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Book Tammy Hauser, M.B.A., Our Founder & CEO

Looking for an entertaining, informative and passionate speaker for your luncheon, event or social? Tammy Hauser M.B.A., Founder & CEO is a sought-after highly entertaining speaker who shares her knowledge of and passion for Sarasota in her 45-minute PowerPoint presentation entitled: Sarasota’s Secrets.

Book her for your next event by emailing [email protected].


Tammy Hauser, M. B. A.

Our Founder & Ceo

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When Tammy Hauser (B.A./Theater, M.B.A./Nonprofit Management) moved to Sarasota from Minneapolis in 2015, she wondered why there were no trolley tours in a tourist town with such a storied past. After a 20-year national consulting career for arts organizations, she was asked to take on the role of leading the Center for Architecture Sarasota as part of a Gulf Coast Community Foundation consulting assignment. For them, she developed the Architectural Trolley Tours which led to her realizing the potential for other types of tours. In 2018, she started her own tour company Discover Sarasota Tours (DST) to showcase all the wonderful and hidden aspects of Sarasota’s rich history and culture.

DST offered three trolley tours when they started (Circus Tour, City Tour, and Haunted Tour) but now have 16 different tour themes running all year long. During COVID to keep the business open, Tammy operated The ChillMobile vintage ice cream truck which became so popular it was featured in a Facebook movie and in AARP Magazine as the ultimate pivot business. Tammy’s career in the arts as a theater performer, director, and producer taught her how to bring stories to life in an informative and entertaining way which remains the hallmark aspect of all DST tours.

Prior to her role with DST, Tammy was the Founder & CEO of a consulting firm for arts organizations called Blue Sky Thinking LLC, and worked as an Arts Administrator for state grant makers, museums, theater and dance companies, Broadway Theater, and live radio shows for 15 years. She is also the creator of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a grown-up girls’ slumber party extravaganza and commercial theater enterprise.

Our Reservationists

Kate Collins

Reservationist, Gift Shop Assistant Manager

Kate Collins joined the Discover Sarasota Tours Reservations staff in February 2023. If you call the Trolley Cottage, chances are that Kate will be the voice you hear on the other end of the line.

Susan Ingalls

Reservationist, Group Sales Manager

Susan Ingalls is a new Sarasota retiree with a long career in early childhood special education and care coordination. She and her husband are looking forward to meeting new people and finding time to catch up with family and friends in her native New Hampshire.

Penny Smith

Reservationist, Group Sales Associate

Penny and her husband moved to Sarasota seven years ago from Ohio and haven’t looked back! After their son graduated from college and joined the military they decided it was time to enjoy the sunshine. Penny recently retired after a 25-year career in the senior living industry as an executive director and marketing manager, and quickly realized that she was too young to retire — but fortunately she found Discover Sarasota Tours. Penny loves meeting new people and sharing all of the wonderful experiences Sarasota has to offer which is why this job is perfect for her!

Joan Travis


Joan Travis joined DST as a Reservationist in March 2021. She comes from Kentucky and has a fun past work history in the film and travel industry.

Meg Gilbert


MEG GILBERT is an NYC born and raised theater director, writer, performer, arts administrator, community organizer and many-hat-wearer who relocated to Sarasota, FL in 2017. With over a decade of experience in the professional theater, Meg is currently a producer for NYC based company Parity Productions, working to promote female, trans and gender expansive artists; teaches public speaking for Cornell University; and is the Social Media Manager for the League of Professional Theatre Women. Prior to that, she served as Literary Associate at Florida Studio Theatre, where she supported community outreach programs and New Play Development, as well as directing blackbox, TYA and staged reading productions.

Cheryl Sennett


Cheryl has enjoyed a career as a tour manager for 17 years. She has led trips to destinations all over the world and continues to spend summers working with groups in Alaska. Cheryl has lived all over the US including Alaska and Hawaii. She relocated to Bradenton in 2018. She is passionate about providing excellent tour experiences and is delighted to join Discover Sarasota Tours in February 2024.


Head of PR (Puppy Relations) and Trolley Cottage Mascot

As Head of PR (Puppy Relations) and Official Trolley Cottage Mascot, Charlie can be found charming all the tour guests when they enter or enjoying our many trolley tours!

Our Tour Guides

Pat Canavan

Pat Canavan comes to Sarasota from Dublin, Ireland, by way of Toronto and Boston. In Boston, several years as a Duck Boat tour guide honed his gift of gab. His varied experience and interests include Civil War reenacting (on the losing side), beekeeping (until he experienced anaphylaxis after a sting), and Special Olympics coaching. He is a certified Florida Master Naturalist and an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He loves his three big rescued dogs (and his wife, too).

Jerome Chesley

Jerome Chesley, leader of DST Public Art Tours and the Art Crawl Gallery Tours, is a painter whose background in education includes teaching in both public school and college level. He continues to teach painting in Florida where he is currently the president of the Florida Watercolor Society, and a docent for the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota’s (FASS’s) iconic Florida artists’ collection in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Summers find him teaching at the renowned Chautauqua Institution in New York State. BA & MA, SUNY College at Buffalo, and additional studies at the University of Art in Siena, Italy.

Kathryn Chesley

As an actress and former theater educator, Kathryn uses her love of theater, history and performance to bring the Leading Ladies of Sarasota to life. Dressed in the costume of the era, Kathryn portrays Sarasota’s founding mothers, including Bertha Palmer, Marie Selby, Mary Jane Whitaker, Mina Edison, Rose Wilson, suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt, and Mable Ringling. Along with her work as a guide with Discover Sarasota Tours, Kathryn also serves on the Board for the Historical Society of Sarasota.

Bob Collins

Bob Collins’ love affair with the circus was nurtured when he first visited Sarasota as a child, beginning in 1950. Since then, he has enjoyed a 44-year career in entertainment marketing, working for such shows as Ice Capades, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. He also served on the board of the Circus Arts Conservatory, helping to preserve and promote the legacy of the circus in Sarasota. He enjoys showing people The Circus Side of Sarasota by conducting “Big Top” tours and giving lectures about our charming and historic “Circus City.”

Kendra Cross

Kendra Cross grew up in a Mennonite community, with great-grandparents who were Amish—an experience that planted in her seeds of understanding, appreciation, and the desire to continue that connection. Living just blocks from the Pinecraft community allows Kendra daily communication and exposure to the uniqueness and vitality of the Amish and Mennonite culture. She points out that Sarasota’s 90-year old community is the only one of its kind in the United States, and says it’s a joy to share it!

Jon MacDonald

Jon Mac has proudly lived in Sarasota since December 1972. He grew up in Western New York state near Lake Chautauqua, and played four varsity sports in high school. He played on the basketball team at Jamestown Community College, and then attended SUNY Brockport. After moving to Sarasota, with ties to Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Jonny Mac worked at the iconic Sawmill Inn Restaurant for more than seven years as bartender/bar manager. He then spent 32 years in the wholesale liquor and wine industry, employed by National Distributing Company, followed by Southern Wine and Spirits. His passion for sports, entertainment, and the history of our beautiful Sarasota continues to grow.

Steve McAllister

Steve McAllister is an actor, author, poet, producer, songwriter, and revolutionary. He may be best known for his one-man shows, Will Rogers Revived and The Cowboy Cabaret, his historical epic, Money, Sex, Power & Faith, his portrayal of Sarasota’s first settler William Whitaker in the film No Real Than You Are, or his repertoire of original songs and covers. But some know him as the Sarasota native who attempted to live for a year without money, run for county commissioner, and thought up ABC Squared Economics as a way to celebrate our Artistry, Business, Citizenry, and Community. However you may know him, he has stories to tell. You can find his website at and on social media as @SteveMcAlphabet.

Ed Simays

Ed Simays has been a Tour Guide and Docent in Sarasota for over 17 years, and he always looks forward to sharing his love of Sarasota history, architecture, art and beauty. He has led Architecture and City Sightseeing tours at DST for almost two years. Previously, he volunteered at the Ringling Museum for over 15 years where he conducted over 1,000 tours of the Art and Circus Museums and Ca’ d’Zan Historic Home.

Ed moved to Sarasota in 2000 from Northern Virginia after retiring from the FAA after more than 25 years as an Enroute ATC controller/supervisor. He chose Sarasota for retirement because of the beauty, arts, culture, beaches and rich circus and local history and as a resident, he and his wife take full advantage of all the area has to offer.

Deni Dreazen

Master Tarot Reader, Psychic Channel, Spiritual Coach, Angel/Oracle Reader, Tarot Teacher

Deni is a teacher and a healer with extensive training in Hypnosis, Consciousness Coaching and Spiritual Connection. Deni’s passion is to help others tap into the energies that help them heal. Her earliest memories are of being able to see the “people” that came home with her father, a funeral director. As a young child, she was aware of “knowing” things about people and seeing “colors” (auras) around them. Fascinated by past life regression, she became a certified hypnotist and life coach. She has worked with Tarot, Oracles, Angels, and Intuitive Channeling from the time she was a young teen. Over time, she integrated this into her healing work. Deni believes you have the answers within and that she is your guide to opening life’s possibilities.

Our Cast Members

Michael DeMocko

Michael DeMocko is an actor, director and educator who has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for more than 25 years. He is the Drama teacher at the William Monroe Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communications. He has a really awesome family. Enjoy the tour!

Amanda Kronhaus

Amanda Kronhaus is an actress, singer, teacher, character performer, and public speaker. She joined the DST cast in August 2023, taking on roles in The BooMobile and Murder Mystery Trolley.

Kaylene McCaw

Artistic Director, Cast Member

Kaylene McCaw (Haunted Guide/Ghost Hostess, Christmas Carol Writer/Director/Lead Guide, Psychic Sundays Sound Healing) is an award-winning actress, playwright and author of The Human Experience Quick-Start Guide, written during her time as artist-in-residence at The Hermitage Artists Retreat. Kaylene spent 13 years at The Players Theatre, performing lead roles both musical and dramatic. She also managed the theater’s costume department and coordinated the Backstage at The Players black box theater project. Kaylene is the writer/director In addition to her theatrical work, she practices Sound Healing and hosts an Airbnb retreat in her home.

Daniel “Dee” Pelissier

Daniel “Dee” Pelissier has been learning the actor’s craft entirely in the field since 2011. Over the years they have lent their talents to local theatre productions with the Sarasota Players and Manatee Performing Arts Center, as well as Ringling College student films and various independent projects. The skills they have developed over the years also include singing, fencing, wrestling, and stilt-walking. Among the various roles they have enjoyed playing, Daniel feels most at home playing fantastic, melodramatic, over-the-top characters. They received their first rave review as the evil Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, originated the role of Dionysus in Goat Song Revel, and recently established their place in the local drag scene, performing original song parodies as Lady Laquelle. Daniel appears in our Haunted Sarasota and Murder Mystery tours.

Alexa Vetter Torres

Cast Member, Reservationist

Alexa Vetter Torres is a theatre professional from Austin, TX. The artist’s journey has led her from the Lone Star State to Myrtle Beach, New York, across the country on four National Tours, and lastly, Sarasota, FL. This is not Alexa’s first time performing on a moving vehicle, but it IS her first time singing on a trolley! She joined our cast in Spring 2023, and will take on a variety of roles on our Murder Mystery Trolley, Haunted Sarasota Tour, The BooMobile, and Christmas Carol Trolley.

Aleah Colón-Alfonso

Aleah Colón-Alfonso is a student of the arts with a passion for science. After graduating with degrees in Biological Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theatre, she has been working on her company, Aleah Wares Inc., which she founded in college. Her love for the arts has found her this time on a moving stage, performing alongside the Discover Sarasota Team! She’s extremely grateful for the opportunity to sing her way through the year as she continues to build her company.

Andrea Keddell

Andrea Keddell relocated to Florida from Upstate NY in 1998.  A veteran theater performer, she has performed in over 80 productions and has been seen on stage performing throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Favorite roles performed while in FL include Mamma Mia (Tanya), Reefer Madness (Mae), Annie (Hannigan/Grace/Lily) & Cats (Jellylorum/Griddlebone).  Favorite roles performed while in Upstate NY include My Fair Lady (Eliza) and Chorus Line (Maggie).  Andrea’s thrilled at the opportunity to work with the talented and creative people at Discover Sarasota Tours.

David W. Muirhead

David W. Muirhead is a former dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, and stand-up comedian “coming out” of retirement! A current Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, David has lived in Sarasota for 6 years from New York City, where he worked as a bartender while performing on and off Broadway, catching extra roles with The Radio City Rockettes, and independent film productions such as The Outs, season 2. David started acting at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild with his first performance at age 9. It is there his passion for entertaining, lights, and applause increased his desire to be a performer. After moving to Atlanta, Georgia. David began dancing with the Atlanta Ballet, then later with The Atlanta Opera. Upon entering college, David majored in dance, choreography, and directing. He was also President of the Drama Club and an annual actor for the Shakespeare and Renaissance Festivals. Now at the young age of 45, David was graciously adopted by the DST family where he hopes to “hop” on the trolley and into your hearts. ALL ABOARD!

Louis Vetter Torres

Louis Vetter Torres is happy to join the Christmas trolley cast! He is a creative professional with over a decade of experience in performance, sound, and production management. Favorite acting roles include Trevor in “The Play That Goes Wrong” and Usnavi in “In the Heights”. As a Sound Designer, he designed 8 full-scale productions and many more readings in Sarasota – his favorites include: “The Last Match”, the world premiere of “Paralyzed”, and Bernardo Cubría’s new play “The Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latine Vote”.  Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey, he makes music in his free time and lives with his wife, Alexa, and their two pets.

Elise Krieger

Elise is a classically trained soprano and actress from Livermore, CA. After several years as an immersive actress, princess performer, and the lead vocalist of a medieval folk rock band, she became a mom and relocated to the Sarasota area with her family. She continues to perform by night while being a stay-at-home mom by day. Elise started with Discover Sarasota Tours in March 2024 and can be seen in the Murder Mystery Trolley show.

Our Drivers

Gretchen Martin

Gretchen Martin joined Discover Sarasota Tours as a driver in October 2021, and enjoys driving for our Amish, Circus Secrets, City Sightseeing, and other daytime (and some evening) tours.

John Piquette

John Piquette joined Discover Sarasota Tours as a driver in 2022. John retired to North Venice after 31 years as an NYC bus driver. He, his wife, and two kids are enjoying the Gulf side of the sunshine state.

Mike Tellone

Mike Tellone joined Discover Sarasota Tours in February 2023. Born in New York City, he lived there 15 years, then moved to Seminole, Florida. Mike worked with Publix Supermarkets as a Meat cutter and Meat Department Manager from 1974 to 2002. Then he worked with Sarasota County Schools as School Bus Driver and Route Supervisor from 2003 to 2022 and retired. Mike and his wife live in Englewood and have been married 41 years. He loves working with people, walking, fishing, cooking, bird watching and enjoys driving fun tours.

Colleen Autman

ChillMobile Driver

Colleen Autman joined Discover Sarasota Tours as our ChillMobile driver in February 2022, and has driven our trusty vintage ice cream truck all over Sarasota, making ice cream dreams come true for people of all ages!

Paul Morits

Paul was born and lived in Vermont all of his life. In June 2021, he retired after 33 years as a law enforcement officer. He then started driving a motor coach for a local tour company. Paul and his wife have been visiting the Sarasota area a few times a year for the past 27 years and fell in love with the area. In September 2023, they decided to leave the long cold winters and make Sarasota our new home.

Rob Marshall

Rob Marshall (BA/MS) is a native of western Pennsylvania and has been a Florida resident for four years. Following a 25 year career in non-profit management Rob spent 5 years in sales and banking and then transitioned to commercial driving where he has been the past six years. Rob and his wife Nancy live in Wimauma with their fur babies Thomas and Stella. When not driving Rob enjoys travel and being on the water.