Our Team

Let our team of experts create a customized travel experience. 

 
 
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Meet Kara Robinson

Founder of Elite Travel Designs

Growing up, some kids wanted to be firefighters or ballerinas. Baseball players or doctors.

I always wanted to be a travel agent!

I loved visiting our local travel agency, a little storefront on Huron Avenue stocked with colorful travel brochures, six-inch-thick hotel directories, agents talking a mile a minute on headsets, and clocks set to time zones all around the world.

Every time my family and I walked through those doors, I felt the room fill with possibility. I had those fun childhood trips in mind when I embarked on my career. After earning a degree in hotel management from Michigan State, I spent nine years in the hotel and restaurant management industries before pivoting to travel planning with an international travel agency in 2005.

In 2013, I founded Elite Travel Designs to bring the travel agency into the 21st century.

With our modern take on travel planning, it’s not just about booking your vacation—it’s about taking a caring, consultative approach to bespoke travel design.

We recognize that, today, you have a lot of choices when it comes to your travels. Our clients choose us when they want to experience moments far beyond the ordinary.

Because—even in an era where it feels like everything is Google-able—there are still some best-kept secrets out there. My team uncovers them for you. Then, we work with our vetted, best-of-the-best travel partners to create custom escapes full of exclusive experiences and intimate moments sure to wow you.

Our travel agency looks a lot different than the one I grew up with (for one, we work with clients from all over the U.S.!).

But that spirit of possibility still drives everything we do.

I can’t wait to show you what’s possible on an Elite Travel journey.

 

Meet the ETD Vacation Experts


Diona Kelly

Passionate, adventurous, proponent of living life to to it's fullest, Diona Kelly is able to take 16 years of travel experience and create a memorable journey. With a background in writing and photography, she can create insight of what you are about to embark on. Travel Planning and research is her vehicle to share her passion with you. As a mother of 3, she has had to juggle various interests and has successfully created experiences ranging from city exploration, golfing cliff side in Ireland to white water rafting, rock climbing and enjoying the peacefulness of the sea. With a background in preventative medicine, she stresses a wellness approach to living and is eager to create off the beaten path adventure that will enhance your life. 

 

Lisa Creed

Born in Venezuela, but growing up in Bowling Green and graduated from BGHS. She then graduated from William Woods University in 1988 and lived in Little Rock Arkansas for 20 years. She and her husband moved to Bowling Green in 2008 along with their twins Amelia and Travis III. Lisa grew up traveling extensively with her family, and still loves to travel today. After a successful career in pharmaceutical and medical sales, Lisa loves working in the travel industry. She prides herself in providing outstanding service to her clients to insure that each vacation exceeds expectations. 

 

Jill Hendricks

Born and raised in Franklin, Jill graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School and Western Kentucky University.  After teaching for 33 years, she retired in 2016 from Franklin-Simpson Middle School. Her job the last 15 years of her career was librarian or media specialist.

Traveling has been in Jill’s blood especially since she took many family vacations!  Memories from vacations are everlasting and are truly beyond value!  This love of travel and making memories has inspired Jill to become a travel expert.  

Being retired now and a lady of leisure, Jill wants to help you plan fun, enjoyable and relaxing vacations!  She is committed to helping her clients turn their dream vacation into a reality.  Professionalism and hard work are some of Jill’s traits that will help to make your travel planning easy.  Jill’s motto is, “I do what I love and love what I do!” 

 

Our Team, Your Destination