Dedicated Trip Planners

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. 

Carolyn Hardy

Safari Sales Expert

Carolyn’s first love has always been words. She earned her degree in English Writing & Literature right here in Boston, has published two creative nonfiction pieces, and constantly scribbles notes for future stories and books. Now she uses her love of words to paint a picture of Tanzania to her guests, so they can be as excited and enamored with it as she is. When she’s not talking with guests about safari sunsets, you can probably find her baking, camping, or drinking wine.

John King

Communications Specialist

John grew up in southeastern Connecticut and studied journalism in the Emerson College Broadcast Journalism program. He caught the travel bug while spelunking in Vietnam and developed a keen interest in active, ethical adventuring. In his free time, John is a drummer in a band and a fervent reader. 

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Sarah Jacobs

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.

Megan Murphy

Guest Relations

Megan’s love of travel has led her to 100 different countries around the globe. Her favorite trip was trekking through the expansive, stunning Maasailand of Tanzania on a walking safari. With twin boys 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. 

Samantha Amerault

Safari & Kilimanjaro 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, Switzerland, and of course, Tanzania. 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 Kilimanjaro! Read about Sam's journey to Kilimanjaro!

Annifreed Sinjour

Trip Manager

Annifreed double majored in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in International & Global Studies while in college. She loves traveling when she can and has been to 19 states in the U.S. as well as Canada, England, and Rome. She hopes to expand on her international travel by visiting many other countries, including Tanzania!  When she’s not working or traveling, she spends her free time volunteering, stuffing her face with good food, and attending music festivals.

Hillary Camara

Safari & Kilimanjaro Consultant

Hillary has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, visited Costa Rica, and recently spent 12 days in Morocco. When she is not venturing off, she enjoys sipping tea, knitting, and reading as her kitten sleeps beside her. Because she can’t be planning her own trips on a daily basis, Hillary enjoys working with guests to schedule their trip of a lifetime. Read about Hillary's trekking safari!

Kristina Jackson

Senior Safari & Kilimanjaro Consultant

Kristina’s heart lies in Florence, Italy where she lived for 6 months. She has traveled Italy extensively, and if she could teleport herself to anywhere in the world, she would be eating pesto on the water in Cinque Terre. When she’s not planning her own trips, and trips for our Tanzania guests, you can find her whipping up new recipes, seeing a live show, playing soccer, crossfitting, hiking, skiing, or snowboarding. Read about Kristina's safari and Kilimanjaro climb!

Ina is the General Manager of Thomson Safaris

Ina Steinhilber

General Manager

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. 

Andrew Doherty

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!

Erin Knerr

Trip Manager

Erin grew up on a small farm in PA which created a love of all things old and historic, leading her to get a masters in Historic Building Conservation in England. She can thatch a roof, forge chisel and make a handmade brick - you should ask her about this!  While she has a bit of traveling under her belt, there are so many more places on the bucket list. On weekends you'll find her in the kitchen cooking and trying out new recipes.

Nicole Colantonio

Marketing Assistant & Project Manager

Born and raised in the Boston suburbs, Nicole’s passion for travel has taken her from Mt. Fuji in Japan to Mt. Vesuvius in Italy. After spending years teaching filmmaking, graphic design, and Flash animation to young children, her passion for using technology to facilitate communication in new ways was born. Aside from her career interests in social media and project management, she is also an avid reader, board and video game enthusiast, documentary film lover and creative writer. 

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Ali Riley

Graphic Designer

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! 

John Muiruri

Full Stack Web Developer

John originally came to the U.S. from Nairobi, Kenya, and now resides in the Boston area. With a passion for tech start-ups & innovations, he loves being part of a team that is customer oriented and working towards the same shared goal. In his spare time, he enjoys flying drones, traveling, and watching nature documentaries.

Emily Bresnick

Database & Project Coordinator

Emily, a New York native, has lived in Paris and traveled to England, Spain, Canada, as well as many US states. Her favorite experiences include welcoming the sunrise from atop Haleakala in Maui, eating lobsters fresh from the ocean in Portland, ME, and meandering along the Seine watching Parisian street performers. In her spare time, Emily enjoys photography, target archery, cooking, and hanging out with her cat.

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