Our Team


Meet the Team Behind Your Journey

Get to know the dedicated team that will make your heritage journey unforgettable. Our staff is composed of passionate individuals who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to each trip. Whether guiding you through cultural explorations, facilitating connections with birth families, or ensuring a smooth travel experience, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

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Tanya Kaanta

Owner & Director

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Ben Kaanta

Associate Director

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Sarah Kurtzahn

Senior Program Manager

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Rebecca Blessing

Program Manager

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Autumn Ackerson

Program & Marketing Coordinator

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Sarah Dimick

Ties to Wellness Program Coordinator

Our Amazing Travel Staff

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Your group will be accompanied by a team of adoption specialists who bring their unique backgrounds and expertise to your heritage journey. This team may include social workers from adoption agencies, therapists, adult adoptees, adoptive parents, or individuals with a special background and training in adoption.

While Ties trips are not therapy, our staff are well-versed in adoption issues and provide invaluable support during your travels. Their deep knowledge of local culture, history, and traditions ensures your journey is both enriching and personalized. Each staff member has a unique connection to adoption and a passion for serving adoptees and their loved ones on this important journey.