Who are these people? Meet the Offbeat Empire's staff

The Offbeat Empire is staffed by a team of remote-working contractors across the United States and Canada. Most of us have other jobs too, but working on the Empire is something we love to do together!

Founder & Publisher: Ariel Meadow Stallings

Photo by Jenny Jimenez for Tugboat Yards

Photo by Jenny Jimenez for Tugboat Yards

A writer and editor who got her start editing a rave magazine in the mid-'90s, Ariel Meadow Stallings has been published in magazines and newspapers like Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. She runs the Offbeat Empire from a corner of her bedroom.

Her work has been featured by the New York Times, Today Show, and The Guardian. Ariel's book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides, was first published in 2007 with a second edition in 2010.

Ariel lives and loves in Seattle with her yoga-instructing husband, son, and a small dog. You can read more about Ariel's story here, and get to know her better on Twitter.

Megan Finley

Associate Publisher + Managing Editor Offbeat Bride + Managing Editor Offbeat Home & Life

Screen shot 2013-04-28 at 12.24.31 PMBorn and raised an awkward nerd in Los Angeles, Megan Finley is still an awkward nerd, only now she gets paid for it. She lives behind a famous porn shop in West Hollywood with her shark attack surviving husband and their various rescued furry beasts.

When she's not glued to her laptop managing content for Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Home & Life, and her personal blog, she's probably geeking out about one of these things: Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, sharks, dogs, dinosaur fossils, or whatever she's currently reading.

Follow her on Twitter to geek out about any of those things along with her. Or just say "hi." She likes you.

Catherine "Superman" Clark

Offbeat Bride Editor + Offbeat Empire Project Manager

latest-avatarCatherine is a freelance web consultant from the Chicago area who has been blogging, designing, and building websites since her first foray in 1997. She started out as a designer, but has geeked out hard within all facets of website building, producing, and marketing.

In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches Youtube vloggers and movies en masse, plays video games, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and overshares on Twitter.

Caroline Diezyn

Offbeat Empire Copyeditor & Social Media Manager + Offbeat Home & Life Assistant Editor + Offbeat Bride Tribe Community Manager

Caroline is a writer, a PhD student, an artist, and an astro goth witch from London, Ontario, Canada. She has a severe case of wanderlust (despite surviving a plane crash). She loves cartoons, beer, video games, fashion, and her black cat Zendaya. You can be her friend on Twitter.

Chris Wolfgang

Offbeat Empire Assistant Editor

OffbeatEmpireChris (or Wolfgang, as she is affectionately known around the Empire) hails from Omaha, Neb. She dyes her hair colors not found in nature, lives with a husband and a cat, is occasionally athletic, loves cooking weekly for lots of people, and is possibly the biggest closet anime and manga fan in Omaha. She would love to talk to you about any and all of that on Twitter (@chriswolfgang).

Kelly "Kellbot" Maguire

Lead Web Developer

Kelly is a web developer and hardcore craft hacker based in Philadelphia. Her home was once described as "an excellent place to bunker down in a zombie attack." When she is not writing code and downing cheesesteaks, she can be found watching professional Starcraft matches (yes, that is a thing) and building treehouses in Minecraft.

Tales of Kellbot's crafts, hacks, and failed DIY home improvement projects can be found on her blog, kellbot.com.

Tiffany Wright

Vendor Relations Manager

TiffanyTiffany is coming to you live and in color from New Jersey – complete with big red hair and blue eyeliner! She loves unicorns and crystals, and can often be found reading or crocheting at home. She loves yoga, especially honing her aerial yoga skills, and is nursing some serious hula hoop dreams. She is really into sideshow performers, and boasts that she has seen at least ten of the world's sword swallowers in person! Tiffany is also a proud vegetarian who thinks you DO win friends with salad! She also has a hairless cat named Oliver Star, who smells like potatoes.

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