The Creative Team

Christina Marie Leonard (Creator/Executive Producer) – Christina’s IMDB

Christina is an LA-based actress, stand-up comedian, writer, producer…and metal-head. Born in Omaha, NE, she is a graduate of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. After being cast as Angela Vaughn in Riley Rewind, named one of Variety’s Top 10 Web Series of 2013, now on Netflix Instant View, she decided it was time to try her hand at her own web series, and Loch Ness: The Web Series was born. Her previous writing credits include the short films, Misandry, Bravery and Stupidity, and Food Junkie. She also co-produced the short film Finding China which was first screened at the Connect Film Festival Los Angeles and is about to screen at the Omaha Film Festival 2016. In addition to doing standup comedy at venues around LA, Christina’s recent acting credits include the film, Digs, helmed by director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), and Non-Stop to Comic-Con, which has won over 30 awards including Best Feature, and Best Ensemble Cast in the festival circuit.


Graham Shiels (Director; Episode 1) – Graham’s IMDB

Classically trained at the Yale School of Drama, Graham has spent the last ten years making a living as an actor on such television shows as True Blood, The Client List, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles, Leverage, Alcatraz, as well as film such as Thor: The Dark World and Yes Man. He currently plays King Aegeus in the new SyFy show Olympus, as well as Victor Krane on Disney’s Lab Rats and Cyrus Gold a.k.a Solomon Grundy on the hit CW series, Arrow. Graham was raised in many cities throughout Canada with strong Scottish and Irish influences and is an avid ice hockey player and a contributing writer for


Mijoe Sahiouni (Producer, Director; Episodes 2,3, & 4) –Mijoe’s IMDB

Mijoe graduated with double majors in PR and Directing and Stage Management at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She works in marketing and media relations and has been the social media and account coordinator for Slamdance, The Beckwith Company, etc, as well as working as an AD and producer for theatre companies and films. In college, Mijoe directed several theatrical productions, as well as writing and directing her own play Art and Copy.  __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Jaime Moss (Director; Episode 5) – Jaime’s IMDB

Jaime Moss has worked in the film industry for the past four years and has an MFA in cinematography from Southern Illinois University. She is excited to direct and help Loch Ness: The Web Series come to life!


Max Holm (Director of Photography/Producer) – Max’s IMDB

Max Holm is an alumni of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduating, like several of his fellow Loch Ness: The Web Series collaborators, Max packed his bags and headed west. He has been working in film production professionally since 2011. Some of Max’s previous credits include being the writer/producer/director on the short film Lilith, and the writer/producer/director of photography on the short film Brother’s Keeper.


Rachel Gunnerson (Producer/Co-writer) – Rachel’s IMDB

Art is and always will be an important part of Rachel’s life. With growing up acting with GREAT (Great River Educational Arts Theatre) in central Minnesota and then pursuing a career in the fine arts, she has drawn her creative inspiration from the real world and the people that surround her. Rachel is a storyteller, in the past it was through her acting, and now it is with her art and writing.

Connecting with the audience on a personal level is what drives her work. She finds that the ability to accurately convey emotion is important, for it allows the viewer to interact with the piece. This is true whether it is film, theatre, fine art or a written tale. When the psychological undertones of the subject is shown through, the work, character and world is able to find a life of its’ own.


Melanie Recker (Co-producer) – Melanie’s IMDB

Mel is a native Canadian who grew up in Nebraska. After a year in the mid-market sales division of intel giant, InfoGroup, and several years in sales and directorship positions at smaller firms, she now spends most of her time acting in and/or producing films. Aside from Loch Ness, she is currently producing several other projects: The Friendless Five, which she also wrote and is starring in, as well as You Are in Bedford Man, a 35mm short film starring Mario Vernazza, Lindsay Musil and Parvesh Cheena, is in the final stages of post-production; Forgive Me, a short film written by Monique Carmona is in pre-production; and the feature, Simple Kind of Man, is in casting with Danielle Aufiero and Amber Horn.