Meet The Team

Daily Departures Travel
Founded in 2004 by Valerie Jeffers and Dana Kilgore.  We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, to us you are more than just a customer; you're a friend.
We strive to create an experience that is not only makes your planning easier but is actually fun! We are so fortunate to work in an industry that gives our customers so much joy and allows them to make amazing memories with their families and friends.  
You truly experience life through your travels and we hope to assist you in getting out there in the world and experiencing amazing adventures for yourself.  
Daily Departures Travel supports responsible tourism and conservation of the both the environment and wildlife.   We are proud members of the Cincinnati Zoo and support many shelter pet projects.  Adopt Don't Shop!
Valerie Jeffers
Founder and CEO
Luxury Travel Coordinator
Valerie is a Ohio native with a degree in Sociology from Wright State University. She is an Air Force daughter and currently lives in the shadows of Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Valerie developed her love of travel from all the stories she heard from her parents time in Japan and other countries. 
She has been a passionate travel coordinator since 2004. She has had a love of travel since her childhood and she channels that love into each and every trip she plans.  She has a passion for all things Disney and is a graduate of their Disney College of Knowledge and travels there personally at least once every year.  She is constantly training and striving to learn all she can about our suppliers products and destinations across the globe.  Her new certifications include expert status in both ocean and river cruises.
Her other specialties include all inclusive resorts and she is a Certified Sandals Specialist.  Valerie is also an expert in group travel and specifically destination weddings since came into trqvel from the wedding and event planning industry.
Dana Kilgore
Founder and CEO
Luxury Travel Coordinator
Dana is a Ohio native with a Southern, Irish , English and Cherokee background.  She has degree in Sociology from Wright State University and loves working everyday with her childhood friend Valerie.  She came into the travel business from the hospitality and event planning industry, which explains her love of planning.  She loves to cook and really enjoys trying out new recipes she's discovered on her travels.  She is also a frequent  visitor of the city of Nashville and the Tennessee mountains. 
She loves all things Disney, and is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge.  Dana's Irish family background is just one reason why she loves planning trips to Ireland, she is currently working on her expert certification for Ireland.  
Dana is certified with the International Board of Certification and Continuing Education (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Travel Professional (CATP) and is qualified to assist any family with member on the Autism Spectrum.
Dana's other specializations include Universal Orlando, Hawaii and group travel.


Certified Autism Travel Professional