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Team Work Gets It Done
Eric has been working with student groups and travel for most of his adult life and has loved every minute of it. Eric, affectionately nicknamed “Ewok” for his affinity for Star Wars as a youth, grew up down the street from JT and the two have been friends since their time in Libertyville, IL. As a graduate of Illinois State University, Eric came east to Charlottesville where he met his beautiful bride, Leslie. In the past 19 years Eric and Leslie have sprouted roots in Charlottesville and have two children – Sam and Isabelle. When Eric is not planning trips as an account manager for Grand Classroom, he can be found running, hiking, biking, camping or just about anything that involves being outdoors. His latest passion is watching Sam and Isabelle as they compete in lacrosse or soccer for the school teams – he’s usually the one cheering the loudest. Eric has an infectious smile, wonderful laugh and an outstanding personality – anyone lucky enough to work or travel with Eric will be better for the experience. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
J.T. Maxwell, Founder

J.T. Maxwell, Founder

J.T. Maxwell practically invented student travel to National Parks. He has been Read More
Steve Raymond

Steve Raymond

Vice President
Steve comes to Grand Classroom with many, many years of
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John Raymond

John Raymond

Director of Sales and Marketing
John leads the sales effort for Grand
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Jon Taffe

Jon Taffe

Jon has spent his entire ten-year career in student travel, and is Read More
Dave Henley

Dave Henley

Director of Operations
Dave joined Grand Classroom in 2004 and hasn't looked
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Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz

Eric has been working with student groups and travel for most of Read More
Donna Hargett

Donna Hargett

Donna, a native of central Virginia, has a diverse background in marketing Read More
DeAnna Robertson

DeAnna Robertson

DeAnna Robertson cheerily works with teachers planing trips as an Account Manager.

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Greg Mondello

Greg Mondello

Greg started working with Grand Classroom shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth Read More
Billy Payne

Billy Payne

Billy joined the Grand Classroom crew as a seasonal guide in 2011 Read More
Carleen Kupcis

Carleen Kupcis

After teaching elementary and pre-school for many years, Carleen decided to change

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Naomi Beck

Naomi Beck

Born to a couple of free spirited hippies in California, Naomi was

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Peter Popovsky

Peter Popovsky

Peter Popovsky is from Connecticut and attended Central Connecticut State - Go Blue

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Jay Richardson

Jay Richardson

They say the Grand Canyon changes lives, and that’s what it did

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Sue Forrest

Sue Forrest

Sue is a tree-hugger, ocean-lover, beach bum, bird nerd, forest friend, and

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Cesar Perich

Cesar Perich

Cesar's love for the outdoors began during his time living in Las

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Marty Dunstan

Marty Dunstan

Having spent over two decades in a "normal" career knowing that his

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Laura Friedman

Laura Friedman

Laura has over 10 years experience in higher ed and has taught Read More
Helen Raymond

Helen Raymond

I was definitely a late bloomer to travel. It wasn't until I Read More
Jake Slade

Jake Slade

Since moving to Northern Arizona in 2006, Jake's love for the Grand Read More
Adrian Montenegro

Adrian Montenegro

Adrian Montenegro grew up on a banana plantation Costa Rica. As a Read More
Adrah Parafiniuk

Adrah Parafiniuk

Adrah was born the oldest of 8 children and knew he was Read More
Gregg Wachtelhausen

Gregg Wachtelhausen

Gregg Wachtelhausen is a teacher, traveler, outdoorsman, and self-admitted “geo-nerd.” He studied Read More
Eric Retterbush

Eric Retterbush

Eric currently resides on planet Earth and doesn't plan on moving from Read More
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