Meet the 2024 Staff

Jay Seidel

Festival Director

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Jay Seidel

John Axelrad

Jay Seidel

Jay Seidel has been fascinated by visual storytelling for decades.  A former photojournalist who worked for a variety of newspapers and magazine outlets found a passion for drones and aerial storytelling. Seeing all the amazing work by the many aerial visual storytellers and content creators from around the would is what led him to start the Southern California Drone Festival. 

Maria Obry

Marketing Staff

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Maria Obry

Maria is a graphic designer with a wide range of expertise in brand-identity, illustration, UX, print + poster design and photo-editing. She has more than three years of experience designing graphics including  social media posts, original icons for websites and hand drawn illustrations. In her free time she enjoys taking photos, drawing and making oil and acrylic paintings, which helps her hone her creativity and visual arts skills. She says that she loves a good challenge.

Elizabeth Carroll

Marketing Staff

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Elizabeth Carroll

Elizabeth is an Orange County native and  journalism major from Long Beach State.

Miles O’Connor

Marketing Staff

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Miles O'Connor

Miles O’Connor is a student at San Diego State University majoring in Communications. In his free time he enjoys hiking and playing golf.

Janet Pamnani

Marketing Staff

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Janet Pamnani

Janet is a senior at California State University, Fullerton majoring in Communications and Public Relations.

Aspen Pierce

Marketing Staff

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Aspen Pierce

Aspen first year public relations major at San Diego State University. student and is from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alyssa Runyeon

Marketing Staff

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Miles O'Connor

Alyssa Runyeon is a junior Screen Acting major at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee where her love for music, theater and film started. Alyssa is passionate about all things film and arts, specifically in the realms of screen acting and production design.