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BGG Changers Team
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Janna, a Mexican-American artist, is a nature enthusiast and animal lover who has always admired the wonder of storytelling. She worked many years in art galleries and is also an eco-entrepreneur. Her natural surroundings are a consistent part of the inspiration for her drawings, paintings and photographs. 

Janna Alcaraz

Illustrator and Artist Changer


Alan Trinkle

Chief Edutainment Officer

Alan has spent his career supporting the business, marketing, and product launches of Fortune 500 companies, charities, & non-profits. He takes passion in the intersection of Education and Entertainment; the interactions of people, their worlds, and deeper relationships between them all.  

Samori Etienne

Bea’s LibrarianTeller

Samori is a writer, actor, director, and filmmaker, hailing from New Jersey. He graduated from Williams College this spring with a B.A. in Theatre and English. Samori is in charge of the magical words and archives for characters, including backstories and marvelous tales.


Shami McCormick

Story Changer & Aunt M

Shami is a performer, writer, editor and Fowl whisperer. Previously a Producing Artistic Director of a professional theatre company and now freelance director and editor, McCormick can often be found at Universal Studios where she is a Wandkeeper. Shami brings expertise and a love of storytelling to BGG and will help create and navigate the magical trails upon which the Changers will quest. 

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Kalpita Chakote

Kalpita Chakote is a recent graduate of Northwestern University where she studied acting, screenwriting, and creative writing. She recently played The Angel of Time, Miriam in the staged reading of Letters from London by Samah Meghjee and understudied Professor Aman/Ghost/Police Officer in the Wirtz production of Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes. 

Gad’s LibrarianTeller

John Christopher Jones

Master Thespian & Gloman

John will head character development for BGG, focusing particularly on the part of ‘Gloman the Wizard’, whom he will play at certain points. Jones is also a BGG Investor. An actor for 50 years, among more than a dozen shows on Broadway, he played Cogsworth the Clock in Beauty and the Beast and was the school teacher, Dobbins, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Lucille Lortel winner for his translation of Checkov’s play The Cherry Orchard. Also, as an associate director of the Depot Theatre, he directed classical and contemporary productions.


Penelope Vonswitz

Changer in Training

Penelope Vonswitz is a student at Boston Arts Academy, and a Student Associate working with BGG as an Admin Intern/Creative Changer. Since May, Pen has worked on the Connects, Purple Pouches, and has created the "Countess Spider and Mistress Ladybug Mystery Story" which will be included in the Connects and on the ChangersAdventures Series digital platform.

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Alex Fusaro

Tech Magician

Alex is our Tech Magician. He combines modern technology solutions to make sure each BGG fan has a personalized user experience. He puts together the pieces that bring your favorite BGG characters to your computer. In 2016, Alex co-founded - a New York based digital agency that helps businesses and entrepreneurs navigate online. 

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Charlotte Jones

Bea's Changer

Charlotte combines digital development with artistic development as actor, dancer, coder and lover of Shakespeare. A senior at Northwestern University in Computer Science and Dance -  passionate about App Development, AI, and Computer Science Dance Appeared on Nickelodeon, Teen Nick, Off-Broadway, Charlotte now takes on Bea's as her Changer.


Scott Schafer

StoryTeller Changer

Scott has worked On Broadway, Off Broadway and at Regional theaters including Cinncinatti Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, David Geffen Theatre in LA and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Television credits include Chapelle’s Show, One Life to Live, Law and Order. At the ripe old age of 55, Scott decided to try something new. He became a Flight Attendant for a major carrier. He lives in New York City with his husband.

Betsy Weaver Ed.D.

Founding Changer

Betsy is a serial entrepreneur and ‘Changer’ who created two new niche markets and successfully exited both. She is now venturing into her third - BGG Creative Studio. Beyond business acumen and innovation, Weaver holds a doctorate in Social Policy and Trend Analysis from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Masters degrees from both Harvard University and Bank Street College of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College.

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