Meet the Global Expeditions Team

and the Lehigh Valley Travel Professionals

Jessica Amato, CTA

Owner/CEO

Travel Industry Background: 

Jessica started her journey back in 1996 working for a major hotel chain and 2 years later began her career as a leisure travel consultant for Travel Impressions/American Express. After several years

as a destination specialist, she moved on to retail sales as a senior travel consultant for Liberty Travel for another 13 years before founding Global Expeditions LLC.

 

Specialties – 

Group travel – destination weddings, honeymoons, group vacations, family vacations, European and exotic destinations.

 

After 19 years in the travel industry, and years of encouragement from loyal clients and friends, I started Global Expeditions LLC. While lucky enough to have traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico, I have also visited some of the most exotic locations in the World including French Polynesia, Egypt, Uganda, South Africa, and Asia. By combining my personal travel experiences with my extensive background in the travel industry, I am able to provide the expertise and guidance you need. I enjoy building and maintaining close relationships with all of my clients and it’s been an honor to have such loyal clients over the years. I would love to be a part of the planning process for some of the biggest memories of your lifetime.  I look forward to assisting you with your next unforgettable journey and making memories that will last a lifetime!!

Craig Loupassikis, CTC

Europe, cruise and luxury travel specialist

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."

Miriam Matos

Executive Administrative Assistant

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.”

Jaedon Bright

Sales and Marketing

Jaedon is a 3rd-year college student, currently attending Temple University as an Accounting major. He has been with Global Expeditions since May of 2020 and is enjoying this new and exciting industry. Travel has always been one of Jaedon’s hobbies. He has been to the Caribbean multiple times, traveling to places such as Punta Cana and Jamaica. Next on his bucket list is Europe, traveling to Holland, Greece, Sweden, and Germany.  

 

“To the best of my ability, I will always intend to satisfy those who need”

Kelly Ruhf

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.”

Janine Rawlinson - Amato

Ireland, England, Mexico and 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.”  

Colette Dorgan

Family travel, St Lucia, Sandals Resorts and a Caribbean 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.”