Hou Crew

Karen Aptekar

A background producing commercials for national television combined with a talent for directing and producing documentary films can lead to interesting new territory if you factor in the creative collaboration of Houstons mega talented music film and interactive communities. Aptekar explores how people, media and technology create community, art and communication.Visit her Vimeo

Eric Wargo

Eric is a native Austinite who moved to Houston in early 2001. He is a web developer who serves the digital agencies of Houston with any web related projects they may need have. He has created interactive dashboards, social media integrators, plus a host of web applications. He can be reached through email, LinkedIn, or through his company website, SusProd.

Geoff Smith

Geoff has been behind the scenes on the Who’s HOU team from the beginning and assists on the writing team, as well as contributes to web and marketing teams. Outside of Who’s HOU, Geoff is a contributing writer for A+C Magazine, an artist advisory board member for Spacetaker, and operations manager at Caroline Collective.

Clare Ouyang

Clare is a strange creature that enjoys playing with colors, science, and learning new things. She is often found sitting in a corner with a laptop and eating food while managing bits and pieces of Who’s HOU. Clare is a graduating master student in bioengineering at Rice University, and plans to be a contributing member of society. She is also handy at lots of things such as graphic design and taking pictures of small aquatic organisms with microscopy tools. Visit her Linkedin

Tuyet Lan Nguyen

Professionally goes by “Jill”, she is the logo designer for the Who’s HOU team. Founder of SnowOrchid5076, Jill is a freelance graphic illustrator and designer with an architectural background, current co-chair and events coordinator of Extra Life Houston and is commonly seen around everything video games in Houston. Visit Jill’s Online Portfolio

Paula Dewitte

Paula deWitte, J.D., Ph.D., P.E. is both a software engineer and licensed attorney. Before going to law school, she had over 25 years experience in starting and building high tech companies. She has done applied research and technology development for major government and commercial entities, commercializing products from idea conception through research, development, and product support. Paula continues to consult as well as maintain a law practice, concentrating on business issues and intellectual property as well as security and privacy. She can be reached at paula.dewitte@pauladewitte.comPaula DeWitte PLLC  Visit her Linkedin

John Sheeren

John is a Freelance Director of Photography currently working with various Producers and Production Companies on Features, MOW’s, Commercials, Corporate’s, Indies, Documentaries and PSA’s. He has worked exclusively in the Motion Picture Film Industry since 1981 and is well-versed in 16mm and 35mm Film Cinematography, Standard Definition and High Definition Videography as well as S3D Stereography. No project too large or too small. Have passport, will travel… View John’s full filmography on imdb

Scott Szabo

Scott Szabo is the composer for two nationally syndicated TV series; “Judge Alex” (2005-Present) and Texas Justice” (2001-2004); both on FOX. He also produced and arranged the music for “Divorce Court” (2009-Present). In 2009 Scott won a Telly Award for music in the short film Saving Evan White. In 2005 Scott won the Gold Medal for his score of the feature film “Dancing in Twilight” at the Park City Film Music Festival. From world music to electronic to symphonic orchestra, he has spent years polishing and developing his style. The 1980s and 1990s saw Scott performing live as a singer and keyboardist throughout the Southwest in bands. Always writing and releasing his original songs, this culminated in Scott being signed the indie label Fires of August. In 1988 Scott composed the music for a series of internationally distributed videos for Dow Chemical. Since then, Scott has composed the music for numerous feature films and TV series, as well as many award-winning short films. Additionally, Scott has placed original songs in several other feature films and has written music for over 200 commercials for such diverse clients as Shell Oil, Time Warner, Joe’s Crab Shack, Applebee’s, and Continental Airlines. View Scott’s Youtube page

Sinai Del Castillo

Sinai Del Castillo is a video production student at the Art Institute of Houston. She’s a diligent filmmaker, loyal co-worker and outgoing person. Sinai’s interning for Who’s HOU and is enjoying the experience of meeting professionals of the Houston industry. She will be graduating with her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 2012 and is excited for her future in the film industry. Her favorite activities include, scriptwriting, photography and sleeping. Follow her on linkedin.

Candace Kizer

Who’s HOU Social Media Coordinator, Candace, discovered Twitter in 2008 and it changed her life forever. She quickly found a community network of movers, shakers, and social butterflies just like her and in 2010 she escaped a 10 year stint in the construction industry to make a leap into arts marketing. Candace is currently the Programs Coordinator at Fresh Arts Coalition and the Social Media Manager for Arts+Culture Magazine Houston. She has extreme affection for Houston, sparkly eyeshadow and her 3 year old Chihuahua, Sattie. Friend her on Facebook.

Meredith Nudo

Lead Blogger/Researcher Meredith Nudo makes her living as a writer and researcher (surprise!), most notably at OEDB.org’s Learning By the Book blog. She’s also written a few things for Fife, Third Story Presents, Laurels, Skirt! Houston, and like a billion other websites under different names; in addition, she will start popping up on Space City Nerd and the soon-to-be-launched Hardcore Nudoty. Also she’s working on getting her first comic book series published. Because bios usually include something about college, she should probably add that she has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Sam Houston State (where she won the Excellence in Writing Award back in 2005) and a master’s in English from University of St. Thomas.

Matthew Wettergreen

Matthew Wettergreen is a lecturer at Rice University in Bioengineering. His formal background is in bioengineering with a specialization in biomechanics and organ printing. Informally, Dr. Wettergreen has worked for the last ten years exploring non-traditional educational models, community organizing, and digital strategy. An overarching theme in all of his work is leveraging technology to deliver products, solutions, and platforms that help people connect, collaborate or work more effectively together. Dr. Wettergreen is always excited about coworking, rapid prototyping, design, teaching, and meeting passionate people. Visit his Website

Ned Dodington

Ned Dodington is a practicing designer and builder of ideas. He received a B.A. in Art History from Carleton College in 2003 and an M.Arch from Rice University in 2009. While at Rice, Ned devoted his graduate career to studying ecological design strategies and management with an eye towards the built environment. His work has been published inArchitectural Design Magazine, Brkt Magazine, the Columbia University GSAP yearly student review, as well as Rice: Working 06-08, and All things Must Move. He has written for The Architectural Society in New York, Manifold Magazine, and the Houstonist and maintains a well-respected blog AnimalArchitecture. His built work has been shown in Minnesota and Houston. He is a Designer at PDR in Houston, Texas and a founding officer of two small businesses devoted to fostering creative communities in Houston: Caroline Collective LLC, and C2 Creative. View Ned’s portfolio.

Marc Nathan

Marc is an experienced leader in the technology startup community with a passion for fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship in the greater Houston area. As the Director of Business Development for Forthea, Marc helps select clients generate sales leads from online marketing campaigns. Marc started his career as the the founder and CEO of Bulldog Financial, a professional angel investment and venture consulting firm and has served as the Director of Entrepreneur Development at the Houston Technology Center. Throughout his career, Marc has assisted dozens of companies with business strategy, capital acquisition, digital and mobile marketing, customer development, strategic partnerships and product development.

Trish Badger

Photographer, dreamer, explorer, lover of laughter, seeker of fun, student of life – dreaming of road trips, concerts, photos & making the world a better place.

Gisela Parker

Gisela Parker is a visual artist and photographer currently based in Houston, TX.  Her work mocks the conventions of social media through absurdity and sarcasm. Her primary interests in fantasy and the stranger elements of fiction extends from the Internet to everyday actions. She is featured in the Fotofest exhibition unBlocked, on view at the Jung Center until March 30th. Follow her on Twitter, for those who enjoy tweets about art, absurdity, and cupcakes.

Matthew Montes

Matt Montes is an attorney practicing criminal defense in business law in Houston Texas. A new Houstonian, Matt dove right into the Houston culture scene as a member of TALA (Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts) advising artists on legal matters throughout Houston. When he isn’t advocating, you’re likely to find him running through Buffalo Bayou Park, or hanging out in Montrose with his wife and 2 cat-minions, Cat Benetar and Bowser Timecop.

Joe Stone

Joe Stone is a New York born piano player, organ player, and songwriter living in Houston, Texas. He writes and plays mostly in blues and blues/rock styles, but also explores other genres such as jazz and R&B.

Samuel Strumn

Sam Strum is a sophomore majoring in Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. His credentials include being a DJ for 93.3 KGSR’s HD Channel the Music Lounge, performing Shakespeare and involving himself with the Broccoli Project the Plan II theater troupe, starting up his a cappella group the Texas Songhorns, and serving his fraternity as a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi. He aspires to be an actor in the television and film industry and he is excited to work at SXSW.

Melissa Darragh

Melissa is a Houstonian who enjoys writing for Who’s HOU, and AIGA.org. Melissa also enjoys utilizing her energetic talents for The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where she’s been a Docent since 2007. For the last 3 years, she’s collaborated with marketing departments for a variety of agencies and non-profits. Melissa often uses her skills to support her favorite organizations and events. Music is her passion. She sings with The Jazz Institute and her husband, Henry Darragh.