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Jennifer MaherAbout Jennifer

Bev Sanders   |    Maria Sutherland    |    Jackie Sanders    |   Sunni Chapman     |    Annie

Jennifer’s Journey was created by Bev Sanders, founder of Manifesta Corporation. Bev began the company in 1997 when she designed and founded the highly successful Las Olas Surf Camp for Women. Las Olas, now considered "The World's Premier Surf Safari for Women," has introduced guests to the sport and lifestyle of surfing. Bev went on to start Artista Creative Safaris and Las Verdes Golf Safaris in
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Jennifer’s Journey compliments Manifesta’s goal to offer women vacations that combine fun, relaxation and new experiences, while fostering friendships, confidence, and self-esteem. With the mantra "we make girls out of women," Manifesta is committed to helping women reach their full potential.

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bev sanders, founderBev Sanders - Founder & Marketing Director, Jennifer’s Journey
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Bev is a passionate traveler who has made a lifelong commitment to empowering women. At the age of 44, Bev took a surfing lesson while on vacation in Maui. The experience inspired her to launch Manifesta’s Las Olas Surf Safaris, the first surf camp for women, at a time when surfing was a male-dominated sport. Las Olas became quickly known as “the Golden Door of surf camps” and inspired thousands of women to paddle out and catch their first wave. Prior to that, Bev co-founded one of the first snowboard companies and was recognized as the Pioneer Woman of Snowboarding by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine.

Bev lives and works in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, California with her husband, Chris, and her Pomeranian, Annie. She chose Carmel due to its proximity to the beach and the abundance of natural beauty. Bev and her crew continue to develop new programs designed to meet the needs of women who aspire to challenge and inspire themselves.

Favorite Things: Surfing, organic food, cooking, gardening, electric cars, natural beauty, women's empowerment, peace

To Do List: Go on every trip offered on Jennifer's Journey - at least once!

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bev sanders, founderJackie Sanders

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Jackie was born and raised in California. At 17, she left home to travel the world and seek adventure, collecting rich experiences and fantastic memories along the way. Jackie has worked for a Portland, Oregon non-profit organization, which creates housing and opportunities for low-income people, as well as doing grant writing and fundraising for an arts center in Saratoga, California.

Jackie now lives with her husband of 23 years and her 11 year old daughter in the idyllic town of Carmel, California. She walks to work every day and enjoys her simple and rich life, but still manages to travel to far-off places, this time with her daughter in tow, seeing everything again with fresh eyes. Her favorite travel destinations include Greece, Italy, Thailand and Australia, but she also enjoys exploring the local Carmel beaches and hiking trails.

Favorite Things: Reading, hiking, tennis, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends.

To Do List: Write a really good story, get my daughter through adolescence, age gracefully.


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bev sanders, founderSunni Chapman

Grass Valley, CA

Born and raised in Northern California, Sunni spent her formative years exploring many various creative arts and media, before finally finding her calling in the design field and earning her degree in Applied Art & Design. After working for a number of years at a larger design group, Sunni set out on her own to open Bella Fiore Art & Design, a web and print design firm, founded in the belief that form should not follow function, but that form should lead function - giving way to the greater influences of arts in commercial media. Having worked for Manifesta Safaris for a number of years, Sunni is extremely proud to be a part of Jennifer's Journey and feels that this work is her most prized example of this resolve. and A true testament to her belief that when you work for great people, with great ideals and shared aspirations- inspiration is inevitable.

Sunni lives and works in Grass Valley, California with her husband, Kenny, her son Haelon, and her Long-Haired Chihuahua Kita. She continues to telecommute throughout the country by day and retire to her small-town back porch by night. Having taken her first trip to Italy in 2007, Sunni has been officially bitten by the travel bug and cannot wait to little sunniexplore many more countries, cultures and traditions. Sunni aspires to do more work for wonderful people, continue to support women's objectives (both personal and professional), and to savor more of life's little blessings- one journey at a time.

Favorite Things: Music, Oceans, Lakes & Rivers, Forests of Trees, Cozy PJ's, Vintage Poster Art, Antiques, Cooking, Kayaking, Little Dogs (and animals of all kinds), Tuscan Wines, Old World Architecture, Environmentalism, Authenticity, and Kindness.

To Do List: Play more, worry less. Travel more, put-off less.  Be more present. Spend more time with the people and things I love. Get out of my comfort zone more often. Aspire to new things every year. Be more brave. Create more, give more, be more.

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bev sanders, founderMaria Sutherland

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Maria is a marketing and communications consultant, specializing in copy writing and web design. With an aesthetic eye and a passion for sustainability, Maria creates everything from ad and public relations campaignslittle sunni  to articles and interviews. She attended both Harvard and the New School, and holds a BA in humanities. After honing her skills in New York and Paris, Maria returned to her hometown of Carmel-by-the-Sea. She is often seen on the beach with a handsome Italian Greyhound named Theodore.

Favorite Things: Local, organic cuisine with friends around a long Italian-style table,
the green revolution, animal rights, chocolate.

To Do List: Surf more, plant trees, blur the line between work and play.

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bev sanders, founderAnnie

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Annie is a 16 year young pomeranian weighing just over 2lbs. When globe trotting, she fits comfortably underthe seat in front of her human buddie, Bev Sanders. Once airborne, Annie nestles under a blanket on Bev's lap and little sunniquietly snoozes through the flight.

Originally from Massachusetts, Annie was a dedicated therapy dog for Bev's dad. Bev adopted her shortly after his death in 1998. Annie currently holds the esteemed title of "Cutest Senior" awarded at the annual Carmel-by-the-Sea Reindoggie contest. She also captured the hearts of the audience taking "Best in Show" at the screening of Best in Show, a favorite event in dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Any day, Annie can be found curled up on Bev's desk, precariously close to her keyboard. Whenever she needs attention, she tiptoes around the keys making her responsible for all typos on this website.


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