Hayley is a cosplayer and STEM(Science + Technology + Engineering + Math) educator in southern California. She has been cosplaying since 2013 and met her husband during a cosplay photoshoot at San Diego Comic Con. She loves to geek out over Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Disney, Pixar, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Lord of the Rings, X-Files, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stephen King, and all things true crime.
Beth Wallan is a writer and filmmaker from Alaska. Director of several short films and the award-winning web series The Marriage Tour, Beth currently is living the movie dream in Los Angeles. An avid geek for Sci-Fi and Marvel and all things movies, Beth also moonlights as a local theatre Stage Manager, photographer, cinemaphotographer, editor, and is working on her first novel. She recently traveled to Munich, Germany specifically to ride Falkor the Luck Dragon.
Neil was born in Virginia in 1973 and grew up outside of Denver Colorado. He moved to Idaho in 2004 and then to West Virginia in 2014. He have a son and a daughter, 2 step sons and 2 granddaughters. His been married to his second wife for 10 years. He drove an 18 wheeler for 13 years and then delivered for FedEx for just over 4. In 2018 he was forced to retire due to MS. His hobbies are reading, movies, music and travel.
Melody Strmel works for an environmental non-profit, organizes for Comic Arts Los Angeles, runs the LA chapter of the UN and Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf feminist book club, has published Harry Potter academia, and is a former Disneyland Cast Member (Teamsters Local 495). She typically spends her free time reading, cooking, going to the gym, or visiting museums. Melody is a hardcore Hufflepuff and hopes that you have a really excellent day.
Richard Peete has been a principal software developer for over 40 years, and a sci-fi/fantasy nerd for even longer. He was an avid reader growing up, consuming Tolkien, Asimov, Bradbury, et al. Then came Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, and gaming. He continues to explore all those genres, even playing a small guest role in the play "A Klingon Christmas Carol" which is performed entirely in Klingon. He enjoys running half & full marathons and is currently working on completing one in every state in the US.