Our Travel Staff are our greatest asset at Ventures Travel! They are passionate, hard-working, committed individuals who come from various professions and backgrounds ranging from educators to nurses, group home staff to college students studying to be the next generation of care professionals. Our staff are passionate about what we do and they do it well! They are trained to provide assistance with personal cares, medication administration, and money management while accompanying the group or individual traveler to all attractions ensuring a fantastic vacation for all! Our travel staff are also trained to provide emotional/behavioral support and encourage traveler involvement and independence in the travel experience. On each trip, our staff are responsible for maintaining high standards of supervision to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the travelers. Our staff are also trained in CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, and Defensive/Safe Driving.
On our trips, our travel staff will accompany the group to all attractions and facilitate the vacation experience. Additionally, our travel staff will prepare experience reports for each traveler. Experience reports are mailed home along with a personalized photo album filled with photos from the vacation for travelers to keep as a souvenir from their vacation!
Lisa Moore, Director
I have had the privilege of working at Ventures Travel since 2010. After receiving a degree in Social Work I worked for LSS in Iowa. Next, I decided to take my social work skills to the sky and became a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines! I was a flight attendant for 25 years before joining Ventures Travel. Working at Ventures Travel combines both my education and passion for working with people, along with my travel experience! I find great joy in being a part of a program dedicated to providing life changing travel experiences for the amazing people we serve! Their stories and smiles at the end of the trip make all I do worthwhile and are a constant reminder that travel is more than just a luxury; it’s an opportunity to experience the world!
Kayleen Pfitzer, Program Manager
I started facilitating trips with Ventures Travel in 2011 and became Program Manager in April 2015. Growing up, my family went on many road trips throughout the United States, allowing me the opportunity to see many of the beautiful sites the U.S.A has to offer! After earning my bachelors degree from the UW-Stout, I moved to Thailand to teach at a vocational school for adults with disabilities. After my time in Thailand, I wasn’t quite cured of my “travel bug” so I moved to Haiti as a missionary for a year. I returned to the United States in the summer of 2014. I love my role at Ventures Travel because I get the opportunity to make travel possible for the incredible individuals we serve! Travel promotes independence, increases confidence, and fosters creativity! Every day, I get to witness the incredible influence travel has on our travelers and it brings me so much joy! I love chatting with our travelers when they return from a trip and hearing about their adventures!
Maggie Venell, Assistant Program Manager
I have been with Ventures Travel since August 2012 after spending six years with the Summer Camp and Respite programs of our parent company, True Friends. Though I spend most of my time in the office, I do get to go on trips every once-in-a-while. It’s a treat for me to experience new places with our incredible travelers! I thrive on the energy our travelers bring on check-in days and cannot wait to hear their stories when they return from their vacation! Their excitement reenergizes me! Just like our enthusiastic travelers, I love to travel and enjoy finding new destinations to visit. It was my interest in travel and passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities that brought me to Ventures Travel. Every day I am reminded why I enjoy my job!