Board of Directors & Staff
Executive Director – Michele Carrico Domingo
Michele is super excited to work at her dream job as the Executive Director of eekeekGirlCon. 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.
Internal Operations Director – Jeanette Hotes-Aprato
Jeanette is very excited to join the GeekGirlCon team as the Internal Operations Director. She has been passionate about non-profit work throughout her career. For the last 2 years she has been a Managing Director for a local non-profit. Her career highlights her passion for empowering others, community building, and a commitment to diversity, LGBT rights, and women’s causes.
Her fandoms are diverse; from reading fantasy novels growing up, playing Dragon Age and Fable, and watching a variety of shows like Star Trek, Avatar, and Lost Girl. Recently she has been exploring anime, specifically Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Ranma 1/2. Her love of Sci-fi and Fantasy is credited as inspiration for working to make the world a better place.
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 is the Director of Programming with GeekGirlCon, meaning that she manages the Panel, Special Events, DIY Science, Gaming, Activities, Programming Outreach, and Talent teams. When not digging into GeekGirlCon programs, she can be found writing, rewatching favorite shows even though there are so many new ones on her list, or playing games of all kinds. Unless a convention is coming up, in which case she is likely losing sleep trying to finish her costume in time.
Manager of Special Events – Sammy Scott
Sammy Scott is a project and event manager from Seattle, WA. As the Special Events Manager for GeekGirlCon, she oversees all community and convention events such as cosplay contests, fashion shows, parties and live shows. Previously employed as a corporate events coordinator and manager, Sammy has made the switch to the non-profit sector, working in executive administration at a local cancer clinic. 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.
Activities Manager – Colleen O’Holleran
Colleen O’Holleran serves as program manager at Landesa as well as activities manager at GeekGirlCon, where she is responsible for the planning, logistics, and execution of programming activities. Colleen’s 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 fret about whether or not they’ll get the film adaptation of The Dark Tower series right. 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 Program Manager – Marina Martinez
As Panel Program Manager Marina creates the programming schedule for the con and helps curate the panels that are selected. 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 as obsessed with anime as she was. Marina’s hobbies include watching copious amounts of television, playing quidditch for the Emerald City Admirals, and reading epic length fics. In her everyday life she work in the fine art world as a project manager.
Panel Coordinator – Sarah “SG-1” Grant
SG-1 is one of the Panel Coordinators on the GeekGirlCon team; she spends her time wrangling potential panels and panelists for the yearly convention. SG-1 has been volunteer staff for GeekGirlCon for almost five years, and a self-identified geek for way longer than it’s been cool. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, and television shows. Her head is filled with random knowledge that is really only good for pub trivia and playing round after round of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Panel Coordinator – Kayla Sutton
When she’s not busy saving the world one panel/cosplay/comic book at a time, she is preparing inclusive programming and content that reflects the GeekGirlCon mission and GeekGirlCon audience. The social media curator for Black Girl Nerds, she doesn’t sleep between live tweets, convention appearances and podcast recordings. Human mom to a nerdy and rambunctious 8 year old, fur mommy to a dog and 2 cats, life is nuts. But she wouldn’t have any other way.
Workshop Coordinator – Niki Marion
Niki Marion is a book industry professional formerly based in Massachusetts, where she worked at the Boston Book Festival, then ran the children’s and teen departments at an amazing indie bookstore. She moved with her best friend to Seattle in mid-2016 for a new adventure, and she’s very excited to have found one working to organize and present awesome, inclusive workshops at GeekGirlCon. Niki has her master’s in children’s literature, which means she is a massive #kidlitnerd and loves books for all young readers, from the tiniest humans to full-grown ones. She especially adores #ownvoices narratives, picturebooks, graphic novels, book-to-film adaptations, and all other possible combinations of words and pictures. Her additional obsessions include but are not limited to: Beyoncé, cooking, eating, the Another Round podcast, libraries, the Oxford comma, earrings, and going to yard sales.
Talent and Hospitality Manager – Asia al-Massari
Asia al-Massari is responsible for finding cool people to hang out with us at GeekGirlCon, and making sure they have the time of their lives! She is a Ravenclaw, a BookTuber, and a freelance writer. She loves getting people excited for things, especially if they’re new to it! She is most passionate about #WeNeedDiverseBooks and #ownvoices and loves to see the spaces she loves most become a place where everyone feels welcome.
Cosplay Contest Coordinator – Jillian Lennartz
Jill is psyched to bridge her work experience and hobbies with GeekGirlCon as our Cosplay Contest Coordinator! By day she is a mild-mannered professional – she makes sure that the tech company she works for is socially & environmentally responsible. Sometimes she goes to the UN to talk with other pros about how business can save the world (kind of)! Like a real superhero (sort of)! By night Jill enjoys cuddling her cats (Baldur & Loki), gaming, streaming, cooking, & making cosplay costumes.
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.
Programming Outreach Coordinator (North Seattle) – Emily Karrmarshall
Emily Karrmarshall is the Programing Outreach Coordinator for the north Seattle region. She assists with year round events and seeks partnerships with organizations that align with GeekGirlCon’s mission.
Emily is an artist, cosplayer, and geek of many flavors. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, Bioware games, Harry Potter, Disney, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, MST3K, LOTR, Broadway musicals, and true crime podcasts. She lives in Shoreline with her geeky husband, 3 year old geeklet son, and little dog named Merlin.
Programming Outreach Coordinator (South Seattle) – Amanda Hua
Amanda coordinates year-round outreach events in the central Seattle region. If you see Amanda out and about at local events, feel free to say hello! She is a public librarian by trade, with experience providing outreach programming in the community. Her main fandoms are Harry Potter and Star Trek. She enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with her chihuahua, Leeloo.
Programming Outreach Coordinator (Eastside) – Samira Ouraga
Samira Ouraga is the programming outreach coordinator of the East Side Region. When she’s not working on cool coding projects, she’s in the kitchen making new recipes or on a patio relaxing. Her mission is to make technology cool again to all girls.
Programming Assistant – Tiffy Daud
Tiffy is the Programming Assistant, and she performs administrative work in support of the Programming Department. Tiffy is an event producer by day and video blogger by night. She reads all the books, and her specialty is science fiction. Tiffy makes videos about science fiction and fantasy books on her youtube channel, inkyspyglass. She is committed to reviewing majority female authors on her vlog.
Tiffy grew up across the Bay Area, including the wilds of wine country and urbane San Francisco. She now lives in downtown Seattle with her boyfriend (3D animator) and two holland lop bunnies (resident cuties extraordinaire).
Manager of Gaming – Alyssa Jones-Comtois
As the Manager of Gaming, Alyssa oversees the entire game floor operation – working tirelessly with internal and external partners to ensure the best gaming experience for GeekGirlCon attendees.
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 playing Xbox. When she’s not playing video games, you can often find her catching up on various animes, building props for cosplay or Halloween parties, or initiating some kind of nerf battle.
Alyssa loves to bring organization to chaos. With a degree in communications and a SCRUM certificate she is always looking for new ways to improve efficiency. When not working on GeekGirlCon, Alyssa can be found managing the latest gaming content as a Producer at Xbox Live.
Assistant Gaming Manager – Alyssa Robertson
As the Assistant Gaming Manager, Alyssa is here to help Alyssa (yes, there are two of us) and the rest of team, utilizing her geeky and organizational tendencies to bring the game floor of GeekGirlCon to life. She brings to the table experience organizing events for Girl Guides of Canada (like Girl Scouts, but more north) and lots of admin experience from her day job nerd-herding in the games industry.
Alyssa loves polka-dots, bows, Spider-Man, R2D2, Hufflepuff-life, crafting, and playing all the games. Favorite video games include Spyro the Dragon: Ripto’s Rage and Ori and the Blind Forest. Favorite board games include any game won the first time she played, even if she never succeeds again.
Gaming Event Coordinator – Andy Munich
As part of his regular duties as an events coordinator and host, Andy loves making people feel welcome before taking them on awesome adventures! Andy has been hosting the GeekGirlCon gaming night twice a month for three years and running roleplaying games at the convention proper for five. His proudest accomplishment has been the formation of the GeekGirlScouts initiative in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Andy lives in his own head, which is located in Seattle.
Video Game Coordinator – Kathryn Storm
Kathryn is the Video Game Coordinator for GeekGirlCon and a longtime staff member. Fueled by a love of the personalized, concierge experience, Kathryn is extremely hands-on with her clients and partners to ensure the best possible outcome.
Kathryn began her love of geek building telescopes and computers with her Dad as well as being exposed to the world of DoS and Brøderbund with such gems like Where in Space is Carmen San Diego, Dinosaur Hunter and Print Shop.
Fast forward to today where the aforementioned has evolved into an intense love of high fantasy, RPGs, video games, elves, two-handed weapons and fanfic. Intensely preoccupied with the intersection of human behavior and technology, diversity of thought and practice, she works as an interaction designer at Xbox and lead for Xbox’s Women in Gaming. Find her being part of the design, community and game conversation as @stormka.
Tabletop Games Coordinator – Jaden Emme
Jaden Emme is a Producer who studied Animation and Television/Film Production, with an emphasis on representation in the horror genre. While working at a game company, she fell in love with tabletop role-playing games. She currently runs “learn to play” TRPG events for women at her local game store and is a volunteer GM for the GeekGirlScouts. Outside of D&D and Magic: The Gathering, her current favorites are EarthBound, Undertale, and Pokémon. She loves talking to people about new games and promoting inclusivity in game design and the gaming community.
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.
HR Manager – Elsa Mendiburu
As the volunteer HR Manager, Elsa is passionate about learning and loves to develop people to reach their highest potential.
Her geek side: Books, movies, and Whatsapp, although the book is always better than the movie according to her. Every time she watches the movie after reading the book, she’ll get frustrated because the movie didn’t do the book justice (except in maybe 2 occasions).
During her non-geek moments, she’s with family, hanging out with friends, doing a puzzle, riding her bike or shopping online..
Registration & Admissions Manager – Rose Minier
As the Registration and Admissions Manager, Rose oversees all aspects of pass sales and distribution of Con badges. Rose reads roughly a book a day and converted the master bedroom suite in her house into a library. She is also an avid gamer, with especial love of RPGs (traditional or computer) and German board games. She has worked in the IT/ISP world, but has found her true love in accounting; she currently crunches numbers for a non-profit that works on affordable housing. Outside of traditionally geeky pursuits, Rose knits, tends a large vegetable garden, and caters to the every whim of her pet rabbits.
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.
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.
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
As the Volunteer Program Manager, Amy overseas all aspects of volunteers at our annual convention. Amy has a passion for list making and spreadsheets which aid her volunteer goals. Her passion for social justice and creating positive communities led her to GeekGirlCon. In her spare time she enjoys science fiction and fantasy genre media (Zelda, Star Trek), painting and drawing, crocheting, and recreating recipes.
Volunteer Program Assistant Manager – Hosanna Tolman
As the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Hosanna helps look after all the wonderful Agents that make the convention run smoothly. From sorting through new volunteer applications, to giving hugs to Amy, her partner in crime. If it has something to do with GeekGirlCon’s Agents, Hosanna is probably there!
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!) She is now graduating with a degree in Linguistics, spring 2017, with an end goal of being an ASL translator. (She has a fascination for languages all thanks to good ol’ Tolkien).
During her free time she can be found snuggling kitties, reading books/comics, playing FFXIV, and numerous crafting projects. You can follow Hosanna on Twitter or Tumblr: @margareet.
Survey and Data Coordinator – Melinda Dang
As the Survey and Data Coordinator, Melinda works with data, feedback, and suggestions to optimize the Con experience.
She adores Pinkie Pie and likes to stay active, brew Kombucha, and crochet Amigurumi in her free time.
Merchandise Manager – Shubz Blalack
As the Merchandise Manager, Shubz is responsible for the procurement, maintenance, and distribution of GeekGirlCon items and apparel. 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.
Campaign Manager – Grace Chen
As GeekGirlCon’s Campaign Manager, a high-level marketing role, Grace will be working closely with staff members who need marketing campaigns, identifying target markets, executing the campaign, and determining metrics for the success of the campaign.
Grace is a super geek when it comes to console gaming, Anime and Manga. You can find her on Xbox One or PS4 fighting the bad guys with her friends on the weekends, or you can find her watching Anime or reading Manga with her pup FiFi almost at night (her dog demands to watch Anime right next to her). Grace has a strong passion for the gaming industry, she is your “go-to” person if you ever need help to decide which console or games are best suited for yourself or your love ones; she can tell you all the exclusive and non-exclusive games by genres to “oh no, stay away” games for both Xbox One and PS4.
Her motto is “never give up, never surrender”.
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 developer and writer living in Seattle. At GeekGirlCon, JC oversees all outward facing copy materials, liaises with guest contributors and other GeekGirlCon departments, and makes sure that the copy team is a cohesive, functional and happy word-wrangling machine.
JC has 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. JC holds a doctorate in political philosophy. Her non-gaming interests include 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.
Assistant Manager of Editorial Services – Indigo Boock
At GeekGirlCon, Indigo works as a copywriter. She makes sure all outward facing text is nice and spiffy, writes content for the blog, and writes additional content for GeekGirlCon as a guest blogger for other publications (such as GeekInsider). When she’s not working, she’s training for a half-marathon to burn off her recent addiction to french baking.
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 currently finishing her first book, runs an OP-ED blog on video games and media, has an unhealthy admiration for sultry villains, and a cat named Pickle.
Copywriter – Teal Christensen
By “going to school” and “studying literature” Teal managed to earn a degree for reading books and writing about books and talking about books. She then began working as a Copywriter for GeekGirlCon, which primarily entails writing about the con and other relevant subjects for the blog, but also writing and editing copy for different departments as needed. When she’s not working on grad school applications, Teal can be found dividing her time evenly between live-Tweeting 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.
Copywriter – Odawni AJ Palmer
Odawni recently switched gears from becoming a therapist to going after her dream of becoming a writer, so she is stoked to join the GeekGirlCon team as a copywriter! She started writing as a teen to cope with her depression and anxiety and now blogs about her experience with depression and how she manages it. She advocates mental health knowledge and support and is honored to be able to carry that advocacy into her work with GeekGirlCon. She is also a contributing writer at @TheMightySite and @TheSunBreak.
Odawni is a cat fiend and cupcake connoisseur. She spends her time trying not to let her Instagram-ing (@lady_archiva) cut into her school work, as she finishes her Master’s in Psychology at Antioch University Seattle.
Print Program Project Manager – Cirilia Rose
Cirilia Rose has come a long way since thinking Captain Zlog was a perpetually unseen character on Star Trek: TNG. A nerd, gourmand and aesthete, she’s also a professional word and textile obsessive. She swoons for LOTR, hard sci-fi, the Whedonverse, Fiona Staples and the Maillard reaction.
After 10 years in the knitting industry, she’s traded yarn for pixels and prose, writing for Nordstrom.com and RoguesPortal.com, collecting UX skills along the way. She’ll tap into these powers to wrangle a covetable, collectible printed program because apps are still missing that intoxicating inky bouquet. Find her online at www.ciriliarose.com
Design Manager – Angie Jernejcic
As Design Manager, Angie oversees our amazingly skilled design team, solves many problems, and gets occasionally gets some actual design work done. She works closely with the Director of Marketing to create the branding for GeekGirlCon. Angie and the design team create all visuals you see related to GeekGirlCon.
Angie’s artistic side made itself known early on: even at 7, she was elbow-deep in Lego, beads, markers, paint, and running with scissors while creating ‘pieces’ that (embarrassingly enough) her mom still has.
Now she’s an Art Director with 10+ years of experience in both the advertising and design world. When not pushing pixels or wrangling photographers, she can be found engrossed in a Neil Gaiman book for the 137th time, wandering Peter Miller books or Kinokuniya, or geeking out over typefaces.
Associate Design Manager – Allison Borngesser
As Associate Design Manager, Allison assists the Design Manager with any and all responsibilities concerning the Design department. She enjoys learning from more experienced Designers, and helping shape the visual face of the organization.
Allison’s geeky roots stemmed from a childhood consisting of Donkey Kong Country, Jurassic Park, and competitive chess. Her deep passion for art and tech have logically led to a career as a UI/UX Designer, where she believes tech is at it’s most powerful when it is being used for good. When she’s not working, she’s usually at a show, squeaking at corgi videos, playing board games, re-watching Minority Report for the billionth time, or cheering on the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Designer – Stephanie Hawn
As Designer, Stephanie helps develop the overall look and feel of GeekGirlCon. She has worked with various non-profits and companies throughout the years and is excited to bring her expertise to GeekGirlCon.
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.
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 – Tanisha Vernekar
When she isn’t juggling between her multiple roles as product designer and visual designer, Tanisha likes to spend her quite days with loud power tools in wood workshops. She likes to geek on multiple fronts, mainly indie music, RPG’s ( Tomb Raider, LIS, TWD…) and graphic novels ( Craig Thompson, Saga series, Shaun Tan… ).
Has a really eclectic playlist with everything ranging from Alt-J to Daughter to Opeth to Nujabes but always ends up singing 90’s tracks at a karaoke bar or while busking. During her free time she likes making things like chai, zines and ukuleles.
Designer – Maeve Rogers Edstrom
Maeve is a creative lucky enough to call herself both left- and right-brained. She loves art and science, especially when the two intersect. She designs data by day and is a yarn slayer by nightfall. At GeekGirlCon, Maeve will be helping the design team carry out branding and promotional materials.
Maeve loves to pair a game night with a fancy, over the top cheese plate. She still enjoys reading the books of her childhood and will cuddle up with a good one next to her tiny cat Roly. She is an aspiring Star Baker and dreams of one day opening up a shop that combines all of her baking and crafty hobbies.
Merchandise Designer – Sheri Bates
Sheri is an illustrator & designer with almost a decade of experience in the design and advertising industry. As the Merchandise Designer, with the help of GGC’s amazing design team, she is responsible for creating the artwork you see on our t-shirts, totes, and knick-knacks. She also illustrates character avatars that you may come across as you wander through the convention, in the form of standees, signs, and coloring pages, representing the different areas of GGC. Keep an eye out!
When she’s not working, Sheri can be found spending several hours every night honing her illustration skills by creating artwork about the things she loves most: Magical girls and video games.
Manager of Digital Experience – Whitney Winn
As Manager of Digital Experience for GeekGirlCon, Whitney oversees the website, app, and other aspects of the GeekGirlCon digital presence. 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
As GeekGirlCon’s web admin, Constance spends most of her time maintaining the site, updating WordPress, fixing code, and muttering about the command line. 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.
Board of Directors
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.
Member of the Board – Ethan Schoonover
Ethan spent twelve years abroad as an expat in the technology end of marketing communications with various multinational agencies. A dedicated proponent of open source and free software, he developed Solarized which has been called “the Most Important Color Scheme in Computer History” and helped develop the popular Mac software OmniFocus. Ethan now uses his skills and experience to facilitate technology in education at a Seattle based girls middle school. When not hacking on open source projects, hiking and fishing, making electronics, teaching programming, or launching rockets, he might be found playing RPGs with ne’er do wells or board games with his wife and two children. His Twitter handle is @ethanschoonover.