Board of Directors & Staff
Board President – Jennifer K. Stuller
Jennifer K. Stuller is a writer, scholar, media critic, and feminist pop culture historian. Stuller is also Co-Founder, Director Emeritus of Programming, and Board Vice President for GeekGirlCon. She is an author and contributor to multiple publications including, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, and the editor of Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a leader in the geek community, Stuller has spoken about geek culture, literacy, and activism at conferences, libraries, and schools both locally and internationally, including San Diego Comic-Con, the Slayage Conference on The Whedonverses – where she was a featured speaker in 2014, and the NWSA. In addition, she wrote a feature article, “Leveling Up: Geek Woman Are Connecting Like Never Before” for Bitch Magazine’s Winter 2015 issue, and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets about geek issues & fandom including The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Mary Sure, Legion of Leia, Bitch Media, KUOW’s The Conversation and The Record, and WNYC’s The Takeaway. She was a featured talking head in the 2012 documentary, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Stuller has vowed to use her powers only for good.
Board Vice President – Katrina Lehto
Katrina Lehto has been a geek since she was very young. She grew up all over the country and around the world, traveling from military base to military base. She loves to volunteer at local conventions and has been a fixture at many of the ones around Seattle for over a decade. She’s big into comics, Star Wars and the Seattle Sounders. GeekGirlCon’s mission holds a special place in her heart as she believes strongly in responsible geekery and paying it forward for the generations to come.
Secretary of the Board – I-Wei Feng
These are the voyages of the starship I-Wei Feng. I-Wei was born and raised in the sub-tropical country known as Taiwan; her family relocated to New Jersey so she could have better opportunities to enjoy glorious American entertainment such as Dirty Dancing and Star Trek: The Next Generation. After high school, she departed for the sunnier climes of California to attend University of California, San Diego, it was during this time when I-Wei first let her Trekkie flag proudly fly as a channel op on the #startrek EFnet IRC channel. But alas, after 16 years in San Diego, Seattle’s vibrant geek culture was ultimately the perfect fit for I-Wei. Professionally, I-Wei is a biologist in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry developing therapeutics for cancer and infectious disease. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and watching Agent Carter/Naked and Afraid/Game of Thrones/Walking Dead/ST:TNG reruns.
Treasurer – Terra Clarke Olsen
Geek obsessions include tabletop gaming, Tolkien, Star Wars, 1970’s sci-fi, board games, cooking, and hiking. She also has every cat and memento in Neko Atsume (something she is strangely proud of). Terra has a BA in History from UCLA and a MA in Medieval Studies from University of Toronto. She resides in Seattle, WA with her husband, son, and two cats. Find her on Twitter: @terrasum
Member of the Board – Denee L. McCloud
Denee is currently the Education Project Manager at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at UW Medicine. She has over ten years of project and program management experience in the arts and sciences. In her spare time, she has volunteered for various organizations, including the Multifaith Works, International Rescue Committee, One Reel, Friends of the Children, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. She is obsessed with zombies and vampires. This fascination with the undead makes her a bit uncomfortable.
Member of the Board – Maddy Vonhoff
A global citizen with the capacity to geek, Maddy spends most of her time exploring this world and the worlds which we create. She spent her childhood reading comics in the garage, rescuing the princess, and planning events for the neighborhood kids and really, not much has changed. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in psychology and currently uses it to analyze the personalities of her friends, as well as fictional characters. When she is not planning her next trip or convention, she is writing for the geek news website Fanpup, getting unreasonably excited about social advocacy while working with ONE, and trying to find the weirdest mixed drinks in town. You can find her traveling through the social networks @MaddyVonhoff on Twitter and Instagram. Keelah se’lai!
Member of the Board – Sharon Feliciano
Sharon Magliano Feliciano is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at TisBest Philanthropy and Mom to Nathan and Kitty. A geek since birth (she was Spider-Woman for her first Halloween!), she founded ParentingGeekly.com after her own geeklets were born. Sharon was a co-founder of Seattle startup Joule, has been featured as GeekWire’s Geek of the Week, is a two-time NASA Social alumna, and played RockBand with Wil Wheaton once. You can frequently find her at Arcane Comics and More, her comic shop in Shoreline. Sharon geeks out about Star Trek, comic books, NASA, social justice, and lipstick.
Executive Director – Michele Carrico Domingo
Michele is super excited to work at her dream job as the Executive Director of GeekGirlCon. She is a lawyer and professional non-profit and equity leader with over 20 years in strategic organizational management and development experience, with a focus on women, girls, people of color, and immigrant’s rights.
Her passions and loves include creating art and music, building community, sci-fi movies and shows were women and people of color kick-ass, collecting LPs, comic books (Saga, Monstress, Ms. Marvel, Paper Girls) and playing Settlers of Catan.
Her geekiness started young with playing Dungeons and Dragons, Transformers and G.I. Joe with her brother and boy cousins. She drew her first comic book shero “LadyHawke” at age 10, and created a ‘zine at 20, and has been in too many fly-by-night bands to count.
To learn more about Michele and her vision for GeekGirlCon, click here for the video!
Internal Operations Director – Courtney Basler
Courtney is a lifelong geek girl. Growing up on a healthy dose of sci-fi and fantasy, she learned everything she knows about right and wrong from Gandalf and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Her passion for social justice motivated her to complete her BA in Social Psychology with a focus on human rights at UW. Later in life she went on to become an accountant and helps to run operations at a tech company. She now spends her free time running a comic book club, producing electronic music, and strategizing her next cosplay.
Director of Convention Operations – Seven DeBord
Raised on D&D, comics, NES and cheesy sci-fi, Seven spent most of his teenage years amid stacks of elaborate campaign story notes, building computers and attending LAN parties. Seven’s obsession with film, games and multimedia has led to far too many years of developing game websites, a hatred of mixed lighting temperatures, a 50/50 blood to caffeine level, and a failed Eisner Award bid. Rumor has it that his brain was replaced by a series of x486 based chips after an attempt to pet an owlbear went horribly wrong. By day he tinkers with strange technologies as a Design Technologist and shouts at the internet in CAPS via @xSeven. When he’s not covered in code and pixels, he can be found playing strange indie video games or embarrassing his daughters with unfortunate attempts at interpretive dance in public.
Director of Programming – Meagan Malone
Meagan has always been a nerd. Having been raised by a mother whose life goal is to be as much like Lwaxana Troi as possible, and a father who built his first computer as a teenager, there was really no avoiding it. She has been playing games since she could throw dice and use a keyboard, a passion which has only grown stronger with age, and has been writing for just about as long. These passions have manifested themselves in the form of a budding game writing career – Meagan’s first video game, Eidolon, was released on Steam in August of 2014. When not playing or penning games of all kinds, Meagan can be found re-watching favorite TV shows and re-reading favorite books. Unless a convention is coming up, in which case she is almost certainly panicking about how she is going to finish her costumes in time. She is very excited to be a part of the GeekGirlCon team.
Panel Program Manager – Marina Martinez
Marina grew up in San Diego, California reading fantasy novels and watching Shaun of the Dead on repeat. She fell into the world of online fandom and fan culture at a young age when she discovered other people were also obsessed with the anime Yu-Gi-Oh and hasn’t looked back. She started attending San Diego Comic Con when you could get a ticket day of and has been staffing for the past six years. Marina’s hobbies include reading graphic novels and comics, playing quidditch for the Emerald City Admirals, and reading epic length fics. In her everyday life she can be found making sign art at your local Trader Joe’s. Her art blog is: witchmarina.tumblr.com
Manager of Special Events – Sammy Scott
Sammy Scott is a project and event manager hailing from the evergreen state. Previously employed as a corporate events coordinator and manager, Sammy has made the switch to the non-profit sector, working in executive administration for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. A geek, gamer, and detail-oriented nerd at heart, Sammy simultaneously can fight off a deathclaw, work on expense reports, and fix a warp drive… all while finding enough time to have coffee with her Turian boyfriend.
Special Events Coordinator – Stephanie Tolson
Hailing from the nation’s capital, Stephanie made the great trek to the land of space needles and under-bridge trolls in summer 2015 accompanied by her trusty standard schnauzer, Aisha, to continue her Japanese language studies and aspires to be a video game translator someday. Literary roleplay is her jam. As an unapologetic fujoshi, she will find shipping fodder in just about anything. No, really. Anything. Stephanie has been staffing nerd conventions since 2009 (and has been attending them since 2002) and is really excited to be a part of GeekGirlCon to promote its mission.
Individual Sponsorship Manager – Jenn Schooley
Jenn is new to the Seattle area after residing in Pittsburgh for nearly a decade and South Jersey for approximately 23 birthdays before that. She brings over a decade of fundraising and special events experience to GeekGirlCon and is excited to grow the individual sponsorship program.
In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, adding too many books to her Goodreads list, documentaries, old movies, the Marvel universe, Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, hunting for Pokemon, listening to Hamilton over and over again, working on that novel, the beautiful scenery of western Washington, and many other random pursuits.
A true Hufflepuff, she resides with her Ravenclaw boyfriend, their always curious cat, and some random fish.
Activities Manager – Colleen O’Holleran
Colleen O’Holleran is a program manager at Landesa, an international nonprofit that secures land rights for the rural poor. Her volunteer and work activity align with her deep-seated commitment to support purpose-driven individuals and organizations promote inclusion and social justice. Hailing from Nebraska and Colorado, she was born to play Red Dead Redemption and to fret about the film adaptation of The Dark Tower series. Colleen traces her lifelong love of the Weird back to childhood when she read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Stephen King’s The Eyes of the Dragon. After that, the stars became right for early adolescent consumption of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Colleen currently lives in Seattle, Washington where, when she’s not working, she can be found reading books or watching movies. Especially the fantastical and the spooky kind.
Panel Coordinator – Sarah Grant
Sarah’s true ambition in life is to proofread the Internet for a living. Until that dream comes true, she continues to read and write her way through life – mainly science fiction and fantasy, but technical writing, copywriting, proofreading, and editing are the mainstays of her world. Sarah’s first memorable geek experience was meeting Star Trek’s Walter Koenig at a convention in 1987; her first words to Mr. Koenig were unintelligible. Sarah mainly gravitates to science fiction/fantasy movies, television shows, books, and short stories, but recently discovered the wonders of comics and graphic novels as well.
Panel Coordinator – Kayla Sutton
Kayla is what you would get if you mashed a book and a song together, a glorious mess. When she’s not internet ranting about casting injustices for comic movies or stalking down every Marvel Hip-Hop variant cover, she’s a mom to an awesome 7 year old, a project manager, a Contributor and Co-Host for BlackGirlNerds, volunteer at DragonCon’s Kaleidoscope track in Atlanta, and a fur mommy to three fur babies. Her passion for the geek world comes in abundance as she has finally found a place she belongs.
Fashion Show Coordinator – Lisa Granshaw
Based in New York City, Lisa Granshaw is the Fashion Show Coordinator for GeekGirlCon. She is a lucky geek who turned her passion for various fandoms into a career as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared on a variety of websites including Syfy Wire, Boing Boing, the Daily Dot, Geek & Sundry, and more. She has also written for magazines such as the official Star Trek magazine, the official Walking Dead magazine, and the official Star Wars magazine, Star Wars Insider.
Lisa has hosted and appeared on panels about geek fashion, Star Wars, and fandom at San Diego Comic-Con and GeekGirlCon. You can geek out with her about Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, too many video games, and much more on Twitter.
Merchandise Manager – Shubz Blalack
Hailing from Seattle, WA, Shubz’ geekery comes from years of gaming, dance classes, and martial arts movies that Jean-Claude Van Damme has been in. Shubz made her debut as a rapper in NerdcoreNow’s First Annual Vocalist/Producer Competition and also won the site’s 2011 Best Newcomer award. Follow her Twitter @shubzilla for more hilarity or find her at facebook.com/shubzilla for music updates.
Merchandise Assistant – Andrew Chan
As a serial convention volunteer, Andrew has been known to drive across the country to go to yet another con. Always an endless fountain of bad ideas, he will go on ill-advised adventures in the promise of new experiences and funny stories. Andrew is probably addicted to watching movies and TV shows, specifically anything with time travel in it.
Manager of Registration & Admissions – Rose Minier
Rose Minier is a multi-purpose geek. She recently had to move into a larger apartment to accommodate her book and comic collection, including an entire room dedicated to sci-fi/fantasy. She is also an avid gamer, with especial love of RPGs (traditional or computer) and German board games. At 18, she dropped out of college to found a broadband ISP with friends; the company is still running strong, though she ran screaming from the professional IT world. Outside of traditionally geeky pursuits, Rose knits almost continuously, serves on a board at Seattle Opera, and tends (and grazes her way through) a large vegetable garden.
Exhibitor Services Manager – Amy Gembala
Amy’s first viewing of Star Wars at a young age established her love of all things geeky. Her favorite fandoms are Star Trek, Firefly, Buffy, and of course Star Wars. She is currently on a one-woman crusade to improve diversity and quality in dealer rooms at Pacific Northwest conventions. She has been the dealer room manager for Norwescon for 2 years, and was the dealer room coordinator for Dragonflight for two years before taking on the role of Convention Director.
Amy has an Associate of Arts degree from Bellevue College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from the University of Washington. She and her husband own a convention-only geeky retail business
Manager of Gaming – Alyssa Jones
Alyssa’s first video game experience was wielding the NES Zapper while shooting ducks on Duck Hunt with her grandpa. Since that day gaming has been a big part of her life. Today she can almost always be found scanning Steam for new deals or wrapped up in her snuggie and sock-monkey slippers playing xbox. When she’s not playing video games, you can often find her catching up on various animes, beefing up her D&D character or initiating some kind of nerf battle. Even though Alyssa spent more time managing her WoW Guild, DoomKittens, than she did studying, she still managed to complete her BA in Visual Communications. Currently she works as a Producer at Xbox.
Gaming Event Coordinator – Andy Munich
Andy Munich has been making adults cry. Using dice. For years. Let’s start again! Andy Munich has been running all kinds of tabletop (and laptop) roleplaying games since he began making up adventures (with nothing but a worn Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Monster Manual) on the playground in fifth grade. Over the intervening 20-plus years, he’s honed the craft of the Game Master with a variety of game systems, before falling in love with the Unisystem by C.J. Carella. Nothing brings him greater pleasure than causing his players to forget the world they live in for a few hours as they become lost in one of shared creation. And if he can wring out a few tears, all the better. He has been known, on occasion, to elicit laughter as well. Andy lives in his own head, which is located in Seattle.
Video Game Coordinator – Kathryn Storm
Kathryn’s love of geek began with watching her dad build computers and telescopes, episodes of Buck Rogers and NOVA, and Brøderbund (particularly Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?).
Intensely preoccupied with the intersection of human behavior and technology, diversity of thought and practice, she works as an interaction designer at Xbox. In her former life, she authored a food hacking workshop, Vegan Hacker SF. The monthly event supported awareness and community for an economically polarizing movement.
Kathryn is a follower of d20 systems, Futurism, Disney, High Fantasy and is a huge, gigantic, colossal fan of the Elder Scrolls franchise. As an active and longtime staff member of GeekGirlCon she continues to support recognition and understanding of all realities. Her superpowers are active listening and X-Ray vision. You can also find her being part of the design and game conversation as @stormka.
Tabletop Games Manager – Michael “Mikey” Brandt
Michael was doomed from the start; his family’s first TV was a Commodore 64 with an attached VCR and his kindergarten teacher still remembers him as “the kid who could find the answer to any question about dinosaurs.” Growing up he often pooled money with his brother to pick up every board game they found at garage sales. Missing pieces and instructions posed no real hazard for them and they spent hours making rules to work with the mysteries lurking in those marred and much loved boxes. These days his main geekly pursuit is spreading the joys of board games to as many other people as possible and tinkering with a few designs of his own.
DIY Science Zone Project Manager – Raychelle Burks
When a career as a deadly ninja assassin proved too tame, Raychelle turned to chemistry. She’s currently an Assistant Professor at a super-secret-but-not-that-secret institution. To relax from a day of mad scientist duties, Raychelle enjoys sci-fi/horror movies, knitting, and consuming books of all genres. In her spare time, she writes about science and culture for a number of blogs and tweets up a storm.
DIY Science Zone Events Coordinator – Torrey Stenmark
Stenmark is an award-winning costumer and a college chemistry instructor at Shoreline Community College. The same skill set (attention to detail, exacting record-keeping, and refusal to be intimidated by new problems, among others) that earned her a master’s degree in organic chemistry has enabled her to compete and win in the masters division of costume contests on the local and national levels. Follow Torrey on Twitter @tereshkova2001.
Reaction Team Manager – Josh Michaels
When not working cons or climbing rocks, Josh spends his time soaking up the sun when he can, searching the dark corners of the internet when he can’t. A life long geek, eternal nerd, and awkward outdoorsman, Josh enjoys the great open environment that GeekGirlCon provides. If you need help at the convention, don’t be afraid to call on him.
Volunteer Program Manager – Amy Gradzewicz
Amy Gradzewicz is a mixed media artist and nerd transplant from New Hampshire. She examines microscopic imagery and the perception of reality in her art.Studying the histories of medicine, science and technology has greatly inspired her exploration of art. Amy grew up playing Zelda and watching Star Trek with her brother. She continues to play a range of video games, from Minecraft to Halo. Amy’s D&D alter ego is a rogue, who will often try to pickpocket an opponent in the heat of battle. Her other interests include baking bread, ogling historic buildings, crocheting and gardening. She loves cooking and making her friends eat her latest culinary experiments.
Volunteer Program Assistant Manager – Hosanna Tolman
Hosanna originates from the frozen lands of Alaska, where she learned how to build igloos, hunt moose, properly clean a fish, and climb trees. However, despite her rather outdoors-y childhood, her evenings were spent curled up in blankets with her family watching shows like Star Trek and Superman; the origins of her nerdy tendencies.
In present day, she has worn many different career hats from professional ballet dancer to overseas humanitarian to a confectioner (making chocolate and candy!) Now she is nannying and going to school full time in pursuit of a degree in Linguistics. (She has a fascination for languages all thanks to good ol’ Tolkien). While not overly active, you can follow Hosanna on Twitter or Tumblr: @margareet
PR Manager – Kait Heacock
Kait is a publicist by day and writer by all the rest of the time. Her work has appeared in literary journals, magazines, and websites including Bustle, DAME, Esquire, KGB Bar Lit Mag, Portland Review, Tin House, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Washington Post. Her debut short story collection, SIBLINGS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS, comes out in October 2016.
Social Media Manager – Laurel McJannet
Back in the day (we won’t say when), Laurel cut out words from magazines, took pictures of friends/cute boys, and arranged them onto her PeeChee, protecting the final masterpiece with strips of Scotch tape as makeshift lamination. Fast-forward a few years later where Laurel now writes, designs and consults as a marketing communications professional. The day she got access from IT to update a website (using straight up HTML, BTW) was the day she became… A GEEK. This website led to more websites, intranets and managing major ecommerce projects. Today, there isn’t a CMS she doesn’t like, she’s mastered the art of translating tech-speak for the non-techie, and she is proof positive that Marketing and IT can co-exist and not implode. @mrsmcj
Twitter Administrator – Kristine Hassell
If you seen FNL*, you just got a glimpse into the hometown of the only daughter of Minh Souphanousinphone and Henry Rutherford “Hank” Hill. Despite the lack of nerds on the ground, her nerd education began early. Each month, her father returned from his Naval reserves with a stack of Marvel comics. It soon became tradition to read them together at home. When she wasn’t absorbing all things Thor, she was rollerskating until the sun set or out gallivanting at the local arcade playing Galaxian and Centipede. She still laments the loss of her Commodore 64 with her well-worn copy of Bubble Ghost! Kristine currently plays in several RPG groups and is delving back into comics. She can be mercurial with what catches her fancy, but certain addictions have endured: live music, reading, food photography, British comedies, hockey, eating out, collecting Pinky:st figures, video games, board games, and new wave music, to name some. Geek bragging rights include: watching every film of original Star Wars trilogy on opening day, even skipping school for ESB, walking the red carpet at the world premiere of Serenity and attending the after party, and being invited to attend the final KITH taping at the CBC. Kristine lives happily with her husband and their chatty polydactyl cat in a carefully cultivated bamboo forest. You might find her practicing scales on her cello but you’ll definitely find her twittering madly @
Social Media Specialist – Emily Hendrickson
In 2013, Emily Hendrickson moved to Seattle to study Japanese language and Art at the UW. As a pansexual artist, she loves comics and cartoons with strong queer themes. Her aspiration is to write and draw such comics someday. Her art blog can be found at nerdiestlittleartist.tumblr.com. Emily’s hobbies include crafting, playing Pokémon, and watching her favorite shows (Young Justice and Steven Universe). While attending her first GeekGirlCon in 2013, she fell in love with its genuine, non-patronizing celebration of all geeky girls (regardless, even, of fandom). Emily is a passionate intersectional feminist who loves to listen to and engage in open and honest dialogue, especially concerning nerd culture and the need for more diverse representation. She hopes to get along with everyone and have a great time all while helping make the geek world, at least, a safer, more accepting place. Questions for her may be sent to her twitter.
Manager of Editorial Services – JC Lau
Previously disguised as a college professor and family lawyer, JC Lau is an Australian video game journalist and writer living in Seattle. She’s been a gamer since she started playing Pac-Man on her Apple IIe at the age of 3, but her very first love is for words and storytelling. She writes about geekery and gender at her website, Mouse Smash, and probably also tweets too much. She also dabbles in RPGs, but all her characters mysteriously turn out to be like Batman or Wolverine in combat. Her non-gaming interests include political philosophy, food science, roller derby, and being a foster parent for her ferrets. If she had a superpower, she’d want hydrokinesis, although—or because—she can see how easily that could turn her into a supervillain.
Copywriter – Liane Behrens
Liane likes to pretend she’s a Washingtonian born and bred, although she actually was born in Hawaii—but does that really count, if her family moved to West Seattle three weeks later? Since then, she’s mostly stayed put and has focused arguably too much of her life on the joys of reading, writing, and nerdery. Liane spends most of her days in front of a computer at work, where she’s paid to copyedit and not exactly to do Harry Potter roleplay, and in front of a computer at home, where she binges on bad reality TV and more Harry Potter roleplay. She lives with her cat, who is a terror, and needs to buy more bookshelves. Some of her primary fandoms, since you want to know, are Star Trek, Hannibal, Les Miserables, and, of course, Harry Potter.
Copywriter – Indigo Boock
At the age of seven, Indigo Boock convinced her entire elementary school class that she was The Pokemon Master (to be observed as an official title), and that the Indigo Plateau was promptly named after her “mad skills”. Fortunately, she moved cross country before anyone figured out that this may not be the case, but she did put that imagination to good use and went on to study Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art & Design, and finished her Bachelor’s at Cornell College in Creative Writing. She is a now a writer and narrative designer for video games, has an unhealthy admiration for sultry villains, and a cat named Pickle. When she’s not working, she’s training for a half-marathon to burn off her recent addiction to french baking.
Copywriter – Adrienne Clark
Adrienne is a writer and editor from Seattle. Her first memory is watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and eating frozen pizza with her super-awesome geek father. She works to use the lens of science-fiction to foster equality and a more loving world. Her sci-fi short story, Make Friends, was published in Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing.
She is a feminist horror geek and lover of all things spooky. You can find her around the internet reviewing for Horror Novel Reviews, Addicted to Horror Movies, and Best-Comic-Books, or saying weird stuff on Twitter at @adrienne_edits.
She is a firm believer that every day is Halloween.
Copywriter – Teal Christensen
By “going to school” and “studying literature” Teal has just recently managed to trick Western Washington University into awarding her a degree for reading books and writing about books and talking about books. Teal hopes to eventually work in book publishing (on the editing side of things) and considers both attending graduate school and participating in intense Hamilton singalong sessions equally effective methods of pursuing that goal.
She loves Washington with an unyielding abandon, but thinks traveling is important and also that it can’t be a coincidence that both Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City are set on the other side of the country. When she’s not reading or thinking about reading, Teal is probably dividing her time evenly between live-Tweeting one or all of the Harry Potter movies, outlining extensive but unassigned academic papers about Twilight, and crying because she hates math and thus, will never get to space.
Design Manager – Stephanie Hawn
Born and raised in the capital city of Michigan, Stephanie grew up learning how to use her mom’s VHS Camcorder and recording epic adventures with the neighborhood kids. Her first exposure to Geek Culture was watching Star Trek and Superman with her dad. The love of those two worlds never died and that eventually lead her down a road of Motion Graphics and Design. She graduated from Seattle Central Creative Academy and now works for a really cool company that produces “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Game of Thrones.”
She loves analyzing mobile app experiences on her blog and reading as much as she can on new design trends. When she needs a break from staring at pixels you can find her hanging out in “The Grid” with her dog, Marty McFly, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, playing music or SNES, practicing for the upcoming Quidditch tournament, snowboarding, looking for her Kyber Crystal, or watching Firefly.
Associate Design Manager – Allison Borngesser
Allison hopes to one day work as a freelance designer and have her very own office corgi. She always wondered why she could never seem to find people who loved Minority Report, Back To The Future and Jurassic Park as much as she did. Only recently has she realized that they were all geeks and nerds. She is relatively new to the geek culture and is working on catching up, thanks to friends who have organized nerd movie and board game nights. Donkey Kong is her spirit animal. In her downtime, she goes to music shows and festivals because she is a big music nerd. When she isn’t wandering the city for a show, farmer’s market, or delicious food, Allison likes to keep up on the tech industry, follow talented graphic designers on Twitter, and spam post amazing art finds across the interwebs. She also loves breakfast. A lot.
Designer – Rabecca Rocha
Rabecca came hurdling into this city from East LA at the bright age of 10, from there she, a pencil and paper became inseparable. As an Artist She hoped to make a difference, After graduating from the The Art institute of Seattle she was able to hone her skills and get her first show case in August of 2015. Rabecca loves to spend a good amount of time testing video games, volunteering her time with as a charitable Cheerleader with Cheer Seattle, updating her tumblr, catching up with Welcome to Nightvale and drawing her cat named Artemis.
It has been a long dream of Rabecca’s to be involved with GeekGirlCon and hopes that more wonderful things are to come!
Designer – Angie Jernejcic
Angie Jernejcic is part Art Director, part design nrrd with 10+ years’ experience in adland. A modern-day Goldilocks, she worked at a small agency, large agency, and a medium-sized agency before deciding that freelance suited her best. She’s designed + art directed the bejeezus out of everything from events, videos, C-suite speeches & strategy; advertising (B2B and B2C), brochures, branding, to interactive, to new business pitches, and made it through a gazillion photoshoots. Whew.
In 2005, circumstances conspired to lead her to Seattle from the East. Angie’s been clutching an umbrella in one hand and a cup of Sumatran in the other ever since. Passions: Coffee, art, reading and street art. Is: Irreverent. Loves: The Sandman series, and everything by Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, etc. Design heroes: Tibor Kalman, Michael Bierut and Stefan Sagmeister.
Designer – Tanu Khandelwal
Tanu is a grad student at University of Washington pursuing Masters in User Experience Design. Before coming to school, Tanu worked as a software engineer with REI and Home Depot. Tanu is passionate about promoting women in Tech and Design Industry. Her five year plan includes completing Pacific Crest Trail.
Manager of Digital Experience – Whitney Winn
In her day job, Whitney is a librarian who helps tweens and teens explore their interests through books and library programs. When she was a teenager herself, she learned to make websites so she could share her love of anime and Harry Potter with the world, leading to a lifelong interest in web content and design. Now she also loves to geek out over children’s and YA lit, all-ages comics, television shows, and board games, as well as experiment with various arts and crafts hobbies. You can find her online on Twitter and Tumblr, primarily talking about books, comics, and her favorite fandoms.
Web Content Producer – Ashli Blow
Ashli loves information and reading, which is why she spends a lot of time working in a newsroom. A bookworm since nearly birth, all things sci-fi and dystopia speak to her. After moving to Seattle, she now finds sanctuary at the city’s many awesome comic shops.
Web Producer – Joshua Weiner
Joshua’s patronus is a bunny. A constantly disheveled bunny that smells like pine needles, impatience, and fine Chinese black tea.
Joshua is a failed scientist (bad at math) and failed librarian (bad at organizing things) who currently works as a software developer for a local institution of higher education. He grew up in Southern California reading Marvel comics, fantasy novels, playing 80’s PC games on the Apple IIgs (yes, he’s way old), and countless role playing games. After college he moved to NYC where he spent 13 years before being exiled to Seattle for grievous crimes against fashion.
He is an avid photographer who loves taking pictures of all kinds of performers, cosplayers, and various immobile objects in their natural habitats. When not hanging out with forest friends he enjoys reading about history and food (sometimes together), cooking, beard farming, and bickering with his cats. You can find find his photographic work at 5Rabbit.
Web Administrator – Constance Chen
Constance Chen was was grown in Singapore, transplanted to Chicago, and currently can be found as an invasive species in Seattle. She loves almost everything about the internet and has been tinkering with websites since she was a wee lass, from Neopets pages to World of Warcraft guild forums. She spends her free time volunteering in the local indie video game and women in tech scenes. Her favorite game is Chrono Trigger.