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Our Team

Ashton Palmer Founder & President

At age 18, Ashton left his native town of Sutton Coldfield, England, with a one-way ticket to Australia via Bangkok. He has never looked back. Since then, Ashton has pursued his childhood dreams of travel all over the world, along the way becoming an expedition leader, guide, naturalist, conservationist, Zodiac driver, bird-watcher, and photographer. Prior to his Read More

Meg Rand Director of Operations

Meg grew up in a suburb of Seattle. At the age of 16, she spent a summer in Germany and fell fast in love with the opportunity to view the world through the new lenses that different cultures and landscapes provide. At 18, she made the 3,000 mile move east to attend Vassar College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Upon graduation, she secured a work visa for the UK and headed Read More

Abby Suplizio Expedition Specialist

Growing up just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Abby knew there had to be other, or more, exotic places and cultures on this amazing planet of ours. Working and living in Yellowstone National Park and at Colorado ski resorts right after university was the beginning of a life of adventure. Abby continued on traveling through Europe, Central and South America before deciding on a Read More

Jennifer Santoyo Expedition Specialist

With an open mind, positive attitude and adventurous spirit, Jennifer has wandered off the beaten path and allowed her own curiosities to be her guide throughout her ventures. She has trekked the Outback, dived the Great Barrier Reef, journeyed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, witnessed the rising sun atop Mount Fuji, and ice climbed the challenging walls of Fox Glacier. Read More

Jessica Apfel Expedition Specialist

Growing up in Southern California, Jessica couldn’t wait to explore the world beyond suburbia. After completing her undergraduate degree in Seattle, she ventured off to South America. Gazing upon Machu Picchu, hiking through Patagonia, and roaming the streets of Buenos Aires changed her life forever – one trip and Jessica was hooked. She has indulged her wanderlust Read More

Chris Myers Expedition Specialist

Chris grew up in the woods and waterways near the Chesapeake Bay. Fishing, camping and canoeing from an early age led to a passion for adventures in the natural world. After moving west to Oregon, the urge to travel became too much to resist and Chris bought a backpack and a ticket to Europe. He returned to the Pacific Northwest three years later after traveling Read More

Jennifer Salinas Expedition Specialist

Born and raised in Seattle, Jennifer’s passion for travel started with one life-changing trip to Kauai in her teens. Formally trained as an educator, she has explored our amazing planet to seek out wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and culture whenever possible... and through her extensive travels, Latin America found a special place in her heart. Not only has Jennifer lived in Read More

Alison Ashton Expedition Specialist

Alison became passionate about adventure travel after studying abroad in Chile, where she was inspired to embark on an epic year-long overland journey from Tierra del Fuego to Los Angeles. Infused with an appetite for adventure and exploration, she has traveled, lived, studied, and worked across the globe – from South America and Central America to Mexico, Europe, Read More

Andie Baker Expedition Specialist

Andie is an avid outdoorswoman who developed her love for the sea while surfing and sailing catamarans off Galveston Island, Texas. Having camped with her family from the age of four, she has traveled extensively throughout the US (only 3 states to go!) and has backpacked the Grand Canyon and portions of the Pacific Crest Trail. Traveling south after university, Read More

Amanda Gerardo Travel Coordinator Department Manager

After spending her childhood in a small town in Maine, Amanda was ready to break out and explore the world! That exploration started with a cross-country road trip the summer after graduating high school. The spirit and character she felt during her one-day stop in Seattle was the only inspiration she needed to pack up her life and move to the Emerald City. With her roots now Read More

Marybeth Coghill Travel Coordinator

Marybeth is a Western Washington University graduate and a proud Seattle native who loves the Pacific Northwest and exploring its natural wonders. As a big fan of road trips, she continues to check destinations off her list, including trekking and hiking Yellowstone National Park. She sees more international travel in her future, adding to her experiences exploring the ruins Read More

Sarah Anthony Travel Coordinator

Sarah is a proud Midwest native and semi-recent Seattle transplant, moving to the Emerald City in the summer of 2013 to pursue interests in the arts and theatre. Her love of travel was cemented with a five-month stay in the Emerald Isle to study Irish music and culture at the University of Ireland Maynooth, with frequent excursions to experience the countryside Read More

Betsy Forbes Accounts Manager

While earning a degree in Spanish, Betsy lived and studied in rural Mexico. She went on to work as an administrative assistant at a travel company out of Mexico City. Her journeying eventually led her to Seattle where she has lived for the past twenty years. Betsy brings eighteen years of experience as a self-employed bookkeeper to ExpeditionTrips. In the spirit of expedition travel Read More

April Petersen Accounts Manager

April received her first taste of international travel while still a teenager, volunteering with community service organizations in Europe. During the next several years, she explored the world on board expedition cruise ships working in retail and management positions. Her travels have taken her to such places as Antarctica, South America, Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Costa Read More

Shelley Fry Marketing and Media Manager

Shelley believes that penguins can change lives! She first discovered ExpeditionTrips as a client planning to visit penguins in Antarctica. A few months after her fantastic voyage to The Ice, Shelley packed up her business background to join the ExpeditionTrips crew. An independent-minded traveler, Shelley thrives on researching destinations and seeking out unique experiences. Read More

Jennie Drazan Marketing and Content Coordinator

Jennie discovered a love of the outdoors from an early age during family trips to the Oregon Coast and National Parks such as Yellowstone, the Redwoods and Yosemite. While earning a degree in biology, she spent a summer in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands living with host families and studying environmental science and conservation. Hooked on encountering new Read More

Christina Russell Marketing and Content Coordinator

Christina grew up on Bainbridge Island, which instilled in her a lifelong love of the water and being outside. While in college, Christina studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After graduation, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey, where she spent two years teaching English and exploring the region. From surfing in Baja to navigating the streets of Saigon by moped and walking along Read More