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Meet Our Staff

Untours staff are a uniquely wonderful breed of culturists!

Not only are we incontrovertibly mad about the customs and traditions of each one of our Untours locations, we sincerely appreciate the profound effect culture plays in our lives. Each day, we aim to infuse our cultural experiences into everything we do.

As a group, we all agree that the concept of social responsibility guides our business direction and informs our personal decisions. Whether it's the type of foods we purchase or the travel methods we select, Untours staff live a socially responsible life and have chosen to work at Untours because the company shares our ideals.

We would love to tell you more about ourselves, so please continue down the page to learn more.

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Hal Taussig

Founder and President
My love for travel was born out of my time as a teen, when taking the Taussig show cattle to exhibitions around the U.S. In time, it was perfectly logical that this Rocky Mountain boy would grow to relish the Swiss Alps and the people I befriended on my journeys.

Brian Taussig-Lux

General Manager
It's not just the travel, but the love and respect I have for Hal and his values that keeps me at Untours. Working with Hal has given me an opportunity to continue his mission and create a company that makes a positive difference in the world

Elizabeth Killough

Director - Untours Foundation
I share Hal Taussig's passions for ending poverty, riding bikes, treasuring great books, and discovering just the right films on Netflix, so I joined him at the Untours Foundation over a decade ago.

Nick Fortunatus

Marketing Director
Whether I’m savoring each bite of a cucumber roll, Netflixing a great foreign film or staying up all night to see the USA play in the FIFA World Cup, I love experiencing other cultures.

Marilee Taussig

Special Projects
I'm a culture junkie. Something about discovering the intimate, under-the-surface codes that come with each culture draws me.

Ellen Peters

Accounting Director
Above and beyond the travel perks, I'm thrilled to be working at Untours because of the philosophy of the company and of the owners, Hal and Norma Taussig.

Julie Siebel

IT Team Leader
In my limited spare time I write and I cook. Someday I would love to visit Nafplio or Tuscany, or just about anywhere Untours travels, and eat my way across Europe!

Jason Poole

IT Technician
As the IT Technician for Untours, I make sure that our computers, phones, and network work properly. I also assist Julie with the website and help the Foundation when I can.

Anna Greeley

Office Assistant
What I like the most about working at Untours is that we are all like one big happy family. Plus, I like what I do and really think the world of Hal Taussig.

Dodge Amaral

Team Leader - France, Spain and the Americas Untours
Paris will always be my favorite haunt, because as much as you think you know or have seen, there’s likely a surprise to be enjoyed just around the corner!

Sue Baker

Team Member - Italy, Austria, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Greece Untours
I've been to 18 of our locations while working at Untours. While my main focus is Italy, I also help clients on our Untours to Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, and Greece. And I've worked on the French and Spanish Untours. You could call me a cross trainer.

Cathrin Baumbach

Team Leader - Austria, Germany, Eastern Europe, Istanbul and Greece Untours
I greatly enjoy the diversity of my responsibilities at Untours, the company's values, and the opportunity to connect with people from other cultures.

Francy Breon

Co-Team Leader - Switzerland and Holland Untours
Cruise Specialist
I've been at Untours for over 20 years now, and travelling to Switzerland for over 30 years. Switzerland is my home away from home.

Andi Cancelliere

Team Leader - Italy and Istanbul Untours,
Ciao, bellissimi! I've been to Italy about 20 times, speak Italian fluently, and I'm often mistaken for a native while I'm there.

Shannon Davidson

Communications Director - Untours Foundation
I am thrilled to be working at the Untours Foundation, providing a hand up to innovative businesses that help alleviate poverty around the world. It's truly inspiring to see how many lives Hal and Untours have touched.

Dee McConnell

Transportation and Cruise Specialist
Co-Team Leader - Switzerland and Holland Untours
I enjoy the variety in what I do. Whether I am coordinating air, taking care of our Swiss Untourists, or selling a cruise, I enjoy the different hats I wear.

Sonia Ratcliffe

Team Member - France, Spain & the Americas Untours
Coordinator - The Right Vacation Rental
My first time to France was during a family vacation back in 2000. I was instantly hooked on the open-air markets, the grandeur of Versailles, and the beaming sun of Provence.

Andrea Szyper

Communications Manager
While my heart is still with the Italian Team after many years establishing and running those programs, I am excited about my new role as Communications Manager.