Meet the Staff
(In no particular order)
These are the character sheets of some of the people behind the scenes making Gary Con the epic adventure it is!
Responsibilities: Head Honcho
Home Town: Lake Geneva, WI Originally- currently in Sunny Los Angeles
Non- Gary Con Positions: Operations Officer for a Sustainment Brigade in the CAARNG
Favorite Game: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – Of course!
Bio: I am one of the sons of Gary Gygax and have been slinging dice at the gaming table for as long as I can remember. It is a distinct honor to help organize and run Gary Con every year along with my family, good friends and fellow gamers. I enjoy talking to people at conventions and swapping tales of adventures. Feel free to come up and say hello whenever you can catch me. Thanks for coming and being a part of the celebration!
Responsibilities: Co-Event Manager
Home Town: Lake Geneva (Now Ripon, Wisconsin)
Non- Gary Con Positions: Happily Retired
Favorite Game: Lord of the Rings Online
Bio: I had the good fortune of growing in Lake Geneva in the 70s. I got a job at the Hobby Shop of Tactical Studies Rules (79-83). I helped to manage GEN CON and helped to start up the RPGA. I came back again later to manage the Pre-Press Department until WOTC purchased the company and moved to Seattle. After that I worked as an IT Project Manager in Madison. I have now been at American Girl for 7 years. I still look forward to the opportunities of having the gang over to play games (mostly board games these days) whenever we can make it happen.
Responsibilities: Art & Illustration, Ecommerce, Site maintenance
Home Town: Brownfield, Maine
Non- Gary Con Positions: Owner Fail Squad Games & Freelance artist/ design
Favorite Game: Dungeons & Dragons (1e – 2e)
Bio: When I was a young lad I dreamed of illustrating RPGs. As an old man I illustrate RPGs. The road in between has not been smooth, it will never end, but it has been worth traveling.
Responsibilities: Guest Relations
Home Town: Split between Detroit, MI and Ft. Hood, TX
Non- Gary Con Positions: Law Student
Favorite Game: Ticket to Ride
Bio: I was raised at gaming conventions by wizards and warlocks, some scary and some more… fluffy. I graduated college at 19 from Wayne State University and have worked a variety of positions: Executive Assistant at a dental office, coffee shop barista, cremator and substitute teacher to name a few! I have two dogs, two cats, and a husband that I love to spend time exploring hiking trails with.
Home Town: Orlando, Florida
Favorite Game: Dungeons & Dragons
Non- Gary Con Positions: Senior Software Engineer, Web/UI
Bio: I first met Gary in 1983. Through the years, no other writer has had more of an impact on my life than Gary Gygax. I am honored to help out at Gary Con.
Responsibilities: Chaplain, Hospitality, Family and Interfaith Events
Home Town: Jackson, TN via West Monroe, LA
Favorite Game: Castles & Crusades
Non- Gary Con Positions: Full Time United Methodist Minister and Part-Time College Professor
Bio: I have been a geek for as long as I can remember. I started out reading science fiction, fantasy, and numerous comic books and then, in 1983, I discovered Dungeons & Dragons and haven’t been the same since! I first met Gary Gygax on a Christian message board and enjoyed communicating with him and then, in 2007, I was asked to be a part of a panel at GenCon on Christianity & Gaming along with Gary Gygax and Michael Stackpole. After Gary’s death in 2008, I started my website www.geekpreacher.org because geeks need a preacher too! Since that time, I’ve led ecumenical and interfaith events at various conventions around the United States, most notably GenCon and GaryCon. I also pastor two churches in Tennessee and occasionally teach Ethics and World Religions at a local college.
Responsibilities: Vice-Director of Operations, Director of DM/GM Relations
Home Town: Middletown, CT
Favorite Game: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Ed
Non- Gary Con Positions: Aerospace Inspector
Bio: I’ve been gaming and running games for 20+ years for all sorts of systems, Gaming is in my heart thru and thru. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with Garycon for the past 5 years, behind the scenes and its time for a new adventure with my Garycon family. I look forward to making Garycon as much fun as it can possibly be whilst remembering the great man who gave us all Dungeons and Dragons.
Responsibilities:Director of Operations
Non-GaryCon Job: President of Iron Wind Metals
Favorite Game: RPG’s of all kinds – AD&D, Superhero, Sci-Fi, Dark Future
Bio: I played my first game of AD&D back in 1st edition days and was hooked.
Bought a players guide, DM guide, and screen a few days later and started running games. Stumbled into a job with Ral Partha and went from two-week temp to VP, before branching off to form Iron Wind Metals. I vended at my 1st Gencon in the early 80’s, and am honored to help carry on that great tradition by working with the great people at GaryCon.
Responsibilities: Customer Relations
Home Town: Jackson, TN (Buffalo, NY)
Non- Gary Con Job: Logistics for an Aeronautics Manufacturer
Favorite Game: Android Netrunner
Bio: My intro to RPGs first came through Dungeons & Dragons 3e-3.5e and soon expanded to 1st and 2nd edition, Call of Cthulhu, and Mutants & Masterminds. I really fell in love with the family behind Gary Con on my first visit (Gary Con 2) and cannot wait to help hold up the banner with them.
Frank A. S. Sapia
Responsibilities: Director of Volunteers & Food logistics
Home Town: Middletown Connecticut
Non- Gary Con Job: Sterile Processing Technician, Unprofessional Psychiatrist (people like to talk to me), Unexpected Evil Mastermind
Favorite Game: I’m a fan of BESM (Big Eyes Small Mouth) but in the end any game you can enjoy with good friends is a favorite game for me.
Bio: I’m a crafter, cosplayer, mechanical draftsman, designer, dreamer, gamer and tinkerer of all things that peak my interests. Started gaming ( 2nd Ed. Dungeons & Dragons!) when I was 15 with a few friends and got hooked on fantasy RPGs of all types. When I’m not working as a professional Sterile Technician I’m crafting props for cosplay costumes, drawing and writing short fantasy stories. After 2 years of being a patron of GaryCon I now have the honor of working with the amazing individuals that make this convention a welcoming inn for wayward adventurers.
Responsibilities: Co-coordinator of events
Home Town: Lake Geneva, WI
Non- Gary Con Job: Freelance author/editor, gardener, caretaker of cats.
Bio: The D&D Game and I share the same home town–Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Somewhat more than 30 years ago, I noticed an article in the local paper (The Regional News) that featured model tanks in battle. The article was about an early GEN CON, which had taken place the year before. By the time GEN CON was next held, Skip was there, dice in hand. Between then and now, I’ve done a few things to get noticed in the gaming community, such as running GEN CON for several years, co-authoring the D&D 3rd Edition game, just to name a few. I’m co-coordinator for events at Gary Con, taking on the task with school chum and fellow GEN CON veteran Dave Conant. I’m also doing double duty as a GM and VIP.