Charlotta Adolfsson

Charlotta Adolfsson

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Charlotta Adolfsson now resides in Aix-en Provence, France. Charlotta has worked in the travel and restaurant industry for almost 10 years.

While in Sweden, Charlotta worked as a night stewardess on the Seabourn Pride, a ship that earned the World's Best Cruising Ship Award in 1993 and 1994. She has served as head receptionist in charge of conferences for the Hotel and Seminary AHUS STRAND. Most recently, she has been the marketing manager for the Hotel and Restaurant GASTIGIVARGARDEN. Charlotta has been with AHI since 2000 and has directed groups in South Africa, Egypt and several European countries.

Charlotta is fluent in Swedish, French and English and can understand a little German. In her spare time, Charlotta enjoys hiking, horseback riding, swimming and other forms of exercise. Her other passions include gastronomy, wine tasting and travel.

Amalia Alayza

Amalia Alayza Bettocchi

Amalia Alayza Bettocchiwas born in Lima and raised on the central highlands of Peru. She returned to Lima to study at Villa Maria High School. Although she planned on becoming a dancer, she trained with the National Tourist Bureau during the weekends and school vacations. Amalia's favorite subject is Pre-Incan Art, Crafts and Folklore. After lecturing and guiding, Amalia became a Tour Director, leading groups around Peru.

Recently, Amalia has taught at San Marcos University, where she is also taking classes. She loves her country, its history, geography and traditions and is excited to share her knowledge with you.

Ines Becerra

Ines Becerra

Born in London, England, Ines Becerra spent most of her childhood in Santiago, Chile, as a result of her father's position as an International Official for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. She also lived in the United Kingdom, and has traveled extensively in North America, South America and Europe. Ines earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Kingston University. In her professional career, she has worked in the hotel industry.

In her free time, Ines enjoys reading, gardening, music, snorkeling and swimming. She is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. Ines also supervised and managed the cultivation of olives and sunflowers at her family's estate.

Mia Blaauw

Mia Blaauw

Born in Singapore and raised in Holland, Mia Blaauw lived in Switzerland, the United States and Italy, before moving to Athens, Greece. She currently lives on the island of Poros.

In Athens, Mia worked on paintings, tapestries and mosaics with an interior designer of a major hotel chain, eventually becoming the director of the designer’s European office. In Poros, she opened an arts-and-crafts shop before becoming employed by the office of the mayor of Poros as a public relations representative to the island’s foreign community. In this capacity, she teaches Greek to newcomers and helps them to adapt to life on the island.

Her passion for art and travel has taken her to many exciting destinations. When she’s not in Poros, you can find her leading groups throughout Europe and Southeast Asia.

Chiara Bracaloni

Chiara Bracaloni

A native of Tuscany, Chiara Bracaloni was born in Pisa and currently resides in Florence. After finishing her law studies at the University of Florence she began working as a tour leader, specializing in the Tuscan and Chianti regions of Italy where she has assisted travelers with her extensive knowledge of Italy. Chiara also worked during the contemporary art festival, Festival Fabbrica Europa, in 2006. She founded her own company, which interacts with cultural and tourism projects.

Chiara also enjoys studying languages. In addition to her native Italian, Chiara is also speak English and French, and has a knowledge of German. During her free time she enjoys movies, traveling and sports, especially running. Chiara has participated in several marathons around the world.

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley

Some 20 years ago, London native Paul Bradley traded city life in London for Spain's Costa del Sol, settling in the town of Nerja. He bought a local German-language magazine, which led him to the world of travel directing when a magazine advertiser asked him to lead a German travel group. In addition to leading groups, Paul writes local guidebooks and developed a website about Nerja.

Many years prior to settling in Spain, Paul spent some time living in Scotland. His job brought him all over the country including to places like Stirling, Glasgow, the Highlands and Edinburgh, where his grandfather was born.

Paul and his wife have two daughters. He speaks English, German, Spanish and some French. He looks forward to spending time with you on your trip.

Fredrick Burke

Fredrick Burke

Fredrick Burke, one of AHI's most experienced Travel Directors, has guided AHI travelers on programs all over the world — more than 20 countries and counting!

Born into an Air Force family, Fredrick began traveling at a young age. When he finished high school, he joined the Army and hasn't stopped traveling since.

Fredrick's diverse experiences as a soldier; an English, history and geography teacher; and a production assistant on the Jacques Perrin documentary "Le Peuple Migrateur" make him an ideal Travel Director for your AHI journey. Before joining the AHI family, Fredrick also led adventure travel groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Fredrick, who was born in Delaware, now makes his home in France with his wife and two children. He enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hiking, swimming, biking and traveling.

He is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of German.

Alejandra Cabieses

Alejandra Cabieses

Educated at the highly regarded Escuela Nacional de Turismo, Alejandra Cabieses has over two decades of experience in the tour industry. Early in her career, she spent several years teaching art history, geography and Peruvian history.

Alejandra has been welcoming and lecturing to travelers since 1986. Her expertise is widely respected and she has led groups from countries such as the United States, England and Korea. From 2003-2004, Alejandra was President of the Tour Guide Association in Lima. A native of Peru, she speaks Spanish and English fluently.

In her free time, Alejandra enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and two children, and traveling to Europe, Central America and the United States.

Valentina Cioffrese

Valentina Cioffrese

Valentina Cioffrese earned her degree in Foreign Literatures from IULM University of Milan. After working in the advertising industry, she became a licensed city guide for the Milan area, as well as a licensed Tour Director. In addition to working as a tour guide and conductor in Milan, she has led tours in numerous cities in Italy, including Rome and Florence. Valentina is proud to be Italian and enjoys introducing people to her country.

Valentina's interests include yoga, dogs, drama, opera, history, architecture and art. She enjoys studying and developing her knowledge in these different areas.

Simona Contarini

Simona Contarini

Born in Padua and currently a resident of Florence, travel has been a predominant interest in Simona Contarini's life. Her studies have brought her abroad to Pasadena, California; Cambridge and London, England; and Montpellier, France. She holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna.

Professionally, Simona worked for 25 years as a tour manager and has specialized in guiding groups through the many splendors of Tuscany since 1996. She is a licensed environmental guide and a member of the Association of Environment Guides.

Simona has also taught English and worked as an interpreter. In addition to her native Italian and English, she also speaks French and Spanish.

Simona has enjoyed traveling extensively across six continents! She spends her leisure hours participating in sports—including tennis, running and hiking—seeing movies at the theater and spending time with her daughter.

Christine Guyot

Christine Guyot

Born in Poitiers, France, Christine Guyot currently resides in Nice, France. She has served in the travel industry for over 20 years and will bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to your program.

Throughout her long professional career, Christine has directed countless groups on a wide variety of travel programs including seminars, congresses, voyages and incentive programs. She has been an international cruise delegate and Cruise Director on the Mermoz and the Azur, France, and has served as Travel Director for incentive travel agencies in Paris. Christine has also served as a Cruise Director for Dutch, Italian, Swiss, and Greek travel companies. More recently, she spent time in China learning the language and graduated from the University of Guilin.

Christine is fluent in French, English, German, Italian and Chinese. She also speaks Spanish and Dutch.

Joannie Herbst

Joannie Herbst

Joannie Herbst has been escorting passengers around the world for over 20 years and has extensive experience and knowledge regarding European rivers and waterways.

A resident of St. Louis, Missouri, Joannie was a bilingual early childhood education teacher for many years before joining the travel industry. She also lived in Mexico for a few years while attending the National University in Mexico City. Joannie is fluent in Spanish and English.

oannie loves to travel, explore, cook and entertain family and friends in her home in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Joannie is thrilled to be a part of the AHI family and she hopes to help all passengers create lifetime memories and extraordinary experiences while on their trip.

Beata Karlikowska

Beata Karlikowska

A Polish native and a resident of Kraków, Beata Karlikowska has worked in the travel and restaurant industry for over ten years.

After graduating from the University of Kraków with a degree in Marketing and Management, Beata worked in some of Poland's finest hotels in many capacities including supervisor of a wine bar and manager of reception. In addition, Beata has served as a tour leader for a travel company based in England.

Beata is fluent in English and is continuing her studies in German and Italian. In her spare time, Beata enjoys reading, watching films, dancing, hiking and traveling.

Monika Scheele Knight

Monika Scheele Knight

A German citizen and a former resident of Chicago, Monika Scheele Knight now lives in Berlin, Germany. While residing in Chicago, she worked in AHI's office in the Operations and Product Development department as a program manager. After relocating back to Germany, Monika became a freelance translator, lecturer, writer and coordinator for an urban planning project.

Monika holds a master's degree in American Studies, Comparative Literature and Theater Studies from the Free University of Berlin. She is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish. During the summer and winter, she works out of her own office on a variety of texts. During the spring and autumn, she enjoys meeting with travel groups.

In her free time, Monika likes to read, travel and work on volunteer projects with autistic children.

Jessie Lim-Pendergrass

Jessie Lim-Pendergrass

Born and raised in Singapore, Jessie currently resides in Fresno, California.

Her fourteen years with AHI as a Travel Director has taken her to all corners of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, India, South America and the South Pacific.

Jessie believes that passengers in her care should have the best time of their lives while traveling and she always does her best to ensure that they do.

While at home, Jessie's interests include oriental art, gourmet cooking, weekend getaways and spoiling her dog.

Nadia Magarò

Nadia Magarò

Born in Florence, Nadia was educated in England. She has a degree in Political Science from Florence University, and her interest in international relations has contributed to her love of travel. As a tour manager and organizer, Nadia has enjoyed a distinguished career. She has led groups and organized conferences all over the world, and her work has enabled her to visit over 25 countries.

Her enthusiasm for the places she visits and the people she meets is readily communicated to those fortunate enough to travel with her, and her attention to all the fine details which are so important when visiting another country will undoubtedly make your traveling experience a memorable one.

In her free time, Nadia likes to entertain in her home near Florence. She also enjoys photography, scuba diving and motorcycle racing.

Inga Marzahn-Dalton

Inga Marzahn-Dalton

Born in the German Democratic Republic, Inga Marzahn-Dalton escaped from the rule of Communism with her family at the age of five. Inga received a Baccalaureate in Economics and Language and studied in Heilbronn at the school of Economics and Tourism. She is fluent in German, English and French and also has a good knowledge of Spanish.

With almost thirty years of experience in the tour industry, Inga has led an interesting career in several countries, such as the former USSR, China and Kenya. Her specialties include serving as Cruise Director for both worldwide and European cruises. She also spent time as a safari guide in East Africa and Australia.

In her free time, Inga enjoys swimming, snorkeling and biking. She also loves nature, cooking and reading historical novels.

Judy McKeever

Judy McKeever

A graduate of University College Dublin and NUI, Maynooth, Judy has worked in the hospitality, tourism and travel industries since 1990. Her passion for travel started at a young age, when she spent summers in Germany working while still in school. Judy has lived and worked in Germany, the United States and Australia. She also worked as a Tour Operator in her native Ireland where she sold and developed group tours for a prominent destination management company. In addition to being a licensed guide in Ireland, Judy has led tour groups for AHI on three continents.

In her free time, Judy enjoys travel, theater, running, photography and hill walking. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Judy is an active member of the Balally Players and has performed at drama festivals throughout Ireland and in the United States.

Mary Meehan

Mary Meehan

Mary Meehan has spent 25 years working in the tourism industry for both private and public corporations in Ireland and England. Her interests include gardening, walking and music.

An Irish language speaker, she has a great love and knowledge of all things Irish. She looks forward to sharing it with you.

Anja Mortensen

Anja Mortensen

Born and raised in a small town on the Baltic Sea coast of the former East Germany, Anja Mortensen currently resides in Bremen. She holds a M.A. degree in Eastern European History with minors in both Slavic and American Studies.

While living in the Frankfurt area, she worked as a service attendant to Japanese tourists on round-trip bus transfers to Düsseldorf, and also assisted arriving and departing North American passengers as an AHI Airport Representative.

In addition to her native German, Anja is fluent in English and is conversational in Russian and French.

Her personal interests include traveling, reading, history, art history, archeology, ballet and classical and modern music.

Mary O'Donovan

Mary O'Donovan

Originally trained in nursing and counseling, Mary O'Donovan combines the nurturing aspect of these professions with her love of travel as she leads groups throughout Ireland.

In addition to her training as a nurse and midwife, Mary also received a diploma in counseling from Trinity College in Dublin. Mary has served as a Liaison Nurse Counselor for children with learning disabilities and has worked abroad in Scotland, London and Israel.

Mary's interests include history, archaeology and Irish culture and heritage. She enjoys walks in the countryside and through the cities of Ireland, exploring her remarkable country.

Carole Petipher

Carole Petipher

Carole Petipher grew up in the Chiltern Hills in England between Oxford and London. After earning her degree in French and Spanish, she embarked on a career in the French steel industry. She became Head of Sales Development for the UK markets before undertaking a further degree in Management Studies.

It has been some years since she escaped "the fast lane of corporate life." During a sabbatical, she booked a passage on a French barge and fell in love with the lifestyle and the country. Since then she has become a freelance guide and Tour Director in France and elsewhere in Europe, specializing in rivers and canals. She also shares her knowledge of medieval history and art history.

After living in France for a number of years, Carole has returned to her native Chilterns. An ardent animal lover, she works with a number of animal rescue societies there. In her free time, she loves to garden and enjoys walks in the Chiltern Hills and visiting the many Historic homes managed by the National Trust.

Marianna Pirazzi

Marianna Pirazzi

Marianna, a licensed tour guide and tour leader, began her career in the travel industry after graduating with a degree in tourism economy from the Catholic University of Milan. At the same time, she also worked as an event planner for major culinary events.

Fluent in Italian, English, French and German, she has led travel groups of many different nationalities throughout northern Italy. Marianna enjoys playing the piano and reading during her spare time.

Mick Plewman

Mick Plewman

Mick Plewman has worked for several years as a tour guide in Italy. In addition to his career in the travel industry, Mick has been an Educational Psychologist in both England and Italy. He also taught English in Cortona and served as a teacher at St. Ignatius College in Enfield, England. Prior to teaching, Mick was a builder in London and a shopfitter in Jerusalem, Israel.

Mick has been working in Italy for over a decade and has been a member of the AHI family since 1999. He has led programs throughout Italy, including Cortona, Chianti, Sorrento, Orvieto, Veneto and Sicily. To quote a recent traveler, “his wry English humor coupled with his factual knowledge was the best we have encountered in our world journeys.”

Jessica E. Powers

Jessica E. Powers

A native of California, Jessica Powers has lived in Europe since 1992. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara she traveled to Europe, fell in love with Poros Island in Greece and ended up living there for 10 years. While there, she painted, worked as a tour guide and soaked up the Greek culture.

Her love for travel has taken her to many different destinations and for five winter seasons she worked as a ski instructor in Austria. In 2003, Jessica moved to the small alpine town of Meiringen, Switzerland, where she continues to work as a tour guide and an artist. She recently completed a Masters program in art at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Since 1999, Jessica has been leading AHI groups through Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania — just to name a few!

She is fluent in English, German and Greek and has studied French, Spanish and Italian. When she is not traveling, she enjoys playing and teaching the guitar, skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing with her husband, Marc.

Sergey Pulkhanov

Sergey Pukhanov

A native of Russia, Sergey Pukhanov is deputy dean for Science of the Humanities, head of the International Relations Office and associate professor of linguistics at Tula State University.

Along with his extensive work at the university, he is also involved with Project Harmony and the Net Institute of Social Innovations (a spinoff of the Soros Foundation). Sergey has received many grants and awards, both in Russia and abroad. He has also published 17 articles and five methodical aids for students.

Over the past several years, Sergey has lead many AHI trips in Russia and Ukraine. In his free time, Sergey enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming and amateur theater.

Emiliano Rio

Emiliano Rio

Since 2001, Emiliano Rio has been a guide, travel director and a program coordinator for several different types of travel groups. He has led many AHI Travel groups throughout South America, Europe and Asia.

Emiliano, a native of Argentina, is one of AHI Travel's most popular Travel Directors and an AHI Director of International Operations. His love for languages makes it easy for him to get along with the local people wherever he goes. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and is currently learning German.

Emiliano resides in both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Brussels, Belgium, and he continues to travel extensively during his free time. He also enjoys reading, history, art and architecture.

Pamela Rogers

Pamela Rogers

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pamela Rogers earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She later studied at the New York Art Students League, the Vermont Studio Center, and with the renowned N.C. artist Jacquelin Jenkins. Pamela worked as an interior designer and taught art until her interest in Greek philosophy and culture prompted her move to Poros Island in 1990. There she resumed painting, writing poetry and conducting art workshops. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world. There is even one in the British Royal Collection!

Pamela joined the AHI family in 1998 as Campus Director of the Greek Alumni program on Poros and she has been a Travel Director for AHI in France and on Mediterranean cruises throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey.

In her free time Pamela enjoys reading, cooking, music, dance and museum hopping with her husband Francis, an art historian. She recently published her first novel, GREEKSCAPES Journeys with an Artist.

Antonio Ruiz

Antonio Ruiz

Antonio was born in Úbeda, Spain, a Renaissance city in southern Spain that instilled in him a love of history and art.

He graduated from the University of Granada with a degree in linguistics. He studied abroad at Galway University and lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. After returning to Granada from his time abroad, Antonio taught Spanish language and culture to international students. He also was a program manager for a North American company that provided services to American students attending the University of Granada.

He has traveled throughout Europe and North Africa. His favorite pastime is bicycle touring, and in his spare time, he can be found riding his bike in the Sierra Nevada. He also likes to hike, explore the historic sections of Granada and meet with friends at tapas bars.

In addition to Spanish and English, he can speak some Arabic and French.

Ingrid Schmucker

Ingrid Sophia Schmucker

Born in Ulm, Germany, Ingrid Schmucker has extensive educational and professional experience in the hotel and travel industries. She received her B.A. in foreign languages from the University of Nice and is also a licensed cultural tour guide on the French Riviera, where she conducts private tours.

She has been a part of the AHI family since 1999, serving as director for various programs throughout Europe and as a guide in the French Riviera and Provence.

Ingrid currently resides in France. She lived in Sicily, her mother's homeland, for more than 10 years and has strong roots in Italy. In her free time, Ingrid enjoys tennis, traveling, skiing, rollerskating, photography, and visiting museums and exhibitions.

In addition to her native German, Ingrid is fluent in several languages, including English, Italian and French.

Nani Strasser

Nani Strasser

Born in Vienna, Austria, Nani Strasser studied advertising at the Economic University of Vienna.

After working in England and Egypt as an au pair and studying advanced English, she came to Poros in 1985 as a member of the hotel staff for an American student educational organization. She later became the representative on the island for a German tour operator and currently works as manager for the largest incoming tourism office on Poros Island.

Nani and her Greek husband spend most of the year in Greece, but travel to Vienna as often as possible to visit with Nani's relatives as well as their son, who studies there. Nani considers herself a true European, making her home in more than one country. In addition to her native German, Nani speaks fluent Greek and English. She can also speak conversational French.

In her free time, Nani enjoys swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities, music, history and cooking for her family and friends.



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