About Us & Our Experts

ShermansTravel Media is a leading publisher of top travel deals and vacation destination advice.

Founded by James Sherman in 2002, ShermansTravel Media has built a loyal audience among travelers who share a passion for the best travel deals on flights, hotels, vacation packages and cruises.

Our experts screen hundreds of travel deals each week and publish the best ones in our flagship product, the popular travel deals e-newsletter, Shermans Top 25, which reaches millions of subscribers every Wednesday. Meanwhile, our team of editors and writers are constantly criss-crossing the globe to bring you the latest travel advice.

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Mark Bloom

President

Mark joined ShermansTravel in 2010 as the Head of Marketing and Business Development prior to being appointed President in 2017. Prior to joining ShermansTravel, he started his early career as a marketer at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where he tapped into his French-speaking skills and culinary interests. An avid traveler, Mark has visited 48 countries and 46 U.S. states (and counting...). When he’s not taming rhinos in Kenya, the New Jersey native is expanding his bucket list and adding to his mental database of airport codes. The fitness enthusiast also continues to grow his arsenal of kitchen tools and hones his culinary passions as an active home cook.

Lauren Dana

Editorial Assistant

Lauren is ShermansTravel's Editorial Assistant and a graduate of Syracuse University. (Go orange!) Lauren is a Long Island native who enjoys online shopping, exploring NYC, and — of course — booking spontaneous weekend trips. Her travel bucket list includes Egypt, Greece, Australia, Iceland, and Italy. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @laurenvdana.

Anne Roderique-Jones

Contributing Editor

Anne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a column in SELF and is a contributor to USA TODAY and Apartment Therapy. Her writing has appeared in the print and/or online versions of Conde Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Town & Country, Saveur, Southern Living, Marie Claire, Men's Health, and The Knot, among other outlets, and has been nationally syndicated.

Christina Garofalo

Contributing Editor

Christina is a Brooklyn-based writer covering travel, food, and culture. Follow her travels on Instagram at @C_Gar8.

Jaymie DeGaetano

Director of Client Experience & Products

Jaymie has been with ShermansTravel's deals team for more than six years, most recently as Director of Account Management. Jaymie grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Over the last decade, he has traveled to more than a dozen countries, with Brooklyn, New York as his home base.

Christine Dayao

Lead Account Manager

Christine Dayao is ShermansTravel's resident Disney expert, who recently achieved her dream of becoming a Disney Vacation Club member. When she's not planning a trip to Walt Disney World or writing about the Most Magical Place on Earth, find her exploring the Big Apple or spending downtime with family and friends.

Kelly Wilkinson

Project Manager

Kelly is a Tampa native who studied at the University of Central Florida before moving to Brooklyn. Her favorite trips so far have been Seoul, South Korea, and driving the length of the Pacific Coast Highway. When she's not traveling, she can be found at the nearest coffee shop.

Christian Vargas

Account Coordinator

Christian is a New York City native and an avid New York Yankees fan. His favorite trips so far have been to Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. When he's not traveling, he can be found exploring the wonders of the tri-state area with family and friends.

Rachel Friedman

Account Coordinator

Rachel is a Long Island native who joined ShermansTravel this past year. She caught the travel bug at an early age and has since traveled to over a dozen countries. When she isn’t thinking of her next adventure or when the Mets will win their next game, you can find her baking for her family and friends.

Whitney Man

Sales Director

Whitney is Sales Director at ShermansTravel and has been in media ad sales for 10 years. Previously, she worked on brands such as Men’s Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, In Touch, Life & Style, and more. In 2017, Whitney left her job to fulfill her dream of traveling to Europe, where she visited 25 cities in four months. When she’s not working, you can find Whitney reading, listening to true crime podcasts, cooking, and eating her way around the world, one country at a time.

Cathy Goepfert

Sales Director

Cathy is a native Long Islander and loves any destination by the water. She joined ShermansTravel this year as a Sales Director in the NYC office. She's had an extensive career in media and platform sales and has worked with companies including The New York Times, Penske Media, and Meredith Corporation. Her next bucket-list destination is South Africa.

Brian Fisher

Sales Director

Brian brings over 25 years of media experience to ShermansTravel. After visiting Bora Bora and snorkeling among rays and sharks, Brian fell in love with traveling. Brian has since transferred his passion for travel onto his son; each year, they take an annual summer baseball trip to visit various MLB ballparks. His goal is to travel to all of them (he's halfway there!).

Hugo Bento

Web and Product Developer

Hugo has been working as a web and product developer for 13 years, and has a university degree in design. He’s passionate about creating good and beautiful products. He also loves gadgets and electric vehicles. Pretty soon, Hugo hopes to commute to work via an electric unicycle. Hugo is based on Portugal and enjoys travel. Last year, he took a three-week road trip through Italy. He loves the beach in the summer, and, in the winter, loves to snowboard. In the coming years, Hugo hopes to explore southeast Asia.

Nuno Duarte

Web and Product Developer

Nuno’s web development career started in 2011, and he joined the ShermansTravel team in 2015. His preferred method of transportation is by motorcycle, but for long distances, he likes to travel by plane. In his spare time, Nuno enjoys playing board games with friends and family.

Katy Borisova

Senior Marketing Analyst

Katy is a Senior Marketing Analyst and has been with ShermansTravel since 2012. Her favorite destination to visit is the Pacific Northwest. Katy has spent time living in New York, Colorado, Washington, and North Carolina. Her bucket-list travel destinations include Hawaii and Japan.

Gregory Kehres

Integrated Marketing Manager

Greg has lived in NYC for over 16 years and is proud to call himself a "New Yorker." Throughout his professional career, Greg feels fortunate to work with companies that he's loved, and is excited that his newest venture involves all things travel.

Ismael Araujo

Assistant Marketing Manager

A Brazilian native, Ismael speaks four languages and is a frequent globetrotter. So far, he's visited 20 countries (his favorite was Greece). Next up on his bucket list? A trip to Southeast Asia.

Greg Koizim

Director of Email, CRM & Retention

Greg — a.k.a. the Well-Traveled Fella — is ShermansTravel’s resident CRM guru. When he’s not knee-deep in code or analyzing data, you will undoubtedly find him either tending to his gardens at his country house in the Catskills or on an airplane bound for Europe or the West Coast. His most memorable travel experience to-date is trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Argentine Andes. Follow him on Instagram at @well_traveled_fella.

Aleksandr Froymchuk

Staff Accountant

Aleksandr joined ShermansTravel Media as a staff accountant. He comes to us from Louise Blouin Media, an art magazine and book publishing company. In his free time, he likes to explore different destinations with his husband and son. He said that the most unreal experience for him was to see an alligator in the St. Lucie River at the ClubMed resort just this past year.

Aaron Saunders
After a career editing animated television shows, Aaron Saunders pursued his love of ships and the sea. He writes regularly about the cruise industry for the Vancouver Province newspaper, Canadian Traveller, Avid Cruiser, River Cruise Advisor, and USA Today. He is the author of two books on maritime history: Giants of the Seas (Seaforth Publishing, 2013) and Stranded (Dundurn Press, 2015). When not at sea, he makes his home in the land-locked city of Calgary, Canada.
Amanda Kreuser
Amanda Pressner Kreuser has worked at Shape, Self, and Men’s Fitness magazines, and contributed to Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Food & Wine. She is the author of “The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.”
Ann Abel
Ann Abel is a Brooklyn-based travel writer who specializes in luxury, adventure, and wellness travel. Her work has appeared in ForbesLife, Afar, Departures, Robb Report, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Islands, Brides, Outside Online, Yahoo Travel, Well+Good, and others.
Anne Roderique-Jones
Anne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a column in SELF and is a contributor to USA TODAY and Apartment Therapy.
Christina Garofalo
Christina is a Brooklyn-based writer, covering travel, food, and culture. Follow her travels on Instagram at @C_Gar8.
Christine Dayao
Christine Dayao is ShermansTravel's resident Disney expert, who recently achieved her dream of becoming a Disney Vacation Club member.
Christine Ongsueng
Christine Ongsueng is the former social media editor of ShermansCruise and a New York City-based contributor to the site.
Clark Norton
Clark Norton, a longtime contributor to Porthole cruise magazine, has also written numerous cruising features for The Washington Post Magazine, EnCompass, Bridal Guide, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and other publications.
David Molyneaux
David G. Molyneaux is a Cleveland-based cruise writer who, for more than 24 years, was Travel Editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.
Elizabeth Hey
Elizabeth Hey is a Missouri-based travel journalist who also writes for AAA Living, AAA Home & Away, Group Travel Leader, Select Traveler, Going on Faith, and Small Market Meetings, among others.
Gary Buchanan
Scottish-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 22 years contributing to leading British publications. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.
Gayle Keck
Travel and food writer Gayle Keck has contributed to Afar, National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She lives in San Francisco and has sipped fermented mare’s milk in Kyrgyzstan, dug truffles in Italy, picked grapes in Champagne, and munched her way through every continent except Antarctica.
Heidi Sarna
Heidi Sarna is a Singapore-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Condé Nast Traveler, USA Today, and Brides.
Jason Leppert
Jason Leppert is a San Diego-based writer who also contributes to Travel Pulse, Travel Channel, and Porthole magazine.
Jaymie DeGaetano
Jaymie has been with ShermansTravel's deals team for more than six years. Over the last decade, he has traveled to more than a dozen countries.
Jenna Mahoney
Jenna Mahoney is a Brooklyn-based travel editor, lifestyle writer, and the author of Small Apartment Hacks. She has been on staff at Bridal Guide and Fitness and her work has appeared in Shape, Self, Allure, Redbook, and New York.
Joe Yogerst
California-based Joe Yogerst is a former contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler and Islands magazine. He has also written for National Geographic, CNN Travel, the International Herald Tribune, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.
John Roberts
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has worked at The Virginian-Pilot and Coloradoan.
Judi Cuervo
Judi Cuervo is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise whose work has also appeared in Porthole, Bridal Guide, and Gotham. She met her husband aboard Holland America’s Statendam and was married aboard Celebrity Galaxy.
Kelly Wilkinson
Kelly works on the deals production team at ShermansTravel. Her favorite trips so far have been to Seoul, South Korea, and driving down the Pacific Coast Highway.
Kelsy Chauvin
Kelsy Chauvin is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, arts and culture, food and wine, nightlife, and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.
Kim MacKinnon
Kim Foley MacKinnon is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe, AAA Horizons, Travel + Leisure, and USA Today.
Kristen O'Neal
Kristen O’Neal is a freelance writer and editorial intern at ShermansCruise. She loves writing about media, culture, religion, and, of course, travel. Her work has appeared in publications such as American Way, City Guide, and Relevant.
Lana Gates
Lana Gates lives in sunny — but landlocked — Phoenix, where she prowls for dangling modifiers and split infinitives as a copy editor for ShermansCruise.
Laura Manske
Laura Manske is a New York-based writer who has contributed to Redbook, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Parenting, and Family Circle. Her book, “Family Travel: The Farther You Go, the Closer You Get,” is an anthology of stories about how travel can inspire and impact loved ones of all ages.
Laura Motta
Laura Motta has been with ShermansTravel since 2011 and has served as its Director of Publishing since 2014. Follow her travels on Instagram at @lauramariamotta.
Lauren Dana
Lauren Dana is Shermans Travel's editorial assistant and resident social media extraordinaire. Keep up with her latest adventures on Instagram at @laurenvdana.
Mat Probasco
Originally from Oregon, Mat is a journalism grad from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He wrote for small newspapers and the Associated Press in the Virgin Islands for many years before moving to New York. He has also lived and worked in Hong Kong.
Matt Villano
Matt Villano is a California-based contributor who also writes for The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Entrepreneur, Afar, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Matthew Wexler
Matthew Wexler is a New York City-based travel and lifestyle writer. Read more of his work at wexlerwrites.com and follow him on social media at @wexlerwrites.
Michelle Baran
Michelle Baran is a San Francisco-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com.
Nancy Dunn
Nancy Dunn is a Vancouver-based travel writer who — along with co-author and husband, Bob — also writes for Canadian newspaper chain Postmedia.
Peter Knego
California-based Peter Knego writes for Travel Weekly, Cruise Travel, Ocean & Cruise News, USA Today, and Porthole. Knego also runs midshipcentury.com, which offers midcentury cruise ship furniture and artwork rescued from the shipbreaking yards.
Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose writes the Dynasties column for The Wall Street Journal and is author of “For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History” (Viking/Penguin). She also writes for The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, and Departures and won a 2014 Lowell Thomas Award for her work in Outside. Rose is currently working on her second book and intends to spend a lot of time researching aboard cruise ships.
Sherry Laskin
Sherry Laskin is a Florida-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com who has also written for Porthole, USA Today, and Travel Weekly.
Shevin Tantula
Shevin discovered his love for travel at a young age, regularly visiting his family's homeland of Sri Lanka, and often stopping in Europe en-route. A voracious traveler, Shevin has visited 35 countries across six continents.
Stacey Zable
Stacey Zable is a New York City-based travel writer who has also written for Travel + Leisure, Spa, Food & Wine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Islands.
Susan Moynihan
Florida-based Susan Moynihan previously served as the travel editor at Condé Nast’s Elegant Bride and editor in chief of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. She has also written for Parenting, Woman’s Day, and Spa.
Suzanne Kelleher
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher has contributed to Travel + Leisure, FoxNews.com, Good Housekeeping, Parents, DisneyFamily.com, Cigar Aficionado, The Boston Globe, and Parenting. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Theodore Scull
Theodore W. Scull is a New York City-based travel writer who has written several books on transatlantic crossings, including “Ocean Liner Odyssey” and “Ocean Liner Twilight.” He has been cruising since he was a teenager.
Theresa Masek
Theresa Norton Masek is a Chicago-based writer who also serves as the executive editor at travAlliancemedia.
Yolanda Crous
Yolanda Crous is a Texas-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com. The former Features and Travel Director at Brides magazine, she’s also written for Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.