Mayté Rodríguez Cedillo
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Born and educated in England, Pat Tyson traveled around Europe, lived for a year in Lausanne, Switzerland, perfecting her French. In search of a new life, she moved to the United States in the early 60s. Landing in Chicago, she worked for two large advertising agencies, then later moved to San Diego where again academia called and she earned a master’s in telecom and film at SDSU. She taught college journalism 10 years, as well as joining San Diego Home/ Garden magazine when it was first published in 1979. As Executive Editor, Pat has written for Traveler Publications since the beginning in 1998, traveling to many wondrous spots in Mexico to write about them. The journey by train through the spectacular Copper Canyon was unforgettable; the dolphins cavorting around the boat in the Sea of Cortés – thrilling! She has never ceased to be enchanted by the people, cuisine and scenic beauty of Mexico. Now she lives in New Jersey; still loves to write – and enjoy her grandchildren.
Karin Leperi is an award-winning writer and photographer with an admitted passion for diverse cultures and the natural environment. With specialties ranging from travel, cuisine and culture to entertainment, natural resources and the environment, she enjoys crafting her words and articles around images of people and places. Karin has been a Traveler Publications Associate Executive Editor for almost eleven years now and is excited about the growth and 18 diffusion the magazines have attained.
Beth Purcell Cordasco
Beth has a Masters degree in Latin American Studies, and delights in both reading about and traveling to all parts of the region. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, from summer-long stays to study Spanish in Guadalajara (where she met her husband, in fact!), to long weekends in Los Cabos – she loves it all. Oaxaca, Tulum, and Zihuatanejo are three of her favorite spots, and a month- long mexican yoga retreat is about the best thing she can imagine. Beth is the editorial director of a medical publishing company, and has written various health and lifestyle pieces for travel magazines and websites such as Travel Hat, Mexico Traveler, Baja Traveler and more. Mexico is a subject that Beth loves to write about, as its beauty and slower pace of life are two things she greatly values. Additionally, the warmth of the Mexican people cannot be matched, and, well, who doesn’t love a perfect margarita?
Rick Stedman is an experienced freelance writer and editor from Yakima, Washington. He’s traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, and has lived in Africa and the Middle East. A regular visitor tothe Baja region, Rick has written numerous golf and travel features for a variety of publications, including RV Life magazine, The Oregonian, Golf Online, Marine Digest, Snowshoemagazine, Visit Los Cabos, Best Places Northwest, iGolf.com and Your Health. When not traveling or writing, Rick loves to read, golf, and snowshoe. Rick is excited to join Traveler Publications!
As an award-winning journalist for a variety of publications, Sylvia Mendoza believes in the power of the writ- ten word and that every person has a story to tell. Her passion is writ- ing feature stories andprofiles that bring out the best of people. She learns something from every person she inter- views, every topic she researches—women’s issues, human interest, diversity, education, and success stories. As a Navy brat, she lived in Hawaii, Guam and later, Puerto Rico; perhaps that is why traveling is another passion—but she always loves coming home to San Diego. Sylvia serves as president of Southern Califor- nia Media Professionals, is the author of The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength & Success, and several novels, and is now thrilled to write for Mexico Traveler and Baja Traveler magazines.
Stacie Gottsegen is a television producer, writer and culinary junkie. She began her career at NBC Burbank with “Baja Traveler” publisher Mayté Rodríguez Cedillo…Their bondwassealedthedaytheyputontheir navy blue page uniforms. Stacie is the co- founder of Brune/Gottsegen Entertainment, a production company that specializes in talk,realityandfoodprogramming.Anative “Angeleno” known for her calm demeanor and her sense of humor, Stacie lives in Brentwood, California with her fiancé, Gregory Gieras. Stacie is thrilled to be contributing to both Baja Traveler and Mexico Traveler as the “Celebrity Correspondent.”
Mario is currently studying at San Diego State University and working for his undergraduate degree… As if this wasn’t enough, he is working part time at Traveler Publications and helping out in every aspect of the business – primarily in the accounting, art and editorial departments… How he manages to get so much work done – is impressive! We are extremely grateful for all the long hours he contributes and we can’t wait for him to be with us full time J His latest passion – is his newest acquisition – his 800 BMW.
Born in San Diego, Cali- fornia and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jeanie Casison was on the move start- ing at an early age when family trips brought her everywhere from the provinces of the Far East to the amusement parks of Florida. After gradu- ating from New York University, Casison was fortunate to find a writing job that allowed her to pursue her passion for foreign places and revel- ing in new experiences. Over the years she has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North America, South America, the Middle East and the Caribbean to cover destination devel- opments. During a brief stint as senior writer for NYC & Company, the official tourism marketing of New York City, Casison worked behind the scenes to bring more visitors to the Big Apple, where she currently resides. Casison considers watching the whales of Cabo, visiting Petra in Jordan, and shopping in Hong Kong and São Paulo, Brazil among her favorite pursuits on her growing list of travel adventures. Jeanie enjoys writing forTraveler Publications as she is a fre- quent traveler to Mexico.
Travel writer Katie McElveen has spent the last ten years covering the globe for publications like Real Simple, Business Traveler, Town & Country, Destination Wed- dings & Honeymoons, Modern Bride and AAA Go. McElveen’s travel adventures started at the age of 17 when, en route from Maryland to a family vacation in coastal South Carolina, she ended up lost in rural North Carolina. She eventually found her way to Charleston and liked it so much that she eventually married a South Carolinian and moved to the Palmetto state. McElveen has always loved Mexico, from her first visit, when she was invited to a beachfront hacienda and discovered lion and tiger cubs roaming the house, to her most re- cent, in Cabo San Lucas, where she watched, in awe, as half a dozen whales spent nearly half an hour frolicking just yards from the shore. Although McElveen usually sticks to wine and Mexican beer (Pacifico is her favorite), she en- joyed her research for her story about Clase Azul tequila tremendously and is thrilled to be writing for BajaTraveler.
Nina is a long time fan of B.C.S. She moved to Todos Santos with her family from Seattle 22 years ago, calling both the U.S. and Mexico home. Her love for Baja is deeply rooted in the community, nature and culture. Three years ago, Nina’s passion for Baja blossomed into her business, Paraiso Adventures. Nina now resides in NYC, visits Baja frequently, and curates wellness travel around the world. Nina enjoyed writing two articles for this current edition – Baja Travelin’ and Baja Bounces Back.
Jeanette Sánchez start- ed her career as a Jour- nalist in Tijuana back in 1999 as part of a jour- nalism team for News- papers Healy where she colaborated for nine years. She started out as a reporter and eventually became an editor. (Ironi- cally enough she interviewed our Publisher back when BajaTraveler first launched.) In 2008 she becomes a free lancer and has been colaborating since then in special suplements, specialized mag- azines and within the coordination in the area of communications for the festival EnTijuanarte, Color is Baja in Tijuana, Mexico and Two Eales/ Dos Aguilas in San Diego, CA. Sánchez also co- laborates for D’Garay Public Relations. Dur- ing 2011 she was co-editor for a newspaper in Oaxaca, Mexico called El Imparcial. She is passionate about cultural journalism and the difusión of positive news between our borders- Tijuana and San Diego. Sánchez is excited to start collaborating with BajaTraveler.
Mariano has been working as a professional photographer, which has been his passion for more than 20 years. Mariano began his career photographing a variety of subjects, like car racing, models and Mexican artists. He was the official photographer for the Champ Car World Series racing circuit, as well as the Mexican Tennis Federation. His photography has been widely published in various magazines, newspapers, collector books and year books, like Ford Mexico 50-Year edition, Tennis Year Book 1999 and Canon Calendar 2007. He also served as a photographer with high end magazines like Auto Mundo Deportivo.Recently, Mariano’s assignments have included taking photos for the popular CaboFaces.Net, a web site devoted to photographing the most important events in Los Cabos. In photographing for BajaTraveler and MexicoTraveler, Mariano captures the essence of the subjects he shoots, as evident in the magnificent images within the Social Pages in this edition of BajaTraveler.
Angel Zapien is an acclaimed wedding cinematographer based in Los Cabos, Mexico for the past five years. Working either in production or post production he has found that it is through weddings he is able to reflect his passion for movies and story-telling. The result is that his final product has a different feel and gives a completely different sense to the wedding films concept. Zapien collaborates with his business partner Leonardo Batis, who share his passion in wedding photography: Together they founded Cinematic Touch. Zapien captured our past cover-girl Eva Longoria and also produced the video you can view on our website. The video is a testament to Eva’s love of being on the cover of Baja Traveler Magazine.