Meet Our Team

Making Travel Easy

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Shania Roper

Founder/CEO

Shania began her career in entertainment, specifically in the fashion and lifestyle market.  Having a passion for television, she found her way working in publicity for ABC Studios in 2017. From there, she moved into marketing and talent relations for multiple media companies throughout Las Vegas, New Jersey & New York. Not only does Shania know her way through corporate America, she knows her way around the world. With a military upbringing, this globetrotter and entrepreneur is a travel expert. As a seasoned professional, Shania has extensive knowledge of various cultures, booking travel and finding luxury experiences everywhere.

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Jakub Tamulewicz

Cofounder/CTO

Jake specializes in data science and info security, with a career background in engineering and sales. He keeps a finger on the pulse of emerging technologies and new travel experiences. As an avid skier and surfer, he is always looking for new ways to experience these passions abroad. An underlying motivation to provide clients with a comfortable experience while interfacing with Shade & Travel, combined with this personal passion for active travel, inspire him to provide the best possible service to Shade & Travel clients and partners. He has a strong connection to his Polish background and often visits family in Europe, which are experiences that also inform his travel/tech consulting input at Shade & Travel.

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Jeddah Ortega

Writer/Contributor

Jeddah has an extensive professional and educational background in foreign languages and affairs. She spent 9 years living abroad in Europe and has a long traveling resume. As a new mom, she hopes to teach her son about the world outside of their small bubble in Virginia and hopes to raise him to be enthusiastic about exploring the world and experiencing new things.

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Mackenzie Mills

Writer/Contributor

Mackenzie is an experienced public relations professional with a diverse track record managing clients in public policy, healthcare, lifestyle and the entertainment industry. She is an agile media professional with a Journalism and Media Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mackenzie is regarded as a true digital pioneer and as one of the leading forward-thinkers in the marketing and communication industry worldwide. Drawing from years of experience, Mackenzie brings passion, dedication, and critical thinking to the Shade & Travel team.

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Maurice Levardo

Writer/Contributor

Maurice is a wistful writer and the editor in chief of The Naïve Journal. He has a love for storytelling and believes that it’s incredibly important to document fleeting moments. With a history in luxury fashion, digital marketing, and creative writing, Maurice is inspired to create a community that merges these three passions into one. Curiosity is his strongest influence, and he loves to challenge not only himself, but the different worlds around him.