Angel Wilkes has spent her professional career working with students and planning events and travel. She holds her Bachelors in Hospitality Management from the University of Florida, and her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. She has worked as the Student Activities Coordinator at the University of North Alabama, an Area Coordinator for Residence Life at Vanderbilt University, and a Coordinator for Food and Wine Education Classes at the Culinary Institute of America.
Currently, Angel serves as the Event Manager at Brian Arden Winery in the Napa Valley. She joined the Brian Arden team in May 2017, charged with building the Events program from the ground up. Angel is also the Director of Travel for World Class Basketball, where she plans and leads international education tours for college basketball teams and their fans. In this position she has led groups to Italy, Greece, Spain, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas.
After sailing as a student in Fall 2002, Angel couldn’t wait to get back on the ship as a staff member so she could have an impact on the experiences of future voyagers. She received that opportunity on the Spring 2015 voyage, sailing as an Assistant Field Director. Angel is very excited to return to the Field Office team and once again help facilitate positive in-country travel experiences for the shipboard community.
Angel lives in Saint Helena, California. When she isn’t traveling, she can be found hosting dinner parties, practicing Spanish, and exploring new restaurants in the Bay Area. Angel’s favorite thing about traveling is the friends you meet along the way. She looks forward to the friends and connections she will make on the ship during the Spring 2019 voyage!