NADIA ECKHARDT, Founder and President
Nadia Eckhardt was born in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. She lives in Seattle today, but still calls the Cape “home.” She has traveled to all seven continents and more than 125 countries, and plans on exploring a lot more with Expedition Easy and Africa Easy. Nadia is well-versed in many adventure destinations across the globe, from Antarctica and the Arctic, to the Galapagos Islands and Japan, and places throughout the diverse African continent. She divides her time between leading safaris and expeditions, and planning trips for travelers with colleagues in her Seattle office.
Her travel career began in the early 80’s, exploring the Indian Ocean islands, Seychelles, and Madagascar. In 1989, she boarded her first expedition ship (Society Explorer) as shopkeeper and zodiac driver in Bali, Indonesia, and from that moment on, she was hooked on adventure travel. For 30 years now, Nadia has worked extensively on expedition vessels for the top U.S. Tour Operators: Zegrahm, Lindblad, Abercrombie & Kent and Silversea. Nadia is a veteran Tour & Safari Leader, Cruise Director, and Shore Excursion Manager. She is actively involved in shore excursions for the leading expedition companies on exceptional programs along the African coasts and to fascinating places such as Cuba. Nadia combines her destination knowledge and experience, as well as her passion for travel to ensure others have extraordinary adventures to remote corners.c
ASHLEY CARVER, Senior Program Manager
Ashley has always had a great love for and interest in travel and wildlife for as far back as she can remember. This love for wildlife is what prompted her to plan a ‘bucket list’ 25-day safari to Southern Africa in 2010, using Africa Easy as her Travel Specialist. The trip included city touring and safari in South Africa, as well as a visit to Livingstone, Zambia, to see the mighty Victoria Falls. After visiting Southern Africa, she was hooked and decided to change her career focus to emphasize travel, tourism, and wildlife. She reached out to Nadia Eckhardt for work, knowing that she could 100 percent support the product having first-hand experience as a client.
She came to the company with 14 years in the hospitality industry and a strong background in customer service, event coordination, office management, and operational management. Ashley has found her place on the team as Document Manager, responsible for pre-departure and final documents. She has since returned to the African continent for an East Africa safari. She explored Kenya in 2013 on an educational tour of the country, where she experienced a hot-air balloon ride above the Masai Mara. Ashley also visited the beautiful city of Amsterdam where she fell in love with its traditional Dutch architecture and picturesque canals. Most recently in 2015, Ashley explored across the island nation of Cuba, from Havana and Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba.
ELIZABETH JIMMERSON-ALAEDDINOGLU, Program Manager
Elizabeth Jimmerson-Alaeddinoglu grew up skiing, hiking, climbing & rafting in the mountains of Colorado. From a young age, her parents instilled in her and her sisters a deep sense of adventure & awareness about the outdoors, environmental stewardship, and passion for exploration. She earned her degrees in History and Education from the University of Colorado and has a diverse background in K-12 International ESL education. She lived and worked for more than 6 years internationally, and traveled every chance she could, which has taken her to 6 continents and more than 45 countries, so far.
Turkey, the Galapagos & Southern Africa remain among Elizabeth’s favorite expedition destinations, though she has been planning, arranging and leading outdoor-oriented trips for herself and others to Africa, Eastern & Western Europe, India, Australia, South America, South Korea and many more. Elizabeth’s second journey to Africa in 2017 instilled a deep fascination with and appreciation for the people, cultures, ecosystems & wildlife of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe.
Upon her return to the US in early 2018, she decided to turn her passion for adventure travel and exploration into a career as a Program Manager with Africa Easy. In her spare time, Elizabeth explores the Pacific Northwest with her husband and enjoys making ceramics.
EMILY COCKING, Program Manager
Emily was born in Connecticut and currently resides in the greater Seattle area with her husband and 2-year-old son. She earned her associates degree in Business and is on her way to completing her bachelor’s degree in the near future.
Ever since Expedition Easy planned Emily’s first family trip to New Zealand, she has had a strong desire to travel and explore and hopes to one day visit all 7 Continents! Emily enjoys experiencing different cultures and adventure activities in remote regions.
After returning from her family adventure around New Zealand, Emily has continued to travel including a voyage to The Galapagos Islands and to Australia as well as the Caribbean.
Emily has played an integral part of the Africa Easy/Expedition Easy Team since signing on February 2016, wearing several hats including Marketing and Sales, bookkeeping and safari itinerary planning. Emily is passionate about adventure travel and is very much looking forward to her first Safari to Africa with her family in June 2019.