The Collette Team

At Collette, our team of caring professionals believes that travel is vital to a life well-lived, and they come to work every day focused on making something special happen for our guests. Our employees are passionate about delivering extraordinary worldwide travel experiences that enhance the lives of our guests and enrich the many communities where we give back. With their shared sense of social responsibility, commitment and innovative spirit, our employees draw on a diverse set of skills, traveling the world themselves, to bring you the best experience possible.

Meet the Collette Leadership Team

Setting the stage and leading the Collette workforce is a team of trusted, industry leaders who draw on their extensive knowledge and expertise to ensure our travel partners and guests experience the best the world has to offer.

As we continue to show you the world, it’s our history, our unwavering values, and our dynamic team of employees who pave the way.

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Dan Sullivan CEO

Dan has over 45 years in the travel industry, and was a driving force in taking Collette from a regional tour operator to a global company and an industry leader. Dan manages the corporate team and provides the strategic vision for the company – and he still remains active in every aspect of the business, including tour guiding, product development, sales, and marketing.

Dan is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). He chairs the Collette Foundation board, Collette's global nonprofit aimed at giving children in our global communities opportunities to thrive through hunger and education initiatives. He sits on the Charitable Foundation board for Bristol County Savings Bank; is the former Chairman for Tourism Cares; serves as Co-Chairman of the Pawtucket Foundation, an organization committed to the continued economic development of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Collette's home city; and served on the Fairfield University Center for Faith and Public Life board since 2005. An engaged supporter of nonprofit causes including the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hospice, Hasbro Children's Hospital and Amos House, he was inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame for his contributions to the community, through philanthropic endeavors and significant contributions to the advancement of responsible tourism. He’s a graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in marketing as well as Harvard Business School's Executive Owner/President Management program.

Dan loves Springsteen, traveling the world and relaxing at home with family, including his 8 grandchildren.

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Jaclyn Leibl-Cote President

Jaclyn manages Collette’s day-to-day operations, working with our global offices, teams on the road and all over the company. She collaborates with the strategic leadership and executive teams to drive Collette’s growth. She directly oversees product development and tour management operations; and works closely with the sales and marketing teams. Jaclyn started with Collette in 2005 and has held numerous positions within the company. Jaclyn spent many years designing product and managing tours in regions including in the United States and Australia. She has also guided tours and worked in the customer care center as an inside sales representative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from Babson College.

Jaclyn is an avid supporter of many nonprofit organizations. She sits on the boards of Gennaro, Inc. and serves on the board of advisors for the Collette Foundation. She loves traveling the world, exercising and finding new recipes from her travels (or from Giada); she loves to cook with lemons. Her favorite role in life is mother to three wonderful children – twin boys and a little girl. She enjoys taking trips with her family, bringing her two greatest passions together.

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Bob Colucci Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Bob is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Collette. He serves on the Company’s executive committee and has provided financial leadership since joining Collette in 1999 as Controller. Bob was promoted in 2008 to Vice President – Finance, and in 2015 was named CFO. During his tenure, the organization has more than doubled in size.

Prior to joining Collette, Bob held senior financial leadership roles at Cookson Electronics, was CFO at Daly & Wolcott, and Controller at the Providence Journal Company. Bob began his financial career in 1989 with KPMG in Providence and remained with them for six years. Bob is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Rhode Island. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Providence College and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University.

Aside from travel, Bob enjoys playing golf and skiing. He is also an active member in the community. Bob is a board member, finance Chair and Treasurer for Fellowship Health Resources, a non-profit organization providing services to individuals with mental illness across 8 states. He also serves on the board of March of Dimes (RI & SE New England) and on the finance committee of Tourism Cares.

Bob resides in South Kingstown, RI along with his wife, Donna and their three children.

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Rachelle Handfield Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Rachelle Handfield is Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Collette. A member of the executive team, Rachelle joined Collette in 2014 to lead all of the Human Resources functions across the company elevating HR's impact on the business. With more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience, Rachelle has responsibility for recruitment and staffing, internal communications, learning and development, organizational effectiveness, wellness and benefits, compensation, and employee relations. She has deep expertise in leadership development and transformational change.

Prior to joining Collette, Rachelle worked in the financial services industry. She has previously served on executive leadership teams and committees contributing to the development of business strategy and workforce mobilization. While she has many accomplishments, one of Rachelle's proudest moments was her team being recognized for learning innovation with the 2013 Learning Elite Award, a nationally recognized achievement.

Rachelle holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's degree in Human Resources Development. She also has an Advanced Leadership Certificate from Babson Executive Development, and an Executive Leadership Development Certificate from Harvard Business School.

In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. She is active in her son's lives with their sports and academic activities, as well as active in her faith community and volunteers her time in supporting community priorities. She is passionate about learning, in particular childhood education ensuring children have access to quality education early in life regardless of socio-economic status. She previously served on the board of Inspiring Minds, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing educational support services enabling inner city children to grow academically and socially. Aside from traveling, she also loves knitting/crocheting and reading.

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Paula Twidale Executive Vice President

Paula Twidale is the Executive Vice President of Collette, a position held since early 2000. A member of Collette's Executive Committee since 1996, she serves on the company's Strategic Planning Committee which is responsible for examining policies, competitive position, and diversity with long-term perspective.

A travel industry veteran for 35 years, Paula began her career with Eastern Airlines, holding positions of Passenger Service Manager and Interim Director at Boston's Logan International Airport. She was recruited by Collette in 1992.

Among her many accomplishments, she implemented a Harvard Business School concept resulting in a system to enhance operational efficiencies within several departments that she oversees. She spearheads the Guest Relations Taskforce, which focuses on the overall quality of Collette's tours and experiences. She also developed a crisis management system to continuously monitor and communicate unforeseen events affecting the health and safety of travelers while on tour.

Paula has long been well-respected in the travel industry. Travel Agent Magazine has nominated her five times as one of the most powerful women in travel. She serves as vice chair on the executive committee for the United States Tour Operators Association. She is an active member of the Wings Club in New York.

In the community, Paula serves the Rhode Island Chapter of St. Jude Children's Hospital and is a Board Trustee for Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, a nonpartisan group that provides research aimed at improving state and local government. She is on the committee for the Flames of Hope Run/Walk Series to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She is an active volunteer with Tourism Cares, a nonprofit that brings travel organizations industry-wide together in the unified mission to help preserve, conserve, and protect tourism-related sites in America that need care and rejuvenation.

She  holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Certification in Gerontology. She has also completed the Executive Leadership programs at the Harvard Business School for innovation and strategy executive education as well as customer service and performance.

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