Meet Our Staff
Curious about who we are? Read on...
As a high school student, a part-time job at the travel agency near her home helped pay her tuition. After graduating with a BS in Management from DePaul University in Chicago in 1976, she followed her passion for travel and opened The Travel Gallery. From a modest start, the business has grown to include more than 30 travel associates assisting travelers worldwide.
In addition to the daily operations of the agency, Kathy specializes in coordinating all facets of Meeting, Incentive and Group Travel. Negotiating the "best deal" and creating win-win trips is her passion. She escorts the annual Spring Break trip with local families; a fall trip to a new and exotic destination (Scandinavia and Russia, France and Belgium, and Turkey to name a few); an adult November trip now in its 30th year to a beach locale (all over the Caribbean and Mexico as well as on several cruises).
Kathy truly enjoys traveling and anxiously awaits her next adventure. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Avenues to Independence, a local organization that assists mentally and physically challenged adults. She is also active at her church along with all of her children's and grandchildren's activities
Specialties: Family Vacation Planning, Disney Destinations, All inclusive resorts
She loves what she does!! Over 25 years finding families the perfect spot to spend quality time together are just, well, FUN! Lots of hard work, too, as she checks with many of the finest suppliers to obtain the best value for every one of her clients whether they travel near or far. Disney is a favorite and she's "earned her EARS" Sending hundreds of travelers to enjoy and experience the magic only Disney offers. This knowledge and experience helped Travel Gallery become an AUTHORIZED DISNEY VACATION PLANNER. Other favorites are the all-inclusive resorts found throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. They truly offer a vacation where you pay upfront and then have nothing to worry about once you arrive; everything's included!!! Be sure to ask her early for Family Spring Break trips as the flights fill up so quickly. Sure hope she'll be able to help you create some great family memories!
Assistant Group Manager
Martha has been at The Travel Gallery since 2001 supporting our Group Department answering client questions about their group travel arrangements, researching and confirming various travel arrangements, creating flyers that describe our many exciting group trips, sending out confirmations, and putting together travel documents. Her organization and attention to detail assure all trips run smoothly from beginning to end. Her family enjoys traveling and they frequently travel as a group - anywhere from 12 to 25 persons
Patti has been making travel memories for travelers since 1993. She is just as enthusiastic and passionate today as she was on "day one." Custom planning your itinerary for your travels throughout the world; coordinating "Destination Weddings" and creating dream honeymoons (she was married and honeymooned at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica!); or designing memorable celebrations for multi-generational families, decade birthdays, and anniversaries are some of her specialties. Her newest favorite is arranging River Cruises, along with the pre- and post-hotel stays so you can immerse yourself in the destination.
Patti is well-traveled, including destinations such as Hawaii, where she visits often, as the islands are part of her heritage; Ireland, Spain, and Italy, as well as family-oriented and couples-only resorts throughout Mexico and the Caribbean; numerous trips to Walt Disney World; and several cruises on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney Cruises.
Patti has earned numerous travel industry certifications including those for Hawaii, Spain, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Insight Escorted Tours, and Walt Disney Travel Company, among others.
On top of her passion for arranging your vacations, Patti wears many hats in the office ranging from managing the day-to-day operations, troubleshooting technical issues, and keeping all of our affiliated travel advisors up-to-date by offering extensive training on Destinations, Suppliers, Technology, and more.
Her infectious "Hawaiian" smile and upbeat personality make Patti a valued member of our Travel Gallery team and a travel advisor you will truly value.
The Travel Gallery has a number of people 'behind the scenes' who help make the agency run. The staff above is just the tip of the iceberg!