The Team

The individuals are what makes Travel With Barb what it is today. Learn about our amazing team members below.

Office Team

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Barb Mock

PRESIDENT

Email: barb@travelwithbarb.com

Phone: 402.614.9793

Fax: 402.614.9743

Barb received her CTA certification from Travel Careers Institute. She has earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The Empire Registry of Executives and Professionals includes Barb as an outstanding business professional. In 2016 Barb was proud to be honored as one of the Top 10 Influential Women in Student Travel. In 2020, she was awarded the Groups Today Tenacity in Travel Award. As of 2021, she is a Certified Student Tour Planner.

Barb was a high school band director for 11 years. Under her leadership, the group traveled extensively. She sees the value in you being the educator, while Travel With Barb handles the logistics. She is a past board member of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the conference coordinator for Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, a weekly volunteer with a large high school band program, and a current member of SYTA (Student Youth Travel Association). Barb finds her greatest joy in bringing people together and empowering them as a team, both at Travel With Barb and during her volunteer work at local high schools. Her passion for helping individuals grow into the best possible versions of themselves is what motivates and inspires her.

Jen Orvis

BUSINESS MANAGER

Email: jen@travelwithbarb.com

Phone: 402.614.9793

Fax: 402.614.9743

Jen started her career in the vocal music classroom, where she saw firsthand the way travel opened the eyes and the minds of young people. Her passion for merging student travelers and inspirational destinations only increased when she began working as a Tour Director for Travel With Barb in 2004. She is proud to serve as the company’s Business Development Manager. Travel can change young lives; this is Jen’s main focus. Groups Today, the Community for Group Travel Professionals, recently featured Jen as one of the ‘Top 10 Next Gens’ and wrote a feature profile showcasing her passion about the student travel industry.

LISA DRIGGS

VENDOR COORDINATOR

Email: lisa@travelwithbarb.com

Phone: 402.614.9793

Fax: 402.614.9743

Lisa first joined Travel With Barb in 2016 as Operations Manager, and began developing a network of relationships with vendors, hotel staff, and sales managers to ensure that student groups have a perfectly organized and worry-free trip. Now, as TWB’s Vendor Coordinator, she is putting her passion to work bringing your group access to the best events and activities out there. With years of experience in the banking world, you can be sure that Lisa is used to checking everything twice and will not overlook a single detail of your trip. In March 2020, Lisa’s enthusiasm and dedication to student travel was profiled by Groups Today magazine as she became the second TWB team member to be named one of the “Top 10 Next Gens”.  In her free time Lisa enjoys going on walks with her husband Mike, their son Calvin and dog Murphy.  Lisa and Mike also can’t wait to teach Calvin all about the fun outdoor activities they enjoy such as fishing, golfing and kayaking.

GUS SHEPPARD

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Email: gus@travelwithbarb.com

Phone: 402.614.9793

Fax: 402.614.9743

Gus recently earned his Business Management degree from University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is excited about helping educators deliver an amazing travel experience to their students.

While at UNL, Gus participated in Symphonic Band and Varsity Choir, and served as a Section Leader for the Cornhusker Marching Band. His coursework in leadership and grant writing resulted in two grants being awarded to non-profit organizations. Gus is an incredible musician and plays Euphonium in the 43rd Army National Guard Band. If you get a chance to hear them, do it, as they are a high caliber ensemble. Gus enjoys travel and music and is an avid sports fan. In his spare time, you could find him biking, running, or walking his dogs. Gus is a chef and prides himself in pairing food and drink quite well! (that’s great news for the TWB team!).

Gus was raised in Omaha, but has enjoyed traveling the world (literally) through music. He knows firsthand that travel can change lives. We are so happy to have Gus on our team!

ALEX SHARP

OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

Email: alex@travelwithbarb.com

Phone: 402.614.9793

Fax: 402.614.9743

Alex graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He is ecstatic to be a part of the team, and looking forward to continuing to support educators and their students through excellent travel opportunities! 

A lifelong teacher, Alex has been teaching every year since graduating high school, working with music programs at Millard South High School, Millard North High School, Skutt Catholic High, Underwood High School, Gretna High School, and several others, developing both competitive marching programs as well as starting masterclasses and percussion ensembles for concert percussion. Alex most recently taught middle school Band and Orchestra at King Science Technology Magnet in OPS.

When not teaching, Alex enjoys playing pickleball, kayaking, and biking with friends and family.

Amazing! We had a lot of timing issues before the trip that Travel With Barb was able to fix right away. We had a phenomenal and knowledgeable tour guide. This is my first time working with Travel With Barb, and I will definitely go with them again. I heard this saying before and now I can say that they are “the best in the business”.

Harley Mohlman, Director of Band Activities, Broken Bow High School

Tour Director Team

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Ben

Becky

Dan

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Doug

GUS

JEN

NICK

Jonathan

Katie

KATIE

KYLE

Landon

MATT

MARY

ROB

RYAN

SCOTT

Teresa

TomMY

TOM

Vanessa

We had a very good experience with Travel With Barb, and we will certainly look in to them again. They were flexible, honest, patient, understanding, and ethical when it came to doing what they thought was best for the students.

Matthew Gunter, Director of Choral Activities, Yutan High School