Meet Our Team Cheryl Patterson CEO & Founder Cheryl was born and raised in London, England, and has been an avid traveler since visiting Venice at the age of 8. During her school years, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean and her early passion for travel romanced her into earning a degree in Travel & Tourism with distinctions at age 18. Cheryl’s career has taken her from travel agencies and tour operators in the UK to American Airlines in the US. It was while in Tucson, Arizona, that she first gave scuba a try, and in a breath, her second passion was born. She went on to earn her instructor certificate in order to share her love for diving with others. Cheryl recognized a large gap in these industries when it came to providing full customer service and an honest and quality product to scuba enthusiasts. Between travel and diving, it seemed only natural to combine her two passions into one, and thus, Deep Blue Adventures, Cheryl’s highly successful dive travel company, was created. Cheryl’s deep love for the sport fuels her goal to provide the scuba community properly and completely, and at the same time show that above and below and everywhere in between, there is an untold story to share with the planet. Email: [email protected] Skype: CherylatDeepBlue Phone Ext: 101 Terri Huber Senior Travel Specialist Terri Huber has had a passion for the oceans of our world and all their inhabitants since her first dive back in 1984. With this passion in mind, Terri decided in 1998 that corporate banking was no longer where she belonged, and decided to turn her love of diving into a career. Terri worked for Peter Hughes Diving and the Dancer fleet for numerous years, where she gained a vast and intimate knowledge of numerous premier and exotic dive locales situated across the globe. Seeking out the unique and unusual creatures that are indigenous to these varied waters, she found it getting difficult to convey the majestic qualities of these encounters to family and friends, and so took up photography as a way of capturing these inspiring moments forever. In 2009, Terri leveraged her knowledge and skills and capitalized on the opportunity to work for Deep Blue Adventures. Working a completely different aspect of dive travel from the Dancer Fleet, Terri found the challenge rewarding and refreshing as she learned about even more phenomenal dive destinations. The ultimate joy, though, is sharing all this knowledge and experience with each of her clients, and ensuring that their quest for their perfect dive vacation is fulfilled. Email: [email protected] Skype: Terri.Huber Phone Ext: 102 Cindy Knutson Travel Specialist Having raised 2 boys to near adulthood, Cindy seized the opportunity to earn her SCUBA certification when she re connected with and married a classmate from Jr. High school. Scott, an avid diver and underwater videographer helped coach Cindy though a nearly vertical dive profile. Certified in the frigid and murky waters off the California coast, followed almost immediately by a 10 day live aboard experience (arranged by Terri Huber) to Palau! Spoiled rotten from then on, Cindy & Scott have acted as group leaders throughout the Caribbean and Southern Pacific for over a decade. After years of arranging travel through Deep Blue Adventures, Cindy became one of our very own travel specialists and we are excited to have her onboard. She is incredibly detail orientated and loves enlightening her friends and clients to the wonders that live below and above our earth’s oceans. Having been a member of her local snow ski club for the same amount of time and serving on its board in the capacity of Director of Winter Activities, Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge to the Deep Blue team. Above or below Cindy certainly goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience for her clients. Email: [email protected] Phone: Ext. 103 Kristi Marchetti Travel Specialist Kristi has held a variety of positions in the dive travel industry since 1999 and boasts an impressive resume; from arranging complex individual, group and specialized family land-based and liveaboard itineraries throughout the Caribbean and South Pacific to territory management of supplier operations. She is recognized by many for her most previous position as Group Sales Representative for a highly popular resort and liveaboard destination in the Philippines before joining Deep Blue as a dive travel sales and service specialist in 2015. Kristi is an avid diver with a personal logbook that spans the globe including French Polynesia, the Philippines, the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Galapagos, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Red Sea, the British Virgin Islands, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic and Tobago. Kristi can be reached directly by emailing [email protected] or by phone at extension 104. Laurie Compher Travel Specialist Born & raised in Rockford, IL. Laurie moved to Kenosha, WI in 1994 where she spent 10 years as a stay at home mom raising 2 daughters before moving to Indiana in 2016. Her passion for travel motivated her to pursue a career in travel in 2001 shortly before the tragedy of September 11th, thereby gaining her experience and building a career as a travel agent during one of the most challenging times in travel industry history. When she first experienced scuba in a pool in 2007, she was hooked for life and diving became her second obsession. Living in a town that bordered Lake Michigan, Laurie bought a boat and spent most summer weekends exploring shipwrecks. Over the years she furthered her dive education and is a certified Master Scuba Diver. She now enjoys traveling to primarily warm water dive destinations at least twice a year. Her logbook includes Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Philippines, Saba/St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Mexico, the Maldives and the Virgin Islands. In addition to traveling to almost every Caribbean island, she has also explored Austria, London, and extensively throughout the U.SA. In 2013 Laurie combined both of her passions when she joined Deep Blue Adventures and is excited to help you plan your next getaway. Laurie can be reached directly by emailing [email protected] or by phone at extension 105.