The Team

MEET THE TEAM

amy hogan | Host

Amy, a Puff, was introduced to Harry at the ripe young age of 9 when her aunt gifted her the Sorcerer’s Stone DVD for Christmas. She gave Amy’s sister the first four books, which Amy promptly snagged off her sister’s bookshelf to read for herself. The rest is history. Growing up in the back hills of New York with dial-up internet, she set MuggleNet.com as her browser homepage. Who knew that all these years later she would be Creative Team Manager for the site and even host a podcast? In her Muggle life, Amy is a proud graduate of Oswego State (Go Lakers!) where she earned her degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communications. She’s putting that diploma to use right now as a television reporter. Oh, and she’s met April the Giraffe in person. That is all.

Ariel Taranski | Host

Ariel has been an avid reader and writer since childhood, and has loved Harry Potter for more than half of her life. When she’s not doing freelance social media for various sites, she works on her own fictional tales with hopes of becoming an author one day. Once a hatstall of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, she has now proudly embraced the fact that she’s a full Hufflepuff who values fairness, hard work, and loyalty. A former mermaid who gained her legs for love, it’s only natural that she’s now guest hosting on a podcast about Fantastic Beasts. Despite modeling for the SpeakBeasty logo in her formerly finned days, she is now just a voice in front of a microphone, but oh so happy about it.

aurelia lieb | Host

Aurelia usually goes by Aureo, because that is just easier to pronounce. At Hogwarts, she is a proud Gryffindor, even though she is a German, currently living near Düsseldorf but originally from the Stuttgart area. Aureo also had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for 6 months, which resulted in her mad love for that country. In Muggle life, Aureo has a bachelor’s degree in business and event management and is currently in the process of getting her MBA. For MuggleNet, she is also a content editor, and in Muggle life she works in marketing. In her free time, Aureo plays basketball for a German team, writes (mostly fanfiction), and loves to travel. She is also a massive Doctor Who and Sherlock fan and generally in love with all things British.

Elayna Darcy | Host

elayna-mae-darcy-copyElayna is first and foremost a lover of stories. From the time she first read the Harry Potter series as a child, her imagination was ignited, and she’s been passionately pursuing storytelling ever since. Thanks to pursuing a creative degree in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, she’s responsible for a number of short films, screenplays, and has led numerous social media campaigns. When not podcasting or professionally fangirling, Elayna can usually be found blogging about her experiences of writing her first novel trilogy on her website, Elayna Musings. Or tweeting. She likes tweeting.

Lizzie Gladwyn | Host

Lizzie G is also known as British Lizzie within the MuggleNet Fam! She lives in Bath Spa, England, where she is embarking on an academic career studying media and gender studies. She is a proud Gryffindor who is brave and will fight for people’s rights, but she doesn’t always think things through before charging into a situation! On MuggleNet, Lizzie is the Creative Team Staff Manager. She loves writing about the controversial topics and debating how the fandom has changed.

Lizzie Sudlow | Host

lizzie-sudlowLizzie is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, where she studied Mass Communications, English, and Journalism. She is a proud Gryffinclaw (she’s a true hatstall) and Wampus. Lizzie currently resides in Astoria, NY with her Ravenclaw boyfriend and Hufflepuff cat, Leia. She works in Manhattan as a Social Media Manager and also runs MuggleNet’s Internship Program. When not recording, Lizzie can be found cooking, playing with her cat, and watching Netflix. A fun fact about her is she was introduced onstage for a performance at LeakyCon 2012 by Evanna Lynch.

michael harle | Host

Michael is a Hufflepuff from Albuquerque, New Mexico (though he now lives in Austin, Texas). In addition to being a contributing host on SpeakBeasty, Michael previously managed and hosted MuggleNet Fan Fiction’s AudioFictions program, and is best known in the Harry Potter community for his many impressions of various wizarding world denizens. Beyond Potter, Michael graduated from university in 2011 with a major in Cinematic Arts and a minor in Theater. He is currently pursuing a career as a professional Youth Services Librarian. In his spare time, Michael does his best to conduct himself as similarly to Professor Lupin as he can, while also collecting Harry Potter Trading Cards in the hope that someone will someday play the game with him.

Shannen Michaelsen | Host

shannen-michaelsenShannen is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, podcaster, Ravenclaw, and Wampus. Shannen’s been a fan of Harry Potter since before being able to read, thanks to family reading the series aloud. Shannen is passionate about Newt Scamander and Augureys. When not talking about Fantastic Beasts or working a real job, Shannen makes web shows and plays Dungeons & Dragons.


PRODUCTION TEAM

Ashley Craig | Producer

ashley-craigAshley is a proud Slytherin from Texas, and has been obsessed with Harry Potter since book 2 was released.  When she’s not co-producing SpeakBeasty, you can find her working on the Creative Social Media team for MuggleNet. When forced to act like a Muggle, (her father will hear about this!) Ashley enjoys cheering on her beloved Dallas Mavericks, shouting at the TV while watching various sporting events, obsessing over all things Disney and occasionally acting her age.

Catherine Lewis | Editor

Catherine, a half-and-half Ravenpuff, lives in lower Alabama with her husband Brandon (a Slytherin) and 3 furbabies. She enjoys bringing characters to life through narration in collaboration with Audible, and bringing the magic of music to the lives of muggle children in her music classroom. When she isn’t editing SpeakBeasty podcasts or audiobooks, she embodies the legacy of Professor Sprout through her love of plants and ALL things “succulents.” In short, she loves Jesus, her husband, her dogs, her plants, and people!

LAINE MCCURIN | SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Laine is a graduate of Florida State University where she studied Music and English Literature. She always figured she’d be a Hufflepuff, had Hogwarts invited her to attend, but upon learning of the existence of Ilvermorny, was pleasantly pleased to be sorted into Thunderbird. When she isn’t reading books and comics or looking up Fantastic Beasts fan art, Laine is obsessing over her pugs, wishing she could swim with sharks, or crocheting Pugsharks.

Megan Kelly | ProducerHost

megan-kellyMegan, a Gryffindor, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Creative Writing, Film, and Children’s Literature. She’s been in love with Harry since childhood, and credits him largely with her continued love of reading and writing. When she’s not recording for SpeakBeasty, Megan works as an project manager for an advertising agency. She can also be found drinking coffee, writing stories, running rather slowly, making travel plans, watching British comedies, and trying out exotic recipes. (Also, if anyone wants to talk about Larry Stylinson, she’s your girl.)


SOCIAL MEDIA & GRAPHICS TEAM

Ananda De Abreu | Social Media

Ananda is a 23-year-old living in South Africa with an Honors in Marketing and a proud ROAR ROAR GRYFFINDOR! The Wizarding World has been a part of her life since she was 8 and her mom was trying to make her into a bookworm. It’s 15 years later and her passion has only grown – Harry Potter taught her how to have a passion for fictional literature, how to play chess (seriously) and how to flaunt her inner nerd (her friends know her as “the one that knows all the HP stuff”) . She stands for S.P.E.W., she stands for sticking to her guns (Cursed Child is NOT canon #sorrynotsorry), and she can’t wait to grow in the SpeakBeasty community!

Cheyenne Padgett | Graphic Designer

Cheyenne is a proud Midwesterner and Slytherin who will defend the antics of her house any day of the week. She graduated from Cedarville University in 2016 clutching a Professional Writing and Graphic Design degree.

Aside from creating graphics (both in her Muggle job and in her Beasty job), she can be seen watching people play video games on YouTube, shopping feverishly online for things she’ll never actually buy, and completing her Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts Funko collection.

Jennifer May | Social Media

Jennifer is a Ravenclaw Horned Serpent (AKA nerdy nerd) who graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in English Language and an obsession with Harry Potter. She lives in the UK, in the same town that JK Rowling was born in (it’s only claim to fame), owns a wool shop, and is pretty much a human Niffler. In her spare time, she can usually be found at the cinema, knitting socks or feeding her tortoise (Dobby) dandelions.

Samantha Joubert | Social Media

Samantha has been waiting for her Hogwarts letter since she was eight, and hasn’t given up hope yet, she is positive that her owl is definitely just lost. She’s a Gryffindor and a Thunderbird and lives in the UK. In her spare time she’s an aspiring writer and artist, and can usually be found in her natural habitat (her bedroom) drawing with her Niffler, Gatsby.