Staff Bios

CETA Tours Staff

Kristen Hoag Billingsley

is the owner of CETA Tours. She has a degree in Spanish, German and Education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Prior to working in the travel industry, she taught German and Spanish at Menomonie Middle School and led tours for several summers while teaching. She has studied and lived in Europe and traveled extensively with students and adults. She has led or escorted tours to many Western European countries, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt. In addition, Kristen has traveled to British Columbia and Quebec, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile and Argentina.

Jean Denesen

is our tour coordinator specializing in Western Europe. She has worked in the travel industry since her graduation in 1999 with a degree in German from Central College (IA). In high school and college, she lived, studied and traveled throughout Western Europe. Jean infuses her enthusiasm for travel into the groups she coordinates and leads.

Ellie Verdon

is our tour coordinator specializing in Spanish-speaking countries and France. Ellie is a 2017 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a major in Spanish Linguistics. She has spent time living and studying in Spain and traveling all around Europe. Travel and language learning are some of her favorite things, and she is excited to share them with students.