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Bios of Group Tour Specialists

Kate Peer

Kate Peer is the President and founder of Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors. Through Kateís leadership, Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors has become nationally renowned for planning life-enriching tours for schools, churches, clubs, families, and other special interest groups to destinations all over the world. Since 1982, Kate's firm values, unwavering drive, and ability to recognize market trends has allowed the company to thrive while other agencies disappeared. Kate is an active member of professional travel industry groups, business owners/executives groups, and is a dedicated community volunteer. Through her business, Kate has had the good fortune of making new friends from every part of the world and she continues to do so while discovering new destinations.
Janet Tollund

Janet Tollund is Vice President of Sales and co-owner of Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors, and has been with the company since 1986. She holds a BA degree in English and French from Luther College and an MA from the University of Minnesota. Prior to entering the tour business, she was a high school French teacher. Janet has served in the international group travel industry for over 30 years, and in addition to her role in Sales, has escorted countless performing ensembles and cultural tours throughout the world.
Kathy Adam

Kathy Adam is a lifelong traveler who has visited all continents except Antarctica. She holds degrees in Christian Education, a BA from Concordia University and an MA from Luther Seminary, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. During the past 33 years Kathy has served a number of Lutheran congregations in educational ministry. In her travels she has experience both planning tours and participating in group tours, including GTD tours. She was delighted to join GTD as a Group Tour Specialist in 2011. She is especially interested in helping people meet each other across cultures, particularly in the Middle East, and is very interested in Germany, its people and Lutheran church history. Kathy loves travel, working with people and would be delighted to assist your group with their once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Diana J. Leland

Diana J. Leland is a retired choral director who taught choral music for 32 years. During her last 28 years of teaching, she was employed by Edina Public Schools in Minnesota. She is a past president of ACDA-Minnesota, the ACDA North Central Division and National ACDA and served on the board of the International Federation for Choral Music for nine years. She was the first full-time general manager of the Dale Warland Singers. Diana has traveled to over 25 international destinations and joined Accolades International Tours for the Arts as a Group Tour Specialist in 2008.
Annette Nelson

Annette Nelson is a Group Tour Specialist with Accolades Tours/Group Travel Directors. She earned her B.A. from California Lutheran University and later earned advanced degrees in counseling. Prior to entering the tour business, she worked as a teacher and guidance counselor. Annette thoroughly enjoys designing trips that move beyond typical sightseeing to allow the travelers an opportunity to meet and share with the local people. She loves planning travel and escorting groups to destinations around the world, as her pastor husband and children will attest.
Phil Peters

Phil Peters has been leading high school orchestras on international tours since 1997. Planning and implementing successful tours is his highest priority and he is able to draw from his experiences as music director to help design quality travel opportunities. Phil holds a Bachelorís degree in Music Education from Towson University and a Master of Music from Peabody Institute. Phil participated in the Japan Fulbright Scholar program in 2008, which further helped to broaden his world views. His ensembles have performed in Germany, Italy, Austria, France, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Tom Witt

Tom Witt has been working for travel-related organizations for over 20 years, and has been with Accolades/Group Travel Directors since 2007. While his primary expertise has been in southern Africa travel, he also has tour leading and trip planning experience in West and East Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia and Eastern Europe. Tom is a church musician/keyboardist. In 1992 he founded the musical ensemble Bread for the Journey, a group of singers and instrumentalists who perform nationally and internationlly, specializing in songs of faith, hope, justice and inclusion from the church around the world.