OUR TEAM

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Jerry & Angie Varner

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Owners of Making Memories Tours

We started our Missouri travel agency in Washburn, Mo., in 2009, with the goal of providing comfortable motorcoach tours offering interesting places to see and experiences at a great value. We always have a ball laughing, playing games and making new friends along the way. We would love to hear from you with your ideas, suggestions.

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Greg Varner, CTP
Product Development and Logistics
Greg has joined our team in January 2017. He is an extremely fast learner and his eye for detail comes in handy in this business. Oh, by the way, he also calls the owner of the company—Dad.
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Ragan Andrew, CTP
Group Travel Specialist and Media/Marketing
Ragan relocated from Washington State where she spent 16 years in city government marketing the tour and travel industry while combining festivals and events with group travel!

Ragan has now joined the Making Memories Team as the group sales and marketing manager. Her primary responsibilities are to communicate the values, benefits and opportunities Making Memories Tours has to offer with church leaders, senior activities directors, and various club and group leaders across the U.S. She is also responsible for our monthly e-newsletter and social media department.

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Di Rose-Webb
Tour Guide
Di has over 20 years of experience as a tour guide. She has been taking travelers coast to coast to places they never thought they would see and having tons of fun getting there.

She taught Jerry the ropes in the tour business. To Angie she is Mom, and to Jerry, she is the best mother-in-law in the world. Di would love to hear from you.

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Mandy Hamblett
Logistics & Operations
Mandy serves Making Memories Tours in a variety of ways. Because she does not shy away from a challenge, she is a good fit to help micro-manage multiple details so bus tours operate without a logistical hitch.

Mandy’s acquired chaos-management skills come largely from raising her five children.

She is truly delighted to be called Mrs. Jack Hamblett and so, her self-imposed title, “Jack of all trades” fits well. We are overjoyed to have Mandy “officially” on board. Her great attitude and sense of humor make her a priceless addition to the MMT family.
Connie Molder
Connie Molder
Tour Guide
We are happy to announce starting in the summer of 2019 Connie joined the Making Memories family. After retiring from a 40-year career in education (a Geography teacher …isn’t that handy?) Connie is ready for more travel adventures.

Her goal is to set foot on all seven continents and 100 countries; so far, she has five continents

and 78 countries under her belt. She began the bulk of her international travel after visiting each of the 50 states but even in the U.S. there is so much more she wants to see! In Connie’s words, “You can never replace the feeling that comes over you when you are able to see something you have only dreamed of for many years! Travel is my passion and I look forward to helping others make some unforgettable memories.”
Suzanne Brown
Suzanne Brown
Tour Guide & Logistics
Suzanne's wanderlust was nurtured in the Ozarks during childhood, but a 4-H trip to Washington, DC opened her eyes to the history, culture and magnificence beyond the hills and farmland of the Ozarks.

As a retired English teacher, she loves a good story. The stories collected during her many travels range from visiting the Library of Congress to Maspero's in New Orleans where Andrew Jackson signed the treaty to end the War of 1812. New Orleans of course, begged a visit to Cajun country for some mouthwatering seafood and an evening of Zydeco! Exploring ghost towns, Colorado Native American dwellings and the cliffs overlooking Big Sur, Suzanne has found America to be a blessing that provides a story and adventure alike at every turn.

While this beautiful country is a true marvel to behold, the world has astonishing stories to share. Because Suzanne travels and is willing to experience the awe and mystery of other places and peoples including cathedrals, architecture, graveyards, artistry, landscape, languages, various modes of travel and unique cultures, to name a few, which provide opportunities she just cannot get at home. Suzanne's personal motto can be summed up like this, "Every location has a story that speaks to those who will listen."

Suzanne is excited to collect more stories, adventures and memories traveling with YOU!
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Marty Stearns
Customer Service and Operations
Marty is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Scott, for 43 years and counting. Scott and Marty have both recently retired from their long-standing careers, now giving way for Marty to serve in new ways, from which Making Memories Tours will benefit greatly! Marty recently retired after 15 years serving residents as a Court Clerk for the Barry County, Mo., Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Prior to that position, Marty kept busy juggling schedules of not only her own three teenagers and husband but also the students, teachers, and principals as the secretary at Cassville, Mo., Middle School.

Marty and Scott are extremely blessed to be the parents of three wonderful adult children and their spouses. And then God blessed them again when He made them grandparents to four fabulous grandchildren; two granddaughters, and two grandsons. Yes, life is a “grand” adventure!

Making Memories Tours is thrilled to welcome our long-time friend, Marty, to our team. We are certain you will benefit from her attention to detail. Just a few minutes with Marty and you will quickly realize her love for people. With confidence, we know you too will quickly come to love her just as much as we do!

Marty loves to travel, meet new friends, and serve those around her with her genuine smile. She is looking forward to making wonderful memories with new and old friends.
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Patti Beth Anderson
Tour Guide
Patti Beth loves to travel and share God’s creation with others all over the world. She is a travel professional with experience in guiding national and international tours for over 25 years—quite impressive for a farmer’s daughter growing up on a farm in rural Oklahoma! In 2007, after twelve years of leading her own successful bank travel program, she started her own group travel company called “Good to Go with Patti Beth.”

Her natural enthusiasm is evident in her attention to detail, professionalism and the occasional appreciated surprises she “springs” on her travelers. From Tulsa to Tanzania, from the Antarctic to Australia, Patti Beth treats each trip as an adventure to be fully experienced and enjoyed.

While the safety of those she is entrusted with to guide is her number one priority, she focuses on her travelers getting the most enjoyable, fun-filled and rich experience during their adventure. The number of trips, places and countries she has shared: numerous; the photos and videos of her trips: countless; the memories: priceless. We welcome travel professional Patti Beth Anderson to Making Memories Tours!

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Jerry David
Customer Service and Operations
Jerry has been with Walmart for 35 plus years in a variety of leadership positions primarily concerning finance and office procedures. For us, this is like hiring a “Tom Brady” to play for a little home town football team! Yes! It’s that big of a deal! We are so blessed to have this Godly, Christian man helping us run the office!
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April Topham
Customer Service and Operations
April is native to the area and calls Roaring River State Park, home. She spent years vacationing in the park and is now blessed to call it home. She spent 20 years in the spa industry. She holds a degree in Public Administration and Communication.

She has a passion for travel and loves to help each guest decide and plan their dream vacations. Her favorite quote is: “Don’t live the same year for 75 years and call it a life.” She is always up for new ideas, adventures, and travels. She has been married to the manager of Roaring River, Joel, for 27 years. She has one amazing son and a beautiful daughter-in-love, who blessed her with her first grandbaby, Roman. She also loves her fur-baby, Mayzie Rey. She spends her spare time serving as a volunteer for Roaring River. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, kayaking, camping and anything that includes a beach.