Tour Escorts


Bill Ellis
I have been escorting for Croswell with my wife Margie for 15 years. We started travelling with Croswell Tours and met many great escorts, whom we now consider our mentors.

We started traveling in 1997 when I retired from teaching Jr. High & H.S. Science & Biology at Williamsburg for 33 yrs. Margie also retired the same year and therefore we were ready to travel without any worries. We came to the conclusion it was a very good simple way to travel.

My hobbies include gardening, as well as building and making wood items such as furniture to checker
boards. Margie’s loves gardening, cooking, reading and shopping. We both love spending time with our granddaughters.

Our favorite places to travel are New York, Savannah, and Charleston, to name a few. We have travelled many places with Croswell, all which have been a delight to experience. It has been great meeting so many nice passengers throughout the years.


Patti Harrell
I worked as a Tour Customer Service Representative for 13 yrs. at Croswell Tours. Now, I am enjoying being an escort, and my favorite destination is the Biltmore Estate.

My husband and I both escort for Croswell Tours. We have been married over 50 years. I love scrapbooking and spending time with our grandchildren.


Maxine Harris

I have enjoyed travelling with Croswell for many years, but only started recently escorting. Some of my favorite destinations are Yellowstone National Park, Mackinac Island, and Branson. My favorite hobbies are ballroom dancing, watching Dancing with the Stars, and playing water volleyball. My working career has been in office management, which I continue to do part-time.


Barb Mack
I started escorting in 1992 doing tours with the Madonna Knights of Columbus, the Syrian Shrine Chanters and the VIP tours. I retired after 25 years with Union Central Life, now Ameritas, in the Purchasing Dept as manager of Corporate Travel and meeting planner. I have many favorite destinations, especially New York, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. I especially enjoy taking veterans to the various memorials. In my free time, I enjoy jigsaw puzzles, reading and traveling.


Greg Mathien
I have been a Croswell Escort for over 6 years. I also planned & escorted trips for the Taft Theater Usher Group for 16 years using Croswell. Before retirement I was Traffic & Transportation Manager for Senco Products. My hobbies are gardening, traveling, cooking & baking.


Karen Oesterling
I am a new escort with Croswell, starting in 2015.
I have been a library clerk at the Batesville Memorial Public Library for 20 years and still work there 2 days a week.
My favorite destinations are Phoenix for the Reds Training Camp and Washington, DC.
In my spare time, I love to do counted cross stitch and crossword puzzles.


Barb Rayburn
I have been a tour escort for Croswell Tours 6 years. Before that I worked as a Park Ranger for the State of Ohio at Rocky Fork, Paint Creek, Lake White & Pike Lake State Parks. I retired early in 2009 with 30 yrs. I have also worked for the Highland County Board of Elections for 26 years. I was born in Anchorage Alaska. My dad was a Lt. Col. in the Air Force so we have travelled a lot. I attend St. Mary Catholic Church. I have been married for 28 years, and enjoy my Alaskan Husky Bandit, and my family and friends.


Judy Robinson
My husband, Don and I, and have traveled with Croswell for many years and began escorting two years ago.

I worked for Columbia Gas of Ohio, as a District Accounting Manager. I then worked for Core One Credit Union as a Loan Processor.

Between traveling and escorting with Croswell we have enjoyed many tours, but a couple of our favorites would be The Biltmore Tour both in the spring and at Christmas and Nashville during the Christmas season. Mackinaw Island, Niagara Falls and the Trains of West Virginia are also favorites of ours and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Don and I enjoy dining out and spending time with friends and family. I also help serve lunch to our Veterans when I am needed.


Nancy Shaffer

Pete and I have been escorts for 20 some years and we have enjoyed every trip we have taken. Our favorite places are in the western part of the country but I love all parts.

When Pete and I were first married I worked at Wards Greenhouse in Hillsboro until Pete and I started our family, then I was a stay at home Mom (helping Pete farm). I now enjoy working part time at the Highland County Board of Elections and play bridge, bowl and enjoy my Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.

We have enjoyed traveling and escorting for Croswell Tours. We enjoy the fellowship and friendships we have made with the other escorts, passengers, and Croswell staff.


Paula Steelman
My journey with Croswell began as a passenger 26 years ago when I stepped off the coach in Nova Scotia. After several adventures, I began planning trips for my senior group. For the past 9 years, I have enjoyed being a tour escort. Prior to working with Croswell, I worked 10 years at P&G in the buying department and then was a stay at home mom. When my daughter started school, I was a substitute teacher and tutor for 15 years. For over 50 years, I have had a sewing business in my home. My hobbies are reading, sewing, and traveling. Some of my favorite destinations are the Black Hills, Mackinac Island, and Branson. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Hope to see you on a future tour!


Doris Wilke
I've been escorting Croswell Trips for Kolping and for Croswell since the late 80's.
I drove a school bus for 20 years for the Northwest School District.
My favorite place to go is the Canadian Rockies. I do a lot of volunteer work for the Catholic Kolping Society. I like to cook, read, travel and be a housewife.


Janice Yearwood

I started escorting tours in 2015. I am a part-time teacher with International Langauage Plus, teaching English as a second language. I enjoy travelling to historic places, or anywhere with water and palm trees. My hobbies are reading and sewing on plastic canvas.