ELAINE MOULDER, OWNER
Brilliant Edventures’ owner Elaine Moulder has had a passion for travel and an entrepreneurial spirit since she was a youngster. With a father born in Greece who traveled the world as a merchant marine and grandparents from France and Greece, her childhood environment was very multi-cultural. She daydreamed of exploring the world and accepted every opportunity to get out of her backyard. However, life events took her on a path that didn’t include a lot of travel until many years later when Elaine found her first travel industry job working for a student tour operator specializing in educational and music performing tours. What a blast!
There, Elaine witnessed firsthand how powerfully group travel affects both students and adults in a very positive way. She also learned that travel is essential to a complete education.
Elaine has experience in many segments of the travel industry including three tour companies, a dinner theater, and performer promotion. She also spent five years as an association executive for SYTA (Student & Youth Travel Association) and four years as the Executive Director of the SYTA Youth Foundation.
Elaine and husband Tim are blessed with five daughters between them. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, working with her husband, any creative process and a delicious glass of wine.
TIM MOULDER, AUTHORIZED AGENT
Tim Moulder is an authorized agent for Brilliant Edventures and has been active in the tour and travel market since 1992. He is a native of the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
His background includes newspaper writing and printing sales before joining the travel industry. His travels have taken him to all 50 states and many international destinations such as Israel, Egypt, Europe, Scotland, Ireland and England, China, New Zealand to name a few.
“I really look forward to meeting people and traveling together as we explore this wonderful country of ours,” says Tim.
Tim and wife Elaine are blessed with five daughters between them. He enjoys traveling to new places, working with his wife, watching all types of sports and spending time with family and friends.
TISH LOSURE, TOUR & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (WEST COAST OFFICE)
Tish brings 25 years of experience in the hospitality/tourism field to Brilliant Edventures. A career professional, Tish was a National Director of Tour & Travel for major hotel chains such as Baymont Inns and Suites, La Quinta Corporation and Red Lion Hotels. She has worked with both domestic and international tour operators in more than just a room-selling capacity and has planning experience on every level. Most recently, Tish was a student tour operator with both New Horizons Tour & Travel and Lead USA, working with airlines to take students all over the world. Tish is well known in the industry for finding unique one-of-a-kind experiences for her clients.
Tish is very involved in many of the professional tourism organizations. She has served as Educational Committee Co-Chair for SYTA (the Student & Youth Travel Association) for six years as well as a Trustee for the SYTA Youth Foundation for four years, and is currently serving on committees for ABA and NTA. Tish holds a professional designation as a Certified Student Travel Planner (CSTP) from SYTA.
Tish lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five Labrador Retrievers and has a grown daughter. She loves the outdoors and fishing for salmon. Tish also enjoys riding and showing her horses. Her passion is deeply embedded in the tourism industry and she is very excited to be a part of the Brilliant Edventures Team!
BRITTANY DYKLA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Brittany is a native of the metro-Detroit area and has her BA and MS in accounting from Michigan State University (Go Green!). Her background includes public accounting and financial institutions before joining the travel industry.
Brittany has immersed herself in the tourism world. She serves on multiple committees for NTA and is continually learning all facets of the company and industry.
Brittany loves sports, is an avid reader and is currently working on visiting all 50 states.