Meet the Team
Jeannie is Co-Founder and President of Novy Unlimited, CEO of Kaleidospace (home of Indiespace), and Lead Author/Series Editor of Cengage Learning’s widely acclaimed Game Development Essentials series (with more than 15 published titles). Jeannie has provided game consulting services for game technology companies, serious game developers, research institutions, and colleges/universities such as UC Berkeley, USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Alelo, and GameSalad. Jeannie holds a BA in Mass Communication from UCLA and an MA in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at USC. She is on the Online Gameplay and Connectivity committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and has served on the Executive Boards of Women in Games International and the International Game Developers Association. Jeannie is also an accomplished composer, songwriter, and performer (piano/voice).
Luis is Co-Founder of Novy Unlimited and Director of Novy PR. 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. 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.
Blane has an established background in video games, journalism, and professional communications. He began his gaming adventures in the mid ’90s with games such as Westwood’s Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Since then, his gaming tastes have ranged from Triple-A to the most obscure indies on the planet. After graduating with honors from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Public Relations, Blane became an active member of the game industry by writing about indie games professionally and freelancing as a PR professional.
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 and is now currently preparing to re-enter college — concentrating on communications and journalism. Julie is working on an original webcomic — and her favorite games are Mafia II and Dark Cloud II (Dark Chronicle).
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.
Alvin graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a BA in Communications (emphasis on PR & Advertising) and has worked as an account coordinator — garnering placements/coverage in outlets such as Rolling Stone Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly, and NBC 4. He successfully pitched Sotheby’s use of the Oculus Rift to aid in the sales process of luxury real estate — and he also conducted the American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 social media campaign. Alvin spends his time experiencing how competitive gaming can be by trying to climb to the top of the leaderboards in League of Legends, Vain Glory and Overwatch. When Alvin’s not gaming and writing press releases, he frequents EDM festivals in the U.S. and Europe!
Summer has been obsessed with video games since she was 7 years old. She’s a huge Call of Duty fan and currently plays Overwatch more than she’d like to admit. Summer has worked as a digital marketing coordinator for a variety of companies such as GoCo.io — and she currently works for a non-profit organization, where she manages website content and social media. When she’s not dreaming up social media campaigns, she runs a personal blog (TOKYOBAT), where she covers indie game and beauty product reviews. Summer has a BA in Art History from the University of Arizona — and she lives in the Houston area.
Marcos’ adventure began in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from high school with honors, he attended the prestigious Purdue University. While studying communication, he was elected to chair his fraternity, sat on the marketing board for the local AIESEC chapter (the largest student run organization in the world), and worked 20+ hours a week . . . all before moving out to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for video game development. Marcos’ all-time favorite game is Resident Evil — and he loves playing RPGs!
Brie has been a gamer for as long as she can remember and explores her obsession with space by playing (and replaying) titles such as Mass Effect, FTL, and Kerbal Space Program. She hopes to make it to Mars some day and is living her life’s passion by pursuing an Aeronautical Engineering degree in Northern California.
Social Media Coordinator
Erich has been playing games since 1991 — thanks to an Italian plumber named Mario and a dinosaur-like creature called Yoshi. An active member of the IGDA and one of the coordinators for the IGDA Scholars program — where he serves as a liaison to studio partners and runs the program at events such as GDC and E3. During his time in Japan, Erich established himself as a freelance writer for publications such as IGN.
Community Management Coordinator
Vanessa has been in the industry for 10+ years in pro gaming, journalism, community management, and public relations. A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Vanessa has worked on behalf of Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Entertainment. She also runs her own gaming website! 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. When she is not working or gaming, you can find Vanessa eating tacos and enjoying some live music. Vanessa currently lives in Austin, Texas.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana State University, Sarah went on to work with both print and digital publications with content ranging from the military to video games — including as contributing editor at EventsforGamers.com and former managing editor for Gamersinfo.net. Although she can imagine other lines of work, she loves copy editing and hopes the rest of the world remembers that grammar and spelling are important.
Jonathan’s earliest memories involve playing Scorched Earth and Fun House on his Tandy 486. His love of computers and games eventually led him into careers in IT and game journalism/blogging, respectively. After running a site called GamingOgre, Jonathan wrote for several other outlets including College News Magazine and KnowTechie. He also earned a Bulldog Social Media award for his work with the Kmart Gaming team!
Taylor‘s adventures with video games started when she was 5 years old, with favorite titles such as Sly Cooper (series), Cities: Skylines, and Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly. After studying Evolutionary Anthropology and Forensics in college, Taylor decided to pursue her lifelong passion of working in the gaming industry. She has a passion for B-list movies, art and music — and she enjoys promoting online talent as a freelance social media manager. When she’s not working, Taylor lives in Manchester, New Jersey and can be found watching competitive League of Legends, viewing poorly filmed shark movies, or eating pizza.
Arthur is a freelance artist, actor, poet, and musician who plays drums in Chicago’s prog rock/instrumental post-metal band, Sioum. Video games have been his source of inspiration — from the visionary art of Yoshitaka Amano and nostalgic melodies of Nobuo Uematsu to the complex compositions of Hitoshi Sakimoto, flawless game design of Hideo Kojima, and dark stories of Koji Igarashi. In 2012, Arthur composed the music for indie sandbox style RPG Towers of Ajura with Sioum. A few of Arthur’s favorite games of all time include Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, FF7, Metal Gear Solid, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution [Director’s Cut]. Arthur has studied art, acting and music and attended college in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Illinois. He currently lives in the Chicago area.
Tabi‘s interest in games began with a “childish squeal of excitement” with the unwrapping of a Super Nintendo on Christmas in 1995. Games like Donkey Kong Country and Yoshi’s Island were the gateway to experiencing gaming in all other platforms. Prior to Novy, Tabi worked as a counselor and instructor for elementary and middle school kids — focusing on a variety of topics such as anger management, bullying, tolerance, ELA, and math. Tabi received a master’s degree in Counseling from Georgia Southern University.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Image Arts: New Media program and is now working as a Senior Web Support Analyst at Toronto-based Investor Relations solutions start-up, Q4 Inc. Passionate about design, innovation, and social media, Liz comes equipped with a sense of creativity and a deep understanding of Web 2.0. Currently based in Toronto, Liz grew up in the small town of Port Elgin. In her spare time, she keeps busy playing a variety of sports (hockey, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball!) and going to concerts.
Brad has been playing video games ever since the first time he and his brother played _Sonic The Hedgehog 2_. He graduated from Stevenson University with a degree in Business Communications and has since utilized his skills in marketing, communications, and public relations for for-profit and nonprofit organizations such as Sodexo and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Currently based in Tulsa, Brad works at an elementary charter school as an Operations Manager with the responsibility of managing social media, marketing, recruitment, and daily operations. Also, Brad is Marketing & Public Relations Representative for Dream Act Oklahoma – Tulsa. When he is not playing video games in his spare time, he likes to skateboard, attend events, and travel!
Brandy has been writing about games since 2006, but she’s been a gamer for much longer. Her work has been featured on multiple outlets, including AOL’s Games.com, Digital Spy, and SocialTimes — among others. In addition to playing games, Brandy enjoys taking pictures, crafting, baking, attending church — and traveling to amusement parks, zoos and aquariums. She and her husband currently reside in Muncie, Indiana.
Todd has been working with Novy primarily on playthroughs and research. In addition to creating his own comic book and miniseries, he’s also written for PopGeeks.net and TheParanoidGamer.com, among other online publications. He’s also an avid gamer with a passion for Nintendo titles, which led him to become the Nintendo News Writer for Outerhaven.net, hosting the Nintendo Entertainment Podcast … and earning a Bachelor’s degree in video game development (from De Paul). Todd currently resides in St. Joseph, Illinois. His comic, Home #5, was also recently funded on Kickstarter!
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