Our Travel Agency

Wherever it is our guests want to go, the Global Connections full-service travel agency is here to help create dream vacations down to the last detail. Including but not limited to:

  • Accommodations
  • All-inclusive Resort Reservations
  • Airfare
  • Car Rental
  • Cruises
  • Destination Weddings
  • Escorted & Hosted Tours
  • Festival Vacations
  • Honeymoon Vacations
  • Hotlines Specials
  • International Rail
  • Passport Assistance
  • Show Tickets
  • Travel Insurance

Meet The Travel Consultants

Connect with our travel consultants. They will give you in-depth advice only a professional can provide, with a personal touch, guiding you through the entire process of planning your vacation, stress-free.

Lori Smith

Travel Manager  • 

Lori Smith brings 30 years of travel industry experience to Global Connections, where she has worked since 2011, managing the entire Global Connections travel team. Her past experience includes both leisure and corporate travel, with a specialty in cruises. Lori enjoys working on home projects, décor and cooking as well as traveling with her family. Her favorite family destination is Atlantis in the Bahamas, and her favorite city is London.

What I love about working in travel is that it's constantly changing. Things are never the same on any given day.

Nancy Porter

Assistant Travel Manager  • 

Nancy Porter began as a travel consultant with Global Connections in 2001, eventually moving into the assistant manager position where she is responsible for the training, scheduling and general oversight of the Global travel team. Her specialty areas include air, car and hotel, as well as cruises. A native of Kansas City, Nancy has prior travel agency experience, and enjoys traveling with her family. Favorite family-friendly destinations include Florida and Texas.

Working in this industry gives me the chance to plan vacations for people that are sometimes out of this world! I love that I'm helping create their memories

Kelly Baumgartel

Travel Consultant  • 

Kelly joined Global in November, 2014 with 12 years of previous professional travel experience. Past areas of experience include group travel and customer service. A veteran international traveler, some of Kelly’s favorite destinations include Ireland, Europe, Costa Rica and Hawaii (yes, Hawaii really does look like the photos!). In addition to traveling abroad and taking cruises, Kelly enjoys cooking and baking.

Working in travel is nice because usually the people you’re working with are in a good mood – everyone is happy about going on vacation!

Jacky Butler

Travel Consultant  • 

Jacky joined Global Connections in 2012 and offers more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry. Her passion and love for travel is seen through her dedication to helping people fulfill their dreams of exploring new cultures through amazing travel adventures. Jacky has traveled the world and she uses her extensive knowledge to plan all styles of vacations. She holds over 25 destination specialist certifications from cruise lines like Seabourn Academy to many exotic countries. Her specialties include destination weddings, honeymoons, cruises and custom tours. While Jacky has earned many accolades, she is most proud of her loyal customer base.

The travel industry is fun because it changes every day – there's never a dull moment!

Marsha Chestnut

Travel Consultant  • 

A travel expert with 28 years of experience, Marsha Chestnut has been with Global Connections since 2008. She specializes in cruises and cruise vacations, and her past experience includes working for numerous travel agencies. In her time away from work, Marsha most enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She has traveled extensively around the world, with favorite destinations in Israel and Russia.

I enjoy working with people and the variety the travel industry offers – there's always something new to see or do."

Cindy Coday

Travel Consultant  • 

Cindy Coday has been with Global Connections since 1998. She works with members and clients on a wide variety of vacation planning and execution needs. Prior to joining Global, Cindy gained travel experience working for several small travel agencies. A Midwest native, Cindy enjoys reading, particularly fiction by her favorite author Janet Evanovich.

My favorite part of working in the travel industry is planning other people's vacations and making all their dreams come true!

Elfie Couey

Travel Consultant  • 

Elfie Couey brought her extensive international experience to Global Connections in 2009, with 25 years of prior travel experience. A native of Germany, Elfie has lived all over the world, including Europe, Hawaii, Japan and Vietnam. Her world experience has made her an expert it international travel destinations. She has an educational background in travel and previously worked in tours and corporate travel. She enjoys outdoor activity like walking, hiking and gardening and likes to travel to exotic destinations. Favorites include the Far East, India and Hawaii.

The best part of this job is researching international destinations and meeting the challenge of putting complex trips together for our members.

Pam George

Travel Consultant  • 

Pam brings nearly 30 years of travel expertise to Global Connections, where she has worked since 2013. Most recently, Pam worked for AAA Travel. While she covers all areas of travel services at Global, areas of expertise include Hawaii, Disney and European vacations. Her personal favorite travel destinations are Hawaii, Greece and Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and being active outdoors.

For me, the most rewarding thing about working in travel is the client relationships I have built over the years.

Lynn Newman

Travel Consultant  • 

Lynn Newman has been with Global Connections since 2011. Her areas of expertise are in air, car and hotel as well as vacation packages. Lynn’s past professional experience in travel includes both travel agency experience as well as corporate travel. Lynn lives in the Kansas City area with her family, and enjoys traveling to destinations all over the U.S. with favorite destinations in Maui and Colorado.

I love learning about new places and destinations every day.

Bridget Schimpfoessl

Travel Consultant  • 

Bridget Schimpfoessl joined Global Connections in 2004. An expert in international travel, Bridget majored in German and minored in Travel at Missouri State University and lived in Germany for three years. She has traveled extensively and has expertise in European travel. Favorite travel destinations include Germany and Hawaii.

Working in travel always gives me a good challenge – I enjoy keeping up with the ever-changing industry.

Christy Zeier

Travel Consultant  • 

Christy Zeier joined the Global Connections team in 2013 with 18 years of prior travel experience. Formerly from St. Louis, Mo., Christy has worked for multiple travel agencies as well as AAA Travel. Her areas of expertise are Disney vacations and cruises. She enjoys outdoor activities, and her favorite travel destination is Hawaii. Her favorite and highly recommended cruise destination is Alaska.

My favorite part of working in travel is working with people, especially families, and being able to make their vacation dreams a reality.

Ty Godsy

Travel Consultant  • 

Ty recently rejoined Global in 2022 bringing with her 10 years of travel experience. She is a glutton for travel and enjoys experiencing different cultures. Ty loves a good island vacation with white sandy beaches and lots of hiking. Although her background is in corporate travel, she has invaluable travel expertise, including air, car and hotel.

What I love about the travel industry is that it’s an exceptional way to learn about the world.