Shannon’s pretty sure she’s one of the few, if not only, of the Harry Potter fans who can actually say she had a room in a cupboard under the stairs growing up. That feeling of kinship to Harry led her to cosplaying the famed ‘Chosen One’ and finding herself happily immersed in the fandom and friends she found through Aeternitas and MISTI-Con. Along with a business degree, her background includes theater set design, construction, and art.
MISTI-Con's 2013 Wizarding Advanced Readiness Training champion, Cass Morris, has joined the team as the Informal Programming Chair. She will be helping to organize our guest submitted meetups, designing and scheduling our informal programming events as well as assisting the rest of our programming team.
Cass is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and co-founder of Virginia is for Wizards. In addition to working in the education department at the American Shakespeare Center and acting with Clever By Half Productions, she writes historical fantasy novels, represented by Foreword Literary Agency.
We are delighted to welcome Melissa D. Aaron to the MISTI-Con team! Melissa will be joining us as the convention's Academic Programming Coordinator.
She joins our growing formal programming team alongside Leanna Renee Hieber (Literary Programming Coordinator) and the department head Trissa Hall.
Melissa D. Aaron, aka.”Moonyprof,” is a Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches a Harry Potter course. Her area is Renaissance drama, especially Shakespeare and the history of the theater business. In the Harry Potter fandom, she specializes in werewolves. She has given several papers on Lupin and werewolves at the HPEFanon conferences since 2005, including “The Werewolf Renaissance, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Moon” in 2012, and “Lycanthropy Legislation in a Modern World: A Modest Proposal” at Misti-Con in 2013.