Meet Our Leisure Staff
Thea Bailey-Thea has been in the travel industry since 1996. Because of family considerations that required relocations, her early experience included travel suppliers ITA and Windjammers as well as two independent travel agencies.
We were delighted to have her and her experience when she joined Gwins Travel in 2004. Thea has a solid client base and in large part because of her caring personality and dedication to providing the very best customer service.
Thea is recognized as a destination specialist with Princess Cruises, AM Resorts, Globus Tours, Sandals & Couples Properties and the Hawaiian Islands.
One of her goals is to add Australia and New Zealand to her specialization credentials. Thea has visited destinations that include Germany, Hawaii, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, St. Thomas, Costa Rica, Grand Turk, St. Maarten and Grand Cayman Island.
Thea has also visited the Mexican resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta and most recently a cruise through the Panama Canal.
Her dream holiday would include a European river cruise and closer to home…Cuba.
Whether you are interested in an all-exclusive island resort or a country- hopping cruise adventure she looks forward to the opportunity to plan your well deserved vacation and future holidays.
618-259-1962 email@example.com (Bethalto Office)
Colleen Campanella -Colleen began her career in the travel industry in 1993 when she joined Maritz Travel Company as a transportation agent for incentive travel programs. In addition to product planning and later as a trainer, Colleen spent five years as a Travel Director escorting incentive group travel participants to destinations around the world. As a result of this phase of her experience, she has traveled to every continent except for Antarctica and perhaps will have the opportunity to visit there and complete the list.
With this background and a desire to work in the leisure travel marketplace, Colleen joined Gwins Travel in 2005 as a travel counselor where she quickly learned the nuances of personal and vacation travel and is currently one of the top agents at Gwins Travel. In fact, Colleen was recipient of the 2015 Leisure Agent of the Year.
In addition to her personal accounts, she has become the lead agent in the new world of social media and assists our Vice President of Operations in monitoring this new wave of selling and marketing.
Colleen has received specialist status and recognition form industry providers such as: Apple Vacations, Princess, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian and Windstar cruise lines.
She also has status with tour operators e.g. Ski.Com, Globus Journeys, Club Med and G-Adventures.
Colleen would love the opportunity share her skills and experience for your next vacation or to fulfill that “bucket –list” dream holiday.
314-571-6924 firstname.lastname@example.org (Kirkwood Office)
Maisoon Barghouty-Maisoon has been in the travel industry since 1995 and brings a unique experience to her career. Maisoon began in 1995 by entering a travel school in Damascus, Syria. She graduated with an associate degree in 1997 at the top of her class and was awarded her diploma by the Minister of Tourism for Syria.
After graduation she began her career at a local travel agency in Damascus for few months before venturing into a new career with an international printing company (TBZ International). She quickly excelled to becoming a Graphics Design supervisor and held that position for about 5 years.
Maisoon moved to the United States after her marriage and received her Certificate of Specialization in Travel and tourism in 2009. She worked on her associate degree in travel and tourism, and graduated from St. Louis Community College in 2014. She began an internship with Gwin’s Travel while she was still working on her degree, and is now currently employed as a domestic and International travel consultant. Her experience and travel expertise in the Middle East, Central Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean is a great asset to the staff of Gwin’s Travel.
Now Maisoon is taking on America with the same excitement and professionalism. She is fascinated about all cultures and destinations.
314-571-6921 email@example.com (Kirkwood Office)
Amy Lang -Amy started her travel industry career in 1993 with the transportation side…Trans World Express the regional air carrier based at St. Louis Lambert International airport serving connections to Trans World Airlines. She started as gate agent then later in flight operations.
Amy entered the travel agency side of the industry in 1996 with a local St. Louis company. In 1999 she decided to become a stay-at-home mom.
In January of 2015 the call to not only become active outside of home, Amy heeded her first love…travel and joined Gwins Travel. In addition to her favorite place, the beaches of Clearwater, Florida or at least until another beach on some island beckons. Her travels include Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel in Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
In just a relatively short time, Amy has received certification from AMA Waterways, Cancun, CIE Tours, Palace Resorts, Windstar Cruises, and Dolphin Discovery .She is recognized as a Sandos Smart agent, AmResort Master Agent and Xcaret Xpert.
Amy loves the game of football and enjoys playing in a fantasy league with friends. Cooking is a passion and trying out new recipes has become a hobby.
Amy goal is to become a specialist for Italy the home of her heritage. She delights in researching and finding the best values for her clients.
618-259-1966 firstname.lastname@example.org (Bethalto Office)
Vicki Kopp-With over forty years of travel industry experience, when Vicki is asked where has she traveled she finds it easier to answer with destinations that are still on her “bucket list”.
Vicki is not quite a member of the Travelers Century Club, the organization that monitors and determines all eligible countries (currently 320) but it definitely is her goal.
She began her travel career in 1975 and four years later earned her CTC designation which signifies the highest standard of professionalism in the travel industry. Training and familiarization is an ongoing practice not to mention every day experience in the office or escorting my client group travel activity. Our industry continues to evolve and is an eternal learning experience.
Although she has individual clients Vicki‘s specialty is creating and escorting group travel. For eighteen years she owned and operated a “Group Only” tour operation and had the pleasure to see the world through the eyes and experiences of her group participants.
Vicki has been evolved in all aspects of the travel industry from corporate, leisure, group and incentive travel. Her specialty destinations are Italy, almost all of Europe, Alaska, cruises with every major cruise lines.
Every trip for an individual or group is a new adventure for me and she looks forward to showing you her world of travel with Gwin’s Travel.
314-571-6920 email@example.com (Kirkwood Office)
Kerry Maceranka-Kerry helps people achieve their dreams and create life-long memories through travel. She holds certifications from numerous destinations, hotel companies, and resorts, a testament to her desire to stay on top of the latest industry developments. One of her goals is to learn something new every day to share with her clients.
Her top five specialties are: all-inclusive packages to the Caribbean and Mexico; family vacations in the US and worldwide; destination weddings/romantic getaways for couples; LGBT friendly travel; and ocean and river cruises. Much of her work is focused on relationships, for couples, families, friends, and groups. Kerry is recognized as a specialist with Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Monograms, and AM Resorts, and for destinations including Jamaica, Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, and St. Maarten.
As a lifelong animal and nature lover, Kerry enjoys exploring new places, celebrating our world, and building community connections both locally and globally – and most of all helping her clients achieve their own goals. Some of her favorite things to do are photography, camping, travel (of course), spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs, blogging, and doing DIY projects.
618-259-1943 firstname.lastname@example.org (Bethalto Office)