Staff & Board of Directors
Director of Panel Programming – Kristine Hassell
Born in a Friday Night Lights-esque town to a dragon mother and a polar bear father, Kristine’s nerd education began early by reading comics aloud with her dad and playing games on their Commodore 64. When she wasn’t gallivanting at the local arcade, she was rollerskating until the sun set or lost in books for days. Kristine plays in several long running RPGs and can play Diablo III for hours. While mercurial at times, she loves dim sum, sharing music, macarons, hockey, K-pop, stickers, board/role playing/video, and dark wave. Geek bragging rights include: watching the original Star Wars trilogy on their opening days, even skipping school for ESB, walking the red carpet at the world premiere/attending the after party for Serenity, and being invited to attend the final KITH taping at the CBC. Find this old school goth twittering madly @GermanCityGirl about the importance of better representation for non-white faces and other sundry things.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 – Christina Ramey
Christina approaches new challenges with playful curiosity and a passion for making others’ lives easier. In the past, Christina has been a producer and designer in the game industry, run an online geek and gamer-themed perfume and body products shop, and interned through Americorps for a social justice non-profit. She’s excited to support a buttery smooth exhibitor experience for GeekGirlCon by applying her perspective as a prior convention exhibitor herself.
Christina enjoys dabbling in various creative endeavors including writing, jewelry-making, painting, audio/video editing, and costuming. She will unironically hug any tree that looks like it needs it. You’ll often find her enjoying time with her spouse going on hikes, playing games, and struggling to understand their 5,000 year old dog Sherlock who speaks riddles in ancient Sumerian (his accent is atrocious).
Exhibitor Services Coordinator – Diana Kapsner
Diana supports the amazing community members, artists, and exhibitors participating at GeekGirlCon. Diana has organized public programs in museums, weddings, and corporate private events for 10 years. Native to California and new to Seattle, you’ll typically find her riding bikes, petting cats, and thinking about museums. Her childhood hero was/still is Xena Warrior Princess.
Accessibility Manager – Hillary Richardson
As Accessibility Manager, Hillary supports GeekGirlCon’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. She is an occupational therapist with experience in and a passion for community accessibility, education, research, and inclusive design.
Beyond her professional life, she enjoys kitchen experiments, road trips, wandering mountain trails with her dog, indie film, international backpacking, conquering large stacks of books, and going to shows. Music is an essential component of her life – after first geeking out about Talking Heads 20+ years ago, she fell down a post-punk rabbit hole, which turned out to be quite cozy, and where she still spends much of her time.
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.
Data & Survey Intern – Mianna Bryce
Mianna Bryce is GeekGirlCon’s Data and Survey intern. As a Seattle native who loves the geek community and engaging with it, she uses this passion to effectively gather data for GeekGirlCon. Outside of her role, Mianna loves hanging out with her ferrets and hiking with her dog. She also loves visiting art museums and restaurants in the city with her friends and family.
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.
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.
HR Assistant – Pallavi Ramaswamy Iyer
Pallavi Ramaswamy Iyer is a Volunteer HR Assistant with GeekGirlCon. Pallavi is tech savvy and likes to explore gadgets.
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.
Merch Assistant – Amanda Zwar
As the Merchandise Assistant, Amanda supports the Merchandise Manager in ensuring GeekGirlCon customers have a diverse selection of GeekGirlCon branded merchandise. Amanda celebrates her inner geek by playing and painting Warhammer miniatures, collecting Funko Pops!, Tiny Ghosts, anything Harry Potter (especially Snape related) and comic books. Amanda’s goal is to have the Warhammer/ wargaming community have more women and non-binary representation in a largely male dominated game/community and hopes to produce online painting tutorials for the community.
Merch Assistant – Lexy Bach
Lexy Bach is a photographer, make-up artist, stylist, retails manager, dancer, cat mom, foodie, matcha addict and lover of all beauties.
Vietnameses and soon-to-be American, creative maker and logistic organizer, Lexy knows the struggle and the beauty of being many things at the same time, and also not fitting into any specific description. She believes in the always-improving nature of people and processes, and planning to bring her various skills to the already-awesome merch team!
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.
Social Media Manager, Twitter & Facebook – Amy Steward
Amy figured out how to combine her interests of data and getting to know people by working in social media. She has a mix of educational backgrounds in design, leadership, and counseling psychology.
Growing up, Amy couldn’t go on a family vacation without at least 4 books that she was reading at the same time. She currently lives with her husband and a socially anxious cat. She loves travelling, kayaking, and sketching.
Though her personal social media is sort of lacking, she posts the occasional random tweet to @amyoutrageous. She’s a huge fan of the cartoon Jem and The Holograms. Because, she is truly, truly, truly outrageous.
Social Media Specialist, Twitter – Tina Burns
Graphic Designer, Book lover, Crafting Geek, Gamer Girl, all wrapped up on one sweet package. What more could you want?
Social Media Specialist, Facebook – Emerald Peterson
INFJ Hufflepuff Emerald Peterson is constantly on the lookout for ways to be more like a hobbit. When being a music major wasn’t for her, she instead graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in history and a minor in psychology. Since learning new things is great, she then went on to receive a graduate certificate in Children’s Literature and another in Storytelling and Content Strategy.
Hobbies include reading, writing, NOT ‘rithmatic, but drawing her friends as superheroes, baking for her weekly board game night, and taking life advice from her cat, Brisco. She is committed to encouraging growth, harmony, and positive change among the geek community, as well as supporting everybody’s right to enjoy both Star Wars and Star Trek.
Social Media Specialist – Ellory Hendrickson
In 2013, Ellory 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. Ellory’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). Ellory 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
Indigo is the Manager of Editorial — she makes sure all outward-facing text is nice and spiffy, producing marketing copy and content for the blog. She manages the copy team, helps direct marketing campaigns, and work cross-department to help curate the best possible convention each year. Outside of the organization, Indigo is a freelance writer and narrative designer in the games industry. She is grossly obsessed with her cat, classic tropes in horror, and loves recreating food from Studio Ghibli films.
Assistant Manager of Editorial Services – 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.
Design Manager – Lisette Albert
Lisette Albert is a LA transplant and appreciator of all things design. Whether it’s architecture, product or branding, you’ll see Lisette analyzing every detail! After graduating from the University of Washington, Lisette started her career as a designer and marketer. After a few forays in marketing for tech, solar energy, and high-end real estate development, she landed a job as the design lead for an international business and technology consulting firm.
Fun fact! When Lisette was 4, she used to competitively ice skate. While all other children chose pop songs to perform, she always selected Broadway musicals. It was then when she realized she was a geek. Outside of musical theatre, Lisette enjoys beating her significant other in video games, watching serial killer documentaries, drinking soy cappuccinos from local roasters, and trying to teach her dog, Squid, to clean up his toys.
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 a Senior Designer, Allison enjoys helping shape the visual face of the organization and working alongside a great group of creative folks.
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.
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.
Marketing Designer – Michelle Gayowski
Michelle joined the GeekGirlCon team to design with the marketing team. She loves designing for fun, inclusive, and enjoyable experiences, and is really excited to join such a passionate team putting on an amazing conference every year.
She’s a huge fan of books, and will read anything and everything – novels, memoirs, magazines, the nutritional facts on snacks, etc. Michelle recently went to Harry Potter World for the first time and although she grew up wanting to be in Gryffindor with Harry P. and the gang, she’s actually a true Hufflepuff at heart.
Marketing Designer – Emily Mozzone
Emily is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her passions for marketing and design with her love of all things nerdy at GeekGirlCon. She’s a lifelong Washington resident who graduated with her BA in Digital Design from Seattle University in 2019. When she’s not creating designs or thinking up a marketing strategy, you can find her playing video games (especially roguelikes), reading the latest novels, or writing postcards to her pen pals.
Print Program Booklet PM – Jules Naujok
Jules designs the Con’s Program booklet so everyone can find all their favorite panels. If designing spreadsheets for fun isn’t geeky enough, she is also a super fan of Harry Potter, Marvel, gaming, knitting and pinball. Her proudest geek moment to date was hosting her wedding reception at the [freeplay with admission] Pacific Pinball Museum.
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.
Video Producer – Graham Haas
Graham is a video producer from Cleveland with a background in indie film and content marketing. He loves lighting, Civilization, and homebrew Dungeons and Dragons. He is consumed by the search for a superior donut.
Video 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!
Manager of Digital Experiences – Tony Santos
Tony is working on all things digital experience at GeekGirlCon. He’s spent the last 20 years designing mostly for the web and leading UX teams. He’s a huge Star Trek fan, likes Star Wars too, and spacey-themed SciFi in general. He’s also a baking nerd.
Web Content Producer – Margarita Wilde
Margarita spent her childhood years in Russia before moving to Seattle. She discovered her geeky side early on when she learned to read. Science, history, and fantasy books are still her jam. Passionate about the good parts of the internet, cool people, and art.
In her free time Margarita enjoys gardening, backpacking, reading, watercolor, and crafts. She lives with her amazing roommates who love hosting dinner parties and ‘collecting’ too many houseplants.
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.
Public Relations Manager – Kelsey Herschberger
Kelsey has made it her job to tell everyone in the world how awesome GeekGirl Con is and helping other people do the same thing. She’s bounced up and down the West Coast for college and jobs, but Washington has always been home. She loves Star Wars and will fight you on how Batman v Superman is the superior comic book film of the decade.
Events Program Manager – Madleine Makori
Madleine (Maddy) Makori is the new Events Program Manager at Girl Geek Con. She is a Pharm.D by training but works as a consultant on clinical trials, advisory boards and managed markets. Maddy loves geeking out on science, traveling, ATVing, jet skiing, hiking and staying fit.
Events Coordinator – Jacqueline (Jacky) Graham
Jacky is a Washington native who attended the University of Washington, go huskies! She is the new Events Coordinator and is excited to get involved with outreach and being part of something meaningful for diverse communities. She is also a huge Seahawks fan and loves playing the GameCube and Nintendo games in general. Lastly, she is unstoppable on Mario Kart!
South Seattle Events Coordinator – Queenie Baker
Queenie’s work experience of over 24+ years at Seattle Central College as the e-Learning Director gave her the chance to meet all kinds of people and even host students from all over the world. After her retirement she knew she needed something else to do. She is happily caring for a 54 year old lady who suffers from dementia. This assignment keeps her busy during the day. She joins GeekGirlCon as their South Seattle Events Coordinator.
Board of Directors
President 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.
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 – Meisha Wangerin
Meisha is a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with over 15-year experience supporting the needs of historically minoritized communities within the higher education space. She currently serves as the Outreach & Recruitment Manager at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Meisha has been letting her geek flag fly for many years. In the early 90’s you could find her playing Tetris on her Gameboy (and getting a thumb cramp), in the late 90’s she was a regular at GameWorks Seattle, slaying zombies. Today she still has an original Atari 2600 (and an old tube tv to play it on) and will crush you at Frogger!
In her free time Meisha likes to sing with the Seattle Women’s Chorus, spend time hiking and camping with her husband and their 2 dogs, and tending to her chickens and large veggie garden. She is extremely excited to share her time and talent with the GGC community!
Member of the Board – Kyler Danielson
Kyler is a civic-minded, enthusiastic millennial with a law degree and a pet hedgehog named Kirby. As a Puget Sound native, Kyler is passionate about Seattle’s future and innovation. In her professional life, Kyler works as a Land Use Project Manager at a local construction company, where she participates in stakeholder groups, testifies at public meetings, and evaluates land use laws. She strongly identifies with Leslie Knope, but her work life is similar to Mark Brendanawicz (although she likes it more than Mark did!) Previously, Kyler worked as an environmental and land use attorney for a local law firm.
In her free time, Kyler loves attending conventions, listening to melancholy music, crafting, jamming on her planner, and volunteering in her community. Her geek preferences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros.