Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Samantha Ender | Co-Chair

Samantha Ender is a Vice President and Program Officer at J.P. Morgan in New York City. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Sam was the Senior Development Officer at Partners In Health (PIH), a global health nonprofit partnering with the public sector in ten countries around the world to ensure that all people have access to quality health care. It was during her time at PIH that Sam first encountered the HPA, after the HPA community joined forces with other fandoms for Helping Haiti Heal, an effort that raised over $120,000 to send five planes of desperately needed cargo to earthquake-ravaged Haiti in January 2010. Sam holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Amherst College; she lives in Brooklyn, NY with a small gang of very hardy houseplants.

Lillian Karabaic | Co-Chair

Community organizing is Lillian’s favorite discipline of magic. By day, she works as a fundraiser and bicycling advocate at the Community Cycling Center and as a nonprofit database consultant. She’s known for creating a library cataloging marathon game,Raiders of the Lost Archives as the Zine Librarian at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. You can also find her flipping pancakes for bike commuters on Portland’s bridges, producing the Bike Portland podcast, dressing up as David Bowie on cross-country speaking tours or while leading the Bowie Vs Prince bike dance party. She’s previously worked for Bitch Media, Oregon Walks, Go By Bike, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. She’s still waiting for her Firebolt, but for now she rides her yellow Ahearne bicycle everywhere.

Taekia Blackwell | Clerk

Taekia Blackwell is the Chief Operating Officer of Mischief Management, which fosters fandom and celebrates community through unique fan experiences and awesome events like LeakyConBroadwayCon, and Con of Thrones. She is also a long-time member of the HPA community.  Taekia began volunteering with the Harry Potter Alliance in 2009, before taking on a full time role with the organization from 2011-2012. She also worked with the HPA to bring to life the first annual Granger Leadership Academy. Taekia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School of Management. She is a proud Ravenclaw, NYC resident, and is always willing to talk television, film, and fandom with anyone who will listen.

Clint Carney | Treasurer

Clint Carney is a CPA working for an online targeting and data management company in Massachusetts. For years, Clint was a Harry Potter skeptic until a college assignment required him to read The Prisoner of Azkaban and he has been a fan ever since. Clint has a Masters Degree in Taxation from Bentley University and a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also teaches night classes. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and his dog, Yager.

Alan Mygatt-Tauber | Ombudsperson

Alan Mygatt-Tauber is an attorney in Washington State.  His love of fantasy was sparked when he first read the Hobbit when he was four, and his love of activism was sparked in high school and college when he participated in speech and debate.  He enjoys spending time with his family, practicing his hobby of photography, and running his podcast "Summary Judgment."  After getting his Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Oregon, he earned his J.D. from the George Washington University and in addition, he holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, where he also spent five years teaching.  Unsurprisingly, he is a Ravenclaw.