Meet the Team
Jeannie is co-founder of Novy Unlimited and Kaleidospace (dba Indiespace) – and lead author/editor of Delmar Cengage Learning’s Game Development Essentials series. Jeannie has provided game consulting services for tech companies, developers, publishers, research institutions, and colleges/universities such as UC Berkeley, USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Alelo, and GameSalad. Jeannie holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from UCLA and an M.A. in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School. She has served on the Online Gameplay panel for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ DICE Awards and the executive boards of Women in Games International and the International Game Developers Association. Jeannie is also a professional composer and performer.
Aaron has worked with major game studios and publishers such as Blizzard and Activision as a QA analyst. Needless to say, he not only loves playing games — but likes to make sure they’re polished! He is also a car enthusiast and enjoys working on his car and motorcycle regularly. Sometimes it’s the small modifications that bring him the greatest joy. Aaron is currently pursuing advance studies at Gnomon School of Visual Effects — focusing on 3D modeling, animation, rigging and scripting.
Luis is co-founder of Novy Unlimited. Prior to Novy, Luis was an account executive at a boutique firm in Los Angeles—where he represented game and high-technology clients such as Spacetime Studios, The Voxel Agents, Muzzy Lane, and TimeGate Studios. Luis has also worked in advertising, sales, film and television editing, and as a game tester at Activision and Treyarch (working on the Call of Duty series and Quake 4). He co-authored Play the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Video Games and Game QA & Testing with Jeannie Novak. Luis was born in São Paulo, Brazil and attended Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), where he received a B.A. in Film & Television. He also participated in the UCLA Extension Film & Entertainment Studies certificate program. Luis is the primary liaison between Novy and the media.
Vanessa has been in pro gaming, journalism, community management, and PR for10+ years working for companies such as Ubisoft and Warner Bros. She has served as a mentor for Game Mentor Online, is an active member of Women in Games International, serves as a panelist for the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, and participates in the Austin Chapter for Extra Life. Vanessa graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Julie has always had a love for creative projects and meeting passionate, innovative people — but she entered a whole new world of it once she began writing about crowdfunded gaming at The Cliqist. After a year of writing, she went on to found her own indie gaming, comic, and film news and content site, IndieRoot. Previously, she studied Illustration & Storyboarding at the Academy of Art University. Her favorite games are Mafia II and Dark Cloud II (Dark Chronicle). At Novy, Julie manages a wide variety of projects, works directly with a number of clients, and oversees all marketing tasks involving social media, community management, advertising, promotion – along with underlying social media and ad creatives. She also works directly with co-founders jeannie Novak and Luis Levy on staffing and operations.
Nile grew up in the 16-bit era and spent perhaps too many of his formative years playing retro games. He loves to make sentences shorter, but he doesn’t mind adding a preposition here and an adjective there. When he’s not busy dropping combos in fighting games, he’s writing, sleeping, reading manga — or out searching for the next great hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Nile graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Anthropology and is currently pursuing a degree in Communication Studies.
Brittany has been covering games, anime, tech, and entertainment for more than a decade at publications such as G4, Playboy, Complex, IGN, GamesRadar, Kotaku, Maxim, GameSpot, Shacknews, and Gamasutra. When she’s not writing or gaming, she’s looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. Brittany is a retro gaming enthusiast and is always seeking out forgotten and niche titles to dig into and enjoy. Some of her favorite games of all time include Parasite Eve, Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, No One Lives Forever, Rise of the Triad, Space Channel 5, System Shock 2, Day of the Tentacle, Rez, and Um Jammer Lammy.
Shane was born and raised in California and is the oldest of five siblings. From the moment he picked up a Nintendo controller to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, he was hooked! In addition to games, Shane loves eating tasty food – and he’s a die hard Lakers fan! Prior to Novy, Shane worked for nearly six years as a game QA tester at Konami, Treyarch, and Digital Hearts – working on titles such as Rocket League, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, and Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Some of Shane’s favorite games include Final Fantasy 10, Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., and Persona 5.
Steven is a tinkerer and gaming enthusiast who has been working in games for nearly 25 years for companies such as D3Publisher and Quest Online (and in a much more freelance capacity, Sierra Online – back in the day). Steven has a deep love for troubleshooting and testing software – and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. Multiple QA roles have been the backbone of his industry work experience – but his love of interacting with people has also enabled him to work in support, community management, and production. His favorite genres are RPGs and platformers – and he’s especially swept up in great game music.
Jacob has been a music journalist, proposal editor for an international development firm, published short story author, and co-founder of a mobile game studio. He has been a proofreader for high school AP tests, ghostwrote a personal blog, and recently held the title of “eco-journalist.” (Don’t ask him what that means!) Jacob has lent his writing talents to companies and organizations such as WestEd, Global Mana, Talent Inc., Tetra Tech DPK. Jacob was born and raised in Cleveland, received a BA in Biology from the University of Michigan, and is now living in the Los Angeles area – where he’s currently writing his fifth screenplay.
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