Meet the Team

Jeannie Novak

Jeannie Novak

Co-Conspirator

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 Levy

Luis Levy

Co-Conspirator

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.

Julie Morley

Julie Morley

Marketing Manager

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 Goldman

Aaron Goldman

Playthrough Manager

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.

Vanessa Marie

Vanessa Marie

PR Manager

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.

Summer Nguyen

Summer Nguyen

Marketing Coordinator

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 Montanez

Marcos Montanez

Playthrough Coordinator

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!

Brad Crespo

Brad Crespo

PR Coordinator

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!

Todd Black

Todd Black

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!

Bryan Heraghty

Bryan Heraghty

Bryan has been passionate about games since he was too young to be playing most of them. His journey into video game writing began with the NES and Game Boy – burning endless hours in his grandmother’s basement playing Super Mario Bros. and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. During his college years, Bryan bounced around the Internet as a freelance writer – focusing on Kickstarter projects, indie games, and industry news. Serving as managing editor for Fusion Magazine at Kent State University, Bryan also wrote and edited feature pieces on the LGBT community. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Bryan now volunteers in his local community tackling issues ranging from poverty to low graduation rates.

Nile Koegel

Nile Koegel

Writer & Editor

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.

Cody LaVelle

Cody LaVelle

Cody started playing games before he understood the difference between the NES and SEGA consoles he was playing them on. Today, he’s a marketing manager who has his hand in social media, graphic design, and community management. He previously helped launch a food delivery app in Cincinnati that was later acquired by Groupon and Grubhub. His favorite game franchises are Splinter Cell and Ninja Gaiden – both of which he hopes to see rebooted one day. Aside from gaming, he enjoys staying active and working out, making art, catching up on movies and shows – or getting lost in the rabbit hole of random YouTube videos for hours on end. His life stays on Autoplay.

Kathryn DeShields

Kathryn DeShields

Kat was first introduced to the wonderful world of gaming while watching her parents play Rocketeer, Myst and Riven as a kid. Her own passion was ignited by titles like _Sonic, Orly’s Draw a Story, Curse of Monkey Island,_ Disney platformers, and JSRF. If there’s anything she loves more than a good book and the Baltimore Ravens, it’s indie games. Currently, she serves as Communications Manager for Launch Media Network, and Journalist Training Program (JTP) Coordinator and Editor for GameSkinny.com. Kat is also a freelance writer for Buzzfeed and Build Your Own Brand (BYOB) Society. Prior to this, she held PR and marketing positions with nonprofits, publicly traded companies, and small businesses in addition to working as a news reporter. Kat has a BA in Journalism from Hampton University and an MFA in Writing from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Friends of Novy

Pete Markiewicz

Pete Markiewicz

Web Programmer

Emmy Jonassen

Emmy Jonassen

Marketing Guru

Alan Katana

Alan Katana

Video Editor

Drew Utterback

Drew Utterback

Technical Specialist

Evan Killham

Evan Killham

Writer

Heatbox

Heatbox

Voice & Sound Effects Artist

David Ladyman

David Ladyman

Editor & Compositor

Jay Egger

Jay Egger

Writer

Ryan Byl

Ryan Byl

Ryan Byl Concepts

Stephen Vulpitta

Stephen Vulpitta

Technical Specialist

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen

Writer

Adam Godoi

Adam Godoi

Graphic Designer

Mark Chuberka

Mark Chuberka

Operations & Events Consultant

Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Writer

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson

Writer

M. Joshua Cauller

M. Joshua Cauller

Video Editor

Nina Klymenko

Nina Klymenko

Artist & UI/UX Designer

Chris Parsons

Chris Parsons

Sales & Marketing Consultant

Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood

Web Guru

Rob LeFebvre

Rob LeFebvre

Writer

Arthur Zdrinc

Arthur Zdrinc

Graphic Designer & Audio Specialist

George Menjin

George Menjin

Graphic Designer & Animator

Charlie Skinner

Charlie Skinner

Motion Graphics Designer

Richard James Cook

Richard James Cook

Gamestar Arts