Who is JOE ?


Creative Director 

Mel grew up living all over the world. Mel’s professional background includes executive leadership, marketing, design, and event planning. Mel is a passionate creative; writing, designing, developing and implementing  innovative highly functional retreats and curriculums. 

JOE’s host for The Paris Journey, a Novel idea. Mel has passion for writing and all things Parisian! 

Contact via email; mel@journeyofeight.com

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous…that’s our Mel!

Mel’s Skills

  • Culture 95% 95%
  • Arts 80% 80%
  • Travel 95% 95%


Brand Development and Marketing Director

Genevieve is an analytical artist adventurer with a knack for brand development and keen eye for creative design.  Nurturing a passion for travel; Genevieve is the founder of a web-based female focused travel and adventure brand, called “Lady Adventures“. 

Genevieve is a regular contributor to our retreats as an advisor on writing and branding.

JOE adores this wild woman Adventurer! She is JOE’s inspirational free spirit! email: genevieve@journeyofeight.com

We like to think of Genevieve as the resident Mermaid.


Genevieve’s Skills

  • Cultural Goddess 85% 85%
  • Creativity 90% 90%
  • Adventure 95% 95%


Event Coordinator

Chris is the sweetest person on our team. Full of happiness and calm. Besides her absolute positive zen vibe she gets things DONE!

Chris has 10 years of hospitality and customer service experience, a degree in hospitality management, and she practices daily yoga. Oh yeah, and brews a wicked cup of coffee, herbal tea, and a morning mantra!

Contact Chris via email:chris@journeyofeight.com

Chris is our bliss!


Chris’s Skills

  • World Traveler 65% 65%
  • Customer Care 100% 100%
  • Organized 70% 70%


Back Office Book Man 

Dave is a talented administrator and keeps the back office organized. After spending 12 years as an accountant and business manager; Dave provides personal attention to all clients and vendors.

Originally from Maryland, Dave relocated to Florida in 2000. Dave is dedicated to his family, enjoys travel, and is dedicated to his adorable Wheaton Terrier; Taffy!


P.S. Taffy has Dave wrapped around her little paw!

Dave’s Skills

  • Customer Service 100% 100%
  • Travel 70% 70%
  • Devoted Dog Lover 100% 100%


Creative Specialist, Editorial Staff 

Coralie has over 15 years of experience with writing, editorial, fine arts, art history, collecting, museum curatorial support. She provides advisory assistance strategically with research and finds super cool venue and programmatic opportunity for JOE retreats.

Our retreats are designed and curated as fully immersive experiencial programs and Coralie delivers.

A french native, raised in Africa she has traveled the world, she inspires us all!

Coralie…is pure grace and style.

Coralie’s Skills

  • Art Collecting 89% 89%
  • Research 100% 100%
  • Coffee Connoisseur 70% 70%


Coordinator Extraordinaire

A graduate from Rollins College with a degree in International Business. Stephanie coordinates all writing retreats and The Paris Journey venues.

Most recently Stephanie is expanding her talents working on web design, BLOG writing and social media. WAY TO GO Stephanie!!

Reach this budding star at: stephanie@journeyofeight.com

 Stephanie’s hobby…baking…arguably the most awesome skill on the team!

Stevie’s Skills

  • Adventure 80% 80%
  • Worldly and Wise 85% 85%
  • Customer Care 99% 99%


CEO (Chief Encouragement Orchestrator)

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” JOE’s mascot and favorite team leader.

Founder, fearless protector and admirer of all we do! While an English gentleman through and through; Arthur has a love of all things French! He speaks many languages but prefers Le Français!

Such a worldly fellow, when in doubt…ask Arthur!

To reach Arthur, email woof@journeyofeight.com

Arthur…sensible with a great big heart.

Arthur’s Skills

  • Customer Happiness 80% 80%
  • Barking 30% 30%
  • Tail Wagging 85% 85%

Journey of Eight creative writing; 8 women, 8 days, 8 stories.