Elise is originally from New Hampshire, having spent her summers on the coast of Maine. It is there that she first developed her love of the sea and its beaches. She moved to New York City and studied at CUNY. While living in Connecticut, Elise worked as a mortgage broker assistant for Global Realty Partners.
The tropic winds were calling, however, and Elise decided to continue her adventures south to Miami Beach where she began a successful design company that specialized in architectural finishes. That is until she was pulled onto a boat by a friend who was aware of her culinary talent. The charter was heading to the Bahama’s Abaco Islands and was in need of a yacht chef. The first glimpses of the clear turquoise waters were all Elise needed to know that she would always surround herself with this beauty and climate. She continued working as a yacht chef throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas for 12 years.
It was during her 4 month stay on Water Island, off St Thomas, that Elise discovered St John and knew it was the perfect island to call home….beautiful, quiet, safe, not too remote and filled with wonderful people …. this was her haven from the cold of the Northeast, the isolation of The Big City and the traffic of Miami. As a member of the Freshwater Church, Elise is active in both the children’s ministry and tutoring at JESS. All ages are put at ease by her sweet, joyful spirit. Elise genuinely loves these islands and looks forward to helping you make your own transition to paradise.