Vanessa Zoltan is a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School. She graduated with her BA in English Literature and Writing from Washington University in St. Louis, her MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School in 2015. She is working on a book about treating Jane Eyre as a sacred text. Her work with Jane Eyre and Harry Potter has been written about in The New York Times and covered on CNN. Vanessa blogs for the Huffington Post. She lives with 24 Harvard freshmen and her dog, in Cambridge, MA..
Casper ter Kuile
Casper ter Kuile is building a world of joyful belonging. He is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and a Strategist at On Being. Casper is the co-author of How We Gather, a cultural map of Millennial communities, and the co-founder of the UK Youth Climate Coalition and Campaign Bootcamp. He's a graduate of Harvard’s Divinity and Kennedy Schools and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and on NPR. He lives in Cambridge, MA. with his husband Sean.
Ariana Nedelman is a former Associate Producer at Pemberley Digital, where she helped produce an Emmy Award winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. She also worked as the Social Media Manager at PBS Digital Studios, where she focused on building engaged audiences around educational programming. Her love of and interest in meaning-making communities has taken her from literary fandoms to religion, and she did a stint at Harvard Divinity School, before dropping out to work full time on Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.
Chelsea is from central Massachusetts and lives in Cambridge. She holds a BA from The University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she studied Philosophy, Music, and Sound Recording Technology. She also holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Emerson College. Her thesis, a memoir titled “Bass Player” was the basis for her own musical memoir podcast Dear Young Rocker, which both tells her own story of using music to navigate the pain of an anxious, angry, and isolated adolescence and provides advice for young people who feel the same. She mentors and teaches music at Girls Rock Campaign Boston, and her rock band Banana performs regularly in the Boston area.
Maggie Needham is a youth worker, writer, and tea-drinker from Chicago. She is a program coordinator at Open Books, a literacy non-profit, where she builds and facilitates communities of young readers and writers. (This mostly involves reading a lot of novels written by teenagers.) She has a BA in English from Saint Louis University and served a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Before joining the team, Maggie created the Chicago discussion group for Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.