Meet The Team

Meet the Smiles At Sea Crew

Elijah Desmond

Captain, Owner of Smiles at Sea

Elijah found his way at the early age of 15 when he started his career as a motivational speaker for kids. Elijah wants to change the lives of people by making them find and realize the beautiful mind they were born with! 
He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where he achieved his Bachelors in Science of Dental Hygiene. Elijah has lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, Las Vegas Nevada and now resides in South Florida with his wife and 3 year old daughter Chloe.
 
Outside of work Elijah enjoys going on CRUISES!

Christy Carroll

Chief Operating Officer

Christy is a dedicated meeting and event planner, graphic designer, photographer and most importantly a mother! Along with designing all of the marketing materials for Smiles at Sea, she is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, marketing, planning and execution, while also providing excellent customer service to our attendees! Christy has been with Smiles at Sea for over 4 years now and enjoys the fast pace of the industry and enjoys meeting hundreds of professionals at each event!

Outside of work, Christy enjoys being at home with her 3 Princesses and her Husband Dan.

Jason Hantman

Travel Specialist

My name is Jason Hantman and I am the official Cruise Planner!! Working with Cruise Planners as an American Express Representative has been wonderful.  I enjoy working with the Smiles at Sea guests very much, being able to help people with their vacation needs and learning the dental field in the process is really something I am grateful for.  When I am not booking cruises, I am spending time with my two beautiful children and my wife Andrea.

Sandra Berger

CE Concierge

Sandra is our continuing education specialist. She is an expert in meeting planning and all aspects of continuing education. Her love of travel and attention to detail is a welcomed addition to our Smiles at Sea Team. As a Registered Dental Hygienist, AGD PACE provider, writer and national speaker she has the unique perspective to insure our courses are compliant with accreditation standards. Sandra loves meeting new people and providing exemplary customer service. If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find it for you!

On a personal note, when Sandra isn’t visiting with her grandchildren, she and her red fox lab Chip, a qualified therapy team, work with young children and ESL students to help them read better in a “Read to Dogs” program.

Michelle Barrios

Director of Events

Meet Michelle. Michelle joined our team after she attended a Smiles at Sea conference and had the best time! At the time, she knew she enjoyed event planning. Her attention to detail and big smile made a good fit for our support team.

When the cruise is docked, Michelle loves spending time with her family. Both of her daughters play fast pitch softball so, most likely she is on a ball field somewhere in South Florida. If there is a softball free weekend the family likes to bbq poolside or head to the beach. 

Shauna Hurst

Team Leader for Event Support

Shauna is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a passion for event planning, execution and exceptional customer service. Her role with Smiles at Sea is operational support and she will be at all events to assist in operations behind the scenes. She strives to ensure we exceed attendee expectations and ensure a smooth operations delivery. She loves travel, meeting new people, and dentistry so naturally she was a good fit for the team. You will find her at registration and all courses. When the courses are over you will find her mingling on the the dance floor and at all of the extra events.
 
In addition to Smiles at Sea Shauna wears many other hats and has recently joined the Cruise Planners team as a travel specialist booking your Smiles at Sea cruises as well.

Dana Myers

Exhibitor Concierge

Dana is a Registered Dental Hygienist, CE Co-Chair of Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association, and board member of the National Network of Healthcare Hygienists. Her passion is for better preventive care, and as such, she is excited by emerging technologies and industry advances that help clinicians improve and save more lives.

She has a deep love for continuing education, conferences, and learning from and working with exhibitors. This makes her the perfect fit for serving on the crew as Exhibitor Concierge. Her goal is to ensure the exhibitors and attendees alike have an awesome on-board experience. You’ll spot her easily around the ship with her brightly-colored hair, feel free to let her know if you need anything! 

Lacey Klewin

Social Media Manager

Lacey is NOT a hygienist, but she does have an Associate degree in the Applied Science of Nursing.  Her passions include, but are not limited to, finding new and fun ways to communicate and express emotion.  You will find her wandering around the ship taking pictures and talking to fun seekers or tucked in a dark corner behind her computer screen.  After classes you may be treated to off key singing or horribly outdated dance moves.