Meet Our Team



Our fearless Founder, Ashley McDonough serves as the curator and orchestrator of the Melanin On the Map travel app.

After years in the journalism/production industry, McDonough combined her passion for travel, storytelling and curating experiences, creating a platform and safe space for minority travelers.  

Now, serving as Chief Executive Officer, her key responsibilities are managing all components of the app, from global business partners, travel agents and international group travel. McDonough oversees the entire MOTM team, over 40+ of the global travel professionals and her direct focus remains producing quality content to the 20,000+ MOTM audience. 



Sheila McKinley serves as the Director of Brand Partnerships and Acquisition in which she specializes in strategic partnerships and brand expansion for Melanin On The Map. Her background includes successfully executing operations and sales plans resulting in profitable revenue along with full-cycle recruiting. McKinley has become a specialist in helping organizations, large and small, to grow exponentially and has used her skillset to expand the Global Business Directory sector of our app, highlighting minority businesses worldwide. Sheila is the go-to source for all things sponsorship, partnerships and joining the Melanin On The Map community.



Shaneall Ferron, a single mom, nurse and Jamaica native serves as International Partners and Recruitment Manager. With her direct international connections, Ferron's focus is being the direct liason from international business and our platform. Her key responsibilities are finding suitable companies aligned with our mission in which a potential partnership will be mutually benificial for all parties. Ferron's extensive research, recruiting and outreach assists in building out a robust business directory as well as the MOTM partners list on a global scale. 

An avid supporter of the travel and tourism industry as well, Ferron holds several certifications in travel, making her an expert in the field. Ranging from Jamaica Specialist, Aruba, Mexico, Hawaii, Brazil and Kenya, just to name a few, Ferron's expertise in travel makes her a great resource for all brands interesting in partnering with Melanin On The Map. 



Natalia D. Warburton, an Afro-Jamaican, immigrant woman, serves as Global Partnerships Manager. With Warburton's overall understanding of the Melanin On the Map's brand and progression in such a short time, Warburton serves as a liaison to bridge the gap between companies and the overall comprehension and awareness of our brand. Warburton handles all logistics of the global partners list and directory, while simultaneously handling direct outreach to small businesses, tourism boards and travel industry affiliates. 

Melanin On The Map

Melanin On The Map is the FIRST travel mobile application dedicated to people of color. We serve as a one stop shop of inspiration, information and affordable travel opportunity, geared at making the minority travel

experience an easier one. Our mobile application, catered to our global community of Black and Brown travel enthusiasts, has a number of features, making travel, effortless, affordable and enjoyable.

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