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. 

Sarah Thomson Safaris Guest Relations

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

Tanzania 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

Kilimanjaro Trekking & Safari Consultant

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

Tanzania 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

Tanzania 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!

Riley Manning

Special Interest Consultant 

Riley is an avid globetrotter who has spent the last 10+ years seeing as much of the world as he can, favorite countries include Italy, Greece, Brazil and Scotland. He is passionate about cooking, trying new cuisines and brewing his own beer. He is a yoga enthusiast and hopes to become a yoga master one day! When Riley isn’t traveling or cooking, you will find him at local Boston comedy club working on his stand-up routine. 

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

Customer Service Assistant

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.

Gregg is the Customer Service Manager for Thomson Safaris

Gregg Pokraka

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.

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. 

Liz Warren


As a copywriter at Thomson, Liz loves that her role allows her to combine two of her greatest passions: traveling and writing. She’s visited a few cities in Europe and considers hiking around Monterosso to be one of the best moments of her life. In the next 5 years, she plans to travel to a few other spots outside of the U.S. When she’s not living vicariously through guests’ safari and trek recaps, she’s either doing yoga or going to a concert. 

Ali Social Media Thomson Safaris

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.

Eliza works at Thomson Safaris

Eliza Hatch

Operations Manager

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. Since that first trip, she has returned to Tanzania seven times on safari, to climb Kilimanjaro, to work in the Thomson office in Arusha, and to lay the groundwork for FoTZC to build a small health clinic east of the Serengeti. After five years of planning, the clinic is open and running well!  



Thomsonsafaris Safari Catalog 2016-2017