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Announcing the newly elected members of the ASTA Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA—The American Society of Travel Advisors is pleased to announce our ASTA Board of Directors' newly elected Directors-at-Large, who will officially begin their two-year terms at the close of the ASTA Global Convention in Puerto Rico next month. There were eight candidates vying for five open at-Large seats on the Board.   

The following are the newly elected national Directors-at-Large, in alphabetical order: 

  • Kelly Bergin, CEO, Duglin Travel Group (elected to a second term)
  • Kareem George, Principal; Founder, Culture Traveler, LLC (elected to a second term) 
  • Pamela Irwin, Vice President of Sales, ATB Travel
  • Anita Pagliasso, Vice President of Industry Relations, KHM Travel Group
  • Lee Thomas, COO, ALTOUR; President, Business Travel & The Travel Authority 

The ASTA Board of Directors also welcomes Robert (Rob) Hale, Chief Operating Officer, Travel N Relax INC, as one of the Regional Director representatives, and Amanda Klimak, President/Co-Owner, Largay Travel, as a CAC Director.  

Returning to the ASTA Board of Directors as the CAC Chair and new member of the Executive Committee is Kathy Bedell, Senior Vice President, BCD Travel.  

Also returning is Rhonda Shumway, President, TerraMar Travel, Inc as the Small Business Network Director and Deb Belchak, President, Lazy Dayz Travel, as another one of the Regional Director representatives.  

The Directors returning to the Board for the 2023-2024 term are as follows:    

  • Marc Casto, President Leisure Americas, Flight Centre Travel Group
  • Jackie Friedman, President, Nexion Travel Group
  • Tiffany Hines, President & CEO, Global Escapes
  • John Werner, President, MAST Travel Network 
  • Shelly Philips, Owner, Travel By That Girl 

ASTA would like to thank all the membership that participated in the voting and election process. We appreciate your commitment to ASTA's leadership.



Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit our mission statement.  




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