overnight Tour Manager

  • Heather White Photo

    Heather White

    Day Tour Manager

    All through school, I wanted to be a teacher. So, after getting a couple of degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s), licensed to teach, and having worked a number of years as a teacher, I decided to follow one of my other passions. It was then that I came to the world of travel, and thus have found where I need to be. I enjoy researching new tour possibilities and putting ideas together to create unforgettable trip packages for groups to experience. As a Day Tour Manager, some of my favorite locations are: Vermont (born and raised, and am happy to go back to visit any chance I get!), Block Island, and Lake George. Outside of the Day-Trip realm, my absolute favorite spot is Ireland and I am eager to return. In addition, I want to explore Hawaii, Germany, and Australia (just to mention a few). When I am not working, I love spending time with family, friends, and my dog, Oreo.
  • Candy Heikkinen Photo

    Candy Heikkinen

    Business Development Manager

    I have had the “Travel Bug” ever since my parents packed myself and my three siblings in our Mini-Motorhome and drove across the country the summer I was ten. I began my career in the travel industry just after college and it has been an exciting ride. With almost 30 years of experience I have done it all – Escorting, Tour Reservations, Travel Agent, Hotel Operations, Bus Company and now Tours of Distinction! During my career I have worked at Kaplan Tours & Travel, Foxwoods Resort Casino, United States Coast Guard Academy (this was during my early Mommy years) and DATTCO Bus Company. Throughout the years I have been able to travel extensively with my jobs and my husband and I loved every minute of it. I enjoy spending time at the Lake with my husband and two children.
  • Stefanie Andwood Photo

    Stefanie Andwood

    Marketing Specialist

    My role as Marketing Specialist combines my two life passions – marketing and travel. I specifically love international travel. At Wheaton College I was fortunate to spend my junior year at Edinburgh University in Edinburgh Scotland (home of Dolly the Sheep). After graduating I used my English degree to market services for a wide variety of businesses – from large insurance and healthcare companies to small creative agencies. I am looking forward to using my varied talent in the world of travel. I am excited to play an integral role in promoting our tour offerings through targeted campaigns, supporting sales, and spreading the word about Tours of Distinction! Happy to be part of the journey.
Contact Us

Meet Our Tour Directors

  • Carol Fox Photo

    Carol Fox

    Tour Director

    After a 30 year career as an educator and a school district administrator, I joined the Tours of Distinction team. For over 3 years now, I have escorted many wonderful groups on day trips, multi-day tours, and cruises. There is nothing more satisfying than ensuring my guests have a relaxing, fun and interesting experience.
  • Marina Haksteen, C.T.C. Photo

    Marina Haksteen, C.T.C.

    Tour Director

    Marina is from Windsor Locks, Connecticut and has had multiple roles in the travel industry for over 25 years, most recently as a Tour Director. Her favorite trips are Hawaii, The Grand Canyon and Canada. When Marina is not on the road, she enjoys teaching yoga classes and walking/jogging 6 miles each day.
  • Liisa Kaminski Photo

    Liisa Kaminski

    Tour Director

    I am a retired middle school teacher who has always loved field trips, whether as a passenger, parent, or teacher in charge. As a Tour Director, I get to enjoy travel with wonderful people. I volunteered as the tour group leader for my town for a year after my retirement, then joined Tours of Distinction in 2005. Tours of Distinction always seeks to provide an outstanding travel experience and I am honored to work for them. I live in Canterbury, CT with my husband, and love caring for our granddaughter two days a week.
  • Linda Mancini, Certified Tour Guide NYC & DC Photo

    Linda Mancini, Certified Tour Guide NYC & DC

    Tour Director

    Linda Mancini has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad. She has raised a family, nurtured her grandchildren, and has an interest in music, theatre and dance. After 24 years of managing tours to different cultures, her favorite tour is the next one. Linda always looks forward to her next adventure with you.
  • Dawn Marceau Photo

    Dawn Marceau

    Tour Director

    A Connecticut native, Dawn has escorted for over 20 years with Tours of Distinction to all points in North America, The Caribbean and Europe.
  • Henry Ostrout Photo

    Henry Ostrout

    Tour Director

    Henry is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts with more than 30 years of experience in the Travel & Tourism industry, spending the last 10 years as a Group Tour Director. His favorite tours are Mackinac Island and Cruise destinations.
  • Dawn Malanka, Certified Tour Guide Photo

    Dawn Malanka, Certified Tour Guide

    Tour Director

    Dawn Malanka was born in New Jersey and has lived there all her life. She attended Paul Smith’s College in New York, where she received an Associate Degree in Travel and Tourism. For a number of years, Dawn worked as an accounting assistant before pursuing her dream of becoming a Tour Director. The International Travel Management Institute called and it there Dawn received her Certification in Tour Directing. Dawn has been an enthusiastic Tour Director for the past four years; leading adult and student groups. Some of the destinations where she has been include: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (her favorite!), Charleston, Savannah, Nashville, Memphis, The Finger Lakes, Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Germany, London and Washington D.C. to name a few.   She is energetic and loves leading her groups on new and exciting adventures. 
Get in Touch