(amy at narrateconferences.org)
Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Industry from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music magna cum laude in 1998, with a minor in Political Science. She received both the Brandon H. Merhle Service Award and the departmental award for outstanding achievement upon her graduation. She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center cum laude in 2001. In the last few years, she has practiced corporate, intellectual property, technology and non-profit law, including serving as general counsel to four non-profit entities, as well as serving on the board of directors for two of them. Currently, Amy practices business law at a Fortune 250 company. Amy's past event administration experience includes GRAMMY in the Schools while at USC and kickoff conferences for the Department of Justice, as well as spearheading Narrate Conferences events.
(hallie at narrateconferences.org)
Hallie is an honors graduate of the University of Southern California. She has taught K-8 music classes for the Broad Prize-winning Long Beach Unified School District in California as well as been an educational programs facilitator with the California Science Center, the USC Language Academy, and various online educational websites. Her main areas of interest and research are urban education, cross-curricular integration, supporting second language learners, the pre-K-16 continuum, and continuing education for adults.
(sabrina at narrateconferences.org)
Sabrina works as a software developer for a major telecommunications company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with High Honor in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and her Master's Degree at Johns Hopkins University in their Engineering and Applied Science Program for Professionals. Sabrina has volunteered in a technical capacity for several academic conferences over the last few years.
(sharina at narrateconferences.org)
Sharina holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management. She has worked in marketing and service at both SeaWorld Florida and Universal Orlando. Currently, she works at a special events and trade show decorating contractor that produces many of the world's most recognized trade shows.
(suzanne at narrateconferences.org)
Suzanne is a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts; she earned her B.F.A. in Cinema Studies and Journalism at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to serving as Programming Chair for Phoenix Rising (2007) and as a vetting board member for Terminus (2008), she has been a fixture at Harry Potter symposia, presenting multiple papers and speaking on multiple panels at Nimbus-2003, The Witching Hour, and Lumos. Suzanne is currently hard at work on her dissertation, an examination of convergence culture's commodification and appropriation of fan practices and nerd culture, with special emphasis on Harry Potter wizard rock, Comic-Con, and the ancillary content model of shows like Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Lost. Suzanne's work was recently published in a collection titled Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica (2008), and she was named as a HASTAC Scholar for 2008. Suzanne continues to present at a range of academic conferences and is thrilled to be a part of Narrate Conferences' aim to create a participatory, interdisciplinary conference space.
(amyw at narrateconferences.org)
Amy worked for more than five years in the travel industry, but found herself drawn back to the academic world by her love of literature, history and folklore. She is currently an administrative assistant by day while attending school to finish her Bachelor of Arts degree. Amy began planning and organizing events in high school, where she was project manager for the drama club and stage manager for several school and community theater productions. Past volunteer positions for academic conferences include work in logistics, operations, registration, customer service, security and finance.