Meet our Team!
Betsy brings 20+ years of professional voice over experience in NY and LA to Connectopod. For ABC This Week, she introduced presidents & newsmakers. She has entertained and terrified millions of gamers, narrated for films, books , TV series and commercials.
A long time volunteer and fundraising friend of MEND, she volunteered to tutor kids in the after school program to pay off a speeding ticket. As a first generation American, she related to the challenges facing the these students. She quickly realized she could use her acting, producing and writing skills in the form of podcasting to strengthen literacy, improve speaking and language skills, and empower kids in their own abilities and curiosity to learn. Over the next five years, she met with students every Tuesday , developing The Greatest MEND Podcast. It is also there that she met Andrea and saw an effective education advocate in action.
Betsy makes time for crazy art projects in her home studio in the little atomic ranch house she shares with her husband, Hank and son, Laz, (who make the sun shine every day), Janey the dog and Toby Ziegler the cat in beautiful Reseda.
Connect with Betsy for interview suggestions and general questions at or 818-471-6131
Betsy Foldes Meiman
CoFounder / Creative Executive Team
Originally from the Salinas Valley, Andrea has worked on community building and paths to higher education for youth since her days as student at Hartnell Community College. There, she worked as a tutor with ESL students and international students while helping to organize conferences and workshops for local kids. Later, she earned her BA in History and MA in Humanities from Cal Sate Northridge while continuing to work as a tutor and as a project assistant for a grant offering Assistive Technology through the National Center on Deafness at CSUN. From 2011 to 2017 she coordinated the MEND Afterschool program in Pacoima, CA growing the program to serve 100 children each semester with tutoring, field trips and special youth & family events. Some of the most rewarding moments came from meeting, training, working with and learning from the many volunteer tutors that came through the youth services department doors to give their time and talents.
Her husband, three daughters and new baby boy are a constant source of support and inspiration to her. She enjoys cooking big, yummy meals for her family, and should have probably gone to culinary school.
Connect with Andrea for questions regarding Connectopod scheduling, curriculum, package options, sponsorship and donations at or 818-400-7594.