Our Team

About Denise

I'm Denise, founder of Travel Brilliant - I make your vacation an unforgettable experience. It's my job to ensure that you find the perfect destination for a family vacation and tailor one-of-a kind experiences so everyone in your group has fun.

Everyone deserves a vacation, and I'm here to make sure you get one. You may plan your trip once every year, but I do it multiple times per day! It can be hard for some people to relax on their vacations when they have so much planning stress - that's where my services come in handy because I take all the worry off of your shoulders so you can enjoy yourself while still feeling like everything is taken care of.

I’m an avid traveler and have been all over the US, Caribbean, Central America, and Europe. I have visited many of the locations I recommend and have personal relationships with the vendors we use.

My personal travels have brought me through tiny Mediterranean villages and lush tropical rainforests staying in places off the beaten path. I love to experience the culture first-hand and can help you find itineraries that are luxurious AND authentic.

Let me help you plan your next great adventure, let me help you travel brilliantly!

Contact Denise at 716-417-7824 or denise@travelbrilliant.net

Denise Ambrusko-Maida
Denise Ambrusko-Maida, Founder/Agent

About Thea

With over four decades of experience in the travel industry, I am passionate about helping people plan their dream vacations. From Jamaica to Italy, I have personally explored numerous countries across the globe, collecting memories that will last a lifetime. My enthusiasm for travel and discovering new places shows no signs of waning, and I look forward to many more years of helping others create unforgettable experiences.

Contract Thea at thea@travelbrilliant.net

Thea Terranova- Agency Administrative Support
Thea Terranova- Agency Administrative Support

About Victoria

I am a passionate and experienced travel agent with over 30 years of expertise in the industry. I have helped thousands of clients plan their dream vacations, whether it’s a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a cultural exploration. I specialize in customizing travel packages to suit your preferences, budget, and needs. I have extensive knowledge of various destinations around the world, including Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean to name a few. I can also assist you with booking flights, hotels, car rentals, tours, cruises, insurance, and other travel services. I am committed to providing you with the best customer service and ensuring your satisfaction.

Let me help you discover the world and create unforgettable memories!

Education:  Certifications: Certified Travel Associate from The Travel Institute, Certified Destination Specialist from The Travel Institute, Certified Cruise Counselor from Cruise Lines International Association Certified Sandals Specialist Rail Specialist including Rocky Mountaineer, Amtrak, Via Rail, Europe and Australia.

Contact Victoria at 716-208-8466 or victoria@travelbrilliant.net

Victoria Wakefield- International Travel Specialist
Victoria Wakefield- International Travel Specialist

About James

With nearly 15 years’ experience working and living in the South African wilderness, James more than knows the luxury Africa safari tour business - he lived it. 

His love for his home coupled with his passion for revealing the transformative power of the African bush inspires the life-changing journeys he creates for every client.

Born and raised in the small town of Henley-On-Klip located about 50 miles south of Johannesburg, James has had a love, curiosity, and passion for the bush and South African wildlife since an early age. Pursuing these passions by studying nature conservation to become a certified Field Guide, also known as a “Game Ranger” or “Safari Guide,” James trained in the wildest of reserves in South Africa. 

Not only does James have a personal relationship with most of the lodges recommended, but he has worked at many, which makes his itineraries truly special.  

Contact James at 951-240-6715 or james@travelbrilliant.net

James Macdonald- Africa Travel Specialist
James Macdonald- Africa Travel Specialist

About Joy

My name is Joy and I have been working part-time with Travel Brilliant since 2022.  I am a certified Disney Travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next trip.  I especially look forward to helping any Disney first timers.  I still get misty eyed just walking through the gates at Epcot or the Magical Kingdom. I am a classic Disney visitor and really enjoy all the nostalgic rides.

I am the proud single mom of a 4 year old who i am very busy planning her first magical experience. I look forward to planning yours!

Education: Disney Travel, Universal Studios, Aruba Destination Specialist

Contact Joy at 716-909-2172 or joy@travelbrilliant.net

Joy Falzarano- Family Travel Specialist
Joy Falzarano- Family Travel Specialist

About Corina

I'm Corina and I love to experience the world! Day to day you'll find me running my dog grooming business with my team, but I am also travelling every chance I get. I love planning vacations almost as much as the experience itself. My favorite places include everything from US National Park Sites (I have a lifetime goal of visiting all 423!), to Walt Disney World, to South Africa! I look forward to helping you get the most out of your time on your trip.

Education: Disney Travel, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean

Contact Corina at 716-472-5704 or corina@travelbrilliant.net

Corina Stammworthy- Disney & Cruise Travel Specialist
Corina Stammworthy- Disney & Cruise Travel Specialist

About Tressa

Hello my name is Tressa, and I have a passion for all things Disney. On an average day you can catch me listening to the latest Disney themed podcast or researching the Disney news of the week. I have 2 children ages 7 and 4 who we recently brought to Disney for the first time, and there is nothing like experiencing Disney through the eyes of your children. I hope to help you and your family plan some of your first great Disney experiences together and take away some of the stress that can come with that planning! Whether it’s Disney on a budget, that lavish trip you’ve always dreamed of, or the thought of relaxing on a cruise but still having the magic of Disney, I can’t wait to help you plan that special vacation.

Education: Disney Travel & Universal Studios

Contact Tressa at 716-730-1374 or tressa@travelbrilliant.net


Tressa Dole- Disney Travel Specialist
Tressa Dole- Disney Travel Specialist

About Alexander

Hi I’m Alex and I am excited to be your Disney travel expert. I love Disney, I love planning, and most of all I love Disney planning.

Whether you are a Disney super fan visiting for the tenth time or you’ve been tentative about planning a trip but your 5 year old begged you so much you finally caved…I am here to make it easy and magical!

I've Disneyed in many ways, from childhood trips to taking my own family as as adult. Whether it's Run Disney races or festivals I can meet your expectations no matter what experience you are looking for while on vacation.

By my side is my CTLO (Chief Turkey Leg Officer) aka my administrative support, Jess. Also we’re married. Alex specializes in rope dropping to optimize ride time, expertly timing dining reservations, and Toy Story Mania hacks. Jess loves turkey legs, sympathizing with villains, and singing loudly in the Tiki Room.

Contact me for a consultation on your Disney vacation. Your souvenir bubble wand may not last a lifetime, but the memories will!

Education: Disney Travel

Contact Alex at 845-304-7929 or alexander@travelbrilliant.net

Alexander Baron- Disney Travel Specialist
Alexander Baron- Disney Travel Specialist

About Kaylei 

My name is Kaylei and I love traveling and exploring new places! One of my favorite places to go is Walt Disney World and I love talking tips and tricks about the parks and resorts! If you run into me in the parks you’ll likely find me eating a churro, riding front row on Expedition Everest or hangin’ with my favorite characters. I love planning the details of trips and can’t wait to help you plan yours!

Education: Disney Travel

Contact Kaylei at 716-969-3794 or kaylei@travelbrilliant.net

Kaylei Nickerson- Disney Travel Specialist
Kaylei Nickerson- Disney Travel Specialist

About Kathryn

My name is Kathryn and cruising has truly become a passion of mine. I believe it is a wonderful and safe way to view the world. You can always find me planning and researching cruise vacations for my family and friends. My child is recently 2yrs old and its exciting to get to show her what the world has to offer. I would love to share my stories and experiences with you and to help plan your cruising adventures anywhere across the globe.

Education: Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines

Contact: Kathryn at 716-359-1727 or kathryn@travelbrilliant.net

Kathryn Cartwright
Kathryn Cartwright- Cruise Travel Specialist

About Cynthia

I am an avid traveler that loves Caribbean white sandy beaches, sun-kissed relaxation and adventures!  I've always been drawn to discovering new destinations and different cultures.  However, it was during a challenging chapter of my life, battling Breast Cancer in 2016, that I truly understood the transformative power of travel.  During the uncertainties and struggles, travel became my solace, infusing me with renewed vitality and reminding me to embrace every moment!

Fueled by my passion for travel and driven by my new zest for life after my cancer journey, I embarked on a new journey to become a Certified Travel Specialist focusing on Caribbean All-Inclusive travel but equipped to curate unforgettable journeys tailored to your desires.

Let me be your guide as you embark on your own voyage of discovery.  Whether you seek the tranquil serenity of secluded beaches, different cultures, or the thrill of adrenaline-pumping adventures, I'm here to turn your travel dreams into reality.

Life is an adventure, and I believe in seizing every opportunity to explore, to experience, and to truly live.  Let's embark on this journey together as I help you create memories and celebrate the joy of being alive.  So, take that trip and live your best life! 

Education Certification: ALGVPro Travel Specialist, All-Inclusive Travel, Aruba, Cancun, Caribbean Experience, Cozumel, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Riviera Maya, St. Lucia, Tobago, Tropical Family Vacations, U.S. Virgin Islands 

Contact: cynthia@travelbrilliant.net

Cynthia Rogers -Caribbean All-Inclusive Specialist
Cynthia Rogers -Caribbean All-Inclusive Specialist