Editors and Contributors

Editorial Staff

Susan Lanier-Graham, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Susan Lanier-GrahamSusan Lanier-Graham has been writing and speaking about food, wine, and travel destinations for more than two decades. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Click here to download Susan's resume.

See Susan's online portfolio here.

Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS), a Certified Speaker & Facilitator for the Speak to Inspire Method™, an A+ Certified Technician, an iNet+Certified Technician, a Certified Help Desk Support Engineer, and a Certified Help Desk Manager.

Susan is an ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer where she takes readers along on journeys of a lifetime through the Canadian Rockies. She has also been an official ambassador for Travelocity, offering tips and inspiration to fellow travel enthusiasts. Susan's work regularly appears in print and online in WHERE Arizona, WHERE Phoenix + ScottsdalePostcards, Alamo.com travel guides, Luxe. Interiors + Design, AAA Highroads, AAA EnCompasseLuxe Beat Magazine, So Scottsdale, Uptown, AAA Home & Away, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Fairmont.com, Choice Hotels, Experience Scottsdale, and more. Susan was the editor of Grapevine Today, the visitors guide for Grapevine, TX, and The Lidler, the employee magazine for LIDL US. Read Susan's articles on Wander here and see her portfolio of other writing here.

Susan has lived all over the country. She was born in Virginia, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in high school, and then traveled around the U.S. and Europe with her husband during his time in the US Air Force. Susan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, with a degree in Government & Politics/Comparative Economics. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts with honors from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, where she focused on social science research. Susan taught community college and high school for about a decade before devoting full time to writing. Susan and her husband Bill moved to Arizona in 1994 and, despite a brief stay in Dallas from 2018-2020, they call the Desert Southwest home. They have one son who obviously didn't enjoy being an only child and has graced their lives with five grandkids who love the Wander lifestyle.

Bill Graham, Affiliate Manager | Outdoor & Adventure Editor

While pre-packaged experiences like tours, parks, and museums with well-marked sights and interpretive signs are great, the experiences that Bill Graham craves are those where you can escape the crowds and be with nature and history untouched. Whether it is an adrenaline rush like driving a dune buggy across the wilds of Baja or the humble experience of discovering the variety of mushrooms in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he seeks opportunities to be as close to the experience as possible.

Bill was inspired by his father who was an avid outdoorsman and spent time as a Ranger for the National Forest Service. Bill has hiked and backpacked in dry deserts below sea level and in mountains above 12,000 feet. He has explored deep into caves where he saw fish with no eyes and spent long nights studying the night sky to see the rings of Saturn and the spiral of distant galaxies. Bill went diving to explore tropical reefs and hiked mountains to cross glaciers.

In addition to the natural world, Bill is a student of history and seeks out experiences that connect us with the past. He has walked among the ruins of a Bronze Age village in France, stood before petroglyphs carved by ancient Americans, and read graffiti left by citizens of the Roman Empire. He has trod in the footsteps of crusaders, outlaws, and explorers. In the technological world, Bill has traveled onboard vintage railroads, driven race cars and 18 wheelers, gazed at the antennas of the Very Large Array, and even flown an F-15 fighter.

Bill’s passion now is to share these experiences with others in a responsible way that will allow future generations to have the same experiences. Follow Bill on Facebook, and LinkedIn. Read all of Bill's articles on Wander here.

Elizabeth Rose, Senior Editor

Elizabeth Rose-Wander EditorElizabeth Rose, Wander's Senior Editor, is back again in the Phoenix (Arizona) area after more than a decade living in New Mexico and Washington state. She travels throughout the West and beyond writing about destinations, accommodations, festivals, and restaurants, especially farm to table cuisine. As an expert in cultural tourism, her writing reflects that passion.

She has won awards for her photography and accompanies her articles with her own images. She also provides photos for magazine covers, websites, and magazine articles (both print and online). Examples can be seen on Fine Art America.

You can see more of Elizabeth's work online at SouthwestLiz.com. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Elizabeth's articles on Wander here.

Teresa Bitler, Features Travel Editor

Teresa Bitler is an award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, American Way, Wine Enthusiast, and AAA publications. She's also the author of two guidebooks (Great Escapes Arizona and Backroads and Byways of Indian Country) and a contributor to Fodors Arizona & The Grand Canyon. While she'd never miss a must-see attraction, such as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, her favorite travel experiences are the unexpected ones: KoolAid with a Hopi medicine man, lobster prepared by a local on a Belizean beach, or a ride in a World War II-era bomber. Teresa writes about her travels at www.teresatravelstheworld.com.

You can follow Teresa on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Read all of Teresa's articles on Wander here.

Penny Sadler, Lifestyle & Wine Editor

Penny Sadler is on a quest to document the world's wine regions and explore beauty along the way. Her background as a professional makeup artist has honed her eye for fine detail, which complements her work as a travel and wine writer and photographer. She is Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certified and is currently pursuing the level three certification. In addition, she hosts wine tastings for both private and retail customers. Find Penny behind the scenes with a film crew, or wandering through vineyards with her camera. If she's not traveling, she’s planning her next trip.

Follow Penny on her blog, Adventures of a Carry-on. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Read all of Penny's articles on Wander here.

Jill Schildhouse, Wellness & Spa Editor

Jill Schildhouse is an award-winning writer and editor, whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Oxygen, Amazing Wellness, MSN, The Arizona Republic, and Phoenix Home & Garden. She caught the travel bug while serving as editor-in-chief of AAA Arizona's Highroads magazine and has explored more than 30 countries so far — highlights include attending culinary classes in Italy, cruising the fjords of Norway, and touring windmills in the Dutch countryside.

Jill also creates content for such well-known brands as The Vitamin Shoppe, The Rich Dad Company, and CVS Health. Additionally, the Phoenix resident and self-proclaimed foodie shares her insatiable appetite for world travel on her own blog, The Global Glutton. You can follow Jill on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Read all of Jill's articles on Wander here.

Regular Contributors

Alison Bailin Batz, Contributor

From the current state of public relations to hot new restaurant trends to #BachelorNation, Alison Bailin has a lot to say…about pretty much everything…all the time. And even more to write about it all. So much so that in addition to her day job working as a director at one of Arizona’s most lauded boutique public relations agencies—HMA Public Relations—she is also a freelance writer for more than two dozen magazines and websites on business, colorful characters, food, wine, cocktails, beer, travel, tourism, resorts, and events across the region.

Bailin got her start in public relations in 2004 and began freelance writing regularly in 2008. Her first story: the best afternoon teas in Arizona. In 2019, she was a writer of the year finalist in the Arizona Foodist Awards and is an advocate of Arizona’s growing wine industry, the micro-regions of Napa and Sonoma, and travel across Mexico. When not working at her day job or writing, Bailin volunteers in the kitten ICU at the Arizona Humane Society and hangs with her two young nieces, Emmy and Ava. She is obsessed with The Howard Stern Show (Hey Now – IYKTUK), all Bravo Real Housewives franchises, and sharks.

To read Alison's musings, visit her on Twitter and Instagram. Read all of Alison's articles on Wander here.

Tracy Ellen Beard, Contributor

Tracy Ellen Beard is a Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon based freelance writer specializing in travel, dining, wine, adventure, non-profits, and alternative medicine. She is an avid outdoorsman who takes pleasure in hiking, skiing, backpacking, and cycling. As the founder and past president of an international children's non-profit, Tracy's travels have taken her all over the world. Her fifteen years of experience writing in various genres has added to her expertise.

Tracy writes for Northwest Travel & Life, Meeting News Northwest, Luxe Beat Magazine and several other publications. She is a member of the AWAI (American Writers and Artists Inc.) and the ITWPA (International Writers and Photographers Alliance). You can follow Tracy at her website or on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Read all of Tracy's articles here.

Teresa Bergen, Contributor

Teresa Bergen is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer and web content developer who specializes in health, fitness, and travel. Her articles appear on/in MSN.com, Spirituality & Health, India Currents, Whole Life Times Magazine, Pique, Yogi Times, the South China Morning Post, travelandleisure.com, and many other print and online publications. She’s the author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide and Meditations for Gym Yogis and writes a blog called Veg Travel and Fitness. She’s also the vegetarian/vegan editor of Real Food Traveler.

Teresa belongs to the Society of American Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. In addition to writing, Teresa is a yoga teacher and ACE-certified personal trainer and health coach. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Instagram. Read all of Teresa's articles here.

Lara Dunning, Contributor

Lara Dunning lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and freelances for a variety of travel magazines. Her work can be found at Experience Anacortes, Bainbridge Island Magazine, The Crossing Guide, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine, RealFoodTraveler.com, WaggonerGuide.com and Whidbey Life Magazine. She also owns the travel site Small Town Washington & Beyond, where she shares her passion for small-town travel. Lara has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, writes young adult novels, nonfiction essays, and likes to hike with Hazel, her Australian Cattle Dog.

You can follow Lara at her website or on Twitter, and her small town travels at Small Town Washington & Beyond, on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or TwitterRead all of Lara's articles here.

Catherine Parker, Contributor

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel that's driven her to visit all 50 U.S. states. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, she’s landed in nearly every North American airport at least once.

Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, Catherine combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. Logging over 75,000 miles behind the wheel, Catherine has explored 41 of the 61 national parks so far. Loaded an over-packed SUV, she’s driven through the lower 48 and six Canadian provinces with her three kids. Catherine also contributes to print magazines, including Texas Farm and Home and her local newspaper, The Taylor Press.

You can follow Catherine online at CarfulofKids. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read all of Catherine's articles on Wander here.

Lisa Waterman Gray, Contributor

A Kansas City-area resident, Lisa Waterman Gray has savored Quebec's finest cuisine, ridden in a pickup before a Kansas buffalo herd, and toured natural Arizona landmarks with Native American guides. In June 2011, 18 months of driving, research, and writing ended with the national publication of Lisa's book, An Explorer's Guide: Kansas. During October 2014, she was a U.S. delegate for Terre Madre and Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy—a conference for Slow Food International.

Lisa has written for Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle (a Canadian magazine), USAToday.comMidwest Living, four AAA magazines, and other clients. Visit Lisa online on her website or follow her on social media on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Read all of Lisa's articles on Wander here.

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