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Name: Maria Angeles
Title: Account executive, Western US and Canada, Mexico & Asia/South Pacific
College: University of California, Santa Barbara
Started at FX: 2021
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with? Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s most-celebrated female painter. She surrounded herself with some of the most fascinating historical figures in the world and shared her life through her work.
Name: Carrie Cox
Title: Account executive
College: Kansas State University
Started at FX: 2021
First Job: DJ at a radio station in Phillipsburg, Kansas
Tell us about a comical travel experience: When I was little, my family would always drive to a different destination on summer vacation with dad at the wheel and my mom reading the map. I remember one particular summer, when they kept missing the “Slauson Cutoff,” and laughing about it time after time. Years later, I asked where the heck was the “Slauson Cuttoff” and how did we keep missing it? That’s when my parents told me it was an old Johnny Carson bit — and a joke they never expected me to remember!
Name: Tracey Cullen
Title: Art director
College: Kutztown University
Started at FX: 2007
What has been the best example of customer service you’ve experienced during your travels? The customer service at Grand Velas Riviera Maya was top notch. When I went to the beach with my family, there was always someone there to assist with everything. They even brought my daughter fancy, fruity drinks when she was too shy to ask for one.
Name: Haley Fogarty
Title: Advertising manager
College: Drexel University
Started at FX: 2020
What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t in your current industry: I would probably still be dancing professionally in some way. I spent my childhood and early professional career dancing and would love to continue that, whether for a sports team or teaching dance to kids.
Name: Francis X. Gallagher
Title: Publisher and CEO
College: St. Joseph’s University
Started at GT: 2004
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with? Abraham Lincoln, as he is the great emancipator.
Name: Janice Hecht
Title: Senior editor
College: M.A., Wesleyan University; B.A., Southern Connecticut State University
Started at FX: 2008
What is your preferred method of travel — planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships — and why? Traveling around Europe with a Eurail pass as a young adult, I fell in love with train travel. It’s truly relaxing to sit back and watch the landscape slowly change between destinations.
Name: Kimberly Inlander
Title: Editor in Chief
College: Syracuse University — go Orange! And I got my MA in Writing Studies from St. Joseph’s University
Started at FX: 2006
Share a comical travel experience: My maiden name was Krol, and many years ago I was staying in New York City at the Gansevoort. I walked out of the hotel to many photographers and paparazzi screaming, “Kim!” Turns out, there were two Kim K.s staying at the hotel that night and the paparazzi wasn’t there for me!
Name: Mary Melnick
Title: Social media & editorial coordinator
College: Bloomsburg University
Started at FX: August 2019
What actress or actor would play you in a movie of your life? This is a hard one but I think I would pick Scarlett Johansson! She has played a wide variety of roles and has been phenomenal in all of them — especially as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff! She’s up there on my list of favorite actresses.
Name: Yasser Ogando
Title: Advertising and production manager
Started at FX: 2018
What is your favorite book or television show? I love reading suspenseful and mysterious stories and Mary Higgins Clark’s Where Are The Children? is at the top of my list. Based on the fact I watch this show at least once a year (especially around the holidays), Friends is definitely my favorite television show
Name: Aoife O’Riordan
Title: Associate editor
College: Florida State University
Started at FX: 2021
What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t in your current industry? I have always had a fascination with the criminal justice system (perhaps from listening to way too many crime podcasts) and probably would have pursued a career in that field if not for the travel industry. If not a criminal lawyer, maybe working with the Innocence Project, as it seems so fulfilling.
Name: Christyn Pek
Title: Business development executive
College: Grand Valley State University
Started at FX: 2021
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with? I would enjoy dinner with Henry Ford because his methods, innovation and brand continue to be in use to this day. Not only did he change how factories produced goods through his thoughtout process of assembling model T cars, but he also gave Americans an easier way to travel independently.
Name: Katie Skrzek
Title: Vice president/digital director
College: Fordham University
Started at FX: 2011
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with? Princess Diana, as she led a fascinating life and dealt with unique challenges.
Name: Patricia Vanikiotis
Title: Associate editor/copy editor
College: Western Oregon University (Oregon College of Education)
Started at FX: 2008
Tell us about a travel nightmare: The evening before we were to fly home from Madrid after a two-week road trip on the Iberian Peninsula, my husband’s wallet and passport were stolen. We had to scramble to cancel our flights, file a police report and get a temporary passport the next day at the U.S. Embassy. Two days later, after securing seats on a flight home, we arrived at the airport to learn they didn’t have a record of my ticket in their system. After some panic, our travel insurance company helped track down the error, and we headed to our gate. I nearly lost it when my boarding pass wouldn’t scan after several attempts, but I finally got on board. Not the best end to what had been a wonderful trip!
Jack is a freelance writer working on a variety of projects from his current base in Guatemala, after a trip which took in the majority of South and Central America. A degree in French and History from the University of Leeds further developed his passion for the written word in all of its forms, and travel continues to inspire his writing.
Benjamin Kerns is a freelance writer, photographer and outdoor adventurer based out of San Diego, CA. When he’s not busy working on the Next Great American Novel you can find him hopping across the world looking for new places to climb big rocks. He’s also fanatically obsessed with finding ways to travel for as little money as possible.
Recent Temple Graduate, Angelique Platas, joined the Trazee Travel team as a contributor in 2015. The New Jersey native loves traveling, live music and running with her dog, Vixey.
Holly Riddle is a freelance travel, food and lifestyle writer. When not covering her favorite topics, she’s probably reading about them. She lives in central Pennsylvania, with her husband and two dogs, where she also covers local food, agriculture and entertainment.
Allie Moore is a Virginia-born freelance writer and editor who has been based in Barcelona, Spain since 2014. After various editorial roles in Washington, D.C. and Cambodia, she now enjoys a slower pace of life in the capital of Catalonia. When she is not writing or running along the Mediterranean beaches, she is planning her next trip and posting all about it on her travel/expat blog, AllieWanders.com.
Eugenia Lazaris is a freelance writer and blogger who lives in Los Angeles but calls Greece her second home. Travel became her passion during childhood when she first flew around the world with her family. Since then she has been busy following that passion and traveling as much as possible with her friends and family. When she isn’t on the road she can be found planning her next big adventure.
Andrew Melnick is a senior at Bloomsburg University with a major in Communication Studies. he enjoys sports, relaxing outside on a nice day, and taking trips to the beach.
Mary is a recent graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Mary took a year off from school to participate in the Disney College Program and loved every minute of it. In her free time she likes to hangout with friends and family.
Tiffany is a Jamaican-born-and-bred freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her passions include writing, traveling, and photography. She explores world cultures through people, food, music, architecture, and entertainment. When she is not working, she is traveling or planning for her next trip.
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