The Wanderlust Team

Wanderlust Festival Founders Jeff Krasno, Sean Hoess and Schuyler Grant

Wanderlust was created by three friends with a long and deep relationship:  the 20+ year husband-and-wife duo of Jeff Krasno and Schuyler Grant, and their mutual friend (and Jeff’s business partner of over a decade), Sean Hoess. We all met back in college during the dark ages of the late ’80s. Long before Wanderlust existed, we loved to throw a good party, and that hasn’t changed much.

But Wanderlust is more than a party. While it’s a great time, from the beginning we wanted to infuse it with meaning – to create an event that is fun but also based on underlying ideals, where attendees are actually participants, and where people left feeling better than when they came. We dreamed of an event that could be at least a good time and – at best – personally transformative.

Finding a clear purpose is a process both for a business and an individual. It’s very hard to distill, and it can change. For Wanderlust, our core purpose is to create community around shared values, and it has been incredibly gratifying to see such a large community grow around the pillars of mindful living – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism – and to know that Wanderlust is becoming a central gathering point for this community.

The cauldron of talent at Wanderlust never ceases to amaze us, and while we continue to seek out diverse and gifted teachers, speakers and leaders – it often feels like the festival is equally shaped by the power of its participants. The  pop-up scholars, performers, acroyogis, hoopers, and artisans that have organically integrated into the event create an exchange of ideas and energy that could never be replicated by any traditional festival or concert experience.

Wanderlust continues to evolve to include a broader range of experiences, from hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities to a more diverse array of lectures, expanded food and wine events, dance and photography workshops, and even a community garden project. Wherever possible, these new activities will involve interaction and interactivity, so our attendees can learn and create as part of the event.

This year, Wanderlust will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a lot to do, and many more locations to do it at.  We hope you can come take advantage of all of it, but don’t plan too much. Always allow yourself wander, because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces.

~ Jeff, Sean & Schuyler

Our Team

Jeff Krasno


Sean Hoess


Schuyler Grant


Jodi Blea

SVP, Integrated Partnerships

Laura Gross

SVP, Marketing

Fabian Alsultany

VP, Programming

Heather Story

Senior Director, Events

Lisa Carriuolo


Isabelle Abergel

Director, Yoga Programming, Technical Communications

Dan Wilf

VP, Integrated Partnerships

Jacque Halstead

Brand Manager I Wanderlust Australia-New Zealand

Jonnie Halstead

Partner, Festival Director I Wanderlust Australia-New Zealand

Jake Laub

Interim Editor-in-Chief

Jess Roach

Director, Community

Kim Small

Director, PR

Ryan LeMere

Director, Art

Caitlin Milliken

Director, Sales and Loyalty

Denise Meikle

Associate, Marketing

Lisette Cheresson

Managing Editor

Grace Edquist


Caitlin Berens


Jacky Bereznyak

Manager, Partnerships

Katie Fuller

Manager, Vendors

Kelly Casey

Manager, Guest Services

Lauren Mathis

Tour Manager

Kat Murray

Event Manager

Matthew Swertfager

Manager, Operations

Maria Gotay

Graphic Designer

May Yu

Accounting Clerk

Mike McFaddin

Manager, Operations

Danielle Zotter

Manager, Integrated Partnerships Accounts

Melissa Masser

Coordinator, Guest Experience

Whitney Smith

Coordinator, Programming

Emily Hacker

Event Programming Manager

Paige McGovern

Associate, Partnerships Administration

Jessica Kulick

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Rosaria Ferguson

Producer I Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

Doug Moores

Coordinator, Brand & Digital Media I Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

Christina Hilton

Partnerships Manager I Wanderlust Australia & New Zealand

Jill Pierson

Director, Human Resources

Danny Goldstein

Social Media Manager

Diana Gerstacker

Social Media Editor

Patricia Persaud

Graphic Designer

Heidi Montes


Marni Mendelsohn

Merchandise Coordinator

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