Dr. Antonia Neubauer, President
Traveler, humanitarian, and teacher, Toni is the guiding spirit behind Myths and Mountains, and founder of READ Global, a nonprofit global organization dedicated to inspiring rural prosperity by building rural library community centers and seeding sustaining businesses as catalysts for development. READ Nepal was selected as recipient of the 2006 Access to Learning Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Toni also has received the Walk the Talk Global Citizen Award, The Friends of Nepal Award, the Northern Nevada International Center's International Visionary award, and is the Conde Nast Nepal Top Travel Specialist. Myths and Mountains has also been the recipient of Travel & Leisure's Global Vision Award.
For more than a quarter of a century, Toni has traveled within Asia and Southeast Asia, getting to know the people and their way of life. These intimate experiences are the heart and soul of every Myths and Mountains trip, and this is what makes each journey so unique. Toni speaks six languages, holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration as well as a Masters in French Literature, and has visited 60 countries around the world. She has spoken for diverse organizations as Sister Cities, Yale University, The Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict, and The Adventure Travel Trade Association, and been a frequent guest on a variety of radio shows.
Allie Almario, Vice President
Allie's fascination with wildlife conservation, photography, and indigenous cultures has taken her on countless adventures spanning all seven continents and nearly 70 countries. She's trekked by camel across India's Thar Desert, camped under the stars to hyenas howling in Botswana, and plunged into the frigid waters of Deception Bay in Antarctica. In Madagascar, she tracked lemurs in the wild, drank potent rice wine with headhunters in Borneo, and swam with white-tipped sharks in the Galapagos. Allie is the former executive director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association.
Jen Kamen, Asia & Southeast Asia Operations Coordinator
Jen has a passion for photography and the outdoors. Proud to be a Sierra native, she takes full advantage of what Tahoe has to offer and is an enthusiastic backcountry and alpine skier, hiker, and all around outdoor junkie. To experience a greater appreciation of different cultures and a love for mountainous regions and adventure, Jen is looking forward to traveling to Asia, Myths and Mountains style. She is in charge of coordinating the complex logistical details for our travelers who are set to embark on their own exhilarating travels around the world.
Kendra Koskin, Web / Database Coordinator
Kendra is a Lake Tahoe native so she grew up loving the changing season. Since returning from college in Santa Barbara, where she studied psychology and writing, Kendra has been enjoying hiking swimming, and skiing here. She has also dedicated a lot of time and energy to meditation classes. Kendra looks forward to future travels with Myths and Mountains and exploring and expanding new horizons all over the world. She takes care of our database to made sure travelers get our communication in a timely and efficient manner and is eager to assist in the logistics for our South America travelers.
Jim Hammerel, Internet Marketing
Having traveled to several of Myths and Mountains' destinations, Jim's first-hand knowledge of adventure travel assists us in web marketing. Jim manages our online presence, online advertising campaigns, and email marketing initiatives. If you're reading this, chances are it's because of Jim and his expertise.
Odie, Jaxson, Caye, Thunder, Huck (top to bottom, left to right)
These pups are the true spirit of the Myths and Mountains office since they represent breeds from all over the world. As working dogs, they see to it that we stay on task (i.e. hourly sessions of ball-fetching) and keep us laughing all day at their crazy antics. Jen's oldest, Odie, is the alpha and isn't afraid to put an out-of-line mutt in its proper place. His brother, Jaxson, is our other big man on campus and has the most captivating eyes. Caye is short for "calle", which means street in Spanish. He understands English, Spanish, Tagalog and Woof thanks to his owner, Allie. Our youngest, Thunder, is a hopelessly handsome Queensland blue heeler mix who likes to follow his human, Kendra, outside to bring us mail from all over the world. And then, there is Toni's little Huck, a feisty sweetheart who is the first to welcome any guest coming into the office with a big "ARF!" and a thousand kisses.
Myths and Mountains is THE adventure travel company for the discerning and inquisitive globe-trotter seeking a hand-crafted, life-changing experience. With more than 25 years of expertise in designing award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history and natural healing and traditional medicine, we promise adventures beyond the guidebooks, excellence beyond expectations, and guaranteed departures.
Want a custom-designed trip just for you and your friends? It's our specialty! Welcome to a remarkable experience - Myths and Mountains style!