Current Board Members
Michelle Duffy (founder) is Seattle-based IT professional currently working at Google. For full details of Michelle’s technical career see her LinkedIn profile.With their natural passion for travel, Michelle and her husband left Dublin, Ireland in 1995. After exploring much of the Western U.S., they settled in Seattle with their two boys. Parenthood did not preclude Michelle’s intent to wander far and wide while working full-time she managed to travel extensively in the U.S., Europe, South and Central America with her family. In 2010 this family left Seattle and backpacked around the world for a year visiting 26 countries on four continents. On WanderMom.com Michelle writes about these adventures and provides tips on traveling with children including advice on flying with an infant.Michelle is a co-author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids.
Mara Gorman (board member starting 2013) doesn’t know when or where she got bit by the travel bug – perhaps it was in Italy when she was nine? In France when she was nineteen? Or India when she was twenty nine? But having children did nothing to cure her of it. In fact between June of 2003 and July of 2004, she and her husband took their (then 1-year-old) son Tommy on a trip across six states, three countries, and two continents.
Mara is the founder of the family travel blog The Mother of all Trips as well as the Back to Ski project and is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in AOL Travel, Matador Network, CiaoBambino!, Minitime, the Room 77 blog, and the USA Today Guide to Philadelphia. She is also the author of The Family Traveler’s Handbook.
A participating blogger in Passports with Purpose since its inception in 2008, Mara served as the Social Media Manager for the 2012 campaign and joined the board in the winter of 2013. She lives in Delaware with her husband and two sons.
Meg Paynor (board member starting 2009), met Pam, Beth, Michelle and Debbie at various Seattle travel-related events. After meeting the four PwP founders in person and participating in the first fundraiser, Meg was honored to join the team and help with public relations.
With a father in the foreign service, Meg has traveled the globe from age 2 and has never lived in one place for long. She calls home wherever her husband and two young daughters are, or wherever her extended family and friends are. Currently, home is San Francisco, where she owns a boutique public relations agency specializing in travel & lifestyle PR.
Katie Aune (board member starting 2014) is a longtime Chicago resident who recently spent 13 months traveling and volunteering in the former Soviet Union – a journey that included running a marathon in Estonia, traveling the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, teaching English in Russia and Tajikistan, volunteering with the national tourism board of Armenia, living with local families in Azerbaijan, and trying her best to speak Russian on a daily basis. She writes about her travel experiences at KatieAune.com and is also a regular contributor to Viator.com, writing about Chicago, Russia and the Baltic States. Now back in Chicago, she works in alumni relations and development for a local law school while planning her next adventures.
A participating blogger for Passports with Purpose in 2011 and 2012, Katie volunteered for PwP in 2013 and joined the board in 2014.
Dave Parfitt (blogger liaison starting 2014) is a reformed academic with a PhD in neuroscience who began writing about his family travel adventures after surviving a trip to Walt Disney World as father of two budding princesses. He is the owner and editor of Adventures by Daddy where he offers family travel advice and escapist fun from Dad’s point of view. Dave’s travel articles and photos have appeared in USA Today, Parade Magazine, Yahoo! Travel, AAA Member Connection, and MiniTime.com, and he has appeared as a family travel expert on nationally syndicated radio shows, newspaper articles, and around the internet.
Jessica Glynn (social media coordinator starting 2014) is a Dublin-based Photographer & Travel Blogger at The Gap Year Guru. Addicted to sharing her adventures online, Jess is always looking for a pop of colour and positivity in life! Her lifelong love for travel has brought her all over the world, including adventures such as road tripping in North America, camping in Australia, Scuba diving in Brazil and skiing in Austria.
After hearing about Passports With Purpose at TBEX Dublin in 2013, she instantly knew it was something she wanted to be a part of.
Alexandra Vander Weele (public relations volunteer staring 2015) has executed public relations campaigns for both Fortune 500 companies and boutique consumer brands over the last six years. She has dedicated her career to delivering the best communication strategies to a variety of clients in the fashion, beauty and consumer-technology industries. When she is not pitching media or working with her team on the next big idea, she is enjoying the sites, food, and yoga San Francisco has to offer.
Beth Whitman (founder; emeritus) has logged hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe as a contemporary Wanderer: combining her love for travel with volunteer work, adventure trips, travel writing and business.
After teaching travel-related workshops in the Seattle area for nearly 15 years, Beth decided to get her message of encouragement and inspiration to more people. She started her own publishing company (Dispatch Travels) and began writing the Wanderlust and Lipstick guidebooks for women travelers (now including The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, For Women Traveling to India) and is the publisher of Traveling with Kids. She is the editor of WanderlustAndLipstick.com and the women’s travel columnist for Transitions Abroad. Beth leads trips to India, Bhutan, Vietnam & Cambodia.
Debbie Dubrow (founder; emeritus) is the founder of www.deliciousbaby.com. DeliciousBaby is for parents who want to travel with their children, but don’t know how to start. On the website she shares her own travel stories (in the how to keep kids busy on a plane, surviving jet-lag, and flying with carseats.
Debbie’s iPhone app TripDoc helps you plan your trip by putting everything you want to do on a single map. Once you are at your destination, you can see which of your places are nearby, get directions, and take notes about what you liked. You can even send your favorite places to friends in email.
Debbie lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and three children.