- Covid 19 Policy -
All Rein Teen Tours travelers and staff must be fully vaccinated prior to the summer.

Directors And Staff

The most experienced staff in the teen tour industry!

We are committed to placing a staff of dedicated, hard-working and motivated individuals on each teen tour and community service program. Our staff is selected through a highly competitive application process based on strength of references and personal interviews. Candidates undergo professional criminal background checks. All staff members attend our professional training workshops, where emphasis is placed on the safety and well-being of our teenagers. All Rein Teen Tours staff members are certified in CPR and Basic First Aid Training.

Most of our staff members are teachers and graduate students with extensive experience working with young people. A large number of our staff is comprised of Rein Teen Tours alumni, who are returning to give today's teenagers the same great experience they had as campers. Our high rate of returning staff ensures that every teen tour has an experienced and dynamic group of leaders. Our leaders exhibit the maturity, compassion, and personality to give our travelers' families the confidence necessary for a successful summer!

At Rein Teen Tours, we are more than just
another teen tour company -we are FAMILY.

Norman and Karen Rein

Norman and Karen ReinAfter creating Rein Teen Tours more than 30 years ago, Norman Rein is still actively and passionately running Rein Teen Tours with his wife, Karen. Together, Norman and Karen Rein work every day in the Rein office, speaking to parents and developing warm and trusting relationships with our families. Committed to the importance of group dynamics, Norman & Karen prepare our summer programs and personally train our directors and counselors, to ensure that every teenager feels comfortable, happy and connected with great new friends on their tours. During the year, Norman travels the world to maintain our existing itineraries and develop new programs. Karen received her Bachelor's degree from Boston University, holds her Master's in Social Work and led our teen tours and community service programs on the road for 19 summers. The Rein kids, both big and small, are all involved in the fun of the family business. Brett earned his Masters in Education, and will be working on his 13rd Rein Teen Tour this summer. Carrie has spent several summers working on our teen tours and helping on our community service programs. Karen and Norman's 7 year old son, Zachary, is a Rein counselor in training.

Rich & Patti Applebaum

RICH and PATTI APPLEBAUMRich has been part of the Rein Teen Tours' family since the company's inception in 1985. Rich, a company partner, has lead many of our tour itineraries and handles the travel arrangements for all of our programs. Rich, and his wife Patti, spend their summers speaking with parents and tour leaders from our summer communication center. As parents of two children who spent several summers participating in Rein programs, Rich and Patti appreciate that parents are reassured in knowing that they can reach a company partner, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the travel season. Rich is a travel fanatic and has visited all 50 United States, and Patti enjoys movies, reading and is a political junkie! Patti and Rich have found it most rewarding to have their own children participate in our tours.

The Rest of the Rein Family

Stew Rein

STEW REINStew, Norman's brother, taught history and psychology at both the high school and middle school level for over 25 years in New York, and is now enjoying his new career as a landscape photographer. Stew has been involved with Rein Teen Tours in many capacities for over 30 years, which includes leading our teen tours in the United States and Europe and visiting our summer tours while they are on the road.

Brett Rein

BRETT REINBrett, Norman's son, received his Bachelor's Degree in Health Behavior Science from the University of Delaware and he recently completed his Master's Degree in Physical Education. This upcoming season will be Brett's 13rd summer working on tour. Each summer, Brett builds his tours into a family, and gives his campers the same great experience that he had as a former Rein camper.

Gabe Rein

GABE REINGabe, Norman's nephew (and Stew's son), spent many summers of his life on Rein Teen Tours, as a camper and tour leader. After graduating from Baruch College and spending many years as a chef in New York City, Gabe now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his family. Gabe visits our teen tours every summer as they head through the southwest. His infectious energy, warmth and Rein spirit is always appreciated by our campers and staff.

David Hackmeyer

DAVE HACKMEYERDavid works in the Rein office full-time and has been with Rein Teen Tours for over 25 years. David travels both domestically and internationally during the year to manage our existing community service programs and to design new programs with exciting destinations, activities and vendors. David earned his Bachelor's degree in History and his Master's Degree in Education. He has a passion for music and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, surfing, and yoga.

Brian Downs

BRIAN DOWNSBrian works in the Rein office year-round and has been on tour for the past 15 summers. During the year Brian organizes our tour itineraries, books all of our activities and handles all the logistics. During the past few summers, Brian was the Head Director of Hawaiian Caper, Project Ecuador and the Australia & New Zealand Adventure. Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he played Division I soccer. Brian enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, and his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and son.

Jeff Gass

JEFF GASSJeff works in the Rein office and speaks to many of our families on the phone each day. Jeff also books all of our programs' hotels and resorts. Jeff was a middle school math and phsycial education teacher and has spent the past 40 years in the teen tour industry. Jeff plays many sports, including softball, and enjoys going to the theater in New York City.

Jaime Gass

Jaime GassJaime has been a part of the Rein summer office for the past 13 years and works in the office year round. At the age of 8, Jaime discovered her love for camp and eventually touring, and she brings that love to her job at Rein Teen Tours. Jaime enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family.

Julie Eisenberg

Julie EisenbergJulie works in the Rein office year-round and has been with us for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rochester. Julie led our teen tours for several years and is Director of Personnel and the Manager of our summer communication center, acting as a liaison between our directors and parents. Her passions include spending time with her husband and two sons, baking and traveling.

Liv Bracy

Liv BracyLiv works in the Rein office full-time and recently earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Her passion for travel and community service stems from her three summers as a camper with Rein Teen Tours. The past three summers, as a staff member, she focused on providing her campers with the same life changing experience she had. Liv loves the strong bonds that form within such a short period of time on tour.

Will Thompson

Will ThompsonWill has been involved in the teen travel industry for over 30 years, running adventure programs throughout Europe and the Caribbean. European travel is Will's passion and he spends an extensive amount of time researching and planning every aspect of our European Adventure program. Will has helped build a dynamic team of guides, a collection of the best restaurants/hotels and the most amazing adventure activities throughout Europe.

Jackie Levine

Jackie LevineJackie has worked at Rein Teen Tours for the past 10 summers in our summer communications center. She also spent three summers as a camper with Rein Teen Tours and loves helping to make sure our teenagers have the same amazing experiences that she did. Jackie received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland and recently earned her Master's Degree in Secondary Education. She is currently a high school science teacher. In her free time, Jackie loves to travel and spend time with her dogs.

Howard Gorchov

Howard GorchovHoward has worked in the student travel industry for over 25 years after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. During the summers he has worked as a counselor, tour cook and director. During the year he speaks with many families and is our Mini Tours expert. Howard is happy to speak about all aspects of the tours to make prospective participants feel very comfortable. Howard is also a professional photographer and loves taking his two boys and wife on road trips anytime the opportunity arises.

Marc Rolla

MARC ROLLAMarc, a 5th grade teacher in Coney Island, New York earned a Master's degree in Education. Marc has worked for Rein Teen Tours for 14 years and always looks forward to the summer so he can hit the open road to see what new adventures lay ahead. Marc loves the outdoors and has lived all over the world, including Thailand and Australia.

Jillian Marangoni

JILLIAN MARANGONIJillian earned her Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Jillian has been part of the Rein team for 12 summers and loves that each day on tour is a new adventure. Jillian's specialty is bonding with her kids and staff, and her favorite summer spots include Bryce Canyon and Banff National Park.

Dan DeCanio

Dan DeCanioDan has his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently a sixth grade social studies teacher. Dan has worked for Rein Teen Tours for the past 16 summers because he enjoys the connections he makes with his campers. Dan has visited 48 of the 50 United States.

Alyssa Marder

Alyssa MarderAlyssa directed various Rein Programs over the past 12 years and directed Project Costa Rica this past summer. Alyssa has a Degree in School Counseling and Early Childhood/Special Education. During the school year, she teaches kindergarten in New York City.

Ryan Snyder

Ryan SnyderRyan has worked with Rein Teen Tours since the summer of 2008. He started off as a cook and then began leading tours a couple of years later. During the school year, Ryan is the principal of a school outside of Philadelphia, PA. His favorite place to visit with Rein Teen Tours is Disneyland in California!.

Craig Lewis

Craig LewisCraig graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is a high school Social Studies Teacher. His study abroad experience in Argentina led to his passion for traveling and continues to explore new places every chance he gets. Craig has worked with Rein for the past 7 summers and always looks forward to the fresh experiences, bonding with kids, and making memories that last a lifetime!

Ellen Bernhard

Ellen BernhardEllen is a college professor who earned her PhD in Media and Communication Studies from Drexel University. She has spent 11 summers working for Rein and is a two-time former camper (Norman was her director!). Her favorite places to visit while on tour are Sedona for the Pink Jeep Tours, San Francisco for the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory, and Zion for the scenery!

Amanda Benjamin

Amanda BenjaminAmanda has a Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy. She teaches kindergarten in Maryland during the school year. Amanda has been part of the Rein team for the past 8 summers and her favorite place to travel to with Rein is Hawaii!

Jaime Zuckerberg

Jamie ZuckerbergJamie is an English teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Master's in English and Special Education. Jaime has worked for Rein Teen Tours for the past 11 years and looks forward to traveling with us all year long! A few of her favorite place that she visited with is are the Canadian Rockies, Maui and Wyoming.

Rachel Weissman

Rachel WeissmanRachel, Norman Rein's niece, earned her Master's Degree in School Counseling and works as a student advocate in New York City. Rachel joined the Rein staff 12 years ago and works on our tours and community service programs, as well as in our office during the summer.

Robbie Goldstein

Robbie GoldsteinRobbie lives in New York City, works as an English Language Arts Special Education Teacher during the school months, and coaches both varsity basketball and baseball. He has been with ATW/Rein for over 10 years. He is also an author, working diligently to get published. He is currently writing his second book.

Allison Kosswig

Allison KosswigAllison has worked with Rein for the past 15 summers. Most recently, Allison worked as the head director of the Adventure Thailand. She has also directed Project Costa Rica, Project Ecuador and worked at Project Hawaii, as well as on several other Rein programs. She has a Master's Degree in School Counseling and works as a guidance counselor in Connecticut.

Whitney Hecker

Whitney HeckerWhitney earned her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is a Speech Pathologist at a New York City school, specializing in special education. Whitney has worked for ATW/Rein Teen Tours for 12 summers. She has enjoyed all of her travels and especially loved leading the Australia/New Zealand Adventure this past summer.

Lauren Strumwasser

Lauren StrumwasserLauren earned her Master's Degree in Social Work and Administration and currently works in a school with pre-k through 9th grade students. She has worked for Rein for 9 years and loves every minute of traveling the world. Lauren's best memory is hiking the Grand Tetons and having a snow ball fight in July.

Ashley Tannenbaum

Ashley TannenbaumAshley is a first grade teacher in New Jersey. She earned her Master's Degree in Special Education. Ashley has been a part of the Rein team for 9 summers and loves that each day on tour is a new and fun adventure. Her favorite places are Hawaii, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and The Grand Canyon!!

Dev Kaneria

Dev KaneriaDev earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware and his Master's Degree in Education. He has worked for Rein for the past 8 summers. He is currently training to become a fireman and in his free time, he likes to travel, rock climb, and go to concerts.

Kat Chu

Kat ChuKat has spent over 10 years touring and working with Rein, directing Mini Tours, Project Ecuador and most recently, European Adventure. She earned a Bachelor's from New York University and a Master's from Queens College - both degrees in Education. During the school year, she teaches high school music in New York City.

Amanda Shaw

Amanda ShawAmanda, a middle school math teacher in New York, earned a Dual Master's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as holds a certification in Adolescent English for grades 7-12. Amanda's memorable experiences going on three teen tours as a teenager led to her passion for working on teen tours as an adult. She has worked for Rein Teen Tours for the past 6 summers and looks forward to forming bonds with her kids and staff. Her favorite tour stops include Wyoming, California and Seattle.

Billy Farrell

Billy FarrellBilly is a Firefighter/EMT for the federal government near Poughkeepsie, NY. He lives an active lifestyle doing his favorite hobbies of snowboarding, obstacle course racing, hiking and, of course, traveling. Billy has worked for Rein for the past 8 summers and most recently directed Western Skies. His favorite part of every Rein tour is seeing relationships build amongst the kids.

Sara Kern

Sara KernSara earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Goucher College and is earning her Master's in Special Education. She currently teaches third grade in Baltimore, MD. This will be Sara's 6th summer with Rein. Sara loves that each day on tour is new and exciting. Some of her favorite places on tour are Bryce & Zion National Parks, Yellowstone and Jackson Hole.

Michelle Galperin

Michelle GalperinMichelle graduated from Penn State University and earned her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist. She is currently teaching first grade in New Jersey. Michelle has worked with Rein since 2016 and her favorite stops are Whistler and Oregon.

Mary O'Connor

Mary O'ConnorMary graduated from William Paterson University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and is currently working on getting her Master's Degree in Adventure Education. She works as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Bergen Tech High School. She has been with Rein Teen Tours for the past 7 amazing summers. Some of her favorite stops are Whistler, Hawaii, and Lake Tahoe.

Kelly Fives

Kelly FivesKelly graduated from Syracuse University with a Master's Degree in English Education. During the year, she teaches high school English in New York City. Kelly has worked with Rein for the past 6 summers. Her favorite tour memory is seeing orcas in Alaska and visiting unbelievable places like Whistler, Lake Tahoe, and Bryce Canyon.

Vickie Maccarone

Vickie MaccaroneVickie earned her Master's in English Education from St. John's University. She is head of the 8th grade English department and musical director in Astoria, Queens. She has worked with Rein since 2017, and loves sharing new experiences with campers and staff on tour. Her favorite memories are learning to surf in Santa Barbara, visiting Zion and Bryce National Park, and tubing in Lake Tahoe.

Jen Ritz

Jen RitzJen attended Iona College, where she was a member of the Division I basketball team. She currently works as a Physical Education teacher in Westchester County, New York. Jen joined our staff in 2017 and loves our Southwestern tours. Her favorite activities are surfing in San Diego and hiking in Bryce Canyon. She believes no adventure is complete without taking a handstand photo.

Erin O'Connor

Erin O'ConnorErin has been working for Rein since 2017. She graduated from William Paterson with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology and Behavior. She is currently pursuing a career in teaching so she can continue spending her summers creating amazing and unforgettable teen tour memories with her campers.

Danielle Puglisi

Danielle PuglisiDanielle holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and currently teaches math at the middle school level. Danielle has worked on Rein programs for 11 summers and absolutely loves experiencing new things with her teenagers on tour. She has especially enjoyed being a part of Project Costa Rica and Project Ecuador, where she helped her teenagers make a positive impact on people around the world.