Meet Our Team


Justin Vassi, Owner and President of Exceptional Vacations, brings over 25 years of experience to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. With dedicated service in this arena, he is both a seasoned professional and a passionate advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Justin holds a master’s degree in social work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care and support. His extensive experience spans various roles in the field, including clinical work, program management, and therapeutic services.

As both a clinician and an advocate, Justin is deeply dedicated to providing each traveler with Exceptional Vacations a truly unique and rewarding experience. His combination of clinical expertise and heartfelt dedication ensures that individuals with disabilities receive the exceptional care and experiences they deserve.


Jill Vassi, Co-owner and Vice President of Exceptional Vacations , has a background that encompasses marketing, data-driven strategies, and a commitment to creating opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. She proudly graduated from Auburn University in 1994, earning her degree in Public Relations with minors in marketing and journalism.

In the early stages of her career, Jill honed her skills in customer relationship management, advertising and marketing account management. However, her passion for making a meaningful impact on people’s lives led her to transition into the nonprofit sector. There, she excelled in marketing, earning recognition with the Direct Marketing Association’s prestigious ECHO award for her contributions.

Today, Jill remains honored to continue to advance the company’s mission of providing exceptional services tailored specifically for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Rebecca Hisamoto, Director of Exceptional Vacations

Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Event Management from the University of Central Florida in 2015. Committed to broadening her horizons, she has ventured to more than 40 countries across all seven continents, cultivating a global perspective that enriches her professional endeavors.

Her journey in the realm of service began as a Registered Behavioral Therapist, where she provided support in a clinical environment, specializing in aiding children with autism. This experience not only honed Rebecca's skills in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field but also fostered a genuine passion for advocacy and inclusivity.

Recognizing the power of philanthropy, Rebecca has been a steadfast advocate for nonprofits, particularly those dedicated to the intellectual and developmental disabilities population. Her contributions extend to esteemed organizations such as Give Kids the World, where she channeled her energy towards creating meaningful and transformative experiences.

Rebecca has played a pivotal role at Exceptional Vacations since 2016, contributing her expertise to curate accessible itineraries for our travelers. This role not only aligns with her academic background but also allows her to blend her passion for event management with her dedication to inclusivity and travel.

Trip Chaperones

Jenna Marks, Trip Leader

Jenna is not only a Wellness Coordinator, Dance and Yoga Instructor, but also a seasoned Exceptional Vacations Trip Leader. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Adelphi University in 2022.  Jenna enjoys creating inclusive environments where everyone can flourish and lead wholesome and fulfilling lives.  She nurtures a sense of belonging within the travel groups and is committed to empowering and inspiring individuals.  Her educational background, coupled with her professional expertise, demonstrates her ongoing commitment to inclusivity, making her a standout advocate and leader in the field.

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