Meet Our Team of certified Washington, DC Tour Guides that are dedicated to the arts, culture, and history of our area.
Diane is the producer of Adventures for Creative Tourists. Both of her parents are artists and introduced her to the arts at a young age. Her mission is to reach out to local and far away communities to show them that art museums can be both entertaining and informative in a way that both the common person and the savvy art enthusiasts can both enjoy. She strives for all tours to include history, art history, and cultural elements.
Stephen lived in London until six years ago, where he was invited to lead tours of exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and give talks for the National Arts Collection Fund (UK) and worked for many educational institutions in Britain. Since moving to the DC area, he has led many tours of the capital’s museums and monuments for tourists, student groups and adults. Stephen is also a professional storyteller and brings his skills in storytelling to the historical and artistic areas he covers in his tours, providing both an educational and enjoyable experience.
In 2014, I left my desk job in Higher Ed to pursue my dream of becoming a Washington DC Tour Guide. Since then…I’ve never looked back. I love our Nation’s Capital and am passionate about sharing it with both out-of-town visitors and locals! For me, one of the most interesting and important sites in DC is the US Capitol… since our country’s humble beginnings, our ‘Temple of Democracy’ has been the stage for many, often cantankerous, debates over issues that have shaped our lives and give us all an opportunity to pursue our dreams! I’d love for you to join me on a tour of the US Capitol, so I may share with you intriguing bits of history as well as stories of a few fascinating mysteries of this most recognized building in the world!
Hello, my name is Meghan Hanson, I’m looking forward to being your next tour guide. I started out my career with a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Anthropology focusing on Museum Studies and complimenting it with an Art History minor. I spent a few years as the Guest Services coordinator for the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House in Chicago IL. It was there that I was able to truly experience the interplay between life and art.
I love looking at what art says about the life we live, the life we hope for, and the life we try to hide. Since becoming a Certified International Tour Director that lesson has informed my commentary no matter what venue or city I am in. I am delighted to be working with Adventures for Creative Tourists to see what we can explore in artistry of Washington DC!
Cyndi is a licensed Washington, D.C. guide who has been giving fun and enlightening tours of Washington and Old Town Alexandria for years—with a lighthearted twist. Specializing in ghost and graveyard tours, she leads unsuspecting guests down the haunted pathways of the past to reveal the quirks, customs, and mysteries of those who have passed on before us.
Cyndi has a master’s degree in journalism from the American University and a bachelor’s in English literature from Wheaton College, with a minor in art history and theatre. An award-winning actor, speaker, and writer, she has been writing for newspapers and telling stories for years. Whether on a walking or motor coach tour along the historic streets of Washington, Georgetown, or Mount Vernon, when you come along on a Cyndi Tour it will be a memorable experience you won’t forget.
Testimonials from visitors and guests:
“This was the highlight of our trip, we’ll remember this trip because of you.” – Tour chaperone, California.
“You were awesome! They are an eclectic group and you held them spellbound.” – Middle school teacher, Ohio.
“You’re a better storyteller than my mom!” – Fifth-grader, Ohio
Leigh Jameson has over thirty years experience as an actor and storyteller on stages across the country. She is a licensed guide in DC and NYC and holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in English Lit. Leigh has served as a tour director up and down the East Coast, working with guests of all ages from around the globe. For the past ten years she has worked with some of the most prestigious museums in the country, including the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg. Leigh is also the founder of The History Warehouse, a living history performance company that provides a variety of historical figures for historic sites, museums, and educational institutions. Her book, Alexandria and Mount Vernon, is scheduled for publication this fall.
Robert Somers has been a licensed DC tour guide and a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides since 1989. He is a retired Federal government attorney with a passion for history, and loves to show his adopted city to residents as well as to visitors from across the nation and around the world. Robert has been a docent tour guide with the National Park Service, the National Building Museum, and the Historical Society of Washington, DC. He has also taught courses on Washington, DC history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Robert has lived in Washington for over 30 years. He has a BA in history from Boston University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Ella Schiralli is a Certified District of Columbia Tourist Guide with a passion for sharing the culture, the history and the modern vibrancy of our Nation’s Capital. Ella values diversity and is passionate about leadership. She has had the opportunity to work and volunteer in organizations that range from advanced homeland security solutions, public policy advocacy, to women’s military achievements, the performing arts and children’s advocacy.
Explore of the hidden treasures and hear the legendary tales of the women and men who have developed this Federal City into a colorful, culturally diverse, powerful community.
Join Ella on journey filled with adventure and discovery in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Lauri Williamson is a licensed Tour Guide and member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Lauri fell in love with the DC area and adopted it as a second home after moving here to attend Howard University. She’s now resided in the area for 30+ years. Lauri enjoys exploring the many diverse neighborhoods in DC and visiting area museums, monuments , theaters and attractions. “What I enjoy most about being a Tour Guide is helping visitors experience the DC area in new ways by visiting places they have never been to (or in some cases never heard of!) and by sharing knowledge and stories that will continue to live as part of wonderful memories of time spent in DC.”
Lauri works full time planning an annual convention of more than 17,000 attendees for an international medical association based in Washington, DC. She also owns an online gift basket store, capitalgiftbaskets.com, and is a volunteer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.