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Meet Our Team

Every person on our team – from travel agent to group leader – has a keen sensitivity to the needs of those with developmental disabilities, and they appreciate how important Dream Tours’ adventures are to our travelers.

Ryan Clement – Executive Director; Founder

Ryan combined both his dreams of better opportunities and his love for the community to build Dream Tours.  A native of Connecticut, Ryan has worked in the human services field for over 15 years, with experience ranging from direct care service to management. Ryan’s hard work followed many projects from conception through development to implementation. These experiences all added to the building of his dreams, Dream Tours.

In May 2005, Ryan was vacationing at Disney World with one of the residents of the group home he managed in Connecticut. During this trip, Ryan realized all of the overwhelming details when traveling to the theme parks. He also noticed the extensive needs when traveling with an individual who has special needs. He learned the benefits and time management capabilities of having theme park and special needs know how.  ”This is when I first thought about starting Dream Tours.” Ryan says. “Making vacation opportunities for people with disabilities to Disney World and the Orlando theme parks a reality.” With this idea in mind, Ryan relocated to Florida and a Dream was born.

Ryan also understands the need to provide potential solutions for societal barriers and make the case for significant changes in public policy that would provide better services for people with disabilities and enable them to have more control over their lives. Dream Tours is dedicated to providing comprehensive resources to meet those solutions.

Ryan is a compassionate and visionary leader who tirelessly works on many projects to benefit our community.

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” Walt Disney

 

Jacie Christiano- Assistant Director

Jacie’s life prepared her in various ways for her contribution to Dream Tours and the community. Jacie currently holds a Masters degree in Psychology, a Medical Assistant Diploma, and lots of medical coursework experience that she succeeded at while studying for a Physcian’s Assistant career prior to her own disabling experiences. Jacie’s education, know how, compassion, empathy and experience add many wonderful components to our guests experiences from the pre-planning stage, to the first phone call, to the daily vacation experiences. She has a hand in many details every step of the way. 

“Around here, however, we do not look back for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things…” Walt Disney