Elizabeth (Eli) was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her parents are Cuban immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1961. A native Spanish speaker, Eli is also fluent in English, French, and Portuguese. After graduating from the University of Miami with a bachelors in International Studies, she began her hospitality career as the Director of Catering with Hyatt Regency hotels. She has secured several major grants for community development supporting the Hispanic population and Eli has been instrumental in planning and managing charitable events that provide free breast cancer exams and care for women. She earned a Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Masters in Business Management. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida.
Jordan, Travel Consultant
Jordan (Jordi) was born in Miami, Florida and is of Cuban descent. He is fluent in Spanish and also has a strong understanding of Portuguese. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. His interest in human social interaction along with his passion for travel and adventure inspired him to pursue a career in tourism. Jordan recently completed a Master's degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality which has allowed him to perfect the skills needed to lead successful tours in Cuba.
Dave, Senior EditoR
David (Dave) was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After 25 years of distinguished military service, Dave retired from the U.S. military and now works as a contractor in communications and technology. Dave has lived in various U.S. states as well as overseas. His professional and personal travel has allowed him to visit over 50 countries where he has spent a significant amount of time appreciating the opportunity to experience other cultures and beliefs. He was recognized as a Dean’s List graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy where doctorate level writing and oral presentation is the focus of the curriculum.
LAURA, PHOTOGRAPHER AND INSTRUCTOR
Laura L. Gingerich is an award winning photojournalist specializing in relief and disaster assistance worldwide. She is known for “having an eye for beauty in the midst of chaos” from her work in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti, Pakistan, West Bank and India. When Laura is not on assignment, she loves sharing her knowledge by leading photography workshops that inspire and motivate beginners to advanced level enthusiasts.