Special Guests

Zombie Squad

Established in 2003, Zombie Squad is the world's premier non-stationary cadaver suppression task force ready to defend your neighborhood from the shambling hordes of the walking dead.  As a 501c3, not-for-profit charity we provide trained, motivated, skilled zombie survival consultants that are prepared to teach you the skills you need to survive any disaster that comes your way, undead or otherwise.

With over 50 chapters around the world and 50,000 registered members, Zombie Squad's ultimate goal is to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness, community building and volunteerism. Zombie Squad is able to achieve this goal through providing "educational" panels with topics ranging from how to survive a power outage to what whiskey will taste best in the coming apocalypse.  Utilizing their own brand of info-tainment that mixes humor, horror, and preparedness training Zombie Squad will leave you better prepared to face the undead menace.


Zombie Squad was featured in "Zombies: A Living History" which aired on the History Channel, has presented conventions across the US including Dragoncon and WW Comiccon and can be seen in Tommy Wirkola's Dead Snow: Red vs Dead , the long awaited sequel to Dead Snow, which is slated for US theater release in 2014.

Jonathan Maberry

NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer for Marvel, Dark Horse and IDW. His recent works include the zombie novels Code Zero, Dead of Night (in development for film), Fall of Night, Patient Zero, and the Rot & Ruin (in development for film), Dust & Decay, Hungry Tales, Flesh & Bone, Fire & Ash, Zombie CSU, Marvel Zombies Return, Marvel Universe vs the Avengers, Bad Blood, V-Wars (in development for TV), The Wolfman, and others.  His short stories have appeared dozens
of anthologies and magazines, including The New Dead, 21st Century
Dead, Dead Souls, Best New Zombie Tales vol 1, New Blood, History is Dead, The Living Dead 2 and others.

He was a leading expert for Zombies: A Living History (The History Channel) and is featured on a commentary track for Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated.

Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife,Sara Jo, and a fierce little rescue dog named Rosie. Follow him on Twitter @jonathanmaberry and visit his website at: www.jonathanmaberry.com

Mark Tufo - Author

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA (and an advanced degree in partyology) and later joined the US Marine Corps. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution, after beginning his climb up the corporate ladder he found himself laid off. His wife, Tracy who was desperate to keep him out of her hair dared him to write a book, and the Zombie Fallout series was born.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill trilogy in college, it sat in his garage until July 2009 when he published it on Kindle. Mark is currently working on the continuation of the ZF series and a new book due out in March of 2014. He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

Triston Johnson

Triston Johnson is an actor from the Atlanta area where he has grown up most of his life. Having done plays and productions in high school, he knew at a young age just what he wanted to be. He has been in several projects including Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead.

Megan Presta – Makeup Artist

Megan Presta was born April 3rd, 1994 in Mineola, New York. Her family moved to Forida where Megan graduated from Land O Lakes High School in 2012. Megan attended Tom Savinis school of special effects in Monessen, Pa where she focused on special effects movie make up and graduated in 2014. She was a lead make up artist on the short film “Dead Star” and assistant on the “Dark Forrest” commercial for Douglas Education Center. She plans to further her career by moving to California to learn more about special effects. She hopes to bring creative ideas to the big screen.

Shallyn Bodnar -  Makeup Artist

is a Makeup artist specializing in beauty and theatrical makeup, as well as special makeup effects, prop fabricating, and airbrushing. She is also a graduate from the Tom Savini School of special make up effects, with a degree in specialized business. She has since then taught special makeup effects and worked on zombie themed projects with in the Pittsburgh area.

Kelly's Smith - Makeup Artist

Kelly's Smith passion for makeup began at a very young age, and has done nothing but grow ever since. She graduated from the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects course where she excelled in the application of both prosthetic and beauty/high fashion makeups. Kelly's credentials include theater productions such as the Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up, and Beauty and the Beast. She has also created and applied injury simulations for mock car accidents, zombie makeup for special events, and prosthetic makeup for the short film, "Dead Star."

Greg Wymer - DJ

Greg Wymer's title is Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media, but creativity isn't just his day job, it's his lifestyle. Greg has been DJing nightclubs and private events for nearly 30 years. He spent 8 years as a cast member at ImprovBoston and now sits on their Board of Directors. He created Useless Trivia, a popular pub trivia night, and has hosted everything from karaoke nights to student rallies at MIT to corporate retreats for Fortune 500 companies. Greg's favorite zombie film is "Shaun of the Dead."

Lisa Johnson – Fitness Trainer

Lisa Johnson is highly regarded in the American fitness industry. She owns and operates Modern Pilates, an award-winning studio in Boston, and has quickly established herself as a writer of integrity on all things fitness.

As a trainer who is "in the trenches" working daily with people since 1997, Lisa brings a unique perspective to both her fitness philosophy and teaching. She is not only an active fitness professional but also knows how to translate even the most complex movement to the average Jane.

Lisa has appeared as a fitness expert in *The New York Times*, *Glamour*, *Family Circle*, *The Boston Globe*, *Entrepreneur,* *Inc., *and CBS News. She was a columnist for *Pilates Style Magazine* from 2006 through 2008 and her blog, Lisa Johnson Fitness: One Body ... Treat it Well has over 2.5 million page views.

Lisa's first two fitness DVDs, "Modern Pilates with Lisa Johnson" and "Body Physica: INTENSE," were released in December of 2012.