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 Executive Assistant to the President

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

Joy Martinello Expedition Specialist

Joy entertained her desire to travel the day after she graduated from college, when she strapped a backpack on her back and wandered off to explore Europe. Since those days, Joy has put her organizational skills to work by helping others visit extraordinary destinations and having life-changing experiences. Santa Fe, New Mexico became home for Joy during the 90's, 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

Lorraine Chachere Expedition Specialist

Lorraine Chachere grew up in San Diego and completed her undergraduate studies outside of Boston.  Lorraine’s international travels began on a trip throughout Bolivia after having joined Renacer Boliviano, a Bolivian folkloric dance troupe based in Chicago. Upon completing culinary school, Lorraine Read More

Beth Mercier Expedition Specialist

Beth was introduced to travel at a very early age. Her father was a commercial airline pilot and brought her along on his trips, as early as 6 months old! Throughout her childhood, she had the fortunate experience to travel to such destinations as Europe, Asia, and Central America. Her love of travel inspired her to study International Tourism in Australia while in college. 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 since 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

Amanda Gerardo Lead Travel Coordinator

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

Jennifer Santoyo Travel Coordinator

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

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

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 the unique Read More

Amanda Hagar Web Content Specialist

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Amanda has long had an appreciation of the outdoors. Regular family weekend trips to the San Juan Islands, Pacific Coast and Cascade Mountains sparked a love of nature and adventure. Harrowing crossings of the Strait of Juan de Fuca aboard a small boat have given her steely sea legs that she hopes to one day use for the Read More

Jennie Drazan Web Content Specialist

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 landscapes and cultures, she next ventured to Australia, Read More