Meet Our Team

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Kirk Demeter, President

Kirk Demeter, President

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Favorite South Pacific Destination: The Kimberley region of Western Australia, Queenstown New Zealand, and the Whitsundays.
Favorite Food: Mexican and Vietnamese.  In New Zealand, nothing beats the lamb!
Favorite Wine: Red:  Grant Burge “Meshach” Shiraz.  White:  Leeuwin Estates “Art Series” Chardonnay.
Favorite Music: Ryan Adams, Brandi Carlile, Vampire Weekend, Kathleen Edwards, Neil Finn.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: The Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, the western side of Tasmania, and the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island (where I’ll be spending my Christmas break).
Travel Tip: Premium Economy is similar to what you’d experience in a First Class seat on flights in the USA – only better.  That extra comfort and upgraded food and beverage service really makes traveling to the South Pacific that much better, and it is surprisingly affordable.  Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Qantas all have truly excellent Premium Economy cabins. 

Kim Faucette, Reservations & Operations Manager

Kim Faucette, Reservations & Operations Manager

Hometown: San Diego
Favorite South Pacific Destination: My two favorite destinations are Fiji & Darwin/Top End. I think Fiji is the most romantic place on earth and the people are so incredibly hospitable and nice, it makes me smile whenever I think of them. I fell in love with Darwin and the National Parks because the landscape is so diverse and the wildlife is plentiful.
Favorite Food: King crab legs most definitely. Dipped in some browned butter, they just melt in your mouth! I also love chocolate and definitely prefer the treats from Australia & New Zealand.
Favorite Wine: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Favorite Music: R&B, Pop, Top 40, Rock, Jazz, Motown
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Wolgan Valley, it may be a trek to get there but it’s absolutely stunning and worth staying a few nights. Iron Bar in Port Douglas, a great hangout with the locals.
Travel Tip: Try to fit in something you wouldn’t normally do. It’ll make your trip that much more special & memorable.

Allison Hogan, Destination Specialist

Allison Hogan, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Alstonville, Nr Ballina/Byron Bay, Northern NSW, Australia.
Favorite South Pacific Destination:  The Great Barrier Reef is really one of the most beautiful places in the world and is probably my favorite destination. I did my PADI Dive Course on Heron Island in 1980 and I have scuba dived in the Fiji Islands as well as the Cook Islands. I have been to Tahiti many times, and I have been to Samoa. They are all different and equally wonderful. The majority of the itineraries that I create are for people traveling to New Zealand and Australia. I always encourage them to think about an island stopover.
Favorite Food: While in Australia: King Prawns fresh off the Ballina trawler boats with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
While in New Zealand: Roast Lamb with all the trimmings with a NZ Hawkes Bay red wine.
While in Tahiti and Fiji: Fresh fish with home grown vegetables and salads.
Favorite Wine: NZ Sauvignon blanc.
Favorite Music:  Anything from the 1970s and 1980s – bands like The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, The Eurythmics.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: You don’t have to tip unless the service is extraordinary.
Travel Tip: When in Australia, end words with an e or an o and you will sound like a local. Examples: Breakfast – Brekkie, Afternoon – Avo, Postal Employee – Posty, Football – Footy, Service Station – servo.
In all seriousness, make sure you know your airline luggage limits and pack sparingly. Take half of what you think you need and have fun !

Chris Mead, Destination Specialist

Chris Mead, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.  More and more cosmopolitan and international every time I return, love it!
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Great Ocean Road Lorne, could look at that ocean all day.
Favorite Food: Anything my mum cooks, especially a roast, lamb shank and braised short ribs.
Favorite Wine: Any drop from Western Australia.  Any Molly Dooker wine from Australia.  Hawkes Bay, NZ Sav blanc, and Pinot Noir from Central Otago NZ.  Spanish Rioja’s.  Can’t beat a good Bordeaux.  Not shy on grabbing a straw for a Napa Valley Cabernet. 
Favorite Music: oh boy, another buffet here.  Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassy, Etta James, U2, Eskimo Joe, Sting, Duran Duran, Toni Childs, Rush, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley oh and I’d better say my hubby’s band, The Silence.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Queenstown, New Zealand.  A mini Switzerland without the price tag.  People, adventure, food, wine, beer and scenery all makes you want to stay forever.  A must do is a helicopter tour here, no matter what your budget, it will be the pinnacle of your trip! 
Travel Tip: Don’t sweat the small things, after all you are on holiday, absorb and relax

Emma Leon, Destination Specialist

Emma Leon, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Born in Launceston, Tasmania but consider Adelaide, South Australia my hometown.
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Tasmania is unforgettable.  Untouched wilderness, wildlife, wineries and friendly locals.
Favorite Food: Cheese, Cadbury’s chocolate and Sausage rolls
Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, particularly from New Zealand.
Favorite Music: Top 40, 80’s, anything I can sing my heart out to – when I’m alone of course!
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  Adelaide is such a vibrant city with a great culture of the arts.  There is usually a festival happening, offers great food, has fabulous wine regions close by and Kangaroo Island just a short hop away.
Travel Tip: Don’t fear the travel time to get to Australia, once you’re there you’ll not regret it!    

Kelly Taylor, Destination Specialist

Kelly Taylor, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Western Australia.  An amazing part of Australia that so many people miss out on seeing.  Sensational snorkeling and the beaches are to die for!
Favorite Food: Seafood, Southern home cooking, BBQ and anything from Australia and New Zealand.
Favorite Wine: Shiraz, especially from Barossa Valley in South Australia.
Favorite Music: a mix of everything – pop, r&b, old school, rock
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Kangaroo Island, Australia – its like visiting a zoo without fences.  You experience seeing kangaroos and koalas in their natural habitat.  Cook Islands – an amazing tropical region with friendly people, untouched beaches and great snorkeling and diving.
Travel Tip: Embrace the destination in full – have a beer with a local at a pub, enjoy the local cuisine, go to a sporting event to experience the comradery and atmosphere. The South Pacific is a very friendly place so never be afraid to ask questions or to start up a conversation.

Nora Gregorian, Destination Specialist

Nora Gregorian, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Glendale, CA
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Australia and Fiji 
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Wine: Malbec
Favorite Music: Jazz and Classical 
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Tasmania
Travel Tip: “Travel like Ghandi, with simple clothes, open eyes and an uncluttered mind.” - Rick Steves

Sue-Ann Hime, Destination Specialist

Sue-Ann Hime, Destination Specialist

Hometown: Mmmm.. have not lived in Australia for 17 years. Used to live in Dimbulah; parents live in Gympie, I grew up in Yeppoon. A true Queenslander through and through.
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Queensland
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Wine: Something Australian. Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz
Favorite Music:  Alternative
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Lord Howe Island
Travel Tip: Always take a small towel on the plane- much nicer than having to wipe your face with the paper towels.

Linda Furber, Director Product and Marketing (DUA)

Linda Furber, Director Product and Marketing (DUA)


Hometown: Toowoomba - and then all over the place after that!
Favorite South Pacific Destination: The Cook Islands - the people are friendly, the beaches are great and the lagoon is breathtaking.
Favorite Food:  My mums’ Roast Pork and Vegies, Lambs Fry & Bacon and Red Rooster
Favorite Wine: Malbec for winter, Sauvignon Blanc for summer - and Jim Beam year round!
Favorite Music: Anything from the 80’s, Nickelback, some Country, Classic Rock
Travel Tip: Always have some local currency on you when you land in a new country; we can never guarantee warm sunny days - so be prepared for anything and unlock your cell phone so when you travel to other countries, you can buy a local pre-paid simcard - saves a lot of time and money!

Jeff Adam, Director of Sales

Jeff Adam, Director of Sales

Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Favorite South Pacific Destination: I honestly can’t answer that! Each South Pacific destination has its own intrinsic allure and all need to be enjoyed in one’s lifetime.
Favorite Food: You can’t go past an Aussie seafood platter with dripping with tiger prawns that are like shrimp on steroids and a mountain of Moreton Bay Bugs that just melt in your mouth, washed down with a Hunter Valley Chardonnay at the Restaurants of the Rock on Sydney Harbor.
Favorite Wine: OK my absolute all-time favorite is a Grange Hermitage and as Australia’s best red wine for the last 50 years it comes at a price, but it’s worth every cent. 
Favorite Music: I have a wide array of favorites but the artist that made a major impact in my formative years was Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Il de Pins or Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. 
Travel Tip: Don’t rush your vacation in the South Pacific, take your time, listen to the locals and learn from them, mix and mingle as much as you can and immerse yourself in the culture. 

Jane Moore, Sales Coordinator

Jane Moore, Sales Coordinator

Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Sydney! Love everything it has to offer, so cosmopolitan. What a welcome you get just flying in to Australia with the most beautiful harbour. (When I fly in, I know I’m Home!)
Favorite Food: Pavlova (Dessert)
Favorite Wine: Elderton Estate Wines (Barossa Valley, South Australia) - Shiraz
Favorite Music: Motown
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Try and select your vacation down under when the festivals are happening! There is always something going on somewhere. It is fun to mix with the locals and a great way to meet new friends and immerse yourself in their culture! The weather is usually pretty good at these times too! (Need help finding out when festival are happening? Contact us we’ll help you)
Travel Tip: Always pack a hat! In the winter, a knit hat will keep your head warm and takes no room, and in summer, a brimmed hat can help save you from the sun on your face. In either case, it will save you when your curling iron doesn’t work and you’re having a bad hair day, your good to go!

John Gunning, Sales Manager

John Gunning, Sales Manager

Hometown: Bathurst, NSW Australia
Favorite South Pacific Destination: The Kimberley region in Western Australia for its rugged beauty and landscape that you will see nowhere else in the world. And of course Melbourne (VIC) this city has it all.
Favorite Food: Lasagne
Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, but my preference is always a cold beer
Favorite Music: Pearl Jam, Counting Crows & Johnny Cash
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  It has to be Wilsons Promontory National Park just outside of Melbourne, for its beaches and abundance of wildlife.
Travel Tip: Always scan a copy of your passport, credit card and travel documents and send it to your email account just in case of emergency. Listen and talk to the locals as that is where the real memories are made.

Carol Fox, Northern California/North Nevada Sales

Carol Fox, Northern California/North Nevada Sales

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Australia
Favorite Food: Pastitsio at Christo’s in Minneapolis
Favorite Wine: Cabernet
Favorite Music: All Good Music
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Australia’s National Parks – Try Grampians in Victoria
Travel Tip: My vacation travel planning is done with a travel professional. I save time, get the best prices and see the best of the destination. Also, pack your bags then remove about ½ of the clothes and shoes. You probably don’t need that much stuff.

Jan Hauer, Colorado & Utah Sales

Jan Hauer, Colorado & Utah Sales

Hometown: Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I now call Denver and the magnificent Colorado Rockies home.
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Australia, as this is a country that offers such incredible variety.  Whether experiencing the myriad activities in and around Sydney - active or cultural, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef or getting up close and personal with the unique wildlife, this is one extraordinary destination.  There is truly something for everyone.
Favorite Food: Seafood, especially in bouillabaisse, paella, or a lovely soupe de poisson with a dollop of rouille!
Favorite Wine: Tough question, as there are so many great choices from around the world.  Pinot noir, however, captivates me the most and is the wine I prefer when curling up with a good book.
Favorite Music: Classical music touches me in a very special way, and it's the music I listen to most - followed by jazz and funk.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Ningaloo Reef, a beautiful 200-mile long reef near Exmouth in Western Australia.  While remote, this stretch of the Indian Ocean is pristine and offers scuba diving, snorkeling with sea turtles, and the amazing experience of swimming with whale sharks.  With Perth to the south, this part of Australia is worth the extra time traveling west.
Travel Tip: Keep a pack of wet cleansing tissues on hand at all times - for keeping germs at bay, cleaning fingers after eating, and for make-up removal on longer trips.  My favorites are green tea tissues by Cala.  And don't forget Ear Planes, the funky little ear plugs that will help on landings in the event you develop a sinus infection or congestion en route.

Karen Trecartin, Southern California Sales

Karen Trecartin, Southern California Sales

Hometown: Coronado CA
Favorite South Pacific Destination: New Zealand’s South Island
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough, New Zealand region 
Favorite Music: Classic 60's 70's 80's
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Hunter Valley and Tasmania
Travel Tip: Fill out the DUA packing form as you pack, keep it with your passport, and if your luggage does not arrive, you have a list of everything in your suitcase to give to the airline

Larry Covell, Pacific Northwest Sales

Larry Covell, Pacific Northwest Sales

Hometown:   Seattle/Sydney
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Queenstown and Palm Cove
Favorite Food: Hokey Pokey ice cream & meat pies and of course a nice glass of Aussie Shiraz
Favorite Wine: Any Aussie wine will do and a cold VB
Favorite Music: AC/DC
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: Thala Beach Lodge in Port Douglas and the Whitsunday Islands
Travel Tip: Get off the beaten path and explore. Try staying in a Bed & Breakfast - you will love it!

Anita Lan, Ticketing Manager

Anita Lan, Ticketing Manager

Hometown:  Taiwan
Favorite South Pacific Destination: New Zealand
Favorite Food: Taiwanese snacks - pancakes, spring rolls & Dan-Bin
Favorite Wine: Taiwanese Beer formerly Takasago Beer
Favorite Music: Alternative & Taiwanese
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: The food and the friendly people!
Travel Tip: Book early so you have a choice of airfares and seats on the plane!

Elicia Edwards, Product Coordinator

Elicia Edwards, Product Coordinator

Hometown: Duvall, Washington
Favorite South Pacific Destination: My favorite destination is New Zealand. It has some of the most incredible scenery that I have ever seen.
Favorite Food: I love food and enjoy trying new things! My favorite would probably be Italian.
Favorite Wine: There are not many wines that I do not enjoy! But my favorite is a red blend from the lake Chelan area.
Favorite Music: I like a lot of different types of music but I mostly listen to Country.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: I found Freycinet to be stunning with the white sand, red colored rocks and turquoise water!

Mark Peters, Product and Database Coordinator

Mark Peters, Product and Database Coordinator

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Fiji
Favorite Food: Meat Pies
Favorite Wine: Do not drink
Favorite Music: 50’s and 60’s
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  Vanuatu
Travel Tip: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti there is a lot to see and do. Do not rush your vacation.

Melodie Webster, Reservations Support

Melodie Webster, Reservations Support

Hometown:  Monmouth, Oregon
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Sydney, best city I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to a lot!
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Favorite Music:  Almost everything
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  I can’t tell you…I’m good at keeping secrets!

Mickey McDevitt, Document Support

Mickey McDevitt, Document Support

Hometown: My story begins in Anaheim, CA (insert joke here about my name being Mickey), but I’ve lived all over the US since. My current home is Belfast, Maine.
Favorite South Pacific Destination: So far, I’d have to say the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Lush tropical plants, vibrant culture, pristine coastline…
Favorite Food: Ethiopian, Thai, Indian… But I LOVE a good Fish & Chip platter as well!
Favorite Wine: Beer! Just kidding (sorta)… My husband is a wine, beer, and cider maker and buyer, so we always have access to some amazing varietals. But honestly, give me a cool, blush,  rosé any day and I am a happy girl.
Favorite Music: This one truly does run the gamut. Depends on my mood quite honestly.Kraut Rock, Stereolab if I need to get work around the house done or if I’m cooking, I like some classic Post Punk, New Wave and Dark Wave - some favorites would be Talking Heads, INXS, DEVO, Joy Division, The Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Duran Duran, 
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  The FOOD! Try everything, everywhere you go! The cheese! The Wine! The seafood! You name it! The best soup I ever had actually came from a trip leader’s thermos on the Dart River in New Zealand.
Travel Tip: Venture outside of your comfort zone! Try something new – it doesn’t have to be scary, but it will always be inspiring!

Whitney Palmer, Accounting Manager

Whitney Palmer, Accounting Manager

Hometown: Issaquah WA
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Favorite Food:  Italian food
Favorite Wine:  Malbec
Favorite Music: Latin
Best Kept South Pacific Secret:  Looking forward to discovering the cultures and traditions of the South Pacific Islands.
Travel Tip: Always be prepared for bad weather!

Martin Moore, Chief Financial Officer

Martin Moore, Chief Financial Officer

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand.
Favorite South Pacific Destination: Hard to choose but if I was forced to I would say the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.  Unbelievable beauty but a relatively short distance to town.       
Favorite Food: Lamb salad, with fresh New Zealand produce, lamb medium-rare.  And I must put a word in for Vogel’s Bread.
Favorite Wine: Pinot Noir from Rippon Winery, Central Otago, New Zealand.
Favorite Music: Popular Rock.  Favorite musicians are Beatles, Bowie, U2, Neil Young, Mutton Birds, Split Enz, Finn Brothers.
Best Kept South Pacific Secret: That travel to and from Australia/New Zealand and the USA is not the arduous journey that many think it is.  Those that say it are the ones that haven’t been!  Both ways are “red-eyes” meaning most of the time is spent asleep, and although there is a day difference the time difference is minimal so acclimating to local time is a synch.  And the service while in the air – the best in the world.
Travel Tip: Take the guided tour if it is an option.  Always worthwhile, this ensures you won’t miss anything, and the stories that come with any attraction are sometimes more interesting than the attraction itself!