Menno Travel Service started in 1947 as the travel desk for Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, PA, for sending service workers abroad after WWII. An increase in demand for travel services in northern Indiana in the early 1950s led to the opening of the Goshen office in the fall of 1953.
The Goshen office became locally owned and managed in 1980. Long time managers Doug Risser and Geof Landis bought the company in 1995.
Menno Travel Goshen has grown to be the largest agency in Elkhart County and one of the largest single office agencies in Indiana through diversification of services and products. Menno Travel is a recognized national leader in the travel industry through our involvement in industry associations.
Menno Travel has grown through the acquisitions of Four Seasons Travel in Elkhart in 1997, Adventure Travel in Goshen in January 2005 and most recently Destinations Travel Service in Warsaw on December 19, 2011.
On March 1, 2022, Menno Travel joined the Next Travel family of agencies consisting of Conlin Travel Leisure, Classic Travel, HD Travel, and Great Lakes Cruise Company. As trends, technologies, and techniques continue to transform the industry, one thing remains: our dedication to each client. Each trip. And each possibility.
Erica Davidhizar started her career in the travel industry in 2010. She worked as the receptionist in the sales assistant center and in the groups and incentive department. In 2018 she became a vacation travel advisor. She is a Certified Sandals Specialist and a Destination Specialist for Hawaii, Caribbean and Mexico. She has also completed the cruise courses for Celebrity Cruise, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. Her favorite vacation destination was going to Punta Cana and a Baja Mexico cruise.
Kami Heckaman found her way to the travel industry after realizing that she wanted a career that combined helping others and her love of travel. She attended travel school to augment her journalism degree in the late 80’s and joined Menno Travel in 1996. Kami has traveled to many places, but Montreal, Alaska with its raw beauty, and the French quaintness of Quebec City top off her list of favorite North American destination. International favorites include St. Lucia, Jamaica, France and Switzerland. Every trip is unique and tailored to each person and situation. Kami particularly enjoys planning honeymoons, vacations for families, and arranging global vacations with complex itineraries.
Tricia Irvin graduated from Indiana Travel Academy in 1998 and began her career in travel, planning vacations. She joined Menno Travel in 2005 and is as Certified Sandals Specialist and a Destination Specialist for Las Vegas. She has completed the cruise courses for Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. She particularly enjoys planning honeymoons, cruises and family get-a-ways, including Disney vacations. She particularly enjoyed her river cruise down the Danube, several trips to Hawaii, and Punta Cana. However, her favorite destination is Aruba.
Maggie Lewallen has been a travel advisor with Menno Travel since 1993. She is a Certified Travel Associate, Accredited Cruise Counselor, Certified Sandals Specialist, Hawaii Specialist and a Destination Specialist for the Caribbean, Pacific Rim and Western Europe. Maggie specializes in trips to Europe, River Cruising, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Alaska, Australia and Africa. Some of her favorite trips include Italy, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii and a River Cruise in France. She enjoys planning any type of vacation including customizing travel to meet your needs.
Sondra Pressler started her travel career in 1998 and came to Menno Travel in 2004. She has a college degree in Travel and Hospitality Management and is a Destination Specialist for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexico. She is a Certified Sandals Specialist and has completed several cruise specialist classes and enjoys planning any type of vacation. She has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, London and several Caribbean Cruises.
Chris Stuck is a graduate of Indiana University South Bend with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. An avid researcher with extensive customer service experience, Chris enjoys assisting clients with all aspects of the vacation planning process. Chris has helped clients plan a variety of vacation experiences, including trips to the Caribbean and Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Specializing in constructing custom itineraries involving traditional destination highlights, immersive cultural experiences in less-traveled areas, and everything in between, Chris enjoys connecting clients to the travel experiences they desire.
Ronda Morris is a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) and former owner of Destinations Travel Service. She joined our staff in January 2012 working with groups, including corporate incentive travel. In June 2014, Ronda moved to our Corporate Travel Department, handling individual travel for our corporate accounts. Ronda began her travel career in 1983 in Warsaw at Warsaw Travel. She has traveled to many parts of the world including the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe and Canada.
Liana Oswalt is a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She joined Menno Travel in 2016 working with groups, including corporate incentive travel. Prior to joining Menno, she worked 19 years for a Fortune 500 chemical company based in Dallas, Texas, and was responsible for all aspects of their global corporate meetings and events. She has extensive experience in logistics planning, communication, onsite operation and management. She has traveled to many parts of the world including Dominican Republic, Mexico, China, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Canada and Hawaii.
SUPPORT & TECHNOLOGY
Kendal Sommers joined Menno Travel in 1994 as a corporate travel advisor. As Chief Information Officer, Kendal is responsible for all technology in our office including the airline reservation system and QC software. In addition, he manages staff training relating to all automation systems. Kendal’s travels have taken him to England, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic and India.
Kimberly De Vincent
Kimberly De Vincentworks in our Sales Assistance Center (SAC) answering phones and directing walk-in clients. She also handles shipping, office supplies ordering and document processing. Kimberly has traveled to multiple major cities across the United States, Kauai being one of her favorite vacation spots. She hopes to travel internationally, visiting places such as Bari, Italy, and China