I'm from Missouri - born in St. Louis; grew up in Cape Girardeau. I "believe" it just comes naturally that I would be interested in cruising because Cape Girardeau is the only interior “cape” in the U.S., and living in Cape Girardeau - I literally grew up on the river, as my father was a tow boat captain. I spent many a summers vacationing on those boats. I even got to steer one of the tow boats up the Mississippi one summer, dreaming that I might even be the first lady tow boat captain, but alas, my life led me down other paths.
A year after graduating high school and while working in Washington, DC, I met and married my boy’s father. We moved to Clearwater, Florida shortly after our marriage; his family was there and my family soon moved there, too. I looked into the training to be a travel agent, but again, my life lead me down a different path. I have two boys, Billy and Jonathan, who are grown and married; one fantastic grandson, Nicholas, an adorable step-granddaughter, Payshance and our newest addition, Ivannah.
Divorced, I really struggled to find my calling. Then one day a mutual friend introduced me to a wonderful man, Ed, and we married. A few years later I met Sandra; she re-introduced me to the travel industry - WooHoo! Then all of a sudden here I am! A dream come true? YES!
Helping people realize their dream vacations, getting them on board beautiful ships and sailing around the world, or touring faraway, distant lands; this IS a dream come true for me. I really enjoy watching the expressions on my client’s faces as they are telling me of their unique experiences on the water and at the ports and as they discover new foreign countries, cultures and cuisines.
On my "bucket list" is a family cruise with my boys and their families! Helping them discover what I have found, showing them around this great big, beautiful world - while cruising and/or touring. I can hardly wait to see the expressions on their faces!
Sandra considers herself a Jill of all trades and master of many. An Elementary school teacher who specialized in 4th 5th and 6th grades, she is also a certified nutrition counselor and an Independent Distributor of Shaklee Products for 35 plus years.
An online travel agent trained in Special Events on Land and Sea, she is a member of a Master Mind Group with other like-minded Event Coordinators, allowing her to keep up with current information regarding the travel industry.
As a professional Event Planner and Travel Consultant she is required to attend training sessions. She is proud to do business under the umbrella of Industry known Host Agencies, and belongs to the following Associations: CLIA, ARC and IATAN. As a result, she is a Seller of Travel in required states, and is fully insured and bonded through those Host Agencies. Along with her business partner Kathryn, Sandra is also a Certified Specialist for Langham Hospitality Group, Silversea Cruises, Mammoth Mountain, Chile and Brazil, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, and for Travel Guard Insurance.
Being hearing impaired has never slowed Sandra down. She has a special phone which helps her talk to her clients and take care of all their needs, without ever missing a beat.
Sandra is a member of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and the Christian Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay. She is a member of the Fort Cooper Chapter of the DAR, a member of the Garden Club of Crystal River, an avid golfer and duplicate bridge player. She is also a mother to three great grown children and grandmother to 4 fabulous grandchildren. She feels very blessed with the wonderful spouses her children have chosen.
If you are planning a Group Event coupled with a Vacation Experience, Sandra and her team are more than ready to help you plan your next Special Event on Land or at Sea!