Meet the Global Expeditions Team
and the Lehigh Valley Travel Professionals
Jessica started her journey back in 1996 with a major hotel chain and 2 years later moved to Travel Impressions/American Express Travel as a Caribbean/Mexico and Hawaii/Latin America specialist. She then spent 13 years in retail sales as a senior travel consultant for Liberty Travel. In 2015, after years of encouragement from loyal clients and friends, she founded Global Expeditions LLC.
While lucky to have traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico, Jessica has also visited some of the world's most exotic locations including French Polynesia, Egypt, Uganda, South Africa, and Asia.
By combining her personal travel experiences with her extensive industry background, she is able to provide the expertise and guidance each traveler needs. Over the years, she is honored to have built and maintained a close relationship with her many loyal clients. Jessica loves to be a part of the planning process helping to create unforgettable journeys and memories that last a lifetime!
Jessica Amato, CTA
Specialties: Group Travel—Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Group Vacations, Family Vacations, European, and Exotic Destinations
Tim is our American Ninja Warrior star. Father of 2 and husband to Jessica, Tim has been traveling the world learning everything along the way. Tim’s passions include all things adventure. You can find Tim jumping out of a plane over the Vegas strip, rappelling down the side of Table Mountain in Africa, Gorilla Trekking in the rainforest of Uganda, cliff jumping in Jamaica, or taking on the American Ninja Warrior course.
Along with his extensive travel map, Tim has become a specialist in exotic destinations around the world. He trains our staff, helps set goals, and sells travel as well. His first-hand experience with not only luxury hotels and exotic destinations make him a strong member of the team. Whether you're looking to become an agent with us or travel to a new destination, Tim is here to help.
"I would rather own a little and see the world than own the world and see a little of it."
Specialities - Luxury Travel, Mexico, Jamaica, and Exotic Destinations
Miriam is a wife of 13 years to a wonderful husband, with 2 beautiful daughters, as well as a loving stepmom to 5 children. Her career started back in 1998 for a local wholesale travel company where she fell in love with the industry. She has now been with Global Expeditions since 2016. Having worked in both the retail and wholesale side of the industry, she is extremely knowledgeable, and a very important part of Global Expeditions. Once the sale process is complete, Miriam takes great care of your booking details, payments, and many more aspects of your trip than you could ever imagine. Some of her favorite vacation destinations include Hawaii, Turks & Caicos, and Puerto Rico. Miriam is also a grandmother to two handsome boys! We know.. We know.. She doesn’t look old enough to be a grandma! 🤣
“It definitely has been challenging over the years but my love for the travel industry is what keeps me going.”
Executive Administrative Assistant
Matthew joined the Global Expeditions team in September 2021. His passion for travel began at a very young age having grown up in the travel industry as the grandson of Craig Loupassakis, a fellow Global team member, as well as his Mom who was a travel agent for many years of his life. Matt has since decided to take that passion and turn it into a career. He has traveled to 8 European countries including living in Belgium for 13 months when he was younger, 8 Caribbean Islands & Mexico, and 26 states including Arizona, Colorado, & California. He has also been fortunate enough to travel to Shenzhen, China and Hong Kong as well as sailing on 9 cruises including Alaska, Canada, and Bermuda.
Matt is also a professional flutist and arts administrator serving as flutist and Executive Director for the Maryland Chamber Winds, flutist and co-founder of the Manor Winds woodwind Quintet in Lancaster, PA, and a regular flutist with the Pocono Pops and Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Delaware, Reading, & Bay-Atlantic Symphonies and can be heard on recordings on the MSR Classics, Tonsehen, and MarkCustom recording labels. Matt’s music career has also afforded him the ability to travel, taking him to Paris twice, Shenzhen, China, Prague, Czech Republic, and across the United States.
"I am thrilled to work with and learn from the wonderful travel professionals at Global Expeditions!"
Craig is a 40-year travel professional who’s founded, merged, bought, and sold travel agencies in New Jersey (Park Travel & Revere Travel) and the Lehigh Valley (GTA Travel Centers & 21 Century Travel). He previously held management positions at American Express and Liberty Travel. He has also served on the travel agency advisory boards for American Express, Pan Am. Eastern & Continental Airlines.
He has traveled extensively to 10 European countries including Italy, France & Britain, 16 Caribbean Islands & Mexico, 31 states including Alaska, Hawaii, California. He's also traveled to Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Israel, Egypt, Japan & Hong Kong and has sailed on 18 cruises. Craig is recognized as a European & Australia specialist and for 13 years was selected as an A-list Agent by Travel & Leisure magazine.
"Despite governmental relationships, experiencing and appreciating different cultures breaks down stereotypes and leads to greater people to people understanding."
Craig Loupassikis, CTC
Europe, Cruise, & Luxury Travel Specialist
Colette is a mother of 3, two boys and a girl who have all traveled extensively. After vacationing in Jamaica at the age of 9, she was hooked and immediately fell in love with travel. This trip had such an impact on her life, that Colette is now helping others fall in love with the world. She incorporates her love of the environment, animals, and education in her travels and loves to experience new cultures and destinations. This industry has allowed her to fulfill her dreams and to find so much happiness in her work. She’s ready to provide you an experience of a lifetime.
“If you’re looking for a great experience, I’m more than happy to help you in any way I can and will make your dreams a reality.”
Family Travel, St. Lucia, Sandals Resorts, & Caribbean Specialist
Janine was born and raised in the United Kingdom, but currently lives in the United States. She met her husband in 2007 while visiting Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has two beautiful children. She has always loved to travel and experience different cultures, the laid-back way of life, food, and unique scenery. Her favorite island is Jamaica however, her travel map isn’t limited to the Caribbean. In addition to extensive traveling in the UK, some of her more exotic adventures include Greece, France, Egypt, and Morocco. The list doesn’t and won’t stop there! Allow her to guide you and share her personal experiences from around the world.
“I am so excited to share my experiences with you and help you book your dream trip.”
Janine Rawlinson - Amato
Europe, Mexico and Caribbean Specialist
Kelly is the wife of a City of Bethlehem Fire Fighter and mother of an 18-year-old boy who will graduate from Freedom High School. Her favorite international destination is Mexico, but she loves planning dream vacations to any tropical location. Kelly feels that the sights and sounds of the Caribbean are far beyond anything you can experience in the United States. She loves the history, culture, people, food, etc. Some of her bucket list destinations are Greece, Italy, and Dubai/Abu Dhabi.
“Give the gift of memories, travel. Experience and enjoy what the world has to offer and travel as much as you can. It’s a great way to treat yourself for everything you offer the world.”
Mexico and Caribbean Specialist
Melissa is a wife and mother of two. She fell in love with travel during a high school trip to Europe and hasn’t stopped dreaming and planning travel since. In addition to visiting England, Scotland, France, Ireland, Italy and Germany she has traveled to various cities domestically. As a mother of two young children, Melissa loves to coordinate family travel, cruises and Disney World trips. With her personal experiences Melissa is looking to provide individuals and their families all the information they need to plan a trip of a lifetime. Her bucket list travel destinations include Iceland, Scandinavia, Greece and Africa. Melissa is also a physician assistant in the Lehigh Valley practicing in women’s health.
Family Travel, Cruises, & Disney World Specialist