Get to know the team at The Whaler's Inn

With over 100 years of hospitality experience in our Downtown Mystic location, our staff is here 24 hours to make your getaway memorable. Get to know the team at The Whaler’s Inn.

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To me The Whaler’s Inn is the place where guests and colleagues become friends and friends become family. I find it heartwarming to interact with so many people, both visitors and co-workers, who find Mystic as magical a place as myself. - Amy Wagner, Direct of Sales and Operations

Amanda Arling

Meet the President

A New England native, Amanda joined The Whaler’s Inn after a long career in the travel and tourism industry. For the past six-years she has worked for Backroads, an active travel company, providing customized adventure experiences throughout the United States and around the world. Through her work designing, developing and launching premiere biking and hiking adventures, she has worked extensively with hotels, inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S., Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Amanda brings a wealth of hospitality experience and knowledge to the Inn, along with a passion for people and travel. Having spent the last half-decade working and traveling around the world, she is very excited to unpack her suitcase and call Mystic home! When not at The Whaler’s Inn, you can find Amanda kayaking along Mystic’s rocky shoreline, exploring one of the region’s many State Parks or cycling the scenic roads and byways of southeastern Connecticut.

Amy Wagner

Meet the Director of Sales and Operations

Born and raised in Gloucester MA, Amy moved to Connecticut in 2000.  She quickly grew to love her adopted home town.  In 2004 Amy accepted a Front Desk position at The Whaler’s Inn and has grown along with the property ever since, being promoted to Front Desk Manager, Assistant General Manager in 2015, and most recently Director of Sales and Operations.  In her free time Amy is the treasurer for  the Downtown Mystic Merchants, working with the organization to plan events such as Mystic Eats – A Riverside Food Festival and Pirate Invasion.  Working with and fostering strong relationships within the community is a passion of Amy’s and has enabled The Whaler’s Inn to forge partnerships with many local businesses.

She was named one of Southeastern Connecticut’s “40 Under 40” in January of 2016.  Amy is also a four-time Gala Committee member for Always Home, an organization which helps prevent family homelessness.   These organization became near and dear to Amy’s heart after starting a family of her own in 2018.  When not working, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and immersing her 1-year old son, Landry, in all that Mystic has to offer for little ones and adults alike . 

Kerri Barber

Meet the Controller

Kerri Barber, comes to us as the former Financial Manager for Patrick Gallagher Decoratives & Design in Stonington, CT, New York City and Rome.  Throughout her 16 years with the Design firm she also assisted in the coordination of projects in the U.S., London and throughout Europe.  She became a member of the Whaler’s Inn team in February 2015 as an outside contractor, eventually taking on the full-time role as Controller and HR Assistant to the President in June of 2018.

With experience in a multitude of fields, Kerri has also helped in the operation of a family-run restaurant and retail establishment while also working in the education field. She currently operates her own bookkeeping service serving numerous small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Kerri spends her time outside of work volunteering in the local community, boating, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Kari Schoonman

Meet the Guest Services Manager

Kari joins us as Guest Services Manager after a year on our Front Desk Team.  However, as part of our contracted landscaping team, she has been familiar with the property for much longer. Her family’s Landscaping company is responsible for our beautiful flower boxes and gardens!

Kari’s favorite Mystic event is the Festival of Lights at the Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium. She enjoys walking through the windy walkways lined with festive luminarias.  In her free time, Kari enjoys getting out on the water and kayaking or boating.  She also enjoys a good country music concert!

Melanie Phillips

Meet the Housekeeping Supervisor

Melanie has been with the Inn for 15 years, first as a Front Desk Associate, then Shift Supervisor, and now as the Head of Housekeeping and Laundry. If you’ve had a chance to visit us, we are sure you’ve noticed our housekeeping staff’s attention to detail and cleanliness. Melanie brings out the best in her team and takes pride in ensuring that all the guestrooms are spotless and comfortable. When not here at the Inn, she enjoys spending time with her children and, of course, her two lovely grandchildren.

Josh Hall

Meet the Maintenance Supervisor

While Josh is the newest addition to our management team, he has been a Whaler’s Inn staff member for a bit over two years as a Maintenance Associate.  A CT native, Josh moved to Mystic in 2017 with his fiancé and daughter.  When not at the Inn, Josh enjoys visiting the Aquarium with his 6-year old Daughter, Gigi, and kayaking on the Mystic River.  Josh states that his favorite part of running the Maintenance team is that, “Every day bring on new challenges.” Be sure to say hi to Josh during your next visit to the Inn and ask him about his favorite kayak launch spots!