Meet Our Writers

Aslin Sauer
Aslin Sauer

Aslin has lived or traveled all across North America but has somehow always come back to her roots. “I love to travel and I love different kinds of foods.” While stationed in Nebraska, she became a beer connoisseur and New Jersey introduced her to delicious Greek and Mediterranean foods. She fell in love with afternoon tea because of her yearly travels to British Colombia. The idea for a food tour on St. Thomas came from her experience on a food tour in Seattle.

St. Thomas is finally receiving recognition for its delicious and unique cuisine and Sauer’s goal is to highlight the island’s gastronomy. “The idea behind St. Thomas Food Tours came from my travels. I noticed other places offered food tours, and St. Thomas didn’t have one. I said why not? We have the history and we surely have the food. It’s the perfect recipe for a fantastic food tour.” St. Thomas Food Tours

Bob Tis

A long time St. John resident and career journalist Bob currently writes for Relix Magazine, the St. Augustine Record and What To Do – VI. He is the author of the Hearts of PalmDown Island and co-author of Code Word: Freedom. He lives in Cruz Bay.

Catherine Turner
Catherine Turner

Catherine Turner spends her time sailing in the Caribbean, blogging from her MacBook Pro on the beach, and sipping coconut water from the nuts that drop on the sand next to her. Before tuning in and dropping out Catherine was a nightclub owner and a resort showgirl. A lifetime ago, she spent a decade chained to a desk as a computer programmer/data analyst. She loves to write, paint, snuggle, and to practice yoga. If she doesn’t answer her phone, she is probably in the middle of the ocean somewhere. Leave a message.

Glenn Harman
Glenn Harman

Glenn Harman is a USCG and RYA licensed boat captain who has been sailing in the Caribbean for the past 15 years. He is now a resident of St John and the author of the book Captain Glenn’s Guide to the BVIs, available on Amazon.

Gyasi Liburd
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I have a wide breadth of experience in all facets of the tourism industry. I’ve worked in the villa management business, the ferry business, the retail business and now for one of the biggest grocery store businesses on St. John. I’ve learned that in a second, it’s possible to meet the greatest people you will ever meet on the planet. Everyone has a story and I love hearing them all!

I hope to share my stories and experiences as a Virgin Islander and give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live and raise a family here.

Jennifer Knowles
Jennifer Knowles

I was born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, grew up in Canada and moved back to Montserrat in 1994.  Less than two years after my arrival, Montserrat’s volcano erupted killing 18 people, two major hurricanes (Luis & Marilyn) devastated much of the Caribbean, and I began my bitter sweet exodus to the US Virgin Islands

I’ve had an extraordinary life in the VI, filled with adventure and mishap.  I started developing the idea for this website in 2014 after I sold my interest in the St.John Map and Guidebook and The Island Treasure Maps (St.Thomas and St.John).  What To Do-VI came out of the idea of sharing the collective stories and experiences of VI people.  I started off interviewing those I was lucky enough to know and who inspired me in some way or another. Along the way, I met other story tellers and this blog evolved and continues to evolve into what you see today, a people-powered collection of voices.  Every day I am grateful for the privilege of being the mother of 2 daughters and having the best job on the planet.

Leah Randall
Leah Randall

I have been going back and forth to this beloved rock since 2004. When my Dad bought a scuba diving charter business in 2005, I made my move from off-island-local to for-real-local. Just as everyone does down here, I dabble in many things.

Vernon Oliver Araujo
Vernon Araujo

Vernon was born in Antigua and grew up on St. John and St. Thomas, USVI from the age of three. After graduating from Antilles School, Vernon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Boston College in 2006, but returned home to St. Thomas that year. He started his career in marketing and human resources with Diamonds International, and worked for them for 4 years before turning his attention to non-profits. Mr. Araujo was the co-founder of the STT-STJ Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, he sits on the Board of Directors for the V.I. Council on the Arts, is Director of Development for Family Resource Center, and Director of Island Vibes Summer Camp. In his remaining free time, Vernon does marketing and media consulting through 104.3FM The Buzz and Melee Media. When he isn’t working, Vernon enjoys playing sports, writing, gardening and water sports.

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