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Tour Directors & Schedules

All Starr Tour Directors have been carefully selected and specially trained in the skills that assure a carefree, enjoyable trip. They are knowledgeable, understanding and devoted to making your trip relaxing and memorable. They supervise the handling of luggage, take care of check-in and departure from hotels, reconfirm included meals, and brief you on the daily events and timetables during the tour. They are happy to assist in suggesting restaurants, ideas for free time, or simply look after reasonable special requests. He or she will do all that is possible to accommodate you.

Anndee Byers
Years of Service: 2
Anndee has worked for several years as a local guide in the Philadelphia area sharing her love of history and interesting locations with people who enjoy traveling. She also has a consulting and training practice and works with several colleges as an adjunct instructor. She also spends time with her family and friends or is busy with her many hobbies.
Anne Anderson
Years of Service: .5
Anne has been in the travel business for about 30 years. She is a local Philadelphia/Valley Forge tour guide. Her focus is with student groups & Seniors. She has also been a travel director and worked on site for events. She enjoys her time with her family who live in Indianapolis and Wilmington, NC.
Anthony (Andy) Waskie
Years of Service: 33.5
Andy is a professor at Temple University. He serves on the boards of several history related organizations, and he is the founder and president of the General Meade Society and the 8th Armored Division Assoc. Andy is an ambassador at the Union League of Phila and is also a member of the American Legion. He is a published author and active in Civil War history, research and preservation efforts.
Bette Barr
Years of Service: 12.5
A native New Yorker, Bette is also a licensed NYC tour guide. Her trips to the “Big Apple” are always spiced up with stories about the city’s founding, development and background. She loves to ski, Jazzercise, read and is also a volunteer with the USO. She has also been working on writing a novel. She and her husband of 50 years have a German Shepherd and two lovely daughters.
Bobbi Flesher
Years of Service: 21
Three things in life are important:
The first is to be KIND.
The second is to be KIND.
And the third is to be KIND.
-Henry James
Carole B.
Years of Service: 30.5
Carole has enjoyed working with Starr and traveling on many exciting trips. Some of her favorites include Montreal & Quebec, NYC, Boston, Florida Spring Training and the American West. She dubs herself as a National Park Junkie.
Christine Durling
Years of Service: 13.5
Christine is a “retired” educator who delights in sharing travel adventures with Starr customers from the mountains to the prairies to the museums to the gift shops! When not being a “kid” again with her two grand-daughters, Christine’s joys include visiting shut-ins, reading historical fiction, applauding good theater, gardening, decorating, and trying to keep up with technology.
Dolores Barbieri
Years of Service: 17
With an extensive working background in Public Relations and Special Events, Dolores has used these skills as a Tour Director and to the benefit of her community serving as President of her local civic organization as well as her church’s social group. An avid baseball fan and news “junkie”, Dolores enjoys playing travel trivia and word games with passengers on her Starr trips.
Evy Simon
Years of Service: 17.5
Evy is originally from Philadelphia. She was a teacher in Baltimore and New York, and raised her family in Montreal. Then it was on to Indianapolis before she and her husband moved back to the East Coast. Next time you travel with her, ask Evy about her cool job as a “standardized patient.”
Gene Gray
Years of Service: 1
Eugene is a retired history teacher of 34 years. Since retiring, he is the supervisor of an after school program and an active tour guide at Allaire State Park teaching groups of children and adults about life in 1836 New Jersey. Eugene is the founder and supervisor of the East Windsor Recreation’s Junior Travel Camp from which he recently retired. He loves baseball and hockey, loves to travel, and enjoys meeting people.
Jane Peters Estes
Years of Service: 24.5
Although best known for her history-themed tours (Civil War Trails), Jane also enjoys Nova Scotia, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. She and her husband, Gary, reside in Burlington Township, NJ, with their two cats. When not working, Jane volunteers as a Special Events Coordinator with the Girl Scouts of the USA – Rancocas Valley Chapter, and numerous historical organizations throughout the Delaware Valley.
Jim Fazzone
Years of Service: <1
Jim has served as a teacher, supervisor, administrator, and college professor over the past 40 years. As Mayor of the Historic City of Burlington, New Jersey, Jim was involved in promoting and facilitating tourism. Jim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, movies, and sports.
Jo Ann Bates
Years of Service: 21
Jo Ann enjoys volunteering in her community and serves as Board President for the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and also for her local library association. She has a Master’s Degree in Spanish from New York University and lived in Spain for 7 years while studying and working for Prudential. Jo Ann’s hobbies include foreign travel, Broadway, birding, solving crossword puzzles and reading.
John Ciborowski
Years of Service: 35.5
John, “Big John” to many, is a retired science teacher. He also served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout Counselor and Committee man for Boy Scout Troop #187. Now living in Chatham, Ma. with his wife, John still commutes to continue directing tours for Starr. When not on tour, John is an active member of the Cape and Islands Tour Guide Association and loves outdoor recreation and home improvement projects.
Karen Coate
Years of Service: 2
Karen is a retired Business Education teacher. In addition to teaching, she held numerous adviser positions, worked on school plays, coordinated the work and technology programs. She volunteers with the Italian American Festival Committee, the Rotary, Grounds for Sculpture and at her church. She is also a substitute teacher and the office manager for her brother’s moving company. Karen has two beautiful daughters (one of them even works full time at the Starr office!) and enjoys exercising, reading, music and travel.
Kathy Sasso
Years of Service: 6.5
Kathy previously owned her own travel agency and continues to enjoy traveling. Her favorite part of each trip is meeting new and interesting people and getting to know them as well as traveling with old friends from past trips.
Currently Kathy is a Realtor in PA allowing her to meet new people and make them happy with their new home purchase. She has three grown and married children as well as three young grandchildren.
Lucille George
Years of Service: 27.5
Lucille loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is a retired Violations Clerk/Court Administration after 30 years of service. Lucille works part-time as a Charter Sales Representative for Starr when she’s not escorting trips. In her free time, Lucille enjoys gardening, going to the beach and just relaxing with family and friends.
Mary Ann Quindlen
Years of Service: 2
Mary Ann has spent the past several years as a tour director after two lengthy careers as a travel agent and leading the membership team at her local YMCA. She is an avid reader who loves a good mystery or thriller. You can find her, when she is not traveling, at Independence National Historic Park where she is a park guide. Mary Ann resides in the suburban Philadelphia area where she and her husband have raised three wonderful children.
MaryAnne Kostic-King
Years of Service: 28.5
MaryAnne enjoys traveling as a Tour Director for Starr, especially when she is partnered with her husband, Full Time Driver, Bill King. She is actively involved in coordinating several Church Ministries, serves on her Parish Church Council, and teaches Religious Education. In her free time, with her friends and family, she enjoys the theater, opera, and museums in New York City, her home away from home.
Patti Mahar
Years of Service: 1
After a successful career in business, including stints living in France and China, Patti is enjoying her hobbies of sewing, quilting, and spending time on the water sailing, canoeing and fishing. She has three grown children in three different states, so much of her regional travel knowledge originates from family get-togethers. Patti also enjoys traveling to visit her siblings in Utah, Montana, California, Minnesota and the Bahamas. In her view, many places are like home, and every journey is a new adventure.
Penny Rudolph
Years of Service: 30.5
Penny spends her free time with her husband Rich, a part-time Starr driver. When not doing home projects, spending time with family or friends, they can be found hiking, kayaking, biking, or relaxing in the Poconos. Because she loves the outdoors, she especially enjoys leading tours to the mountains, countrysides, coastlines and many Canadian cities where the air is cool and fresh.
Rick Weiss
Years of Service: 2
After a military career that gave him extensive travel opportunities in Europe and Asia, Rick spent 20 years as a history teacher in Trenton, NJ. He still enjoys travel and takes advantage of free military space available flights whenever possible. Rick is active as a boy scout leader and keeps fit with yoga, kayaking, and cycling. Every summer he enjoys the challenge of a week long bike trip with friends and family.
Roseanne Iannotti
Years of Service: 1
Roseanne is a World Language Teacher. She has taught Italian and currently teaches Spanish. Her passions are people, culture and travel. She took a hiatus from teaching to work in the travel industry for eight years. Roseanne has three children, one grandchild, and three dogs. She has been involved in her local business association as well as being an active volunteer with American Red Cross. Her interests also include gardening, cooking, tennis, and above all, travel.
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