Maureen Dinnocenzo

Maureen Dinnocenzo, owner-agent of Above & Beyond Travel- a full service travel agency that includes air, rail, cruises, resorts, tours, group travel & more. Maureen has been awarded "2012 Best Group Sales Effort" runner-up of the West coast by Travel Age West journal and she is an Africa specialist . In 2015, she was recognized at the Global Travel Market as one of the top 100 agents in the United States. She has been a certified travel agent for 11 years. Her certifications include CTA, Certified Travel Associate by the Travel Institute, ACC (Accredited Cruise Counselor), MCC (Master Cruise Counselor), ECC (Elite Cruise Counselor) by the Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. She has been awarded certifications from Hawaii (Master specialist for Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, & Big Is. of Hawaii) & Alaska state Visitors Bureau. In addition, she has earned accreditations from the Tourism Board of New Zealand, Fiji, Ireland, Greece, Mexico & Portugal. Annually, she updates her knowledge of the world by attending travel seminars and/or visiting destinations.

She has taken groups from 16 to 300 on tours & cruises throughout the world. Ask her about group rates, amenities & possible free trip for the group organizer! She prides herself on giving her clients personal attention & her expertise before, during & after their dream vacations.

You may contact Maureen at 209-795-3226 or 866-476-7476;
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Cathy DeMichiel

"Don't just dream it, DO IT," combined with Cathy's passion for the South Pacific has lead her to make her home on the Island of Kauai where she loves sharing Aloha with visitors.

Having grown up all over the U.S., traveling seems second nature to her. She has been a travel agent for 12 years with certificated Destination Master Specialist for Kauai, Maui, and Oahu (also a former home), South Pacific Specialist, Kiwi Specialist from New Zealand Tourism Board, and Aussie Specialist from the Australian Tourism Bureau. She holds accreditations as CTA, Certified Travel Associate by Travel Institute and ACC, Accredited Cruise Counselor, Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.

She enjoys giving her clients personal attention to assure their trips are all they've dreamed of. In addition to extensive travels throughout the South Pacific, she has personally traveled to Europe on many occasions as well as sailing on some wonderful ocean and river cruises.

In addition to Hawaii, some of her favorite destinations are: New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Bali, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Wales, and Uruguay

She studied in the Travel Department of Los Medanos College and previously worked in two agencies in Pleasanton, CA.

Contact Cathy DeMichiel at 925-786-0828; Email:

Joe Dinnocenzo

After Joe Dinnocenzo was discharged from the United States Marine Corps, he graduated from college with a MS in tax. Then he operated his CPA business for nearly 35 years. After selling is business in 2004, he started attending travel training seminars. He has earned his ACC, Accredited Cruise Counselor, from Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. His travels include many of the US states, Europe, Caribbean & Mexico. He has cruised extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaiian islands, the rivers of Europe & the Mississippi River. Joe has the knowledge & experience to help you plan your next dream vacation.

Call Joe at 209-795-3226

Karen Ellison

Karen Ellison has been a travel professional for a little over two years with personal travel experience starting in the late 1990s. Her travels include Mediterranean, Alaskan, Caribbean and Panama Canal cruises; land tours in England, France and Italy along with week-long stay in major European and American cities.

In the last two years, she has completed the Hawaii Destination program along with the Master Specialist program for each of the islands: Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island Hawaii. She also has completed Hospitality Specialist Programs for Outrigger and Starwood Hotel and Resort properties. In addition, she has graduated from the Carnival Cruise Bachelor's of Fun program. She is currently working with Princess and Holland America cruise lines on their specialist programs.

She is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) and Cruise Lines International Association, Inc (CLIA).

Call Karen at 510-828-9099

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Allison Wright

Allison Wright is passionate about travel. She has been on all seven continents, including African safaris and an overnight campout on Antarctic ice! She's been to almost 60 countries - including CUBA! As an avid and experienced traveler herself, she brings understanding and empathy to her clients' travel needs and goals!

Allison is an Elite Cruise Counselor and certificates include but are not limited to: Princess Cruise Lines Commodore rank, Holland America Expert rank, Royal Caribbean Expert Plus and the overall WOW program, Certified Hurtigruten Specialist, and more. Destination Specialist areas include Cuba (What a GREAT place to visit!), Israel, Costa Rica, Saint Lucia, New Orleans, and many more. Certified Lifestyle Specialist training includes Accessible Travel and Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.

Ask about her fun and informative monthly Travel Newsletter!

Communicate with Allison via text / phone at +1 209.559.5606. Visit her website at




Patty Stratton

Patty has recently retired from a 26 year career in education, both as a teacher and an administrator. She loved being able to make a difference in the lives of her students and now looks forward to making a difference in the lives of her clients through high-quality travel opportunities. A life-long passion for learning has helped her jumpstart her new career by gaining a credential with the Cruise Lines International Association, a Specialist Certificate for Fort Lauderdale and Vancouver, The Merlin North America Specialist, a Certified Hawai'i Destination Specialist, and The Magic of Mexico Specialist. She is excited to be a student of the world and continues her studies daily. She is grateful for the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of helping others fulfill their travel dreams! She may be reached by emailing her at or calling her at 559.940.3752.


Doug Brown

I was the Director of the Mother Lode Chapter of W.I.N.O. from 1984 to 2011. I was responsible for organizing all of our Wine Dinners and Golf Outings. This entailed working with the winery's, restaurants, hotels and golf courses etc. From 1990 t0 2015, I traveled the world extensively with my wife as she promoted products for OPI Inc., this included arranging flights, hotels, transportation and dining facilities. Since joining Above & Beyond Travel in 2015, I have specialized in Group Travel, and I am the Director the W.I.N.O. Travel Club, promoting Travel and Culinary events in interesting locations.


Marie Bernardo

I've worked for non-profit and government entities for years, a volunteer to local community groups in the Bay Area. My love for travel made me change my career path to working with people who aspire to see the world.

Since I started in the travel industry, I've always been excited to hear from clients who are thrilled to just go and see what's out there! My trips to different parts of the world will be passed on to anyone and everyone I meet.

I'm always open to share my trips, dreams and discoveries with you!

Let me assist you in making memories all over the world!


Leslie Walters

Leslie has been in the travel industry for nearly 25 years. With a wide variety of experience and expertise, she can help you plan and book the perfect trip for you. Her specialties include, Hawaii, Mexico, Cruises, Fiji and especially Adventure Travel!


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