About Youtini

Who we are, why we're here, and what we believe.

About Youtini

Launched in 2017 to help bridge the gap between Star Wars fans and the Expanded Universe, Youtini exist to share a passion for the books, comics, shows, and other media beyond the films. Now a vibrant community focused on positivity, accessibility, and mutual love for the EU, Youtini has set the standard for a non-toxic and joyous Star Wars fan culture.

On youtini.com, you will find up to-date release schedules, complete timelines for books and comics, comprehensive book profiles for every single novel in the EU, along with reading guides, publishing news, and lists of the top books fans everywhere should have on their bookshelf.

We would be honored if you would join our community and travel through the Expanded Universe with other positive and joy-filled like-minded fans. Welcome to the Youtini Family.

The Youtini Mission

Youtini aims to make the EU accessible and fun to explore through a like-minded, positive, and uplifting community of fellow fans.

Our Goals

1. Simplify understanding of the Expanded Universe.
2. Teach new fans the basics and guide their exploration of the EU.
3. Show new readers the value of Canon AND Legends material.
4. Foster an uplifting community of fans that works together to promote positive values and collective joy found in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

Our Opinion on Star Wars

We choose to love Star Wars and find value in all of its stories - Canon & Legends alike.

More than anything, Star Wars is a multi-generational, beloved experience that brings people together. The Expanded Universe offers thousands of stories that enrich that experience in a way rarely seen in any other fandom.

Does this mean we don't have criticisms? Of course not! But we seek to check ourselves, ensure our thoughts and opinions aren't purposed with spreading dissatisfaction, and are not hurtful to the inspirational creators who have built this beautiful universe.

We believe the goal is to share the love of Star Wars, and guide fans both new and old into a much larger world where they can escape into the creative universe that is the galaxy far, far away.

About The Team

Corey Helton

Cheif Executive Officer

Family Doctor by day, Star Wars connoisseur by night. Corey started reading Star Wars books in the 8th grade. At last count he was around 150 books in. He realized how difficult it was to stay on top of the books as a working adult and knew there had to be an easier way to stay in the loop. Thus, Youtini was born. Corey sees Youtini as the future of the EU - a place where readers can come to find all the relevant news, lists, and of course, books and collectibles in an incredibly easy to understand fashion. As the man in charge, it's his job to get us there. Corey manages the big picture. Marketing, design, content, book releases, etc.. Corey has his hands in everything.

Eric Eilersen


Eric has been with Youtini since the beginning. As President, he oversees coordination of all book reviews and hosts The Living Force Podcast. On the rare occasion when he’s not geeking out about a galaxy far, far away, he loves playing video games, hanging out with his partner and pets, and hopelessly watching the Dallas Cowboys.

Charles Hanckel

Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host

Charles is a family medicine doctor based out of Charlotte, NC. He’s been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember. In fact, his earliest childhood memory is placing The Empire Strikes Back on VHS into his VCR! Now, Charles serves as Vice President of Youtini, as well as podcast department coordinator and co-host of The Living Force podcast. He loves interacting with other fans, so feel free to connect with him and the rest of the Youtini team on Discord or social media!

Wes Jenkins

Chief Technology Officer

Wes was born and raised in Houston, Texas and enjoys two vastly different lives. Hunting and fishing consumes a couple weekends a month while the remaining seconds are blanketed with nerdism and Star Wars anything. Whether it be gaming, EU reading, Canon watching, or podcast listening, he has come to terms with knowing there is absolutely nothing wrong with living and breathing the force.

Timothy Guthrie

Chief Financial Officer

Timothy is a lifelong Star Wars fan currently residing in Knoxville, TN, with his wife (an educator) and his cat (a Dark Lord of the Sith). Some of his earliest SW memories come from playing Rogue Squadron and Shadows of the Empire on his Nintendo 64 with his mom and grandpa. After finishing his Master's degree in 2017, he finally found time to jump into the vast Expanded Universe and hasn't looked back. When he isn't reading, podcasting, or managing Patreon, he's probably watching his favorite television series again or playing Xbox with his friends in the community.

Emma Parke

Video Host & Producer

Emma is a full-time college student studying biology from Maine. She hopes to use her degree to do biological research, with a particular interest in genetics. Emma has been a Star Wars fan for as long as she can remember! She discovered the EU in 2015, around the time of The Force Awakens. Her favorite character is Rey, and the moment on Starkiller Base when she uses the Force to pull the lightsaber to her holds a very special place in her heart. She loves every aspect of Star Wars and keeps up with every movie, T.V. show, book, comic, video game, etc. It's safe to say that she just can't get enough Star Wars content! Emma is so honored to be a part of the incredible Youtini community and is excited to share her love and knowledge of Star Wars!

Emily Dabeck

Chief Operations Officer

Emily is an Army wife (which means professional volunteer for many, many things) and is currently staying at home to raise her daughter, who will be 2 in May. She has her Masters in teaching and taught 1st grade for 2 years in Georgia, where she met Corey! He and his wife Caitlin slowly introduced her to Star Wars, and after a few book-boxing parties, he gave her a copy of Lost Stars. She read it and was subsequently re-born a Star Wars fan! Having been newly converted to the EU, she offers a fresh perspective on what our new readers and listeners might be interested in.

Caitlin Helton

Human Resources

Caitlin is a licensed mental health professional with a passion for pop culture. She fell in love with SW early in her teen years but wasn’t sparked again until meeting Corey. During her schooling, she found solace in the vast world of the expanded universe with books such as Lost Stars and Leia: Princess of Alderaan. While Caitlin has been around since the birth of Youtini she did not officially join the team until this past year. She helps the Youtini team with conflict management and team building. “We want working for Youtini to be just as fun as being a part of our community.”

Adam Dyson

Discord Community Manager

When Adam isn’t being an adult and working as a Network Operations Manager he can be found reading a Star Wars book, watching a Star Wars movie, or and this is the most likely of scenarios... obsessing over the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker. Within the Youtini family, this Australian Stanakin manages the ever expanding Discord Community and ensuring it remains safe for anyone who wants to call it home.

Frank O'Sullivan

Keeper of the Database

Frank is the auld fellow of the Youtini Team, born at a time when there was no such thing as Star Wars, in 1972. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and four children and works for the Irish Civil Service as a Database Administrator. (and really enjoys it) A serial Expanded Universe (Legends) reader back in the day until he hit a blip with the infamous NJO book Traitor, and used to think it was actually possible to read too much Star Wars. His love of Star Wars literature was rekindled with the new Canon line and now reads anything Star Wars related he can get his hands on. His other love is reading Fantasy Novels, and his favourite authors are David Gemmell and R.A. Salvatore. His achilles heel is his love for craft beer.

Andrew Bell

Video Department Coordinator

For 20 some odd years, Andrew has fervently wished to live in another galaxy. However, due to technological constraints, he has had to settle for doing so vicariously through Star Wars, particularly the books and video games. Andrew's primary work for Youtini involves overseeing the Video Department and the yearly Youtinees awards. For his IRL job, Andrew works as a police officer in the southeastern United States.

Caleb Laminack

Staff Writter

Based in North Georgia, Caleb has a passion for Literature, Board Games, and Star Wars. For his day to day activities he works as a Chemical Application Expert, lovingly teases his beautiful wife, and plays an borderline unhealthy amount of D&D. Star Wars was his first fandom obsession, growing up with the old VHS box set of the original editions, quickly supplemented with the enchanted editions. His most read Star Wars books would have to be their various RPG systems and rule book, pouring over them as a youth dreaming of adventures in the wild space. Caleb's current title is as Staff Writer.

Tyler Ragghianti

Cosmic Force Host

Tyler joined the Youtini team in 2020 and assisted in revamping the communications efforts with the community. He is also one of the cohosts of The Cosmic Force, Youtini’s comic book-centric podcast. He has three padawans of his own and uses them as an excuse to cosplay at various conventions.

Jacob Boesch

Jacob is a law student living in Indiana. He has been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember: growing up with hand-me-down Kenner action figures and the 1995 VHS box set. He currently produces The Cosmic Force podcast, and assists with anything regarding Star Wars comics. In his limited free time, Jacob enjoys craft beer and bar trivia, as well as spending time with his dog Ruby.

Rick Grace

Star Wars has been part of Rick's life since Jar Jar Binks blessed the big screen. No joke, when the Phantom Menace debuted at theaters, the line for tickets wrapped around the theater which gave (young) Rick a sign that there was something significant about the galaxy far, far away. Since then, he has seen the rest of the franchise a few times (and found new, favorite characters). In college, Rick's fandom started to get out of hand and a few Star Wars collections were born. Rick is a husband, father (2 littles, 2 doggos, and 1 semi-demonic feline), youth minister, school bus driver, and freelance photographer/creative-media professional. As Youtini was a tremendous help with Rick's fledgling experience with the EU, he's very excited to be part of the team and give back to others.

Ch'Ree Essary

Social Media Marketing Specialist

A Star Wars fan for as long as she can remember, Ch’Ree Essary is ecstatic to be on the Youtini Team. One of the first movies she ever saw in theater was Revenge of the Sith in 2005, and she still remembers getting chills when Darth Vader took his very first mechanical breath. Some of her favorite EU characters are Thrawn, Eli Vanto, Elzar Mann and Thane Kyrell. Ch’Ree holds a BS in Agriculture from New Mexico State University. Currently, she is pursuing a MS from Texas Tech University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Vado, and cooking and eating anything that contains green chile.

Freddy C

Podcast Co-Host, Legends Lookback

Freddy Contreras is an Electrical Engineer in Orange County, CA specializing in renewable energy. His hobbies include reading, gaming, droid building, judo, podcasting, and trying to look like buff Kylo. *Trying*. His earliest memory of Star Wars is watching A New Hope and immediately trying to move a pencil with the force. To this day, he is still trying to move that pencil. Many years after that initial pencil incident, he picked up his first Star Wars book in class during a reading session. The book was titled, “Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura”. This was his first dose of the EU and he has no intentions of stopping. As his fandom grew, so did his need to connect to the Star Wars community. By co-hosting and producing his podcast, “The BCON”, he saw how powerful this platform could be. He hopes to provide his experience and knowledge with the Youtini team so that we can all reach and surpass our expectations.

Heather Goldman

Community Department Manager

Heather is a Californian with a particular interest in the dark side and all things Imperial. She works behind the scenes wherever Youtini makes its presence known on the interwebs. Whether you're on Discord, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, she's always watching...always. Feel free to chat her up in person on the Youtini Discord server, especially in #assembly-chat where chaos reigns supreme. You can also hear her voice on our Patreon exclusive show Caf Faves and the occasional Youtini Game Night stream on Twitch. Her favorite Star Wars inspirational quote is, "Let the past die. Kill it if you have to."

Jose Jimenez

Creative Department Coordinator

Jose is an architect, graphic designer and - now - podcaster. Like many kids from his generation, he grew up watching the VHS Boxset of the Original Trilogy in the 90s, and it wasn't until the release of The Force Awakens that his love for Star Wars was reignited. He is also an avid consumer of anything pop culture, TV, film and music related. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Jose is currently living in Los Angeles with his dog Moe Wickett after a long stint in New York City.

Karl Sander

Staff Writer

Karl lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and fellow Star Wars fan Karissa. After a 20-year Navy career, he now works full-time as a freelance writer. When he’s not enjoying the galaxy far, far away, he can usually be found skiing, hiking, and supporting the northwest's independent brewers.

Jared Mayes

Legends Lookback Lead Host

Jared is a passionate Star Wars fan and book lover who has now reached the phase of passing on what he has learned to his two amazing daughters. He first saw the Original Trilogy in theaters in 1997, not realizing that they weren't exactly new movies. In case you weren't sure, he's a huge Legends nerd and you can hear all about it on Legends Lookback. Although he loves the galaxy far, far away, he's originally from Arkansas. He grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Massachusetts, where he serves the Leominster Church of Christ as a minister. He is the self-proclaimed biggest Oklahoma City Thunder basketball fan in New England.

Matt Davenport

Podcast Audio Editor

Matt is a life-long Star Wars fan. You name it, movies, comics, books, music, toys, if it has the logo on it, he is all over it. IRL, Matt works in the world of television, but even there he is surrounded by Star Wars. Born in New York, Matt grew up on a farm in Idaho which provided plenty of space to set up his life-sized Echo Base in the winter. Matt's love of John Williams' music led him to create the 24-hour streaming radio station Matt's Movie Trax. He also hosts a one-hour version of the channel for a public radio station in Idaho. In the early to mid 2000-teens, Matt created and co-hosted two podcasts, Entertechment and the Dune Sea Diner. Matt is looking forward to engaging with the wonderful Star Wars fans here at Youtini.

Meg Dowell


Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

Michael Hilton

Content Department Coordinator

Michael Hilton is a time traveler from the future who’s come back to warn us of the impending literary apocalypse. A Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy author, he writes to stave off the coming wasteland of soulless fiction. One day his Wikipedia page will describe his warnings as “mildly prophetic” and “wildly exaggerated.” He is the author of the Bobby Robot series, a number of short stories, and publishes The Weekly Geek on michaelhiltonbooks.com. He lives on Earth but is thinking about moving soon.

Nathan Emery

Video Host and Producer

Nathan has been a Star Wars fan basically all his life. He grew up with the prequels, and to this day that era holds a special place in his heart. His first foray into the EU was with the Thrawn Trilogy. Nathan's primary job at Youtini is the creation of video content.

Oz Davis

Visual Graphic Specialist

Oz is a lifelong Star Wars fan who grew up wearing out his VHS boxset of the Original Trilogy, finally getting to see A New Hope on the big screen with the Special Editions. After brief dips into the EU, he decided to go all the way in with the canon reset and has since read every book and comic as they’ve been released. By day, he works in event production and lives with his wife Rachel in Dallas, TX.

Trevor Davey

Keeper of the Timeline

A lifelong Star Wars fan, one of Trevor’s earliest memory’s is of his parents watching A New Hope on VHS to make sure it was suitable for their 3 year old son. Born in ‘76, this obsession has lasted the test of time. Trevor owns nearly every Star Wars story ever published, in one form or another, and is an avid timeliner and chronicler of the Expanded Universe. A supermarket manager for 12 years in his ‘real life’, Trevor’s other interests include his band, The Trees, whose debut album will hopefully be released in the summer of 2019.

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