OrcaCon Board Members
Barry “Fildrigar” Wilson, Founder, Vice Chair, & Treasurer Born of Hippies in the uncharted backwoods of the Pacific Northwest, Barry Wilson was literally raised by wolves. He is often found in the company of cats, and is known to be handy with tools of all sorts. Among his passions are games, sharing his love of gaming with others, and general shenanigans. He currently resides in Greater Pugetopolis, equidistant from sea, mountains, forest, and the hustle and bustle of city life.
Steve Hobbs, Advisory Board Member – When Steve’s not representing his constituents in the State Senate he loves to spend his free time reading comic books with his boys or playing Axis and Allies with his friends. Steve’s happy to volunteer his time to help make OrcaCon a success. You can read his blog about OrcaCon, “Nerd Gaming Culture and our Washington State Economy.”
Ben Evans, Venue Manager – This is Ben. He’s super busy with a game launch. He’s got no time for bios, even though he’s a rad dude. It’s because he’s awesome, that we’re writing this out for him.
Chip Nixon, Volunteer Manager – Chip has been working at conventions for over 10 years, and she considers working nerd events as part of her identity. She’ll be helping out with OrcaCon as the Volunteer Coordinator, and is also lending a hand with graphic design. She has cats named Captain Shanks and Buggy the Clown. Chip tweets for a living, and loves to draw and go Lindy Hopping.
Department Lead Volunteers
Denise “Kittee” Notman – Registration Manager – Denise hails from backwoods Minnesota to the suburbs of Seattle. Gaymer of all types; PC, Consoles, and Tabletop Games. Volunteers at such places as Geek Girl Con and PAX. Is super excited for Orcacon! For more adventures, see KitteePlays.com.
Tanya DePass – Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit foundation based in Chicago, that is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.
Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a guest co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications. Image by BlackWoolSays on twitter
Kyle Alexander, Panel Room Coordinator – Kyle got into the convention game a decade ago, managing the line for a tiny theatre at PAX. In the years since he’s never strayed far from the theatres at any convention, whether it’s running A/V tech, working the lines, or managing the theatre staff. He knows no greater joy than seeing the theatres under his watch on schedule and filled with happy attendees and panelists. He’s been with OrcaCon since the first year, and hopes there are many years of interesting panels ahead. When Kyle manages to sneak away from his theatres to play some tabletop games, he’ll probably be searching out a round of X-Wing minis, Smallword, or Tsuro.
Victoria Shaffer, Merchants Hall Coordinator – Victoria’s a lifelong geek and longtime gamer. Although never having worked in the industry she still works from the sidelines to support new and diverse games. She was previously the merchant coordinator for Steamcon in Seattle, and spends an inordinate amount of her free time reading, gaming, and costuming.
Mary Prior, Green Room Manager– Mary will again be our Green Room Hostess with the Mostess. She happens to be Donna Prior’s mom, and this is payback for all the years she dragged Donna with her to volunteer at various Mensa conventions across the country. Mary grew up in the backwoods of southwestern Oregon (Gold Beach/Hunters Creek), where she pretty much ran wild and loved every minute of it. The only game she remembers playing was Single-Deck Pinochle with family members. Since then, the Navy suggested she visit South Korea (Po’Hang), England (London, Stonehenge, Stratford, and Bath), as well as being forced to spend time in Hawaii every three years. She does play Quiddler on occasion, and LOVES Cards Against Humanity! This also allows her to cheerfully host the Green Room while her favorite daughter and Son4 Barry can play games and do Con things.
Courtney J. Nelson – Courtney is Games Administration Lead at OrcaCon, although newer to the games community than most in the convention, she is a strong asset to our team. She loves geeking out about her favorite fandoms and making connections and friends. Outside the convention she is an artist, animal lover, vintage enthusiast, and a pretty darn good Pokémon trainer. She believes in community and couldn’t be happier to be a part of such a wonderful convention! She’ll be there for you in the main games room to answer questions and point you in the right direction.
Chelsea “Minja” Allio – New to OrcaCon, Chelsea is the newest member to the graphic design team. She has been attending conventions for over a decade such as PAX, Sakuracon, and Emerald City Comic-Con. Chelsea is a mental health advocate and expresses freedom and healing through her art and encourages open conversations to extinguish stereotypes. In her free time she enjoys movies, nerdy cross stitch, and painting. You can follow her on instagram @chelseaallio
Elizabeth Boisen, Merchants & Community Row – Elizabeth is a minion wrangler at a local castle building guild. Elizabeth enjoys playing new games and meeting new people. She has a kind heart and a fun spirit and uses these traits to distracts you as she wins the game.
Lee Pate, Operations Lord Supreme – Highly regarded wizard from the prime material plane. His exploits include not dying at low level, many, many times. He loves Dragons and can be found most days, guarding a hoard in a cave somewhere. His magic leaves something to be desired but he loves conversation.