Lauren Ignited, Founder & Podcast Host
Lauren is passionate about local music, food and culture and an avid traveler. She is a journalist, photographer and podcast personality for Chefs Coast to Coast. Lauren has lived in 5 countries and 2 cities in America, with the longest being in Houston, but most recently she has moved to Chicago. Thus, she focuses on the Gulf Coast to the Gold Coast in her writings and has a deep love for Houston.Connect with Lauren on twitterinstagramyoutubefacebook, soundcloud, snapchat and periscope as Lauren Ignited.
Gregory Perrine, Podcast Co-host

Technology sherpa. Philanthropist. Begrudged Foodie. Writer. Entrepreneur. Eternal student. Greg honed his business skills in the world of high-end off premise catering and events, learning the ins and outs of operating a small business, planning spectacular events from a 1200 person philanthropic summer bash, to an intimate dinner with some of the greatest minds of our time. Greg brings his passion for helping other to the core of this life, loves to share a delicious meal, a great bottle of wine, and is inspired by sharing stories and experiences with others. Intrigued by peoples relationship with technology, he launched eGuide Tech Allies, a completely customizable technology training and consulting company, combining passion with technology for effective results. 

Leslie Castromayor, Podcast Coordinator
Leslie hails from Chicago and is always getting into something creative in the city of “Big Shoulders.”  From the food, to the music, to the culture, she is constantly inspired. When she’s not eating her way through different neighborhoods, Leslie is VA and Podcast Coordinator for LaurenIgnited. She is currently working on an art/alt-style web zine that features women creatives in Chicago called Never Heard of Her. One day she hopes to take over the internet and the world. Connect with Leslie on twitter, instagram and facebook.
dj Dayton “DJ” KendrickProducer

DJ is a native Houstonian, is a music producer, musician, and owner of a men’s grooming company (Fuel Beard Company) specializing in beard care. He loves to travel, read cool books, and DJ cool songs.

Connect with DJ on twitter, instgaram and periscope.

Mary Scannell, Staff Writer
Mary Scannell is a writer based in San Diego who loves her hometown of Chicago, making jewelry, and writing about interesting people. See more of her work here.
deborah carson Deborah Carson, Writer
Deb has been heavily involved in the music business from a young age. She is a staff writer for Lauren ignited and a professional freelance copywriter. She has been involved in many areas of the Arts including Art Rentals to the Film Industry & Costume Design for a theatre company. She has lived in 4 countries and currently resides in Sacramento, California. Connect with Deb on twitter.
Ryan Weaver, UX DesignRyan is a user experience designer living and working in the Chicagoland area. He’s passionate about coffee, fitness, life-long learning, and leaving the world a better place than he found it.

Connect with him twitter and check out what he’s been working on at

Contributing Writers Include: Marisa Raburn, Eunice Alvarado, Daniel Jackson, Michel Thomas