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
Tanya DePass – Tanya is a long-time gamer and enjoys talking, reading and writing about gaming diversity, feminism, race & racism, fandom as a way of life and many other topics. She is the spawn point of the #INeedDiverseGames hashtag on Twitter, which has grown into its own community. She is also the Editor-in-Charge of Fresh Out of Tokens and the Co-Host of the Chromatic Life podcast. You can also find Tanya on Patreon.
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.