Melissa Anelli is a New York Times bestselling author and the co-executive director of Mischief Management, which runs GeekyCon, LeakyCon, and BroadwayCon, and specializes in the creation of real-world spaces in which geeks can fully enjoy the things they love. She started on this path by joining the Harry Potter fandom in 2000, becoming the webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron and writing the bestselling Harry, A History, which features a foreword from J.K. Rowling. Melissa spent several years as a reporter in New York City and lives in Brooklyn, where she devours as many books, TV series, and stage shows as possible. She serves on the advisory board of NaNoWriMo and is a founding member (and current president) of The HP Alliance’s board of directors. Her cat, Moochka, is the most fearsome beast alive.
Paul Degeorge is a co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance. In 2002, Paul and his brother Joe started the band Harry and the Potters, now cited as the founders of Wizard Rock, a genre of music based on Harry Potter.
Hank Green has been active in the online video community since 2007 when he and his brother started the Vlogbrothers channel. In addition to SciShow and Crash Course, Hank is a producer for ‘Sexplanations’ and ‘How to Adult’. Hank and John’s channels have accumulated more than a billion views.
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. John was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers.
Dr. Bridget Reigstad holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist. Her clinical background includes work with trauma survivors, empirically-supported interventions, and psychological assessment. She has worked in community mental health centers, university clinics and domestic violence shelters. Currently, Dr. Reigstad works full-time as a psychology instructor. Her courses include Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Social Psychology, Psychology of Gender, and Developmental Psychology.
Rosianna Halse Rojas has been making videos at youtube.com/rosianna since 2006, where she talks about the status of women online, becoming an adult, and the wonderful world of books. She has given a TEDx talk on the value of online communities and was one of 16 winners of the 2012 international YouTube NextVlogger competition. In 2013, her essay on standing up to online harassment was published in the Graduate Edition of Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Ebury Press). Since 2012, Rosianna has also been working as the Executive Assistant and now VP of Development to #1 New York Times bestselling author and fellow YouTuber John Green (The Fault in Our Stars).