Don Adams, President
With 25 years experience as a group travel agent and a love of travel, Don opened Kelly Tours, named after his wife, in 1996. Don has passed his love of adventure and travel to his three daughters. The family often joins our trips, so keep an eye out and see if you can spot the Adams on tour within our website.
Joyce Grant, Lead Tour Director
Joyce Grant has been with Kelly Tours for five years and is a licensed Savannah tour guide. She performs all of our local tours including Girl Scout tours. She is also our MOST REQUESTED group tour escort and has traveled throughout the United States extensively.
David Chason, Vice President of Operations
As a five year veteran of Kelly Tours and our student travel specialist as well as our day-to-day manager, David assists both experienced and first time teachers in creating and planning their student trips. David is the father of a very happy and active two year old, Brody, who keeps him and his wife on their toes.
Emilia Porto, Reservations Manager
Emilia received her degree in hospitality and has never looked back. With three years experience working with youth group travelers, she is a wonderful resource for information about planning exciting educational destinations. Emilia is a joy for both staff and trip planners to work with and has earned the nickname of “The Princess” of reservations for her sweet and helpful disposition.
Jack Adams, Mayor of Kelly Tours
A retired marine, Jack has been escorting tours and helping at the Kelly Tours office since the beginning of the company in 1996. Today, as the official Mayor of the Head Quarters office in Savannah, he is still very active within the company and is often found out and about on our adult tours.
Brandy Gunter, Tour Reservation Specialist
Brandy has been apart of the Kelly Tours Family for the past year using her excellent communication skills and friendly attitude to assist customers over the phone, through email, and in person. She was born and raised in Savannah, GA and lives happily with her husband, two daughters, dog, and cat.
Sheri Saleem Scott, Travel Assistant
As a long-term Kelly Tours Traveler, Sheri will assist with adult and church travel groups, coordinating travel expos and assisting with special events. She brings her extensive experience in planning social events as the former Executive Assistant to the president of Savannah State University.
Erin Haggerty, Marketing Representative and Reservationist
Erin, a Massachusetts native, recently graduated from Boston University and moved down to (never snowy) Savannah. She began working at Kelly Tours in August 2015 and enjoys her role assisting with marketing campaigns, posting across all social media accounts, and making reservations for student tours. She is passionate about educational travel and LOVES French bulldogs- especially her new puppy, Bean!
Stephen UpDeGraff, Vice President of Sales
Stephen UpDeGraff has 7 years of experience in the group travel industry. Along with his daily responsibilities in sales, he also oversees all of our reservations and bookings. Stephen has also escorted many group trips, so while we rarely let him out of the office, he is a great resource for help planning your trip.
Melissa Lee, Logistics Coordinator
Following an interest in the logistics industry, Melissa achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation from Georgia Southern University and has been working in the field for 12 years. She recently came to us from Brunswick with her wonderful four-year-old son named Mason who keeps her just as busy as Kelly Tours does. Melissa has always had a love for basketball and softball. She pursued her love for softball by playing in college and on a women’s league.
Chip Torgerson, Quality Control Manager
Chip has over ten years of transportation management experience in the Army and has worked in the travel/tourism industry for most of his civilian career. He is our ‘extra set of eyes’ on things to try and help ensure things are as right as they can be before they roll out on the road. He has two children and loves music, genealogy and cooking.
Beverly Sanders, Comptroller
Beverly is new to Kelly Tours, but not new to the accounting or transportation industry. She is responsible for the daily financial operations of the company. Her off time is spent having fun with her family, especially with her only granddaughter, Emma! Sorry girls and hubby!
Amber McCandless, Safety Administrator
Amber joined the Kelly Tours team in June of 2015. She assists our Safety and Compliance Manager, Lester, in making sure all drivers are following Kelly Tours and DOT policy’s safely and correctly. Amber also makes sure all drivers’ files stay up to date at all times. She is an army wife and Mom of 3. Amber loves being a part of the Kelly Tours family and looks forward to many years to come with the company!
Jenelle Grubbs, Accounting Manager
As well as being our bookkeeper, Jenelle manages all of the online and office payments for trips and is always available to clients who have payment questions. She lives in happy chaos with her husband and their three children, and is known for her infectious laughter.
Cara Sachse, Charter Sales
Cara, a native Floridian (yes, they do exist) worked as a driver for film and television in the Orlando area for 12 years. After relocating to Georgia and becoming a member of Kelly Tours, she quickly took over our Charter Sales department and always treats our clients to her trademark sunny Floridian smile!
Jon Jaques, IT Department
Jon and the staff of Coastal Data Enterprises has assisted travel companies all over the United States with their unique IT needs for over ten years. Kelly Tours considers themselves very lucky that he works out of our office building. He and his lovely wife dote upon their plucky daughter, Katie.
Rachael Yates, Marketing Director
Rachael has worked in marketing for over 14 years and is glad to be working in the travel industry where there are so many beautiful destinations to advertise. She is a “die hard” cat person, living with a “die hard” bird person, making for a lively home life!
Cody Neal, Director of Sales Valdosta
Cody joins the Kelly Tours Valdosta office with many years experience in sales and customer service. He assists both private group travel leaders and bus charter customers with planning their itineraries.
Beverly Harrell, Group Travel Specialist
Beverly assists all of our adult and student group travelers and bus charter clients with her trademark “southern” friendliness. She enjoys living on her farm surrounded by friendly neighbors and taking care of all the animals who also call it home.
Riley Grantham, General Manager – Charleston Office
Riley has over 20 years experience in the motorcoach and group travel industry. Many of these years were spent as a motorcoach operator, where he literally “rolled out the red carpet” for his travelers. Today he ensures that all motorcoach operations run smoothly for our bus charter clients.
Shane Levy, Office Manager – Charleston Office
Originally from the hills of Tennessee, Shane has over 17 year experience with the Charleston County School District Transportation Division. Whether you need a sedan, mini coach or luxury touring coach, Shane will walk you through the process and be on hand to deliver the best possible product at the best possible price. This Tennessee gal keeps the office ticking over as well as managing a household of grown up kids and an ever loving husband.
Chris McDowell, Head Dispatch – Charleston Office
With five years of experience organizing student summer camps, Chris now looks after our wonderful drivers and vehicles. She excels in delivering all that Kelly Tours promises and works hand in hand with the sales department and the client to ensure each successful trip. When she gets a break from work and her 3 kids, she can be seen snapping away with her camera as she pursues her other passion, photography.
Katie McClure, Director of Sales – Charleston Office
Katie has over thirty years of experience in student travel and transportation with the Charleston County School District and with the Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority. She now utilizes her vast experience by designing custom trips for our South Carolina schools and senior groups. A native “Charlestonian”, she is always on the move visiting schools and new destinations, so don’t be surprised if she drops by with some goodies and a few new trip ideas.
Roger Baker, Group Travel Manager – Charleston Office
A transplant firstly from Windsor England, then Boston Massachusetts, Roger and his family moved to the warmer climes of Charleston to run our Kelly Tours South Carolina Office and develop our ever growing senior group trips. With over 25 years’ experience in the group travel market, he works closely with our travel leaders developing new and exciting tour itineraries both domestically and internationally. Please excuse his accent, he does after all speak “The Queens English”!
Lester DuBose, Safety and Compliance Manager – Jacksonville Office
Terry Altizer, Group Travel Specialist – Jacksonville Office
Fran Boggan, Charter Sales Manager – Jacksonville Office
Fran Boggan has over 8 years of experience in transportation and specializes in senior and church bus charters. Fran assists our Jacksonville office with bus charters, and she is always on the go visiting schools and colleges. Away from work, she enjoys quiet time with her husband. Besides being a Pastor’s wife, she serves as a leader of the women’s ministry for her church, and enjoys her other passion, baking.