Kathryn Rice | Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn has overseen the development and growth of Transcendent Travel since its inception. Kathryn is a long-time CPA based in New York City, and has been associated with business and the arts for the past 25 years, and has a vast amount of practical experience with organizations from an operational standpoint. Kathryn has worked with U.S. and foreign-based clients in a wide variety of industries and provides her management, operations and promotional services to a diverse set of events, along with Mr. Lannerd.

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Andrew Lannerd | EVP Tour Operations and Lead Tour Director

Andrew Lannerd, one of the company’s founders has been developing much-loved events, tours and productions for various arts organizations over the past 15 years. He began his career in the hospitality industry and later moved to work in the arts industry as well. During his career, Mr. Lannerd has worked alongside numerous classical and contemporary artists and has also worked extensively with several broadcast companies to produce tours including, PBS and Acorn TV.

As part of his background, Andrew has been developing much-loved events, tours and productions for various arts organizations over the past 15 years. He received his degree in Travel & Hospitality Management, after which he began his career in the hospitality industry and later moved to work in the arts industry as well. During his career, Mr. Lannerd has worked alongside numerous classical and contemporary artists and has also worked extensively with several broadcast companies to produce guided tours including, PBS and Acorn TV. Andrew’s fervent passion for the Royal Family has taken his life in directions he could not have anticipated. In 2002, he began collecting royal-related items. One special category concerns slices of cakes from royal weddings; he owns six. But Andrew’s true passion is interacting with members of the royal family. He has visited Sandringham many times at Christmas to be present when the Royal Family walks to church services and has presented flowers to the Queen on at least twelve occasions. He has attended the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace on two occasions, and was invited to be inside the walls of Windsor Castle during the May 2018 wedding of Prince Harry to Rachel Meghan Markle.

Today, Andrew is one of North America’s foremost collectors of rare, royal memorabilia, books, original paintings, busts, and other artifacts. Given his specialization, Andrew has been interviewed on live television several times in the U.S. on CBS, Fox, NBC and other local news channels on special occasions (e.g., 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and on one occasion when a local NFL football team traveled to London to played several games in 2017). He has also been interviewed inside his residence, in order to highlight his extensive royal collection.

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Elaine Klemesrud | Lead Tour Specialist

Elaine serves as lead tour specialist for Transcendent Travel. Her role includes addressing customer needs, day-to-day customer interaction, assisting with tour planning and production, maintaining internal customer records, and general office assistance.

Elaine has been involved in the arts for over 40 years in a variety of roles, including serving as a professional performer (vocalist) and teacher, program developer and museum facilitator (strategic planning, educator and evaluator), professional fundraising in the arts, selling pre-recorded music as a wholesaler, and serving as an import buyer for pre-recorded music from the U.S. and the UK.

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