OrcaCon is a tabletop games convention, which includes board and card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games. OrcaCon is focused on creating a safe and welcoming space for promoting the tabletop games hobby, supporting diversity in tabletop games, and building a community of both novice and experienced game players.
Additionally, we stand united against white supremacy, neo-Nazis, and the “alt-right.” We denounce their toxic hate, fear, and violence.
2020 OrcaCon Board Members
Donna Prior, Executive Director Donna is the Organized Play Manager at Catan Studio and is the Executive Director of OrcaCon. Donna is on the Community Management Advisory Board at the Game Developers Conference. She has spoken about building communities, diversity, harassment, and accessibility at the Game Developers Conference, numerous times at PAX / PAXDev, Gen Con, Mensa Annual Gathering, NorWesCon, and the Community Manager Conference in Leipzig, Germany. Donna is a gamer and a beer geek, often combining both hobbies while teaching new people to game and appreciate beer. She’s also insists she is NOT a Hobbit. You can follow Donna on Twitter: @_Danicia_. Find her also on http://about.me/Danicia
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 Nolan, 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.
Paul Anderson, Treasurer – When Paul volunteered at the first OrcaCon he knew nothing about board games or conventions. He just wanted to help his friends make a thing and really liked how OrcaCon was focused on inclusiveness and diversity. Now he’s a board member, plays D&D weekly, is a host of the Geeks of Cascadia podcast/YouTube channel, and loves all kinds of tabletop gaming.
Board Members Emeritus:
Barry Wilson, Founder, Vice Chair, & Board Member Emeritus – 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.