2019 Speakers and Celebrities
Specialty speakers include celebrity mermaids, marine scientists, scuba experts, free-diving champions, filmmakers, photographers, authors, artists and business coaches. Experienced specialists will teach attendees to sculpt their own ocean accessory, learn water safety fundamentals, discover scuba and freediving while other mermaid enthusiasts model for aquatic photo shoots, audition to become a professional mermaid with the mid-Atlantic’s most popular water artists, and peruse the mermaid-inspired wares of artisanal vendors.
Morgana is a professional circus performer and Washington D.C.’s original performing mermaid. Formally a world champion aerialist she turned to mermaiding in spring of 2012. In 2016 she created the Circus Siren Pod, the largest performing mermaid company in the Northeast. In 2018 Morgana put her engineering degree to good use by adding mobile tank shows. Today she owns and operates the tallest travel mermaid tank in the world and her award winning team travels both domestically and internationally performing for aquariums, casinos, festivals, fairs and corporate events: entertaining children and adults alike.
Seanna Ackermann (Anni) is the CEO and Owner of Mermaid Seanna, LLC, co-owner of Metro Merfolk, LLC, a mermaid fitness company and mermaid swim school for kids and adults, and co-owner of the newest DC convention, Mer-Magic Con, a convention created for water lovers and mermaid lovers alike. Seanna is also a member of the largest east coast circus and mermaid international traveling aquatic show, the Circus Siren Pod. Seanna has been mentioned in the Washingtonian Post, the Washington Post, ABC Headline News, the Virginia Daily, Stubborn Magazine, and most recently, the award winning, youngest honoree of the Loudoun Business Time’s 40 under 40 Class of 2018. Seanna is an active volunteer for Make a Wish America, Curefest Inc for Childhood Cancer, and a previous volunteer for Leadership Loudoun.
Colleen is the co-owner of Metro Merfolk & of MerMagic Con. She is the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Mermaid Ambassador for FinFun. Runs meetups & teaches mermaid classes in the DC Metro Area. She has collaborated with performing mermaids, tail makers, & aquatic facilities to develop the DC area’s first rigorous mermaid course to ensure safe and confident merfolk. With this course launching after MerMagic Con Colleen & the freedom center will be working with officials in Fairfax county to lift the tail ban and get mermaid classes throughout Northern Virginia.
Anna Clapper is a published scientist turned professional mermaid in Columbia, SC. Performing as “Aurelia the Deep Blue Mermaid,” Anna has made appearances at art openings, birthday parties, festivals, and other events all across the Southeast. Most notably, she performed with the Circus Siren Pod throughout the 2018 season of the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Anna holds multiple, advanced-level SCUBA certifications, including PADI Rescue Diver, and is a certified freediver. She has more than ten years of lifeguarding experience, and has been a Lifeguard Instructor and First Aid/CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross for six years. Her company, Deep Blue Aquatics, not only provides exceptional mermaid entertainment, but also offers swim lessons, aquatic safety workshops, and life-saving certification courses.
Melanie has been an award winning, multi published professional photographer for four years in the Maryland area. She specializes in portraiture photography from business headshots to underwater to fashion. Her studio is located in Baltimore, Maryland, but travels all over for photo sessions.
Raised in the theatre, Kat has been working in front and behind the scenes for most of her life. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Kat perform both live and on film as an actor, aerialist, stunt person and mermaid; and loves every second of it. A semi-retired SFX makeup artist, she adores working with prosthetics and complicated makeup, and her background as a singer helps in creating unique characterizations across her many disciplines.
Lila Jones is a marine biologist and professional mermaid living on the island of Maui. Upon graduating with her bachelors in science from Hawaii Pacific University in 2013, she accepted a job as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea, Alaska. Data she collected assisted NOAA with in-season management of multiple fisheries. Despite enjoying the rustic life Alaska offered, she felt compelled to reach a broader audience and returned to Hawai’i to pursue a career as a professional mermaid. She began offering lessons in 2015, and has since obtained her skin diving instructor certification from NAUI. In 2017 she began creating protocol for a NAUI instructor specialty specific to mermaiding and launched the Mermaid Level 1 course. In 2018 Lila launched her international Mermaid Dream Retreat program which brought participants to Mexico to meet whale sharks and sea lions face to face. With a focus on dive skills, ocean safety, and wildlife interactions, the retreats prove to offer participants an in-depth look at what it means to be a mermaid. 2018 was also the year she began public speaking events to help educate the public and other mermaids on using their performances as a platform for change. She was also accepted as an alternate for the nationally recognized mermaid performance group, Circus Siren Pod. In 2019 she began volunteering as a board member for the Hawaii Ecotourism Association after receiving an award for Maui’s Sustainable Tour Guide of the Year for her ongoing collaboration with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures. She also launched her Impact Apparel clothing line in January, 2019 which helps raise money for various non-profit organizations.
Captain, Head Merwrangler
Jayne Champagne has been a swimmer, dancer, model and professional mermaid and burlesque performer for 10 years, 4 of them at the World Famous Wreck Bar in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
There’s she helped create one of the first underwater burlesque show in the country, along with creating her own costume and mermaid tail line , Cat Haus Designs. Since then she has traveled all over the US performing and teaching her swim style.
Nate Leazer is the Founder/Owner of Blue Alchemy Freediving. He is also a SCUBA instructor at Coral Edge Adventures where he has been teaching since 2009. Nate began freediving in 2015 and worked his way up to becoming a Performance Freediving International (PFI) and SCUBA Schools International (SSI) freediving instructor. Nate has trained with several highly skilled Freedivers, to include former world record holder Ashley Chapman, and former national record holder Ted Harty. In addition to his teaching, Nate has since become involved with competitive freediving and has competed in several major international competitions, in 2018 he placed 2nd at Deja Blue 9 and 3rd at the Caribbean Cup. Currently Nate’s personal best is a 233 ft deep dive on a single breath and a breath-hold of 7:13.
Helena The Mermaid
Helena has been a professional mermaid for three years, and has used her mermaiding as a platform to increase awareness of Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), a hereditary disease. When Helena’s CMT progressed to the point that she could no longer walk unassisted, she refused to let it slow her down, and upgraded her legs to a beautiful mermaid tail! Since then, she has performed mostly in the mid-Atlantic region, working at events including Waterfest, Faerie Con, Faerie Fair, Blackbeard Pirate Festival, and Baltimore’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and has recently become a member of Circus Siren Pod. As a public figure for CMT, she has done public speaking, has been featured in news stories both in the US and internationally, and has participated at special events for disabled children, encouraging them to find the magic in life. In addition to her performances and public appearances, Helena also owns her own Etsy shop, Fins & Seashells, where she sells custom, handmade mermaid accessories.
K.M. Robinson is the bestselling author of The Siren Wars Saga and many other young adult novels. She’s a social media strategist at Mermaid Current where she helps professional mermaids create profitable businesses through smart social media marketing. She’s been interviewed by Facebook for her innovative work in the field, has been featured in a major World Social Media Day broadcast, and has appeared on live broadcasts, podcasts, and blogs, as well as in-person events for social media strategy, photography, and writing.
Abbey Boutwell, the mermaid behind Mermaid Vlogs, is a content creator and social media marketing specialist based in Nashville, Tn. After starting an entertainment company and expanding it to five cities nationwide, she sold the business to focus on social media and start a new adventure with her full-time videographer husband, Ben Boutwell. Realizing there was a need in the market for a high-quality vlogger in the ever-growing Mermaid community, she began perfecting her craft and debuted her video blog series, “How to Be a Mermaid 101.” She continues her vlog as she meets up with photographers, mermaid venues, festivals, hotels and restaurants, creating fresh video content keeping the viewers coming again and again. You can also find Abbey on The Everyday Mermaid Podcast, where she and her mer-gal pal, Lauren chat all things mermaid, available anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Rebecca Hawk has been in the costuming and performing world for over 15 years. As a graduate of Cinema Makeup School’s makeup program, she often shares her spfx makeup and prosthetics knowledge with the cosplay community. Rebecca spends her free time volunteering at local hospitals as princesses and superheroes.
Nerdmaid Faith is a 20-year-old Canadian mermaid vlogger. She has been a performing as a mermaid for almost five years and loves to bring people together by living their mermaid dreams. She makes YouTube videos about all sorts of mermaid topics: such as in-depth reviews, swimming videos, and collaborations. She aims to supply the world with quality information and reviews in regards to mermaid tails and hopes to entertain people along the way. She is currently travelling throughout the USA working on a tour.
Katelyn began mermaiding in 2009, and started her professional career in 2012 as Katey Mermaid; Ohio’s First Mermaid. She owns The Ohio Mermaids, as well as performing with Circus Siren Entertainment.
Brittany Walker runs Freya Accounting. Freya Accounting is a small business accounting and tax firm that caters to entertainers, performers, and some of the less than traditional types of businesses. She is a federally licensed tax preparer and a chartered financial analyst. Before she started her own business she was the CFO for a franchised company across the east coast.
The waters of Wakanda submerge a secret that even the Wakandans don’t know, until now! Introducing Mermaid JessaLee! The Wakandan Mermaids are notoriously secretive, so she won’t say much about her past, yet here she is! Never satisfied being Wakanda’s best kept secret, this beautiful, mystical creature crossed the waters from East Africa to DC because she wanted to see the world, and be seen! She loves American fashion and culture, and has decided to make the DC area her home. Mermaid JessaLee performs magic tricks, plays the flute, and is skilled at arts & crafts. When on land she can conjure up legs at will, and enjoys jumping, dancing, and shopping (jewelry, sparkly tail coverings and leggings are personal favorites)! She has decided to make a career for herself here using her many talents to perform, bringing joy to all who dare to believe in her mermaid magic.
Philo Barnhart has had the pleasure of being one of the creators of the Little Mermaid, soon to celebrate its 30th year next year in 2019. Philo also has worked on Star Trek the Motion Picture soon to celebrate it 40th year! Philo Barnhart is a Second Generation Disney legend. His Mother and Father worked for Disney on many animated cartoons during their golden age. He has also worked several years in Disney Consumer Products. He designs various toys games and Puzzles. Joining him is Charles D. Moisant. Charles has published comic book trading cards and books since the early 1990’s. He is currently developing a Board game with Michael Geba Titled “IT LIES”.
mermaid, party princess performer and face painter since the age of 14 under the mersona Mermaid Tempest. At the age of 21 she owns contracts 37 performers hosting large scale magical events for families as well as performing at festivals and promotional with the recent addition of a custom tank exhibit and show through her expanded and award winning business “Mermaid Tempest & Friends” of which a percentage of profit goes towards a yearly selected charity that helps the reefs. Hannah has appeared in popular teen magazines such as Dolly and Girlfriend commanding her as a role model for self care, environmental endorsement and young entrepreneurship. Recently Hannah was the 2018 host of Mercon, Australias’ mermaid convention and has been invited as guest speaker and underwater posing workshop host for a cruise departing Texas June 2019.