Founder and CEO
Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. She comes from a background in international development and community building, working on the One Laptop per Child project in São Tomé and around the Caribbean, then serving at Rotary International as a regional grants officer. She has also worked at a number of international organizations such as Voice of America and the Embassy of Portugal.
In 2014, Beth was named by the White House as one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, she was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact. In 2016, she was selected as a prestigious Zell Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, where she received her MBA, and was listed as one of the 50 Influential People in Tech to follow by BuiltInChicago.
Beth is originally from New Hampshire and has lived in Washington, DC; Coimbra, Portugal; Topsail Island, North Carolina; and Chicago, with briefer stints in São Tomé and Haiti. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
Blogger Relationships Manager
WITS Conference Director
Marissa’s love for travel was sparked when she studied abroad, an experience that inspired her to launch her travel blog, Little Things Travel. Most recently she worked in marketing and served as an advisor in international education. Although she grew up in Chicago, Marissa is now based in Boulder, Colorado where you can usually find her skiing, hiking, or biking when she’s not traveling.
WITS Creative Director
Ariel is a queer writer, activist, and traveler who grew up outside of NYC and lived in Boston and the southeast Netherlands before settling in Brooklyn. She runs digital strategy for an LGBTQ-focused social justice nonprofit and is Wanderful‘s community manager. She also consults, eats a lot of chocolate, and blogs on body acceptance and travel, but most often dreams of running away to Paris (and is frequently a mouse-click away from booking a one-way ticket).
WITS Sponsorship Chair
Ana is a Chicago-based entrepreneur and creator of the travel blog, The City Sidewalks. She comes from a background of fashion marketing, sales, and business management. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys trying new foods and hunting down designer goods at thrift stores around the city.
WITS Operations & Logistics Chair
Boston Chapter Co-Organizer
Sara is a travel enthusiast, coordinator at heart and lover of all things travel related. Based in Boston, she is lucky enough to travel within the States for work, but jumps at the chance to hop across the pond whenever possible. She went on her first 2 week solo trip to Germany and Ireland in 2014 after becoming inspired by a Wanderful-hosted event on the subject the previous year! Sara is also inspired by the idea of traveling within your own city, continually seeking to find all the hidden gems that Boston has to offer!
WITS PR/Marketing Chair
The resident Canuck, Erin is currently based in Toronto but has previously lived in Ottawa, the U.K., France, and most recently Thailand, where she worked in online travel marketing and navigated eating Thai food with a peanut allergy. With a background in human geography and journalism, Erin loves to meet and learn from people around the globe. Her life goals include mastering the Spanish language and going wine tasting in every possible country.
Lauren fell in love with travel ever since her first international trip to Ireland in 2010 for a summer study abroad. Since then, Lauren has spent time backpacking around Europe after college, and teaching abroad in Morocco. In her spare time, Lauren is constantly looking for flights to a new destination.
Hailing from Plano, Texas, Ashley got her first taste of travel in 2013, when she attended a civil engineering program in Ciudad Real, Spain. Since then, she has added 15 more countries to her list. When at home base, Ashley designs bridges throughout the state of Texas and dabbles in the startup world.
Svitlana Ramer was born and raised in Ukraine and moved to the US to pursue graduate education in tourism. She is now organizing the local chapter of Wanderful, lecturing at Texas A&M, and launching her own holistic health business.
Demea Metcalf is a seasoned hospitality professional who likes to try anything new. She also has a techie background, so she sometimes wishes she could integrate into a Star Trek Voyager episode and make space tourism an affordable reality, but until then, roaming the globe is the next best thing.
Beeni’s first international travel experience was when she moved from South India to New York at the age of 10. This began her lifelong love for travel. She’s currently a project manager in Midtown Manhattan, while also a part-time trip planner for her family trip-planning business, Javian Travels, for travelers to South Asia.
Carrie Herrera Niesen
Carrie is a social commerce entrepreneur, international educator, and communications + marketing professional. Midwestern raised and Phoenix based, Carrie enjoys the heck out of her day job convincing university students to study abroad who haven’t yet discovered international travel.
Wanderful Kuala Lumpur
Jerusha has always dreamed of travelling around the world. She is the organizer of the first Wanderful chapter in Asia and hopes to create a strong support community and inspire many young women in Asia to be able to travel confidently. Her passion for travel is only rivaled with her passion for food-hopping in Kuala Lumpur.
Wanderful San Diego
Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management and has been living abroad for years- London, Berlin and now based in Madrid. She is originally from Tenerife, Canary Islands.
When she is not traveling, she is thinking about her next trip or writing articles for her blog about travel and expat life, Hashtag #Viajeros.
Alana hails from Toronto, Canada and loves to see and do as much as she can. In her spare time she can be found adventuring, trying new foods and laughing at a good joke. When she’s not scouring discount flight websites or meeting with friends she blogs about her adventures on her website, Adventure Spices.
Wanderful Wilmington (Delaware)
Sapphire Kharyzma is an accomplished travel, beauty and lifestyle writer, photographer and creative designer, using the power of travel, beauty, style, and sisterhood to empower girls and women. Sapphire can be seen trending on Queens of Virtue: Travel. Beauty. Style. She’s the Chic Executive Officer of the Queens of Virtue brand – a social benefit corporation – and the Executive Director of Crowns of Glory INTL Ministries.
Ivy Morris is a travel writer and editor who firmly believes in the power of travel making you a good person. Wherever she roams, Tucson’s home.
Originally from Toronto, Monique moved to Vancouver to be closer to the mountains, and she spends every moment she can hiking up them, skiing down them, enjoying sunrises from their summits and bathing in their crystal-clear lakes. When she isn’t working or in the mountains, you can find Monique running along the seawall, sharing a bottle of Argentinian Malbec with friends, or exploring her creative side at a local coffee shop.
Wanderful Washington, D.C.
Christine is a travel enthusiast, who’s first adventures included driving up and down the West Coast in a boat-sized station wagon. She loves contributing to Wanderful by expanding its reach through its chapters. A Seattle native and current DC resident, she loves to boast she’s now lived on both coasts!
Wanderful Kansas City
Alyssa is a writer and storyteller, drawn to all things adventure. Her passions for culture, yoga and scuba diving have taken her through more than two dozen countries, with longer stints in Austria, Thailand and India. Between travels, home remains in Kansas City, where Sunday brunch is a weekly staple, puppy kisses are at arms reach and there’s no such thing as too much BBQ!
Born and raised in Texas, Stephanie is an administrative professional in Dallas who is curious about language and culture. She enjoys discovering new cities and towns, but never passes up an opportunity to travel to her favorite, San Francisco. As a runner and avid cyclist, she has found both to be a great way to explore new places and meet locals.
Wanderful San Francisco
Reneé is southern girl at heart, having grown up in South Carolina, but she’s been in SF 8 years now and definitely feels like a SF local. She gets pretty antsy if she doesn’t get out of the city often, so she tries to leave at least two weekends a month to do something fun somewhere else! Her day job is in business strategy and she love to work to make people’s day jobs more fun and interesting everyday. She’s excited to restart the Wanderful San Francisco chapter to find likeminded women who are looking to go out and have adventures, and to enjoy the amazing city we already live in!
A native New Englander, Katie caught the wanderbug soon after moving to South Korea. After four years living in and exploring Asia, she’s back in Boston working for a hospitality non-profit. Work isn’t everything, so spare time goes to her family, her blog, exercise, looking up cheap flights, and Snapchatting all the far-away friends she’s met along the way!
Jenna is a copywriter and enthusiastic traveler. Some of her favorite memories have been
made while living in the back of a minivan in New Zealand, trekking to the top of Morocco’s
tallest peak, and housesitting in rural England. After a year spent traveling full-time, she is now
exploring Boston, her new home base. Originally from Colorado, Jenna loves hiking, running,
and paddle-boarding, but is equally happy searching for the best local bookstores and
coffee shops. She spends most of her downtime is searching for flights to faraway places.
Jenny is a master’s graduate in international relations and has lived in Italy and Spain, among other places. By day, she works for an international development contractor and by night, she dallies between indie concerts, local brews, and Netflix. As a Midwest native, she always makes equal time to travel the world and to travel home.
Dina Yuen is a serial entrepreneur who founded her first business at 7 years old. Yuen went on to found three successful companies after studying Industrial Engineering and Operations Management at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She led her first company- Dragon Music International at 20 years old, netting US $20 million in under three years. With AsianFusion, she became an international bestselling cookbook author, widely respected lifestyle journalist of hotel, restaurant and product reviews and interviewer of leaders, with over 300,000 global fans. As Vice President of Business Development and Acquisitions at Arcadia Chandra International, Dina played an instrumental role in negotiating acquisitions of luxury hotels as well as developing successful rebranding strategies.
Prior to founding KYC Hospitality, Yuen held the CEO position at AsianFusion simultaneous with the Chief of Staff position at Arcadia Chandra International, where both companies allowed her to establish invaluable connections with hotel owners and managers while witnessing critical issues in the hospitality industry.She is a regular contributor to The Next Women business magazine, a speaker on women and travel issues, and holds Board of Director and Advisory roles in Arcadia Chandra International, non-profit organization SheHeroes and women-focused travel startup Wanderful.
Jessica Ainlay is a trilingual tech-focused content creator and strategist with an expertise in travel and an entrepreneur’s heart. Jessica lived abroad and/or traveled nomadically for over 15 years in Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia and North America as the founder of GlobetrotterGirls, one of the world’s top travel blogs for women. Now, Jessica is a serial blogpreneur launching great hits such as Two Mommies, Out With It and 77cents.io, a mentorship program for female entrepreneurs. During the day, she serves as the Content and Community Engagement Manager for Downtown Brooklyn.