Zebra Pit Staff

The Zebra Pit currently operates with an entirely volunteer staff of people with complex chronic conditions and/or their caregivers (in some cases, both). Below is a brief description of what each staff member does for the Zebra Pit. Click any of the names of our staff to get to their bio.


Michelle Beltano Curtis, aka Capricious Lestrange, is Managing Editor and founder of the Zebra Pit. She has written over 300 posts for the Zebra Pit community. Michelle wears many hats in addition to writing and editing, including managing administration, advertising, graphic design, affiliate interaction, social networking and community outreach.

David Curtis is a regularly contributing copy editor, occasional contributing writer and back end developer. While you don’t see David often, his fingerprints are everywhere on the site. David is an undiagnosed spoonie. He’s also an amazing caregiver and husband to Michelle.

Contributing Writers

Pamela Jessen is the first contributing writer to join the Zebra Pit and we just love her. Pamela Contributes at least one post per month on a variety of topics. So far, she’s covered some great topics for us, from therapy pets to smart pill motility testing to mental health!

Want to see your name on this list? Check out our submission guidelines and find out how to become a contributing member, here!

ZP’s Cutest Workers

These adorable little brats helpers are the only to get paid; in homemade cat food. They spend most of their time cuddled around Michelle as she writes, not to mention occasionally becoming the focus of her writings, so we just couldn’t leave them out! Zebras may be the rare illness/Ehlers-Danlos mascot, but these little cuties are the mascots of the managing editor’s heart! Think they’re as adorable as Michelle does? Check them out on Instagram.