Meet Our Team
President & CEOGrowing 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 17 years in the travel industry and 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.
Head of OvernightsHere 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. I traveled extensively as a tour director and corporate travel agent before eventually moving back into the group travel market. It suffices to say I have worked in all aspects of the tourism and travel industry over the past 28 years, and loved every moment of it!
Director of Sales & MarketingI 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 over 30 years of experience I have done it all – Escorting, Tour Reservations, Travel Agent, Hotel Operations, Bus Company and now Tours of Distinction! Throughout the years I have been able to travel extensively with my jobs and my husband and I have loved every minute of it. I enjoy spending time at the lake with my husband and two children.
Land & Cruise Tour SpecialistI’ve grown up traveling since before I can even remember. My first trip (and first plane ride!) was at 9 months old, during a family vacation to Disney World. With my mother being a travel agent for over 25 years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling all over the world. My favorite places to visit are Hawaii, Spain, and Disney World. After working in the jewelry industry for over 5 years, I felt it was time to follow my passion. When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, friends, and my cat, Lilly.
Land & Sea Tour ManagerMy eagerness to learn and explore the world around me washed over me the moment I stepped off the plane from the Ukraine to come to the United States in 2002. I had never been on a plane before! When landing, I will never forget that view from up above. In that instance, I knew I would make it a point in my life to explore the world and all it has to offer. My position at Tours of Distinction has given me this opportunity. I am excited to be sharing great tours with travelers and offering them the same life changing moments travel offered me.
Office ManagerBorn and raised in Ecuador, my love for travel started at a very young age. Working in the Tourism Industry for over 20 years has offered me the chance to learn about other cultures and places. I met my husband, Tyler, through the Travel Industry and we married in Ecuador before I then immigrated to Canada. As Individual Tour Manager I work our Travel Club members and manage the Tours of Distinction website. When I am not talking travel, I spend time with our daughter Taylor and Beagle - Ariel. And, Tyler too!
Join Our TeamIf you have a passion for travel and the tourism industry, this just may be an incredible fit for you. Here at Tour of Distinction, we are a tight-knit bunch, and always looking for creative new members to join our team! Give us a call, or explore our careers page for further information.
Social Marketer & Blogger
Day Tour ManagerBeing consumed by wanderlust is what has sparked my passion for my position at Tours of Distinction. As the Day Trip Tour Specialist, I look forward to discovering new locations, learning all I can about them and developing exciting Day Tour itineraries. Being a part of this team allows me to do what I love and I am happy to come to work every day! My passion for travel does not stop with my duties in the office. I recently went to Paris - which as been a dream of mine since I can remember! In my free-time, I love spending time with friends and taking my dog, Autumn, to the dog park.
Meet Our Tour Directors
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.