About us

Mission Nation Travel is dedicated to providing comprehensive international travel solutions for faith-based, humanitarian, group, and international adoption travel. Our combined years of humanitarian travel expertise, industry relationships, and specialized airfares enable us to deliver exceptional service and value. Our commitment to personable and long-term caring client relations makes us an extension of your mission. We are passionate about humanitarian work and bringing hope to the most vulnerable people around the world

Mission

To serve our global community by creating travel solutions as the trusted advocate for mission and humanitarian travelers.

Products and Services

Providing a suite of products and services tailored to the demands of the humanitarian, faith-based, group and international adoption sectors.

  • International Travel ExpertiseOur team has over 265 years of combined experience in the mission and humanitarian travel niche. We share your passion for the world.
  • Specialized International AirfaresOffering a vast portfolio of airline products to meet each customer’s specific travel needs.
  • 24/7 Emergency Services Let our 24/7 travel experts guide you through your unforeseen travel events.
  • Ancillary Services Attention to every detail of your travel experience.
  • Car Offering cost effective ground transportation solutions globally.
  • Hotel Our consortia membership offers accommodations in 154 countries sure to fit your needs and travel budget.
  • Rail Assistance with rail reservations.
  • Passport and Visa In partnership with CIBTvisas, the global market leader in visa and passport expediting.
  • Travel Protection Mission Nation has partnered with Travelex Insurance to offer a unique protection plan giving you some peace of mind.
  • Cargo Through our parent company, Inchcape Shipping Services, we are able to offer cargo and freight forwarding expertise globally.
  • Travel Management Reports Custom solutions available to support the management of your travel program.
  • Client Services Committed to personable and long-term caring client relations that makes us an extension of your mission. Our passion is what makes us different.

The Mission Nation family

Mike Bedient, General Manager
Kim Corwin, Team Leader, International Travel Expert
Gretchen Jameson-Wilcox, International Travel Expert
Robby Kurian, Senior International Travel Expert
Laura Maron, Sr. International Travel Expert
Claudia Recalde, Group Travel Expert
Gail Smith, Director of Client Services
Tracy Taney, Client Services Manager
Cindy Upton, Client Services Manager
Nicki Vandevort, Group Travel Expert
Randy Whiting, Client Relations Manager
Gina Anastasi, Sr. International Travel Expert
Kelly Miano, Sr. Group Travel Expert

Our team

Our team is dedicated to the faith-based, humanitarian, and international adoption sectors. Our reliable travel expertise and knowledge is aligned with a commitment to personable customer care to make us an extension of your mission. We share in your purpose and passion for the world. We proudly recognize the fact our people are the foundation and greatest asset of Mission Nation Travel. Discover the difference.

Michael Bedient

General Manager

Mike brings more than 25 years of experience in mission travel management. His leadership role with Mission Nation is focused on advocating for improved airline relationships and product development to ensure customer needs are met. All the while supporting the dynamic personal relationship development between the Mission Nation team and our clients to continue a long term success in this passionate travel niche.

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Gail Smith

Director of Client Services

With over 15 years of experience in the niche of mission and relief travel, Gail finds her career extremely rewarding. As Director of Client Services at Mission Nation Travel, she oversees the customer experience and develops strong, long-term relationships with NGO’s, charities, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations. Gail delivers specialized international travel solutions needed for successful mission and humanitarian efforts.

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Tracy Taney

Client Services Manager

With over 25 years of travel industry experience to the Mission Nation team, Tracy’s leadership and extensive knowledge with group travel speaks volumes to our Missionary and Humanitarian travelers. Although she has worked in several aspects of the “industry” this travel niche is truly her passion.

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Kim Corwin

Team Leader, International Travel

Kim offers over 30 years of travel expertise, in VIP concierge services and leadership to our team. She is passionate about serving missions, humanitarian and cause related organizations and loves complex itinerary planning which is quite easy for her. You will find Kim’s customer service to be exemplary! Kim graduated from Central Pennsylvania Business School with an associate degree in Travel and Tourism. Outside of the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and most of all spoiling her first granddaughter.

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Cindy Upton

Client Services Manager

Cindy experience in the travel industry exceeds 20 years. Over the past 15 years, she has been in a management positions overseeing daily operations and maintaining personal relationships with varies Humanitarian and Missionary organizations. She loves to hear how Missionary Nation Travel has impacted the lives of our organizations and travelers from all over the world! When not at work, Cindy can be found spending her free time with her 3 dogs in competition sports and training.

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Randy Whiting

Client Relations Manager

Randy is an established marketing and sales professional within the travel industry. With over 25 years with one of the world’s leading airlines, known for its award winning customer service, he brings his experience in the development of solid client relations for Mission Nation Travel. He has a passion for volunteer work. He dedicates his Saturday mornings driving a group of senior citizens to the grocery store.

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Robby Kurian

Senior International Travel Expert

Robby Kurian has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years and offers 26 years of valuable experiences in the Humanitarian and Nonprofit niche. Robby believes that by serving our Missionaries with their challenging travel needs; he is also serving the Lord with his talents. His value and integrity is the key that brings in referrals. Robby and his wife are involved in care giving services toward special needs.

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Laura Maron

Senior International Travel Expert

Laura started her travel career back in 1993, though it seems like yesterday she was writing out paper tickets. She enjoys working with individuals and groups that have a passion for humanity. Laura said that the greatest compliment is when someone returns and thanks her for making their trip possible and tells her about their experience. She feels like she took part in their mission. She is skilled in arranging travel to remote destinations and is a problem solver by nature. She loves the challenge and excitement of working on travel solutions for complex itineraries.

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Gina Anastasi

Senior International Travel Expert

Gina has been in the travel field going for more than 25 years. She started working with the missionaries directly and then moved into wholesale, selling mission products to other travel agencies. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, camping and motorcycling.

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Gretchen Jameson-Wilcox

International Travel Expert

Gretchen started in the travel industry in 2012. Two years later, her passion for others led her to refocus and concentrate on the humanitarian and missionary travel niche. Her and her husband and daughter are heavily active with church activities and she presently serves as church Treasurer.

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Kelly Miano

Senior Group Travel Expert

Kelly has been in the industry for more than 20 years. She spent the first year in leisure travel and then was presented an opportunity to move into the humanitarian/mission niche. She decided to take on this exciting challenge and has had no regrets. 10 years ago she refocused her position to working specifically with large groups traveling for humanitarian and mission efforts around the world. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, and reading a good book when not working.

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Claudia Recalde

Group Travel Expert

Claudia has been in the travel Industry for more than 25 years, with 16 of the years being focused on Humanitarian and Missionary travel. Claudia is passionate in helping different organizations and clients with their travel arrangements that take them around the globe helping where the need is. She loves to travel and spend family time with her Husband and 2 children. She is bilingual in English-Spanish.

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Nicki Vandevort

Group Travel Expert

Nicki’s passion for travel and culture began after a high school language trip to Germany. She has been in the travel industry for over 23 years, specializing in Group Travel. In the spring of 2014, she found her calling within the humanitarian and missionary niche.

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Deborah Franco

Client Relations and Marketing

Deborah has been in the travel and mission’s industry for over 30 years. Her career with American Airlines lead to the Airline Ambassadors program and then into the mission field. In her spare time, you will find her drawing or painting in her art studio. She is dedicated to Mission Nation, her community and helping others. She is often invited as a guest speaker at different events to inspire and encourage others by sharing her several passions and life experiences. Some of those passions include humanitarian work, the great commission, prayer, watercolor & acrylic painting. Deborah has traveled most of the world. With a heart to serve, she has done mission work in both Azerbaijan and Africa; working in orphanages and refugee camps and the slums of Costa Rica and with Middle Eastern women who found asylum in the Buffalo area.

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Careers

Mission Nation Travel is always looking to hire talented travel experts to join our passionate team.

If you enjoy professional challenges and have a passion for the world, we want to hear from you. Please submit a confidential letter of interest and resume to HR@missionnation.com