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Mike Snyder MKI Group Travel

mike snyderAs the founder and president of MKI Group Travel, it is my PRIVILEGE to serve those who are serving, sending, or even working to bring their child home.  Having worked in full-time ministry both stateside and internationally for nearly 20 years before launching MKI — my passions are connecting, serving, and of course providing superior airfare for groups and individuals.

We’ve got a great staff here at MKI, and we look forward to serving YOU!  If you have any questions, issues or opportunities for strategic involvement, please don’t hesitate to call me!

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Cheryl Lawrence MKI Group Travel
Cheryl Lawrence is a native southern California girl and, has been in the Travel Industry for 25 years beginning her Travel Career in the San Diego Area in 1988 in the Leisure Travel Industry. From there, Cheryl moved to Chicago, Illinois where she began work on the Corporate Travel side of the Industry which is where she found her Niche’. She began as a Domestic Travel Counselor for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and soon moved forward into the International Division of this Corporate Reservation Center. While with Carlson, Cheryl was invited by the Headquarters to begin and implement the Passport & Visa Division which was utilized by Carlson Companies worldwide for all Travelers. After 9/11, Cheryl decided to become a Virtual Agent working for a large flooring installation company as their Travel Manager. All throughout her career she could feel a calling on her heart to do Missions Work and in 2011, the Lord laid it on her heart to accept a position with MKI Group Travel where she has truly found a place to do God’s work and loves every minute of it. Cheryl works virtually from Hilton Head Island, SC., where she resides with her husband Paul an insurance executive for Amerisure Insurance. Cheryl has 2 sons, Jason 34, Alex 26 and 3 grandchildren, Victoria, Brecken and Carter. They are ALL the light of her life and she loves her son Alex’s favorite saying about his Mom, “My Mom Is A Travel Agent For Guilt Trips”, and more.

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Craig Rasmussen MKI Group Travel

craigPrior to becoming a part of MKI Group Travel in April 2007, Craig served as a pastor of a small church in Minnesota, and then as a missions consultant with a national missions mobilization and education network.  These connections with the local church and with the international missions community equip him to serve missionary travelers from both perspectives, and also express his conviction that the local church is Christ’s means to reach the world with His Gospel.  With his heart for the church and his passion for missions, Craig seeks to do more than just sell airline tickets.  His desire is to help local church missions leaders achieve “Maximum Kingdom Impact” by leveraging all of their resources – money, time and people – to reach the world for Jesus Christ.

While Craig stands ready to serve your church and your people in any way that he can, his areas of greatest interests are Asia, Unreached Peoples, and children – particularly orphans and victims of trafficking.  As an adoptive dad, he also takes particular pleasure is assisting families with adoption travel.

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Dave Shubin MKI Group Travel
Travel. Missions. Adoption. Three things that make up much of what Dave believes in. He feels its important to see first hand what is going on across the globe. For his clients he brings experience as a travel agent both in the office, on the field leading mission trips, and personally as an adoptive father.  Striving to meet each clients unique needs whether traveling for missions, an adoption, or just a vacation.  Dave’s highly organized, methodical, and skilled approach takes the guess work out of travel planning.  Specializing in groups, offering advice and options to best suit his clients no matter where they want to go.  Dave is married to his high school sweetheart Erica (also an MKI agent) together they have five kids to keep them busy.  Aside from traveling the world Dave also enjoys woodworking, good food, good wine, and walking on the beach.

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Erica Shubin MKI Group Travel
Passionate about travel, adoption, and missions Erica brings years of experience both professionally and personally. As an adoptive mom she understands the unique needs of adopting families celebrating with them as they approach their travel plans, working tirelessly to find flights that suit their personal needs. Having traveled to Africa multiple times, leading mission trips, and traveling through Europe she has the experience and knowledge of how to best serve her clients.  That service doesn’t end when you purchase your tickets, Erica makes herself available to her clients from start to finish even offering 24 hour phone support to traveling clients.

Originally from the Northwest Erica works remotely from Florida.  Married to her best friend David; together they are raising five awesome kids and loving every minute of it.  Erica is actively involved in her local church serving as director of their adoption/orphan care ministry, singing on the worship team, and loving her neighbors.  When not talking travel Erica enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, photography, and long walks on the beach.

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J.D. Obrien MKI Group Travel
J.D. came to MKI as a creative way of raising finances to continue his work with Youth With A Mission(YWAM). His passions in missions focus mainly on bringing water and sanitation to the developing world. If we can solve the water issue, that will shake off the burdens that hinder growth in many others areas like sex-trafficking, education and especially women’s rights. He enjoys hiking, documentary films, and sushi. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.

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Patriece Cox MKI Group Travel
Patriece Cox moved from Atlanta, GA to Hilton Head, SC in 2009 to serve with her husband Ken Cox as Worship Pastors at Central Church on Hilton Head Island, SC.. Patriece originates from Kenosha, Wisconsin, however being born into a Pastor’s home the family quickly moved to the South where she grew up. She and her husband Ken, Owned & Operated a restaurant in Cashiers, NC. Here she oversaw and executed events and caterings of various types and sizes, helping people’s dreams come true one party at a time. Her true passion however, is leading and teaching others genuine worship. It is her strong conviction to see others follow their hearts desire in serving and knowing HIM through various types of ministry. Patriece & Ken met in Atlanta, GA, and married in 1998. Aside from her numerous other Ministries and working with MKI Group Travel as an International Travel Consultant, she is a Home School Mom and her 10 year old daughter, Aubreanna, is the joy of her life. There’s never a dull moment in the Cox household!

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Paul Snyder MKI Group Travel

Paul is originally from South Dakota. Over the last 20 years he has worked in education teaching college students.  Paul is an active member of his local church and has been involved in several missions trips; nationally and internationally. As mission chair for 10 years, Paul has had the privilege to encourage, pray for, and support missionaries; helping them to go well.  As a father of 10 children and a homeschool dad, when he isn’t working you will most likely find him at home with his family!

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Sarah Abbott MKI Group Travel
Sarah has traveled quite a bit, moving from state to state as a child and teen eventually calling Washington state her home.  Sarah loves culture, hard work, and ice cream.  Her experience being a support system for friends in the adoption process gave her a heart to help adoptive families.  Coupled with her love for foreign missions and those just wanting to see the world Sarah brings spunk and joy to travel planning.

Sarah and her husband Damon have 3 crazy adorable kids that keep them on the move. They love to travel, see new places and experience different foods.  Sarah has been on several short term mission trips including Ethiopia, her dream trip would be to travel to Italy to see her heritage country.  In her spare time Sarah loves to bake, sew and take lots of pictures! She and her husband are actively involved in their local church trusting in the Lord as they journey down this road called life, and believing that he will guide their path.

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Taige McMahon MKI Group Travel

Taige is originally from Chicago, but he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1997. After graduating high-school, Taige attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in both guitar and music composition. Taige currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut where he attends the Hartt school and is pursuing a Master’s in Music Composition.

 

While in college, Taige took a year off from his studies to spend eleven months in the UK doing missions work. It was in preparation for this trip that Taige started working with MKI and used their services to book his flights. During many trips Taige got to know Mike and the MKI Staff, and many subsequent tickets and trips later, Taige came on staff in 2011 as an agent for MKI. The thing he loves most about working for MKI, is that he is able to use his experience in, and love for missions and travel to help others get to where they need to go. He has been all over europe and different parts of the world (fifteen countries and counting).

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Hellen Willett MKI Group Travel

hellen2A Southern belle to the core. Hellen has an extensive resume with international missions. Her country count is 30+ and counting. Though she hails from Savannah, Georgia, she’s been intrigued with maps, travel, airplanes, different cultures and nations since she was a child. Upon flying alone at the age of 7, she was hooked on travel. Her first international trip, at the age of 15, was to Guatemala on a short-term mission trip and then later that summer to Spain on a family vacation. That was the beginning and she’s been traveling ever since. In 2005, she was led to serve with YWAM in Australia for 2 years. Upon returning, she served as a full-time missionary in a Christian maternity home for 4 years in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Nashville soon became her home as she served as a Missions Trip Coordinator for short-term mission teams to Haiti, India, and Uganda. All the while, she feels most at home on an airplane and among strangers in other cities and countries. But Nashville is her home base and her heart beats to serve others to dare to live a life bigger than themselves—going to the nations and pouring out all of themselves for others in the name of Jesus.  She joined the MKI team in February 2013 helping connect teams to MKI’s travel agents—bridging the gap between missions and travel. She looks forward to her next destination of service, but is content learning to love in Nashville. Feel free to contact her for an itinerary or quote request at hellenwillett@gmail.com or 800.732.4806 x712.

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