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

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

Chris has 10 years of hospitality and customer service experience, a degree in hospitality management, and she practices yoga in the office every morning. Oh yeah, and brews a wicked cup of coffee…although she prefers lemon water and tea…very zen! 

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%


Event Coordinator

Joy is an expert at the art of planning rewarding Events! A working Actor, Event Planner and Social Media Professional. Joy is the “go to” JOE member for Event Planning and Coordination! Joy is a little bit of a perfectionist (just saying), and its a good thing! Someone has to pay attention to all the details.

Joy is our very own “girl next door”, the person to ask when you need a sounding board. Incredibly practical and meticulous. Joy is also goofy enough to put up with the shenanigans of the JOE culture!

Contact Joy via email: joy@journeyofeight.com

A grounded yet totally cool party girl!

Joy’s Skills

  • Travel 70% 70%
  • Social Media 80% 80%
  • Performance Arts 95% 95%


Back Office Book Man 

Dave is a talented administrator and focuses his time on keeping the back office organized. After spending 12 years as a business manager; Dave provides a high quality work with personal attention on clients critical needs. Originally from Maryland, Dave relocated to Florida in 2000. Dave is dedicated to his family, enjoys travel, an athletic outdoor lifestyle and especially time with 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.

Often our venues and inspired destinations include visual arts opportunity 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.