Mike Schellhase
Mike Schellhase

President & Chief Travel Expert

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Travel Haus of St. Louis

A full-service travel agency located in Southern St. Louis County, Travel Haus of St. Louis has fulfilled thousands of vacation dreams for over 20 years. Our travel agent experts have traveled to the most popular destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Walt Disney World® and more, so they can provide you with first-hand experiences.

Local brides have encountered our travel agent experts at bridal shows in the St. Louis area over the years. It is our expertise with brides-to-be that has won us the accolades of the #1 Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Agency in the bi-state area. We have sent groups from 2-200 guests to many of the top resorts!

Mike Schellhase

President & Chief Travel Expert

30 years industry veteran and proud husband and father of three

Expertise: Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, All-Inclusive Resorts

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Mike’s travel industry experience spans over 30 years (including experience planning and booking travel without a computer)! Ten years into his career, Mike decided he was ready to open an agency in the South County area of Missouri – a community that he grew up in and values so much.

It is just outside the South County borders that Mike resides with his family, including his beautiful wife Melissa, two daughters and one son. Mike has been very active and involved in the St. Louis community as a board member of the South County YMCA, a past President of Vianney Alumni Association, host for the Orlando Family Foundation of Charities and supporter of many other local charities.

Mike’s passions are many, including a love of sports and fishing, but it is traveling with his young family that he loves the most. Mike has more experience changing diapers in Mexico and the Caribbean than anyone we know! His favorite resort, however, is experienced on an adults-only, romantic getaway with his wife, the El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma in the Riviera Maya.

Mike has the knowledge, know-how and experience to talk about almost every destination world-wide. If you get a chance, ask him about some of his great experiences!

Julie Knaust

Travel Agent Professional

9 Year Industry Veteran who loves the beach

Expertise: Mexico, Jamaica, Punta Cana, St. Lucia, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings, Family Vacations

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In her time as a travel agent, Julie has had the opportunity to spend a lot of time laying on the beach and doing some great people-watching – two things that she loves!

Based out of her home in the Wentzville – St. Charles County area, Julie has gone the extra mile to ensure she has taken every certification she can to make sure she has the tips and tricks her clients are looking for. She is a specialist for the destinations of Costa Rica, Riviera Nayarit and St. Lucia and the popular AM Resorts®, Sandals® & Beaches® Resorts, Iberostar Resorts® and Karisma® Resorts.

In her 9+ years as a travel agent, she has had the opportunity to plan a number of destination weddings that turn to lifelong customers – making her an expert in family travel as well! During her spare time, she enjoys dining out with friends, so you can ask her about some of her favorite local restaurants.

Rachel Madigan

Manager / Travel Professional

Devoted wife and mom of 5 kids

Expertise: Destination wedding, Honeymoon/anniversary, Caribbean, Europe

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Rachel is a devoted wife and mother of 5 kids and one very big American Bulldog. She loves to cook and has a passion to try all things out of the ordinary.

Rachel spends her days planning vacations and as much free time she has, she spends traveling. She has been to many destinations, including living in Scotland, and her firsthand knowledge helps her to find the right fit for you!

When planning your trip with Rachel, whether it is your honeymoon, destination wedding, a fun girl’s getaway or a family vacation, you can assure that it will be an unforgettable experience, and a memory that will last a lifetime.

Jessica Pressler

Travel Agent Professional & Social Media Guru

Explorer of culture, food & wine

Expertise: Honeymoon travel, Mexico, Hawaii, Disney®, St. Lucia, California Wine Country

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Jessica enjoys exploring new places and being emerged into the culture of the destination. She enjoys trying the local food and drink of the places she visits. Those who follow Travel Haus of St. Louis socially have also come to “like” Jessica for her fun contests, beautiful pictures and travel tips.

For the wine-lover or even casual wine drinker, you’ll be impressed to know that Jessica is a Certified Specialist of Wine given by The Society of Wine Educators®. When she’s not learning about wine, she enjoys drinking it with her hubby and planning trips for her family – including recent trips to Hawaii, Cancun, Napa, & Las Vegas, and hopefully Europe next year!

So, whether you’re looking for travel advice, a good bottle of wine or combining the two experiences, be sure to contact Jessica and you won’t be disappointed.

Samantha Werbiski

Travel Agent Professional

Lover of all things Latin

Expertise: Weddings

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The newest member of the Travel Haus team, Samantha is a graduate of Lindenwood University, where she majored in Communications. Since then, she's worked in social media and wedding planning. She grew up traveling her mother's native country, Mexico, which likely peaked her interest in diverse cultures. She has a true love of Latin cultures, from her love of the Spanish language, South American cuisine and of course, Latin music.

Samantha also has a passion for travel and loves to take trips with her husband, including trips she is currently planning to Colombia, Jamaica and Hawaii.

Say "Hola" to Samantha and ask her for her favorite South American cuisine recipe to get you in the mood for your next vacation!

Katie Wanamaker

Travel Agent Professional

Equestrian who will impress you with her travels

Expertise: Caribbean, Mediterranean

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As a former flight attendant, Katie has been to 48 states and 16 countries, so it’s no surprise that she loves riding in airplanes! She also happens to enjoy hanging out in airports people-watching.

Katie has her own horse that she loves riding when she’s not off traveling the world. In her spare time, you may find her curled up reading a good book, practicing photography and spending time with family and friends.

Curious to know what two states she hasn’t been to? Contact Katie to find out and she’ll share that and her vast travel experience with you.

Mark Deffenbaugh

Travel Agent Professional

Traveling dad with 7+ years of travel agent expertise

Expertise: Mexico, Caribbean, South Pacific, Honeymoons, Golf Groups

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If you need a cup of coffee to get through your day (or just through planning your vacation), Mark may be your guy. He’s known around the office as the bringer of coffee in the morning.

Mark believes that the most important thing in life is to create memories for yourself and loved ones. Travel, he believes, is a great way to create those fond memories. Mark lives by is favorite phrase, "we're here for a good time, not a long time."

As a father with a passion for travel (and a LOVE of hockey), he knows how to help turn any trip, including your family getaway, into lifelong memories.

Teresa Brumfield

Travel Agent Professional

20+ years of experience and mom of two teenagers

Expertise: Mexico, Jamaica, Cruise, All-Inclusive, Sandals® & Beaches® Resorts

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With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Teresa started as a travel agent at the ripe age of 12 (we think)! She started working in the Travel Haus office in August of 2012 and quickly became loved for her beautiful singing!

Since getting her start as a travel professional, she also became a mom to two beautiful children, ages 12 and 17. Her oldest will graduate high school this year and to peak her sense of adventure, has decided they will go skydiving together!

Teresa has visited top vacation destinations in Mexico and has personally been to every one of the Sandals® and Beaches® Resorts in Jamaica. She loves to travel and is passionate about helping each of her clients have a unique vacation experience.

Caitlin Harvey

Travel Agent Professional & Marketing Specialist

Dog-loving beach enthusiast

Expertise: Mexico, Jamaica

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If white sand, turquoise blue water and frosty beverages sounds like your idea of the perfect vacation, than you should definitely plan your next vacation with Caitlin. A self-proclaimed beach bum, she has traveled to Mexico and Jamaica in her first year with Travel Haus. She also has great experience in large-scale event planning, making her a great asset for our Destination Wedding customers.

In addition to her love of the beach, she also has a love of dogs and is a foster parent for Stray Rescue of St. Louis and at any given time can have 3-5 dogs in her home, which always makes for an adventure.

Not only can Caitlin help you plan your dream vacation or destination wedding, she can help you find a furry friend!

Adam Hon

Travel Agent Professional

History Buff who enjoys unique destinations

Expertise: Mexico, Europe, Africa

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Adam has a background in History with experience booking airfare for over 10 years. He’s great at geography…we encourage you to quiz him when you call in! He’s a solo traveler who enjoys exploring eccentric destinations such as Israel and South Africa.

A St. Louisan at heart, Adam mentors children, plays softball, and loves watching a good Cardinals Baseball game in his free time.

For the exotic traveler, Adam is your man!