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DayTripper Tours Office Staff

Betty Harvey – Senior Manager

Betty is the Senior Manager at DayTripper Tours and has been with the company since 2004. She is responsible for overseeing the operations of all tours and her day-to-day tasks include managing payment deadlines and coordinating contracts with service provider, motor coach companies, tour directors, restaurants, hotels, theaters, attractions and more! Born and raised in Tijuana, Betty was raised to have a strong work ethic and sense of family. She always loved adventure, which led to her study of travel at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, where she obtained a degree in Tourism. After working in everything related to tourism in Tijuana, including the airport, hotels and travel agencies, an opportunity for work in the U.S. came up with the Baja Inn Tour Operator. The company opened a travel agency in Chula Vista so she commuted every day from TJ to Chula Vista. After a couple of years, another opportunity came through at Express Holidays, a Mexico wholesale tour operator that sells Mexico vacation packages to travel agents. In 1998, Betty married her husband Andre and moved to the U.S. When Betty is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 13-yr-old son, Marcellus.

Karen Achtenhagen – Product Development Manager

Karen has been with DayTripper Tours since February of 2011 and is currently serving as the Product Development Manager. She and her team plan and develop all the fabulous excursions offered by our company. Karen has called San Diego home for most of her life, and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years.  Her career started in the Transportation industry at Cloud 9 Shuttle’s Sales Office, working with meeting planners, tour operators and corporate clients. During this time, she pursued her designation as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) which she still maintains. After almost a decade at Cloud 9 Shuttle, Karen left the industry for a short period of time working in the High Tech Industry as an Office & Facilities Manager of a “Start Up” company, still using her meeting planning skills among many others.  After six years away, the passion to continue in the Hospitality Industry won, and she returned as a Senior Operations Manager for one of the local Destination Management Companies, Arrangements Unlimited. As the economy started to slide in the hospitality industry, she moved on to Tour Planning at DayTripper Tours. In addition, she operates her own company, KLA Enterprises, in which she plans and coordinates transportation for several Half Marathons in the area and finally she plays a major role as an independent contractor to National University, running their large commencement services every year.

Chrissy Allen – Reservations Manager & Director of Training

Chrissy joined the DayTripper Tours Reservations Department in September of 2012, and was promoted to Reservations Manager in November of 2014. She also plays an active role as the trainer for DayTripper Tours, creating workshops and presenting at staff meetings. Chrissy has a passion for customer service and loves watching clients enjoy our tours. Working both in the office and “on the bus” as a Tour Director has allowed her to put faces with names, and she loves getting to know the clients both on the phone and in person. “I feel very lucky to be working in a job that brings others so much joy.”

Chrissy was born and raised right here in San Diego, and after spending four years in both Arizona and Wisconsin, she has moved back home to stay. Prior to joining the DayTripper staff, Chrissy spent a large part of her adult life as a corporate trainer. Chrissy’s first love and biggest passion is music. Chrissy began singing at the age of 3 years old, and began playing piano at age 5. After years of shows with San Diego Junior Theatre and attending O’Farrell School of Creative and Performing Arts, Chrissy moved away from stage, working in both church and cover bands spanning all types of music. Currently Chrissy can be found each and every Sunday morning at St. Columba church where she plays with the praise band, Spiritus, who released their first CD in December 2014 (www.SoulCalMusic.com).

Amanda Matti – Marketing Coordinator

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Amanda joined DayTripper Tours as the Marketing Coordinator in June of 2013. She served six years in the U.S. Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her separation from the military, she returned to the Middle East as a journalist working as a staff writer for an Amman, Jordan based magazine covering the July 2006 Israel-Lebanon War.

Amanda is the author of two Iraq War memoirs:
A Foreign Affair (W&B Publishing, October 2016) is a personal memoir chronicling her time serving in Iraq and how she met her husband, a Baghdad native.
Voicing the Eagle (W&B Publishing, September 2017) chronicles her husband’s story of working as an Iraqi translator for the U.S. military. Both books are currently available at Amazon.com.

To learn more about Amanda visit her website at www.AmandaMatti.com or connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorAmandaMatti.

Trish Murillo – Reservations Agent

Trish has resided in Santee, CA for much of her life and has a background in Clinical Social Work and Medical Sales Management. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family & friends. Trish herself excitingly anticipates traveling with DayTripper Tours on many future excursions!

Breeanna Allen – Tour Development Coordinator

Breeanna joined the team in late November 2015 and currently works as a Tour Development Coordinator.

When she’s not working, Breeanna is finishing up her degree in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, volunteering at conventions, and checking out the latest in musical theatre across Southern California. She’s grateful for the opportunity to work someplace like DayTripper, which has opened her eyes to so many more of the places to explore in SoCal – and she’s excited to give passengers the chance to see them too!

Sydel Smith – Tour Development Coordinator

Sydel joined DayTripper Tours as a Tour Development Coordinator in April 2018. Sydel was born and raised in San Diego but spent the last five years living in the Bay Area working in the Real Estate Industry. Pursuing her passion, Sydel  took all of 2017 off to travel abroad. After crossing nine countries off her bucket list, she decided it was time to unpack her bags for a while and moved home to San Diego. In her free time, Sydel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports (especially football), or just being outdoors. Sydel is loving her job at DayTripper Tours, thrilled to be making a living planning trips and helping others make memories.

Stacey Corby – Tour Development Coordinator

Stacey climbed aboard the DayTripper Tours team in early August, 2018 as a Tour Development Coordinator. With a background in aerial entertainment and event coordination, Stacey enjoys bringing new experiences into the lives of others. She spends most of her free time exploring the coasts, mountains and deserts of Southern California with her husband and two dogs.