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Meet Our Staff

Tammy Hauser

Our Founder & Ceo

a person standing in front of a busKnown as a highly creative, no-nonsense, never-say-never lover of challenge, Tammy Hauser relies on her instinct for seeing the opportunities that others do not. Tammy brings those instincts, skills, and talents to Discover Sarasota Tours, which is part entertainment, part history, and partly a love story for Sarasota; the only place she ever chose to live.

“I learned everything I need to know in the theater,” says Tammy. “As a performer, director, and producer, I enjoy the creative process of bringing stories to life. And as a businessperson, I saw an opportunity to do that here with tours that focus on Sarasota’s amazingly rich culture and history.”

For 18 years, Tammy was the CEO of a consulting firm for arts organizations and other nonprofits called Blue Sky Thinking LLC. Prior to her consulting career, Tammy spent 15 years working in Minneapolis as an arts administrator for museums, regional theater and dance companies, and historic presenting halls for Broadway Theater, concerts and live radio shows. Before that she was an arts educator, grant maker for arts organizations and performer. She is also the creator of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a grown-up girls’ slumber party extravaganza and commercial theater enterprise.

Tammy has two children who share her love of travel, entertainment, and tours. She is an avid dog lover and credits Poppy, her Pomeranian princess rescue dog (who sadly died in 2018) with helping her come up with the idea for Discover Sarasota Tours—after Poppy fell in love with trolleys in Kennebunkport, Maine. Max the Papillon is the newest addition to the DST team, serving dual roles as The ChillMobile’ s Head of PR (Puppy Relations) and as a Trolley Cottage mascot.

Our Reservationists

Joan Travis Reservationist

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.

David Ivey Reservationist

David Ivey is a native of Southeast Texas. He relocated to Sarasota with his wife and daughters in 2003, finding a new home in Florida. He has a background in the hospitality industry, and says he came to Discover Sarasota Tours for a fun tour and stayed for the people!

Max Head of PR (Puppy Relations) and Trolley Cottage Mascot

When not working the window of The ChillMobile, kissing all the kids who give him a pat on the head, Max can be found kissing all the trolley tour guests when they enter or enjoying our many trolley tours!

Our Tour Guides

Jenny Aldrich

Jenny Aldrich is an actress, director, producer, teacher and playwright with theatre credits spanning over 60 years, nine states and five countries. A native of Ohio, she first appeared as the actress in The Man Who Came to Dinner in high school and has been addicted to theatre ever since. Jenny earned a BA in Speech and Theatre at West Chester University, Pennsylvania, and spent a summer at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

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 to 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.

Kaylene McCaw

Kaylene McCaw (Haunted Guide | Ghost Hostess) is an award-winning actress, playwright and author of The Human Experience Quick-Start Guide. This little book was written during her time as artist-in-residence at The Hermitage Artists Retreat. She 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. Today she practices Sound Healing and hosts an Airbnb retreat in her home.

Michael Newton-Brown

Michael Newton-Brown’s first psychic experience came when he was three years old. He woke up crying, as his great grandmother had just passed over downstairs, and came to say goodbye on her way out. Michael began tarot reading in 1970; in 1975, he attended the Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Spiritualism and Psychic Sciences in Stansted, England. Michael has used his intuition to establish a long, and successful, professional career in the entertainment industry. He is a member of The Tarot Association, and also attends The Reader’s Studio in New York. He teaches classes in beginning and advanced tarot, as well as a series called “Kickstarting Intuition” at The Spirit University in Sarasota, Florida.

Daniel Pelissier

Daniel has been learning the actor’s craft entirely in the field since 2011, and is most at home playing fantastic, melodramatic, over-the-top characters. The skills he’s developed over the years also include dancing, fencing, wrestling, and stilt-walking. He received his first rave review as the evil Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, originated the role of Dionysus in Goat Song Revel, and for the past two years has been slowly fleshing out his drag alter ego, Lady Charlotte Laquelle. You can see Daniel on Amazon Prime in Barry Gaines’ low-budget sci-fi series, A World of Worlds.

Our Drivers

Chris Baker

Chris Baker joined our staff of drivers at Discover Sarasota Tours in 2021. He enjoys showing off the wonderful sights of Sarasota on our trolley and van tours.

Dori Fava

Dori Fava moved to Sarasota from Illinois in 2019, and joined Discover Sarasota Tours’ staff of drivers in 2021. She loves to make our guests feel welcome on Dolly The Trolley!

T. J. Milewski

T. J. Milewski has been a driver for Discover Sarasota Tours since mid-2021. He enjoys being a part of the Sarasota experience for visitors and residents alike!

Rietta Wallenda

Rietta Wallenda enjoys driving Dolly The Trolley, and sharing personal stories of growing up in and performing as an aerialist with the famous Flying Wallendas!

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