Rose is an award-winning photographer and Fulbright Fellowship Scholar with extensive travel- and cultural-guiding experience. While a student at Syracuse University in 2004, she visited Cuba for the first time to study photography with Cuban masters. (She went on to earn an MFA in art photography.) She’s returned countless times, visiting and living in Cuba to work on a personal art project. Since 2012, Rose has led arts and culture tourism groups, and worked as a guide in Panama, where she lived for many years. She has led independent tourism groups and student groups for Cambio Creativo, the nonprofit educational arts organization she founded.
Rose is fluent in Spanish, and considers Cuba her “home away from home.” She is currently working on a book of photographs from 11 years of visits. She views her guiding work as an essential part of mending the relationship between Cuba and the US, and believes people-to-people programs prove that almost everyone can connect through the arts and positive experiences. Rose says she loves Cuban art history and salsa dancing, and finds inspiration in the country’s creative scene. She looks forward to helping insightCuba travelers discover the island’s beauty.