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

Vendor Relations + Offbeat Bride Editor

304679_10151191180752660_1128254952_nCatherine 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. She has a BFA in art and is taking her time working on a Masters degree.

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

Copyeditor and Offbeat Home's Assistant Editor

dEj8xHYoCaroline is the Offbeat Copyeditor and Offbeat Home's Assistant Editor. She's a writer, a grad student, a wannabe 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, and fashion. You can be her friend on twitter.

Kelly "Kellbot" Maguire

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.

Kirsten "Little Red Lupine" Hansen

Offbeat Bride Tribe Community Manager

Kirsten is an academic out in the world, or at least out in Canada. She has been involved in teaching university courses, worked for a non-profit organization, researched and played with technology, and is an occasional freelance writer. When not working, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, playing video games with her husband, designing jewelry or cards or baking something delicious. Her house has been likened to a zoo with three cats and two ferrets frequently misinterpreting who is in charge.

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