Hired in 2008 as the Finance Manager, Kara has had many positions since. 10 years later, Kara is now the President of the company. She has a BS in accounting and an MBA in business management, giving her a broad knowledge on how business works. Kara grew up watching both of her parents operate successful businesses of their own, which is probably the main reason the position comes so natural. As the President, she has multiple roles to fill, however, she still loves working directly with her groups. Kara’s main goal for the company is “to provide a quality trip at a reasonable price”. Kara goes that extra mile for every group to make each trip easy and hassle-free. Kara has a toddler at home, Kaylor, so she doesn’t have much free time. When she does have spare time, she loves to spend it with friends and family, going out on the boat, traveling, riding horses and riding 4-wheelers.
Liz is a Reservation Specialist. Liz’s personal group travel experience is very expansive! While in high school, she won a writing contest that gave her the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with a group of students. Also, she was part of a group in college that traveled to Greece, Israel, Egypt and backpacked around Europe. When asked what her favorite part of her job is, she stated, “Working with the client to customize the trip to best suit the groups’ travel needs.” She loves the fact that she gets to help students see new places and have a great time while there. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, bookbinding and playing with her cat.
Raquel is another of our talented Reservation Specialists! She has one busy little boy at home whom she looks forward to teaching about the great outdoors! Raquel and her husband, Everett, partake in boating, fishing, deer and mushroom hunting and spending quality time as a family. As Raquel grows with the company she sets her goals to learning new strategies, taking on additional responsibilities and contributing as much value as she can. With a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as an Associate of Arts degree, Raquel knows how to handle a workload! If she could revisit one trip in her life it would be her honeymoon in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina where she and her husband took on white water rafting and zip lining!
When Josh joined the team, he took on the duties of not only IT but Assistant Admin. For him, this is the best of both worlds because he not only learns about new techniques and methodologies, he gets to introduce and apply them throughout his days at the office. On his own time, Josh runs a photography business and frequents a local 24-hour gym where he tunes in to the latest hits in music during a long workout. He has a background in Laser/Electro-Optics which took him to Florida to begin his career. After three years down south, he returned to Missouri where he now enjoys fishing, golf, traveling with his wife, Sarah, and investing in the stock market.Denise
Denise has spent the last three years in office as our Finance Manager! A very well organized lady with a penchant for math, she also enjoys planning family trips with her husband, Chad, and son, Hunter! Although she has been to many parts of the country, she is still awaiting her opportunity to pack the parkas and see Alaska! When she isn’t in the office, Denise takes up gardening, reading, hunting, decorating, and attending Hunter’s many activities like soccer, T-ball, swim lessons and guitar practice! A country girl, Denise appreciates the quiet lifestyle associated with rural acreage.
Meet Danielle, our company Content Writer, and Social Media Specialist! Danielle graduated from Truman State University with her B.A in English and minor in Geography. Danielle is an animal lover who enjoys hiking with her dog and trying to perfect her nature photography skills along the way. She loves this job because it allows her to combine her two passions, writing and travel, into a useful resource for others who also love to travel.
Meet Dawn, one of our Reservation Specialists. Dawn has worked for Adventure Student Travel for 2 years now, working as an elementary school teacher beforehand. Her passion for student education and opportunity are quite obvious, as is her love for travel in general. Dawn has been happily married for 34 years now, with 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters to spoil in her free time, if she's not out on the boat with her husband! Dawn has traveled with student groups to D.C and is an expert in her area!
Meet one of our newest Reservation Specialists, Kaylynn! Kaylynn is the mom of a 1-year-old and is working on her Business Office Administration Degree currently. She enjoys traveling to the Quad Cities and Branson, and is eagerly looking to add many more 'favorite' spots to her travel list!
April is a Group Travel Coordinator who loves the adventure that travel brings. From mainstream attractions to small shops and bistros that are off the beaten path, she loves to immerse herself in the experience of all of life's journeys. She has three teenage sons and they have proved to be her biggest adventure. .From road trips to Texas and Florida and flying to California, April has found that she prefers to fly but still loves a good road trip. Trips are all about making memories, she builds her trips to help her group create lifetime memories.
Meet Jess, one of our Group Travel Coordinators. With roots on the Florida Gulf Coast, Jess always feels at home on a beach, though Missouri has been her home since 2012 when she met her husband. Jess now has two boys, ages 4 and 1. Trips to NYC, Mexico, South Carolina, Orlando, and Las Vegas are already under her belt, and she is always looking for more! Let her plan your group's big adventure, you'll be in great hands!
Michelle is the newest addition to our Web Team! Michelle originates from Seattle, WA but has called the Midwest her home for 20 years. She’s an avid traveler and is working on visiting all 50 states before she's 50. She enjoys road tripping with her 2 teenage sons whenever she can, and also likes to travel with our AST student groups to see the process firsthand! Michelle is working on her degree in Media Communications and loves helping the web team with social media, video blogging, and website upkeep!
Lindsey is one of our most experienced Group Travel Coordinators, celebrating her 15th year with the company. Lindsey is an avid traveler, an excellent people person, and an extremely helpful agent, with the experience to back it up! Lindsey has 2 gorgeous children and enjoys spending time with them and her husband when she isn't helping groups travel!
Erin is an enthusiastic Group Travel Coordinator that just passed her 2-year mark with the company. She is a country girl through and through and enjoys spending time outdoors with her fiance. Erin has traveled to almost every state in the US, from Minnesota to Florida. Erin went to Culver-Stockton College for Secondary education for 2 years, as well.
Another one of our talented Group Travel Coordinators, April is a travel-loving, family-oriented small town girl who loves helping her groups. She has been to Destin, Florida, but is looking to add many more destinations to that list in her future. April has a fiance, 2 daughters, and 1 son, and loves spending time with them.
Meet Jill, one of our newest Group Travel Coordinators. She is an easy going girl who loves movies and being creative. She keeps busy with her two teenage daughters, volleyball and cheerleading, as well as her husband and two boxer dogs, Roxi and Annie! She loves to build trips and create things for others and excels at doing so. Jill went to school for her AAS Degree and is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology!
Deidre is our newest Group Travel Coordinator! Traveling at a young age ignited a passion for travel and learning. She has been to every state West of the Mississippi River, but only a few East. Among her favorites are Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and Gulf Shores AL. Deidre has earned her Associate's Degree and hopes to return online in the spring to accomplish her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Deidre loves to assist others and believes that travel is one of the best ways to educate yourself.