World travelers. Avid trekkers. Safari experts. Friends. Meet the team that plans your Tanzanian adventure.
Each member loves traveling, Tanzania, and Thomson. Here are some things you might not know about them.
Ina has trekked, hiked, and ice-climbed in the mountainous regions of the U.S. and abroad. She counts reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with her two sisters as a particularly memorable experience. Though her background is in art and literature, travel is her first and greatest love. She’s dedicated to making sure Thomson travelers have enriching, extraordinary experiences.
Director of Customer Service
Gregg has traveled throughout the U.S., Central America, Europe, and Tanzania. He has reached the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro and Ol Doinyo Lengai (which was erupting at the time!). Along with his passion for travel, Gregg brings more than 20 years of customer service experience to the Thomson team. His attention to detail, extensive knowledge of safari logistics, and dedication to travelers ensure the success of your trip.
Safari Sales Manager
Emily fell in love with Tanzania on her first safari in 2006. In fact, her Master’s Degree in Global Development Policy was inspired by conversations she shared with locals about employment challenges in Tanzania. In addition to living in Dar es Salaam, she’s traveled to Brazil, India, Morocco, Poland, Belgium, and Greece. Read about Emily's safari!
Tanzania Safari Consultant
Gabriela has lived in Germany, journeyed on medical missions in the Dominican Republic, and visited Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Spain. She speaks Spanish and is currently studying Italian and German. She plans on learning Swahili next! Her favorite part of the job: talking to people about exciting travel plans and helping them plan an unforgettable trip. Read about Gabriela's Safari!
Special Interest Program Manager
Roberta has a true talent for developing engaging programs and international travel experiences. Her background is in higher education, and her work has included organizing study abroad programs and professional conferences at Penn State University, as well as widely expanding the travel programs and outreach at Dartmouth College. In her free time, Roberta loves to take photographs and has traveled to 41 different countries!
Special Interest Accounts Manager
Andrew has explored far and wide—Central America, Western Europe, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Canada, and Tanzania. He loves Tanzania for its friendly people and bountiful wildlife, and finds joy in helping fellow world travelers plan life-changing safaris. Andrew fills his free time with fly fishing, ice hockey, and electric guitar. Read about Andrew's safari!
Katie Cordes Cella
Director of Strategic Development
Katie has journeyed to Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, and Switzerland. She has twice reached the summit of Kilimanjaro and traveled on safari in Tanzania. In her free time, she enjoys running, wine tasting, culinary tours around the world, and working with Boston-based nonprofit organizations. Katie loves working on a team that believes in responsible tourism. Read about Katie's Kilimanjaro Trek!
Kilimanjaro Program Manager
Rachel has hiked extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad—the White Mountains, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, New Zealand, and most recently, Mount Kilimanjaro. She lived in China for several years as a child and as an adult, in which time she visited Hong Kong and Malaysia. She’s been swimming her whole life, participating in long distance open water events and polar plunges! Read about Rachel's Kilimanjaro Trek!
Special Interest Safari Consultant
Aside from living on both coasts of the U.S., Katie has journeyed to Africa, Australia, and South America. She received a Master’s Degree in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys running, doing Pilates and yoga, and eating great food. On her recent Tanzania safari, Katie was amazed to be close to so much wildlife while seeing the wildlife migration in the Northern Serengeti.
Tanzania Safari Consultant
Paul is the definition of a world traveler. Born and bred in the UK, Paul has visited and lived in over 25 countries and 6 continents (Antarctica is next on his list). His adventures have included studying the Canary Island volcanoes, harvesting olives in Andalucía, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and doing volunteer work to empower indigenous communities in Guatemala. Along with his extensive knowledge of the globe, he brings over 8 years of customer service and operations experience in the travel industry to Thomson.
Amy Garwood Czarnecki
Kilimanjaro Trek & Safari Consultant
Amy was born to be an outdoor adventurer. As our team’s state-side Wilderness First Responder, she has summited Mount Rainier, led Outward Bound trips for at-risk youth in the Everglades, sea-kayaked in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, and backpacked through the mountains of Montana, California and Washington. Amy even guides kayakers on the Charles River in Boston. Her extensive wilderness experience and knowledge of outdoor equipment and gear make her a great resource for our trekkers preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!
Tanzania Safari Consultant
Nicole is a true world traveler, having visited Malta, France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, England, and several U.S. states. But her heart is in Italy, a country she’s traveled top to bottom, and where she lived for some time (in Rome). Her background in the (often extremely stressful) international airline business means she’s experienced with providing guests with the best possible travel experiences (and she’s great at crisis management!). In her free time, Nicole likes to golf, run, and cook.
Client Service Support
As the son of a travel agent, Matt caught the travel bug early. So far, he’s visited the Bahamas, the UK, Croatia, Mexico, Belize, Italy, Turkey and Greece (just to name a few), and has gone on adventures ranging from hiking trips along the rim of the Grand Canyon to underwater explorations of coral reefs. An avid outdoorsman, Matt likes to spend his free time snowboarding, fly fishing, and hiking. When he’s not roughing it, though, he makes a mean homemade pizza!
Megan’s love of travel has led her to 100 different countries around the globe. Her favorite trip, bar none, was trekking through the expansive, stunning Maasailand of Tanzania on a walking safari. With twin toddlers at home now, travel is not quite as frequent, although she thoroughly enjoys listening to the tales our guests bring back from the bush and is always striving to improve guest experiences.
Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Ali has been skydiving in the Swiss Alps, wine tasting in France, snowboarding down a glacier, and ziplining through the rainforest canopies in Central America. During her most recent visit to Tanzania, she directed Tanzanian film school students for on-location filming, and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Ali recalls the trek being challenging (she climbed the most strenuous route!), but her supportive group made it fun. She’s still friends with some of them. Read about Ali's Umbwe trek!
Writer & PR Associate
During her years as a freelance writer and editor, Jilly ate more than a few ramen dinners, but the one thing she always set aside time and money for was travel. So far she’s visited 10 European countries, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad, and all but a handful of the states in the U.S. She can’t wait to visit Tanzania and witness firsthand all the fantastic sights and experiences she’s writing about for Thomson. In her free time, Jilly writes humor and fiction.
Director of Development & Operations for Focus on Tanzanian Communities
Eliza has circumnavigated the globe, visiting Nicaragua, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, Italy, Thailand and Denmark—to name a few! During a trip to Ghana and Tanzania, she discovered her passion for traveling to developing nations. She’s thankful to use this passion in her work for FoTZC, our partner nonprofit dedicated to enhancing educational resources and empowering communities in Tanzania.
FileMaker Developer & Interface Designer
Jackie enjoys studying languages and linguistics. In her free time, she writes prose and poetry, and plays multiple musical instruments. Her travels have taken her to France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, throughout the U.S, and more recently to the Northern Tanzania safari circuit!
Kilimanjaro Sales Consultant
The love of travel and adventure must run in Samantha’s blood! The daughter of a travel agent, she grew up traveling and so far has been to Canada, Bermuda, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland. Weekend rambles in the woods developed a love of the outdoors, which eventually led to leadership training with the Appalachian Mountain Club and a job leading group recreation trips in Yellowstone National Park. A wildlife enthusiast, she’s always dreamed of Africa and can’t wait to conquer Kilimanjaro!
Receptionist & Guest Liaison
Sarah is a Boston native and is thrilled to join the Thomson Safaris Team! A great love of travel has led her to ski the Swiss Alps, snorkel a Volcanic crater in Maui, sail the British Virgin Islands and scuba dive in Aruba. She dreams of adding Africa and Australia to that list. In her spare time she is an actress exploring the Boston theatre community.
Social Media Marketing Associate
Ernie has relocated to Boston from Philadelphia to be a part of the Thomson Safaris team! Growing up vacationing in the mountains of Pennsylvania, Ernie has a great love for the outdoors and traveling. He has been to Ireland, Germany, Hawaii, studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia, and taught English in Bangkok, Thailand for a year! Ernie is an avid Philadelphia Flyers fan, and keeps his hockey dream alive on his men's recreational team, "The Beagles."