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 the recipient of the 2006 Access to Learning Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Toni also received the IIPT’s Ambassador for Peace Award, Walk the Talk Global Citizen Award, the Friends of Nepal Award, and the Northern Nevada International Center's International Visionary Award. She was recognized as a travel expert in Wendy Perrin’s WOW list, for her time in Nepal and Bhutan, and is the Conde Nast Nepal Top Travel Specialist. Myths and Mountains has also been the recipient of Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award, as well as The London Observer’s Ethical 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. She has visited 60 countries around the world, and has spoken for diverse organizations such as Sister Cities, Yale University, The Center for the Study of the Vietnam Conflict and The Adventure Travel Trade Association, and became a frequent guest on a variety of radio shows.
Jen has a passion for photography, the outdoors and raising backyard chickens. Proud to be a Sierra native, she takes full advantage of what Nevada has to offer and is an enthusiastic hiker and backcountry skier. She has adventured through India, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Myths and Mountains style—and loves experiencing different cultures throughout the world. Jen is in charge of coordinating the complex logistical details for our travelers who are set to embark on their own Journeys Of A Lifetime to Asia and Southeast Asia.