Jenn is honored to serve at Minister of Magic for Infinitus. She is so proud of the
Infini-tus staff and the brilliant job they’re doing. She, like the rest of the fandom,
is eagerly waiting to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Especially since she’ll
get to visit it with her HP fandom family. When she’s not begging Universal Studios
for news on the park, Jenn is whisking her 4th grader away to activities and other
fun things they find to do. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, movies and art. Her
facebook addiction is under control for now but will probably resurface after Infinitus.
Robin Martin, Formal Programming Chair
Robin Martin is known in fandom as “Darcy Black” and has been a member of the
fandom group Hogwarts Common Room since 2004. She currently works as a techni-cal
editor/writer and has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A&M University- Corpus
Christi where she taught freshman-level Composition. Robin has a Masters degree
in English and has presented at or volunteered for various conferences includ- ing
Lumos, Phoenix Rising, Prophecy, and Portus. Her academic research interests outside
of Rowling’s works include Palestinian-American culture and literacy theory. “Darcy”
never grows tired of hugging the necks of all her HP friends at HPEF events and feels
truly blessed to have her Harry Potter “family.” While Harry Potter fandom is her
true home, she also thinks that Lost, Buffy, and Firefly are totally shiny. Lastly,
as a Slytherin, Robin knew all along that Snape was really a love-sick hero.
Aziza Aba Butain, Public Relations Chair
Aziza is thrilled to be a part of Team Infinitus. After attending Lumos in 2006 as
a PR elf, VIP escort, and Meet & Greeter, she was hooked on HP cons. She immediately
joined Team Prophecy, Portus and Azkatraz as the Public Relations Chair. Over the
last several years, she has felt privileged to have met so many wonderful people
and made so many friends as a result of her volunteering. As Editor in Chief for
the Newsletter, PR Chair, and HPEF Board Member, she is able to stay in touch with
the fandom and share with them all of the exciting news about HPEF’s events. In her
muggle life she works for a production studio in Los Angeles and lives with her family,
Sarah, Bella, Mia & Gus.
Jodie Baird, Informal Programming Chair
Infinitus will be the fourth HPEF event Jodie has been involved with, previously
serving as IP assistant chair at Prophecy, Head of the Ball at Portus, and IP co-chair
at Azkatraz. She currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is frantically
work- ing on her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She loves being
a part of HPEF, and feels she has gained so many wonderful friends and allies through
volun- teering these last few years. Her favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban, and
her favorite character is Luna Lovegood. She considers herself a kooky, but bookish
mix of Luna and Hermione.
Nicole Green, Vendor Chair
Nicole is a Pre-AP and Dual Credit English teacher in a High School in Houston, TX.
She has an MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christiy.
She has been reading Harry Potter since college, where she hid her enjoyment of the
books from her roommate after definitively stating that she would “never read those
Harry Potter books because they could never be as good as The Lord of the Rings.”
Portus 2008 was the first conference she presented and volunteered for.
Christine Lacy, Volunteer Chair
Christine first found HPEF in 2005 when she stumbled upon that year’s symposium,
“The Witching Hour”. The diagnosis of cancer that year kept her from attending,
but she never lost hope in attending one. She credits part of her survival of cancer
to this hope and determination that this dream would be realized if she could just
make through another day, another month, another year. In 2008 this wish came true
when she attended Portus in Dallas! Not only did she attend, but she was the assistant
to Decorations and was one of the official photographers for the event. It was so
rewarding she knew she had to have more! As the Infinitus Volunteer Chair, she is
eager at the opportunity to help others find the chance to volunteer at Infinitus
and help make this symposium an epic one in addition to reprising her role as an
official photographer for Infinitus. She lives in North Texas with her husband, Paul,
and in her spare time she enjoys photography, reading, watching/listening to GLEE
(another obsession) and creating gift baskets!
Andrew Bates, A/V Chair
Andrew Bates is an ex-Event Technologies Specialist, Moody Cosplayer. He graduated
from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Percussion Performance and
got a degree from Madison Media Institute for Recording Technology. After that he
worked at the OMNI Hotel at CNN Center as an Event Technologies Specialist and Lead
Tech. Andrew now cur- rently works at GM Voices Recording Studios. He is a founding
member of the Order of the Dragon Harry Potter Cosplay group who will of course be
at Infinitus. (Andrew will be the one with the Magic Eye and the limp). According
to him working with the amazing people at Infinitus has been yet another HP fellowship
that he is feel honored to be a part of. He will always cherish the friendships
that I’ve made through Harry Potter. To him, that’s the best part about this fandom....how
it brings everyone together with such a powerful bond. No matter whether you’re a
Wizard, Witch, Muggle, Squib, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Raven- claw, Auror,
Death Eater, Order Member, Veela, House Elf, Giant, or Hippogriff...this amaz- ing
magical world makes us a family.
Lauren Johnson, Registration Co-Chair
Lauren Johnson’s interest in Harry Potter started after sneaking in to see a midnight
showing of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. In less than a week after
exiting the theater, she had immersed herself in as much Potter fandom as she could-
from the books to websites, fan fiction to collectibles. Years later, with volunteer
experience in the Muggle world as well as from Prophecy 2007 and Portus 2008, Lauren
is very excited to be Co-Registration Chair for Infinitus 2010 with her Potter loving
partner, Christina Gonzalez. Lauren and Christina happened to meet and fall in love
during Portus 2008. They both currently reside just outside of the Fort Worth, TX
area with their spunky cats, Oliver and Elliott. When not volunteering with HPEF
events, Lauren is busy as the Chapter Chair for the North Texas Chapter of the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is also the Supreme Leader as well as Recruitment
Officer for the Evil Hufflepuff Army. Those interested in joining and feel their
evilness applies, please contact Lauren at Registration.
Libbie Bement, Logistics Chair
Libbie has been an active member of the Harry Potter fandom for the better part of
eight years, a fact that still staggers her. From her first convention (Nimbus in
2003) to Infinitus in 2010, conventions have been a big part of that fandom life
and she looks forward to each one like a kid waiting for Santa. Whether writing fanfiction,
playing in RPGs, or walking her feet off for Security, she wouldn’t trade a second
of her fandom life for anything. Hufflepuff to the core, she has the Badger B mascot
in her cubicle at work and drives around with the license plate “MUGGLBRN”...in
other words, Libbie’s never kept her fandom a secret. Married to the same long-suffering
man for 17 years, she is also the mother of two teenaged boys who think she’s this
side of mental but haven’t started actively denying they know her...yet.
Christina Gonzalez, Registration Co-Chair
Like any good Ravenclaw, Christina is a serial student. She returned to the Lone
in 2006 after spending six years in California for academic pursuits. One of such
achievements she completed was earning a bachelor’s in Graphic Design at the Art
Institute of California-San Francisco. This rounded out her academic experience with
her degrees in Sociology she earned from Texas A&M University. This is Christina’s
second Potter event, but she is certainly no stranger to conference planning as
she has helped coordinate many other events. A self-described “music junkie”, she
is a graphic designer by day and one mean bookbinder by night. She shares an international
Harry Potter book collection with her partner and Registration Co-Chair, Lauren Johnson.
Together, they are the proud parents to two lazy, yet amusing, cats, and live just
outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She also has a dog, Lucy, but Lucy has wised up and
decided to retire with Christina’s parents.
Heidi Tandy, NoaTW Chair & Meetup Coordinator
Heidi Tandy has, over the years, been involved with the Help_Haiti auction community,
FictionAlley, HPEF, the Organization for Transformative Works, the 2008 and 2009
Comic- Con Harry Potter panels and The Leaky Cauldron. In real life, she is an intellectual
property attorney in South Florida, the mother of three Harry Potter fans and a
firm believer in the maxim “Fandom is my fandom.”
Kari Phillips, Conceptual Developer
As a Conceptual Developer for Infinitus 2010, Kari helped get the ball rolling for
what is sure to be another unforgettable symposium. In her free time, Kari loves
to watch movies, read romance novels, and read and write fan fiction. Her most recent
obsessions include Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, and Dollhouse. In real life
Kari works at Miller Curtain Company, a local curtain manufacturer in San Antonio,
Texas, and shares her home with her two cats, Buffy and Willow.
Michelle Gardner, Decorations Chair
Michelle K. Gardner (aka Enelya Oronar) lives on the World Wide Web. Michelle has
a background in management, but her passions are for all things online. She is able
to explore her online interests by her enrollment in the Texts and Technology PhD
program at the University of Central Florida. Primarily focusing on the tools of
digital media and the WWW, Michelle’s current research focuses on the various ways
in which people integrate media sharing websites such as YouTube or flickr into their
daily conversations. As a wife, mother, full time employee and PhD student, Michelle
is grateful the WWW is available 24/7!
Courtney Voorhees, Security Co-Chair
Courtney has been a huge fan of Harry Potter since her mom pestered her into watching
first movie in 2002. She was immediately hooked and devoured the first four books
in less than two weeks. Four years later she was ecstatic to attend her first HPEF
symposium, Lumos 2006, where she was able to geek out with fellow fans and befriend
people from around the world! She enjoyed the experience so much that she signed
up to volunteer for the next two symposiums, Prophecy 2007 & Portus 2008 where she
served on the Informal Programming committees. She has switched gears a bit this
year and is happily serving as Security Co-Chair for the greatly anticipated Infinitus
2010. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree at the University of
Oklahoma and wears her Sooner (and Gryffindor!) red with pride.
Mary Markovinovic, Web Chair
Mary (aka “marypao”) is the web chair for Infinitus 2010. A Harry Potter fan since
the very beginning, this will be her first HP Symposium. She currently works as
the Chief of Public Affairs and an adjunct professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for
Security Studies in Honolulu, HI. She has a teenage daughter, who will be accompanying
her to Infinitus, and two cats - who have to stay home.
Emeline Walker, Security Co-Chair
Emeline Walker (a.k.a Shillelagh, a.k.a. EWalk) is back for more as a part of Team
tus! She is a hardcore Quidditch Beater and a pride member of the Slythindor House.
She has volunteered for security since The Witching Hour. Emeline loves to volunteer
and when not at HP Symposiums, she spends her time helping the church youth group.
Currently, she is in school to be a middle school English teacher. She wants to bring
the passion she feels for books and creativity to her classroom and hopes to inspire
her students. In her free time, (haha) Emeline is a staff member for The Harry Potter
Alliance and heads up the Protego Earth Project. And she adds one more thing, Mud
and Blood forever.
Sarah Price, Food and Beverage Chair
Sarah is excited about her third HPEF conference. This year she’ll be serving as
the Food & Beverage Chair, making all of your Feast dreams come true. She considers
herself to be a Gryffindor and wishes she had an owl in real life. Her favorite book
is The Sorcerer’s Stone because that’s when the magic began for her. In her muggle
life, she works as the office manager for a production studio in Los Angeles and
lives with her family, Aziza, Bella, Mia & Gus.
Amanda Vanderford, Art Gallery Chair
Amanda, known as Miss Freewind online, is the eldest child in her very own Weasley-sized
family. Using her Ravenclaw intellect, she is studying to become a microbiologist.
Amanda enjoys volunteering in the multiple charities and organizations her sorority
supports. She is one of the many young adults that grew up alongside Harry Potter
and shows off her Harry Potter tattoos whenever she can. Amanda loves supporting
Harry Potter conferences. She first volunteered for HPEF in 2007 during Prophecy
and has continued to do so at each of their subsequent symposiums. She is excited
to be the Art Gallery Chair at Infinitus and hopes to make Infinitus 2010 the best
Harry Potter conference ever!
Jasmine Harrison, Editing and Publishing Chair
Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Print Journalism
and minor in Creative Writing. This will be her third HPEF conference and saying
she’s excited about Infinitus is an understatement. She is also thrilled to come
on board as the Editing and Publishing chair and hopes her experience and education
in journalism will help her in new position. Jasmine got into Harry Potter one lonely
day away at school when she switched on the television and came across a movie about
an equally as lonely boy living in a cupboard under the stairs. The rest, as they
say, is history. Jasmine is currently the lead organizer of the Houston Harry Potter
Meetup group. She’s been a member of the group for six years, and has met lifelong
friends through her involvement.
Amanda Burke, John-Paul Cummins, Tara Dunn, Leatrice Green, Mazel Jones, Cody Williams
and Kimberly Wylie