Judi and Dennis formed ETSI in 1988. Judi has more than 25-years experience in the travel industry and Dennis has 30 years as a teacher and respected leadership trainer. They share a passion for family and for giving students and teachers unique educational opportunities. They are also devoted grandparents to Jackson, Amelia, Maddie and Max.
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Katie started at ETSI in 1998, but her job really began as a student traveler with her parents, Judi and Dennis. Her job ranges from developing new tours to overseeing staff and operations. In her free time, Katie loves cooking, reading, going to the gym and spending time with her husband Darrick and two children, Jackson and Amelia.
Julie has been part of the business pretty much since birth. Daughter of the owners, the travel bug bit her early. She loves providing tours to students and sharing her love of travel and history. When not planning music tours or handling the financial side of the business, she can be found with her children–riding horses, skiing and of course, traveling!
Val has been in the tour planning business for over 30 years. Working for teachers and students to help them learn outside the classroom has been the most rewarding career she has had. Val enjoys spending time with her two grand-babies, exercising and painting. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels and mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Christine has been with ETSI since 2007. She stays busy planning tours and being an onsite coordinator. As a mom who homeschooled her children, Christine recognizes the value of hands-on learning. When she has a minute she loves to be outside, preferably on a hike. However, a rainy day is no problem as she always has a good book on hand.
Tyler’s began her relationship with ETSI as a middle school teacher who got recruited to travel as a chaperone. Tyler is excited to help students connect concepts learned in the classroom with real world experiences. When not working, you can find Tyler running with her husband and their two dogs, cooking, or cheering on Oregon football.
Leslie began with ETSI as an Onsite Coordinator in 2005. She expanded her duties to include research and development working with new teachers and Tour Leaders. During the tour season, she continues her role as an Onsite Coordinator. She enjoys traveling, painting, reading cookbooks and spending time with her twin granddaughters.
Jan is the friendly voice who usually answers the phone when you call the office. She helps travelers get registered, keeps track of payments, answers questions about trips and helps keep student groups organized. She has been with ETSI since 2001. She loves to golf, spend time with her son and ride with her husband on their Harley.
Elouise is a traveler at heart. If she is not traveling the states and Canada in her STINGRAY (Corvette), you’ll find her in the office booking the air travel for our groups. Her prior experiences had a wide management spectrum involving air, hotel and transportation as well as accounting for a private corporate fleet of aircraft – helicopters, Lears, G2’s, etc.
Janis knows that great materials need more than just a pretty face. She loves to help create visuals that inspire, communicate and look great! She is always looking for innovative ways to share information about student travel. In her spare time she is captain of a dragon boat team, kayaks, camps and volunteers at her son’s school.