Meet Our Team
PresidentGrowing 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
Full-Charge BookkeeperAs a Full Charge Bookkeeper I manage all aspects of the financials, including payroll and human resources. I have over 23 years of finance 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.
Overnight Tour ManagerHere 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 26 years.
Day Tour ManagerAll 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.
Business Development ManagerI 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.
Land & Sea Tour Manager
Individual Tour Manager
Overnight Tour ManagerWhile I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel, and I absolutely loved it; seeing new places, appreciating the history of the places I visited, and the exposure to so many new experiences was simply incredible. By the time I graduated from Framingham State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, I had spent various amounts of time in three other countries and seen a fraction of what the United States has to offer. My career in travel is just beginning, but I hope that it will take me far, as I truly enjoy what I do here. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, relaxing and enjoying the seasons, and (of course) traveling whenever I am able to
Meet Our Tour Directors
Tour DirectorAs a former educator, I joined the Tours of Distinction team. For over 5 years now, I have escorted many wonderful groups on trips all over the world. Nothing more satisfying than ensuring our guests have a relaxing, fun and interesting experience.
Marina Haksteen, C.T.C.
Tour DirectorMarina is from Connecticut and has had multiple roles in the travel industry for over 25 years. 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.
Tour DirectorA retired school teacher, I 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 live in Canterbury, CT with my husband, and love caring for our granddaughter.
Linda Mancini, CTG NYC & DC
Tour DirectorLinda Mancini has traveled extensively both domestically and abroad. She has raised a family, nurtured her grandchildren, and enjoys the musicals arts. After 25 years of managing tours to different cultures, her favorite tour is the next one.
Tour DirectorA Connecticut native, Dawn has escorted for over 20 years with Tours of Distinction to all points in North America, The Caribbean and Europe.
Tour DirectorHenry 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.