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Trina Smith

Trina Smith

SECRETARY AND DIRECTOR OF TRAVEL PROGRAMS 2021-2022

Trina has travelled to 15 states and 17 countries. A total of 8 filled pages in her passport and counting, but her favorite places to travel was to Prague, Czech Republic and Verona, Italy. “I enjoyed the beauty, architect and prices in Prague.

I enjoyed Verona because the people were extremely fashionable and the food was delicious”. Her passion for travelling has sparked innovation of opportunities for travel, such as her travel club, CurlFriends Abroad.

The experiences and adventures Trina has encountered outside of the U.S. has inspired her to find a way to help young people to have access to seeing the world just as she has.

Shirley A. Staten

Shirley A. Staten

CEO AND PROGRAM DIRECTOR 2021-2022

Shirley has been to 25 states, 8 countries and 4 continents.

Shirley’s favorite place to travel was Belize because it was relaxing and tranquil. She indulged in a variety of outdoor activities during her visit, including scuba diving!

With all of the astounding international sites Shirley has witnessed, she is very excited for young adults to venture the world as well.

Valerea Maclin

Valerea Maclin

FINANCE DIRECTOR 2021-2022

Valerea has been able to travel all over the world, to 31 countries to be exact!
Due to her father’s military career, Valerea’s first trip abroad at the age of 11 was to Turkey. And because of her own 27-year military career, she was stationed in and visited a number of European countries, including Sicily, England, Germany, and Spain. These early travels became the impetus for Valerea to continue her desire to take in the world’s rich history and cultures, unique architecture, and breathtaking sea blue waters. 
Valerea’s travel experiences are the main reasons she is a part of this program, preparing youth to visit countless countries abroad.

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