Biography

Every journey is different. Here's a bit of Ours.

Advisors, Mentors & Collaborators

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Communications & Outreach

Alexis Tyler Austin

Alexis T. Austin

(She/Her)

A writer who plays dress up as an Education Specialist and Crisis Counselor. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting at-risk youth and underserved communities.

She is fluent in laughter with a rather ribald sense of humor. Teaching pays the bills, but travel creates the thrills that make life worth living. Many of her journeys are solo and she prefers all things un-touristy. She’s made perfume in Paris, created lipstick in San Francisco, and unknowingly avoided a scam in Egypt by opting out of a camel ride.

She is a dreamer committed to sating her heart’s appetite for travel, culture immersion, arts, and all things posh. She is the ultimate foodie and searches restaurants immediately after booking flight and lodging (Mary had a little lamb, but Alexis had a lot). When she is not creating lesson plans or extinguishing fires (that are the tax one pays for having a pulse and breathing), she is studying airfare and seeking new hacks for travel.

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Culture & Learning

Cheyenne Deutscher

Cheyenne Deutscher

(She/Her)

Born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Cheyenne’s 14+ years of working in classrooms and a BA in Early childhood education helped sharpen her advocacy and others develop themselves. She now spends her days sharing these skills as a technical recruiter.

Cheyenne is passionate about leaving the world a little better with each interaction, in making authentic connections, and loving on all the animals in the processes. She lives in Silicon with her husband John and two cats Harley and Riley.

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Hospitality & Service

Karen Michelle TerMaat

Karen M. TerMaat

(She/Her)

A veteran within the hospitality industry who thrives on helping to create memorable moments for others. My 31+ years in this space has fed my need to be of service to others very well.

A single mom who is always looking for ways to make the world a more beautiful place for my children to live their lives in. My 19+ years in this space has had me doing much philanthropy and activism towards better things on the daily, which also feeds my soul very well.

A lover of art, music, travel and good food. My 53 yr journey in life so far has taught me that seeking out the things that I love is a much needed thing for my mental and emotional well being. I make things. I dance and sing. I get up and go places. And I eat and drink delicious things. This keeps me excited for the what's next, even when life gets bumpy. And with 2.5 years post cancer, I've amped that practice up a bit, and life just keeps getting more awesome on the daily.

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Health & Safety

Rebecca Tyler Alvino

Rebecca T. Alvino

(She/Her)

Born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in a town that may literally have more cows than people. A surgical nurse, board-certified infection preventionist, and healthcare leader by trade, whose career led her to a "Nurse Nomad" lifestyle. A forever student of life and learning, an explorer of new locales, off-the-beaten path jaunts, and enriching experiences (like watching a random pick-up soccer game on Isla Mujeres, meandering through the streets of Nassau, and finding an unexpected peace in the beauty and tranquility of the San Xavier del Bac Mission during a solo desert drive). A novice (at best) photographer with dreams of someday achieving National Geographic-quality snapshots of the awe that is nature. Solo or with others, travel provides an outlet for Rebecca to continue evolving as a human.

During her days as a Nurse Nomad, Rebecca had the opportunity to connect with a lot of fantastic people that she would call friends, including Daryl and Jason. While working and living in the summer desert of Southern California, Rebecca crossed paths with the man that would eventually become her life's partner and father to their sweet yet spicy child. With their dog Carlos in tow, they made their way back to the San Francisco Bay Area to settle, and Rebecca continued cultivating relationships with friends from her Nurse Nomad years in the Bay Area while forging new friendships and blazing her professional path in a top 10 academic health system. Throughout, her explorations have continued, taking an approach geared more towards family outings, hopeful to develop a passion for exploring and learning in her child, and still seeking out those locales that are off-the-beaten path when traveling solo, with partner, or with family (like winning a fresh tropical and chocolate jackpot on a family-run farm in Kauai, ducking into a fantastic random noodle house in Hilo to get out of the rain, or being drawn into a random New Orleans bar by a brassy, new age rendition of the theme song to "Star Trek").

Rebecca loves her family, her New York sports teams (Yankees and Rangers!), mindless and sometimes sophomoric comedy, planning the next trip, scoring hot travel deals, and reading novels on everything from tracking pan-resistant superbugs to Steinbeck. While she embraces a broad spectrum of musical genres, there will always be a toss-up of who the greatest rock band of all time is for her: The Beatles or Led Zeppelin.

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Hospitality & Service

Mariah Raftree

Mariah Raftree

(She/Her)

I am a sales and marketing executive who works along side business owners to help define their offerings into the marketplace, systematize their organizations and then grow the business.  I am also a co-owner of a charter sailing yacht in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I believe business can be used as a force for positive change in the world.  Most of my work in the last 20 years has been in local and sustainable food development and tourism.

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Health & Safety

Richard Gregory

Richard Gregory

(He/Him)

For over 25 years, my teams and I have created beautiful cakes both in the United States and internationally. I proudly rebranded, led and represented the Sprinkles Custom Cakes brand, an icon in the Central Florida cake and events community since 1989. I am a true believer in exceptional and memorable customer service. My tenures at The Ritz Carlton NYC, The Four Seasons NYC, Westin Seattle, and Hilton International Puerto Rico have provided the blueprint for the level of care and attention to detail that I seek to provide clients and vendors alike.
 
Now in the medical field, I continue to focus on taking a personal and detail-oriented approach to customer interaction when welcoming patients

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Hospitality & Service

Frank van Schie

Frank van Schie

(He/Him)

I’ve always been amazed by digital technologies and the problems it can solve, it’s what got me into the field.

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UX Designer

Zac Seidner

Zac Seidner

(He/Him)

UX/UI Designer with a passion for creating unique and powerful products focused on pleasing user's needs!

I come from a background of about 8 years in digital marketing in the power sports industry. I've paired my experience with my skillset in UX to help businesses build more intuitive products and understand the needs of their customers better.

Transitioning into the role of a UX Designer felt very natural for me as I've been building strategies and products for users most of my career!

Being the first Digital Marketing hire at Bert's Mega Mall 8 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to wear many hats while building our marketing strategy and team. The more exposure I had to conduct user research and really keeping user-empathy at the focus of my team, One of the accomplishments I am really proud of was identifying a need to upgrade our phone sales system, based on user feedback, and implementing a new online system that effectively generated an additional 1.4M in revenue, and made ordering more intuitive for our user-base.

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Business Development

Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith

(He/Him)

Al has over 15 of experience as a serial Entrepreneur and Startup Founder with a track record of successful exits. Prior to working in early stage ventures, Al worked in Institutional Finance, assisting in capital raising efforts for companies in both the public and private markets through private placements, 144A transactions, IPOs, and follow-on offerings in industries spanning Technology, Defense, Industrials, FIG and Healthcare.

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Business Development

Stone Hazlett

Stone Hazlett

(He/Him)

Prior to entering the private sector, Stone served as a USAF Combat Controller for eight years alongside Special Operations Forces in multiple combat theaters around the world. Following his service in the USAF, Stone found a home for his world class communication skills and his go-getter drive as an Account Executive and has been submerged in the technology business development sector, with experience managing $100M+ books of combined business for OEM and Government entities.

Founders

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Cheif Executive Officer & Founder

Jason Michael Golden

Jason M. Golden

(They/Them)

A Neuro-Divergent User Advocate with a professional background in Healthcare Information Technologies. My 42 year journey has passed through Project Management, Business Analyst, Care Coordinator, and Child of a Strong, Independent Woman.

Like many of you, I've discovered my true value and chose to take a leadership role in leveraging my strengths for the betterment of my Community and Humanity as a whole.

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Cheif Technology Officers & Co-Founder

Yvo Götz van der Vet

Yvo Götz

(He/Him)

An experienced software engineer, born with a passion for computer science. Building a career in software development for over 15 years. 

Freelancer, with large skillset ranging from project management and VFX to robotics. 

A creative digital nomad looking for new challenges and travel destinations. 

“I have a strong drive to make things and people lives better. Thats why I constantly challenge myself to make the world a better place”

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Chief Operations Officer & Co-Founder

Daryl J Smith

Daryl Smith

(He/Him)

Born and raised in upstate New York, I had an idyllic childhood. Our family enjoyed many outdoor recreational activities including camping, fishing and hunting to name a few. I was an Eagle Scout and joined the USAF when I was 18 and trained as a Surgical Services Specialist (Surgical Technician) which is a profession that I enjoy to this day when not collaborating on Day Dream.

Jason and I met in Florida in 1998 and we have been inseparable since. We have always enjoyed traveling and found ourselves in Hawai’i quite often. We are even lucky enough now to call Hawai’i home.

I dream of the day when travel plans are made in ONE easy, fun, and personalized space. I hope you will join us on this great adventure.