Susan Marie Swett, Owner and Travel Consultant
Sue started at Crystal Lake Travel in 1976 and has owned the agency since 1981. She has been in the travel industry for over 40 years. Her favorite destinations are Hawaii, Alaska, all over Europe, River Cruising, Mexico and the Caribbean. She has also traveled to Russia, Japan, and several destinations in the US. She is a CTC – Certified Travel Consultant and a DS – Destination Specialist in many areas of the world.
Sue attributes the success of the agency to the agency’s attention to the fine details of travel, caring for the traveler’s needs, and a welcome and friendly atmosphere within the office. She won the Women of Achievement Award in 2014 and is a 13-year consecutive recipient of the 1 Million Dollars Sales Award through MAST, Sue is also on the Board of Directors for Women in McHenry County. Contact e-mail is:
Patty DeRoo, Owner and Travel Consultant
Patty is a native of McHenry County. She has been with Crystal Lake Travel since January 2003 and has been selling travel since 1991. Her specialty is Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. Patty has been named a member of the Hyatt Hawaii Five-O club as one of the top 50 selling travel agents to Hawaii in the country. Patty has traveled to Hawaii, Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, several Caribbean islands, Florida, DisneyWorld, Las Vegas, Germany, Paris, Belgium, Ireland and has taken cruises on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess.
Patty holds the following certifications: Carnival Cruises, Princess Commodore Agent, Sandals Certified Specialist, Royal Caribbean University Expert Certification, Outrigger Resorts Specialist, Apple Vacation Specialist, and Destinations Wedding Specialist, Palace Resort Specialist, AM ResortsMaster Agent, Hawaii Specialist, RIU Resorts Specialist, and a Rocky Mountaineer Specialist.contact email:
Vicki, Travel Consultant, Leisure Travel
Vickie has traveled to numerous locations but her specialty and passions are Cruising and Mexico. She has sailed over 10 times on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival. Some of the cruise stops she has visited are Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Labadee, Cozumel, Costa Maya, San Juan, Grand Turk, Belize, Honduras, and the Bahamas. On land, she has visited locations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica, Punta Cana, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Orlando (Disney/Universal). Vickie is a Royal Caribbean Expert, Celebrity Cruise Expert, Princess Commodore Expert, Globus Tour Expert, AMResorts Master Agent, Riu Specialist, Avalon Waterways Specialist, the Magic of Mexico Specialist, Hawaiian Islands Expert and a Certified Sandals Specialist. She has a passion for travel and strives to assist couples and families in planning their next cruise, resort or tour and create a wonderful vacation experience.
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Denise has recently returned to the Travel Industry after 14 years. She has been with Crystal Lake Travel since October 2016. Her passion is to travel the world however the BEACH is her favorite place to be! Denise likes to visit new destinations and learn as much as she can so she can share the best information with her clients. Mexico and the Caribbean are her specialties. Denise has traveled extensively through Mexico but has also traveled to Jamaica, Punta Cana, St Maarten, Grand Cayman, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Disney World. She is a certified Hawaii specialist, RIU resort specialist, Jamaica specialist, Royal Caribbean expert, Celebrity expert, Princess Commodore expert, AMResort Master agent, Apple Vacations specialist and Disney College of Knowledge Graduate.
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Lisa Losito began her travel consulting career with Crystal Lake Travel in May of 2017. She loves learning about new destinations and finding the perfect trip for her clients. Lisa’s specialties include all-inclusive travel, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios vacations. She is a College of Disney Knowledge graduate and has been to Walt Disney World over 25 times. Lisa is an expert at all things Disney and can help you to plan your seamless dream trip! In addition to Disney training, Lisa is an AMResorts Master Agent, an RIU Specialist, Globus Tour Expert, Avalon Waterways Specialist, Monograms Specialist, CIE Expert, Celebrity Cruise Expert, and Royal Caribbean Master Agent. Her favorite spots to vacation are Key West, Vegas, Mexico, and Walt Disney World. Lisa is looking forward to much more travel in the future!
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Julie Sherwood, Travel Consultant
Julie is a life-long resident of McHenry County and serves as an outside sales agent focusing on group and international travel. Having inherited the “Wanderlust” gene, her love of travel grew through taking and planning road trips for her family as a child. Julie has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, cruised the Caribbean, visited Europe numerous times and continues to discover new destinations. Julie thrives on tailoring each trip to the dreams, desires, and interests of her clients. Particularly noted for her love of history and geography, she is an excellent source of information and her passion for travel is compelling.
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Janet Lutsch, Travel Consultant
Janet has been in the travel industry for 21 years. She enjoys working with groups. Destination weddings, incentive trips, special birthdays, girls trips, etc. She also has the elite status of being a Platinum agent for Sandals and Beaches Resorts and has personally stayed at every Sandals Resort in the Caribbean. She travels frequently to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Europe, so she has first hand knowledge of these countries. In particular, these destinations include Cancun/Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Huatulco, Isla Mujeres, Ixtapa, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Punta Cana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Exuma, Nassau, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Grenada, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, England, Wales, Budapest, Prague and Rome. She loves the entire planning process from start to finish and working within her clients budget.
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Mary Jo Babiarz, Travel consultant
Mary Jo began her career as an Administrative Assistant. Born from her own love for travel, Mary Jo began working as a Travel Consultant in 2005 when offered a job working for her Travel Consultant part-time! Mary Jo has traveled to many destinations and is very passionate about travel. Her adventures include Hawaii, many Caribbean islands (including St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Nassau, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and more). She has also visited several Mediterranean port cities, and European countries such as London, Liverpool, Manchester, Ireland, Rome and Florence. Mexico is one of her favorite destinations and she would like to travel throughout Mexico, but some of her favorites include Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Huatulco. She even immersed herself in Mexican culture by taking Spanish lessons in Playa Del Carmen while living there for a month! Mary Jo does not need to travel far for an adventure. She loves towns such as Brown County, Indiana, Galena, IL, Mackinac Island, MI and Door County, WI. The US has so much to offer as well and Mary Jo can share her favorites with you from Las Vegas to Newport, RI to Seattle, WA.
Matching clients with the perfect trip is what she loves to do. Mary Jo's areas of expertise include Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Mary Jo takes a lot of pictures on her trips so she can share first hand what she has experienced with you. Staying on top of the latest trends can be quite challenging, so Mary Jo tries to visit these destinations because seeing is believing. She helps her customers make informed decisions based on the options she provides.
Mary Jo is an explorer. Let her help you explore the world too.
Kelly Brazis, Travel Consultant
If Kelly could have a suitcase packed and ready to go at all times, she would! She has in-depth and personal knowledge of Australia/New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. Recently, she has traveled to: Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Cuba, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, and Hawaii. Kelly loves to "travel like a local" - indulging in experiencing the local foods, music, and arts while she learns the history of her destinations....and, of course...uses these experiences to help craft unique itineraries for her clients. She likes to work with her clients hand in hand, learning their interests and goals for their travel. With that knowledge, she seeks to craft memorable trips with the best value in mind.
Kelly is an Aussie Specialist and a Gold Level "100% New Zealand" Specialist, along with a Hawai'i Destination Specialist with certification in all the islands. She is a Globus/Monograms/Avalon Cruises Tour Expert; Uniworld Academy graduate and Tauck Specialist. She has specialist training in many cruise lines: Windstar, Silverseas, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America…along with being a Princess Commodore Agent. She has completed the Disney College of Knowledge. She has additional location specialty training in: Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Tahiti, Jordan, Qatar, Peru, South Africa, Costa Rica and Mexico. She also has undergone training with most brands of resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Kayce Piepenbrick, Travel consultant
Kayce started working for Crystal Lake Travel in 2016 as an outside agent focusing on honeymooners and family all-inclusive vacations! Kayce has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Germany, Portugal, London, France, Mexico, Punta Cana, Costa Rica, Panama, Tahiti, and more! Kayce loves learning about the unique food and culture of each country. Kayce's knowledge and passion will help provide couples and families with an amazing stress-free vacation experience!
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Brenda Fergon, Travel consultant
Brenda recently joined Crystal Lake Travel and is a member of the outside sales team. Travel is her passion. She likes to share her firsthand experience and knowledge of travel with others. Her travels have taken her to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland, these countries with old-world charm. She has enjoyed France and England with their history and architectural character. Israel is a contrast between ancient and modern civilizations. Her most recent trip to Spain, from Madrid to Barcelona was amazing. She enjoys the beautiful sandy beaches of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, and Jamaica. She loves cruising with Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland American to the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean islands. Each of the islands has its own unique features including culture, language, beaches, and natural beauty. She finds the Hawaiian Islands always a favorite place to visit whether it is to the Big Island, Oahu, Maui or Kauai. Because of her love of the islands, she is a certified Hawaiian Specialist.
Jane Estabrook, Travel Consultant
Jane is a resident of Manhattan, Kansas (The Little Apple).
She has been a travel agent for 28 years and has been with Crystal Lake Travel for 24 years. Her specialty is corporate travel for international companies.
She has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Amsterdam, France; and enjoyed two Royal Caribbean Cruises.