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Just like The Jaj herself, our Janine Cifelli Representation team is small, but mighty. Our combined talents bring years of vetted experience in luxury travel representation, travel advisor sales support, social media and public/media relations.

Janine Ellman Cifelli


Years ago, Janine was heading to warmer shorelines (Hilton Head SC) to launch her hospitality career when travel guru Bill Faber decided she was ‘on the wrong luxury hotel path,’ and convinced her to come to work for him in New York City instead. There, Jaj quickly learned the ins and outs of luxury travel sales, reservations, marketing & pr, and was soon representing properties like Necker Island, Mustique and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. Now, 27 years later, Janine stewards her own namesake representation company; representing the best-of-the-best, most exclusive small boutique hotels and private islands in the world.

*Janine’s favorite color is pink; her favorite (non)food, Nutella. Jaj is known to hoard the chocolate in the JCR office and is the first person blamed when the JCR team starts packing on the pounds.

Anthony Cifelli


Anthony knew everything about hotels (LaQuinta Resort, Hyatt Hotels and Doral Country Club) but was a virgin in the airline industry when he was called to develop the corporate business strategy for Virgin Atlantic Airways. Anthony quickly moved to building sales for Richard Branson’s private island in the BVI, Necker Island. (Yes, Necker had a little something to do with bringing the Cifellis together). But the two never worked together again, until 2009, when Anthony joined JCR as VP of sales and marketing.

*Anthony ran his own Chiropractic practice for 10 years, and is known to watch over the health of the JCR team; whip up healthy smoothies for them at lunchtime.

Lisa Di Paola

Director of Sales

A native New Yorker born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Lisa has lived in California and England. She comes to JCR with a keen eye for beauty and aesthetic – gleaned from her years as director of Sales and Marketing at Soho House, New York City and Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood. At JCR, Lisa will work closely with travel advisors, handle reservations and host property webinars and virtual sales calls.

*An avid reader and former synchronized swimmer, Lisa speaks fluent Sicilian and some Portuguese. She loves flamingos, traveling, painting with watercolors. And her mini dachshund, Zeus, and rescue-cat, Misty.

Jaimie Confer

Director of Marketing

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jaimie left after college and eventually made her way to California. She spent almost 15 years living in Los Angeles and Sonoma County. In late 2020, she moved back East and is new to the JCR team. At JCR, Jaimie handles all the marketing, including social media strategy, content creation, and branding.

Michele McGinley

Sales Coordinator

Michele is the control tower for all of JCR’s sales appointments, agent receptions and events. She, too, began her career in New York City, providing travel marketing and public relations for accounts such as the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Elegant Resorts of Barbados, The Empire Hotel, the Virginia Hotel and the Maidstone Arms.

*Michele is the JCR office weather woman. She is always in the know about the forecast and makes sure we leave for appointments on time and, when needed, with an umbrella…

Shari Mycek

Contributing Writer

A longtime luxury travel and spa writer, Shari has worked with JCR for years – publishing stories on our clients in major national and international magazines. Now, Shari serves as writer/editor of our monthly, themed newsletter and contributes to our blog, covering travel news and trends.

*Shari is a hard-core spa girl who’s traveled to more than 65 countries in search of authentic, healing treatments.