Meet the Team Nikki Vargas Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Creator Nikki is the Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, and Creator of Unearth Women. Previously, Nikki worked at Culture Trip, FOOD & WINE magazine, and as a freelance journalist for VICE, HuffPost, and more. In addition to her work, Nikki founded the award-winning travel blog The Pin the Map Project, which has allowed her to travel around-the-world from Buenos Aires to Borneo. As both Travel Editor and Travel Blogger, Nikki often champions women’s stories and issues in the travel industry, having spoken at the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, New York Times Travel Show, and the W Hotel’s “What She Said” Series. Nikki has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and Cheddar News. She is currently Places Editor at Atlas Obscura. Elise Fitzsimmons Co-Founder, Publisher Elise Fitzsimmons is Publisher and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. As Publisher, Elise is tasked with overseeing business development of the company, the production of the print magazine, and managing the finances of the magazine. Elise is a development professional with a passion for human connection and new experiences. Membership Director for a public radio station in Aspen, Colorado, Elise wears many hats. She is responsible for the acquisition of over one million dollars in individual contributions, donor relations and membership maintenance, marketing, and event planning. She intends to bring her prior experience and dedication to Unearth Women so that women everywhere have a dedicated platform to share their stories and be seen. Kelly Lewis Co-Founder, Executive Editor An entrepreneur at heart, Kelly Lewis is the Executive Editor of Unearth Women. Kelly is also the Founder of Go! Girl Guides, the founder of the annual Women’s Travel Fest—a sold-out consumer travel event for women who love to travel—and Damesly, a tour company for professional and creative women. Originally from Hawaii, Kelly lived in New Zealand for a year before traversing through South America and the South Pacific. She launched Go! Girl Guides in late 2010 after the idea came to her in a dream. Maria Eilersen Public Relations Manager Maria Eilersen is the Public Relations Manager at Unearth Women, and is responsible for amplifying Unearth Women’s story in the press. Maria brings seven years of global communications experience to the team across PR, content marketing and journalism in the travel and lifestyle sectors. In 2017, her passion for travel and yoga collided when she stepped off the corporate ladder, solo traveled through Central America and became a yoga and meditation teacher before returning to her base in London, and her first love: writing. Maria has delivered award-winning PR campaigns and her own bylines have appeared in Interview Magazine, The Copenhagen Post, Trendland and more, covering travel, lifestyle, fashion and food. Megan Roy Print Designer Award-winning creative director and designer with a discerning eye for type, color, and fresh, compelling imagery. Megan’s focus is creating powerful, memorable brand extensions—from editorial work to advertising, integrated marketing and beyond. Formerly Creative Director of Entrepreneur magazine, her clients include Giant Bikes/Liv Cycling, Comedy Central, Down East magazine, Level Equity, It’s Wholesome vegan foods, Inman News, Storey Creative and various non-profits. Megan is the print designer for Unearth Women magazine. Rachel Gould Staff Writer As Staff Writer at Unearth Women, Rachel is tasked with capturing the compelling narratives of formidable ladies from around the world. Formerly Art & Design Editor at Culture Trip, where she was an original member of the core editorial team that collaboratively established the digital publication’s voice, Rachel lives in pursuit of the social, cultural, and political power of visual art. Rachel is living in her hometown of New York City, where she currently works as a freelance journalist and hosts art vlog Several Circles, which delves into the human interest stories of pioneering artists from history to the contemporary day. Jenna Kunze Staff Writer Jenna is a journalist and photographer whose work has been motivated by travel. After two years teaching English and freelancing in Asia, she relocated to a small town in Southeast Alaska, where she reports for a local newspaper. Jenna is a staff writer for Unearth Women, drawing on her past and future adventures for ideas about global females. She has been published by Matador Network, Outpost Magazine, Lost Tribe Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, Cargo Literary, and in various local publications in South Korea and Nepal. Amber Snider Podcast Developer Amber works closely with Elise and Alycin on the development and planning of the soon-to-launch Unearth Women podcast. Amber was born in Washington, D.C. and relocated to NYC in 2007. She received an M.A. degree in Liberal Studies: Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality from CUNY’s Graduate Center and University, and an honors B.A. in English from The City College of New York. Before coming to Culture Trip, she was the executive editor for Metropolitan Magazine, a boutique luxury lifestyle and arts publication, as well as the editor for ResidencyNY Magazine. In 2015, she also started her own company, ACS Media Services, and has over 8+ years experience as a writer/editor in the NYC area. As one of the original employees in Culture Trip’s New York City office, Amber focuses on three verticals: Design, Architecture, and Home and Interiors, exploring how creativity and design influences our contemporary social landscape. She lives in Brooklyn with her typewriter.