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Meet Our Team

We are a growing global team of visionaries whose intention is to generate a ripple effect of positive change in the world, through connecting, supporting and developing at an individual and global community level. We are passionate about building our network of experts and industry leaders to deliver cutting edge information to our global community. Currently our team is based in the U.S., Spain, Canada, U.K., and Germany.

Sasha Frate
Founder / Owner

Sasha is the Founder and Co-Owner of Face the Current where she aims to create an experience that helps to grow a global community where we inspire one another to stay curious, never stop exploring, and to live with purpose and to our fullest potential.  Sasha initially launched Face the Current with the mission to create a ripple effect of positive change in the world through positive media and storytelling, showcasing the good that is happening in the world and inspiring visionary activism in our own everyday lives and as a global community.  Bringing Ty on board as Co-Owner of Face the Current, the two embarked on an expansion for this vision both within the company, and by co-founding The Grand Return with a mission to facilitate a return to a more connected and sustainable way of living.  The synergistic "sister company" formally launches in 2023.

Based in Washington State, US
Ty Johnson

Ty is the Co-Owner of Face the Current where he has taken on many roles that have helped evolve the company in its new direction with the goal of enhancing the ripple effect of positive change for even greater impact.  Further strengthening the company's offerings and work with purpose-driven brands and strategic planning for collaborations with thought leaders and changemakers within the company's network, he has brought innovation and new creative direction to Face the Current.  With this vision and expansion towards facilitating positive change and creating ways for community to "plug-in," Ty co-founded The Grand Return which formally launches in 2023.

Based in Washington State, US
Saju Thomas Paul
Creative Director

Saju became part of the team during a company trip along the Nile in Egypt in 2021, meeting Face the Current owners aboard a dahabiya and discovering that the journey would continue from there.  Then based in Dubai, Saju worked as an independent Senior Creative for several major creative agencies, leading large scale advertising and marketing campaigns.  From brand identity and strategic competitor analyses to creating advertisement and video campaigns, he has experience working with brands that range from Sheraton, Radisson, GMC, Chevrolet, Nestle, Unilever, ZADK, Aramco, Nesma, Bin Hamoodah, Coba, Lonix Finland, and more.  Saju now brings his extensive background and expertise to Face the Current as our Creative Director, and he is also part of the core founding team of The Grand Return.

Based in India
Sema Garay
Executive Designer

Since the inception of Face the Current, Sema has been the graphic designer for every issue of our magazine and publishing works. Prior to FtC, he developed a multitude of projects, including his previous job leading the Creative Department of BG Life Magazine, in Marbella, Spain. Sema graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture at ETSA of Sevilla. When not active behind the scenes of Face the Current design, you're likely to find him playing music for Beach Grooves Global Radio or local venues along the Costa del Sol.

Based in Sevilla, Spain
Ainsley Schoppel
Senior Editor

Ainsley is a classical pianist, former figure skater, and loves summers at the lake in northern Ontario. She holds an honors BA in Psychology and Arts & Business, and also earned a graduate degree in Hospitality and Business Management while working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. After working in Toronto on published women-focused research, she moved outside the city to raise her family. While home with her son, she indulges her love of the written word with freelance editing.

Based in Canada
Lisa Guy

Lisa is a well-respected Australian naturopath, author and passionate foodie, with over 18 years clinical experience. Lisa runs a naturopathic clinic called 'Art of Healing' and is an avid health writer and recipe developer for leading publications. Lisa is also the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea, an award winning herbal tea company who makes beautiful unique tea blends all naturopathically blended to enhance health and wellbeing.

Based in Australia
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