Staff & Board of Directors
Director of Panel Programming – Tiffy Daud
As Director of Panel & Stage Programming, Tiffy captains the teams that work on panels and main stage events. Her favorite hobby is recommending SFF books on her YouTube channel, inkyspyglass, where she makes it a priority to feature female authors. Tiffy’s favorite trilogies are the Broken Earth, Imperial Radch, and Machineries of Empire. As a Ravenpuff, Tiffy is untempered in her voracious reading and pursuit of coziness. She lives with her geek boyfriend, adorable bunnies, and tower of science fiction books.
Director of Interactive Programming – Alyssa Jones-Comtois
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.
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.
Programming Assistant – Jessie Gaupel
Jessie Gaupel supports the Directors of Programming to help make GeekGirlCon the geekiest it can be! She received her BA in Theatre at CSU Long Beach and her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Jessie is a veteran geek who still remembers livejournal and when using “XD” was cool. At any given day, you can be sure she’s watching cartoons, crying about Kingdom Hearts, or writing her manuscript (which she’s also probably crying about). Jessie is excited to be working to be bring this incredible event to Seattle.
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.
Workshop Coordinator – Jill Aneri Shah
Jill Aneri Shah is the new Workshop Coordinator at Geek Girl Con. A recent graduate of the University of Washington Human Centered Design and Engineering program, Jill Aneri loves making new things, anything related to superheroes and really terrible puns.
Activities Manager – Neetika Agarwal
Just 2.5 years old in USA, Neetika is still exploring American culture, food and people. She’s a passionate dancer (always up for it) and enjoys playing volleyball & ping pong. A hardcore party person by heart (maybe that’s the reason she loves organizing events), Neetika firmly believes in work hard and party harder. She loves being with people and you will mostly find her craziest with fun loving people around. Neetika also has a little dachshund who takes up most of her free time. Neetika is really excited to be part of GeekGirlCon and working with the team.
Special Events Manager – Teresa (TK) Kramer
TK is a Seattle transplant, Minnesota native, and die hard Hufflepuff who has been attending anime and SFF conventions since 2004. In that time she’s emceed cosplay contents, staffed room parties, and been a programming panelist to boot. When she’s not managing business operations for our cloud computing overlords, she likes to relax by writing fanfic, making costumes, or curling up with her dog Yousuke for a night of gaming.
STEM Talent Coordinator – Kelly Henckel
Originally hailing from Michigan, Kelly is excited to spend her first year in Seattle as a member of the GeekGirl family. As a lifelong gamer, feminist, and scientist, she is passionate about supporting women in all things geeky. When Kelly’s not farming tomatoes in Stardew Valley, you’ll find her throwing plasma grenades at grunts.
Arts Talent Coordinator – Jazmine Santayana
As an Arts Talent Coordinator, Jazmine sources the guests for the convention and is the point of contact to ensure that everything runs smoothly from the back end. She knew she wanted to be part of a conference encouraging women to exist in their respective fields after attending the Women of the World conference which had a diverse spread of workshops and panels ranging from Twerkshops to women rappers talking about their experience in a male dominated field.
Jazmine moved from LA in 2018 and is typically running around the city trying to find all the secret Seattle spots and hole in the wall gems. Jazmine loves live music, dancing, literature, the general arts, horrible would you rathers, community, empowering marginalized groups, and just general shenanigans.
Arts Talent Coordinator – Nikkita Tetreault
Nikkita is a newly minted Arts Talent Coordinator, sourcing and coordinating arts and literature Featured Contributors at GeekGirlCon. As a forever booknerd, she cut her teeth as the head of marketing for a publishing house, coordinating events for authors across the nation. When she’s not in the stacks, she enjoys anime, LOTR marathons, and PC gaming.
Cosplay Contest Coordinator – Emily Karrmarshall
Emily is the newly appointed Cosplay Contest Coordinator for GeekGirlCon. As the coordinator, Emily sources judges, hosts, prizes, and partners for the contest. During the show, you’ll find her backstage helping assist cosplayers and making sure the show runs smoothly. She’s looking forward to seeing all the amazing work our participants have put together!
Emily is a domestic engineer (aka stay at home parent) and a cosplayer herself. Her other interests and fandoms include: books, comic books, science fiction/fantasy, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Disney.
Kids Cosplay Coordinator – Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Mmm Davis has emceed everything from charity auctions to MoPop’s Myth and Magic Event, the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam, and ECCC’s Guardians of the Sexy. She has been lucky to host a plethora of nerdlesque shows based on fandoms including Lord of the Rings, Disney, and Doctor Who (her fave!). She’s also a returning GGC Agent – in years past you may have seen her lead the Bowie Sing Along, or working outside a panel room. A proud aunt of 7, Rebecca is a fierce advocate for tiny geeks and nerds, and can’t WAIT to see their creativity, costumes, and cosplay!
Manager of Gaming – Alyssa Askew
As the Manager of Gaming, Alyssa is here to utilize 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 production 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.
Assistant Manager of Gaming – Julia Kallweit
Julia used to be a Special Agent at GeekGirlCon and joined the Programming Department and then Game Team.
Born and raised in a small German town, she found out about the lack of local Geeks early and discovered her passion for video gaming while quarreling with her older brother to play Maniac Mansion on his C64 and conquering foreign nations in Age of Empires on her Dad’s PC. Over time she developed an interest in different fandoms and won her first carnival costume contest as Leonardo from Ninja Turtles (“And the first prize goes to this cute tortoise” – 5-year-old Julia shouting into the microphone: Wrong! I am a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE! – True story, unfortunately there is no video evidence).
Even though her environment mostly ignored her early advances into Geek culture, she never stopped doing what she loved and eventually found a partner who is equally interested in overthrow…*cough* rescuing virtual worlds together.
When she is not tending her farm in Stardew Valley or leveling her Hunter in Destiny, she can be seen kayaking on Lake Washington or training for her next half-marathon.
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 – Kathy Shin
Kathy is the Video Game Coordinator for GeekGirlCon. She’s an avid PC gamer who streams competitive games on Twitch. Kathy also work at the Microsoft Store as a Product Advisor selling devices and software and helping out with gaming events. She plays mostly StarCraft 2 with some Hearthstone and Overwatch from time to time!
Tabletop Games Coordinator – Bethy Winkopp
A lifelong roleplayer, Bethy has a passion for bringing diversity into gaming. When she has enough manna to spend outside of her day job Bethy loves being a Field Investigations and Response team member for the ASPCA, and traveling all over the globe for immersive roleplay experiences.
Her passions for roleplaying and love of strategic planning shows when she larps, or rolls those crit hits in 5E which she hopes to reflect at GeekGirlCon. Her lifelong dream is to make an EDH MtG deck that is composed solely of horsemanship.
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.
Director of Con Operations – Amy Gradzewicz
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.
Director of Internal Operations – Cindy Prater
Time travel landed Cindy in Seattle at this moment to steward operational excellence within GeekGirlCon, map strategic direction with the leadership team and captain the finance, people ops and sponsorship teams. Novels like the Earth’s Children series transport her to other worlds shaped by women warriors, rulers, pioneers, priestesses, shamans, mystics – and connection to nature and spirit realms. She uses her super powers for social justice, saving the planet, speaking truth to power, challenging convention and solving puzzles and problems. Other fandoms/interests: (pre-) historic fantasy/fiction, sci-fi, music, cooking, design of all kinds, storytelling, natural medicinals, permaculture.
Registration and Admission 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. 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.
Exhibitor Services Manager – Kris Panchyk
Kris was a latecomer to the geek lifestyle; it wasn’t until she went off to college and fell in with theatre kids that she was introduced to tabletop gaming. That, along with experiencing the World Wide Web back in the days of dial-up modems and AOL, started her on the path to where she is now – with shelves of graphic novels, a small collection of action figures, and countless hours of volunteering at local conventions.
These days, when she’s not reading, knitting, or attending a Sounders game, she’s pretending to be a Real Adult as a Project Manager in the legal industry.
Exhibitor Services Coordinator – Lillian Cantwell
Lillian Cantwell is an avid book hoarder and mad crafter. In Professional Land she has poked many a spreadsheet for nonprofit organizations, and she is currently an author wrangler and book slinger at an independent book store. She owns multiple glue guns, more glitter than necessary, and lives aboard a sailboat with her cat, Tiberius.
Interpreter Services Coordinator – Julie Tergliafera
Julie Tergliafera has been working with GeekGirlCon since 2013 as a volunteer interpreter. Originally from Louisiana, she has lived in Seattle since 2008 and enjoys everything the area has to offer: from outdoors activities such as hiking and camping to game nights and craft beers. Julie is an avid knitter and crocheter and is known for completing projects during science fiction movies and Star Trek marathons.
Survey and Data Analyst – Reynide Dubreus
Reynide is a Marketing Research professional working as Survey and Data Coordinator for GeekGirlCon. She is a curious Geek who cherishes the arts, literature, technology, film, and research. Her work with GeekGirlCon helps to amplify the voices of attendees by means of data collection and analysis. Her love of research began when she sought to answer this peculiar question, Is it Pop or Soda?
When she’s not geeking over new research studies, she can be found hiking a trail or two, singing karaoke, and taking impromptu nature photos. Reynide aspires to support the telling of all stories from all voices, and sees research as a driving force in that.
Reaction Team Coordinator – Bill Creasey
Bill Creasey is currently serving the GeekGirlCon community as Reaction Team Director. A life long geek and a fan of all the geeky things lately has been obsessed with RPGs and board games. He has many years of convention support experience and enjoys giving back to the community that he is part of. He’s also been known to make a puppet or two in his time.
Volunteer Manager – Maggie Franquemont
Maggie is serving as the GeekGirlCon Volunteer Manager. Originally from Colorado, Maggie has settled in Seattle after living in most of the Western US. She likes to combine her geeky tendencies with her passion for the outdoors and is always up for an adventure whether at the table or in the woods. She is a jack-of-all trades and will give most things a shot at least once. Her most repeated activities include climbing tall rocks, using thread to make cool things, and protecting her party with her Aura of Protection. Maggie’s favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus.
Volunteer Coordinator Intern – Chloe Remigio
Chloe Remigio is a local student enthusiastic about the arts, media, and social justice. She is beyond excited to be joining the GeekGirlCon team this year. Previous volunteer credits include Logistics Preparation Officer two years running for the LA Alliance for Science (previously March for Science LA). As a Volunteer Coordinator Intern, she will be focused on assisting the Volunteer Coordinator (our Supreme) in recruiting and training new volunteers to ensure that the event, and the lead up to it, runs smoothly in coordination with other departments.
Chloe’s fandom interests vary far and wide, from old standbys like LOTR to new media like Rick and Morty. As a queer, disabled woc, her involvement in the community is centered around critical analysis and transformative work. She believes strongly in the inclusion of any and all fans, and is looking forward to participating in an event that aligns to this principle.
This will also be Chloe’s very first GeekGirlCon, an experience that she is sure will be as incredible as it sounds!
Sponsorship Manager – Elize DeBoom
Elize is a passionate and dedicated professional with an extensive background in strategic sales & marketing, new business development, and organizational leadership. She’s a relentless entrepreneur, an avid outdoor enthusiast, a mother of 3 amazing young women, and completely obsessed with mind bending Science Fiction.
Human Resources Manager – Bonnie Barcellos
Bonnie is an HR professional working for GeekGirlCon as, you guessed it, HR Manager! She’s a wanderer who happily calls Seattle home base. When not chilling with her graphic novel/fiction writing partner, Bonnie is usually hiking mountains, volunteering to support refugee families, reading sci-fi & fantasy books, re-watching BSG, Firefly, Star Trek, or GBBO, and knitting with her lazy basset hound sleeping nearby. And probably eating ice cream.
Director of Community Engagement – Kristine Hassell
If you’ve 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 @
Director of Digital Experiences – Meliza Afable
Meliza’s first brush with geekiness was her introduction to Star Wars. From there, Disney took center stage as she worked for The Mouse for quite a number of years. Yearly readings of LOTR and Sandman followed, then Harry Potter, Marvel, other graphic novels, movies, and television shows came along. In an alternate life, she would live as an assassin nun or have time travel as her super power. She has a soft spot for rescue pups, traveling, and spending time with her geeky, artistic family.
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.
Campaign Manager – 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’s role as Campaign Project Manager sees her driving cross-department alignment on marketing campaigns, overseeing their execution, and tracking deliverables, to give GeekGirlCon attendees the best convention experience.
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, representation, and gender, and probably also tweets too much. She also dabbles in TTRPGs, but all her characters mysteriously turn out to be like Batman or Wolverine in combat. JC holds a doctorate in political philosophy and in addition to the convention circuit has spoken at PAX West and the Game Developers’ Conference on diversity, representation,and inclusion. Her non-gaming interests include food science, roller derby, and being a foster parent for her small army of 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.
Campaign Manager – Shilpa Kulkarni
An MBA graduate with experience in Marketing, Supply chain and data analytics, Shilpa says her true love is the quest for knowledge. She holds a Masters degree in Microbiology and has worked in food analytics as well. But it was during college that she found her calling, which was managing & campaigning events. As GeekGirlCon’s Campaign Manager, she will be coordinating the marketing projects for the event.
A geek and nerd all her life, Shilpa discovered her love for words and poetry very early in life (JK Rowling and Tennyson rule!). She spent hours pouring over any books she could find throughout her school life, her life goal being authoring a book herself one day. She is still embarrassingly enthralled with Star Wars which leads her to star gaze and chase beautiful Milky Way shots to this day. Her passions include brewing blends of tea, traveling and watching West Wing endlessly. Shilpa loves to make up geeky jokes to herself, find beauty in all things and people different, and hopes to make a difference to women’s lives via GGC!
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 – 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.
GeekGirlCon, Indigo is the Manager of Editorial. She makes sure all outward facing text is nice and spiffy, produces marketing copy, writes content for the blog, and writes additional content for GeekGirlCon as a guest contributor for other online publications. When she’s not working, she’s training for a half-marathon to burn off her addiction to french baking. 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
Though she spends her Monday-through-Friday hours in the box office of a local performing arts company, Teal’s primary occupation is musing to herself (and anyone who will listen) about feminist pop culture. Incidentally, this is also exactly what she does via writing for GeekGirlCon’s blog.
Before joining GeekGirlCon’s ranks, Teal studied literature and briefly considered a career in academia, but found herself personally too frustrated by the culture of exclusivity. Her early adulthood has brought on new interest in fiction writing and a renewed interest in all things teen media (and all of the messy cultural implications thereof). At the moment, she’s probably geeking out about the role women and queer folks have played in the establishment of Star Trek’s legacy and/or the vitality of regional theatre communities.
Copywriter – Caitlin Foskey
A writer and editor in her work life, Caitlin Foskey is thrilled to pair her professional background with her nerdy interests as a copywriter for GeekGirlCon. As part of the GGC Marketing Department team, Caitlin writes and edits outward-facing copy, blog content, and other materials.
A lifelong geek, Caitlin grew up with Star Wars, wrote awful anime fanfictions in middle school, celebrated her love of Tolkien’s writings and art with a full back piece tattoo, and has a lot of thoughts about the current state of the Marvel Universe and the MCU. When she’s not behind a computer, Caitlin is busy refining her baking skills, trying to cultivate an appreciation for weightlifting, and still playing Pokemon Go.
Copywriter – Kalyna Durbak
After years of writing academic papers and company documents, Kalyna is excited to stretch her writing muscles as a copywriter for GeekGirlCon. Her responsibilities include writing for the blog and helping GeekGirlCon produce the best copy possible.
Kalyna knew she was a geek from a young age. Some of her earliest memories include waking up early to watch Sailor Moon, hand coding fan anime websites that never saw the light of day, and reading fantasy novels way past her bedtime. She currently fills her time watching more anime, reading more fantasy novels, playing board games, and picking up any craft project that inspires her. She also loves to hike in the mystical forests of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, partially because it makes her feel like she’s a character in Skyrim.
Copywriter – Hanna Hupp
Having recently graduated with degrees in English Lit and Humanities, Hanna is so excited to be working at GeekGirlCon as a copywriter! She is currently trying to postpone the inevitable postgrad existential crisis by spending as much time as possible reading, writing, and engaging in in-depth critical analyses of the Bachelor franchise with anyone who will listen. An enthusiastic Hufflepuff, she thoroughly geeks out over podcasts, sex education, graphic novels, and old SyFy shows. When not developing intense crushes on (inconveniently) fictional characters or outlining a variety of stories she might hopefully get around to writing one day, Hanna is usually deeply engrossed in researching Pleistocene megafauna, mummies, and 1960’s NASA launches.
Copywriter – Rebecca Anglesey
One of Becca’s earliest memories is watching her mom play The Legend of Zelda on their NES. Fascinated by the storytelling medium of video games, Becca became an avid gamer. From MMOs like Final Fantasy IVX to catching them all in Pokémon, Becca loves the experience of watching a good story play out.
This love of storytelling doesn’t just stop at video games. Becca loves watching movies and television shows, and of course reading almost anything she can get her hands on! Favorite stories include Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Sailor Moon, Lord of the Rings, and a whole lot more.
Becca is a native of the PNW. She was born in Aberdeen and worked as a pastry chef in Seattle for 10 years before returning to school. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington Bothell and is looking forward to her next adventure.
Assistant Design Manager – Shannon Hargis
Shannon is the Senior Designer for GeekGirlCon and a multi-disciplinary creative who delights in using her skills for good to find imaginative solutions for complex problems.
She geeks out about typography, branding, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, music, Star Wars, Gryffindors, tarot, tabletop games, and comics. In her spare time, she can be found camping, sewing, roller skating, scuba diving, and watching videos of cute animals synced to music.
Senior Designer – 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 – 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!
Marketing Designer – Allison Schroeder
Allison is a graphic designer who’s been working in the marketing and tech fields for the last five years. After getting her degree in Art from a women’s college, she is excited to combine her love of inclusivity, design, and all things geekdom. When not obsessing over color schemes and typography, Allison can be found trying to befriend in-game animals and recreating all the desserts from The Great British Baking Show.
Video Producer- Melissa Butler
Melissa Butler is a video producer for GeekGirlCon. She graduated from UW Seattle with a BFA in painting. Through her university, she participated in an animation capstone, where she learned about the different parts of the pipeline to create a collaborative 3D animated film. She is passionate about story-telling and mental health advocacy. Melissa is a huge fan of DC Comics – particularly the Bat-verse. When she’s not working on design and painting projects, she’s probably stomping through the Castlevania games.
Web Content Producer- Ashley Jayne
Ashley joins us from Iowa where she spent years attending conventions as a plushie artist & costuming panelist. She’s guilty of staying up way too late playing Slay the Spire and They Are Billions (just one more run!). As a kid, she spent her summer vacations building websites for fun and now she’s finally learning the skills needed to pursue it as a career. Ashley’s excited to combine so many of her favorite things into her role as Web Content Producer for GGC.
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
President of the Board – Sharon Feliciano
Sharon Magliano Feliciano is Marketing and Advertising consultant 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. You can get in touch with her via Twitter.
Secretary – Ian Maddox
Ian is a technical leader, tinkerer, and father to two amazing girls who share his passion for science and technology. He currently works for Google advising large companies on cloud architecture. Prior to that, he kept himself busy as CTO of an educational tech company and then CEO of an autonomous car fleet management company.
In addition to speaking fluent geek, Ian flies small aircraft, develops business plans, builds custom electronics, and mentors aspiring software developers and other technical types. He aims to bring his passion for technology, education, and personal development to help lift up the next generation of the geeky youth and young-at-heart.
Member of the Board – Bridget Brave
Bridget Brave is a recovering criminal litigator, recently relocated to the Greater Seattle area. Her geekiness was discovered at a young age after a series of behavioral referrals caused her mother to realize why her daughter was misbehaving: because Bridget had learned detention involved staying in at recess and reading. Interests in computers and gaming followed, punctuated by summers at Computer Camp and a very serious period of sadness after realizing she was not, in fact, the Kwisatz Haderach, nor was she ever going to be recruited by the Star League to defeat the Kodan Empire. When she’s not tending to her Stardew Valley farm, she is hosting Geeks Who Drink Trivia and attending a professional program in game design at UW. Bridget is thrilled to be joining the GeekGirlCon Board, and finally living her nerdy dream life to the fullest.
Member of the Board – Wendi Dunlap
Wendi Dunlap is the consummate Geek Girl …
She is an activist. Wendi has been grassroots organizing since the age of 12, supporting anti-apartheid and racial reconciliation work with the Rainbow Youth Coalition in the late 80s and serving as a youth leader in the NAACP throughout the 90s. As an undergraduate student at Cornell University, she reinstated the Cornell chapter of the NAACP, led student protests against campus racism and organized cultural events for Cornell’s Black and Latinx student body. She is an advocate for students with special needs as a former officer of the Bellevue Special Needs PTA. She is also trained in domestic violence advocacy through Lifewire.
She is a writer. Wendi began her professional writing career at the age of 15 as a freelancer for the world-renowned Amsterdam News (Harlem, NY). She is also an award-winning playwright and horror/dark fantasy writer. You can find her work on PodCastle, Fiyah Literary magazine and various speculative fiction anthologies.
She is a techie. Wendi earns her living as a Digital Media professional – building personalized, data-driven marketing experiences for top brands. Throughout her twenty year career in Digital advertising, she has pioneered video, mobile and social campaigns that have been on the forefront of modern marketing.
Wendi is the proud mother of a young adult son, a New Jersey native, a gadget geek and a fan of the fantastic and the tech. She embraces the eclectic, believing wholeheartedly that “if I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”